Wednesday, September 2, 2009


ABC and 123 Summer Picnic is wrapping up. I really enjoyed participating in it and meeting many wonderful blog writers this way. The wrap-up topic is Summer Highlights and Lessons Learned. I have decided to include three summer pictures for three months of summer.

June – papa has just cut Anna’s hair. Anna looks very happy. Me… not quite so much. Lesson learned – say “stop!” before it’s too late.



July – we have started participating in an open-ended art weekly linky at Teaching My Little Bookworm. It was a little difficult for me and for Anna at first. She was not used to creating anything without explicit instructions, I didn’t like the mess. But gradually we both developed the liking for open-ended art, and I learned a lot from other bloggers participating in this carnival. And I also learned to trust my daughter and enjoy the process from time to time without worrying about the end result.



August – our vacation time! We have visited my parents in New Jersey. I have learned that my daughter will not sleep on the plane – regardless of whether she took a nap, how early she got up, etc. I also learned that she is not that interested in learning my native Russian despite babushka and dedushka’s efforts. Nevertheless, I also learned that she can find a common language with a son of my Russian friends who doesn’t speak a word of English. Children can be pretty inventive if they really want to get the game going. I still hope to teach her my native language when she is a little older.


Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

It is so neat that she was able to play with a child who doesn't speak English. As adults we let things like that keep us distant from one another. Just think of all we could learn from our children, they are truly wise sometimes! And I think the picture of her haircut is adorable! :) Sorry it didn't make you very happy!

whisperingwhispers said...

I am where you were at with the open ended art. I keep looking for a place to just let Selena cut loose with the idea, but haven't discovered a place that the mess wouldn't drive me nuts. I can't always count on the outdoors since our weather jumps around so much. We end up doing most of our open art with unmessy stuff.

MaryAnne said...

It sounds like you had a fun and enjoyable summer. I really enjoyed reading about your openended art activities.

Our Little Family said...

It sounds like you all had a great summer. I know that I enjoy your blog so much and always look forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing your summer with me!

And, I love the new hair cut picture from June. I think she's so adorable!

Mama King said...

Sounds like a great summer! Love the artistic endeavors! A plastic table cloth on the kitchen floor is helpful when you transition indoors.

Diana said...

What great lessons. I am trying to let my kids do more open-ended art. I have let them watercolor for the first time... I'm taking baby steps. It sounds like you had an eventful summer.