Naomi's Journal for 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011: "There are worse things than not having your hat, Daddy. Erika could fall off a cliff and crack her head open."

Saturday, January 15, 2011: "We have blue eyes becuase we're Daddy's girls."

Monday, January 24, 2011: Sick in bed. Naomi says, "Don't forget about the (get well) card (I want to make for Daddy)." Her mom says, "Ok, but first I need you to help clear the table." "First I need to tell Daddy something," she says and whispers to me, "I love you." A few minutes later she comes back and gives me a kiss.

Sunday, January 30, 2011: "Why did Luke call Han's ship a piece of junk?"

Saturday, February 5, 2011: "Why is there no fruit crisp?"

Tuesday, February 8, 2011: "For breakfast tomorrow I would like lettuce, cherries, prunes, and Cheerios and milk."

Sunday, February 13, 2011: I'm delighted that Naomi brings me my old Calvin and Hobbes books laughing out loud and saying, "Daddy, will you read this one to me?"

Saturday, February 19, 2011: "There are no more drawings to hang up. I'll make some more."

Sunday, March 6, 2011: Naomi took one look at Homer Simpson and asked, "Is he a duck?"

Tuesday, March 8, 2011: Naomi just asked, "Who made humans?"

Friday, March 18, 2011: "You're too big to be a building."

Sunday, March 20, 2011: "I don't like kids who are splashy. Except Erika. I love her no matter what."

Saturday, March 26, 2011: "I think today's been the best day ever."

Thursday, April 7, 2011: Naomi just stumped me with, "What is a doornail?"

Saturday, April 23, 2001: Naomi carrying sun flowers home from Trader Joes: "I will just pretend I am flower pot"

Monday, September 5, 2011: "Mommy, there is a licking problem. Erika seems to be licking my foot."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011: I walked Naomi to her first day of kindergarten today. She was up late last night playing her her new clock that speaks the time, but at 6:30 she more or less jumped out of bed and didn't seem to mind that her alarm woke her up. Over a breakfast of scones and fig butter she got a little reluctant about going to school, but we re-read the letter from her teacher to her and made a list of the kids who would be there today. She was efficient enough that we had time to read "Franklin Goes to School" one more time before doning our rain gear and heading out the door. Our neighbors saw me taking pictures of Naomi on our stoop and congratulated her on her first day. As we walked, Naomi pointed out the ginko trees and said the crossing guard seems very nice. She didn't want to walk into a door she had been through before, but as we got closer to her classroom she was more at ease. After changing into normal shoes she met her teacher, signed in, got her name tag and on the chart that said "How do you feel today?" she put her name next to "excited." When the teacher said to say goodbye to your grownup and sit in a circle, Naomi sat next to Sarah, whom she had met at peek and practice last week. She seemed a little grumpy about me taking one last picture.

Monday, December 12, 2011: Naomi did a great job reading for me tonight. We stopped with Erika at Brookline Booksmith and Naomi grabbed an Elephant and Piggie book, saying they are reading them in school. We bought "Should I Share My Ice Cream?" and as soon as we got home, we started reading it in the foyer without putting our coats away. She still gets a little mixed up, thinking a lower case"b" is a "d" for example, but she plowed through 20-30 pages before she asked me to read the rest. "Can your daughter read?" seems like such a black and white question, but after tonight I would say yes. I've been a little concerned that she's behind, but she has loved books her whole life and I think that will help. We're close to finishing "Matilda", which we're both really enjoying.