Curly: She and I have been playing games together and she's so cute! At school, she was having trouble with spelling, but she's worked really hard over the Christmas break and she got an A on her last test! We were so proud of her. She is still my social butterfly and goes to school primarily to see her friends, of which she has many.
After watching the Prince of Egypt on Christmas Eve, she's been enamored with the story, the songs (she's learned most of the words, and makes up the rest), and the Egyptian culture. She draws Pharaohs and Sphinxes, and dug the camels out of the Playmobil box.
Mister: He is an absolute joy to teach every day. He's an eager learner; He's really taking off in his reading, and he just finished another second grade math workbook. I'm going to have to get him a third grade one.
This morning, he was busy copying constellations out of a star chart, drawing and labeling ones that I'd never even heard of. He still loves maps and charts and trains.
Princess Abi: When she had a fever yesterday, and had to stay home from preschool, she wept! I was only able to comfort her by reminding her that other kids have been sick and missed a day, but they come back the next time.
She has come so far in the past six weeks. When she first came to us, a cold and fever would have been cause for going into complete turtle mode, ignoring us, or even pushing us away. This week, although she was still a miserable lump on the couch, she talked to me and let me hug her and comfort her.
There was a sweet poem on Facebook the other day that really touched me:
Our skin doesn't match.
You don't have my eyes or mouth,
And our faces aren't the same shape.
I don't know what it's like to look at you and catch a glimpse of myself as a child.
What I see in you is far more beautiful than that.
I see the hand of God in my life.
I see into the windows of heaven, and you, sweet angel, are by my side every single day.
Our skin may not match, but we match hearts."
Bean: At the store the other day, he talked Daddy into buying him a lemon! The next day, he wanted a lime, but he called it a green lemon.
He makes me laugh at the intensity with which he lives life. He can't just eat a lemon drop; he gets it stuck in his hair. He never walks anywhere. He runs!
I took a couple of little videos of him yesterday to mail to Miss A in Tennessee because she hasn't seen him for a while.
When I tried to take a picture, though, he hid. Silly Bean. :)