Thursday, November 12, 2009
tristan has recently been quite enthralled with counting things. he's gotten good at pointing to only one object at a time, while saying the correct number and he does quite well until he gets to number 12...he skips 12 and goes straight to 14 and then the rest of the numbers after that are a jumble of 14's and 16's....we're working on it. but anyhow, i still think he's doing pretty well for an almost 3 year old. (of course i do, i'm his mommy.)
now, for as long as i can remember, i've been pretty enthralled myself with counting down. i think i get it from my mom. she's the one who strung fruit loops on a thread and ate one every day that she was engaged counting down the days until her wedding. i remember taking her idea and stringing cheerios on a thread, eating one each day until my birthday. the only thing i didn't account for was the fact that the cheerios got really stale and, after a day or two, were no longer very appetizing. advent calenders were also quite a big deal in our house growing up. my parents, being quite frugal, would purchase one chocolate filled advent calendar, and one with Bible verses telling the christmas story behind every window that was opened. my 3 siblings and i took turns each december morning before school, one of us opening a window and eating a chocolate, and one of us opening a window and reading a Bible verse. then, when i got engaged, my mom bought me a pretty glass bottle and filled it with chocolate covered almonds; one for every day until the day of my wedding.
reading some of my friends' facebook statuses lately has admittedly got me feeling a bit jealous. in canada, thanksgiving occurs at the beginning of october. once halloween is over, the christmas season pretty much begins in full force. down here in the states, since thanksgiving isn't until the end of november, its isn't nearly as common to decorate houses for christmas any earlier than the day after thanksgiving. this morning, while helping tristan count circles and squares in one of his storybooks, i had the brilliant idea to make a countdown paper chain with him, counting down the days until thanksgiving, christmas and his birthday.
i set to work cutting strips of colored paper (orange for thanksgiving, red for christmas and blue for his birthday) while tristan set to work drawing in a toy catalogue. then, after i had set pieces of tape at the edge of the table, tristan helped by putting the tape on each paper chain link and....voila! our masterpiece.
i'm SO not the crafty, artsy type of mom, so don't laugh at my lame attempt at creativity. still, i was quite proud of myself for thinking of a fun little project that we could do together. now, every morning after breakfast, tristan will break off one chain link and we'll have the opportunity to count down how many more sleeps until the next big day. the biggest challenge for me will be not to let on that i'm actually the one who is the most excited about the whole count down process!