Sunday, March 29, 2015

When did they get so big?

My three year old daughter really impressed me last week. For several months now, we have been working on improving our attitude whenever we are asked to do something.

To help with that goal I have designated an "I'd love to" jar. Whenever anyone in the family responds "I'd love to" to a request for help, and follows through with the action, they get to put a pom pom in the jar. Once the jar is filled we all go to Menchie's for some frozen yogurt.

Carson is the best at it. Emilia is gone to school most of the day so she doesn't get to say it as often. Stella hasn't ever said it. She loves to help, but has not used those words when answering a request. She prefers to just do it. That is until last week.

Stella has become more independent by the day. She can now buckle her car seat on her own, she gets dressed on her own in the morning, she helps set the table, do dishes, laundry, etc. etc. etc.

One morning last week she came upstairs all dressed, shoes and all. When I went to her room to get her water cup I discovered she had made her own bed and even arranged the pillows in her bed. I can't even get my 7 year old to do it without help.

When I got back upstairs, I asked Stella to open the door to let the dog out. She cheerfully answered "I'd love to!"

Where has my baby gone? Ever since that day she has been making her own bed every morning before coming upstairs for breakfast. I couldn't be more proud of her!

Carson and I worked on an awesome train track last Tuesday. It was the best one we've done so far. All of the spokes from the center turning track were used. We had bridges, tunnels, intersections, and other fancy things. I really enjoyed the challenge of using all of the special pieces to create a web of tracks for him to play with. Carson had a good time assisting me by finding the right pieces and placing them on the track. He also had some great suggestions of what we should do.

I am so grateful for the blessing and opportunity to get to spend these special moments with my sweet children. I am a lucky mom!