3 years, 3 months

Posted: October 11th, 2012 | Author: | Comments Off

We did so much this month! As promised, let’s talk about the fairy festival/Maine trip first!

We spent an afternoon in Ogunquit, Maine, and it was completely lovely. We did the Marginal Way and I went swimming in the freezing cold ocean! Sophie got to build seaweed-adorned sandcastles and explore the rocks with Gramma and Grandad while I was in the water. We also visited the wiggly bridge and found lots of hermit crabs!

Sophie posing for me on Marginal Way in Ogunquit.

Sophie with Gramma and Grandad...note Sophie's feet, SUSPENDED IN MID-WIGGLE

We stayed near Portsmouth, NH and we spent a lot of time at their fairy house festival. Ryan and I have been to the fairy house festival twice before, by accident both times! The second time Sophie was two months old. So this was our first time with a participatory child, and it was totally great.

They rigged up a bubble blowing machine on the top of a step ladder, and the little fairies ran around chasing bubbles a lot. We admired the many fairy costumes and wing-types, and Sophie had a blast running and running and running.

Watching Sophie and the other kids chase bubbles all over the park is really fun. I hear the bubble chasing itself is a good time, too!

There are fairy houses all over the place, many made by school children, and some by local artists and teachers and such. Here is Sophie, checking one out.

The gardens in the park in Portsmouth are very beautiful. We spent a lot of time in this little one with two fountains and brick paths for little fairies to run around on.

Sophie-the-fairy throwing pennies in the fountain.

Smelling the flowers

We all enjoyed our trip very much. (Sophie, by the way, thinks hotel rooms are amazing and exciting and delightful. She had SO MUCH FUN playing in the bed and sitting on the window seat in our room during the brief periods we were there!)

We have spent a lot of time in apple orchards this month.

Sophie and Kelly in a tree

Shelburne Orchards has a cool play area that we have taken advantage of a couple of times this year. There is a slide, an old tractor kids can climb on, and the most exciting rope swing ever. (It’s on a hill! So it goes really high at one end! It’s so exciting and fun and alarming!)

Tavi and Sophie driving a tractor together, sort of!

Sophie was very frightened but very brave!

Sophie said "I'm just going to sit up here all year." She then greeted each apple picker who walked by, and stayed up there for like 20 minutes.

Smooches in a tree!

Sophie also played soccer for the first time with some other kids her age. The program ended up not being the best – it was not well-designed for kids as young as her, and while she really connected with one coach, she was uncomfortable with the others. So, after a few sessions, she decided that she likes soccer but didn’t like this exact situation and wants to try again another time, and we agreed to that plan. She did have some positive experiences though, and has good feelings about the part I expected them to emphasize: the fun of kicking a ball and running around, and doing a few soccer “tricks” (like stopping the ball with her foot and “dribbling”).

Soccer Sophie!

Some Sophie wisdom from this month, brought to you by the fact that I now text her bon mots to myself or Ryan so we will remember:

Discussing the rules of eating safely with a food allergy: “If it is a peanut or an eggnut don’t eat it. The next reason is don’t eat a cookie if it’s not safe. The next reason is if a rock was food you shouldn’t eat it if it had egg and nut in it because it could not be safe for any person to eat, if they were allergic to these things.”

“Mama, today people have been very conscious of my baby.” (She is referring to her baby doll, Paul.) I asked what she meant by that, and she said “They have said hello to him! And I told them that he does not talk.” Correct usage of “conscious”, more or less!

Attempting to replicate the language patterns in Runny Babbit, by Shel Silverstein: “Don’t sag yourself, don’t buck your chum.”

“Have you sawn that before?” (Sawn = seen, in case that is unclear. This is a consistent grammatical error, and I find it endearing and funny because it comes out of the same 3 year old mouth that uses words like “conscious” correctly.)

Regarding “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel”: “Mary Anne is sad because all the other motor shovels have brang her jobs away.”

Also of note: on my birthday, she quoted “Happy Birthday to You” by Dr. Seuss extensively, having asked for it as her bedtime book for two weeks leading up to my birthday, in its honor. On the day of my party we overheard her pretending to saddle up two hoodled klopfers named Alice so as to gallop like mad to the birthday pal-alace. How fabulous is that?