PIctures and random

 I signed Kins up for more dance classes. She did well in her trial class, actually following along with what she was supposed to do. Her she is with her class.
 Big Mac didn't like not being able to go into the dance room with the class. He watched intently. When they changed rooms he put on Kin's dance slippers and copied one of the moves he'd been observing.
Big Mac is finally letting us read to him without turning the pages way to quickly.

 Our unplowed road. It's now turned into pure ice.
 Big Mac refused to nap for 4 or 5 days. It was really rough on both of us. I knew he still needed it, so I made him stay in his crib for the usual couple of hours. There was a lot of screaming over that 4-5 days. Then, like magic, he suddenly started napping again. Same thing happened with Kins at almost the exact same age. He loves his crib again and asks to get in at bed time and nap time. I'm so glad all the screaming is over. Here he is super cuddly and clingy because he was exhausted after a day with no nap.
We decided we aren't going to tell our kids that Santa is real. We never said he wasn't, and Kins never asked this year. I read her books about Santa, she sees him on cartoons, in pictures, all over. I just never addressed if he was real or not. Laura one day asked her directly if he was real. There was no hesitation and she answered as if it was obvious, "Noooo!" Laura asked her about a few other things, cartoon characters, mermaids, unicorns. She was a little stumped on unicorns, which makes sense, but ultimately she decided they were pretend. I left the Santa thing at that. An adult recently asked her what Santa brought her for Christmas, and she said in a slightly condescending tone, "Santa isn't real. He's just pretend." Hmm. I do need to explain to her not to tell kids this so she doesn't ruin it for them next year. I think in some ways the santa story is cute, but it bothers me that they're supposed to think he's watching them at all times and judging them. It seems healthiest to me that she think her parents and loved ones thought about what she might like and spent their money on her, than for her to think some random dude did.

I have noticed Big Mac putting two words together often these days. He has put together words for awhile that are repeated often like night night Kins. But, putting words together that aren't taught to him as basically one word is more new. Like saying, "more cheese."


  1. Naturally, the Mac's first sentence would be about more food!
    Kins sure looks like a serious ballerina - and Mac is trying hard to follow along.

  2. I like your thinking on the Santa issue. Mac looks good on the dance floor; those skills come in handy just a little later in life when trying to court the girls! Uncle Eric took dance classes here in Seattle after listening to Roy enthuse about dance classes. Eric looked good dancing at his wedding! Roy loves waltz, swing, a little salsa/Latin and folk dance which makes me a happy camper. He took classes before I even met him.


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