So, somewhere between the last post and this one, school ended for the year and summer break got well underway. Olivia has been...difficult. It's weird...she's at this age where she can reasonably do things now, like sit still for long periods of time working with me on reading or a craft project. And that is good. But for some reason she has regressed in sleeping to that stage where she has nightmares and can't fall back asleep and/or she refuses to go to sleep at night without vast amounts of fighting and someone to sit with her until she passes out. This is annoying and exhausting. I am going to chalk it up to lack of proper schedule and pray it disappears when school starts again because the thought of dealing with this AND school...well, I just can't go there.
There are some ways that we are winning this summer, though. First, Olivia is big enough for all of the rides at Local Theme Park now, and though we have not yet convinced her to get on a real coaster (and I'm not really trying all that hard because I'm not a coaster fan myself), she has embraced a few big kid rides.
|Her first ride on the super-tall water drop ride. Perhaps it would be better if you had a photo of the drop.|
|OK, there. Now you know.|
|The pool (waterpark). Strangely enough, this pic was taken in May on an actual hot day. We have not been back to the waterpark since then.|
|Warm enough this day to put a little water in the baby pool. Not nearly warm enough to pack up and head to the waterpark, though.|
Yeah, that didn't work out so well. The pieces didn't exactly match up. And we were not patient with each other AT ALL. So I started having her sew seams just for practice. And then a small pillow. And then she discovered my stuffing stash and drove me out of the room and made a dozen tiny ugly pillows for her Barbies all by herself. And now she is just sewing random things. (I made a dog! I made a glove! I made a bracelet!) Most of her random things are completely non-functional, but she is having fun. She's learning to stitch and snip and THREAD THE MACHINE OMG. (Side note, I could not successfully thread a sewing machine by myself until after my first year of 4-H, when I actually sewed and actual piece of clothing with a HUGE amount of assistance from my Mom, God bless her.)
|Threading the machine. Oh yes, she does.|
|Future designer of haute couture originals.|
|Yeah, you know you can't resist my smiles.|