Four!

I know how the days are spent and still I must wonder where the years go.

Sprout is four! How can I sum up such a child? She is curious and observant; thoughtful and meticulous. She can do so many things. She greatly enjoys being helpful. She is imaginative, playful, and cuddly when she is drowsy.

As I did last year, I asked her some fun survey questions. Here are some of her answers:

  • What is your favorite color? “Pink, red, blue, and orange.”
  • What is your favorite movie? Pooh’s Grand Adventure
  • What is your favorite song? “‘Twinkle, Twinkle,’ ‘Jesus Loves Me,’ and ‘Oh! Victory in Jesus'”
  • What is your favorite food? “Peanut butter jelly sandwiches and noodles!”
  • What is your favorite drink? “Juice.”
  • What is your favorite snack? “Yogurt.”
  • What are your favorite clothes to wear? “My butterfly shirt and this (brown floral) dress.”
  • What is your favorite toy? “All my new toys.”
  • What is your favorite thing to do outside? “Swing.”
  • Where is your favorite place to go? “Not a doctor. The orange place (Home Depot). Restaurants.”
  • What is the yuckiest food? “Broccoli and carrots.”
  • What do you want to be or do when you grow up? “Ten years old! A man. I will jump really, really, super high!”
  • What did you used to do when you were little? “Just cry.”
  • Now that you are 4, what can you do that you couldn’t do when you were just 3? “I can jump really, super high.”
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Eight Dollars in a Three-Year-Old’s Pocket

Sprout spent her saved-up birthday money recently. She had $8 in her jeans pocket heading into Walmart.

First, she bought something she needed.

Well, she didn’t need a new comb. But, in a toddler’s world of necessities and wants, I would rank comb closer to the former. She was careful. She browsed the entire hair section, gently touching glittery hair ties, packs of neon hair bows, and “funny-looking” headbands.

But she didn’t let any of those things dissuade her. She “needed” a new comb. A pink one. The only pink comb came in a pack of 2 with a black one. “I don’t need two,” she said. “But I want pink. At least when the pink one is all used up, I will have the black one!”

Two combs for $2 (and some change). I decided, internally, to cover the change and taxes because she isn’t quite ready to learn about rounding and “giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s.”😉

Then, she chose something to give away.

She wanted to buy a toy for her new baby sister. I explained that she had $6 left, and that if she bought for her sister, she might not have money to buy any toys for herself.

That was alright by her. She was determined that she wanted to spend her own money on a toy for her baby sister.

She looked at bigger toys that light up, play cell phones, and large stuffed animals. Finally, she found a box of small plush rattles.

A small toy for a new baby, $2. It was “just right,” though she was not sure her sister would like it. “But maybe she will.”

Finally, she bought something fun for herself.

With $4 remaining, she looked up and down every toy aisle. What caught her eye was a stretchy, soft-bodied “life-like”… lizard. The very last one, and it didn’t have a tag. She was so sure this was what she wanted.

So I tracked down an employee who gave me the shelf tag to take to the cashier.

A $3 lizard for herself.

My heart was full, and I am still in awe of this child.

Everything about the experience amazes me yet.

Her restraint. She didn’t once ask me for more money so that she could buy something bigger or “better.”

Her determination to buy each of the things she wanted with the money she had.

Her generosity in thinking of someone else before herself. Someone she has not yet met, in fact! She didn’t choose the toys she liked best for someone else (the light up ones). She carefully considered what the other person would enjoy.

Her joy and pride in doing this by herself (mostly) and being successful.

I’ve tucked her first receipt away in her baby book. I know this is a memory I will share with her into her adulthood. Such sweet innocence and purity found in just $8 in the hands of a three-year-old.

A Little Update

This year has been so crazy, that I’ve missed blogging some projects I have finished. I’m working on those “missing” posts. They will come along in what appears a random order (I’m not going to post-date the actual blog post), and a few may be missing some of the information I usually include. Thankfully, I keep my Ravelry pages updated regularly, so much of the information I need is there.

That’s what’s going on blog-wise. Crafting-wise, I’ve got my attention focused on my Garland socks. I’ve completed the first and intend to finish the second soon, so I can cast on something I really want to knit, which is…

… an Asagi short-sleeve linen top (pattern by Bristol Ivy). Of course, it likely won’t be worn until at least spring time, and Sprout does need a new winter hat for this winter, so I may be self-disciplined and knit the hat first. Happily, preschooler heads are fairly small, yet. 🙂

Motherhood-wise, I’m changing up Sprout’s schooling a bit. I’ve ordered “official” curriculum (maybe I’ll explain why in another post), worked on some more quiet bags, looked into good preschool-age read-aloud novels, and I’m making plans for a more structured start to the school day (like including prayer, Bible verse memory work, and keeping some sort of records). And trying to plan that stuff around JB’s needs and schedule; considering what we can do with him at the table coloring in a book versus what would be better done while he is occupied or asleep. Also, I’m keeping in mind that much of this may (will?) change when this new baby begins having more of an impact on the family outside the womb, next spring…

Life-wise, I’m still growing a baby. 😀 I’m in that not-uncomfortable-but-definitely-feeling-pregnant stage. I know there’s a little person in there, though I’m not feeling him/her much yet. I am reminded whenever I try to stay up late or turn over in bed too quickly… and when I use the bathroom before driving the 20 minutes to town, but need to use it again as soon as I arrive.

Oh, and family-wise, we are enjoying our new house. There is a lot to see and do. Here is the view from our porch.

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Peaceful. Beautiful. Windy. Wonderful. I love it. 🙂

JB is TWO!

Every time a child of mine passes their birthday, I wonder… where did the year go? Now that I have two children, I ask myself that same question twice a year. And it seems the year passes twice as quickly, now.

At any rate, THIS young man is two years old today.

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I frequently say, he is such a boy. He gets dirty, he is loud (even when he whispers!), and he can be mischievous.

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But he is also very sweet, adores his big sister (but his mama even more), and is a smiling, giggling boy most of the time.

He likes to play rough,

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help people,

and eat. He really, really likes to eat.

I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday…

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… and I’m filled with joy to be his mama! Happy birthday, son!

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Quiet

This site has been quiet, I know. It’s not for lack of crafting. I recently crocheted a baby blanket and stuffed toy for a friend’s baby. I started a small throw blanket. And I’ve started and been whizzing through a winter sweater for JB.

But we also have been between homes. We sold our old house at the end of July while in the process of buying a new one. We won’t move in there until this Labor Day weekend, or possibly later if it rains as predicted. Fear not! we have not been homeless, but have been bunking with my very gracious parents-in-law.

I have also been dealing with a molar-teething almost-two-year-old, and for the last few days, a stitched-up three-year-old. (Sprout cut her knee and required six stitches.) Both a bit out of sorts also being in this home transition. Yikes.

Also, I have been toying with the idea of creating a Facebook page and Instagram feed to associate with this blog. I’m still looking into it, but if I make accounts, I’ll be sharing the information here.

And finally, perhaps one of the most important things I’ve been doing the last 2.5 months, is growing a whole new person.  ☺️ Nate and I are expecting a third little addition next spring. The first trimester this time ’round has been a doozy. We aren’t sure of gender yet, and I’m waiting until then to look at baby patterns. But that small throw blanket I mentioned is a baby blanket I started in cream and brown. I got pregnant and my fingers started itching to knit for the new babe. ❤️

So, there are all my reasons and excuses. I hope to share more soon. 🙂