I am hurriedly typing this, as soon we are taking Olivia to her second week of "Wildflower camp" here in Evanston, at the Ecology Center, where she will be learning about "Hide 'n' Seek Animals" - i.e. how animals hide in nature.
The girls are currently in our front room dancing to our new favorite song from the World Cup 2010 by K'naan.
This past weekend, we hosted a dear friend, Jessica Gaines, who was in the city for a teacher training session. She got to sleep on, as Olivia calls it, our "couch bed," which is essentially a glorified futon from IKEA. We kept the bed down to play on - it is not only a couch and a bed, but also a tent and a stage and a trampoline and an ocean, among other things - but Olivia kept referring to it as "Kutuh's bed" (a little note of explanation - when Olivia was little, pronouncing "Jessica" was out of the question, so "Kutuh," which is pronounced "cut-uh," was the result. And, like most nicknames, it stuck).
Anyhow, Olivia spent yesterday morning writing out "bed name tags," using post-it notes to denote where people slept. After placing "Nat," "Liz," and "Elsie" on our big bed, she put "Ranbom* Baer," "Flower Baer," and "Olivia" on her little bed. Then, finding a seventh blank note, she said:
"I will make one for Kutuh, in case she comes again to visit."
So now, Jessica's nickname, which I only recently learned is actually spelled "C-a-t-a" if you happen to be four, is proudly stuck up in pink post-it note glory on our lovely tan wall for all to see! :)
*her "w" was upside-down, and looked like an "m."