Tiny Mountain Climbing

Tiny Mountain Climbing

Kit was out of town for a funeral, and I had the girls this weekend for a series of birthday parties and classes. ¬†While Claire was in Crenshaw’s for a party,¬†Molly bitterly complained that she could not go too. ¬†But I took Molly to a school park right next door. ¬†It turned out to be really fun, with the usual playground but also an outcropping of rocks that was perfect for Molly to climb over. ¬†Plus an abandoned lacrosse stick and ball and a big bouncy ball. ¬†This was all easily enough to fill up and hour and a half while we waited for Claire’s party to end. ¬†Molly showed a lot of enthusiasm for the rock climbing in particular.

 

Frozen

Frozen

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The much loved characters of Frozen

The movie Frozen is a pretty big deal, at least with little girls. ¬†The movie was released in theaters¬†five months ago and seems to have only picked up steam¬†since. ¬†It probably helps that it’s now on iTunes and DVD. ¬†Anyways, this movie definitely ranks as a favorite — no, the favorite — movie for both Claire and Molly.

We have had endless discussions about “Who do you like better, Anna or Elsa?” or “What’s your favorite song in Frozen?” or “What character do you think I am in Frozen?” ¬†On the drive back from¬†Corpus Christi this weekend, Claire and Molly watched Frozen¬†in the car. ¬†When they weren’t watching Frozen, Molly was singing it. ¬†“The snow glows white on the mountain tonight‚Ķ” she always starts quietly. ¬†Molly seems to know most of the words. ¬†Claire started a series of family votes on who were¬†our favorite characters (Anna won overall), favorite songs, etc. ¬†At first, Molly thought Elsa was a “bad guy”, but Claire has slowly convinced her that Elsa is not bad, she has a good heart but she just has a problem to deal with. ¬†Molly doesn’t understand that, but she believes Claire.

We had a babysitter last weekend, and she told us that every single girl under the age of 13 who she sits has been singing Frozen songs, mostly Let It Go. ¬†She says it’s a “phenomenon”. ¬†I found myself at an after-school dinner for Molly’s school, sitting with Claire, Molly, and another dad from Molly’s class. ¬†He went on about Frozen, complete with trivia (the main character names came from the name ¬†“Hans Christian Andersen”, etc.)

There is also a backlash.  At a second grade roller skating party, the skating rink played the song Let It Go, and all the girls sang along.  But all the boys apparently took of their roller-skates, slid around on their socks, and screamed in protest.  There is also Let It Go Goes With Everything, which shows just how generic (but still lovely) that song is.

Claire seems to enjoy my personal take on Anna vs. Elsa, which is that Anna is a true optimist and person of action who is always trying to make things better, while Elsa just runs to the nearest mountain to sing a song about how sad and misunderstood¬†she is. ¬†Boo hiss, Elsa! ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Claire thinks it is funny that Elsa sings on three separate occasions the words “Conceal, don’t feel‚Ķ” ¬†Okay, we shouldn’t be too hard on the cursed,¬†orphaned¬†ice¬†queen. ¬†I’m just saying we get it, already, Elsa. ¬†It’s time to move on!

Anyways, Frozen is the only thing to really break through the My Little Pony stranglehold for Claire in the past several months, and that is really saying something.  I mean, occasionally Claire likes to watch Frozen, although MLP still forms the core of her entertainment universe.

Karate

Karate

This¬†is a picture of Claire and friends doing meditation¬†for karate. ¬†It’s a pretty cool picture.

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But¬†Claire is not super “into” karate. ¬†She can do some kicks and can count to 10 in Korean. ¬†And she gets to have a brief playdate with her friend Susie after school, before karate class, once a week. ¬†But she isn’t showing a great interest in becoming a black belt, or even a yellow belt for that matter. ¬†I guess she is saving her¬†focus for¬†swimming.

Oh yeah, and Claire looks really cute in her karate outfit. ¬†It even¬†served as pajamas one time when her regular PJ’s were in the laundry. ¬†I can already picture Molly proudly wearing Claire’s¬†karate gear in a few years.

New Year’s Resolutions (Claire, 2014 edition)

New Year’s Resolutions (Claire, 2014 edition)

Claire had to do resolutions for 2014 for a school assignment back in January.  I have just scanned it now.  Here is what she came up with.

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Adding this retrospectively in April, 2014, I can say that Claire is doing very well on her resolutions.  She has had several sleepovers, done some monkey bars, has continued to not be mean to Molly, has read way over 10 books, and is learning the back stroke at swimming.  She she 8 months left to work on jumping rope, dribbling a basketball, and origami.