I'm heading back to my other life as a middle school teacher in just a few days, so I thought I'd take a few minutes to reflect on my summer with Aven. Since two-year-old kids have such a bad reputation for being difficult I thought I'd list my top ten favorite things about spending the summer with a two-year-old:
1. Hearing her use new words every single day. I'm always amazed at how fast she picks up new language. I really must stop listening to The Lonely Island when she's in the car with me.
2. Her enthusiasm for absolutely EVERYTHING. There aren't very many things I can think of that don't fascinate her.
3. Listening to her pretend phone conversations is one of the best parts of the day "Hiyo. Hi. How you? Oh good." Need I say more?
4. The simplest things keep her busy and entertained. She'll play with rocks and water in the backyard for an hour at a time while I relax on the patio.
5. She goes to bed early and sleeps in EVERYDAY. Ian and I get some down time in the evening and I get to sleep until eight o' clock every morning- not too shabby.
6. She has become a sound aficionado. She can correctly identify almost any sound she hears from a distance: trains, helicopters, lawn mowers, garbage trucks. It amazes me for some reason.
7. She is a huge Stephen Colbert fan. I got into a rather bad habit of watching The Colbert Report on Hulu during breakfast and now she puts in a request for him every morning. As we watch she laughs hysterically and exclaims "Colbert funny!"
8. For once I'm actually the one to see her demonstrate a new skill first. I love my job and have no qualms about her going to daycare, but it does sting just a little when her daycare teacher tells me about the amazing thing she did or said for the first time.
9. Hugs all day long. I am seriously going to miss the constant onslaught of toddler love. I have the feeling I'm going to develop a hug deficiency.
10. I get a two hour break every afternoon during nap time. As a teacher I get a 25 minute lunch. In the words of Liz Lemon: blerg!
Below are a couple pictures from our last week of full-time summer fun:
Swimming at Payton's house. She keeps saying "I go wimmin at my Payton's house?"
It's been an awesome summer with my sweet little girl. I'm lucky that I get to have a job I love and still be a stay-at-home mom some of the time.