Liam is describing to Helena about a play he is going to do for us. After playing in a band with guitars, they’re going to do “that song” from Monsters vs Aliens. Helena says:
“How about this time I sing and you dance because remember last time I almost kicked the clock off the wall?”
Helena decided to help Dori make cookies. She learned not to turn on the food processor at full speed with just dry┬áingredients in it.
Liam has finished reading it after four nights – sixteen pages a night.
The kids woke up before we did and took off downstairs. The sound of Ada squealing with delight could have awoken anyone. By the time we got downstairs, the kids had their stockings opened up and Ada was into her candy, well, when she wasn’t in Liam’s.
The opening of presents took way too long – well, they get too much. In all, it took at least four hours looking at the time on the photos. Then once they were all open I took them downstairs for them to see the Wii that Libby had sent them. At this point, they still didn’t know that Dori was coming to visit that night (although too late for them to see her, so that had to wait until the morning).
One highlight was Helena getting a stuffed sea turtle. Ada runs into the entrance and begins to cry. I guess that she wanted it more. I had to run out the next night and look for it at Toys ‘R Us before problems occur.
What Santa Left
What I Saw As I Got Downstairs
All This Was In The Stocking
Big Bag of Lollipops
Liam’s Excited About Super Mario Before He Gets Mario Kart
Ada During a Happy Moment
Admiring the Wrapped Present, Apparently
Liam Is Pleased
Helena Gets The Parrot She Wanted
Ada Taking a Break
Ada’s New Hat
Helena Gets A Turtle
Liam Still Has His Cast On
Helena Enjoying the Day
Helena just sent Ada the courier down to deliver a message to Liam.
I wish for once you would come and vist me and ada sooner or later.
Dr. Helena :-)
P.S. I see you like to make up games
He handed it to me to read to him. I told him to read it to me instead. Other than sincerely, “Dr.” and “P.S.” (which he pronounced “piss”), he read the whole thing aloud.
I told him that he is now a reader and pretty soon he’ll be sitting down and reading books on his own. He looked away and then smiled about that. Well, then he went back to making up his games.
The kids come home with about five or six things each. Then there is the work at home. Every day there are about 25 to 30 (or if Liam is particularly inspired, many more) new pieces of work for us to have. They get all over the house. And I’m the only one who sneaks them into the recycling bin. But some I save. Here are some that I’ve kept.
And after typing in descriptions for them all, some apparently weren’t saved, and I don’t want to do them all again. So here it is in a nutshell.
Helena doesn’t draw very often at home, but she does bring home lots of stuff. She likes working with things like felt, beads, etc. So she brings home more projects. She also brings home lots of papers from school. Two or three math pages a day. Reading logs. Notes to and from friends. She spends much more time reading at home than drawing. She likes to write as well, so most of what she does at home are letters and notes to others. Her favorite thing to draw are scenes of sea animals. Dolphins, whales, fish or all sorts. With seaweed, and with the dolphin jumping out of the water.
Liam is constantly drawing. He likes to draw Monsters vs Aliens characters, but he can also draw other animals that he makes up. And he likes to draw large. He staples, glues, or tapes sheets together. And he edits them constantly. He makes books and has us write down what is going on in the story. He likes to draw animals that have superpowers. In all his stories, the good guys win, though. Even when they are shot at, something happens so the good guy isn’t hurt. He also likes to draw mazes and has us do them. They are impossible to figure out. He’ll have you redo it every few minutes when he adds something new. It is very time consuming.
Ada usually doesn’t draw at home. She’s another reader. But she brings home what she does at daycare, which is usually just what the other kids do. I don’t think that she has ever asked anyone there for paper just to draw on. She’s happy to paint or use Play-Doh when the other two are using it, though. Or ripping up what Liam has done.
Still bummed that all my comments weren’t saved.
Making alterations after consulting the printout of “Robot Probe”
Robot Probe – Liam’s Favorite
Helena’s portrait of Dalen – Dalen had to model for this one
I think that this was Helena’s school work with tangrams.
Helena doesn’t draw nearly as much as Liam, but she loves drawing sea animals.
Liam likes to draw monsters and animals that can run fast or beat up others.
Liam can make sea animals, too.
Liam’s work from school.
I’m not sure who did this one and I forgot to ask.
Pretty good sea.
Sea stuff again (from Helena)
Helena loves to trace books at school.
Math Work – Drill and Kill!
Math Work from Helena
Math work once more from Helena
Helena found presents that were from Santa in the bedroom last night that Dalen had wrapped but had left out. After being confronted about it, Dalen had to tell her that there wasn’t a Santa Claus.
Dalen and I had talked all these things a few weeks before. I assumed that she may have already heard from other kids that there wasn’t a Santa Claus, but she probably brushed it aside like she does with conversations with me about God. Dalen said that she has asked before, but Dalen convinced her that there was.
Anyway, Helena asked three questions when she found the package.
- Is there really a Santa Claus?
- What about Rudolph?
- What happens to the cookies, then?
When I came down the next morning after my shower, Helena told me that she knows that I eat the cookies that are left out for Santa.
I was out at Target and Helena called me at 10 pm to tell me that she just found out and that she was sad (and cried). That was only 50 hours before Christmas, so it is really a bummer that she couldn’t find out until just afterward.