Our electrical storm of a girl just turned 5. Everything she does is so big and so her. It seems like such a difference between her at 5 and her more scholarly and nerdy older sister. They’re really as different as can be, which is great in some ways and a constant clashing and clanging din in others.
One of these days I’ll write some about our homeschool experience, but I feel like I need to figure out what I’m even doing before I get to doing that. Anyway, it seems unbelievable to me that Violet is really a kindergartener this year! She’s supposed to still be a toddler, right? Where does time slip away to?
With her energy level and spirited nature, I really can’t imagine her sitting in a classroom doing…..anything…. while sitting. Hahaha. If we weren’t homeschooling, I’m pretty sure I’d make the executive decision to delay school for another year. But since we’re running amok here doing school and playing outside and making messes during lessons, I think we’ll get places this year.
So, Violet has been on a Jackson Pollock kick ever since I brought a set of Usborne famous paintings art cards back from our vacation. Lego shirts on her birthday has become kind of a thing now since I’ve made one every year since she turned 2.
I’m missing shots of her fourth birthday shirt. oops…… This year was the year of lego jackson pollock!
The paint was so thick I was concerned it wouldn’t dry overnight so she could wear it, but it all worked out.
I set Violet up with a drop cloth and some house paint recently and let her live out her dream of being Jackson Pollock. She gets the funniest obsessions. Right now she’s also into Toad from Frog and Toad (which I made a shirt for) and Lowly Worm.
She also wanted a bunch of chewing gum and an amber teething necklace for her birthday.
We suffered in the heat and humidity and had a Violet picnic. Chips, strawberries, apples, and mango kombucha. Then we hit Cultured, a local frozen yogurt place.
Then we hit the pool, as a request of hers, and came home to make some whipped cream to top her cake. This kid ate so much whipped cream. So much.
Despite her quizzical look, she liked her chocolate cake with whipped cream and berry sauce sloshed over the top Jackson Pollock style. But wait, the pictures get better.
I always say it, but she’s just such a dynamic person. The kid who will leave everyone feeling like things are too quiet when she leaves the nest or goes off to a camp someday. She really drives me insane half of the time – like out of my mind batty with the chaos and destruction and noise and volatile emotions. But she’s got such a sweet and generous heart, a huge sense of humor, more snuggles than we know what to do with, and a sharp brain in her despite her deceptive wildness. I’ve always had a special connection with my little wolf cub.
She ran around wildly while I taught her sister phonics, and eventually emerged knowing them herself. She started reading when she was four. She just likes to do it with rubber gloves on her feet, or while doing headstands on the couch.
For whatever reason, she’s really into doing copywork too. I come up with little passages on the fly and she copies them, asking for more when she’s done.
She’s also really into a sense of accomplishment after doing something real and helpful. Sometimes while wearing a dinosaur mask. I’m looking forward to when her helping is actually….helpful. Heh.
Math is something she insists on doing, though has little patience for the worksheets she so desperately wants. So I’ve been trying to come up with somewhat self correcting ways to let her do math problems.
Adventures near water are always a place where she finds an outlet for contentment. You can just see her expanding into her capacity.
Now is where I cry through the computer screen by showing a bunch of photos of quintessential Violet.
Her first birthday!
Aside from nursing, she’d pretty much only eat things that weren’t food. like dirt and sand and books.