20 things

1. A couple of weeks ago, Anya decided that walking really is the best way to get around after all. She's very pleased with herself and reserves scooting for getting down steps. She's also getting pretty good at climbing up playground equipment.

2. Fortunately, it's been warm enough (mostly) to enjoy playground equipment!

3. The sort-of warm weather got me thinking about swimming, and I decided to take the plunge (hee) and join a pool this summer and get the kids into lessons.

4. This meant I had to buy a swim suit, so I went to Lands End a few weeks ago when all their swim stuff was on sale and tried some things on.

5. I'd rather have my teeth pulled than try on swimwear.

6. At least I found something suitable (hee again).

7. I got swim stuff for the kids, too. Daniel is VERY excited about going to the pool (even though it doesn't open for several weeks).

8. Daniel can spell "pool." He can also spell our names and at least 40 or 50 other words on the computer or with his alphabet puzzle.

9. He can write his own name, too, and likes to practice drawing letters outside with sidewalk chalk.

10. You'd think he'd be ready for preschool.

11. I'm certainly ready for him to go to preschool a couple mornings a week.

12. Unfortunately, he's backtracked so far on potty training that we're basically back to square one. It's incredibly frustrating and makes me wonder what on earth I did wrong.

13. Please don't give me potty training advice. I've already been bombarded with advice and none of it has worked. TRUST ME ON THIS. Right now I'm keeping quiet about it and trying to wait patiently for him to decide he's ready.

14. Though I'm convinced right now he'll be wearing pull-ups to college.

15. At least he call spell "pee" and "poop."

16. The swine flu has me a little freaked out.*

17. I don't know if that's because I should be freaked out or if it's because that's all I'm hearing on the news. And the only news I manage to hear in between trips to the park, the grocery store and what-have-you is about 10 minutes of NPR in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon.

18. Somehow, I've been pretty rational and calm all the other public health crises of the past few years, like E. coli breakouts and SARS and bird flu, but this is different. Maybe that's because I have kids now so my general anxiety level is just higher.

19. Thank goodness for knitting. I've been doing a lot of knitting lately, and it really helps me feel productive and centered.

20. Gratuitous pictures!

*I just read this and am feeling somewhat reassured.


I know you said no potty training advice. However, may I make a potty training observation? When he goes to pre-school, and sees all the other kids doing their business in the toilet and not in a pull-up, he may just decide he's ready. Just an observation. Don't shoot me! :-)
Suze said…
J-J, I won't shoot you :)
Daniel's best friend across the street (who will be 4yo on Friday) has been potty trained for about a year, and I keep using him as an example...to no avail (yet), alas. Sigh.
Anonymous said…
Here's a little poem squeezed in before the end of April (It was the answer in today's crossword):

Emily Dickinson
A little Madness in the Spring
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A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown --
Who ponders this tremendous scene --
This whole Experiment of Green --
As if it were his own!
Anonymous said…
Oh, yes, that last one was from
Hearing Mommy talk about potty trained best friend is different from being confronted with potty trained peers every day. It'll come, mama, it'll come. Oh, and Mrs. G., I always liked Emily Dickinson. Thanks for posting the poem!
Animal said…
LOVE the pic of Anya! It's like you caught her right at the beginning of asking you: "Say WHAT?!?"
Pam said…
As usual, I love the pics of your adorable kids! :-)

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