On Halloween, my favorite toddler got to taste a lollipop. Usually, lollipops are off limits, since they have too much sugar and can be hazardous. Bummer. The good news is that they taste 100 times better when they are a rare treat.
The photos I took were in low light, but I love them. I think the flash would have changed the look. It was after all a Halloween party and what better time for a house to be shadowy?
My siblings and I don't think about this much because it was long ago, but my father was skipped ahead a few years in school (aw, he's such a smarty-pants) and now this little one is following the family tradition. But he did it in grade school. Her pre-school recently said she should be put with the kids a couple of years above her. Nursery school seems early to make this leap. I think skipping kids ahead is not as simple a decision as it may seem. Social, emotional, and physical maturity are factors, not only your intellect. Her intellect definitely needs to be challenged and that won't happen if she's with kids who are way behind her. She's doing some math and basic reading, counting in English and Spanish, and even rocks a bit of French. The best is hearing her identify colors in more than one language. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, pink, brown, gray, black and white. Oh my goodness, her little voice is music to my ears. She learns a song the first time she hears it. I can't help but be proud of these two nerds. I'll call them secret nerds. They seem almost too cool and silly to be nerdy. I have seen all these black and white photos of my dad when he was younger, he was a bit like Marlon Brando and Gene Kelly combined. Not only how he looked but how he conducted himself. He's always very humble, so occasionally I can stand to be a bragasaurus rex about him. Here are Zorro and a sweet baby clown. An unlikely pair.
Glow-sticks got us through the rainy night!