“I can’t wait” by Lex


I Can’t Wait
I can’t wait to start following the schedule I made.
I can’t wait for the fireworks (there is no parade).
I couldn’t wait to start writing this poem,
and now that I’m done, my family I’ll show’em.

by Lex, 7/4/2012


Here’s Lex reading the poem to Eve. I had to grab the camera quickly so I missed the first little bit. It’s cute anyway.

Horse walks slowly.

After dinner tonight Eve got out a notebook and crayon and settled down on the chair with Pinky by her side.

eve writing
I said, “It’s time for bath, what are you doing?”
She said, “I need to write something down real quick. You need to help me.”
Me: “Ok, what do you need to write?”
Her: “Horse walks slowly. Horse jumps. I have the H, what comes next?”

How could I say no to that? So we sat for awhile and I said the sounds for each letter and she wrote them. When she was done she smiled for the camera, put her things away, and went upstairs for bath. I guess she just had to get that off her mind.



Horse walks slowly. Horse jumps.

Five lines

It took her an hour and a half, but she wrote those five lines this morning!

Writing lines

Writing lines...

Her reward… homemade blueberry pie!


... and eating pie! Not bad for 9am on a Wednesday morning.



Lex got some too, of course. Unforunately he didn't finish his piece so I had to help. Really. I HAD to. It was delicious!

Writing lines

The kids have been driving me crazy lately with their “potty talk.” Mostly lots of poop and farts and other childish words thrown in to every single sentence. It was driving me crazy. I tried lots of things from asking them a million times to stop (yeah, like that works!) to asking them to go to the bathroom (“Oh mom, I won’t say it again so I’ll just stay here.”) to yelling and carrying them to their room (fun for all), but nothing was working.

Then my genius mind decided to kick it old school. Last summer a friend was telling me that she has her 8yr old daughter write lines whenever she gets sassy. Sassiness is a tough thing to discipline. I thought it was quaint at the time, but upon further consideration it made lots of sense. It was a consequence that didn’t involve me yelling, they get to practice their writing skills, maybe they would even chill on the potty talk.

I introduced the idea at dinner one night, two weeks ago. I would tape a piece of paper to the fridge and each time I heard them say something I would make a tally mark. Each morning they’d have to write the number of lines corresponding to their tally marks from the day before. Lex almost cried just thinking about it! After dinner the kids were in the living room cleaning up and someone said something and they both came running in to tattle. I told them it only counts when Alan and I hear it. They insisted on putting one line under each name. Um, ok.

The next morning they both wrote one line and went about their day. With no more potty words! It seemed to good to be true!! Sort of it was. Over the past few days Lex has had to write lines twice and neither time was much fun. Last Tuesday was a big fight (a good show for Lauren!) and this morning was a little fight. Eve also had a line to write this morning, but she did it happily. Tomorrow she has five to write! That’s the most either of them have ever had. We’ll see how that goes.

The second night we were doing this new plan I thanked them both for toning down the potty talk, but I said I was a little bummed because I was hoping they would both gets lots of handwriting practice! Lex said he could write other things instead of his lines :)

Day two he decided to make them as messy as possible. I said ok to the first one but told him the next line had to be neater. Each day he threatens all sorts of cute threats, such as “I’ll throw this in the recycling bin if you make me write more!” :)

lines 1

Lex on top, Eve on bottom.

Eve puts dark lines between her words and likes to make her “o” as filled in circles. If you don’t watch her carefully she starts to doodle all over the page :) Not bad for a four year old though! When she wrote the final R in “words” she narrated to herself, “first a bump, then a line, then a kick!”

lines 2

Today's lines. Much neater.


Eve has been doing a ton of writing lately. I LOVE it! She is so smart. Sometimes the writing is well spaced and evenly sized, and sometimes it’s all over the place. All the time she does a great job with the spelling (with a bit of help) and she has so much fun.

birthday card

Here's Eve writing a birthday card for her friend's party this weekend. We put together a butterfly themed present with a butterfly kite, butterfly crayons, and a butterfly card. :)

note to mommy

Eve drew a picture of me and wrote "To Tessa Love Eve" in an artistic sort of way. Then she told me a story about the special glasses she had that made my face look orange to her. She has an AWESOME imagination!

central park

We went to visit a friend this morning and Eve made her a game. It's a maze and at the end it says "Central Park Straight Ahead" The green grass at the bottom is Central Park.

The very best birthday card ever

Happy Birthday To You Mom

Happy Birthday To You Mom

Eve Love

Eve Love

She made the card all by herself. She wanted to buy me one at the grocery store the other day and got mad at me because I wouldn’t let her :) So she decided to make me one instead. She knew exactly what she wanted it to say and I only had to help her a little bit with the spelling. Then she added a cake (with candles all around it) and ice cream on the front, and a picture of herself on the back. “This is when I was a baby,” she said, “so I only had one hair.” :) Happy (early) Birthday to me!

Little Detectives

Lex reads a lot of Encyclopedia Brown and Magic Tree House books and lately he has started making his own “cases.” For example, yesterday he announced “The Case of the Missing Puzzle Piece” and proceeded to tell Eve the clues. Eve happened to know where the piece was and wanted to jump right to the solution, but Lex made her listen to all the clues first. Then she announced “The Case of the Missing Puppy” and ran upstairs to “solve” the case by finding puppy right where she had left it. :) They seem to like these detective games so at dinner I asked if they wanted their own notebooks to write down the clues. They were psyched! Eve even abandoned her dinner to get right to work. Not exactly my goal, but oh well.

Eve at work

Eve at work

Puppy the case

Puppy The Case - still working on proper word order, I guess.

This evening Lex grabbed his notebook for “The Case of the Wrong Puzzle Pieces” because he had built a big puzzle and decided some pieces were put together wrong. As he was writing “The Case… ” in his notebook, Eve fixed the puzzle. Haha! So his book says “The case” and then “Solved!” :)

Doing the weekend crossword puzzle

Lex read the comics today and then decided to do the crossword puzzle. He got it all folded up, found a pen, and said, “I just need a little help from you mom. Will you tell me the answers?” :) So he read me the clues and I did my best to tell him the answers. I love that boy!

doing the puzzle

He tried so hard to write small.

close up

I love his writing. It's so cute!