Oh how I enjoy these kids

I helped in BigKid’s class today, and we took a walk. Nothing like a whole bunch of 6 year olds to remind you that organizing children is just as effective as herding cats.

Likewise, organizing my darling children.

Who are apparently distracted by the actual cat.

And talking. And trying to get up to see every picture.

And being hams.

Oh look, there’s the cat.

What are you doing to us now?

Mom, you are so weird.

What was that about hams?

Video overload.

I keep uploading these and forgetting to share them. Oops.

 

What we do while we wait for the bus. AKA. How to wear out your snow pants in record time.

What we do while BigKid is at school.

and

And skating.

We went to free skate today. There are a couple of glimpses of BigKid in these, but she was off and running. And one of her classmates was there, so she was much more interested in playing with him than hanging out with us, of course.

Here is just after we got there.

And here’s about half an hour later.

And about 30 seconds after I turned the camera off for that one, the fire alarm started blaring. It was a false alarm, but it’s a new building, so we were out the door before anyone figured out how to turn it off.

A whole lot of silliness.

We really love pumpkins around here.

This is how SmallKid’s pumpkin turned out. They dawdled along and ran out of carving time before bedtime, so I gave them sharpies to draw what they wanted and I cut them out. SmallKid wanted help, but the nose is all her. ¬†There was much fuss about the tongue we forgot until after BigKid got home.

BigKid’s. With 3 square teeth and one pointy tooth. This is very important.

Mine. 

The 3 of them together. The individual pictures were taken in a dark room inside, but I didn’t have the patience to get a flashless picture outside of the 3 of them in the -17C windchill we had last night.

We only got to 7 houses last night, but the kids had fun and got a ton of candy even so. We ended up with 18 trick or treaters at our house, which was kind of cool, since I think we’ve only ever got about 8 before now.

This is what our trick or treaters got.

There was a costume parade after lunch at the school. BigKid’s in there somewhere, can you spot her? It was adorable pandemonium.

And this is the silliness I get after we’re done trick or treating. It wasn’t too late, but today’s a school day and I wanted to spare myself the late night grumpies.

Believe it or not

It’s getting better.

BigKid is in the pink shirt with pink pants and a black helmet. I think that’s specific enough. SmallKid has blue pants, a polka dot shirt and a white helmet. You’ll notice her because she is lying on the ground being stubborn and refusing to let the helpers actually help her.

They were supposed to be picking up shapes (frankenstein and a pumpkin) and putting them into the corresponding buckets.

After a while, the teacher started stuffing shapes in SmallKid’s hands and helping her across the space.

Which would work out a lot better if SmallKid didn’t turn into a wet noodle as soon as you pick her up.

 

Of course, I ran out of battery power (because the camera had been out of power for so long before I remembered to charge it), so I didn’t get a video of the last half. BigKid is doing great. She can get up by herself, and she’s scooting across the arena pretty quickly. She is one of the faster kids when she’s not trying to wait for SmallKid. SmallKid can stand up for a while, but she is only willing to do so when the teacher is looking at her. When the teacher tries to leave her and go help someone else, SmallKid leans over and dives onto the ice and hides her face again. She started picking her feet up and scooting them too.

She got foiled at the end of the class though, when the teacher called everyone back and had them play a game of “let’s see how long everyone can stand with airplane arms”. And SmallKid stood just as long as the rest of them. And then managed to scoot with only one hand held from halfway across the arena to the edge. And even took a couple of little steps without any help to get to me. I think she’s going to be up and going in no time.

Skating Lessons!

It’s too bad they aren’t excited. Of course, the skates I had in SmallKid’s size were mislabeled, and I couldn’t cram her feet into them, so we had to make a mad dash to the sports store for some that fit. She was adamant that her new skates wouldn’t let her fall.

Well, her new skates let her fall after all. BigKid’s did pretty well though.

SmallKid waiting her turn for a stand-up.

BigKid actually managed to stay on her feet pretty well. I was surprised, considering the only other time she’s ever been on skates, she spent the entire time on her belly.

 

This is before she got tired of falling down and being hoisted back up onto her feet. By the end of it she was very, very mad because she was sure that she wasn’t going to fall down and she wasn’t going to need help. And then ice skating turned out to be really hard.

We’ve been talking (and will continue) about it being ok to let people help you, because sometimes that helps you learn faster, and it’s ok to fall down sometimes, because that’s part of learning. Hopefully that’ll sink in and the next lesson will be better. Also, the mitts and snowpants that I forgot to pack this time. Oops.

Looks like fall.

Yesterday the kids asked for a leaf pile to jump in. I’m not sure why SmallKid got the biggest rake. Although, I’m sure she’s not the one who made that pile. (It wasn’t me either.)

Then they had to spread it out a bit so they both had room.

Here sister, you need more leaves.

“One, two, fwee, cannonball!”

Oh, too far.

A little closer….

Gotcha!