This past weekend I did something that I’ve always wanted to do. When I was growing up my family never put a train under the tree. We always put a train up, but the set was too big to put under the tree, so we set it up in the basement on a ping pong table. It was fun, but I still wanted to have a train under the tree.
So, on Saturday morning after the kids woke up, we got out the Thomas the Train set that we bought last year but never put out because the kids weren’t quite ready for it yet. After a little set up and a lecture about when we can and when we can’t play with the train, I let them play.
I know it’s a simple thing, but the kids enjoy it, and I enjoy watching them and the enjoyment little things like this bring them. You can’t tell by their expressions in the pictures, but they did have a pretty good time with it.
It’s really hard to believe that we went from seventy degrees and sunny to snow in a matter of three days.
I took these photos three days ago:
This morning we woke up to this:
The triplets got dressed up in their costumes the last week for a little Halloween program at pre-school.
Then on Saturday we carved our Jack O’Lanterns. The kids picked out their design while Gretch and I cut them out. Elisha actually reached all the way in and grabbed a bunch of the “guts”. She didn’t seem to mind it too much. KJ would only reach in with the scoop and was taking out one seed at a time. Juli wasn’t feeling too well so she just sat and watched for the most part.
Then on Sunday the kids found their stash of toys from their school Halloween party. The fangs were a big hit. Juli really looks the part, mostly because of the cold that she’s had. The poor thing has rubbed the skin under her nose raw. I really hope this cold passes quickly (and doesn’t infect the rest of us).
Today the triplets got a little surprise at pre-school when I volunteered to be the class helper. Each day, one parent from the class is the class helper, who gets to hang out and play with the kids and be an extra set of eyes & ears for the teacher. Since no other parent had signed up to be the helper today, I volunteered.
Now, when a parent is the class helper, their child gets to be the leader. The leader gets to do things like ring the bell that signals that it’s time to clean up, be the first in line and lead the class to the next activity, and lead any group activities. Since today was “purple day” at the school, I thought it would be appropriate to have Elisha be the leader for the day (purple is her “most favorite” color, after all). She was in heaven.
It’s very interesting watching the triplets in a more social situation than they’re used to. I saw a lot from them that I liked, and little bits that I didn’t like. They all did very well with sharing and following directions, with a few exceptions (to be expected). That didn’t surprise me at all. But when it was time for “free play” I was surprised to see Juli off in a corner by herself drawing. Well, it surprised me at first, after I thought about it for a while, she is the one who most often will go off into a corner of the house to play by herself when we are at home. I guess it just caught me off guard, especially when she moved onto something else, again something no one else was playing with, when some of her classmates decided to join her little art session. It seemed as tho she didn’t want to be around the other kids. She wasn’t mean or nasty to them, she just wanted to be alone, and would move on to something else any time someone tried to join her.
Now, this could very well have just been her mood today, so it’s something that I’ll have to watch for the next time I’m the helper.
KJ and Elisha on the other hand, were in the middle of the mayhem the entire day. They really seemed to enjoy playing with the other kids. Especially KJ. He had a great time with all of the other boys on the little climber/slide playset that they have. They were quite rambunctious, but no one needed more than a gentle reminder to slow down or take turns.
I had a good time today with all of the kids. I’m looking forward to the next time I’m the class helper (might be a different story by the end of the year, since I have to do it 20+ times…)