A Day of Board-dom
So I've been mostly motivated to get things done around the house...except for today, which was one of those blah, rainy, stay-inside sorts of days. I decided I would much rather play with Ella than do anything else. When she was younger and immobile I had all the time in the world to document her progress, and once she was mobile and talking and even more fascinating I totally slacked off on that. Today was such a great day I wanted to write about it just so I can remember it for later.
In the morning, I had a friend over for English conversation and Ella pretty much entertained herself with her toys and the Art Box. She is no longer afraid of Play-doh, by the way. Afterwards we played hide-and-seek with her stuffed opossum, Pottum, and she is getting much better at being able to look for things without getting distracted by the other toys. The great thing about Pottum is that his rat-like tail tends to peek out of hiding places, so it's not too hard and not too easy to find him.
We branched out to hiding ourselves and after a couple of tries she stopped standing in the middle of the room and progressed to curling up in a little ball in the middle of the room when it was her turn to hide. And then I stopped to wonder if it's really that smart to teach her to hide, though I'm sure she'll figure out other ways to give her parents a heart-attack later on.
In the afternoon we played for ages with a board that had been sitting out in the very cold sunroom (which is now doubling as an extra fridge). I took the biggest book we had and made a ramp, and she had a blast just walking up that thing and stepping off the edge. Then we took her alphabet blocks, made towers, and tried to knock them down by driving her cars down the ramp. I took some electrical tape and made a starting line and she seemed to get the idea of what to do. I don't know how long we played with that old board but it was pretty awesome.
We also found the time in our busy schedule to dance around to some Kool and the Gang. She's getting more into dancing and a couple times a week our little family will dance around in a circle until we get dizzy. I tried teaching her to bust a few moves but she's definitely more interested in doing her own thing and making other random objects dance with her. There are times when I think this has to be the best point in my life, having her around all day and getting to know her and having this little dance partner who loves to spin in circles until she falls down.
Monday, February 09, 2009
A Day of Board-dom
Posted by Pardon My French at 11:20 PM