Portrait of Play 2017, Week 21

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The girls have been really enjoying “helping” James work on the playroom. They’ll start with a task and then all of a sudden be in a boat, sailing away on an adventure. The built-ins are the perfect setting, and within the course of an hour they changed from being a boat, to a bath, to a bed, and to a doctor’s office. It’s hard to hear and follow the narrative always as Charlotte guides Winnie along on her stories. She was the mom, and Winnie was the kid, and she’s always a much nicer more patient mother to Winnie in play than I am in actuality. When Winnie kept waking up before morning time, Chuck calmly and sweetly asked Winnie in a sing song voice if she would like her to sit by her for a minute while she went to sleep. Then, Winnie hurt her arm, and I was summoned to be the doctor. I quickly wrapped it in a pretend bandage and sent them on their way. They found some sticks to be oars and set out to sail across the sea. Charlotte did get to help James some in between scenes, and they played up until I started nagging at them to get ready for bed. Between Roland being born, the pinworm outbreak, a persistent night cough, and a molar breaking skin, I have lost any hint of sing song in my voice when it comes to bed time.

 

Roland got some snuggles in with the girls before napping on the couch. I think he’s pretty excited about the room that will someday be his bedroom.

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