Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Fiona - 4.5 Years

Our Fiona is 4.5 years old. She is still our sweet girl who is ready with hugs and will make the rounds to sit on family member's laps. She loves to make art for her loved ones. A few other items about Fiona:
  • Chris makes up nicknames for Fiona that she loves. The most popular names are "Sugar-shine" and "Moonbeam."
  • Fiona loves crunchy apples, especially pink lady apples. She likes me to cut up an apple for her and say, "Here's a pink lady for my pink lady."
  • She loves apples, raspberries, yogurt, beans (kidney, garbanzo, black), pizza, broccoli, tomato soup, pulled pork and PB&J.
  • When she needs something, she still says, "eed" instead of "need." I love that pronunciation. 
  • Fiona prefers to dress in twirly skirts and fancy dresses. It's a process every morning to find something for her that satisfies Fancy Fiona.
  • When we come to an agreement with her on something, she says we have "dealed" on something. For example, she may say, "Dad and I dealed on going to the pool tomorrow."
  • Fiona loves to color, draw and paint. She spends hours on the weekend coloring pictures. She stayed home sick one day a couple weeks ago and created her own portfolio by looking at pictures from a published art book and creating her own Fiona copies.
  • She tries to enforce manners on Eloise. If Eloise asks for something, Fiona will say, "Please? Can you say 'please'?"
  • Fiona and Eloise love to play together (sometimes), although Eloise still tends to knock down whatever Fiona is building (duplos, train tracks, magna-tiles).
  • Fiona isn't very interested in cartoon or Disney movies because she really dislikes scary parts. She has also never shown interest in live action shows; however, before Christmas, we watched Home Alone together, and she absolutely LOVES the movie. 
  • Fiona loves to play kitchen and mix up cupcake or cookies soups on her play stove.
  • Fiona is progressing with leaps and bounds at her Montessori school. She works at her own pace through BOB books for reading and can spell many three letter words by sounding out the letters. She can also add numbers together using her fingers.
  • Fiona loves to swim at the pool. Chris has been taking her there since she was a year old, and she's at the point now that she can swim across the whole pool by herself without any assistance from Chris or flotation devices. It takes her a while, but she can do it.
Fiona's thinking face while playing memory

Showing me her metal inset work at school

Pre-reading work at school last fall. She is now reading three letter words. 

My crazy girl

Cupcake on her half birthday

She is at equilibrium when she's coloring elaborate pictures in rainbow colors. 

Explaining one of her drawings


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