Wednesday, February 06, 2008

100 or Bust!

Anna skipped off to bed last night, saying, "Tomorrow's the 100th day of school! Yippee!"

These days, the 100th day is celebrated with all kinds of number games that help kids visualize what a big number 100 is. Anna was bringing 100 rocks to school, and chocolate chips to add to the big batch of Trail Mix the whole first grade was making.

Then, the vomiting started at 5 am.

Anna was heart broken not to go on this particular day to school. Even Colin recognized that she'd been looking forward to it and felt bad for her. He also tried to get out of going to school, but no dice.

Anna laid on the couch, occasionally puking into a bucket, then played on the computer for about an hour, then read "Little House in the Big Woods." She had some soup for lunch, then got out her "Get Crafty" book. I have a love-hate relationship with this book. It has pictures of very realistic kids in it, sometimes with bad hair and funny noses and always with big permanent teeth growing in, and tons of projects. Anna always pulls it out when I'm not feeling crafty (ie not up to dealing with the messy aftermath), and she usually picks a project I do not have all the supplies for. However, I am always amazed at her creativity and longevity at these projects, so I try not to always say no.

Today she chose to do a cloth doll. I didn't have any flesh colored fabric like she wanted, but she happily settled with cutting up an old pink stained Tshirt of mine. I am also working hard at not micromanaging these projects, trying to let her learn from her mistakes. So I let her design the doll and cut it out herself. The resulting doll had limbs too narrow to be turned inside out, but Anna was happy to leave her with the seams showing and stuffed her anyway. She is bald until I go to the craft store to get yellow yarn, which is the only detail that upsets Anna. "How would you feel if you were a lady without hair, Mommy?"

When Colin got home he was jealous of all the sewing (he fancies himself like the Tailor of Gloucester). He made another pillow from his Buzz Lightyear fabric. Anna also sewed a dress for her doll and a pillow for brand new Baby Ainsley, born today!


peevish said...

Poor Anna, missing 100's day. But good for her, being so resourceful and creative.

mainlyclearskies said...

The baby is adorable!

I remember one Valentine's Day in, maybe first grade, when I was sick and couldn't go to school for the party. I was more upset about missing the party than being sick. I feel Anna's pain.

EdamameMommy said...

I could see there was a picture but I was "saving it" until I read to the end of the text...only the whole time I was imagining it was a piccy of the bald doll. Not so! That's a real babby with hair. Too cute.

ColeBugsmommy said...

I'm sorry Anna missed her 100th day at school. What a bummer. I hope she is feeling better.