Post-Hump Day Post: 108!

This is a short post this week because of Halloween, the World Series, the U.S. election craziness . . .

lego-and-robot-gummies> Our phrase of the week: Never quit.
> Our DIY project was of course, homemade gummy candy (as described in last week’s Post-Hump Day Post), with our assorted silicone moulds, including LEGO minifigs and robots. So happy to see that the Boy found a project that he was all gung-ho about, from start to finish, all by himself.
> We ate homemade gummies, including vegan ones made with agar agar (a gelatin substitute derived from seaweed).

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Agar agar strands are ground into a powder for a vegan alternative to gelatin

> We were thrilled to read of this happy ending to the story of the lost dog, as mentioned last week. But what does this say about humanity? One generous human being makes a personal sacrifice to make a stranger happy, and on the flip side, a family decides to do what most of us would consider to be “the right thing”, but only if they can make some quick bucks off the situation. Then Expedia and kind strangers step in to fund the generous person. My faith in humanity is riding a roller coaster right now.
> We learned what can happen if your child moves out of the booster seat too soon (so if your child is still too short or not heavy enough, don’t give in, no matter how much they beg to grow up and out of the seat!)
> And finally, we found this great web site about a fantastic award for eager, constantly learning, constantly achieving teens like the Girl, who just want to keep doing and going. Not crazy about the Royals connection, but oh well . . .

When “cute” gives way to “cool”

There comes a time when every child decides that s/he has had enough of being a baby, and just wants to be a “big kid”. Part of this process involves letting go of their cuteness, and this in turn, involves distancing themselves from kisses and hugs from siblings (and especially), parents. Some kids reach this stage sooner than others. Our daughter, for example, still isn’t there yet, at 8 1/2. Boys, however, seem to reach it very early in life.

Our son decided just before his 4th birthday in December that he wanted to be “cool” rather than be “cute”, and part of this process of transitioning into “cool” meant that he would no longer hug and kiss his big sister. However, one day while cooking in the kitchen and listening to the chatter of two kids behind me, I turned around and saw him wrapping his arms around his sibling in a spontaneus display of affection. Caught by surprise, he looked for a moment like the kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar. However, he instantaneously regained his composure and assured me with a straight face, “I’m not hugging her. I’m seatbelting her.”

On another occasion soon after, he was again caught in a hug, and said quite matter-of-factly, “No, it’s not a hug. She’s broccoli. I’m the elastic band.” 🙂

And this is why people love this kid.