What a disappointment. I had an entire post planned out.
We attended the Discovery Academy‘s “Positive Discipline” workshop on Thursday. Before we went I said “I can get an entire post out of it!”. Not the case. The most important part of the meeting was being in a room full of parents who were searching for answers, just like us. That’s really it. All the information provided I’ve gone over in the books I’ve been reading. The first book in the information packet they provided was “Scream Free Parenting” which I’m already listening to..
Saturday we had dinner with Aunt Stephanie and Charlie. Charlie put on a finger puppet show for Penelope. It’s amazing how creative and focused Charlie becomes when he does something. Maybe it’s all 5 year olds. I can’t remember that far back and don’t know any other kids his age. He definitely has genius in his DNA.
Sunday afternoon we had lunch with the Sawyer family at Mellow Mushroom. Their daughter is the same age as Penelope. She seemed just as shy about meeting someone new as Penelope. It’s an odd thing to sit at a table with another couple with a daughter the same age, yet have two less years of child rearing.
After lunch our friend Kevin was kind enough to meet us for a quick family photo shoot.
I learned something about taking family photos during our shoot. Make them action shots. At least until Penelope is old enough to understand she must sit still. Of the 600 shots Kevin took I’ll be amazed if 10 of them have all of the following:
- Penelope looking into the camera
- my eyes open
- me smiling
There were so many shots of me with eyes closed Jenn and I joked we should use one as a nod to “My Name is Earl“. Earl, played by Jason Lee, has his eyes closed in every photo during the series.
If we do this again we are not sitting still. Posing? Forgetaboutit! Or to put it in Manager-ese, the ROI is not great enough. Penelope is so amazing that just taking random pictures of her with us somewhere in the frame will yield great results.
When we arrived home from our excursions I finished the Montessori Nuts and Bolts activity. Unfortunately mine looks like it was made by a 9th grade shop student who struggled to get an F. It’s functional though. Penelope played with it for a solid 15 minutes. I consider this a success.
Jenn told me about this “toy” several weeks ago. I was stunned such a thing existed. When I remembered all the trouble Penelope experienced with bottle caps and screw on lids it made sense.
And finally, Jenn and I are both dealing with sinus issues, the typical headaches, and runny noses that result from sinus problems. It seems like the weather changes monthly, not quarterly, in Atlanta. With no sea air to keep our heads clear we feel the full effect of the changes.