Today was a busy day for E. This morning, he learned how to flip a light switch! (But only down, flipping up is a bit trickier.) Most of the switches at our house are old-school (original from the 50's?) hard-to-flip and very loud. The bathroom, however, was remodeled recently and has "normal" switches, so we practiced in there and he was able to turn off the lights by himself. He can't reach the light switches yet when he's standing on the ground, so I'm not worried about him playing with them and turning the house into a disco party.
For E's birthday, my parents gave him these way cool beeswax block crayons. Unfortunately, the first thing he did with them was try to eat them. So I put them away for awhile. This morning, however, I was writing with a pen, and E kept trying to take it and write, but he couldn't hold it quite correctly to get it to make a mark. I got his crayons back out, and he made this drawing!
I had chosen red originally because I remember reading that the Montessori approach to painting and drawing is to start with a single color, and they start with red. We might as well start with blue, if you ask me.
butternut squash soup. I really like this soup, but it's a project to make, so I generally only have it once a year, in the fall. This time I spread it out, I made the stock (since I had some bones in the freezer) a few days ahead, and I diced the squash a day or two in advance too. I roasted it in the morning, and then just the actual cooking of the soup had to take place in the afternoon/evening. I added black beans too, yum.