Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Photo Alert! Early April 2011

I always think I am going to post more, and I never do. Where does my time go? Laundry? Picking up the same stuff I picked up 15 minutes ago? Listening to B ask the 1000 questions she asks each day? Carrying my little cling-on Charley? Chasing Layla off the couch? Rounding up the wandering Shadow-dog? Or is it watching Bones on TV? Wherever the time goes, I need more!

Other than me not being able to do anything productive, everything around here is OK. Lots of art, lots time outside, kids making me insane, the usual. Charley is a year and three months. B is 4 1/2. They both are growing and changing. Charley still doesn't talk. No matter what. It's all sign language! It isn't like there is a shortage of actual words around her. We read 3o books a day. And she knows all the words. She can point out zebras, knows the color blue, can do simple puzzles and sort shapes (totally ready for Montessori, now if they only had a place for her....). But she just won't talk. Though I think she said baby and good girl. Her potty training has been going well. She had a bad day on Sunday (all over me) but other than that, she is letting us know when she has to go. Something else fairly new is Charley is climbing up and over everything. We were at the park yesterday, and she was climbing (or trying) up stuff like her big sister. Who she adores. Charley is trying to do all the stuff B does. They are interacting more and more. Charley waves goodbye (not says) when B leaves for school. They hug, cuddle and makes noise back and forth. It really is sweet. OK, there are lots of tears too. But the love almost makes up for the tears.

B is happy to be getting outside. Lots of bugs, dirt and worms. She keeps asking for a lizard or frog or something cold blooded she can keep in a cage. B s prolific in the art room. So much that I want to say, go play with toys. I am running out of room for all the finished projects and the walls are full! B has a great imagination, and I think the art room is where is makes it all come true. The thing B won't do is learn to read. She knows her letter sounds, knows the process, but won't read. She won't even do it for her teacher. Adamant that she doesn't how to read and doesn't want to learn. What kid, who loves books as much as she does, doesn't want to read?

And the two of them and food. You know, Mike and I really like food. We eat a fairly varied diet, trying lots of things (OK, I am not into game - rabbit? YUCK) but my girls are plain pasta! Charley eats a little better than B, but B used to eat better than she does now. Not a lot of variety. My friend's kids eat egg salad. B barely eats eggs and Charley won't touch them. OK, OK, my kids eat weird things, like olives, capers, sushi dinner (though lately it is just soup and rice), and they like raw veggies like cauliflower and broccoli, but we had grass fed filet and they wouldn't touch it!

OK, enough of my ramblings, on with the pictures.

Layla ripped B's wings and this is how (all
by herself) she fixed them. She is ingenious this one.

I think she did the headband herself too.

Nice pained look. She had a bit of leftover cough.
Climbs over everything!

Charley loves to play in the sink, but I have to
stand next to her so she doesn't fall off the stool.
I set her up on the floor with some bowls and cups, thinking she
would pour the water back and forth.

She dumped it all over herself. Repeatedly!
She had fun, that is all that matters.

These are all the sculptures B made with her new glue gun.

I was a bit nervous, but she understood that it could
burn her. She really had fun. The problem is the glue gun
is something we need to use while Charley is asleep.

Sometimes Charley and I do art while B is at school.
This way, I can concentrate of showing her new things.

As I have said before, Charley loves art as much
as B. Loves to paint.

I really need to expose to different mediums.

Though I bet she comes back to paint.

The weather this past Sunday was unbelievable!
Charley had so much fun hanging outside.
Mike set up the jumpy house, we brought out the Fropper.

And B's scooter too. B was outside from 9 am until we
made her come in for dinner after 5.

We spent some afternoons outside this week as well. The weather was nice, and our side porch is blocked from the wind so it is warm. Tuesday ( I wish I had taken photos) B and I sprayed watercolor onto paper with spray bottles. It was messy but fun. Yesterday was just front porch fun. Riding the Fropper and scooter, digging in the dirt, the usual. Monday, I actually don't remember too much, I know the girls were outside, because the had to take baths. So it must have been something dirty. I see this weekend will be cold. Maybe I will finally get all the stuff we took to Mexico put away. I finished the laundry and put it away, but there are some sandals that need to find a home as well as the leftover sunscreen and shell we found on the beach. So, wish me luck. Maybe by the end of the year, I'll finally get my house organized - maybe one of those shows or Real Simple magazine will want to come help me. Here's hoping!!!!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

A Break in the Spring is a Marvelous Thing

Mexico is the place to be, when the weather at home is 23.

This is a story all about how, our lives got twisted and turned upside down. I would like to take a minute just sit right there, I'll tell you all about Mexico and our trip down there.

It started early last Thursday morning. Well, it started before that
when B brought a cold home from school. Hers was better by
Tuesday, but Chuck and I got on the plane with runny
noses and big coughs.

I took Chuck to the doctor on Wednesday, just in case.
She said Charley had three teeth erupting. Yeah! Love a
teething kid on holiday.
(See the new one coming in on the bottom right of her mouth?)

This is our first full day. We hit the pool after (a late)
breakfast and after the 1/2 hour it took us to lube up with sunscreen.

Charley's nickname? Powder.

My girls of the too-big bathing suits tribe.

Really neat, right? Too bad someone else made it.

This is B's handy work.

B loves the ocean. The beach's name is Mexico Beach.
According to B anyway.

Charley was not a huge fan of the beach at first. Didn't even
like to walk on the sand (OK, OK, who can blame her?)

The view from the condo. Sucks right? Did my sister
get the right one or what?

We lost Charley everyday around 11. Once she slept
almost 3 hours.

We never lost B. She is a beach trouper.

The place had 4 pools, this was the little one.
Perfect for my little...


Or maybe B is a dolphin.

Charley is a little flamingo.
Isn't his suit cute? Aunt Lee bought it for Christmas.

Dinner one evening. The only downside where we stayed was the
never changing menu of the restaurants.

B bored at dinner.

B's lizards, Lizzie and Flowers came with us. They
went to breakfast every morning.

Cousin Jeana and B coloring.

Chuckie decided she is a climber and climbed
up every dangerous thing she could find.

I don't have pictures from every day. Sometimes I
forgot the camera, one time the batteries died.

B was all over. The pool, the beach, the ocean.

The front of B didn't get a lot of sun. She was always
squatted down digging for something. Hoping
to find a pet to bring home.

This is the mountain range we built.

There was even a river running through it.

By the third day or so, Charley was into the beach.
She liked the waves and the wet sand.

She is seriously cute in a bikini.

This is the condo building.

This says dead bee. B buried one here.

Lots of Daddy daughter time. I was still sick.
Heck, I am still sick. All the vitamin D and I
am still coughing up crap.

Remember the tribe my kids belong to? The
Too-Big-Suits tribe. They are both little twigs.

Lord only knows what B is holding.

B found at least 40 sand dollars. She would reach down into
the sand and pull one out. Big, tiny, everywhere in between.
She had some in cup with ocean water and sand - to bring home.
There were tons of tears when we put them back.

B was a beach baby all day, and wanted to stay warm.

Charley had a long nap and was raring to go!

It was nice that on the LAST day,
the girls finally decided to play together.

I should mention that is was also late afternoon.

So we are home now. It is still cold here. I missed home, but traveling kind of stinks. You know, the airlines treat you like cattle. The kids traveled pretty well. Not too much plane sleeping, and it took most of the week to get into a grove. Charley was out of sorts the first couple of days. Charley did well with the potty. Especially on the travel days. She had some accidents in the condo (love tile), mostly when no one was watching her. She still has lots of false alarms. Mostly her looking for attention, book reading and getting out of her dinner chair. This was the first year B wasn't too much of a problem. My sister might not agree, but I like traveling with her and her family. It is really important for my kids to have memories of them. They don't have a lot of family, and my sister just loves them. Cousin Jeana too. She is so sweet with B. Carrying her around, helping her out. So thank you to Lee, Dick and Jeana! (They got to condo too, so double thanks!)

So, this is the end of our story. Not too much to our journey down the Mexico way. It was a lot of work with the kids, but they had so much fun it was worth it. The best thing is traveling with them will get easier and more fun. Next year we want to do a dolphin tour. This is something we learned about on out way out of dodge - literally as we were leaving. It gives B something to look forward to next year. Adios for now!