Thursday, September 18, 2014

Maeve's Letter to Santa Claus

Yep, Maeve wrote her letter to Santa yesterday. I figured, it couldn't hurt, that way I'd know if she had something on her mind for Christmas. As it turned out, she just wanted to tell Santa how wonderful he is and how much she loves him, which is pretty sweet.

I tried to clarify whether she meant clothes FOR her ponies or clothing for herself with ponies on them. She was not so clear, so maybe we'll aim for both.

She drew him a snowman at the bottom of the page, then insisted I draw the face and arms, so I did. But the circles are all hers.

She really impressed our mail delivery person when she handed him the letter and asked him to be sure and get it to Santa Claus. He told her she'd for sure get what she asked for since she got in her request so early. But people, there are only 97 days until Christmas, that's just over 13 weeks. And if you think that's a lot of time, you are wrong!

I kind of poked and prodded to see if there was anything else she wanted, but she really couldn't think of a single thing. What a wonderful age she's at!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Little Pony Play Time

"And I had an idea, and that’s why I went -- gasp-- I should throw a great big, ginormous, super-duper spectacular welcome party and invite everyone in Ponyville! See? And now you have lots and lots of friends!" - Pinkie Pie, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Do you know what I did for several hours yesterday? I played Ponies. Sometimes our Peter Pan and Hook figurines were involved, but mostly the ponies. I usually have to be Rainbow Dash and Applejack, the ones Maeve has deemed ungirly enough to be 'boy' ponies (despite the fact that they are all girls) and Maeve is Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy. We don't have Twilight Sparkle or Rarity yet...

The ponies spend most of their time throwing impromptu birthday parties for one of their members, although they did spend some time yesterday trying to teach Hook how to give hugs and share. It's an uphill battle.

I enjoy the show enough that it's not difficult or arduous to be playing ponies with Maeve, it's pretty fun. And it brings me back, because of course I used to play My Little Ponies, usually by myself, during my brother's naps or time outs. It was a nice, quiet time then. Of course, Maeve's Pinkie Pie voice is nothing like quiet, but it's still fun.

I have nothing deep to say about this except I love being part of her imaginary games. I don't take that for granted.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Great Grandma and her 90th

I have written before about Maeve's great-grandmother Elenore, from whom Maeve's middle name came. Elenore turned 90 on Sunday, so Maeve and I took some time yesterday to go visit, and bring her a card, some lunch, and some cookies.

At first I was worried because Great Grandma didn't return my call. I always call before I come, to make sure she's still feeling up to a visit (just watching Maeve run around wears her out!) and yesterday she wasn't picking up her phone. After a few calls around to family, she called me back and confessed she hadn't heard the phone ring at all. Her deafness is kind of intermittent and yesterday was pretty bad.

So Maeve and I made gingerbread cutouts, which I always love the finished product of, but I really hate making. Messy, sticky, flour, and uncooperative dough. Sigh. But we got them made and they turned out pretty cute. I let Maeve decorate some of them with candy corn, too, although she was disappointed when the candy corn melted in the oven.

We took the gingerbread, some Long John Silvers' (which Elenore loves) and Maeve's homemade card down to Great Grandma's around lunchtime. Maeve made her usual rounds, played outside, had an exchange with the elderly Cockatiel, and generally looked for the limits of what she could touch, turn on, or move.

I always enjoy talking to my grandmother, especially on her less-deaf days when it's easier to communicate. Last time we were over, she sighed contentedly and told me that life was so good. I hadn't really heard her say anything like that before, so it struck me. I hope when I am 90, dealing with whatever diseases come my way by then, that I feel the same way. My grandmother has amazing spunk, if nothing else, and Maeve certainly came by hers naturally.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Maeve, Agog at the Planetarium

Maeve loves going to the planetarium so much, I almost don't want to take her to the movie theater.

Not that I have any plans to, anytime soon. There are no movies I want her to see in the theater coming out this year at all, so there are no imminent plans. But I think part of why she loves the planetarium is the thrill of them turning off the lights and watching something on a big screen.

I mean, obviously the planetarium is way cooler because the screen takes up the whole ceiling and you get to learn about space. That's for sure. But bringing Maeve there? It's like taking the kid to Disneyland, every time. Her whole face lights up and her body radiates pure happiness. She clings to my arm with excitement and a little fear of the darkness, and bounces up and down.

I wish I could have captured her face throughout the 23 minute program. She was agog. Eyebrows raised, pointing at all the moons and comets flashing past. It was obviously so thrilling for her.

I don't know if she will always love it, but I'm so grateful to get to be with her now, while she feels this way. What a gift.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Little Girl in Class

It was my first time volunteering in Maeve's classroom yesterday. I was feeling excited and nervous enough that I made sure my outfit was super cute, for the purpose of adding a little confidence. I worked on a little filing project, chatted with the other mom who came to volunteer day, helped the kids make handprints, and watched my little girl in the classroom.

I noticed that she's very keyed in to what the teachers said. She's very focused and follows directions well. A few times she got off track, let astray by the proximity of other kids, who she wants to touch and engage with, or if she thinks she's done the activity for long enough, she just kind of stops doing it.

She doesn't dance with as much abandon as the other kids, she doesn't sing loud around them yet. But I think part of that is being there just twice a week, since most of the class is there 4 days. She just doesn't know everyone well enough to let loose around them like that, not yet.

I really liked what I saw, though. She participated, listened, and interacted with other kids in ways I would have only imagined her doing, months ago. It was wonderful to see how much she's learned in just a month.

Too cool for school ;)