Very thankful for the little things that add up to make one super-fabulous week!
1) The girls have been ALL ABOUT coloring this week! A couple of nights they asked to color while I made supper. They sat contentedly at the table, working together, for close to an hour one time! I bought them new boxes of crayons, and they probably colored for about three hours (not consecutively) yesterday. Wow!!! And it’s amazing the improvement I’ve seen in them coloring within the lines (at least at times).
2) Most of the girls’ coloring books have some activity pages. I’ve coached them through some dot-to-dot exercises before, but it’s been a while. While I had my attention turned towards B one morning, Baby A did a dot-to-dot completely by herself…counting up to 22! Baby B did the same – with a tiny bit of help from her sister – a few days later.
3) I wanted to take the girls to the orchard to buy pumpkins. We originally hoped to go with M&C, but I finally decided it was Wednesday afternoon – by myself – or bust. We had such a great time! I can’t say I got “the perfect picture”, but we still had lots o’ fun. The highlight of the girls’ day (and maybe their week) was playing with a wagon. I pulled them quite a bit, and then A was all about pulling B. B pulled A a little bit, but I think she preferred to let her sissy do the heavy lifting. They each picked out pie pumpkins for themselves…and then they wanted a tiny one for their furry sister Sasha.
4) We’ve had a very sweet week, full of friends. On Wednesday morning we met “Grandma” June for our weekly bagel and milk / coffee treat. On Thursday afternoon we met Ms. Mary at the park. The girls were so excited to see her, and to meet her dachshund Max. They were so proud to walk around the park with him.
5) And on Friday we had some fun time with our friends M&C. We’d originally planned a picnic at the park, but the weather had other ideas. We decided instead to meet at the mall, ride the carousel, and have lunch. The girls were so thrilled to ride the carousel – a very rare treat – and a trip up and down the escalator sealed the deal. It was a fantastic morning all the way around, seeing my girlies with M&C…everyone behaving so well and having fun. I think their mama and I actually had a tiny bit of adult conversation, to boot!
6) The girls and I spread out early in the week to make Halloween cards for a few friends. We made all the cards in one sitting, and then set about signing them the next day. Baby A’s name is half as long as B’s…and she’s been writing her letters (and her name) very proficiently for months now. She finished in no time, flat. Poor little B, though, worked and worked and worked and worked. I give her so much credit for persevering!!! She eventually signed all the cards. Baby A signs her name – usually – in a pretty “normal” fashion, the letters roughly the same size, in a line. B’s letters are still different sizes, and she usually has to go onto a second line to get them all in. Hopefully the return address will clue in anyone who can’t quite connect all the dots. :)
7) I turned on a football game for about 15 minutes on Saturday afternoon. The girls watched intently with me, but I couldn’t help but laugh at A. I was narrating every play, and after every play, she’d ask, “Did something just happen, Mommy?” HA!
8) The girls weren’t feeling well this morning. They usually wait quietly until their clock turns green, but a few minutes shy, I heard, “I miss you, Mommy!” from sweet Baby B. She knows how to tug those heartstrings!
9) I’ve been able to tell my girls voices / cries / hiccups / sneezes apart since a very early age, with near 100% accuracy. With them being a little sniffly, though, it’s harder for me to discern who’s who over the monitor. I had to go into their room a couple of times in response to a, “Mommy! Wipe my nose, please!” I’d go in, and I’m sure – even in the dark – I looked uncertain. B would always point me in the right direction, “Mommy, it’s sissy, not me.” Bless her soul!
10) And the quotes of the week…
B, to me early one morning: “Mommy, I can see the veins in your eyes!”
B, talking to herself from the timeout chair: “Being tired is not an excuse for poor behavior!”
A, playing with her geometric shapes: “I put a trapezoid where a rhombus would go, so now I don't need a triangle.”