As I mentioned the other day, my girls are at my parents’ house for their spring break this week. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most while they’ve been gone this time? Texts from Reagan. She uses her iPod Touch and the Text Free app to text – still too young for an actual phone! Her texts crack me up every time. She seems so much older than 9 years old, with her proper grammar and spelling and relatively long texts.
She was very into the fact that she would finally get to wear hang down earrings this week. More than I realized. I received this text shortly after midnight one night:
Excuse the weird way my phone breaks texts into two and always shows the second one first .This was the beginning of what she sent me. Here’s the second part:
I’m not sure what the question marks are for. And yes, she has a signature on her texts. Only Percy Jackson fans understand it. I didn’t know how excited she was about the earring change until I received this text the next morning because I was, of course, asleep at midnight.
The next night I received two more messages from her:
It may be obvious to you that I did not respond promptly enough to the first message (because I didn’t have my phone on me and didn’t see it), so that’s why the more nervous second message came about half an hour later. I did call her to reassure her that she could remove her earrings overnight and the holes wouldn’t close. She didn’t believe me so she put some studs in for that night and said she’d try no earrings the following night.
If you’re wondering how it went, I received this text yesterday morning:
Great news, right? Now you won’t have to worry about her.
I’m not posting the couple texts I received from Jenny. They went something like “Are you having fun?” Jenny’s response: “Yeah.” Exciting.
I’ve enjoyed texting with my girls, but I’ll be happy to have them back home today!Read More
No one is. I was looking at more of my girls’ Photo Booth work on the Macbook last night. There were so many amazing things that I can’t share them all right now. But I came across this one and felt like I had to share it immediately. Happy Friday!
P.S. Brinky’s 10 months old today! Monthly post coming some time in the near future.
I just decided I needed to re-post this because Reagan was talking about making “how to” videos and because Brinky is turning into a nose-picker. So you understand why I thought of this. Sorry about the sound quality on the video, but it’s too good not to share.Read More
Last week Reagan made me a couple gifts that led me to believe she has a future career as a Pinterest-er. Or a crafty blogger who pins a lot at least.
Last year the girls made me a lot of gifts and decorations for my birthday. This year…they didn’t really get around to it. Reagan felt bad and made me a couple last minute gifts the evening of my birthday.
Gift #1: Pencil Holder
She presented it to me and explained how she made it. Keep in mind that I’m sure it was done in the safest way possible. She cut the top off a Cheerwine can and cleaned it out. She then put duct tape around the top so I wouldn’t cut myself when she gave it to me (considerate, right?). Final step: decorate construction paper and wrap it around the can and tape it on. A perfect pencil holder for me to put on my desk at work!
Gift #2: Wall Art
A lovely piece of art for me to hang on my wall at work:
(I’m an accountant for this grocery store, so that’s how she came up with this idea.) This one was made using a plain piece of paper and a plastic grocery bag. She cut out the logo and glued it onto the paper. I particularly like the detail of writing “To: Mommy (Katie)” on the bottom, just in case some other Mommy was going to try to claim it.
After she made my gifts, she decided she wanted to get creative in the kitchen with a recipe. She kept coming into the room to ask if she could use another item. Of course now that I’m trying to find the piece of paper with the recipe, I can’t, but it was basically flour, water and green food coloring. She wrote out a recipe, titled it green stuff, explained what she did and at the bottom wrote, “Enjoy!” Like someone was going to eat it.
While I’m on the subject of Reagan, I’ll share one more recent paper she brought home from school because I love it so much that it should be shared.
In case you can’t read her perfect handwriting:
I am unique because I’d rather read than go outside and play. I get obsessed with book series really easily. I love Greek mythology and I really like the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and the Heroes of Olympus series, which is based on roman and greek mythology. I almost always wear sweatpants and tee shirts and a jacket. Yesterday when I found out my B in math is back to an A, I did a fist pump in the air and shouted “YES!” I am unique like a snowflake.
Isn’t that just one of the cutest things you’ve ever read? If you’ve made it to the end post, send good thoughts her way (and to the rest of the family) because she woke up at 5:00 this morning with a fever, headache, eye ache and wobbly legs that I think may mean she has the flu. So she’ll be spending her day in bed.
Linking up with Greta and Sarah for #iPPP:
My parents gave Reagan an amazing keyboard for her birthday last month, and unlike most of the toys she’s ever received, she’s still in love with it a month later. We’ve been fortunate to have a young neighbor with a lot more musical talent than anyone in our house who thought it would be fun to teach Reagan how to play the keyboard and the guitar she got for Christmas. She’s really doing a good job with Reagan, taking her time, and teaching her the fundamentals.
My memories captured post this month is Reagan’s first song on the keyboard, Alouette. She’s mostly mastered it at this point, and it’s wonderful. Though the rest of us might like it if she learned another song because we’ve heard this one just a few times.
Obviously she looks like a pro, but I also took a quick video so you can hear how she sounds. She’s still learning, but she’s making major progress!
Reagan turned 9 yesterday, so I meant to do a post about her then, but we were too busy enjoying the day together. It’s fitting anyway because I swear that for the first year of her life I had trouble remembering whether she was born on the 20th or 21st because she was born so close to midnight. So I’ll finish the celebration with a post on the 21st this year!
I won’t go through her life from birth to now with some of my favorite pictures since I already did that last year (but feel free to go look at that post if you want – she sure had a lot of cute moments). But I will tell you about what this sweet girl wanted for her 9th birthday.
We’ve enjoyed (suffered through) a lot of fun and fancy birthday parties in the past. The Children’s Museum. Our local bounce house. Chuck E Cheese. Great Wolf Lodge (fun!). Funigan’s. But this year Reagan said she just wanted to spend the day with her family. She invited her best friend for a Saturday night sleepover so she’d be here the morning of her birthday, but she didn’t really have much she wanted to do. And she didn’t want a lot of gifts. She’s sweet like that.
So our day went like this. Her brother slept in so the sleepover wouldn’t have to end at 5:00 in the morning when he normally wakes everyone up. That was nice, wasn’t it? Reagan and her friend woke up and requested Reagan’s birthday breakfast – yogurt and fresh fruit.
Once we dragged her slightly surly big sister downstairs, Reagan opened her presents. She truly didn’t ask for much, so we were able to give her what she wanted:
After healthy breakfast and presents, we worked on birthday cake for an unhealthy second breakfast.
After presents and cake, we spent the rest of the day relaxing and having fun and eating the meals of Reagan’s choice – McDonald’s for lunch and Mexican for dinner. We spent a lot of time playing Just Dance 4, even more fun after Aunt Charlotte arrived. We played a new board game. And Reagan played the keyboard her grandparents sent to entertain us for a bit in the evening.
Look how happy she was when she opened the keyboard on Friday:
She really got a kick out of playing the keyboard on the sound effects mode. And I was excited about the hilarious expressions I captured while she was playing, making us laugh so hard. I wish I’d recorded it, but we’ll save that for another day.
I’m so excited to hear the music (or something resembling music) she creates with her keyboard.
Give your kid this book:
I actually got this book for Reagan for Christmas two years ago when she was into the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. She found it again recently (it’s amazing what happens when you thoroughly clean your room). She had previously completed some of the pages in pencil, so she erased it and filled in her FINAL answers with pen. I learned some interesting things when I looked through the book (besides the fact that Reagan has amazing handwriting – I already knew that).
I’d never heard of the song “The A Team” – but I have now and I know that Reagan loves it. I have no idea why she picked The Avengers as her top movie she’d take with her on a desert island. Or Shrek or Scooby Doo for that matter. But it’s written in pen, so she can’t change her mind now.
This page was hilarious too. Her favorite animal is an owl, but with “all bears” in parentheses? And she likes the owl because it’s fly-y. And a bear because it’s huggable.
I’m thinking she doesn’t quite know what an adjective is. Or maybe I just don’t get it. Cabin Fever probably is “describabal.” And The Avengers is definitely “Hulky.”
I know that the catchphrase “Hey, you wanna gummy bear?” would certainly annoy me in the future. And wearing patterned socks.
I guess she’ll have servants in her dream house. And McDonald’s. Sounds perfect.
And guess what? I guess that will be my dream house too since she never plans to move out of our house.
Reagan never fails to amuse me with the things she writes, so I thought I’d share with you, too.Read More