Month: September 2009

New Kinds of Play

 - by Gretel

School has started, and we’re all in the throes of the busy season.  Ilyana loves her school, her friends, and her teacher “Ms. ‘ronica” (Veronica).  She’s been very good at helping lately, and is showing a bigger interest in books.  She also knows all her capital letters and is getting great at spelling out words.  We need to work on lower case next.

We’ve noticed a few new trends in her playing.  She’s much more imaginative, and is getting into pretend play by herself.  She is sharing what’s going on in her little head, which is fascinating and frightening all at once.  We have some new games, some shown in the pictures below.  All in all, it’s a fun time (though the stubborn streak is still a mile wide!).

This is Chicken.  It is very important that she wear panties.

This is the word game.  Ilyana likes putting the sticky notes on things more than reading the words, but it’s still a lot of fun.

This is a foot!

I’m Ilyana!

The lady wanted to eat Ilyana’s noodles.  Note the bib.

BBQ, Painting, and School

 - by Gretel

It’s been a busy couple of weeks!  We had a great barbeque in August to celebrate my graduation and our new grill, which was a heck of a lot of fun.  Good food, good people, and kids for Ilyana to play with.  We did have a very dramatic accident that sent our little friend Harrison to the ER, but he’s fine.  Just a little scalp wound that bled like crazy!

Ilyana also tried out finger painting.  It’s not her favorite…she would only touch the paint with one finger, and then rinsed it off with each dip.  She far prefers painting with her color wonder paints from Crayola, as they are clear on her fingers and don’t feel as slimy as the fingerpaint.

The biggest news is, of course, Ilyana going to school.  She walked in the first day and hasn’t looked back.  In fact, her biggest challenge is leaving – she throws a little fit each day when I come pick her up.  I’m not taking it personally, and am reveling in her independence.

Enjoy the pictures from Flickr below – be sure to click through to see the whole set.