Just wanted to record some observations regarding 2nd grade Alice, off the top of my head, this morning before they slip away with so many others.
Alice has a couple new pairs of PJs that she loves. They are both winter heavy and soft, with the built in feet. One is an Owl and the other is a kitty. They are very warm so she often needs to sleep with the fan all the way up and only a sheet; that is how much she likes these PJs :-)
Lately Alice often worries about Cupcake and his perceived persecution from his newly adopted sister puppy. She will lift him up onto chairs, which Pepper is still too small to reach. Or she'll take him back to her room for music videos, leaving little sister in the kitchen with Dad. She is really good with Pepper though and is practicing good training techniques, and does her best.
She is exploring her boundaries a bit with after school homework. Our default program is to complete any school assigned homework first, then depending on whether Dad thinks the school assigned enough home work or not, more will be added ;-) Usually the additional homework consists of a math quiz or the exploration and discussion of a specific topic, which takes more prep so its usually a math quiz. She has suggested lately to make a graph of pop star genre popularity which was a fine suggestion so we did that. Lately she is suggesting we do math quizzes using Khan Academy so we are doing that.
Lastly, she recently hates the word "proper". She bristles anytime it comes up.