It's been quite a hot summer here, and we've had a lot of fun in our city as well as traveling to Washington twice.
Therese likes to sit along the stairs of this pool with all of Lucy's toys (My Little Ponies and princesses, of course).
These two can play so well together most of the time.................but oooh, sometimes they are just SUCH SISTERS!!!!! ("I had it first!" "She hit me" "I wanted to do that" "No I don't want to play that way" "MOOOOOOOVE OVER!!!") Many a day I have been yearning for kindergarten and preschool to start, and yes, I know, someday I will be sad about this, but right now I'm just looking forward to the break, the quiet, the routine of it all :-)
My mom made this outfit for Therese! It looks adorable on her (Greta got a greenish-blue dragonfly one)
...Although the thing around here is to have a "dress that spins well" (I do NOT know where they got this idea from, probably a friend)...most days the girls want to wear a dress and the dress must be one that spins well and the spinning well aspect must be showed off and paid attention to many, many times throughout the day! "See how well my dress spins!" :-)
As I mentioned, the girls stayed 2-3 nights extra at my Dad's and Matthew, Hosea and I went home early (after having gone to the Pink Martini concert with Jenny and Dalton and all the kids at the Woodland Park Zoo--I had been looking forward to this all summer, it was fun, full of dancing especially at the end, and of course I took no pictures...whoops) Anyway, the girls had so much fun staying with Grandma and Grandpa: picking blackberries, eating ice cream 3 times a day (according to Greta), jumping on the bed, watching movies, playing in the tent outside, eating dinner outside EVERY NIGHT (according to Greta), making blackberry cobbler, riding their bike/scooter, etc etc. When they came home they actually seemed kind of down--I think they wished they could've stayed longer. But I think Dad and Linda were tired out enough for another 6 months ;-)
Up above is Therese on the boat ride she chose, and down low are Greta and Matthew on the slide...however, Greta was too scared to actually go down this slide. She tried and then chickened out twice (poor thing, I can completely identify with that...she was up at the top just crying and crying, then trying to be brave, then crying and crying and walking back down the stairs! I was glad Matthew was with her!)
And have I mentioned swimming in the ocean? Greta and I love to do this, and she jumps off the docks too (in the shallow part). I love running in and bobbing around in the waves or floating on my back, it is so relaxing and has been the perfect antidote for some of the stresses of life the few times I did it this summer. We live in such a beautiful place and we have been enjoying it thoroughly.
Some random quotes/incidents I've wanted to record on the blog:
Therese: "Can we have some of my chocolate covered raisins after we have some of our NOT yunch?" (Therese says "Y" for words starting in "L", and for some reason always refers to breakfast as yunch...hence "NOT yunch" because she cannot remember the word "breakfast!!)
Greta one night brought a toy bunny to bed, covered it with a doily and a handkerchief, and set out a paper carrot she had made for it alongside a bowl of water.
Hosea laughs at the girls for such random things! They'll be playing and all of the sudden, while watching them, he will just completely crack up over something and do such a cute little belly laugh--the girls will say "He's really cracking up!"
One night Therese was really really really tired and we had to walk on egg shells around her to prevent her from completely going psycho. She wanted someone to sleep in her bed with her, and I offered to sleep in this mattress we had set on the floor instead, since her room was so hot. She replied very angrily with a strongly gesture-accompanied yell of "I don't want anybody to NOT sleep in my NOT cozy bed!!!!!!!!!!!" Wow, it was hard not to laugh in her face at that one.
Greta to Papa about Hosea: "When people are brand new they're really fun, right?"
Greta was playing with a sticker book where you put the furniture onto a room of a house. She mentioned to me something about how she could live here and I'd live in there in a tidy house, and she's just call to me if she needed something!!! It was sweet and smart and creative :-)
Some names the girls give to their dolls: Sally, Rose, Rose Petal, Rosetta, Periwinkle
And some names the girls have given to Papa: Foonie Doonie, which has turned into Foonie, then Foonza, or Big Guy, or Bigs!!! So now they usually call him Foonza or Bigs!! Weird, very weird. I'm sure he'd like to be called Papa again ;-) I like to refer to him as Pops...maybe it'll stick :-)
Thank goodness, I found the wig picture.
This little guy is nearly sitting up on his own and he can scoot himself around a bit now. He likes to watch balls being thrown or rolling back and forth, and continues to be pretty easy going (except after his vaccinations, then he's cranky for a few days and I'm even more grateful when he turns back to normal!!)
For awhile I could sing "Hush-a-bye, don't you cry, go to sleepy little Hosea" and it was the magic song that would calm him if tired or flustered, now the go-to song is "I love you, a bushel and a peck"...it's settles him right down when he needs it. It's true what they say about wanting to bottle up the moments for later, especially these baby moments. They are so fleeting and so special. As much as I'm often tired of being needed so much, I feel so grateful to have this beautiful family.