I don’t remember the last time I blogged about a milestone, but I have a doozy to share this time. First lost tooth. Sonja jumped off the bus one afternoon and ran at me, screaming, “Mommy! Mommy! I have exciting news!” She told me that she had a wiggly tooth, which is something I’d heard many times before, except this time it was true. Not only did she have a legit wiggly tooth, she had the permanent tooth already halfway grown-in, hiding behind the wiggly tooth. A dual set of teeth. It was really freaky, and she wouldn’t let me take a picture.
She waited about a week for the wiggly tooth to fall out, which it did while she was eating a quesadilla at Grandma’s. I told Sonja I wanted to keep the tooth for the baby book (this was something that was done when I was small, but there really isn’t a place for the tooth in her baby book, so maybe it’s not done anymore? Is it too gross? It seems like there is a level of grossness about it, but it doesn’t bother me, of all people, so it can’t be that bad.) She was on board with keeping the tooth when I told her we could leave a note for the tooth fairy, and the tooth fairy would probably give her money anyway. Which the tooth fairy did. One whole dollar. Apparently, the tooth fairy has not heard of inflation.
In other milestone news, Sonja will be “graduating” kindergarten in just a few days. She is NOT happy about this. She wants to stay in kindergarten forever. I can see why – she had a good teacher and liked all of her classmates. There were lots of art projects to do and books to read, P.E. classes and music classes and library, rules to follow and things to do. She walked in to kindergarten knowing how to read and focused her efforts on learning how to spell things on her own. She’s pretty darn good for six, but the words she sounds out and then misspells are at once completely adorable and utterly logical. English spelling is bizarre. She likes to brag about how much her handwriting has improved since she was younger. She likes to watch the educational videos they watch in school at home, and she can find them herself on YouTube. She tries to set up her desk exactly as it is at school, and make calendars and folders exactly as they do in school. I’ve tried to reassure her that first grade will be just as awesome as Kindergarten, but she seems to be uncharacteristically stressed out about it.
I am preparing a bag of goodies for her last day to say congratulations and to jump start summer. Honestly, this is such a cute idea I can’t believe I came up with it. I am already envisioning it as a tradition.
And now for what we did this quarter…
We had some fun in April with a quick trip to Leavenworth.
There was a visit from a friend at a very cute café.
Sonja went on her first Kindergarten field trip to the “rocky beach shore,” which she loved.
She also had her first piano recital. She volunteered to go first, and she played Chim Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins. Unfortunately piano lessons aren’t continuing this summer, but hopefully I can keep her interested and playing at least a little until fall.
There was Mother’s Day which came with this cuteness…
…and Father’s Day which came with this cuteness.
As far as entertainment goes, we had a very, very long streak of watching the Cat in the Hat series, and have recently switched over to Animaniacs. At least there are more episodes of that. I’ve been renting all of the Disney movies I can think of in anticipation of our trip. I think things will go more smoothly if she is more familiar with the characters. We’ve been watching a lot of old classics that have a big presence in the park, like Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland. She has loved all of them, but I have to say, we’ve really come a long way in animation and storytelling.
And now we head into the first noticed summer of her childhood, where she’s not in school but she knows it’s coming around again. I hope we are able to make the most of it. I asked her what she wanted to do on her summer vacation, and she said, “maybe we could play school.”