Yesterday was play date day with my friend Crystal and her two daughters. My seven-year-old, Mika, loves her play dates with Lily and Alice. Crystal arrived early for our play date for I think the first time ever. Alice is young enough to throw a wrench into any timeline, although Mika is much older and still messes my schedule up frequently. It is probably simply a kid thing.
It was quite cold yesterday, so playing outside was out of the question even in my backyard. Crystal and I always joke about how my back yard has its own weather system. Many days I have gone out the back door and thought, “Today is nicer than I expected.”, only to have the temperature seem to drop ten degrees when I get to the front yard. The wind gets stronger and there is more shade.
Crystal and I are not the only ones who have noticed this strange phenomenon. Other regular guests have mentioned noticing the temperature change when they visit. There are days I come back from running the streets and the heat radiating off my white wall on the back of my house is so warm; I kick back on the patio and bask in the sun. I have not had any of those days this year because it has been nothing but cold and snowy this year. I have seen so much snow for so long this year, I feel like I am back in Nebraska.
Mika is thrilled because I reclaimed a Barbie Townhouse and Fisher Price castle out of the shed purge in January and gave them to her. Mika now has four large buildings to supplement her toy playing adventures. She already had a castle and knights set I had originally bought for her brother more than 25 years ago and a Minnie Mouse house her Opa had bought for her before he passed a couple of years ago. The Minnie Mouse house moved to our house when Oma moved into assisted living last fall.
Mika and Lily decided the Barbie Townhouse and Fisher Price castle were the perfect backdrops for a LEGO world and promptly started building. Alice is still a little destructive, so Mika and Lily did not want her playing with them. Crystal and I kept Alice busy with other toys while the older girls played. I may need to add a bucket of 3+ toys for older children to play with to go along with the baby/toddler toy bucket.
One of the reasons I want all Mika’s toys to go up to the shelves in her room is so that she has more control of which toys are put out to play with. When she has a play date (or is playing alone), Mika can bring down the buckets of toys she wants to play with that day and the rest will stay away from unwanted touching. Mika’s LEGO buckets will be the only problem I can see. I bought three, 20-gallon storage buckets in which to place Mika’s LEGO collection (her brother was responsible for two of those buckets). Those, mostly full buckets, will be too heavy for Mika to bring downstairs. Perhaps she can throw some LEGOs in a smaller bucket to carry downstairs when she is ready to play with them.
Mika and Lily also got to take a few minutes to mix up some cupcake batter and decorate cupcakes. My helper gave me one of the cupcakes with a little less than one-quarter inch of frosting on it. I had her wipe off the frosting because I had asked for a smear. My idea of a smear is barely visible and hers was simply much less than little girls use. My helper and Crystal teased me about my “plain” cupcake. I explained a tiny brush of sweet is all I can stand. I also do not put syrup on pancakes at all, although I no longer eat them.
My piece of advice to you is to let your friends make fun of you. Mika is not old enough to understand the difference between teasing and bullying, but I am. My friends were not trying to hurt my feelings when they joked about my eating habits any more than I was when I harassed my friend about a political opinion. Our ability to love our friends, even if they will not eat a pancake that had butter placed on it, is the true mark of humanity. (Take that, Megan. I am human after all!)
Until next time,
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