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my DD turns 5 today.

WOW.

sometimes it’s hard to believe I’ve been a mother for 5 yrs now, and yet I can’t think of anything I did that was truly meaningful and worthwhile before I became a mom…

Viv got plenty of presents at her b’day party this past Saturday (when you’re 5, quantity is so much more important than quality //g//), including colouring and activity books, a big box of crayons, some princess dolls (the kind that the head doesn’t come off 🙂 ), a watch, and a pretty Sunday frock; but I think, judging from how much time she’s spent playing w/it already, her favourite gift was the one I made for her: a bean box.

what the heck is a bean box? I’d never heard of one or seen one until we went to check out the preK that Viv’s now attending — while I was meeting the teacher and looking over the school (which is in the teacher’s home in her basement), Viv (and her step-brother who was w/us) spent the entire time playing in a big clear plastic storage bin filled w/beans and that had scoops, spoons, containers, etc. in it… I was amazed by how much FUN they seemed to be having just playing w/a bunch of beans in a box w/spoons and bowls and funnels and whatnot, so I decided to make a miniature version of that bean box for Viv to have at home (the one at her school is ~4x the size of the mini version I made for her)… it took ~10 lbs of white beans, a 25-qt capacity plastic storage bin (w/lid, of course), a set of measuring spoons, a set of measuring cups, a plastic wide-mouth funnel, a muffin tin, and some small containers; total cost was ~$30 (the beans alone were ~$18, and those were the CHEAP beans!), but I think we’ll get even more mileage out of this gift than I’d hoped — she’s been playing w/it for over an hour now, ever since we got home from her b’day breakfast (she wanted to go to IHOP)…

b’day presents are so simple when kids are young; I dunno WHAT the heck I’m gonna do when she’s 15…

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