One family habit we have with the kids is to work with the kids on answering questions (phone number, address, names of family members, counting, etc.) and then end the time with a reward of M&M's, one for each year of age. The girls got their upgrade to three M&M's a few weeks ago when we started to get them to say three instead of two. Still working on it. The girls have decided that they would rather be four like Devon, five (which is pretty much a generic term for many in our house, as in "No! I don't want one cookie, I want FIVE!"), or twenty-nine in Melina's case.
Dinnertime meant another special outfit that Grammy made for the girls, and an attempt at some nice pictures. This is hopefully one of the last pictures we'll have of Carrie sucking her thumb,
as we started "big girls don't suck their thumbs" shortly after. Still working on it. More on that later.
Sunday's special outing was a ride on the Wilmington Train! This was originally going to be a special Devon outing, but the girls insisted so often that they wanted to ride the train whenever we mentioned it to Devon.
Three is such a milestone. Goodbye to being a baby, hello being in control. They tell me when they need to use the bathroom, or sometimes just go themselves. They feed themselves with a spoon and fork. Yesterday we had pancakes, eggs, and sausage for breakfast and afterwards I looked under the table and almost fainted in delight because there waiting to be picked up was a SINGLE PIECE OF EGG! They want to do things ALL BY MYSELF. They dress themselves and put on their own shoes, and this is good even though Mommy then has to negotiate with them over what they are allowed to keep on in combination and what they have to change out of.
They are getting so big! We've been having frequent conversations about Devon starting preschool next week and the consensus is that they really want to go, too! Next year, I say, and it's probably true. We've been wondering whether the girls would start preschool just after 4 or stay out another year, as their birthdays are so near the cutoff. Part of me wants them held back because then with Devon two years ahead of them in school our family would seem so NORMAL! I don't see how that's going to work, however. These girls are so tall, so athletic, so verbal, and so SMART! They'll be more than ready for school next year. So I've just got one more year home with these sweet girlies. I'd better make it count!