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Lately you...

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Lately...

1. You have been doing awesome with your morning routine. No grumpiness waking up and barely any fuss when we comb your hair before heading outside to catch the bus for summer school.

2. You love to play tag & chase before the bus picks you up. We discovered this a couple months ago and it has made a big difference in your attitude right before you get on the bus. Something about getting to run around a bit with Mom or Dad in the fresh morning air seems to do the trick.

3. You want to be the first one to greet Anna in the morning. You like to unwrap her from her blanket and say "good morning Anna" or "good morning fancy pants." Then you come yelling to me, "Anna's awake! Anna's awake! Come see! Come see!"

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4. You are finding that the power to read is a very, very cool thing. New books from the library are longer and more interesting. Yesterday morning you wanted to check out the comics while we ate breakfast.

5. You are rockin the legos. You now get that if something breaks off or falls apart all you need to do is grab the instructions and it's an easy fix. I found you in your room last night putting one of the smaller ships back together calmly and actually enjoying the process (vs. being really, really upset that a piece had broken off).

6. You and I have been watching Harry Potter movies almost every night. I love that this is something we both really enjoy.

7. You went down the big slide at the outdoor pool today all by yourself and swam to the side.

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8. You are developing more independence & self-awareness. A couple of times in the last week you have made the choice to go to bed when you felt tired (and told us that was what you were going to do). Being able to care for yourself and your needs is such a cool skill.

9. You are also doing a lot of talking back and testing. We go back and forth between being excited to have you expressing yourself and feeling super frustrated with some of the behaviors that go along with you testing the boundaries.

10. You love to talk about how cool Anna is and include her in everything you are doing.You are an amazing, loving big brother.

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  1. mary says…
    07/15/2009

    I love it when you post things like this. Sweet and simple and a peek into the working of another family with young kids- it gives me a little extra boost for the day ahead!

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  2. Tammy B says…
    07/15/2009

    Wow, Ali - such huge strides in Simon's development!!! Obviously you and Chris are doing the right things!

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  3. Nicky from Canada says…
    07/15/2009

    Lovely little man - he is doing amazing Ali, such good strides he has made.

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  4. Jamie says…
    07/15/2009

    I just love the simplicity of the everyday observations. It encourages/reminds me to take a step back and really SEE the little, everyday moments and interactions of my family and the world around us :) Thx Ali!

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  5. Jennifer says…
    07/15/2009

    Super cool post, Ali! Such an amazing little boy you have there. And the love he has for his sister is obvious! :-)

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  6. Michelle says…
    07/15/2009

    I love hearing about kids, how they grow, learn and care about others... they are such a blessing. Anna's such a lucky girl having such a wonderful big brother... I love watching my dd and ds grow in their relationship... it's really something special! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. gitz says…
    07/15/2009

    i'm sitting here amazed at how i can be so proud of a little boy i've never met. and so proud of his parents for the obvious love and dedication they put into every moment.
    thanks for sharing with us...

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  8. jakki says…
    07/15/2009

    Love the picture of him reading beside Anna...that closeness is something to treasure, isnt it?

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  9. the craftivist says…
    07/15/2009

    what a great celebration of Simon today! he's getting so big and amazing!

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  10. MichelleG says…
    07/15/2009

    These posts remind me of what I really want to remember...daily life and all those little bits of information that document life right now.

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  11. Denise Laborde says…
    07/15/2009

    Again Ali, a little glimpse into your world is at times like looking in the mirror and at times a source of inspiration (sometimes both at the same time). I admire how well you highlight Simon's accomplishments. Thanks, D

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  12. kendra says…
    07/15/2009

    I'm so glad you've shared Simon with us over the years. It's heart-warming to watch his progress!

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  13. Tammy Moore says…
    07/15/2009

    Fabulous to read, thank you for sharing! Some of the best advice my mom gave me when Andrea was younger (and she keeps telling me) is that kids will have to test to become individuals - if they didn't they'd just be you. :)
    All the best!

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  14. Linn says…
    07/15/2009

    I love the way you document the changes and stages of your kids...it's an inspiration and a good reminder for me to do the same.

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  15. Mary Rogers says…
    07/15/2009

    LOVED reading about Simon - he is growing up so fast and I am not a bit surprised that he is a great big brother. Anna is so lucky to have him : )
    Happy Wednesday Ali!!
    ps. fancy pants, lol....cute nickname

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  16. Staci Miserlian says…
    07/15/2009

    That's cool. Sounds like Simon would get along quite well with my 11 year old. She loves HP, too; loves to read; and is a pretty great big sister. Can he work with her, though, on the going to bed when she is tired? That would be a great skill for her to have!!! :)

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  17. xerxia says…
    07/15/2009

    This makes my heart sing. Such wonderful progress.

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  18. Jamie says…
    07/15/2009

    I don't have any kids of my own. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you... you have some amazing children =)

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  19. Michele McKenzie says…
    07/15/2009

    Thanks for posting this Ali. I love how you document these everyday observances--what a treat for you and Simon to look back on someday. It inspires me to do the same.
    P.S.--I also like reading your posts on how Anna is growing/changing--I like seeing what I have to look forward to with my (almost) 4 month old!

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  20. Stacy Milford says…
    07/15/2009

    what a fabulous post today! & LOVE the 1st photo of Simon...those eyes! with every child there are trials & tribulations...so cool that you are documenting it all!

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  21. Linda says…
    07/15/2009

    This is so sweet--thanks for sharing!

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  22. HeidiG says…
    07/15/2009

    What a great kid! How lucky are you to have such a wonderful boy and how lucky is he to have such a great family! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Amber Zimmerman says…
    07/15/2009

    I love this. . .I need to do this for all of my kids. What special memories he will have to be able to look back on this! Thanks for always inspiring me. =)

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  24. Jenn A. says…
    07/15/2009

    This is an inspiring post-keeping it real! :) I love how your little glimpses into everyday life are a celebration of the good and the challenging.
    Thanks!
    Jenn

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  25. Heather P says…
    07/15/2009

    I love these lists like this. You have me including them in my scrapbooks too and it's one of my favorite types of LOs to do. Thank you for sharing them!

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