Sonna and Mara were a big help yesterday. We took down the Christmas decorations and they especially enjoyed carefully packing up the nativities.
Mara was given a time out for calling me brat. When her 5 minute time-out was done, she came out with this picture of a flower titled "Stop Mom" and told me it was a joke when she handed it to me. I sent her back in her room and told her she needed to write me an apology. The apology says "I'm sorry for calling you brat". I thought it was noteworthy. (:
She is learning so much so fast these days. She loves to write and is really good at sounding out words.
Mara and Sonna received a gift from some friends of camp. They are the coolest bendable things called Toobers and Zots. This is Mara's fire hose and I have no idea what is in her mouth.
After a two week vacation, Mara went back to school today. This morning she was so sweet to share with us that she wasn't sure she was ready to go back to school. I reassured her that her classmates were probably feeling the same way but reminded her that it would be so good to see all her friends and her teacher again. I also told her I remember feeling the same way when I was her age. When it was time to go, she was ready and excited.
Last night I asked her to get her Friday Folder from her school bag so we could get her organized for school. She said, "Mom, it's not in my school bag". When I looked in her school bag I found 3 pairs of pajamas, Hello Kitty band aids, her teddy bear and her new super-hero (Captain Doodle) outfit. She had packed up for Arizona and these things were apparently essential. We don't leave for Arizona for another 2 1/2 weeks but I remember the girls asking me last week how many nights we'd be in Arizona. When I said 7 nights, Sonna said, "So I'll need 7 pairs of pajamas and 7 pull-ups". I told the girls that 3 pairs of pj's would be plenty.