26 January 2015

Sloan 3.5!

Last Monday we celebrated Sloan's "Half Birthday" by taking her out to dinner and letting her have a cookie. I even surprised her with a ring pop. Sure it was from her Halloween Stash that has long been forgotten, but she doesn't need to know this. She was so grateful that i had brought her a gift. I love her heart.

Sloan is such a joy to our lives. She is lively and vibrant, and incredibly smart, thoughtful, sensitive, and even a bit sassy at times. She knows when she is being funny, and will sometimes push the limits, but this is what makes her Sloan.

Sloan loves to play make believe. She has so much fun playing with the dolls she got for Christmas and role playing with them.
 I often come downstairs to hear her playing quietly with them. Talking to herself as they save the day. She painted a golden egg for the treasure and we are working on painting Dopey, Sneezy, and the Wicked step mother disguised as the witch with the apple. (shown below is our work in progress) I am letting sloan help me, which takes a bit of grace since I am a perfectionist and i realize her hands are not quite steady enough to paint the intricate designs and faces. However, she realizes this and has me help her paint them. I also have extra wooden dolls so while I work on the characters, she is able to make her own people, which she thoroughly enjoys.

Sloan's brother Max came out to visit for a week. It was nice since we haven't seen Max since July 2013. The visit was wonderful and the two of them made some good memories. He is a great big brother to have and I think he enjoyed being around the babies just as much as they enjoyed being around him. He even wrapped Sloan up in his 12' long Dr. Who scarf that he got for Christmas, and took her picture.

Sloan does a great job working independently and can complete a 36 piece puzzle on her own, and with help, a 48 piece puzzle that I believe she will be able to do alone soon enough.
 Sloan also is working on her scissor skills and can cut out shapes and then tape them together. The cold weather is really helping us to think outside the box in terms of what activities we can do as you can see our art box strewn across the floor.

Sloan's favorite activity is still painting.

When she draws people, she has also started drawing on the back of the paper. "Mommy, these are mine and daddy's bottoms!" 

Sloan does not wish to grow up. Nor does she wish to move away and become a grown up. She did express her desire to drive so that she could take me to my favorite restaurant, Sushi Thai. However, if she does have to grow up, Sloan would like to be a doctor but would also like to wash dishes. She also tells me that she will take care of Piper when she is older, but has started to realize that Piper will also be growing along with her.

Today Sloan told me her favorite food was broccoli and second is tomatoes.   If you ask her how old she is, she is emphatically, 3 and a HALF!

Her favorite game at school is playing Elsa with her friends. She also likes to do this at home in our yard.

Sloan can spell a few words. Her name and POP (like the bird popped the balloon). She knows what sounds the letters make and can usually identify the letter that makes a certain sound. She is on the right track for sure.

Sloan can also count to 19 most of the time. I haven't really worked with her on this until lately once I realized that at age 3 she was still stuck at 12 usually followed by 14, 17  and so on. So we have worked on it and now she can tell me the numbers to follow 12 up to 19. Because it's not a big deal I haven't stressed it too much, but have taken note to work on this with her, just because I am a teacher at heart, and math is my specialty. 

Sloan also is currently enrolled in a ballet class.  It is pretty small, but she enjoys the teacher and remembers the moves from week to week.
At Christmas time, Sloan's class had a music production. They sang Rudolph, Up on the Housetop, Dreidel song, Jingle Bells, Felize Navidad, Santa Clause is coming to town, and Must be Santa. (i might have missed one) Sloan ran over to me after the first song and proclaimed loudly, MOMMY, we made COOKIES with SPRINKLES!!!! She then went right back to her spot. Everyone found it quite funny. (there were three classes in there at the same time)

We also took the girls to see Frozen on Ice the first week in December. It was awesome. It snowed inside. And of all the Disney on Ice's that Rick has seen, he said this one was by far the best!
Frozen on Ice was a huge hit!
Sloan loves holding Piper on the sofa and keeping her from falling off.

Here are a few funnies:

Mommy, that truck is just a head! He doesn't have a body!!  (i finally see it in my rear view - It was a semi without the cargo)

Mommy, can i have some more cool-up? (cool whip at Thanksgiving on her pie)

Mommy, i can't turn the opening gog (door knob)

The other day at lunch, I let Sloan have a cookie and she chose one with M&M's. When we saw Rick that evening, we told him about the cookie. I said, "Sloan chose the one with M&M's" She corrected me, "No Mommy, they were 'Nim and Nims' " She really put emphasis on the "N" sound :)

And my all time favorite: "Look mommy, somebody glittered" (there was trash on the ground!)

Look at how much our sweet baby girl has changed!


  1. Little girls in leotards are the cutest! And the story from her recital made me laugh. :) She is such a smart little girl, and seems like a joy to be around.

  2. She is a beautiful and very special little girl :)