Despite the implied funk of my last post, Csilla and I actually had a nice week together. I had a head cold and so did she, but in between blowing copious amounts of snot out of our noses we did lots of activities and had some fun along the way.
In the spirit of keeping track of "scrapbookable moments", here are a few notes about the last few days.
Csilla still loves going to her preschool, but definitely hates change. After staying home sick on Monday, she decided she didn't want to go back on Wednesday unless her "proper" teachers were guaranteed to all be there. I had to make a call to my friend Bendy Linda just to make sure all three of Csilla's regular teachers had been there on Monday. I suppose this is normal for a three-year-old, but we'll have to work on Csilla's flexibility over the next few years. She certainly comes by her resistance to change naturally as Balazs isn't exactly the most flexible guy on the planet.
After preschool on Wednesday, Csilla and I headed over to Linda's for a playdate with her daughter, N. The girls play well together, which is a blessing. The other day Csilla called N her "best friend" - a first for Csilla. N is a perfect choice for a first best friend considering she's a sweet kid who is remarkably similar to Csilla in many ways. Double bonus that I like her mom so much.
The playdate went so well on Wednesday that after our mother/daughter yoga class on Thursday morning, Csilla and I stopped by Linda and N's again. We stayed almost the whole day. Csilla and I just love being at Linda and N's house. It's much bigger and brighter than our house with a great backyard that's much more suitable for child's play than at our place. Csilla and N painted and danced and giggled and had a lovely time together. When we left, I was so busy thanking Linda that I didn't keep both eyes on Csilla... and that's when she stepped out onto the road alone. Csilla was never in any real danger, but I sure as heck felt guilty about it. There are no excuses for not paying attention when it comes to our kids.
A few weeks ago the awesome blogger PedCrossing gave me a great idea to do a Photo Treasure Hunt for Csilla, which we finally did the other day. I took about 30 pictures of locations around our house and printed them on my photo printer. Then I created a chain with the photos to lead Csilla from one location to the next. She absolutely loved it. Especially because we had just finished watching an episode of Blue's Clues that featured a treasure hunt. As we were running around the house from clue to clue, Csilla said things like, "treasure hunts are so great!!" and "this is so much fun!" and "you're the best Mama for making a treasure hunt like this." How great did that make me feel? Considering it was so easy and I received such rave reviews from Csilla, we'll definitely be doing this activity again. Thanks Ped!!
I often beat myself up for letting Csilla watch too much television, but an entire day in the house is often difficult to fill on rainy days in Vancouver, so the tv goes on. I would feel much guiltier about it if Csilla's vocabulary didn't astound me so much. Lately she's been using the words "engrossed" and "responsibility". Correctly no less. Not bad for a three-year-old. I have Pinky Dinky Doo's Great Big Fancy Word Game to thank for those two. Right now Csilla is obsessed with Zoboomafoo. She just loves it and spouts of all sorts of information about animals that I didn't even know. I can't get over how smart Csilla is. Her memory is amazing and her capacity for knowledge is limitless at this point. I wish I could say it was all because of me, but I know I have television to thank for a lot of it too.
Another show that Csilla has really been enjoying lately is Mr. Maker. It's a BBC show that started airing on Treehouse recently. It features this chipper British chap making fun and easy crafts for kids. Csilla and I watch together. She loves to see what Mr. Maker does next, and I take notes so we can duplicate the ideas later.
Here's a few photos of our Mr. Maker creations:
Until recently, I haven't let Csilla help me too much with food preparation in the kitchen. She's just too much of a wiggle-fart and I always worry about accidents such as cuts and burns because she just doesn't listen when I ask her to be careful. This week I started letting her participate more because my mom has been out of town and I can't just shoo Csilla off to Nana's house (upstairs) when cooking is in progress. On Tuesday Csilla loved helping me clean lettuce and I was thrilled. It's a task I detest, but she thought it was fantastic. She loved the rinsing and ripping and had a grand time with the new salad spinner we bought together. The lettuce washing was such a success, that I let Csilla help me make a Hungarian dish called Rakott Kel last night. Rakott Kel translates as "Layered Cabbage" and it's essentially a casserole of cabbage, rice and ground pork with lots of sour cream, paprika and a few other spices. Csilla washed all the cabbage for me before I cooked it up. This is one of Csilla's favourite dishes to eat, so it came as no surprise when she exclaimed: "That smells divine Mama!" I'm not kidding. My three-year-old uses the word divine. I think I have Pinky Dinky Doo to thank for that too. And even better? As Csilla wolfed down her food she said, "That was deeeee-lish! May I have some more please?" Csilla cracks me up and she has excellent manners. What more could I ask for?
Another quote from Csilla, last night after baking cookies all afternoon (did I mention we baked cookies together yesterday too?) and making Rakott Kel (which is quite involved and takes some time), Csilla said:
"Why don't you lay on my couch and rest Mama."
Well she didn't have to ask me twice!
Talk about music to my ears. It was almost as good as hearing Balazs say something similar to me a few weeks ago:
"Mama you work so hard around here all day, why don't you go put your feet up."
Huh? I'm not sure when the body snatchers came to my house and replaced my husband, but they are welcome any time, just as long as it's for upgrades and not downgrades.
That's about it for now. Time to go make dinner. Hope everybody is having a lovely weekend.