Selena is always planning and plotting and implementing projects. She writes songs, stories, and letters. Paints pictures and coloring pages. She designs new fashions and has me implement--lots of dinosaur applique. But she has been doing a bit of sewing herself. She has a good handle on the pedal while I help guide the fabric. She is even able to stop sewing right when the needle is up. I can't do that.
Christmas is coming up and we're working on delayed gratification by having her create her Christmas list. A few months ago she was grilling me on the realities of Santa and his reindeer. "How do they fly? They don't have wings." "Hot air baloons don't have wings," I reply. "They are not filled with hot air." Hmmm. The last I heard she decided Santa was a real man who gave presents, but he didn't really arrive on reindeer. But now that the magic of the season is here, she is very involved in the story and hasn't asked any questions, reindeer or otherwise. She is ready to leave the reindeer two carrots on Christmas Eve, just as Santa requested when she talked to him at the Santa Brunch.
Selena's been more into games. She invents her own games, making the game pieces out of paper. But we've also played some checkers, chess and poker as well. It is fun to see her start to develop some strategy. She made up a game of colors the other day. It is like rock-paper-scissors, but you use colors instead. She had all the rules worked out so each color beat another color. She didn't quite understand the simultaneous of rock-paper-scissors however. In her game each person stated a color, of course whoever was last won.
.It's fun to read good stories to her. When she hears a joke or story she likes. Her eyes light up and she gets all giggly. Per the recommendation of a friend we checked out a bunch of Chris Van Allsburg books. Her eyes really lit up at the end of The Sweetest Fig.
We experimented with dairy free for a week to try to resolve some issues that are a little too-much-information. But she really missed her macaroni and cheese and there was no immediate noticeable difference so the experiment was abandoned after only a week and a half. I did try a vegan macaroni and cheese that was very tasty, though not really like mac and cheese, and very authentic looking. Selena was so excited about the thought of it, but when it was served she refused to take even one bite. She said she could taste it through her sense of smell and it did not taste good. :S