Oh, Miss Sally! Where shall I begin?
Hanging out with Sally is like hanging out with a teenager in a little person's body. I don't thikn I can put any true "organization" into this post, so I'll just let it free-flow.
Sally loves mirrors. She primps, she preens, she makes faces, she practices her mood faces (pouty, sassy, scary, adorable, mischevious, fake-crying, etc.) and she can entertain herself for a half hour in a full-length mirror. She also loves dress-up, which I suppose is normal for a girl her age.
When I was out buying her a new outfit for her school picture this week, it occurred to me that Sally has her own distinct style. No froofy-frilly-fluffy stuff for her -- she is a modern chick. Bold colors, high contrast and big hair -- that's our Sally. I swear she looks like a 70's rock-star in her school photo (you'll see). I volunteered to help out during picture day, wiping mouths and combing hair. It was waaaaaay fun. No, seriously, I mean it.
Sally also loves music and singing. She has a pretty eclectic style -- we don't listen to any of that sappy kid-crap in the car. It's mostly 80s retro, 60s oldies, some alternative stuff, top 20, and classic rock. Sally cracks me up, because she knows exactly what she likes and doesn't like. And she LOVES to sing -- that kid sings all day long.
Every day when I put her down for her nap, she asks me "can I sing for a few minutes?" As if I could stop her. She even sings while she does her work at school. She makes up songs about what she's doing, what she's wearing, who she's playing or working with. It's a riot. Some of her lyrics are actually pretty good, I'm thinking we may have a born lyricist on our hands. A microphone and tape recorder would make a great Christmas gift for her. She can jam out in front of her mirror.
Sally is also very heavily into crafts. Sometimes even more so than me, I think! Right now, her favorites include drawing, painting, coloring, jewelry making, and using foam shapes. We also do some sculpting with clay and play-doh, and Sally loves to draw with chalk outside (she also has a small chalkboard hanging very low in the kitchen).
I didn't realize this until recently, but Sally's fine motor skills are much better than the average kid her age. Probably because I refuse to buy her "kid" beads -- she uses regular (tiny) beads like you get at the bead shop, and she does all her own threading. So it forces her to hone those fine motor skills by using tiny parts.
Right now, Sally is learning how to snap and to wink. Both are hilarious to watch. She's getting closer on the winking, but the snap thing takes massive coordination -- which I never realized before. Watching her struggle to master a new skill makes me realize how much I can do, that I take for granted.
Apart from singing and crafting, her favorite thing to do is to play outdoors. She loves to find caterpillars, spiders, ants, beetles and any other kind of bug, and she loves to pick up leaves, sticks, pebbles and acorns. I have to make her empty her pockets before she comes home, otherwise I'm liable to have a heap of acorns in my washing machine.
Sally is in her 5th week of swimming lessons (we just started the 2nd session), and I must say, I'm quite impressed. She can jump into the pool on her own and get out on her own, swim with a floating noodle under her armpits, dunk her head completely underwater, and other stuff. The teacher she has now (Miss Megan) is FABULOUS. When we started swim lessons last month, I figured I'd be happy if she could swim by summer. Now I'm thinking she may be swimming by her birthday (late January). Sweet!!!
Although her attention span is still pretty short when it comes to games, we can finally get through two entire games of High-Ho-Cherry-O before she wants to put it away and get something else. And she actually counts now, which is great because it helps develop her math skills.
Sally is also learning to draw her letters, to determine the first letter of a word phonetically, and to trace using stencils. She is doing quite well at school, and her teacher is very pleased. A couple of months ago, she came home and recited hte entire Pledge of Allegiance. Now THAT was impressive at age 3! Right now, her class is working on the letters M, G, and F.
Sally LOVES to play with little sissy, to feed her, play peek-a-boo with her and to "read" to her. But I think her favorite is to take things away from her. :-) Sally also helps me in the kitchen, she takes out her own plates, cups and utensils and puts them in the sink when she's done, and she helps me put the clean dishes away (she puts away her own stuff). Sally loves to help me cook, no matter what I'm making. She also likes to sweep and mop, and to help hang up her clean clothes. I'm teaching her what kinds of things can be recycled vs. thrown away. Hmmm, how long until she can help clean out the litter box and take out the trash?
Life with Sally means never a dull moment, and you never know what she'll say next. Lately she is very lovey, with lots of spontaneous hugs, kisses and "I love you"s for Mommy, Daddy and sissy.