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Evolution of an Engineer

Last year at Lily’s preschool art show, we were amused when we discovered that Lily labeled her creative project as a “decorated cereal box”. All of the other kids were calling their equally unimpressive decorated cereal boxes as things like “food and drink machines” and “bat caves”, but Lily insisted her decorated cereal box was a decorated cereal box.

And it was.

But I was never more sure that she was going to be an engineer than at that moment!

This year, I was very surprised when I saw her art projects and saw THIS explanation next to her “invention”.

WHOA. I guess the future engineer DOES have some creativity in there after all. Perhaps she even has quite a bit of creativity. Although when I pointed out the difference between last year and this year to her preschool teacher, she told me that Lily had originally said she “didn’t know” what her “invention” did. After Lily heard some of the other kids describe their inventions, she came up with this elaborate description. Even engineers need some creativity. I mean, they do invent new machines and stuff, and that’s exactly what our little engineer did here.

Lily's "wall" invention

I’m trying to decide which answer a like better– the run-on sentence “wall” machine or “a decorated cereal box”.


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On Pluto

This week Lily was learning about outer space at preschool. They wrapped up the week yesterday by going to our university’s planetarium (I didn’t realize we had one and it’s literally 5 minutes from my house!). On Monday, I started asking her about the planets and what she’d learned. I honestly wasn’t that sure anymore what was going on with them. I know at one point they decided Pluto was not a planet and then they found something else beyond Pluto, but I wasn’t sure if they’d classified THAT as a planet. And then I remembered more debate over whether or not Pluto was a planet. Was Pluto still a planet? Were there nine planets or ten or eight or what? I just wasn’t sure anymore.

I was trying to discuss it with my husband (but did not Google it for some reason) only to have him repeatedly declare “I don’t know and I don’t care!” Some scientist he is! Lily informed me that there were nine planets, but I wasn’t sure if the nine were the original nine I learned or nine minus Pluto plus that thing they found past Pluto, which Google tells me is called Eris. Who knew?

Anyway, I didn’t think Lily was paying any attention to me and my unresearched “Is Pluto still a planet?” debate when she came home from preschool yesterday and came straight up to me and said “Mommy, Pluto IS a planet!”

It is?

“Yes! There are nine planets! Pluto is VERY small, but it is a planet. It’s the last planet.”

I thought it was so cute and smart of her to not only remember that I wasn’t sure about this, but to confirm it for me.

Today Google tells me that some scientists have decided that Pluto is a planet again because it has its own moon. I can’t tell for sure if this is the official conclusion or if it is still up for debate. Google also tells me that Eris thing past Pluto IS a tenth planet, but I guess they aren’t teaching that in preschool just yet.

Our solar system was so much simpler when I was a kid!


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Math Drama

Every Sunday, the girls skype their grandfather who lives in St. Louis. Lily now knows a lot of math and her grandpa likes to quiz her. This Sunday he tried to tease her and it backfired horribly.

Grandpa: What’s 14-2?

Lily: What is it?

Grandpa: It’s 10!

Lily: No! It’s 12!

Grandpa: I think it’s 10.

Lily: NO!!!!! IT’S 12!!!!!

And then she burst into hysterical, inconsolable tears and cried in my lap long after Grandpa signed off of skype. He apologized. We all explained that she was right. Fourteen minus two DOES equal twelve! Grandpa was just teasing her! There was no comforting her until we distracted her with television.

Apparently you should NEVER tease Lily about math.

Math is serious business.


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Inaugural Swing Set Injury

The swing set wasn’t even finished yet when Lily decided it best to Christen it with its first injury. I mean, it wouldn’t REALLY be a swing set until somebody got hurt. Although, come to think of it, our old, unstable, rotting, UNSAFE swing set never hurt anybody and we bought this swing set so the kids would be safe. Irony. Go figure.

After we ordered the swing set and showed Lily a picture, she immediately told everyone she knew that her new swing set had a telescope. When you are a future engineer/scientist, telescopes are VERY exciting, way more exciting than having your own clubhouse with windows that open and shut.

So when the swing set was nearly complete, we brought out the telescope and let her play with it. It seemed harmless enough. I mean, it’s just a plastic tube with no sharp edges. There didn’t seem to be any reason why she couldn’t play with it before it was attached.

Apparently this is a foreboding picture.

Little did I know…

Lily was looking at Rose on the swing through the telescope. She was a safe distance away from the swing so I didn’t think about asking her to back away. Unfortunately, the telescope was NOT at a safe distance. Rose kicked the telescope and it hit Lily in the mouth.

She started crying. There was blood. And I screamed “OH. MY. GOD. DID IT HIT YOUR TOOTH? DID YOU BREAK YOUR TOOTH AGAIN?!

And Lily spit out a big chunk of tooth. She broke the exact same tooth she broke LAST TIME. The prostetic patch of tooth came right out and took little bit more with it. She looked exactly the same as last time. It was total deja vu.

The second time around, seeing her tooth like this was not at all shocking.

In fact, it’s total deja vu. Although I witnessed her breaking the tooth this time and have no idea what happened last time, the situation is eerily similar. When she broke her tooth in March, we were supposed to leave to visit her paternal grandparents 8 hours away the next day. That was the last time we planned a trip out there. We are supposed to go to her paternal grandparents house on Saturday!

Is the tooth cursed? Is she going to break it every time we are supposed to visit her grandparents?

This time they were able to fix her tooth right away.

Breaking your tooth is so much fun! She told me all about how Peppa Pig ALSO broke her tooth.

She was very lucky because the root was not damaged even though the tooth has suffered two injuries in five months. This time she didn’t fight the dentist and this replacement looks way better than the last one did. I joked that maybe she broke the tooth because she wanted a better replacement. The dentist was not amused even after I explained I knew the shape of the old tooth was due to Lily’s lack of cooperation. He couldn’t get it the perfect shape last time while she was kicking and screaming.

Nitrous Oxide Addicts are so cool.

To add insult to injury, we learned that our dental insurance only covers one broken tooth every two years. Because we all run around breaking teeth on purpose. I know I always check my calendar and my dental records before I set out to break a tooth. Breaking teeth is so much fun! I’d hate to miss my chance to break a tooth while it’s partially covered (still very expensive).

Since she broke THE SAME tooth only 5 months ago, we had to pay out of pocket for this repair. The swing set’s inauguration set us back another $245.

I can only hope the tooth fairy will be paying us back for that $500 baby tooth.

I wouldn’t expect anything less out of an expensive new toy. You can’t buy anything that costs more than $500 without having some other major cost pop out of nowhere. The office manager is going to try to submit it as a medical claim, but she doesn’t sound very optimistic about it.

Anyway, I hope since we started out this swing set with such a big bang that our major injuries are out of the way.

And that Lily stops breaking her teeth every 5 months, because seriously. Not cool.


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Creativity win!

In preschool last week, Lily and her classmates made art out of recycled material. Every kid gave very creative answers to what their artwork was. Here are some examples:

A castle

A helicopter

Food and Drink Making Machine

A transformer that turns into a jet

As you can see, every item looked EXACTLY like what the kid said it was. Or nothing like it. Whatever. To me, the only thing that remotely resembles the kid’s description is the helicopter. Meanwhile, while everyone around her was giving all these awesome answers, Lily told the teacher very soberly “It’s a decorated cereal box”.

A decorated cereal box

I couldn’t be more proud of her creativity than I was at the moment I saw her art in a display case with all these other creations and the kids’ descriptions written right next to them. I think the other decorated cereal box being a transformer that turns into a jet is especially telling of my child’s brilliance.

My husband claims that when she said “It’s a decorated cereal box” she was thinking something so genius and beyond us that we just don’t see it. I think she’s just laying the groundwork to becoming a future engineer.

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