Archive for July, 2010

Water babies

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Sabrina and Tessa have been in heaven this weekend.  Not only are Grandma and Pap-pap visiting but they are staying at a hotel with a pool.

The pool has provided yet another opportunity to marvel at the differences in my girls.  They both love the pool.

Sabrina, almost 4, is very cautious.  She hates getting water in her face.  When she gets water in her face, she pitches a fit. (Hehe…listen to me sounding like a southern momma: “pitching a fit”.)  She spends her time in the pool playing with the grown ups.  She wants to get out and “jump” (really more like be lifted) back into the pool.   This has all remained pretty steady since the first time we put her in a pool (around 11 months old).

Tessa, almost 2, is fearless.  She enjoyed the pool last year when Grandma and Pap-pap visited.  This year, she likes it but she has no patience for the flotation devices.  The child thinks she should be free to swim around on her own.  She tried to lunge out of my arms several times today.  She threw a small fit when we put her in her floatie.  When we had her in our arms, she would maneuver to be on her stomach with her arms and legs moving to swim.  I’ve never seen a child so young mimic swimming like that.  We held up her tummy and she tried to swim around.  She didn’t mind putting her face in the water and when she jumped off the side of the pool she got upset that we insisted on holding her the whole way instead of letting her leap and catching her.  The child terrifies me with her lack of fear.  We couldn’t let her off our laps on the pool deck for fear she would jump in.

It is fun watching them so delighted with something as simple as a pool.  And they have been sleeping so wonderfully!

Personalities

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

I took the girls for a walk yesterday (yay! it wasn’t 90 again!).

Initially, Sabrina whined that she didn’t want to walk – she wanted to ride in the stroller. With a lollipop.  Momma informed her that I wasn’t pushing 85+ lbs of stroller and kids in the 85+ degree weather.  She decided walking might be okay after all.  The girls took off gallops, skipping, and hopping.  I had a feeling it might not end well (neither of my children is particularly graceful…I can’t imagine where they get that…ahem). But off they went.

Tessa wiped out first.  She let out a pissed off half grunt, half yell.  I picked her up and saw she had scraped both knees raw.  One was bleeding a bit.  I started to carry her and she immediately wiggled to get down.  This next photo was snapped after her injuries.

Basically, she rubbed some dirt on it and took a lap.  Then, just before we got home, Sabrina wiped out.  She screamed.  She cried. She demanded to be carried home.  She cried harder.  She limped and hobbled the last 40 feet to our driveway.  She demanded first aid and bandaidages (she has combined bandage and bandaid for her own word).

I cleaned the girls knees, applied neosporin, and Hello Kitty bandaids.  Tessa, the more egregiously injured of the 2,  looked at her bandaid and then went on with her day.  Sabrina proceeded to list everything she couldn’t do now that she was injured: swim, take a bath, pull up her pants, climb on the bed, sit on the floor, go potty, use covers during her nap, and on and on.  Sabrina then began lecturing me “I told you to get the stroller momma so we can’t skin our knees.”

If there was any question about who the drama queen in the family might be, I think it has been resolved.

Everyone recovered sufficiently to survive the day.  Sabrina was trying to convince Tessa to make funny faces for the camera because she wanted mommy to take a photo of them with their bandaidages.

And in completely unrelated news, look at my little harvest of shallots!

I’m not sure they were fully mature but all of the sites I read said to harvest them when the green tops were 1/2 dead/brown so I did.  I used some in dinner last night.  Yummy!

It looks like I may have a couple of Roma tomatoes ready to pick this weekend.  Unfortunately, my other tomato plants aren’t so happy.  They each have 1 tomato and no other blooms.  I bought some tomato plant food yesterday so hopefully that perks them up.   The tomatillos I started from seed died completely in the heat of the past few weeks despite daily watering.  The cucumbers and hot peppers both have lots of babies on them.  The green peppers are looking pretty good but no flowers yet.

And finally, just because I am twisted.  I sat down at my computer this morning and found this.  I snorted.


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