Sunday, February 27, 2011

some things about my daughter.

The other night Skyler was raving about the dinner I cooked and the cookies I made, and just to help her along, I said:  "I know! Who is the greatest mommy?!"  And she said:  "Suzanne and Sandi."


My little artist has been asking people to "sit for a portrait" lately.  She did this drawing of my mom, who, as you can tell, is looking fantastic.  The ironic thing is that the one thing my mom cannot do yet is lift her arms over her head from soreness from the surgery, and yet, that must have been the vibe she was giving off as she sat for this portrait.

Please notice the lamp and the light switch as well as my mom's sharp teeth.


This week, during our awesome vacation at home, there was a lot of this kind of play:



Reward charts!  We are big believers in reward systems for good behavior around here.  This is the one we've been using for months in Skyler's room for going to bed nicely.  When she has a good night and doesn't come out of her room at bedtime, we move the butterfly (a dressed-up binder clip) up the rainbow.  When it gets to the red, she gets a book or new crayons or something.  This has been the longest running effective behavior tool yet.


(best for last)

Tonight Skyler was asking me about why I don't need a nightlight or the lights on when I go to sleep.  I told her it was because I usually close my eyes right away and it's dark once I do that anyway.

Skyler:  "You mean you don't see anything when you close your eyes?"
Me:  "Nope.  Just dark.  Why, what do you see?"
Skyler:  "Rock walls."
Me:  "Really?  You see rock walls?"
Skyler:  "Yes, rock walls and other pretty things like trees and people swimming in lakes."
Me:  "Wow.  Tell me more!"
Skyler:  "Well, first there are fuzzy colors, like the Northern Lights. Then after a little while, the rock walls come.  And then the trees and the people swimming."


Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life said...

You have a really cool daughter! :)

Joanne said...

Wow!! Sweet.
That last line could be describing evolution from the beginning of the Universe - in one sentence - from a six year old. Something special!

Jodi said...

Saturday night my six year old nephew spent the night. As a single woman on my own, it's easy to forget how amazing the world is through the eyes of a child. it is always humbling and beautiful to get the reminders. Skylar seems like a great kid with quite an imagination!

Elizabeth said...

WOW!!!That's the best picture of me I've seen in ages--love the details (and the raised arms). And the rock wall/Northern lights images are amazing--signs of a very creative child. But then we knew that, didn't we?

Carver Fam said...

I am so flattered you have no idea.

Also, I wonder what I would see if I didn't collapse into a heap of exhaustion when MY head hits the pillow

Emilie said...

Thanks, y'all!

@Joanne: spoken like a true Science teacher! :)

@Jodi: 6 year olds are the best!

Frederique said...

It never seize to amaze me how much in love I am with both of my children...Skiler is on her way to become a great dreamer, a writer, a poet...endless possibilities.

Kirsten said...

Made our rainbow chart today! Thanks for the idea!