We visited the office a few months back and Little Elephant was quite talkative with some of my colleagues. Some of these converations have been brought up over and over again. They are so adorable, I never want to lose them.
Keti: Hello Little Elephant! How are you?
Little Elephant: [silence]
Keti: Why what great sunglasses you have!
Little Elephant: Thank you.
Keti: Where did you get them?
Little Elephant: Wisconsin.
Keti: Oh! In America. Do you think you could get me a pair just like that for my niece?
Little Elephant: [stares at Keti wide-eyed]
Keti: Yes, I would really like one just like that for my niece.
Little Elephant: No! That is silly.
Keti: Why silly? My niece would love to wear sunglasses. If she had a pair like that my niece would wear them all the time. Even inside. Like you. Right now.
Little Elephant: [stares at Keti as if she is growing a second head]
Keti: Please?!?! My niece would really love the sunglasses.
Little Elephant: [with a hint of disdain in her voice]. Keti! Knees don’t wear sunglasses. You have to put them on your eyes!
Photo Credit: Coba
Photo Credit: Clare Says
Checking out life from the balcony while protecting the house.
Little Elephant has started the new school year, so adorable stories of learning, friendship, and inside jokes are trickling their way home. I love how interactive her classroom is and how responsive the school is in communicating what goes on with parents.
As an early activity, they read Horton Hears a Who and then discussed everything about hearing. How do you hear? What do ears do? Do all animals have ears? What words make you happy when you hear them?
They decorated a large elephant and listed words that make them happy. Independently, Little Elephant and her best friend, Little S, answered with each other’s names as the word that makes them each the happiest! How cute is that?
Photo Credit: School
I plan to come back to blogging…. I think I will start slow by reviving Photo Wednesday. I start with this picture, taken from a car window. I love that no matter where you drive in Albania, someone is flying a flag. Sometimes two: Albanian and US.
On the road from Lezha.
Photo Credit: Clare
We drove to the beach the other day, friends leading the way in their white SUV. It was a new beach, somewhere south east of the capital. I am thankful they were navigating as the road was windy, nothing was marked, and, by the end, the road was mostly gone and replaced with dust and rocks.
The two SUVs rocked back and forth, off-roading it a bit. My daughter marveled and laughed at how she could see our friends’ heads bouncing back and forth.
“Mommy,” she giggled. “My head is not bouncing like that! I am using my brain to hold it in place! You need to tell Ms. D. that she should use her brain more too!”
Solid advice, kiddo. Solid advice.