The last two weekends, we have been blessed with sunshine and warm weather. We were able to play in the park,
do some yardwork,
(which can be fun with one’s own shovel until one realizes that there is actual “work” involved)
and discovered all sorts of fun with leftover drainage pipe.
One of our neighbors (age 18 months) invited Madelyn to play with her water table, prompting Madelyn to come home and convert her sand table into a water table for the summer.
We also did some celebrating during the last few weeks with a graduation party for Uncle Timmy,
and the two-year anniversary of Madelyn’s Gotcha Day for which she requested chocolate frozen yogurt with M&Ms (and a gummy worm, which she had to try after Uncle Timmy introduced her to the wonderful yumminess of gummy bears...)
During our week days together, Madelyn and I got to play outside, have a Gotcha Day tea party,
make a trip to Old Navy, where Madelyn requested that I take her picture with “all the people”
and work a little on our letters. We tried Montessori sandpaper letters,
and writing on our Water Wizard.
(The top M is mine, Madelyn did the one closest to her hand!)
I cannot begin to explain the sheer joy and excitement on Madelyn’s face when she knows she has correctly matched a letter with its sound in a word. For example, she saw a plastic ring shaped like an “O” and told me that it looked like an O, then added “O for Owen!” She has also recently become fascinated with rhyming sounds. It is honestly a beautiful experience to see her mind blossoming as it soaks in new concepts.
In other news, Troy and I are headed out for a week in Maui to celebrate our 10-year anniversary while Madelyn spends some extra special time on the Oregon coast with her Grandpa and Grandma. Should be a fantastic start to our summer! We are also going to give Jessie’s Roundup a hiatus for the rest of the summer so that we can just “be” and enjoy the summer months rather than planning ahead for what we think we should be doing. We are excited for what will be!
- Tricia Olson, 2012