Friday, September 20, 2013

Peter Pan? Can You Fly?

I get asked this question several times a day. This post is not really about Peter Pan however. It is about a little girl who pretends to be Wendy most days, which means I am Peter Pan. I meant to do a post all about Elanor when she turned 2 1/2 back in June but somehow never got around to it. Now, it is September and we are nearer to her third birthday then her 2 1/2 year mark.
This is another dress I have made. I love this fabric! However, I think it is a bit short so I might add a ruffle or something at the bottom.
Elanor has grown up so much. She seems more like a kid and less like a toddler everyday. She is very fluent in the English language and has been for a long awhile. She is constantly amazing me with the things she says and knows. I attribute this to how much she loves to "read" and be read to. I doubt she would be as good at talking if we had not read to her from birth. She is also really into asking questions---SO many questions! Questions about every page  of a book we read, questions about things we see on a walk, the food we eat, where it came from, where she came from, why people die, does everyone die?, why are people bad?, can I do this?, play with this?, why, why why. Of course this is good. It means she is learning and taking an interest in the world around her.
More than anything Elanor has become really into pretending. I am hardly ever "mommy" these days unless she is tired, needs something important or momentarily forgets. I am usually Peter Pan, but often Mother Gothel from "Tangled, Queen Elinor from "Brave", Princess Aurora or  Malificent from "Sleeping Beauty", Christopher Robin, etc. Tyler is often Flynn Rider from "Tangled", Captain Hook, Prince Phillip, the Prince from "Cinderella", etc. Elanor is usually Wendy, but also Tinker Bell, Cinderella, Snow White, Princess Aurora, Winnie-the-Pooh, Prince Phillip fighting the dragon, Merida from "Brave", and Rapunzel among others. She is also into doing little plot lines over and over. For example, we do the part where Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger, falls asleep and then is awoken with a kiss, Cinderella receiving her dress and slippers and then going to the ball until midnight, Merida giving her mother the cake and turning into a bear, Wendy and Peter Pan talking with the mermaids, etc. We will do these little scenes several times a day. It can be a bit exhausting and we would love it  if she had a sibling, but I do enjoy playing with her and watching her imagination take off.

She also has an imaginary friend. Her name is Boo. In fact, it is Boo from "Monster's Inc." They do a lot together.

Elanor's Favorites (age 2 years 9 months):
I asked and this is what she told me...

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Foods: Artichokes, green onions, macaroni and cheese (noodle dishes in general). Elanor is the sort of kid who will pick out her vegetables in her soup and eat them first and then we have to keep reminding her to eat the chicken and rice. We are so very glad that she is not picky at all.

Favorite Books: "Curious George" books, "Madeline" books, "Peter Rabbit", "Angelina Ballerina" books, all fairy tales (she is really into these from Cinderella to Goldilocks to the Three Billy Goats Gruff) and recently "The Berenstain Bears" books.

Favorite Movies: "The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh", "Toy Story", "Mary Poppins", and "Peter Pan" as well as all of the princess movies.

Favorite Stuffed Animal: her Teddy

Favorite Toy: Rapunzel and Merida dolls

Favorite Ballet move: Pas de chat 

Favorite Songs: "Hey Jude" and "Yellow Submarine" both by The Beatles.

Elanor singing "Hey Jude" in a rather silly way.

Friends: Grey and Micah, Eli, Hazel, Noelle, Elsie

She also loves: singing, dancing, reading books, watching movies, playing outside, going on walks, imitating people, playing hide and seek, eating cookies, helping me cook/bake, going on hikes and playing with friends.

All in all she is a pretty stellar kid. She has her weak points of course and teaching her to be disciplined it one of the hardest things I have done/am doing as a parent. She is overall fairly polite and kind and I hope she will increase in these areas as she grows. She is a joy to have around and it probably one of the most affectionate kids you will ever meet. She hugs and kisses everyone and is an awesome snuggler. We simply love her.


  1. She is so unbelievably beautiful!

  2. You did SUCH a good job on that dress. Seriously! And you've done a pretty darn good job raising a great daughter, too. :-)