Thursday, April 15, 2010

Some Big Help

I would be remiss if I didn't mention how appreciative I am that Linsey and Lily came over last weekend to help me and Kayli sort and organize toys and other items that were impeding my progress of moving forward with the "house selling project". I was essentially "overwhelmed to the point of paralysis" as there was so much to do and no clear place to start! I couldn't imagine a potential home buyer being able to envision the spacious basement with all this stuff in sight. On the other hand, if you took a look at the amount of things that are in the basement, you would certainly think "Wow, this is a big basement to hold all this STUFF!" Anyway, while Lily entertained Kayli, Linsey helped me begin the arduous task of sorting, stacking, sending away, or packing piece by piece. The girls "allowed" us a couple of good hours to get a substantial amount accomplished! Thank-you, Linsey and Lily!
During our "snack break", Kayli and Lily climbed up into a chair in the sunroom to get a closer look at the birds that were feeding from our birdfeeder. Kayli was trying to tell us the names of the birds they were spotting, like the "Wood-headed Woodpecker", she said with such "authority" that you could almost believe this was a real name!

Now we're on to another issue that is impeding my ability to "work efficiently" and that is Kayli's new fear of insects. This all started with the wasp in Eileen and Gary's bathroom, that happened to be in there, buzzing around, when Kayli went to use the potty. She began to inquire about mosquitos, flies, and bees. She decided that the whole group of insects were a deadly bunch, out to get us! They apparently talked about mosquitos at school, and how they bite you, and who knows what else she "learned" about them. So we had to talk about it too. We had a fly in the house, and she clung to me, cried real tears, and quivered with fear, as I tried everything I could think of to talk her out of this fear. We went to the libray to get some books on insects, to hopefully "empower" her with knowledge. The librarian directed us to a section on insects and pulled out a book exclaiming "Here's a BIG mosquito, EEWWW!" (Hellooo? We didn't really need that added comment) We watched "A Bug's Life". She didn't see the comparison. The teachers at daycare and I both talked about how "if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone" (even though we all know that's not really true!) Kayli seemed hyperfocused on the "buzzing sound" that the fly made, so we talked about where this sound came from. I tried "empowering" her by giving her the fly swatter. Bottom line, though, is that she is "stuck to me like glue" every minute we are at home! She won't let me out of her sight! She's sooo close that I keep running into her, every time I turn around. So, here we are, every day, she tries to say something "brave" and at least attempt to act like she can handle this, when last night she barely began her bath when suddenly she yells "I'm done Mom!" and she jumps out of the tub, dripping wet, with a look of shear panick on her face. I look for signs of a fly, but NO, instead I catch a glimpse of something "swimming" in the tub. It's a 2 inch giant silverfish!!! OMG! Those things totally freak me out, and now I have to act nonchalant as I find something to scoop it up with and dump it in the nearby toilet, while it's kicking those millions of legs and swimming the whole time! Where the heck did that darn thing come from? Shoot. Bless Kayli's little heart, she was trying not to make a big deal, trying to act brave like I've asked her to, and now I'm having to act like it's no big deal and I'm telling her that it's just a little guy that comes in houses for a drink of water sometimes, and, well, we'd prefer that he just get his drink outside. Oh, Lord, sometimes it's hard having to be so BRAVE! Here's a picture to give you the same feeling I had!

Here's Kayli with her props of the day AND her fly swatter!

Why oh why does Spring and Summer have to come with all these pesty bugs???


Linsey said...

You are so welcome for all of the help! Let us know if you need anymore. Lily LOVES coming to your house to play!

As far as the bug issue... I understand why Kayli doesn't like them! I don't either! That silverfish is so gross!! What a brave girl(or should I say girls) for not freaking out about it though ! Way to go Kayli (and Kathy)!

Tracy (Liliy's nana!) said...

The girl's look like they are having so much fun on their girl's day out!!!

Tracy (Lily's nana!!!!) said...

OOPS!!!! Sorry Lily!!!!

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