Well, Saturday we picked up her mattress and got her bed ready.
Saturday night it took me 1 hour and 50 minutes to get her asleep in her new big girl bed. The first 20-30 minutes were spent as she learned she was not getting out of her bed. The remaining time was spent excitedly exploring and celebrating the novelty of her situation from examining the headboard to pretending her hand was a ride coasting along the top of the guard rail to shouting down the sides of the bed. She'd lay down with her head on the pillow and stretch her legs out. Then pull her feet up to her chest. Then she'd try it with the covers on. Then kick them off. In the end she gave me about 10 or 12 kisses, waved about 4 times saying, "Night," and sung to her a feet a few times before falling asleep. I couldn't be frustrated over how long it took. She was too cute.
Monday I began my valiant effort to potty train Felicity (see post below). Cecilia's schooling went well this week. She completed through lesson 54 this week and I am just so pleased with how she is doing in her reading lessons. She also didn't focus very much on math. I think she is taking a break from it. We did some science going over plants and some of the basic parts of the plant. She is adamant I buy a celery stalk this week at the grocery store so we can see color dyed water move up the stem. We also read over some Bible stories. She is especially fond of the story of Noah and we went through some of the Gospels. Cecilia was very excited to see the book had the Guardian Angel prayer she learned recently and she got a basic introduction to the 7 Sacraments.
Personally, I've had a bit of trouble earlier this week. My back and hips rebelled and I even felt like I had pulled the muscles to the left and right of the baby. This basically made me want to sit and not move. So I spent Wednesday and Thursday taking it rather easy to give my back and muscles time to recover. The girls all made use of Great Grandma's and Great Grandpa's Christmas present of colored pencils.
Wednesday afternoon, a nice snow storm hit and we spent over an hour outside on Thursday playing in the snow and building a snowman. Actually, according to the girls, it is a "Snow Mommy" so we gave her a skirt of pine branches. Cecilia got a kick out of throwing snowballs at me and, once we came inside, we had snow cones with blue raspberry topping.
After the snow cones, Cecilia complained to me that her mouth was cold and asked what she could have to warm it up. I told her she could keep her mouth closed and it would warm up. She wasn't very receptive to the idea.
Friday I took Cecilia with me food shopping so she could pick out a few birthday balloons. Our food store has small shopping carts for kids to use and Cecilia begged to try one out. She loved it. She followed me all over the store and put as much of the groceries in her cart as she could. She has already asked to go back to use the green cart again.
Afterwards, all of us ran to the mall to pick up some candles, birthday and valentine's day cards, pajamas and make a return. We also had lunch and ordered Cecilia's birthday cookie cake (I'd love to try to make my own, but I'm not prepared to screw up that this weekend.) By the time we got home, Elizabeth and Felicity had fallen asleep. Even after we brought them inside, everyone was feeling a bit tired, evidenced by Felicity's immediate response to the playroom:
Our weekend will be an exciting and fun one. I look forward to posting about it later.