This picture should have made the year-end video, but it was buried in my email and I just found it again today while I was at school. It's from October, when Sylvia went to my Dad's house while we went to a football game. Sylvia loves Darla the Dog. If I say, "We're going to Grandpa's house!" She yells "Darda!!!" Then she chants "Panpaw" all the way there.
Sylvia ate her first pants-less dinner tonight. What a milestone, huh? I should have let her take off her shirt, too, because we had spaghetti and meat sauce. It's her favorite dinner by far, and she makes a gigantic, giggling mess! She ate so much for dinner that she was allowed to have dessert, and since she was already covered in spaghetti sauce I thought I'd give her a little slice of an ice cream sandwich! I've never seen her so happy at the table. Every time she took a bite, she shivered and giggled and looked at us, waiting for us to laugh, which we did over and over again.
Today in class, my kids were making "bumper stickers," which are really just sentence strips with little pictures, symbols, or quotes that represent them and their beliefs. I was showing my example bumper sticker - one that I made years and years ago. I didn't teach this unit last year, so I hadn't looked at my example since before Sylvia was born. I was explaining all of my pictures and symbols, then I got to a quote on my bumper sticker that came from my Mom. I told the kids that family is important to me, and when I was making my bumper sticker, for some reason, something my mom used to say to me when I was a little girl popped in my head, so I wrote it down. I started to read it aloud, and halfway through it I choked up and started crying, thinking of Mom and of Sylvia, of course. Here's what she used to say to me all the time: "If God lined up all the little girls in the whole wide world and told me I could pick any one I wanted......I'd still pick you." Melt my pregnant, hormonal, crazy-crying heart!