16
May
12

burning books

I brought about eight books, all of them board books.  At first I thought it was way too many.  Keta and Francine had never seen books and were not at all interested.  They didn’t know at all what the deal was.  Two of the books are baby’s first words picture books.  These two picture books have now been looked at and “read” dozens of times a day.  Each of the girls gets to pick a book to be read at nap time and at bedtime.  These two books are identical in every way except that one is small and one is not.  These are the selected books every day, twice a day.  The books have helped the girls learn words and identify objects.  I could burn these books, happily.  To force a change, I finally hid them.  I know every kid does the let’s read this book and only this book.  I had to mix it up though, just for a day or two.

The only channel we get on the television is an all preview all commercial all the time channel for the cable company.  It repeats every seven or eight minutes.  Keta loves it.  She laughs at the right times and now can act out what’s coming up in the next few seconds.  Imagine her delight when we get home and she realizes that Brave and Happy Feet 2 last longer than three minutes.  Thankfully television time is severely limited or Bibi and I would go mad with the endless repeats.

Just to forewarn people who might have a meal with us when we (finally!!) get home…….except saying please and thank you at the right times (I know, this is an accomplishment) the girls have no manners.  We’re trying so hard to end a meal without more food on the floor and the back of the head and stuck to backs of the legs.  The girls have c0me so far.  Keta was hungry and just inhaled her food without even looking up.  That’s getting better.  She had very limited experience with spoons and forks.  That’s getting better.  Francine is just constantly distracted.  I try to focus on one thing each meal.  Instead of reminding them that one end of the spoon is for the mouth and no fingers and the other is for fingers and no mouth and to take small bites and to not scoop food directly into the mouth and to chew with mouths closed and to slow down and to not fling everything around and …..and….. and……. I try to narrow my focus, but what to focus on first?  You’ve been warned.  If you sit next to the girls expect to need a power washer and a change of clothes.  It’ll be so worth it though!

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4 Responses to “burning books”


  1. 1 Auntie Lindsay
    May 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Sign me up! I don’t care how dirty I get, I’m calling a sweet seat in between or at least next to them! Elsa too! I can’t wait! Bedsides what a small price to pay to sit next to my nieces 🙂 ps…can you imagine Keta’s reaction to the size of Talaricos pizza? She’s a girl after my heart 🙂

    • May 17, 2012 at 7:41 am

      Between them might actually be better than across from them. I think beside them your view of the destruction would be limited. 🙂 I’m so excited to see you or Elsa (or any of the people who are waiting for us) sitting at the same table! Love ya!

  2. 3 polly
    May 17, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Hey, that’s how Emily and Juliet eat, and they’ve had the “benefit” of our tutelage for well nigh 14years now! No worries! Love Polly

  3. 4 Suzanne
    May 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    This post just makes me chuckle…too precious! Bless their little hearts! They are learning so much! The simple things we take for granted. God bless you girls in the Congo!! I can’t wait to be in your shoes watching my little boys fling food at themselves! 🙂


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