"Any time I'm doing math, I like to pretend that two is a boy and he likes four...because, you know, two plus two is four, and two times two is four...and any time that two has to deal with four, he's really excited."
Reilly, Age 9, today while she was doing math. Should I be worried?
On another note, I know that you've all been waiting with bated breath to see how my prairie dress turned out! After hours and hours of blood, sweat, and tears...okay, that's a little dramatic. There was no blood or sweat, but there were almost some tears when I realized that I'd messed up on the pinafore and now had seams on the outside of the shoulders. The great thing is that my genius friend, Julie, was able to help me fix the problem so that I didn't have to throw the pinafore out and end up sitting in the corner, rocking and sucking my thumb. (That's why Reilly has little bows on her shoulders. We decided that she's the RICH prairie girl, ala Nellie Olson, and can afford little embellishments like shoulder bows.)
Reilly didn't have as much fun at the one-room schoolhouse this time. I think it's because it was the exact same as last year, which makes sense because the public school kids JUST go in fourth grade. It's only because we're homeschoolers that we get to add other grades (third and fifth) to make up the numbers that are required to go. So, I don't know that she'll go back next year. It's taking every fiber of my being NOT to say, "I WORKED FOR 27 HOURS TO MAKE A PRAIRIE DRESS FOR YOU! YOU ARE GOING BACK NEXT YEAR, WHETHER YOU WANT TO OR NOT!" I don't want to traumatize her.
I will say, however, that she has her halloween costume for next year, whether she likes it or not!