Thursday, March 6, 2014
On Wednesday, it was Wacky Sock Day. AJ wore mismatched socks as she has each time this holiday has come up. But this time, we decided to up our game. In fact, AJ got so excited she woke up at 5:45 AM! Good grief.
First, she decided that two socks would be gloves. We informed her they'd have to come off as soon as she got in the school.
This brought back memories of our childhood, when it always seemed to snow or get cold on the one day we couldn't find mittens or gloves, so we ended up just using socks on our hands. I don't remember if I ever told AJ about this.
She surprised us, though, by calling this improvisation of socks-on-hands "Mississippi Gloves." She claims this was an original thought. I proclaim it brilliant, but with apologies to my friends from Mississippi.
Next, she put her hair in pigtails and tied it with mismatched socks as ribbons. That one was my idea.
Finally, we made a sock scarf by safety-pinning several different socks to each other. I will admit to having seen this on Pinterest. She looked smashing.
This is the only photo I thought to take, waiting in the drop-off line that morning.
I hope your day is wacky in a good way.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
AJ Rosa Parks Reading from SRG on Vimeo.
Didn't she do a great job?
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Angry Birds graham crackers (bite size)
Green icing on top.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Last Saturday, Anna June visited the McWane Center for Big Machines Day. The kids got to climb into big machines like cranes and dump trucks while volunteers from Crane Works got to explain what the various levers and buttons did. AJ was a natural.
She liked one of the smaller digging machines best, where the gentleman assigned took more time to explain the different handles and so on. She was not afraid of any of these, and I think we visited all of the ones parked on 19th Street (Birmingham police shut down a block for this exhibit).
I enjoyed running in to other parents we know. The place was packed - we had to park around the corner. AJ enjoyed getting a pink "hard hat". What a fun afternoon!
When we were on the way to the McWane Center last weekend, Anna June was testing out the cameras on my phone, and took this self-portrait.
I like it because it's not an expression you see memorialized in photos of her very often. She poses, sometimes even when there is no camera around. Here she is serious, thinking, and not at all staged. This must be what her teachers see when they ask her a tough question or give her an assignment she's never tackled before.
You can see how grown up she is getting. She had lost most of her baby fat in her cheeks, and her hair, by her own admission, is pretty much totally brown now. It is getting straighter, but it will almost certainly always have some degree of curl.
This big kid, whether she thinks she is or not, is ready to figure out lots of new things, solve new problems, and go new places.
Bring it on, world.