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29th-May-2012 06:29 pm - mermaid
Two weeks ago, I took Madi and a classmate to the pool. I was warned that T may not be excited to play in the pool. But thanks to the power that is peer pressure, they played for an hour and a half. During that time, T convinced Madi that she could float. And suddenly, she was. They took turns floating like a starfish with my assistance. I was amazed.

Today we returned to the pool, but T's older brother came and T was completely occupied with him. Madi was quite upset at being ignored. But at some point she started having fun on her own. She kept trying to see how long she could go without touching the bottom. She found she could float underwater. Then she began propelling herself forward. With her goggles, she didn't seem to mind going under, nor getting her face wet, nor water in her ears. While I sat talking to T's mom, she figured out how to swim underwater.

We are so ready for the waterslide. I can't wait! 
9th-Jul-2011 10:12 pm - transitions
Madeline has learned all sorts of important things at summer camp:
-how to jump off a swing
-how to make fart noises with her hands
-how to do a cartwheel
-how to go across the monkey bars
-some new jokes
-some new slang for penis

Overall, I think it's been a good first half of the summer. Five weeks of camp left!
27th-Jun-2011 10:13 pm - nine kinds of awesome
Tonight, Madeline read a book to me for the first time.
4th-Dec-2010 10:00 pm - first Nutcracker
I took Madeline to her second ballet. She has the attention span for it. And she LOVED it. So much so, that when it ended and the lights came on, she burst into tears and said she didn't want to leave. She cried down the hall, across the parking lot and the whole ride home. It wasn't past her bedtime, but I guess the excitement and anticipation for the whole day wore her down.

18th-Mar-2010 11:27 am - the ski lesson
We took Madeline to Eldora today for a ski lesson.  When it ended she didn't to leave.  She showed us what she learned and then said, "come on, let's get on the lift."  I took that as a good sign, although we had to deal with the wails of a child denied when we told her we had to leave.

As she crawled into bed, "I wish I was still skiing."
7th-Oct-2009 10:09 am - Letter to Madeline: 47th month
Dear Madeline,
Your mother is behind in blog entries. So this is all you get this month.

1st-Oct-2009 03:20 pm - things said
Madeline, I like when you describe the pattern of paint in your artwork as "scitter-scatter".
26th-Aug-2009 12:14 pm - things said
I want to go to that hiking place.

(The plan to make the wee one love the outdoors is working.  Hurray!)
19th-May-2009 08:57 pm - things said to mom
Your legs are pokey.  You need to get waxed.
28th-Apr-2009 07:18 pm(no subject)
I painted Madeline's fingernails and toenails last night.  She is thrilled.

I need to remember how to be delighted with something so simple.
8th-Apr-2009 09:39 pm - without a doubt
Me:  Madeline, look!  See the baby horses!

Me:  Did you see them?

Madeline:  No.

Madeline:  But I believe you.
26th-Mar-2009 03:53 pm - Everybody Bonjours!
After reading a few books together, Madeline slides off my lap, "I'm going to France now."

We got a book from the library called Everybody Bonjours! about a girl visiting France.  Madeline noticed the black Mary Janes she wears.  Since her tap shoes look just like them, she put them on and walked around the house throwing her arms wide and shouting "Bonjour!"

21st-Mar-2009 08:57 pm - arrangement by Madeline
Jon sat down to have breakfast and sang a line from a song:
The female of the species is more deadlier than the male.

Madi:  No, it goes like this.
A female deer
A female deer

Puzzled looks between Jon and I.

Jon:  Do you mean Do, a Deer?

Madi sings: 
A female deer
A female deer
I call myself
Long way to ruuuuuunnnnn
That will bring us back to do, do, do
Drop of golden sun

After breakfast, I searched for the  The Sound of Music movie on YouTube and let Julie Andrews show Madeline the proper order of things.
14th-Mar-2009 12:17 pm - Ha
As Jon grabbed a towel to take a shower, Madeline shouted "Ha ha, you have a penis!"
11th-Mar-2009 01:57 pm - things said about a rhinovirus
Madeline has a cold.  On the way to school,  while wheezing and snorting, "My nose is rattling!"
9th-Mar-2009 03:31 pm - things said by parent
"Oh, yesterday..."

As we drive over to the bank, Jon starts to tell me a story about some people that walked right out in front of his truck the day before.  He had to slam on his brakes.  You can tell it was sudden, unexpected and that it totally pissed him off, by the intensity of his description. 

Madeline summing it up for me, "He said @#$%!"
16th-Jan-2009 03:13 pm - thing said about effort
We went skating again last night.  While watching Daddy ice skate:

Madeline:  He's doing a good job.
15th-Jan-2009 03:11 pm - things said about lawn care
Leaving the house one morning:

Madeline: Daddy you need to flatten the lawn, it's getting all up.
13th-Dec-2008 08:43 pm - another first
Tonight in the car, Madeline was drawing on her MagnaDoodle. It was the first time we've ever seen her draw a recognizable person. It was the standard circle with two dots and a line for a face and four other lines in the appropriate places for appendages.

Then she drew one for us with hair.

Excellent job my wee one!

Edited January 7, 2009 to post drawing.

23rd-Jun-2008 06:43 pm - for those considering daycares

Things I had not considered when choosing a daycare.

1. Snakes
A couple of weeks after starting Madeline at her current daycare, I was driving across the campus to pick her up.  As I rounded a corner, I saw a standoff between a prairie dog and a snake.  A 3 foot long snake.  It had not occurred to me to question the possible encounters between kids and wildlife.  Which was foolish of me, since we live up against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  The staff assured me, while they have seen snakes on walks, they have never seen any in the yards.  Same with the bears.   

2. Bears
Bears!?!  Well, of course!  They wander into town all the time, why not here?  No bear sightings occurred (have been acknowledged) in the 20 months that we have attended.  

3. Coyotes and Mountain Lions
See #2.

4. Plutonium exposures
The daycare is sponsored by a federal agency.  It’s on federal property.  They do federal things up there, watch the planet, keep time and handle plutonium.  A cracked vial was found recently.  Updated.

 While driving home, Madeline started kicking the car door.  She responded to our request to stop with her most common phrase, "I want to!"  We started using the distraction technique to get her mind off kicking the door.  She started to explain what she was doing.

Madeline: I did it like this.  I did it like that.

Papa:  Did you do it with a whiffle ball bat?
27th-Apr-2008 04:05 pm - things said
Scene: kitchen

I'm making pasta.  The dogs are barking in the yard.  I go and yell at them and bring them in.  Pot boils over on stove.

Me (in a whisper): Son of a @#$!

Madeline:  Mommy, have a bitch?

Me: Yes.
27th-Apr-2008 03:58 pm - things said
Scene: gas station

Jon struggles to get a pump to read his card and then pump faster than molasses.  Stops pump, gets in car, comments about the inadequacies of the pump and pulls up to the next pump.

The next pump functions, he fills up and gets back in the car.

Madeline:  Daddy, did that one suck?
5th-Mar-2008 04:41 pm - developing sense of humor
Well, it only took two weeks to go from wearing underwear to using potty humor.  Today Madeline sang on the way home “Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are, Poop!”  We were of course startled by this and laughed heartily.  It was funny.  Madeline took her cue and began to sing various songs with “poop” thrown in.  The she realized that other words with “poop” were funny too.  Horsey poop" and "big horsey poop" were very popular for the rest of the ride home."
14th-Jan-2008 09:52 am - abridged version
Madeline has also been learning the "A, B, C" song. When she sings alone, she sings "A B C D, Y and Z, hex time, sing, me".

see more madeline videos on youtube
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