Monday, December 26, 2011
Every year, the kids get a new special ornament. We try to find something that is meaningful to the experiences the last year held. When they were born, we decided that Willa would get a bird ornament, and Henry would get a bear.
Here are this year's new additions.
Henry's is a Rock and Roll koala bear. You will not find this guy with a guitar in the stores; the guitar is hot glue gunned on. Henry really connected with music this year. He sings all the time (click that link for proof). He dances even more. Life with Henry is like living in West Side Story (minus gangs and tragic star crossed lovers). He got a kid-sized guitar for his birthday, and when I took him to the fabric store to pick out something to make a guitar strap from, he picked a zebra print, "because it's like a rockstar's, mom." He's so retro. Also, the bear's orange scarf and rings are great, as orange is his current favorite color.
Willa's new ornament is an owl. In her last year, she's learned to read. She asked Santa for one thing: a book. She got about 30 of them.* She's learned to make friends with a whole new crop of kids. She's growing in knowledge, compassion, and hauls around wisdom far, far beyond her five years. Her love for books and animals, her frustrating habit of needing accuracy, and the way she can turn a pile of blocks into hours of adventure and imagination (as is happening at my feet right now) feels like living with a child version of myself. The owl (in her current favorite color) represents the awareness of the world that she's gaining, and the wisdom that she's bringing to it.
*Many of my friends will be delighted to read that my mom and dad gifted Willa with the first 20+ books in the Boxcar Children series. We're 1/3 of the way through book 1, and I can't believe I missed out on this as a kid! Also, Santa brought Willa a giant illustrated children's dictionary. She spent an hour last night on her new beanbag paging through the book that weighs 1/2 as much as she does.