Marie gives us a lot of joy and rejoicing these days. When Rachel Anne is awake, often the two of them are paired up and playing together.
(I love how Rachel’s pigtail is flying out in this picture.
She was rolling over just when I took the picture.)
Evidently sleeping is such a wonderful thing they even want to pretend sleeping for play. This is a frequent entertainment and pastime for these two at different locations through the house.
Indoor horseback riding is also quite popular.
With all the snowy weather, the snow gear is always lying around to dry. It makes for very handy dress-up material, and so they dress up in boots, mittens, scarves and hats and enjoy tramping around the house.
One of the biggest reasons Marie is a vibrant sensation these days is she has really taken off in reading! This is how I frequently find her these days. Right here she claimed she was “just looking” at books, but then she started telling me what they said. The pictures must have made her curious!
Here she is reading while Rachel Anne was napping. In the mornings she reads books to Rachel. Her very favorite books right now are Freddy & Flossie books (the Bobbsey Twins). We got two of them on the pre-reading level from the library, and she is very excited about them and loves reading them. She also wants to “be Flossie”. In her mind, in order to “be Flossie” she has to have two down-low pigtails that are round balls and stick out. With enough hair elastics, I have figured out how to achieve that!
Marie asked to help me peel potatoes for supper one evening.
She was so happy to help out. She didn’t just peel one or two and then go play, she stayed there and peeled potatoes the whole time until we had enough for supper.
Paul and Hannah have been taking turns making things for our meals, and Marie wanted to make something too. When it was time to mix up more hot cocoa mix, I let her do it. (After all, a little more or less powdered sugar or dry milk in that recipe will not make any difference.)
She really enjoyed it.
After she was done, she even got out the little vacuum and vacuumed up the crumbs that spilled on the floor.
(Here you can see a little bit of a “Flossie pigtail”. I think it was in a deteriorated state, but you can get the idea.)
That’s a snapshot of Marie at the exciting age of 4 1/2. We’re thrilled with all she’s learning and love watching her bloom!