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    The Darndest Things {08/07}

    August 15, 2007 by Brandy Vencel

    21 August 2007: Do NOT Swallow Your Toothpaste
    I have watched Si’s struggle with A. for about a month, and I’ve found it quite amusing. While I am preparing the baby for bed, he is usually preparing A. {E. can do most of his preparations on his own}. It always goes well until it is time to brush teeth. I hear him tell her roughly the same thing every night: “I am going to brush your teeth and you are not to swallow the toothpaste. You are to hold it and spit it out.”

    And every night, without fail, she swallows.

    After about three weeks of overhearing this, I suggested to him that perhaps she simply wasn’t old enough. After all, I don’t recall E. being trusted to do this until well after he was three, and A. is only two-and-a-half. He said he thought I might be right, but I never noticed any change, which is, of course, his prerogative.

    Imagine my amazement when I was greeted with a story of success tonight! Si later explain the source of the magic. He figured out that if he makes her bite the toothbrush at the end, she cannot swallow. He picks her up, leans her over the sink, and tells her to spit before removing the toothbrush.

    This little trick works like a charm, and A. is all sparkles with success.

    17 August 2007: Thankful For Our Letters
    Tonight, I had the opportunity to pray with A. before bed. Usually, Si has a special time with each of the children, but tonight I had the honor. I asked her who she would like to pray for, and her list included the Usual Suspects: Daddy, Mommy, E., herself, Baby Q. and…the letter A.

    She learned the name of letter A today.

    So we prayed, and during our prayer time we thanked God for all of the letters, but, most especially, the letter A.

    14 August 2007: Non-compliance
    My little girl A. has always refused to do tricks. She won’t jump on command, or talk on command, or {sometimes} even smile on command. She deprives me of so many opportunitites of showing her off! The past week or so I have been working with her on answering the question, “What is your name.” I have her slowly repeat the answer after me: “My…name…is…A—.”

    Tonight, I thought it was time to show Daddy. I called her to his attention.

    “A.,” I asked, “what is your name?”

    “My…name…ish…” she paused and started to hide her face, “ME!”

    “No, say your name!” I coaxed her.


    And she looks at me triumphantly.

    12 August 2007: Ruining Kindergarten
    Some of our school books came in the mail on Saturday. It has been hard to keep E. out of them, though I am making a vain attempt seeing as he can read and all. This afternoon was so lovely since we all {including Si and me} were able to take a long, three-hour nap. I was wondering why the boy didn’t wake us after a couple hours, which is his usual way.

    It is because of the books.

    My plan, which is still my plan in all honesty, was to spend first semester learning all about the orchestra. We would learn about one or two instruments every week.

    When I came out of my room to prepare a long overdue bottle for Q., I was greeted by a smiling, freckled face little boy, sitting happily at the kitchen island reading the orchestra book!

    “Mom! Mom! I learned all the instruments! I know what a trombone is, and a trumpet and a tuba!”

    Truly, I think he is out to ruin kindergarten.

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  • Reply Brandy August 16, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Ah, yes, cute and challenging at the same time!

    Nanny Y., I will have to keep that book-deprivation punishment in mind!

    Sallie, I have to confess that I was such a junkie for beautiful books until now. I would save and scrimp so that our kids had the deluxe illustrated edition of whatever-it-was. However, I think I will have to save that sort of habit for Christmas and birthdays! Saturday, we are hitting a used bookstore to stock up on…everything. 🙂

  • Reply Sallie @ A Gracious Home August 16, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I used to get in trouble in elementary school for looking ahead in my reading books. Just another example of why I value homeschooling, but hmmm… your little guy is kind of presenting you with the same challenge…

  • Reply Nanny Y. August 16, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    That is so cute! It reminds me of how taking books away was actually a punishment to me when I was growing up 😛 It seems that kindergarten will be a lot of fun to do with someone who obviously loves learning so much.

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