These two lovely girls got to wear matching dresses today! A package from Goga and Papa came in the mail this week just for them. Aren't they sweet?
We considered hiding some easter treats around the house to see if Elise would catch on to the game. Instead we decided to put off the great hunt for another year and give Elise and Tori a special gift to share. I quickly crocheted up two carrots, two mushrooms, a cucumber and a tomato for the girls to have for their play kitchen.
I tossed them in a bag with three little chocolate eggs and some tissue paper and gave it to Elise to open.
She liked the tissue paper, ...
loved the chocolate, ...
and couldn't have cared less about her new veggies! Oh well, I like them, and I know that one day they will find their place in both Elise and Tori's imaginative play worlds.
I never seem to get much done around the house on weekends. In my opinion Sundays are for Church and sleeping, and Saturdays are for long breakfasts and a lot of playing! In my ideal world there would be a breakfast truck that would come around every Saturday morning. It would be just like the ice cream truck except it would sell nice hot breakfast items. Pancakes (my Nana's recipe of course), waffles, crepes, French Toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, toast... And you would know it's coming because it would be blaring "Who Let the Dogs Out" (Lee Lee's choice) through giant speakers. But until that day comes I guess I will make every attempt to whip up something hot and delicious every Saturday morning.
The snow is melting. I'm secretly sad! I kind of enjoy Winter. Soon I will have muddy paw prints on my kitchen floor (another thing I secretly don't mind,) The flowers will begin to pop through the soil, and we will enjoy BBQs and long walks, but for now we will enjoy what's left of the snow. We will play in it, because soon it will be gone.
We have now been a family of four for six whole weeks. That means that it has been six weeks since my c section and I am now free to resume life as usual. No more thinking twice before hoisting Elise into her crib. To celebrate I decided I would take our four legged friends out for a walk. Walking certainly was not on the list of activities to avoid but these two are wild, and walking them is quite an athletic feat.
It was one of those evenings where it seemed that every dog in the town was out in their yards or also out walking with their families. Our dogs have the embarrassing habit of attacking each other when they come across another dog that is out of their reach! Some time spent at dog school would do them some good but the closest dog trainer is an hour away, in Rosetown, and it's hard to commit to making the trip every week for eight weeks. Maybe I should open a dog school in Eston. haha i'm sure i would only succeed in training all the dogs in town to be as wild and unruly as my own!
The sun was pouring into our living this evening warming it up perfectly for Tori's first tearless bath! She actually seemed to enjoy the water splashing against her little body.
Elise was enjoying the warmth of the sun too as she puttered around in her little summer dress and her sisters pants. She hasn't worn those pants since she was Tori's size. They still fit nicely in the waist and look like a sweet little pair of capris on her. These two girls are sharing clothes already.
When Elise was a baby I used to describe my experience of being a mother as similar to having a very small, angry boss who would yell at me in foreign languages. Now that my boss is learning English, she is easier to communicate with, but we still have some difficulties which tend to end in meltdown! I'd like to say that the meltdowns are always on Elise's end, but if I'm honest, I have to admit that communicating with a frustrated toddler tends to lead to an equally frustrated Mom.
Today Elise kept pointing at the book shelves and saying "carter." I was racking my brain trying to figure out who or what "carter" could possibly be. Then suddenly we had a breakthrough! I looked up and noticed Elise's bucket of crayons and markers on the top of the shelf. She wanted to colour! Communication can sure be frustrating at times, but the smile on her face when I finally understand what she is saying is one fantastic reward.
Tori has been a much easier boss to get along with! She doesn't yell nearly as much as Elise did as a baby. As long as she is fed and dry she tends to be happy to lay on a blanket on the floor. She just loves to watch her busy big sister whirling about the house!
These sweet girls are sure growing! Not only are they outgrowing clothes at a tremendous rate, but they are getting stronger, and smarter, and learning new things everyday. Elise is still sick. She had a fever on Saturday and Sunday and that nose is still gushing, but she's been happy today! Ahh a morning without whining is just what I would have asked for today!
Tori gave me her first big, gummy smile last night! She is such a little sweetheart. I couldn't get her to smile for the camera but I still love looking at those pretty little eyes!
I haven't been feeling well since Tuesday, but yesterday I woke up with a fever. My head was pounding, I was shaky and so weak that I could barely even lift Tori without dropping her. Luckily Josh didn't have to teach in the morning so he took it off and spent some quality time with his daughters! I am so thankful! A good sleep was just what I needed to make it through! Elise and her dad always come up with the most unique ways of occupying their time. The new activity of choice is to eat soda crackers in a box!
Today I'm feeling a lot better. Still coughing and trying to beat the headache but definitely better. Elise hasn't been having as much fun as she did yesterday. It feels like I've been saying "don't" all day. "Don't kick your sister, don't stand on your sister, don't stand on your computer, don't touch your sister with your feet at all, don't throw your apple sauce at Jack, don't pull your sisters ears, don't pull on Jack's nose, don't rip the pages out of your books, ..." Poor girl just isn't interested in doing anything she's allowed to do! I'd give her a cracker and put her in a box but she seems to be over that! At least her nose isn't running quite as much as it was before! Tori is still sneezing but as sweet as always. She has been quite patient with all the kicking, squashing and ear pulling that has been going on!
Elise, Tori and I all have colds, and have had a grumpy couple of days. We are pressing on, and as long as we don't all drown in Elise's snot we should survive just fine. Here are some of the few moments in the past day and a half that have been without tears.
I'm not really sure what to say other than that I may have had a little more fun during this photo shoot than Tori did!
I couldn't get Elise to wear the glasses but I had to post a few photos of her too.. Being a big sister for a whole month is quite an accomplishment!