I must post this stuff right now so when the shoe drops next week I will be able to remind myself of how awesome Charlotte did this weekend.
It started on Friday; even though Charlotte got very little sleep on Thursday night (let's not talk about that while we're in a good mood) she rocked it at physical therapy. She did everything Arlene asked her to do, even the stuff that was tricky or exhausting.
Saturday morning we went out to Troy to see my stepsister, her husband & their daughter. He's in the military, and is being stationed in North Carolina. They move later this month from New York to North Carolina, so we wanted to get the girls together before that. We went to the Childrens' Museum of Science & Technology in Troy, continuing our theme of science museums, I guess. Charlotte handled the car ride out and back like a pro, and has really gotten this using public restrooms thing down pat. She does hate the air dryers, though, especially the automatic ones. Charlotte was so excited to see her cousin, B. B just turned two back in February, and she was adorable and pretty well behaved also.
One of the things that impressed me the most about my kid is that there was a little wildlife presentation where a museum employee had different wild animals that the kids could touch. Despite never having been to pre-school or day care or church school, Charlotte understood the whole "circle time" concept. She picked up a carpet square to sit on, put it away afterwards, and even raised her hand and said "Excuse me!" to get the adult's attention. AMAZING. Plus, she sat with her legs out straight and her toes pointing at the ceiling, which must have seemed weird to the museum staff, but that's the way Arlene is always asking Charlotte to sit.
Today we had a major cooking day, cooking a bunch of new recipes to make a crazy elaborate (for us) dinner. It was Matt's idea & project, and he made sure to get Charlotte involved nearly every step of the way. She was with him grocery shopping, she prepped all the herbs, and even used the chopper attachment to make the herb paste. She tried every single thing on her plate, even stinky cheese and mashed potatoes! (Charlotte is weirdly opposed to mashed potatoes, I can't figure it out.)
I seriously had such a blast with her this weekend. Three and a half years old seems like such a huge difference from three, and I'm enjoying the ride.