We spent some time doing some Halloween crafts this afternoon—namely: getting Miriam's birthday "balloons" ready (she decided to stick with the Halloween tree theme, much to Alexander's delight) and getting some Halloween cards ready to send out.
Now that Alexander can actually pronounce things, he's becoming very interested in reading and writing. For example, went the whole way around the block today running ahead to each mailbox, sitting down primly on the curb to wait for Andrew and me to catch up,* and then proudly "reading" the numbers on the mailbox for us. He still gets 6 and 9 confused, but he does fairly well otherwise. He's also doing reading lessons and has begun sounding out words all on his own as he goes about his day (there's this one superhero book that has been particularly motivating for Alexander; he wants to know every word in that book).
* I've been insisting the past several weeks that I'm walking at the very same speed I always have, but it turns out that my waddle is getting real. Andrew checked his Fitbit to show me just how much I've slowed down as my belly has grown. I've about doubled the time it takes for us to walk around the block! And, really, we have been lagging behind the children more and more recently. But, boy, do I ever feel like I'm moving as fast as I ever have. Getting up our hill takes so much work!
Anyway, Alexander wanted to write his own messages, but he wanted the messages to be meaningful rather than nonsense, so he worked really hard on them!
He wrote "BOO" on a ghost for Miriam...but he wrote it right to left so it really said "OOB," which we all thought was funny. Alexander did not find this humorous at all.
When Rachel saw it and read out, "Oooooob!" Alexander said, "Ummmm...do you need glasses or something? This says BOO!"
(And in the box beneath that is his attempt at spelling exuberant. I don't know about you, but very little brings a smile to my lips faster than a four-year-old sweetly asking, "How do you spell exuberant?" The words this child chooses to use continue to baffle me).
Here's the pumpkin he made for Miriam:
It says, "Baifhdai Happy Miriam!" which...we'll take. He did some great work!
I'll write about their birthday "balloons" collectively when we de-spookify our tree. For now I'm under strict instructions to leave all the Halloween decorations where they're at, which is an understandable directive given Halloween is only a week away and it would be a shame to take down Alexander's Halloween-themed birthday wishes before then!
Here's a sneak peek at the cards we made (it's possible that some of our readers might be the recipients of these cards):