Julie is getting so grown up. She loved the six-week Saturday morning toddler Montessori program at Max’s school. She worked very independently, arranging flowers, stacking, sorting, dancing and making her own snack. Now she gets even more upset when we drop off Max at school and she doesn’t get to go in.
At a Korean festival at the Natural History Museum, Julie liked watching K-pop in her Korean scholar’s hat and making bamboo paper collages.
She loves art class.
She often has strong opinions about what she wears. She chose this outfit with the yellow pants down to the striped socks. She loves scarves but her favorite accessory, indoor or out, is her Michigan hat – it goes with everything (or nothing).
In the photo above she’s holding the hand of a sitter we met at a bus stop after Max did a Sesame Street focus group (and Julie was in Elmo heaven), right away she took the sitter’s hand and said ‘bye-bye mommy.’ She also likes to say ‘go, mommy,’ like when I got on stage with her for a musical theater workshop at an arts festival at a local school. She stayed on stage with the big kids for the whole 30-minute workshop and was quite the star, even though she was selective about which moves she would actually do and got distracted by a hole in her tights (‘ripped,’ she’s trying to tell me).
She loves ‘dancing’ as she often says, esepcially ‘spinning.’ She talks so much already, other favorite phrases are “I’m one,” “going Dora’s house” (as in Dora the explorer), pointing out anything of Max’s (“Max’s shoes, Max’s water, Max’s boo-boo)” and “no sleepies – awake,” often heard around naptime – that’s when we know she’s tired.
Max is also so grown-up and fun to take on adventures. He made Quark dumplings with a famous Austrian chef at the Bryant Park Kids Food Fest. Yum.
He played a Greek kanaun at a Byzantine concert at Lincoln Center.
His writing is coming along (this says ‘Julie and Max’).
He’s starting to make jokes, most of which involve noses and hair, “i.e. let’s eat hair for lunch…(lots of giggles)’. He also likes to say “I see something silly! why…,” in this photo, “Why do I have duck feet?” (and it was pajama day at school, also very silly).
Then he put his hat on one foot, which made him half pirate.
Sitting on a ball, falling off a ball, and making a ‘snowman’ on what might have been our one sunny afternoon.