It’s been a rather relaxed week. Anna had her belated 4 year checkup on Tuesday and got 4 shots, so she was a bit cuddly and tired while her body was dealing with them. She had vision and hearing tests, both of them checked out fine. She is still a tiny little thing – 8% in height, but she doesn’t have anyone even remotely tall in the family. She will probably always stay “petite”. Her theme in preschool was creative canvas, and they did some nice decorations. At home we said “goodbye” to Hanukkah, ate another plate of latkes and played. Anna finally had her fill of Polly Pockets and returned to Lego and Tinkertoys. For some reason Tinkertoys always remind her of fishing. She transforms the couch in her room into a boat and sets out to find India. Tinkertoys are fishing rods, fish, boat engine and tools “to fix the boat if it leaks”. Of course, I have to come too – sometimes I am very jealous of families with kids who are close in age. She also loves making people with her playdoh and decorate them in various ways. It’s pretty neat to have these evenings when I cook, Anna plays with her playdoh and listens to Christmas music, and the world seems so cozy and bright.
We attended a gymnastics birthday party for Anna’s friend last Saturday. Anna loved the obstacle course that was set up, and especially this big trampoline. It made me realize that she could really use more daily exercise, since swinging on a swing in the park can hardly be considered one. We have a plan of having her learn to swim before next year comes around, so she will probably start swimming classes some time after Christmas. We were also considering an afternoon language program, but apparently finding a teacher for either German or Russian is a lot more difficult than we thought, so I am not sure whether it’s going to work or not.