Trixie! You’re 43 months old now. Practically an old lady! Well maybe not, it would be nice if you slowed down with the whole growing thing, but I don’t think you’ll agree. You told me recently that you want to be 18. I was floored. How about let’s just aim for 4, okay? Maybe stop at 4? No? Didn’t think so.
Busy busy month! You started two preschools this month. Stratford started first. It’s the more academic school, where you do worksheets and learn about composers, artists and such things. So far you like it. It’s strange though, you don’t know anyone there, but by all accounts you like it. I think you’ll let me know if you don’t like it, and we’ll reassess. You never cried when I dropped you off, and I was careful not to linger so I wouldn’t get sappy. Hudson did not like leaving you though. I guess there had to be some tears after all. Later in the month you started CCNS, which is the co op preschool, and you love it there. We know lots of the kids there and lots of the parents who are working. Lucky for us every day that you are there we know one of the parents who are working so I get lots of reports back on you, and you are enjoying every minutes by all accounts. To get you ready for CCNS I took some of the pet feeding shifts so we went to the school a few times so you could meets the pets and get acquainted with the school. (This school has chickens, rabbits, fish and rats, you’re in little girl heaven with all of the creatures, I’m not so sure of the rats.) As much as I don’t want to admit it, it looks like Daddy and I made the right choice to put you in school and not home school you for preschool. I”m not sure what we’ll do going forward, but for now, when the curriculum is all about play, we’ll leave it how it is.
I guess in conjunction with school (more Stratford than CCNS) you’ve leader to spell your name from memory, but you get a little confused. You decided that you wanted to be called Beatrix at school, and are still called Trixie outside of school, so this is where you are confused, you want to write both names at once, so it comes out ‘Betie’, I’m temped to call you Betty just ’cause it’s so cute! (I recently learned that a new trendy diminutive of Beatrix is Bixie… I think we’ll stick with Trixie.) In any case, Beatrix has a lot of letters, so I’m impressed that you even try! YAY!
A little while ago there was a lightening storm, and we were driving through it, and you were so amazed by the lightening. It was the first time you’ve ever seen lightening and it was an impressive show. Lots of people from around here haven’t seen lightening in a long time, so this was a pretty memorable storm.
This month marked the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, so we had a talk about what happened and why we were remembering that day. I kept the details pretty light for you, but I figured that it should be mentioned. I was worried that you would fixate on the gory details, but you didn’t. We talked about heros and how firemen are brave and that’s what you went away with, which I think is appropriate for a 3 year old.
We went on a couple field trips this month. We went to Half Moon Bay and a really fabulous beach. You helped Leland and Jet dig a big hole and made friends (again) with Aria. It was really cute to see you and Aria helping each other up the trail on the cliff to get back up to the parking. Neither of you would let go of the other’s hand despite the really steep terrain, then at the top, you both ran away, holding hands, which thankfully slowed you down! Then for the rest of the time we all hunted for lady bugs, and had a great time finding them. Another field trip we went on was apple picking. We had so much fun! We went with Leland’s family and had a great time. Lots of apples were picked, and eaten. Then we went for lunch in Capitola and to play on the beach. It’s really fabulous to live in California in the fall, everything is really amazing.
Finally this month, we started you in soccer. I bought you some very tiny little cleats and shin guards, you are ADORABLE in them! And you love soccer, so much! I hope we can do more soccer classes, but it looks like it might be hard next session, I think when you are 4 there will be more classes for you. I can’t wait until you are old enough to play mini rugby.
SO my sweet Betie, Betty, Bixie, Trixie, Beatrix.
you’re amazing, and I love you so much.
Love always and forever,