Saturday, April 30, 2011


Louise was excited to learn about being "generous" this week at daycare, as her class collected donations for tornado victims. She proudly deposited two puzzles, in case tornado victims had lost their toys. She also helped prepare cookies & brownies for a bake sale, and generously bought several bags of goodies, "because their money got blown away by the tornado."

We all had a great day today. This morning, we went to Gold Park with Katie. The police were doing a fundraiser/ PR exercise. We got to see demonstrations by K-9 units. There was also a fire engine at the park. Whilst we were there, it took off, sirens blazing, to fight a Real Life Fire - very exciting. (The firefighters were so convincing about the urgency that Daddy didn't make a snarky comment about doughnuts).

This afternoon, Louise found a caterpillar. She named it "Emma" and put it in a plastic egg with some leaves. Later, we went to a local farm to pick strawberries. Claire spent the time staring at the farmers' pregnant goat. Louise helped Mummy pick strawberries, and Charlotte helped her eat them. After we finished, Louise fed Emma a strawberry. Sadly, the strawberry juice got on Emma's legs, so Louise declared that Emma needed a bath. She moved Emma out of the sticky egg and put her in a new "exercise" egg. When Alex, the Boy-Next-Door-to-Be arrived to look at his house-in-progress, they bonded over a shared fascination with Emma (and hugged when he left). Before the day's end, Emma "went on vacation," to use a daycare euphemism, "because she eats trees." (Yes, we're baffled too).

This evening, we had a several part story about a dragon and a cow...and racecars. The story concluded: "and then nothing happened!"

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Curious creatures

It was a grey and cool morning, so we played indoors at the mall this morning. Whilst there, we saw a person in a cow costume advertising Chik-fil-A. Charlotte was terrified, Claire was disapproving, and Louise gave the cow a hug.

This afternoon, we went to an Egg Hunt at the toddlers' daycare. There was a petting zoo at the event. All three girls enjoyed riding the ponies. Charlotte was happy to touch the snake and the bearded dragon lizard and flitted about between the animal enclosures. Claire was very focused and deliberate. She spent half an hour staring at the chicks & ducks. She then spent 20 minutes feeding the goats, cow, & alpacas. Louise enjoyed all of the animals as well as the crafts and egg hunt.

This evening, Charlotte the snake handler was again terrified - this time by the neighbour's cat.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Three huntresses

Louise, Charlotte, & Claire enjoyed their first egg hunt this afternoon at the end of our cul-de-sac. As evinced by Claire's hands, she also relished the opportunity to dye eggs.

Louise was reading "Star! Star! Star!" with Daddy tonight. "Can we go stargazing tomorrow night?"she asked. "I'll have to check what the weather will be," Daddy replied. "You could go to!!"

And Charlotte's maternal instincts (apart from cavalierly dropping baby on his head):

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Louise was very excited by a realization she came to this morning.

L: "I'm the only big girl in this family!"

When will your sisters be big girls?

L: "When are their birthdays? March? They'll be big at their next birthday. They'll be three, and I'll be five! And when they're four, I'll be six! And when they're five, I'll be seven! I'll ALWAYS be ahead of them!!"