EDIT: Here’s a link to the canvas print of the girls.
Is there any better feeling than waking up to the sound of birds chirping through your open window and snuggling under warm covers while a cool breeze hits you in the face? My poor girls woke up freezing. They were sweating in bed last night, so I cracked their windows open around midnight. Brrrrrr…their little toes were so cold this morning, since they all kick their blankets off.
Fun, fun weekend. I’ll back up to Thursday evening. Livi’s first soccer practice. You know, poor me, soccer mom. Have to take the girls to practice all by myself. So, we get to practice early. Play on the playground. Fifteen minutes into practice, Ava has to go to the bathroom. Push Nina’s stroller to restrooms. Sign says, “Closed until Mid-April.” Check my calendar—-March 22. Don’t figure Ava can wait that long. Pile the girls into the van, Nina in car seat–not happy, drive to CVS across the street, long walk to bathroom, hold Nina who desperately wants down, Ava can’t go. Back out to van, car seat–not happy, back to soccer practice, Nina back in stroller.
Fifteen minutes later, Ava really, really, really has to go (#2). Out of the stroller, into car seat, this time to Subway. I figure bathroom is much closer to front door. Hold Nina who wants down. Ava tries sooo hard to go. Can’t. Hmmmm…
Back to practice. Back in stroller. Ava plays on playground. Practice over. Ava walks over to me, face stricken. I know immediately what happened. She is deathly afraid I’ll be upset–I don’t know that she’s ever done this before. I hug her, tell her it’s okay, get in van, pull her pants off, put panties in a plastic bag, borrow Nina’s wipes, pants back on, toss bag. Head to dentist’s office–he bought copies of Is That All? for all his hygienists. 🙂 Tell Ava story of me as a first grader. Went to a Christian school, bus ride 1 hour, had to poop at school, no time, went in my panties on the bus. All the kids smelled it. Had to run home 1/4 mile from bus stop in a dress with poop in my panties.
Friday–my friend Colleen came over with Maggie and Ellie. Girls had a blast. Friday night, we drove to Bellefontaine in the pouring rain to try to fix a gutter on our house. No go. We hung out with our friends Brad and Courtney and Chloe. Courtney and I went to the Home Show to surprise our photographer friend Cami. She had a HUGE black and white canvas print of my girlies as her main display. Sigh.
Saturday–friends Mike and Melody and their three girls came over for basketball and pizza. I went to college with Mike, and Melody is the sweetest girl. We connected again a few months ago. Their girls are so much like ours, same ages and everything. I got take-and-bake pizzas for the first time. Large cheese. Large pepp and sausage. Medium chicken bbq. Was pulling the bbq one out of the oven on its flimsy baking sheet. Yeah, it fell on the floor upside down. I scooped all the toppings back on, spread them out, and ate it anyway. (but didn’t let my guests!) How embarrassing.
Yesterday, Gabe’s parents came to our church and spent the day with us. So much fun! I told Livi’s teacher that these were Livi’s grandparents. She looked shocked. “No way! I would’ve guessed sisters!” Yeah, she’s talking about me and Janelle. No one can ever believe that Janelle is a grandma. She’s 48 but looks younger. I’m 31 but apparently look much older. Our haircuts and color are similar. She looks cooler than me. I should have asked who she thought was the younger sister.
On that same note, two times last year my sister Stephanie (9.5 years younger) was garage-saling with my girls and me and people thought she was my daughter. “Oh, you have four girls! How sweet!” I’m looking into cosmetic surgery. The only bright spot I can recall in the past few months was the nursery worker at church who thought there was no way I was old enough to have kids older than Nina. That is really no consolation though. Poor me.
Anyway, we took Rock and Janelle to Smokey Bones, the Metro Gardens, a park where Livi could ride her bike, and then back home. It was sooo nice to be outside and to get to spend time with family.
This weather inspires me in millions of ways. I think I’ll start with the laundry.