Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Kailey is both adventurous and cautious -- and, often gets hung up on something that she is more then capable of doing just because she has decided (for whatever reason... often because she is being stubborn) that she cannot do something.  Like swimming.  She LOVES the water.  Loves it.  When we have taken her to the pool by herself, she practices swimming by herself, spending so much time under water that it makes a (already nervous) parent anxious.  She is not afraid of water.  But, swim lessons have been a barrier.  We had a breakthrough this summer with a two week class -- but, it wasn't enough to get her really swimming on her own.  And so, we enrolled her in swim lessons this winter.  She said she wanted nothing to do with swim lessons that were indoors and that she only likes to swim outside.  Sigh.  We made her go to the class anyway, and she acted like she had never seen water before and clung to the teacher as though her life depended on it.  Sigh.  Her teacher downgraded her a level to the "nervous beginner" class.

We talked to Kai about it and, at this point, her stubborn nature kicked in and she told us she HATED swimming lessons and would NEVER do it.  I bribed her the next time we went with the ice cream of her choice if she would "just STOP whining about swim lessons and try what her teacher told her to do."  As it turns out, she enjoyed the class but still decided that she could only do any activities while bear hugging her teacher.  She had to be able to hold onto a floatation device with her face in the water for 3 seconds to get beyond "nervous beginner".

But, we had one breakthrough -- she decided swim lessons were fine, but holding floatation devices by herself was out.  One thing at a time.

Several lessons later, and she was doing the same drill.  Having fun.  Clinging to her teacher.  Spending the entire class when it was not her turn submerged under the water blowing bubbles (because, really, she is not afraid of water.  Just floatation devices, apparently).

This last weekend, she had another breakthrough.  She tried it.  She held the flotation device.  She put her face under water.  She did it!  And then she did it over and over again.  And she got her green ribbon and was advanced to the next class.

I've never seen her more proud of herself.  Every day this week she has asked if she can go to swimming again so she can get the next ribbon!  Yea!!

Sunday, February 17, 2013



Me: "Kai, it's bedtime."

Kai: "I am still working on my project."

Me:  "You are just scribbling."

Kai: "No, I am coloring fast."

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Super Reader

Kai found a new television show that she likes (and here, the title made you think I was going to write about a book!  Kai much prefers her television over her books, much to my disdain!)  Anyway, she found a new show called Super Why.  It's about this group of 4 kids called the "Super Readers" and each episode they solve a "super big problem" by looking in a book.  They "jump in a book" in their super costumes and then use "the power of reading to change the story."  At the end of the episode, they discover the "super word" which is the key to solving the problem.  Kai loves it.  She loves the formula of the show, she loves the opening song, she sticks her hand towards the iPad when they all put their hands together to do the cheer, she shouts out the letters and words they are searching for throughout the episode.  It's cute.  And, I've been trying to tell myself it's also educational so, more Super Why!

And then, while out and about the other day, Kai applied the lessons from Super Why (see, it IS educational!)  I had picked Kai up early from school (she's had a bit of a cold lately, and wanted some extra time at home, so I obliged.  It's been a tough month for all of us, with long days of work and school.  So, when she asked for us to come early, I obliged).  Anyway, we were at home and I was going to start dinner before we left to get Eric from BART.  That is, until I remembered that the can opener's twisty part had snapped clean off the day before.  And, I needed to open a can.  Shoot.  I told Kai we had to hurry and run to the kitchen store before we got Eric.  So, we ran out the door and drove into the Village to the kitchen store.  When we got there, it was closed.

"OH NO!" Kai shouted from the back seat, "This is a SUPER big problem.  And a SUPER big problem needs a super solution... we need the super readers!"

Trying not to crack up, I said, "We do!  What can we do to solve the problem?"

"Oh, I know!" Kai said, "We need to change the story.  Instead of that sign saying "CLOSED" we need it to say "OPEN"... and, look, there's an OPEN sign" she said pointing to the donut shop next door, "O - P - E - N" spells OPEN.  So, now we can go in!"

I laughed and said, "You're right!  It DOES spell open, but I don't think that was the super word because the store is still closed.  What else can we do?"

Stumped, Kai asked me what I thought.  And I said, "how about a different store?"

She got excited and said, "That's the super word!  DIFFERENT STORE.  Let's go!"

So, we ran into Lucky's and ran to the aisle with the kitchen supplies, at which point Kai changed the game and told me she was a "super fairy with magic vision that can see everything" so she could find the can opener right away.  Which she did.

The End.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Three Wishes

Tonight while Kai was in the bath, I scooped up a handful of bubbles and told her they were magic bubbles and that she could make three wishes.  I asked her what her first wish was and she thought about it for a minute.  Then she said, "I wish that rainbows would stay in the sky all the time and never go away."

I asked her what her second wish was and she said, "I wish fairies were real and that I knew a real fairy."

And when I asked her for her third wish she said, "I wish that real princesses and real princes always wore their fancy dresses and clothes and never took them off."  This because we had shown her a picture of Kate Middleton to point out that real princesses were just people, like us.

Rainbows, fairies and princess clothes... the stuff a four year old's dreams should be made of.