Thursday, October 05, 2006

Such a Good Day

The weather here in southern MN is absolutely gorgeous these days: sunny, blue skies, blazing orange and gold trees, and afternoons of warm-crisp 60 or so degrees. But last night, we got our first frost. This morning at the breakfast table, which faces our sliding glass patio door with a view to the lawn and fields outside, Julia asked, "Who colored the grass, Mama?" I hadn't quite heard her, so I said, "What about the grass, honey?" So she clarified: "Why is the grass white?" And so I had to explain about frost.

In another example of cuteness, Jujee's been in a wonderful mood the past few days, despite a fall cold. Today she spontaneously exclaimed, more than once, with a big grin on her face, "I'm having SUCH a good day, Mama!"

She is, too. We went to Preschool Storytime at the library today for the first time. We used to go to Baby Storytime, which is for 0-24-month-olds and consists of parents and babies sitting on the floor together in a circle, listening to a couple short stories and singing songs. Preschool Storytime (technically for 3-to 5-year-olds, but they're pretty lax about the age recommendation) is a whole different ballgame, we discovered. The kids sit in little chairs facing the children's librarian, and the stories are longer and more prolific. It definitely requires at least some ability to sit still and concentrate, something many 2-year-olds would not be able to do. Luckily, Julia loves reading, so she did great. She even sat in her own little chair instead of with me in the row behind her, although partway through she came and stood beside me and held my hand. But she enthusiastically participated in "If You're Happy and You Know It," singing along and doing all the actions (the first time I've ever seen her really participate in something like that rather than just standing and watching the other children). Then they watched a film-strip (oh, 1970s grade-school nostalgia!) of "Goodnight Moon," and did a little art project! It was like a little dose of mini-preschool, and it happens every week! Talk about a lot of bang for your buck! Or rather, for no buck, since all the children's programming at the library is of course free. Even Genevieve enjoyed herself, seeing as she just nursed and snoozed.

So yeah, we're having such a good day here. Wishing the same to you!

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