I can't even remember when all of this started, but Maile became obsessed with playing pretend. She is always the princess or whoever the main character is, Emmy is always the side kick, Aaron is always whoever the boy is, and I am always the bad guy, except when I'm Mary Poppins. Usually the story line changes every day or every couple of days, but for the past 2 months it has consistently been a new Dora adventure. Maile assigns us all our roles reminding us constantly throughout the day. Maile is Dora, Emmy is Boots, Aaron is Diego and of course I am Swiper. No matter what the new pretend play is for the day, I am always the bad guy. Aaron was given the bad guy role once and never again, because he was too scary. Seriously Maile didn't dare do a thing when he was the bad guy. When we go to playgrounds with other people around I try to distract Maile from insisting on playing these games but sometimes she is very persistent and I end up chasing her and Emmy around trying to swipe whatever she has set for the moment, I wonder what the other moms or kids are thinking when I try to steal toys and jackets from the girls with them yelling "swiper no swiping!" or just screaming, but really I'm just playing my role as swiper. Or as people walk past our house and hear me yelling "off with your head" (queen of Hearts from Alice and wonderland).
Dora the explora
Every time Maile says she's Dora (which is all the time) that is Emmy's cue to say "and I'm Boots"
Our hike the other day turned into a Dora adventure notice Maile's got to have her Cinderella high heels on, I guess Maile is the high maintenance Dora because she wears them everywhere we go... swimming, shopping, parks, and yes even hiking.
This adventure consisted of crossing the troll bridge, passing the old house, and the picnic table as the final destination. This had to have been their favorite time doing this hike.