It's week 11 for 52 Wednesdays and our theme this week was "laughter." I was really happy to see the theme this week because I have a little giggle monster at home. =)
As a work-from-home mother, Eva spends a little more time entertaining herself than I'd like. However, I do try really hard to be intentionally present with her when she gets home from school and preferably until she goes to bed. It's not always possible if a deadline is pressing... but I try. One thing that I am most consistent about is taking time from the moment she comes home from school that is completely focused on her. I found that if she sits on my bed and I sit on my floor I can get a lot more information about her day than if I ask her in the car or even standing around in the kitchen. Somehow, the bed is like a stage and she tells me all her little secrets and interesting tid-bits from her goings-on of the school day.... or even what she's thinking about outside of school .... and day dreaming about for her present and future. It's a really special time for us and she's always so disappointed when we have to miss out due to schedule. It usually only lasts about 5-10 minutes, but I love connecting with her this way. I'm hoping these are setting a precedent for when she's a teenager and she'll still want to talk to me. One day, I hope she'll look back on these little chats as very dear times between us. =)
This is from today's after school chat.
So as I mentioned above, Eva is Miss Giggle Monster -- as in this could be her second name actually. Everything is funny to her, which usually sweet and cute and humorous. One would think I wouldn't have trouble photographically documenting this character trait, but usually the giggling goes away the second the camera comes out. Today though, I thought I would have it with me while we did our chat to see what I could get. So I started talking to our dog Dash (who was sitting nearby) about his day and how easy his life is. Somehow me talking to the dog like he's a person is the FUNNIEST thing Eva has ever heard of. It is usually a sure bet for a great giggle and here it is: sweet laughter from my sweet girl.