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Monday, November 15, 2010

Refocus: The Cat's in the Cradle

Jacob's Ladder

About a month ago, Chloe came down with strep throat.  When we went to pick up her antibiotic prescription, I also bought her a couple of fun books to keep her busy while she was stuck at home being sick.  One of those was a book about how to play the string game Cat's Cradle, and do several other string figures (which is apparently what they are called).  It came with a brightly colored string all ready to go and she and I spent a lot of time that day learning how to do it (or, in my case, relearning).

Now, Chloe wears that string around her wrist every day (on the wrist that isn't already full of Bendy/Silly/Krazy Bandz) and is always practicing different figures.  She has been working really hard on learning the Jacob's Ladder, and last night she finally got it right.  Bria has had it for weeks, and Chloe has been dying to do it just as well as her big sister.  I wish I would have had the video camera when she did it perfectly for the first time.  She turned her hands over, fully expecting it to be all messed up yet again, but when it was a perfect Jacob's Ladder she gasped, then squealed and then dropped all the string because she was so excited.

This picture was taken this afternoon.  Jacob's Ladder: perfect in every way.

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PS  I have a post up at Mormon Mommy Blogs again today.  I only just realized.  It actually goes pretty well with my whole theme of refocusing on the things that really matter.  Read it here.

16 comments :

  1. Isn't it amazing how simple accomplishments light up children's faces? How quickly us adults forget the beauty of simple things. I think that's why we have children... So we never forget.

    Great job on the Jacob's Ladder!

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  2. C is obsessed with those. The string has been confiscated several times.

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  3. What a fun tradition. I also bought a book for those yarn games for my girl once...it was so fun to watch her play with a piece of yarn for days.

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  4. Oh, I need to get the string out to show my girls. It is something that I used to do very well, we just might have to see if it comes back! Love the pic! One of the best things we ever give our children is simply, our time.

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  5. That was so popular when I was a wee one. Cool that kids are still doing it!

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  6. My girls love to make shapes out of their silly bands, just that they're not quite big enough for a cat's cradle yet...

    PS: You're on MMB today as guest? Sweet, I'll stop by & check it out!!

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  7. Your new header is absolutely adorable. LOVE IT!

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  8. I used to LOVE playing Cat's Cradle... thanks for sharing... I've gotta go show my kids right now :)

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  9. The best part of this is the magical moment when she got it to work...and that you were there for that! I will never forget some of those AHA! moments...especially with our youngest.

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  10. Sista Lara,

    I have 1200 of those stupid Silly bandz. Do you want some for Christmas gifts. I ordered WAY TOO MANY from China. But I got 1200 for 60 bucks.

    Let me know,

    Brotha Jonny Kitty Kat Preston
    "I put the K's in Kitty Kat"
    MEOW

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  11. Too fun! I remember playing with those in elementary school :) Can't wait to see you all so soon!!!

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  12. PS I just read Jon's comment right above mine AHAHAHAHA he is sooooo funny!!!!

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  13. Can she teach me? I've never been able to get the hang of it. Go, Chloe!

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  14. Kanoa will be so tickled that Chloe is also loving the silly bands! They are all the rage in first grade here-I'd never heard of them before.

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  15. What a beautiful, captured moment. I think this is one of the reasons I love your blog. You capture life and make it beautiful.

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  16. Is there a particular string that your girls prefer? Today as I was buying my 10 year old daughter a pack of Christmas Crazy Bandz she told the sales woman and me that there's something else becoming even more popular - long bands that girls wear wrapped around their wrists when they're not playing cat's cradle and other string games. I love the idea. Sounds like a great stocking stuffer. Thanks everyone. I appreciate your suggestions!

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