Quick On Her Feet

Blogged under General by Luke on Saturday 22 November 2008 at 8:36 pm

I just had to post this. Mara has reached the point where she is pretty intuitive and is able to connect the dots.

We went to Red Robin for dinner and every time we go we get balloons. Well, when walking out I had seen that Mara was taking the string from the balloon and wrapping it around her finger about twenty times. At a later point I said to her that she should not wrap the string around her finger like that. Of course the patent three year old question arose.

“Why?”

“Well, because you can cut off the circulation to your finger and hurt it, then we will have to go to the doctor and have them cut your thumb off when it doesn’t work anymore. You wouldn’t want to have your thumb cut off would you?” I said.

“No,” Mara replied.

Sometimes you have to go to extremes to get children to listen, right? OK, yeah, it was a little morbid. And writing it here makes me think I really shouldn’t have done it. But, I did.

Later on the ride home we were chatting. Then Campbell piped up complaining about something. With his balloon I had tied it on the outside of his jacket around his arm pit and shoulder. He doesn’t like having it tied because he wants to just hold it, so if you tie it he complains and cries. If you just hand it to him he loses the balloon within minutes to the sky gods, so at that point he cries. A lose lose situation of course.

Anyways, he was complaining and yanking on the string, and generally motioning to the balloon.

I said, “What, did you keep pulling on the string and get it tight around your arm so that now it hurts?”

And all I heard was, “We’re gonna have to cut his arm off. Yeah, Campbell, we’re gonna have to cut your arm off little buddy.”

A Fun Halloween

Blogged under Pictures by Luke on Saturday 1 November 2008 at 11:08 pm

A fun Halloween is what Mara called it. Last night the kids got all dressed up for a night on the neighborhood. Mara’s neighbor Sophie and sister Allyssa were nice enough to come over and ask her to come out and trick or treat with them. Mara was nice enough to allow her Dad and brother to tag along. We all went out with some of the neighbors and made a run of it. Although the older children kept ahead of us, Mara and Sophie tagged along with each other bringing up the rear. It took a little while for Mara to travel up to the doors by herself, but she got the hang of it quickly. Campbell made only about half the doors. The kids were very cute.

Mara’s energy lasted quite a long time, and Dad’s arm was good enough to last just as long carrying Campbell, for all of us to go up a street or two in the neighborhood. The kids got enough candy to last them a little while.

Click through any of the pictures to see some more.

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Madagascar theme going on here.

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Sophie and me.

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Review of the night’s take.

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