There were a few comments on Monday's post about much easier life gets when you have older kids to help you clean things and they really encouraged me, both for the future and the present. Why wait until your kids are older? Naomi is a wiz with the above dust buster and the novelty and excitement of using it and having a daily chore to do had been so great. I also told her I would give her 50 cents a week if she does her daily chore. The best part is that in order for her to do her chore of dustbust the play room she has to first pick up and put away all the toys in the room, which she happily does and which renders the room cleaner during the day than it has ever been. I also realized that if I give both girls their own cleaning cloths and walk around the house spraying down our wood furniture, they will wipe down anything I tell them to. I know the novelty will wear off but for now I do not care, it is fabulous. Bernadette walked out after the above photographed cleaning sesh and asked if she "could do more choring". Like I said, fabulous.
3) Reading first words
This has been a week of firsts because along with the children genuinely pitching in to clean around here, Naomi read a few of her very first words. I have been sloooooowly slugging through this intensive phonics program with her-- like spending 4 weeks on 4 consonants slow-- and things have really started to seem like they are clicking. It is really fun and really crazy to see all the dots connecting in her little brain and see the work that I thought was going nowhere start to actually bear visible fruit. Meanwhile Bernadette has proclaimed herself the "real teacher" and is constantly ordering Naomi to write letters and words on the board that she has no idea about yet, but it is definitely preferable to the tantrums Bernadette was throwing daily when we started doing these lessons.
Jenny, I think of you every time I bust it out) and I fear that my life has been forever changed. I bought it to paint some gold roses for Naomi's Our Lady of Lourdes All Saints costume tomorrow, then it made its way on to her veil, and it is only because Bernadette refused to change her costume to Our Lady of Guadalupe that I have no reason to use it on her boring Saint Bernadette costume. So instead we went for a walk yesterday and collected pine cones to spray paint for a table center piece and I plan on buying more mini pumpkins to use it on today. I am a little bit obsessed. If you see me out and about you might want to keep your distance or just be ok with ending up with gold paint somewhere on your person.