Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
One of the fun parts of having two children is being able to their similarities and differences in personalities as they grow. Caroline is much more adventurous and independent. Already, she is attempting to dress and undress herself, especially with shoes. She really likes Rylan's shoes because they slip off and on so easily. She is friendly on her own terms and will wave and say "hi" especially to other children, but usually gets quiet and shy when a stranger talks to her. She loves to climb, on her play kitchen, the kid's table, Rylan's bunk bed, anything and everything even if it was never meant to be climbed. At the park, she tries and usually succeeds to climb obstacles meant for much older kids. She keeps me busy being her "spotter."
One of my pet peeves is children with unruly hair, especially when it hangs down in their faces. I was blessed with a little girl with lots of hair and I love to fix it. I know how to make cute hairbows and Caroline has over two dozen to match every color outfit in every season. I know it's kind of overboard, but I am enjoying having a little girl to the fullest, and she does look especially darling with her hair fixed. Lately, though, she looks more like a neglected street urchin. Each morning I brush her hair, fasten it with a rubber band and....add the bow. That's her cue. Her chubby little hand dashes straight up to her forehead, yanks out the bow, grabs a lock of hair and pulls. Then she assumes her position: one thumb in her mouth, the other hand clasping a snarled mass of hair. When she is really tired, that hand starts twirling and twisting the strand until she has formed a frizzy knot. Yesterday I re-fixed her hair 4 times before 10 am, and again after naptime. This is not a big deal, really. I need to put away the hair brush and let go. Ahh, God must be chuckling at me fussing over such insignificance. Even though my girl looks like a ragamuffin most of the time now, I love her anyway. :-)
Caroline loves to eat, anything with syrup on it, most fruits, and cookies especially! She is quickly figuring out how to use a fork, but I haven't tried self-feeding with a spoon yet. She is definitely a breakfast eater and wakes up starving. I got sick and tired of my high chair at the end of April, donated it to the garage sale at MOPS, and moved Caroline to a booster seat at the big table. She still has horrendous table manners and one of my least favorite jobs is cleaning up after meal times. I can't believe the amount of food that ends up on the floor, under booster seats, on the walls, etc.. I am trying to teach her not to throw food on the floor, but it seems any kind of attention, even "no's" just encourages her. So now when the food starts flying, I calmly tell her "dinner's over" and remove her from the table. She also has been refusing to eat vegetables lately, so that means no dessert. I'm hoping if we are consistent, she will eventually get the connection.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Rylan chatting with our neighbor Ms. Yvonne through the hole in the fence board. Every time he goes outside now, he runs to their meeting spot and calls for her. I hope he doesn't wear her out, but I think they both enjoy the friendship. I also don't remember our apple tree ever having so many blossoms in previous years. It is truly loaded with blooms this year. Maybe we will have some apples this fall?
Charlton really wants Rylan to start taking karate in the fall when he is old enough. It was neat to see the littlest boys wearing their black uniforms and sparring with each other. They wore so much padding, I don't think they could possibly get hurt and I was amazed they could still manage to kick and punch.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Caroline strikes her "model" pose while cooking.
Sometimes, they can play nicely together, but the first day was rough. Rylan claimed the kitchen as his, and didn't want to share with his sister. It only took a few hours of them squabbling and me tripping over a million pieces of plastic food and dishes in my kitchen for me to second guess my decision.
The front view. I would have thought I was in heaven with a kitchen like this as a child. All the appliances make noise and even the burner on the stove lights up and makes bubbling sounds when you put a pot on it.
The hug/choke-hold from older brother. Caroline looks worried for good reason.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
My two best gifts and the reasons I am blessed to be able to celebrate Mother's Day. We went to church and Charlton took me out for a delicious lunch at an Italian restaurant. We also had a day of beautiful warm spring weather, which was also a great gift.
Mom and Rylan, squinting in the bright sun.
Me and my girl, making a funny face!
Friday, May 7, 2010
See how brave I am?
Look how well I can balance up here on the top bunk. And how cute is my new hair cut?
What! You have a problem with this? I know exactly what I am doing.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Rylan thought Caroline might like to sit in the yellow taxi for her haircut. She started wailing as soon as the stylist fastened the cape around her neck, then was distracted for a moment by Baby Einsteins.
A picture worth a thousand words..... Caroline was actually better than Rylan was for his first haircut and although she cried the whole time, she sat pretty still. Rylan was screaming, his nose was running, and he was trying to dive out of the kiddie chair. Although, in his defense, I do think electric clippers are much more scary than plain scissors.
Rylan with his reward for being so good for the hair cut, err.. being a good big brother while his sister got the hair cut. I asked him if his blue dum-dum was blue raspberry flavored. "But mom," he said, "raspberries aren't blue, they're red." So true. Just who invented the blue raspberry flavor anyway?
Monday, May 3, 2010
Rylan plans his next move on the web of ropes. One of my "good mom" goals is making him wear a hat outside this summer, which is going to be difficult, because Rylan hates wearing hats. Caroline doesn't like them either, so I have my work cut out for me to protect their fair heads this summer.
Wouldn't you love to take a seat next to this sweet girl? I love the contrast of the red bench against the blue sky with the mountains in the background.
Here comes Caroline trying to do what the big kids do. She is so fearless. I had to stop her at this point, but I got my picture first!
We have an old family picture of my sister Bethany singing to our horse High Hopes when she was probably about 2 years old. Her lips were pursed almost the same way and I was amazed at the resemblance! Caroline kept saying "moo-moo" to Wilbur. I think she was a little confused, but she really liked him.
Here Caroline checks out the little odd-shaped door at the Alice in Wonderland park.