Anna June's brain is on fire. Sometimes I wonder if I am ever going to be able to keep up with her. She's always thinking, thinking, thinking. She's learning everything, good, bad, and otherwise.
Last night she astounded us by her (almost) correct use of the word "territorial," which she learned from the PBS Kids Go! show Wild Kratts. I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of the show - it's about two brothers who are the heirs apparent to the Crocodile Hunter - they are animal experts. Then, the show morphs from live action into cartoons, where the cartoon brothers Kratt have wild adventures under the sea, in the jungle, or where ever. Their ridiculous adventures come to a close, and then we're back to a live-action educational sequence. I don't know if it's the subject matter (animals) or the animation style or what, but I am turned off of this show. AJ loves it, though. I guess if she's learning, I should let her indulge a little, right?
Besides her burgeoning vocabulary, AJ has really been taking off in the artwork department. She got a calendar of activities to do at home during Christmas break from Mrs. Smith, her after-school care teacher. We didn't really look at it, until I needed some space on the fridge this weekend. I showed it to her, and she wanted to do almost all of the activities in order to cross them off the calendar. It featured seasonally-appropriate tasks such as "draw a picture of an evergreen tree," and "draw a picture of a burning candle." She made about 10 large-format drawings according to these directions. You could really tell that her snowman was a snowman, and her bare winter tree was a tree. Unfortunately, I didn't keep any of these big drawings, because I had an idea: since we were headed to church on Sunday morning, why not use this work to spread some holiday-time joy amongst our congregation. So AJ passed out all her drawings to our (mostly elderly) congregation, giving basically one to each family present. It was so sweet. Now many homes have refrigerator-worthy art from our little one.
Speaking of little ones, as we await the arrival of our nephew and AJ's cousin, AJ even made some artwork for the baby! She's as thoughtful as she is smart.
She's also extremely silly! She has been pretending to be a dog, Marigol (Marigold without the "d"). She begs to go outside, eats snacks from the floor and barks. Good grief.
Per the suggestion at The Writeous Babe Project, I'm considering a blogging calendar. My sketch is:
Monday - Weekend Review
Tuesday - Things Tuesday: reviews and descriptions of all our fabulous stuff that we use and love
Wednesday - Works of Art Wednesday: Featuring the latest and greatest from our artist
Thursday - Thinking Thursday: discussion of AJ's development, with some analysis of hopes and dreams
Friday - Photo Friday: perhaps if I have a designated day of the week, I will get around to uploading and sharing more photos.
I don't know if I can stick to this, so it's subject to change - especially for breaking news - but I think it may be good to have a goal.
Do we want to be another Atlanta? (vote)
10 hours ago