I have to say, I’m a little embarrassed that I haven’t updated this thing in so long. I’ll be completely honest, we’ve been so busy, I haven’t even thought about my blog. I suppose in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter, but I hate to not be journaling what’s going on in our world – especially when it comes to the girls. I feel like if I don’t write about it, I’ll forget it. There are so many special moments happening. I know it’s impossible, but I’d like to not forget any of them.
Chloe started school on August 13th. It was sooo early! She likes her teacher, Ms. Stella, and has met some new friends. One girl, in particular, is Chloe’s new BFF. Her name is Clara. She’s cute as a bug, and the girls seem to get along so well. Chloe is always coming home after school informing me that Clara is going to spend the night at our house that night (school night or not) – or that she is going to spend the night at Clara’s house. I can only imagine the things these two are conjuring up on the playground every day. Might I also add that Chloe has never done a sleep-over? We have not forged that river yet, but I have a feeling it will be happening soon. Clara’s mom and I have just met recently, so we’re working on letting the girls have more play dates so that we can get to know each other a little better. I find it so fascinating that, ultimately, our children choose our adult friends. Whomever my kids are playing with at school, we end up going on blind play dates with their parents. It’s so nice to meet other down-to-earth families that have similar values. J Chloe has been learning her bones and organs and all of their functions. (I think I mentioned in another post that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up). It’s so fun to watch her little brain soak up all of these new things!
Olivia is causing trouble at every turn. She’s such a little clown. …and a bit of a tease, too! I’ve told Chloe that I don’t like her to say, “Nannie, nannie, boo-boo…stick your head in doo-doo” to other kids. She came home saying it recently, and had learned it from some kids in her class. That sing-songy taunting was on the playgrounds when I was in school. One would have hoped that something so annoying would have died a long time ago...no such luck. Anyway, Olivia thinks it’s hilarious to say to Chloe. She only says the “Nannie, nannie, boo-boo” part, but it drives Chloe insane. Which only makes Olivia laugh more. Olivia is running, jumping, and climbing everywhere and everything. Her favorite color is yellow. She knows the other colors, but if you ask her what color something is, she’ll tell you yellow – pause, then say the real color. She’s gotten all four molars in the past few weeks. That has been fun. The poor girl was caught gnawing on her wooden crib at Grandma & Grandpa’s house last week. She’s also had a cold lately, so between the excess mucous and the teething, some days are a little rough for Livie. I was able to pull out the bins of clothes that I’ve been saving from Chloe’s days of being in 18M-2T – so Olivia’s wardrobe got a serious makeover in the past week. I had forgotten some of the adorable clothes we have! Another thing that Olivia and I have been doing lately is singing “Twinkle, twinkle Little Star” when we get out of the car in the evenings and are walking up to the front porch. I hold Olivia, and she leans back a little bit so that she can look up at the stars. I love the way her little face gazes up to the sky with such wonderment. She puts her hands up and starts to sing and do the hand movements to the little star song. She’ll say the first few words, then look at me, expecting me to join in – which of course, I do. We walk a little more slowly to the front door than we normally would. I keep reminding myself to cherish moments like these. When we’re finished with the song, Olivia whispers “Yay stars!” and puts her arms straight up in the air. Then, she gives me a giant hug. So much of the time we’re rushing from place to place, I’m always working with timelines& deadlines at work,and Carlos has his never-ending syllabi and due dates for school ….can’t be late, can’t be late!, and we don’t make time for these little moments. I told Carlos recently, that I feel like I’m missing out on a huge part of the girls’ lives. I’m so thankful for my in-laws, but I feel that they see so many of the girls’ “firsts”. I don’t begrudge them this, but I definitely feel that I’m missing out. So, when I do have these special moments with my girls, I try to hold on to it as tightly as I can. Every night after I put Olivia to bed, I lie down in Chloe’s bed with her, and read her a story. Some days we just softly sing songs and talk about the day. Oh, that girl can come with some crazy things to tell me. It’s definitely a highlight of my day. I should keep a small journal in my pocket so that I can write down all of the funny little things she says. For example, every time Chloe brushes her teeth, she wants either me or Carlos to smell her fresh breath. Last week, she just used mouthwash before school. While I was helping her get into the car, she said, “Mommy, smell my breath!” I lamented and said, “Mmm, fresh breath!” (which is what I always tell her) She said, “Actually Mommy, I think my breath smells like minty wet dog.” Where does she get this stuff? On the way to school, she explained to me that next time, she’ll brush her teeth and use mouthwash – that definitely works better.
A few weeks ago, we drove up to the mountains to see the changing aspens. They are so beautiful. All of the bright colors reminded me of making the drive thru the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was nice to get out of town (only about 10 minutes out), but nice to see trees and a little stream. It was also just nice to walk around in the nice clean mountain air – if but for only a little while. Olivia ended up having a meltdown, and Carlos wasn’t feeling very well, so we packed everybody back up and went home. We did get some really sweet pictures of the girls and a few of the fam. We should do this more.
It’s almost Halloween! Olivia is going to be a pink butterfly and doesn’t have a clue about this Halloween stuff, but Chloe has been plotting and planning her costume for months. She’s been telling me that she’s going to be “Kung Fu Panda” for Halloween since this Summer. Then she changed her mind to a mermaid. Then back to KF Panda. Then, she wanted to be Tink. Then back to KF Panda. I sat her down at our computer to look at some costumes, and of course, she immediately wanted to see the selection for KF Panda. Upon perusing the panda pages, she declared, “Mommy, that’s way too much brown for MY Halloween costume! Let’s think of another option.” (yes, option) So we brainstormed a little bit, and decided that Mulan also did Kung Fu – AND her outfits were much prettier than Kung Fu Panda’s – because he’s a boy. So she chose a pink flowery kimono with a flowered fan to put in her hair. Nana ordered it for her, and she can’t wait to wear it. There are a few Halloween functions that are coming up, and she’s planning on wearing her costume to all of them – whether costumes are required or not. She asked me yesterday if Mulan ever curled her hair with sponge curlers. I told her I didn’t think so, she wore her hair twisted up in a type of bun. She frowned. So we may have a curly-haired Mulan on our hands. She can’t wait! I can’t wait to take the pictures! Stay tuned!