Preschooler Learning in the Kitchen

Our almost 3 year old was up earlier than her two older sisters this morning…so she and I decided to make breakfast together. A little one-on-one time with just mommy  and some added fun with learning, that mommy totally snuck in! 

Who says making pancakes can’t get a preschooler’s mind going?! 

She got introduced to measurements, a review in shapes/colors and there’s lots of fine motor being used! 

What are some fun ways you are keeping your preschooler’s mind busy this summer?

They Say It Takes A Village

The last six weeks have been a whirlwind in our home. Aliyah, our youngest, turns two in a few days and she will start preschool shortly after her birthday. But until then we had to figure out what to do with her during the day as I had already started a new job back in August. 

Fortunately, our family volunteered to take different shifts to come down to Florida from Virginia to help Dan, the girls and I get through the weeks until Miss Aliyah would turned 2! 

My dad was brave and made the first trip! Grandpa came at a time of where we were now adjusting to mommy going back to work, the older girls back to school and Aliyah missing all of us! What a blessing to have grandpa home, praying us through our adjustment stage and helping us with not only fixing dinners but to fixing odd jobs around the house as well. 

We had two days to turn around our home and welcomed the next set of helpers and those were Dan’s parents. They stayed three weeks and the time flew by way too quickly. Grandpapi and Grandmami helped the girls adjust back to their routines with ease. Aliyah was busy going on walks with them and it seemed like overnight she started to communicate even better. She was turning into a toddler right before my eyes–even though I tried my best to hold on to just one more “baby” stage.With Grandmami and Grandpapi she was ready to conquer the world–starting with the potty! 

Our last set of helpers were my mom and my Aunty Shirley! Staying two weeks with us went by just as fast as they busily prepared every meal, cleaned and took care of Aliyah with such ease. By now Aliyah adjusted to mommy and daddy’s work schedule, to her sisters being away at school and has kept up amazingly with her routine. 

All three girls have been so spoiled in the last six weeks but I would have to include Dan and I as well. Dan took each set  around town sight seeing, we all strolled the beaches at sunset, we watched television shows that we never ever watched and joked around and laughed with each other til the wee hours every night–I’d say we created some fond memories these past 6 six weeks. 

Our family chipped in and helped us tremendously in a time of need without any hesitation. We are so grateful and so blessed to be surrounded by such love. I’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a kid and I truly can attest to that–thank you All so much! We couldn’t have gotten through any of this without you.💗

I Now Come With Experience…

Ok so I haven’t been consistently blogging like my usual self these past few weeks.  The girls are out of school and to my surprise that really turned my schedule upside down.  I love having the freedom of not chauffeuring them back and forth and I do love the spontaneity of summer where we can stay up a bit later, sleep in a little longer, and I enjoy that we are still scoping out new places in Florida we haven’t been to before.

BUT in the midst of all this–looks like my baby wants to grow up way faster than I’m ready (cough) prepared for.  She is doing a number on me these past few weeks.  We have a 21 month old who thinks she is as old as our 9 year old.  She oooh’s and ahh’s at the other one year olds and calls them, “baby!”  She refuses to sit in her high chair and made herself comfortable at the dining table now. I can no longer  feed her any of her food and I dare not forget to leave a spoon because even finger foods she will try to maneuver with a utensil. She is officially the Manners Police at our house. She will repeat “thank you” several times until you say “you are welcome.”  Hugs and kisses are currently a thing of the past as she quickly says to her mama, “eeew goooo” (eew gross) when I sneak some kisses and snuggles in. Of course she is a chatter box (a complete unanswered prayer as I secretly prayed just one of them would be a little on the quieter side). She totally thinks we get what she is saying as she makes her requests of what she wants.  “Nooo and taaappp ” (stop) are her new favorite words.  She completely believes by shooting me a smile will make all well and I will not discipline her.

So what does all this sum up to for me:  I’ve got an almost 2 year old on my hands!

But what Aliyah doesn’t realize is I now come with experience!  She may think in her little mind that she has gotten me beat as she sees my frustration, tired eyes, my hair frazzled from running around the room to try and get her into the car and putting on her shoes for probably the 5th time around only to have to put it right back on as we arrive at our destination. Nope not this time…this isn’t my first rodeo, Aliyah!

So how will I turn this stage around? Be thankful!  Thankful that I have an independent little girl who knows what she wants, thankful that I have experience, thankful, really, really thankful that this won’t last forever, thankful that I get to teach her what’s right and what’s wrong, thankful that she is expressive, thankful that she is persistent, thankful that she is opinionated, thankful that she shows leadership…simply thankful for a happy, healthy, normal, baby little girl!

 

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