Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Wrinkle In Time

Chris has told me before that he really liked reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle and he has even read the graphic novel to William already . . . like a year ago. I had over heard bits and pieces but never really followed it. But when one of the women in my bookclub mentioned it was her favorite book, I decided I should give it a read.

I just finished it this morning and I haven't really been able to process the deeper meaning behind the symbolism, but I did really like it. And it was a lot easier to get into than I had expected. I do hope to spend some time thinking it all through and perhaps I'll read it again.

I typically don't read things that might be categorized as Science Fiction or Fantasy, but I found the science-y bits didn't overwhelm me or distract me from the story. And as I try to describe to you the plot of the story and all it contains, I am at a loss for words. It is other-worldly, and a mystery to be solved, and allegorical of dark forces that need to be fought.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Bookclub: Watch Me Disappear

This month, we read Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown. Its a novel that reminded us a lot of Gone Girl, but a little less intense/dark.  An easy read, and very enjoyable I think; it also took place in the Bay Area which allowed it to feel a little like I was hearing the story from a friend.

A woman with a past many do not know leaves behind a workaholic husband and a teenage daughter. Did she die? Did she choose to abandon them or did something really terrible happen to her and she needs help? We get to experience the heartbreak and pain this missing woman leaves behind and enter into their confusion as facts are brought out in the open.

It's a mystery and a mild thrill to uncover what really happened. But I can't tell you what that is!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Preschooler: The Four and a Half Year Old

Ever since William turned four in October he has been telling people that he is almost four and a half and the day finally came when he was right. April 1, this year Easter, was his half birthday!

He really enjoyed Easter this year. We attempted to do the Resurrection Eggs this year but Stephen kept losing the pieces/playing with them. But we did keep up with a Bible reading every day over the past week. We died eggs a few times with friends and then on Sunday, William sang during the church service with the other kids in Sunday School. He is quite a little performer!

We are amazed at who our son is becoming. Thoughtful, sensitive, and pretty smart. At 4 1/2 years old he is showing an interest in reading and progressing quickly through our step-by-step early reader books. He still loves being read to, which we do often through out every day. We recently discovered "The Magic Treehouse" series in audiobook and paperback form, he loves them both. When we are in the car, he prefers to listen to a book or story rather than music or the radio.

He still loves playing "garbage truck" with Stephen. They play all sorts of truck-themed play together. He still enjoys when an adult plays with him too, especially when Stephen isn't available.

William has started to do more free-hand drawing. I think watching his little brother draw all over the place has been helpful in inspiring him to do it more too. His last drawing was quite impressive with an ocean scene -- a boat, a whale, little fish and a turtle. He also drew a 3 foot giraffe on our large format paper a few weeks ago!

He has also started to comprehend the idea of coloring books and staying in the lines more (instead of scribbling all over the page). He isn't too interested in writing letters yet, but that will come eventually. His overall pen control has improved a ton in the past 6 months.

We just registered William to attend a Transitional Kindergarten program next fall (August 20 technically). He did a walk through of the classroom and was pretty excited. He was telling the principle of the early childhood education center all about it. This school is just a preschool and TK program, not a full on elementary school so we will be doing just one year at this facility before finding another K-5 school to join. It will be nice to stay in a smaller building/environment for now before moving on to a school with 400+ kids!

Another big boy step is ditching the diapers! He has been diaper free for day-time for over two years but as of early March, he has been sleeping without them too! We took it slow and had lots of incentives and he did it! I'm so proud!

We love our "big guy" and are excited for what the next 6 months (and beyond) hold for him.