Marc told me that Signa came to him very seriously and matter of factly.

"OKAY. I know this is a bad word, but I gotta show you so that you can put the medicine on it." Then she stuck up her middle finger to show him the papercut she got.

Our girl is so careful about things like sign language swearing.

William is very much the two-year-old. MINE, NO, and NO, MINE are all words said constantly and in capitals. He's also sweet, though, and likes BIG HUG! and KISS, MOMMA!

But then if something happens to piss him off, he mimes the hug or kiss again and then reverses it, pretends to grab it, and then fake throws it. NO, NO HUG/KISS! Nice... he UNhugs and kisses.

This weekend we have lots of great plans. Going to the park in the morning, to dinner at night, Austin's coming, Mom's coming, Sunday is a wine event I'm going to with a friend/client, and Monday we are going to do something Austin wants to do.
After waking this morning, instead of bounding out of bed, Signa stayed in there for awhile. She finally got up, but something was clearly bothering her. When she's hurt or something is wrong, she clams up and won't talk or say anything about it but gets a nervousness about her. She had that.

After a few minutes of prodding, she finally relented. "I'm just getting older and my skin is coming off that's all!" She nearly yelled at me. I said, "What?" And she showed me her arm. It had a greenish whitish powdery substance on it in a streak.

My poor baby girl though that she was growing out of her skin and it was turning that white color like a lizard's. When, in fact, all it really consisted of was dried toothpaste from her wiping her mouth with her arm the night before...
I called home today and Marc held the phone out so that I could listen to Signa playing with her play airplane that you can take apart and put back together with a screwdriver.

"There's another screw. That will come in big handy." Then she screams, "HI, JACK!!!" to the cat.

That will come in big handy. I'm so using that phrase from now on.
Last night I was working on the computer at the kitchen table and the kids were playing school, which is one of the favorite things they play together. It's funny to listen to Signa playing school, since she really has no concept of school. Below is the documentation of what I saw and heard.

William, come here for your glasses. You usually don't have to wear them because you don't have to see much, but at school there is a lot to see.

[She puts fake bright blue play glasses that she got in a doctor kit on William.]

Now let's pack your chicken soup and water for lunch. Time for the bus!

[They run to the sofa and use it as the bus. She sees me watching and yells over-- from the bus---.]

I signed him up yesterday and today is his first day! The bus goes clippity clop clippity clop

[She makes horse galloping sounds].

Okay, Will. We are here. Don't forget to bring Teddy in case there is scary stuff. And Spider Girl. Here. Put all of it in your cubby.

[She tells him to get it and then grabs it away and puts it on a chair, which is apparently the cubby. William throws a tantrum on the floor because his toys got taken away. She gets him calm enough to where she can talk over his yelling.]

Are you ready for school, Will?

[William yells NO at her and cries. She calms him again, but still doesn't give him the stuff back from his "cubby". She leads him to the child sofa. William is pissed off and angry and so I interrupt by asking what happens next.]

I put him in his seat and lock him up.

[I argued that this wasn't right and she couldn't lock up her brother but she elaborated.]

I lock him up with a pillow so that it's like a real school desk. Then we sing the alphabet song.

[She pauses as she's fiddling with a blanket and she looks down at it]

But first I have a cast.

[She wraps the blanket around her arm and holds her arm with gentle hurt]

Now we sing the alphabet song and then it's time to put William to bed. There is no eating in there, either!

[She throws a pillow on Will's lap, grabs his cup from him, and stands in front of him. Then she does what looks like a potty dance and starts singing]

"A" is the letter we learn today.
"Ah" is the short sound that A says.
1 is the day today ay ay and
there is a student that's 2 today
so the letter isn't 1 today it's 2 2 2 today.

[She stops singing and potty dancing and puts her hands on her hips at Will.]

Okay, Will! You can't get out yet. You can do recess now. Get your chicken noodle soup.

[William is irritated and annoyed and runs to me for a kiss and then a tantrum.]

You can eat here right now. Here, Will! Here!!! You need to just call me Signa Teach. Will!!! Come over here!

[Will walks into a chair trying to avoid Signa Teach and says, "Owie!!!" He yells a lot and Signa yells a lot and then she kisses his hand.]

All better, Will. Okay, Will. Bring your teddy and march to the kitchen for a picnic. Will, it's time to eat.

[Will starts yelling, "NO! Have one home! Have one home!" He is clearly done with playing school. He pours himself onto the floor face down and says, "No glasses. No! Have one home!" and takes the glasses off and gives them to Signa.]

No, Will. You have to go back on the bus so that you can go home and go to bed after you read Junie B. Jones and Magic Tree House.

[Will is way past done and is having no part of anything other than he wants those toys out of the cubby. Now. I tell Signa that I think he doesn't really like to play with so many rules.]

Okay, Will! No rules then! Come on! Let's play with no rules and have fun, okay? No rules, Will! Let's have fun!

[She talks to him like he's a small dog. Will puddles in a heap of a mess screaming, "No! No rules!!! No rules!!! Have one home!!!]

End scene.
We went to Target last night and in the toy aisle, William kept saying, "Have that home" and dismissed everything. I thought it was cute until this morning when we were watching television and they were petting an enormous white tiger and Will dismissed it and went back to his race cars with, "Cute, but I have that home."

Signa is officially signed up for a Pre-Engineering class and two performing arts classes. Before you get too excited about how advanced my almost-six-year-old is, it's a Lego class and two magic classes through the park and rec center. Doesn't "pre-engineering" and "performing arts" sound better, though?
Signa drew a picture today of a turtle and a lizard. Then, underneath, she wrote a story:


"The turtle and the lizard
had a race. The lizard took a
nap. The turtle kept going."

Beautiful. Toward the end I gave her the advice to put spaces between her words as it makes it easier to read. But I won't ever correct spelling on these kinds of things. Tonight we'll study the words Turtle and Lizard, though. I love that she isn't afraid to try doing this like she used to be. Instead, she seemed rather proud (as she should be).

While she did this, Will made A, B, C, and D with his wooden shapes from Handwriting without Tears. Didn't do much for Signa, but maybe it will work perfectly for William. We gave him 4 flashcards of his own on Saturday- boy, girl, toys and red. He carried them around all weekend and sometimes got one or two right. Fluke, but still. He understands that the letters stand for words and that is a good first step.


I added a Shelfari feature to this site to let you all know my favorite books. Sadly, I can't get it to appear any where but in the side bar at the very bottom. So scroll down and check it out. Then make your own list and share it with me on Shelfari, so that I can add more books to my Someday list!

The email address to find me at on Shelfari is:
debbie (dot) mascot (at) gmail (dot) com.

(thanks for finding it, Sheri!)

Wipt Creme

The other night Signa and I decided to make quesadillas for dinner and cream pies for dessert. I read off the shopping list to Signa for her to write down. When we got to the store, here was the list:


She may not have the spelling right yet, but I knew exactly what to shop for and she wrote it all quickly and proudly!