Clark Sunday Snapshot #1.
- Hannah is such a little character, with extremely strong opinions. One of my favorite things that she does (and has done for months now) is whenever Jim or I pick her up, she pats our backs--just like Jim and I used to do to her when she was a baby. It doesn't matter whether she's happy or furious. She can't help it. So the other day, I picked her up to take her upstairs for a nap, which she was less than thrilled about, and she still couldn't help herself; one of her little hands patted me on the back. She catches herself when she's angry and doesn't want to do it, but she always gives at least a couple of pats before she realizes what she is doing.
- Eliza is in one of my absolute favorite baby stages: the toe eating stage. As the picture on my last blog shows, she eats her toes everywhere. In her crib, her carseat, the bath, her bouncy chair... and she just sucks away! Every time I see her do this, I have to stop and watch. It's just the best.
- This is one of my favorite recent stories. A few weeks ago, Lilly brought home a little box from school. It was a Trick or Treat for UNICEF box. Naturally, all the little ones wanted to know what it was for, so I was explaining to them how we can collect all our coins in it and the money will go to help children who need it; children who don't have homes, for example. Lilly was less than thrilled at the idea of taking money from her piggy bank to give to these children, and I understand that. There is no way that could seem real to her; in her life all children have homes. We talked more about it and I helped her understand through some photos how children in other parts of the world live, and how we could do a little bit to help. Jack chimed in to our conversation, with his profound observation. "Yes, Lilly...we have to help people like Uncle Joef and Auntie Ellie...they don't have homes either." I caught myself from bursting out laughing, and then calmly explained that they both do in fact have homes. They don't live on the train or at the train station, and that New York City has lots of homes. Jack would like to visit them, just to be sure.
- Every day at around 10am, Hannah asks for a snack. Whether we're home or out and about, in Hannah's world, it is snack time. So, if you're with us around 10am, you'll most likely hear, "Mum, can I please have a granoga bar?" Yes, granoga bars. They're a staple in our house, and in most houses, although most people refer to them as granola bars.
- Our bus stop is so full of life in the mornings. All the little ones love going and waiting for bus; the big boys throw footballs around; the little boys drive matchbox cars down the driveways; the girls talk about what they brought for snack, what's for lunch and chat about their shoes, coats, (insert any article of clothing here). A hot topic of conversation is always the instruments that the older children bring with them to school. Starting in 3rd grade, you can play an instrument. Lilly ran up to me the other morning at the bus stop and announced that when she's in third grade, she would like to play the gorgonzola, like Lauren. Lauren in fact, plays the viola. But in our house, it's now known as a gorgonzola.
- Saturday was all about leaves. I'll let the pictures do the talking for this one.