We’re regulars at the library now, and it shows.  She walks in with a purpose.  Pausing briefly at the circulation desk, she returns her DVD to the proper bin and then places her books in their return location.  She waves as she walks past the librarians, though she does not pause long enough for recognition.  Occasionally, she greets the fish as she passes the tank, but most often she heads toward the DVD collection or stops to tinker at the computer station.  She wants to play with the dinosaurs or the foam building structures, though Mommy usually instructs her to find replacement books for those we have returned.

Reluctantly, she obliges – – especially if she can use the step stool to find something fresh on the top shelf.  I think the climb gives her a feeling of power. She’s a big girl, now.

We’re not beyond tantrums.  Though not usually this foolish in nature, she often tries to cry when she can’t get her way. We’ve learned, as all children do, that begging and acting out don’t produce positive results.

After selecting her books, Ri has decided that self-checkout is more interesting than assisted.

No, we don’t get the stickers, but there wasn’t much variety in those, so she doesn’t see reward in them. Instead, she likes to search out the barcodes and scan her own books.  If the stool is there, she climbs up on it.  Yes, we take awhile to check out, but she is happy to complete this step independently.

Passersby get a kick out of watching this miniature scholar in her uniform flitting through her stack of books, lining up each bar code carefully with the red scanner line and waiting for the confirmation beep.

Then, she packs her new collection into her backpack and hurries to the door.

After school with Ri

rustling leaves. beaming rays of sunshine. `climbing squirrels. flying birds. waving scarf. slouching knee sock. wandering us.

Hide the shadows!




It seems that little miss likes scary movies… Of course, she watches them with a blanket in hand for security purposes.

Sunday at Chinn

To remember:

For nearly 45 minutes you played with these balls, animating each while providing it with a unique voice and personality. The balls held conversations, began an adventure, and enjoyed being together.

We’ll try to forget how you pushed at your brother when he tried to join your play, and the evil eye you shot at the little boy who took interest in one of the wire tracks opposite you.

Ya found an illustrated book on JFK.  He was most interested in the page with him playing football in the leather helmet.  “How could that possibly help you when you hit your head?” he mused.

Ri seemed to find all the books that matched movies and TV shows, but mean Mommy refused to check any of those out.  Daddy didn’t want any more animal books, but they seem to be the most abundant on the shelves.  I was surprised to find that every featured book atop the shelves was about snow or penguins, until Chi pointed out the winter connection.  Duh!

Friday’s book reading: The Everything Machine {by Matt Novak}. Awesome storyline with images that were easily readable.

Yesterday’s book reading: Butterflies for Kirin {by Cathryn Falwell} had a great concept and lovely art, but the story didn’t grab Ri’s attention at all. Monster Needs A Party {written by Paul Czajak and illustrated by Wendy Grieb} featured lively images reminiscent of animation and a rhymed story that was fun to read.  We’ll definitely read this again.

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