After 2 years of terrible twos (it started around 18 months, and she is approaching 3 1/2 years old), Lil Sis is becoming more consistently lovely.
While I was shopping for school supplies last week I came across an old favorite. There was one package left, and I snatched it up. Mr. Sketch Markers! My sister and I used to spend a lot of time with these markers. I think we smelled more than we drew. It was a multi-sensory experience.
One afternoon last week while Big Sis was at school, I introduced Lil Sis to the pleasure of these markers. See, she is a smeller. At least every day she says: "I smell somFing." A few times recently when she has accompanied me to the public restroom, I have done my business in fear for what she will loudly say: "I smell you..." or worse. Yesterday I was reading her a story and she said: "I smell your breath." And I asked: "Well, how does it smell?" And her answer: "NOT good."
I gave her the markers, we each took one and then I mirrored her every mark.
I think our piece of work turned out pretty good. And she only got a little bit of dark blue up her left nostril...that's the danger of smelly markers...