Fall means Primary Presentation time, and for a new presidency that means lots of meetings. Because I'm the only member of the presidency with a baby, everyone has agreed to come to my house for our meetings. Ellie doesn't love when my time and attention are pulled away from her, so I've tried to plan ahead, ready with special toys, movies, and snacks to keep her busy and out of our hair while we plan and prepare.
Last week was a short meeting to finalize our program and to start planning for the holiday season. One of the other presidency members brought her kindergartner and his friend over to play while we met - he was out of school early because of a field trip. Ellie was so excited to have friends to play with, and I was glad to have a reprieve from her intermittent requests.
Alas, playtime turned violent, as I discovered after everyone had gone and cleanup was underway. This was only a portion of the carnage:
Addy was devastated, appropriately so, since all the dolls belonged to her. She had a melt-down, complete with wailing and gnashing of teeth. Her reaction was excessive, considering she rarely plays with dolls anymore. The next morning I woke and found further, but more understated venting:
She's learning to control her emotions a little better, but now we need to work on spelling.