-When I mentioned Avery’s classmates to her one night, she wrinkled up her nose. Having misheard me she said, “Mommy – they’re not maids. It’s not like they clean houses and stuff.”
-Speaking of cleaning houses, I asked Avery when she got home from school one day whether she’d rather help with the laundry or with emptying the dishwasher. “Neither,” she said. “Are there any other choices?” (For the record, she eventually went with the dishwasher.)
-I didn’t know the background of one of Avery’s favorite shows – about a girl who suddenly becomes part of a royal family. “How did Sofia become a princess, again?” I asked Avery while we were snuggled together watching it recently. “It’s just a show, Mommy,” she answered with an exasperated tone.
-I was reading a book to her the other afternoon when she asked me, “Was this from the olden days – when you were a little kid?”
-Zoe had a playdate over the weekend and at one point, I suggested to Avery that she come upstairs and give the two friends some alone time. “Oh, I’m just going to follow them around,” she told me. Spoken like a true little sister!
While doing research on Harry Potter the other day, Zoe discovered what a Wiki is. “They have them for a whole bunch of things,” she excitedly told me. She paused and then added, “I’m sure there’s one on how to have less stress, Mommy.” Uh, thanks…
A big accomplishment for Zoe: She finished the seven books (all 3,400+ words) in the Harry Potter series. She started the first one at the end of winter break, and her interest in the books has slowly and steadily increased over the last few months. She entered spring break with a few hundred pages of book six left; I suggested she make it her goal to finish the seventh book within the week, and she read her last page yesterday morning.
I had been a little worried about what she would do once she was done (since she loves the books so much), but no need: Over the weekend, she found several other series-related books by J.K. Rowling, discovered Pottermore, and started reading the first book to her sister. (Avery is a big Hermione fan.)
It’s spring break for the girls, and they’ve been passing the time by hanging around the house and having playdates with friends. Zoe, also, got a treat when she came to the office with me on Wednesday. We stayed for the whole day (I didn’t think Avery was quite ready for the long hours yet), and she immediately set up a little work area next to me. She spent most of her time reading (Harry Potter, natch), and she didn’t even seem to mind when I left her for a few meetings. (Though at one point she did ask, “Are your meetings done for the day?” When I told her yes, she said, “Oh, good – because I miss you when you’re gone.”)
The girls were fooling around one day and wound up doing a dance for me. The dance is silly and a bit repetitive, and I suspect the video will be the perfect thing to embarrass them with someday. So, in other words, it’s a keeper. :)
Matzah, which the girls are eating a lot of this week, is extremely crumbly and messy – so much so that we asked the girls to sit at the table when eating it. Imagine my surprise, then, when I came across the girls doing this on Saturday. (They were having so much fun, crunching and munching in supposed secret, that I couldn’t get mad.)
So the girls were very into April Fools’ Day yesterday. I tricked Zoe early (there was a power outage at the school and classes were cancelled, I told her when she first woke up), and she got me, too (“I have bad news, Mommy – there’s a rip in my backpack”). But when she got home from school she came up with all sorts of other ways to trick me and Q. I heard “April Fools!” so many times by 8 PM that I was very ready for her to go to bed.
Avery, in the meanwhile, kept calling it Apple Fools’ Day – so her dad jokingly told her it would be followed by Banana Fools’ Day, Orange Fools’ Day, etc… Not sure she bought it, though.
The girls were off school for parent-teacher conferences last Thursday and since I had to work, Avery set up a little desk and settled down right besides me. (She wound up working on her first-grade activity book for awhile. As for Zoe, she just sat in her favorite chair and read Happy Potter most of the day.)
We later went to the library, where Avery picked out a series of books and magazines and made me laugh when I asked her to smile for a picture. “Um, please don’t distract me, Mama,” she said. “This looks like a good book.”