Friday, January 28, 2011

What a Mess!

Tori has always been messy, but lately, she’s gotten worse, at least at school. Every day that we have picked her up this week, we have found her backpack empty and her stuff everywhere. We generally know what she takes to school so we usually manage to collect it all. Yesterday, we weren’t so lucky. Tori had gotten another shirt for school, but none of us knew it, and we ended up leaving it at school. Again, she had everything from her backpack scattered all over the place, and in a hurry to get to the book fair, we left the new shirt and Christian’s hat. Fortunately, it was all there this morning when Huts dropped off the kids. Tori changed into the shirt and was happy as a clam.

On another note, they are having a pajama party in after care today. School let out at noon, and the Y decided they would let the kids bring their pjs and watch a movie in them. Christian and Tori are in their pjs right now having fun. If they want to go to the toy store, they are going to have to change.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Miss Writes-A-Lot

Tori is learning how to read and write, and she shows off her budding skills by taping and stapling together computer paper and writing words on them to create little books. After using up much of the tape and staples, she likes to follow her dad around, asking him how to spell this and that. Sometimes she asks me too. We deal with it fine for the first hour or so. Then it starts to get tiring as Tori loses focus and we have to repeat letters. Eventually, we shoo her off to find something else to do for a while. Right now, she has two books—one of which she took to school and got a sticker for it. She also has a “diary” notebook she has filled with scribbles and is down to one coloring book. That girl loves to scribble, paint, color and do arts and crafts of all types!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Up and Ready To Go!

Tori got a last-minute birthday party invitation to one of the babysitting kids’ party. She was all excited and couldn’t wait for 4 o’clock on Saturday. We got the little girl a gift and told Tori that the party wasn’t going to start until late on Saturday afternoon. She picked out her outfit on Friday night, got all of her stuff ready and drove us crazy until we wrapped the gift. Then she flew out of bed and got dressed early on Saturday morning. She was all a-dazzle in her pink sequined shirt and pants…at 7 a.m. She drove us nuts the rest of the day wanting to know if it was time to leave.

Because she got up so early, she was tired, so I tried to persuade her to take a nap, but she was having none of that. We distracted her as much as we could until the magic hour arrived. She came home all happy and slept in the next morning. All of that waiting and partying wore Miss Tori out! She was all ready to go this morning, though, for her last day off school at the sitter’s.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Tori is still the little fashionista. This morning she insisted on wearing a shirt under her school shirt (for looks of course). Then she had to wear her scarf that her Aunt Lucy made her last year tied in an extravagant way (her way)! She's been sleeping with her sleep eye cover nightly since she got it at Christmas. She also wore the headband that her Aunt gave her yesterday. I don't know how much it actually was worn, but I'm sure it was in and out of her hair all day. At least she's stopped styling her hair like she was a character from Star Wars. On weekends she'll change clothes several times a day for the fun of it, just like she changes her doll clothes. She has fun doing it, even though she comes up with some crazy combinations in our eyes. She wants to pose and prance around for all the pictures and people around. She's her own fashion show and our house has become the runway!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Sickly Christmas Again

Tori's Christmas started off rotten again! She seemed to have gotten the bug that Christian had earlier in the week, except she got sicker than he did. Christmas morning she felt miserable and laid on the floor with a blanket and pillow. She had some milk before we opened presents and a few minutes later barfed it up. After getting a quick bath she rallied to open presents, but spent most of Christmas day in bed cuddling her lalaloopsy doll and watching movies. She felt better on the 26th, but still wasn't very hungry.

On the 27th we all headed to Grandma's for their Christmas and Tori seemed to be back to normal. As with her brother she got to go to Monkey Business, but since she was asleep when we left and needed her 2.5 hr nap, she only got to go the 2nd time. Of course she had to wear her Christmas dress to play in and she got hot, so that slowed her down a bit. For Christmas from Grandma, she got dolls, clothes and doll clothes. I'm sure there was other stuff in there, but it was mostly clothes and dolls. The trip back wasn't bad and she had fun at the last holiday gathering, but it exhausted her. She was in bed by 6 pm on Thursday and slept almost 14 hours. She missed dinner, so she was starving for PANCAKES...her favorite breakfast. She attempted to stay up on on New Years, but didn't make it either. She was just too exhausted and made it to 11 for the New York ball drop.

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing and playing with her dolls and brothers. We ran a few errands and got soaked when we went to the grocery store, so Tori warmed up with a bath on Saturday after we got home and dry. She lazed around yesterday, but seemed to be ready and excited to get back to school. We'll see how tired it makes her when we pick her up today.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Please Don't Sell Them!

Tori has a small room, which she fills up fast. This Christmas, she decided she was done with Dora and all of that stuff went into the yard sale pile. Yesterday, I mentioned to her that she had lots of new dolls that she has yet to play with. I was just wondering what her thinking was behind that. She got upset and pleaded with me not to sell her new dolls. Poor girl. There’s no way I would sell them. I just wanted to know why she was waiting to play with them. Guess I better leave that subject alone for a while. She’ll play with her dolls when she is ready I guess.