With a family of 5 I spend a lot of time folding laundry. Elinore is usually around when I'm folding laundry too. I usually have a basket or more needing folded in the family room, and when she asks me to sit with her I'll fold too. She usually starts to help folding by pulling the laundry out of the basket, faster than I can fold it, and handing it to me. She also names who the article of clothing I'm folding belongs to. She gets the mostly all right too!
Over the last few months as Elinore leads, we've been introducing her to the concept of the potty and being a big girl using the potty. She gets the concept and on more than one occasion will go pee pee in the pottty. On one occasion she pooped in the potty my mom claims, but Keith or I have yet to see it happen!
I've been trying to do a better job to encourage her more and ask her more often if she needs to use the big girl potty. She cheers when she does go, but sometimes she doesn't. In the cases where she doesn't she tells us "not working!" Pee pee "not working!" You can tell she's tried, but generally her diaper is already wet, so there really isn't much of an opportunity anyway.
She's a smart cookie, she knows when she's going. She's even started asking for her diaper to be changed sometimes. We can definately tell when she's pooping, and she'll tell you too sometimes. But if I ask her to poop in the potty, no way! Sometimes she doesn't want you to see her pooping either. In fact once in a restuarant she was pooping in the booth next to me wouldn't push me away if I looked at her.
Caleb is convinced he doesn't want to go to college. He's been sold on this for months now. Keith and I have talked to the boys about college, and certainly don't discourage it, we haven't said it is a requirement either. We do stress that they have to have a plan. There has to be something that they are going to do with themselves after high school. Caleb's plan, he's going to be a farmer. He's maybe going to be a babysitter on the side too, but he's really going to be a farmer.
Our current bed time routine isn't always routine, but more often than not follows the pattern. We usually start with getting the boys in bed, which some nights I think takes a good 20 minutes! I go in and talk to them for a little bit, we pray together and I kiss them goodnight. Caleb get just close enough I can give him a little peck before he scurries away in his bed. Caden gets ready to give you a big hug and kiss back. Elinore tells them goodnight and sometimes she just terrorizes their room or somewhere else in the house while this is happening.
Then it's off to put Elinore in bed. New diaper and jammies for her followed by a drink of milk and rocky-ing. She usually decides who's going to rocky her first, mommy or daddy. Daddy will rocky and sing her a song he's made up from an old song he once knew that he sings about her now. Then she insists on another rocky from mommy. (Although sometimes it's in reverse order. I think she decides based on what is going to keep her out of bed longer!) Mommy will rocky and we say prayer together. Then we sing Itsy Bitsy Spider and sometimes Jesus Loves Me too. Then it's into bed, turn on the babies and get the two blankets just right before we're out the door with night nights, Jesus loves you, and I love yous.