We’re taking full advantage of an icy, winter day in Minnesota by staying at home and doing some of our favorite things. It’s just shy of noon and we’ve made pancakes, read books, fed Sophia’s baby dolls their morning bottles, completed several of our favorite science experiments (the vinegar/baking soda volcano never gets old) and played each other in Star Wars Angry Birds. Oh, and we’re waiting for our final batch of cookies to come out of the oven…while watching gymnastics on ESPN. The cookies will be consumed at Addy Doll’s suprise birthday party this afternoon. She’s disappointed that swimming lessons are cancelled for this afternoon, but I have no doubt we’ll come up with an alternate activity or two and we’ll complete our household chores.
It’s interesting…the sum total of these activities represents Sophia’s current interests nicely. She loves to read, loves babies and dolls, likes to play and watch sports, loves to cook, likes music, enjoys science. It’s obvious, I’m sure, that I love (and am exceedingly proud of) all of the things she likes to do and is interested in. Those that know me well know that I always dreamed of a little girl who played basketball and wore cute dresses. Sophia’s taken that dream and blown it up in so many awesome ways that I could never have predicted. Thankfully she likes basketball (!!). She doesn’t love dresses and won’t voluntarily wear them, but she does like to walk around the house in my heels. She likes her acting and dance classes (for fun) and her science and spanish classes (at preschool). She also likes Katy Perry, the 3 little pigs, Old Yeller and the Disney Channel. She’s smart and she’s curious. She’s sassy and she’s sensitive. She can recognize both Barack Obama and the Facebook icon. She can crack an egg and likes to help with dishes. Her teacher told me last week that another mom had commented on what a good friend Sophia was to her daughter.) To quote Donny and Marie, she’s a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll.
We are all products of our environments and our genetics. She certainly enjoys things she’s exposed to, there’s no doubt about that. But there are also things that she seems especially drawn to, things that she likely would’ve sought out eventually because she’s just naturally interested in them. I continue to marvel at the beautiful complexities at work, all of which come together to make her who she is today and who she’ll become in the future.
It was your annual winter showcase recital for dance. As usual, you looked adorable, were wonderfully excited and did a great job on stage!
We made mocha brownies tonight…Sophia did 90% of the work. She loves cracking eggs and mixing ingredients! As we were waiting for them to cool, this conversation went down:
Sophia: “Mommy, do you like chocolate?”
Me: “Yes. Do you?”
Sophia: “Yes! I’m so glad it’s in my life!”
Sophia’s good at doling out witty one-liners, some are on purpose, others are an accident! Here are a fun recent quotable quotes:
On relationships (Nov. 6, 2012)
Sophia: “Mom, Eric is my boyfriend.”
Me: “Does he know that?”
Sophia: “Yes. I asked him who he was going to marry and he said me, so I said yes. He’s going to be a dentist when he grows up and I’m going to be a veterinarian. And we both like football.”
Celebrating herself (Oct. 22, 2012)
“Mom, I used the tracing things to make you this paper that says I Love Mom — and then I made one for my own that says Happy Birthday. Because my birthday is very soon.”
Apparently Sophia and Gavin, a friend from school, had a debate about the correct pronunciation of “Tarzan” at school today. Her prayer before dinner went something like this:
“Dear God, thank you for our food and for my new friend, Daisy. Lord, please help Gavin learn how to say “Tarzan” right — I can teach him. Thank you. Amen.”