This morning Sophie and I got to spend some time in Julie’s classroom. Her teachers have a program called Star of the Day, which involves each child in the class getting a special day to be featured in the class’ group time, when they are invited to bring in some photos, a favorite book and toy from home, and parents and siblings are invited to join the class.
I jumped at the chance to come to school and see just what it is that she does during her secret, separate life away from me four mornings a week. It seems that even starting in pre-school it is often difficult to extract information with the standard “what did you do today?” questions.
The kids were running around playing with different activities when we arrived – Julie was hanging out with a group of mostly boys, playing with toy dinosaurs. I got her to show me her lion among the bulletin board display of their art projects. It’s fun to see the whole set together, since I usually just see Julie’s when she brings it home later, out of context. Julie’s is the one with the red nose to the right of her head. I have to say she did an awesome job on the paper-fringe mane.
A few minutes later, the teachers rounded everyone up to sit down on the carpet. Julie got to sit in the teacher chair and was presented with a special hat, which just happened to match her outfit today. Her teacher walked her through showing off all her photos (our family, our cats, a baby picture, and a current picture) and her book – she chose to bring one called “Fairies are Fun” – and the yo-yo that she had chosen for some reason as her favorite toy.
Then her classmates got to raise their hands and ask her questions. It was hilarious. They all kept asking the same things – “what’s your favorite food?” “what’s your favorite TV show?” and “what’s your favorite book?” Julie did a great job of answering them all over and over, although it was hilarious that she kept saying different things for her favorite food, and none of them were actually her favorite foods. She said spaghetti once, and she won’t eat spaghetti because she hates anything involving tomatoes! It was an incredibly cute scene.
Then it was time for the kids to head down for play time in the gym. The teachers distributed all kinds of bikes and toys for them to play with, and even Sophie got in on the action. Sophie was actually quite popular amongst the kids, who kept wanting to pat and touch her, to the point where she was a little confused. She loved letting a couple of Julie’s friends push her around in the car, though.
After that, it was time for lunch, and Sophie seemed to enjoy sitting next to big sister drinking chocolate milk from a carton and sharing Julie’s lunch out of her lunch box.
And then the morning was over – Julie chose to ride the bus home as usual, and Sophie was quite upset that she didn’t get to ride the bus too. Our house is one of the last on the route, so we had no trouble beating the bus home.
Moving on to some knitting content for a moment – my recent yarn acquisition from Germany arrived a couple days ago. I don’t know what got into me, but I went ahead and ordered a giant pile of Kauni yarn from this store. Okay, I’ve been wanting some since Susan started her sweater, and forced myself to hold off because I was busy with other projects and have no immediate plans to start a new giant sweater project right away.
Still, this yarn may not be available forever, so I ordered enough in the green-yellow colorway…
And in the rainbow colorway…
For a sweater each. The thing is, as others have noted on their blogs, the yarn doesn’t cost very much at all – but the shipping does. So it made sense to add a few bucks to the order and get twice as much yarn. Really. Sense.
And that leads me into a little story that I find kind of silly-funny. I’ve mentioned before that Joe doesn’t really mind about my yarn purchases – we each have our own little pot of discretionary money, and we are each allowed to spend it as we will, no questions asked. He’s quite supportive of my addictions because I am equally supportive of his. Even so, I didn’t mention a couple of recent falling-downs in the sock yarn bins lately because I *do* have a wee bit of sock yarn stashed already, and I knew he would just smirk and roll his eyes. Well, I did go ahead and photograph it and put it up on Ravelry, and last night he and I were chatting after the kids were in bed and he said “So, that yarn that showed up on your Flickr stream the other day – was that new?” Busted! We had a little laugh over that one, and hey look honey – yarn for a couple sweaters!
Back to the family stuff for a minute – here’s a photo Sophie took of me yesterday while I was checking e-mail first thing after we got Julie on the bus. I let her play with the camera as long as I’m watching her and right there, and this time she got an almost-decent shot in.
Joe’s parents were over yesterday too – they watched the girls for me while I went to an appointment – and when I came home they were giving the girls piggy back rides.
And Julie had produced this amazing picture of our house.
Over the last few months, Sophie has gotten more and more involved in Julie’s ballet class, and since it’s a very small class with a very sweet teacher, it’s been okay that she wants to practice along with the bigger girls. Last week teacher Rachel suggested that Sophie should have a pair of ballet slippers and tap shoes of her own, and even helped us dig some that fit out of the consignment bin for practically nothing. I figured if we were going to go that far, we may as well get her a leotard as well, and I couldn’t buy a new leotard for Sophie without getting one for Julie too. Which lead us to this little scene yesterday…
Rachel says maybe we can even work it out so that Sophie can be in the Spring recital with Julie. They’ve just started practicing it, and it’s going to be very cute. They’re dancing to the Sleeping Beauty theme “Once Upon a Dream” which happens to be one of Julie’s favorite songs.
One more bit of knitting content – I tried to get a picture of the snowflake scarf the other day, and of course the minute I lay my knitting out it instantly attracts the kids. Just as well, because unblocked lace looks like crap anyway. I’ve made more progress since this photo – I’m up to five repeats of the main motif.
A couple other items I want to mention – I know this is getting long, but I want to fit these in before I forget.
1) I’m sorry that I hurt some people’s feelings with the joke I made about Easter. I was in kind of a bitter frame of mind when I typed up that post, and I guess I assumed that people reading a blog by the name of Heathen Housewife would be willing to put up with a little irreverent humor. But I realize now that what I said was really a slap in the place to people who hold the holiday sacred, and for that I am sorry. I can be a bit of an asshole, I’m afraid. But please understand that I was trying to be tongue-in-cheek and silly, and that my intent was not to hurt feelings. Will try to do better in the future.
2) We finished our taxes last night. I was the one holding up the show in the end, because I had been avoiding totaling up my knitting business income and expenses. Between both the patterns and the yarn dyeing, my actual profit? Less than $100. I was a little shocked – I thought it was going to be a tiny bit more. I had to remind myself that the whole point of the venture was not to get rich, but to support the habit and have some fun. And if that was my goal, then I certainly succeeded. But I also think it is important that nobody thinks I’m getting rich off this scheme. Especially since the State Fair competition is limited to amateurs, and I certainly think with that amount of profit I still fall well within that category. And I didn’t even apply all of the expenses to the equation that I could have! Again, I’m not complaining – I do all this stuff because I love it and it makes me happy!
I’ll leave you with two happy little videos from yesterday…