Has it really been almost a month since my last blog post? Crazy. Thanks for anyone who is still checking! I wish I could promise I’d get better, but life seems to be busier and busier these days. Up next, I have my exam on April 9 and then we leave for Florida on April 13. I am SO IN NEED of a vacation. Work has been tremendously stressful and I’ve been studying like crazy on top of everything else. I need time to slow down until my exam and then speed up for Florida!
Things with Cora have been great, although also challenging. We’ve entered a very new stage of parenting. She’s testing her limits every single day. She can be defiant and willfully disobedient and her emotions are always right at the surface. We have a lot of crying now and gets very upset when she doesn’t get her way or when things don’t go as she expected them to. As always, I have no worries about this, as it seems entirely normal for a four year old, if not developmentally appropriate, but it does make for trying times. Sometimes it seems like even the smallest things are struggles. But, at the core, Cora is always in a good mood, so as quickly as a situation erupts, it’s usually over in equal measure. Just today Cora through a big tantrum at church, right in front of the entire congregation (because we were ushering and she wanted to hold the offering basket and we weren’t giving it to her quickly enough) but we handled it calmly and managed to get through and she was able to talk it out afterwards. We’ve just found that we have to up our communication and build in some extra time for possible meltdowns and teach her that “there’s always a solution” – my most commonly used phrase these days.
There’s no time to re-cap everything, so here are some Cora highlights…
She had Dr. Seuss Day at school and I really had no idea what she was going to wear and Aaron managed to come up with this great outfit for her – she went as ‘fox in sox’ – it was super cute.
They also had family lunch day which Aaron was able to attend and they have been working on science projects. Her first science fair is coming up soon. I am so thrilled with her daycare and she continues to love it and learn so much. It was one of our best choices.
We had a great trip to the North Park Village Nature Center recently. We met up with two of Aaron’s co-workers and their families. It was great to spend time with some of the people Aaron talks about all the time and I really enjoyed the time outdoors after all this cold. We were there for Maple Syrup fest and we learned all about how maple syrup is collected and made and got to try samples. Cora was mostly interested in climbing on things, but Aaron and I learned a lot!
She’s also spent a couple days at my Mom’s. One day she was super sick, the other she was up and lively, both were blessings of time to help me study and get things done. Mom is good about taking photos, here are some of the ones from her sick and then well visit.
Some other little Cora things as of late:
- She hates slush. Like hates it. She likes snow and likes rain but can’t stand slush. It’s pretty funny
- She likes cheering for basketball, but has a very short attention span for it
- She still LOVES her swimming class, although freaked out last week when it was a substitute teacher. Still, this past Saturday she was actually swimming!
- She was listening to Aaron talk about math the other day. He was trying to convince her that exponential growth was interesting. When he finished, she just said to him, “Dad, I just want you to know, that was not very interesting for me.” LOL.
And, for us…
- Our Lenten devotion has been twofold. First, we are trying a new recipe every day (or if we eat at a restaurant it has to be a new restaurant or we have to try something on the menu we’ve never tried before). It’s been pretty good so far and we’ve found some great new recipes that will be part of our regular rotation. It’s been a good way to stretch ourselves. We are also participating in “the Great Conversation” at church – a welcome group for new members that follows a curriculum. We’re sponsoring a new member. It’s been good to get to know current members and to see all the people who are about to join our church, my mother included. We’ve been ushering at church as well, bringing us back there every Sunday after a relatively spotty attendance record as of late. Cora has been going to Sunday school too, which took some convincing but now she likes it.
- I’ve had two girl’s night out Saturdays in a row. First with my friends Ciara and Sara for dinner and to see the movie Divergent. Just last night with my friends Sara R., Angie and Keely for drinks and conversation. Both were so much fun and a great chance for Aaron to watch all the basketball he wanted to!
- I’ve read two really great books lately. First was “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson. A memoir in short story format that was so hilarious I was disturbing people on the train as I laughed out loud as I read. Quirky, direct, at times lewd, always honest, it was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The other was “Every day” by David Levithan. It’s about a person that wakes up in a different body every day, having to figure out who s/he is that day, what their life is like, and how to walk in their shoes for 24 hours. The person (as s/he doesn’t really identify as a boy or a girl) falls in love with someone and tries to figure out if a relationship can work. Wildly creative, with fascinating insights into what constitutes humanity, often heartbreaking, another great read.
- And in terms of TV (yes, I’m going to talk about it), one of our favorite shows, Psych, just ended. Eight years of amazing laughs, we are both sad to see it go. And, How I Met Your Mother ends on Monday, and Will was just killed off the Good Wife. Aaron and I are both amazed at the attachment we can have to characters on TV, particularly when the shows are also of such high caliber. Seems like the end of an era! One of the TV shows that is most engaging for me right now is Parenthood, and I find myself yelling at the TV when the characters make choices I don’t agree with and crying almost every episode at how moving it can be. With all the things swirling around us these days, sometimes watching TV is just the best way to end the day and deflate!
So, here it is, Sunday night, I’ve been studying so much I’ve barely scratched the surface of my to-do list. But, at least I got this blog entry out… that’s something!