Sam went to her second day of school on Thursday and though she didn't want to do the pose on the front steps, I managed to get this photo after school. (sunny and bright) She is having a great time and talked all weekend about how she knows the days of the week now because of a song they sang in class. (no crying this time!)
Saturday morning we went to the Farmer's Market downtown. It was a bit chilly and windy but in a very nice "Ooo, it's September..." way.
On the potty front, the aggressive bribing is in full force...a sticker and an MnM every time she goes to the bathroom, and (after much deliberation on how to achieve the goal) with 5 stickers in a day, Sam gets to pick a prize from a bag of goodies from the dollar store. (Katie is also scoring stickers for daily hair brushing and other random chores she completes..we may need more of a system with her. As well, she gets the MnM any time Sam does...hoping for peer encouragement here.) The first prize was a puppy/kitty in a little carrying cage...Katie got hers the day before Sam earned it and they are both in love. Sam named the puppy Sweetie Heart and even drew a picture of her today.
Katie made it home from school, dropped off safe and sound and happy, right in front of our house at noon. Sam and I had a quiet but fun morning, reading and playing and chatting with a neighbour in the backyard. We went shopping in the afternoon as the cool weather made me cancel our plan for BBQ pizza to chicken soup and I needed celery, AND Katie is desperate for some pants...I think hers are all a bit small and the cooler weather makes me hope we can find something to wear. We didn't have much luck...ended up with a shirt instead. (and briefly...I an so appalled at retail stores not providing bathrooms for a potty training toddler...I seriously, walked out of the Children's Place without the leggings we had selected because I think it's a terrible policy...this is the second time I've had such an experience in the last month and I'm hoping to find time and energy to email the companies because I'm so unimpressed.)
Ending on a good note, you know what impresses me? (besides lots of things...) Katie's spelling...Ben and I are thinking about taking up Pig Latin because she's picking up on all sorts of things we've been secretly spelling...Bummer, Wind, Get Rid Of, Problem...these are all words we have spelled recently and she has figured out. Just something I wasn't expecting. Good thing we tend not to even spell very questionable words...bummer is about as bad as we get! Also, Ben told me that when I was out to yoga tonight, Katie was teaching Sam French...Non and Oui...I think the fun is just beginning! =)