Avery is starving for education lately. She wants to know everything about everything. Our landlord brought us a children’s encyclopedia a few months ago. It’s in Hungarian, but it’s still her favorite book. Ivan sits down with her and they pick a page and look at the pictures and Ivan tells her all about whales and South America. When they got to the nerves page he sent her to me and we talked about brains and nerves for a while. She loves it, and she’s full of questions. Too full sometimes. I can only handle so many in a day.
Her second favorite thing is her workbook. Her uncles brought her a new one 2 weeks ago and she asks for it every day. She finished the Brainquest Pre-K workbook this year, so we got her the Kindergarten one this time. It’s more challenging and she really likes it. Writing letters wears her out, so we try to only do two pages or so at a time. It’s funny, though, because after a page or two of writing letters she starts to get tired and frustrated, but she doesn’t realize it and wants to keep going. She starts to get cranky and lose attention but if I try to put the book away she gets upset. It’s been kind of tricky trying to keep her from wearing herself out. Luckily there are coloring sections we can turn to when she starts to get ornery from too much writing.
I’m having a little bit of Mommy guilt over not getting her into preschool this year. I think she would really love it and I would really like her to play with other kids more, but it’s been hard finding something I can deal with and we can afford here in Hungary. In the meantime we try to do fun things and go fun places while she’s stuck at home with me. She and Evelyn really like to play a lot lately so that’s helped and we try to go to playgroups and things.
Avery really really really wants a little brother. Her little friend Stephanie has a big family with 7 kids and she just had a baby brother a few months ago, so Avery really thinks that this is how her family should be too. The other day she came to me crying saying “Mooooommm, I really want 7 kids! And a little brother named Luke!”
Avery is learning to brush her teeth. Every night I brush her teeth and then she practices with her toothbrush. She taught Evelyn how to spit out water several months ago and they’re both champion swishers and spitters now. They also love bath time together.
Avery also starts her ballet class again this week after the Summer break. She’s really excited because we have a new little friend that moved to Budapest who wants to go to ballet with her too. She can’t come this week because they are going on a trip, but hopefully next week Avery will have a new ballet friend too.