John had surgery this morning to remove the plate on his collar bone
John:: I got a bunch of stitches
Charlotte:: So I have to be very nice to you.
Sisters / Best Friends
Me:: Charlotte, do you think Alex will be your best friend when you grow up?
Charlotte:: But Alex is already my best friend.
What happens when you mix an Australian with a Canadian? You create a child who is one tough cookie. She was back on the ice on Saturday without a bother.
We added a hockey helmet to prevent any future chin-cidents.
The stitches come out his afternoon and then we’ll be back in business for swim class too.
I’m a bit late with this. Missed Alex’s 1 year update entirely. Oops.
Charlotte has really changed over the last few months. Preschool has been wonderful for her - it’s worth every penny (and it costs an extortionate number of pennies!). I’ve received the best feedback from both her teachers. One day they told me that they wish they had a class made up of 12 Charlotte’s. (I almost burst with pride).
She is so well behaved, they said. She listens to direction, she always helps us clean up. Whatever you’re doing with her at home keep doing it.
Well. I very nearly burst into tears at the school gate. It’s one of the best things anyone has ever said to me. I called John as soon as I got home. She’s brilliant! I emailed my Mum. She’s already walking on water! I was just so so proud of her.
And yes I am TOTALLY bragging about how brilliant my child is because I never want to forget how wonderful it was to receive this feedback from her preschool teachers. I’m also completely sure this means she’ll turn into a complete shithead in high school.
So what else.
Oh, a couple of months ago Charlotte asked me what my favorite color is. I don’t have one but I humored her and said purple. So now whenever she sees the color purple somewhere she’ll point it out to me, Look Mommy your favorite color. But way more cute is the fact that even though her favorite color is pink ( what is it with little girls and the color pink?!) she will use purple in all of her artwork. Because she knows it’s my favorite color. I mean, heart melts every time.
When I was offered a new toothbrush at the dentist yesterday and they rattled off the colors I could pick from it was a no brainer. Because purple really is my favorite color now.
First Set of Stitches
Charlotte started her second semester of skating on Saturday.
On Sunday John took her to free skate at the local skating rink. I dropped them off and headed off to grocery shop. As I was checking out I got the call - Charlotte fell, split open her chin and needed stitches.
I raced back, picked them up and off we went to the ER.
Less than 2 hours later (yay for amazing suburban hospitals) the plastic surgeon had her all stitched up (7 in total) and we were on our way home where she got a bag of M&M’s before dinner followed by a big bowl of Mac&Cheese and any cartoons she wanted. Basically, the answer to any of her requests last night was yes. She’s too young to really milk it!
I’m so glad our first incident was so smooth. And I’m even more glad I wasn’t there when it happened because based on the state of her face and clothes, there was a lot of blood.
Good news is she is doing so much better today - completely back to her normal self and full of beans. Hopefully we’ll have the stitches out next week and back on the ice the following weekend (it will be interesting to see how she reacts to getting back on the ice).
8 weeks ago Charlotte took her first skating lesson. It was a total shit show with small children littered all over the ice unable to do anything. I struggled to hold back tears as I watched every bit of confidence she had disappear in that one lesson.
But she went back the next week (albeit in figure skates and not hockey skates - shut up Canadians!) and got a much needed boost to her confidence.
Every week we’ve seen improvement in all of the children. Last Saturday they “graduated” and were given certificates of achievement. I’m so proud of her perseverance over the last 8 weeks! She’s been such a trooper always trying her best.
And we’ll roll (skate?) right into the next semester of lessons tomorrow.
A clownfish snugglng with a sea anemone + leopard + little red riding hood + big bad wolf + shark-dog.
Our Au Pair (who I dragged up to the attic and rifled through our costume box until we found something for her to wear - loving the bee costume!) stayed home and manned the candy dish while we headed out trick or treating.
Halloween 2012 - first one in the suburbs (we had no power thanks to Hurricane Sandy)
Halloween 2011 - Elmo in the city
Halloween 2010 (still my favorite costume EVER!)
Halloween 2009 (pre-children when it was all about the dog)
Halloween Parade 2013
Charlotte went to school dressed up in her Halloween costume today. I dropped her off this morning and the children were basically bouncing off the walls with excitement. We went back to the school at lunch time to watch them parade around the driveway in front of the school. So adorably cute.
BTW I really dislike store bought costumes but as if I’m ever going to find the time to make a costume. So I did the next best thing. I paid someone else to hand make the costume! I bought this adorable Little Red Riding Hood costume from an Etsy vendor. The dress (which you can barely see under the cape and apron) is actually so cute and will definitely become a staple next Summer.
I thought about making a wolf costume for Alex for a hot second before coming to my senses, logging onto Amazon, and ordering a costume that arrived on our doorstep 2 days later. Because, obviously.
The Big Bad Wolf really likes walking through leaves. She practically pulled my hand off to get into the middle of them.
I think I love pre school almost as much as Charlotte does. One of the highlights of my day is opening up her backpack to see what artwork has made its way home. Today I was a chaperone for the field trip (which sounds so so so American to me - in Australia we call it a school excursion) to the Pumpkin Patch.
I was responsible for three children including Charlotte. I got them all onto the tractor for the hay ride. Good start. But as soon as we reached the patch the girls ran off in three different directions. Fun times!