Friday, August 31, 2007
This is the sign on our front door. Translation: Welcome Home, Daddy! You can tell who colored which letters. Genna colored the "Papa." Hannah and I split the other words.
The first words out of Genna's mouth to him were, "Daddy, outside?" She wanted him to take her outside. Hannah was eager to show him the dinosaur that she colored for him, and to make sure that he saw the huge sign on the door that we all colored.
We pretty much hung out here all day getting housework done in preparation for daddy's return. Hannah learned to fold a hand towel today. I showed her once how to do it, and she folded it perfectly! She had a harder time with the regular sized towels, but I was still very impressed how well she paid attention and followed directions.
Genna got put in the "Naughty Corner" for the first time today for screaming. She did not like it too much. When her time was up and I explained again that we don't scream, I asked her, "What do you say?" She apparently has been paying attention to the drill with Hannah, because she surprised me by saying, "Sorry" and giving me a hug. Then she surprised me again by biting me on the neck during the hug. Then she got a little swat on the tush. She's a fiesty one when she wants to be! Where did these girls come from? Brian and I were nice compliant children, right? I guess I forgot my genetics when I pictured what our kids would be like. It didn't even cross my mind that they might have genes that my sister has. (Just kidding, Kristen!)
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Hannah got a nasty bump on her head today. We were waiting for the car next to us to pull out so I could get the girls in the car seats, and when it pulls out we start walking to the back door. I have Hannah's hand, and I kind of stop her with my hand before I swung open the door. She is not paying attention because she is saying "thank you" to the lady in the car (I give her credit for good manners) and keeps walking right into the edge of the door as I am opening it. I can't tell you how many times this has almost happened because she isn't paying attention. This time, however, I was rushing and didn't catch it in time. She has a big bump on her forehead! I am just glad she is short and it didn't get her eye. The way things are going lately, someone around here is going to turn me in to CPS. All is well, and all will be better tomorrow when daddy returns to rescue us from ourselves!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
I mentioned before how Genna started sitting on Hannah's potty a week or so ago. So today while I was cleaning the bathroom, she plopped down (fully clothed) on the potty again. Then she points to the toilet paper and says something that sounds nothing like "toilet paper" or any other word I know. I asked her if she meant toilet paper and she did her nod and "Uh huh." I was curious where this was going so I gave her a square. Sheryl Crow would die if she knew I gave away a square of toilet paper knowing it would be wasted, but it's for educational purposes. Anyway, she took it and immediately knew what to do with it. I cracked up and ran to get the lousy temp camera. These are the pictures I got. The last one is of her throwing the toilet paper into the potty when she was finished.
Side note, since the girls are sick they are both wearing their matching scrubs today. Normally we would all stay in our jammies on these days, but we were running low on milk, bread, and medications so we had to go to the grocery store. I will try for a picture of them together when Hannah wakes up from her nap.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Last night was one of those difficult evenings where both children were basically screaming nonstop until I put them to bed early to stop the madness. With Brian away, these are the times I sometimes go crazy, but by the miraculous grace of God alone I didn't do too badly. Anyways, this was my warning of what was to come...two sick kids.
However, this morning was better. Genna only coughed while sleeping and so I thought maybe this is minor and will go away. Hannah seemed symptomless and back to herself. At naptime it seemed to finally get sunny and feel like it was in the upper 70's so I filled up the baby pool (which I have yet to get to do with the incredible lack of summer temps here). Hannah has been asking everyday to go swimming, so I thought this would be a nice surprise for her. By the time we got out there it was clouding up again and a little breeze had developed. I felt bad saying we couldn't swim when they were dying to get in. Well, even they weren't crazy enough to actually get in the water to stay. They climbed in, realized it was a little chilly, and then were content to sit outside of the pool and play in the water. Thirty minutes later it's raining and we're packing up. I did sneak some pictures of them before the rain though.
So we come inside get in warm clothes, and suddenly Hannah is laying on the floor under a blanket. Having done this countless times I know what this means. She has spiked a crazy fever again. So we head up stairs to get ready for bed and dose everyone up with a mixture of Tylenol, Ibuprophen, and some vicks vapor rub (for Genna's cough). The girls both lay on Hannah's bed and watch a little bit of a movie on the portable DVD player. Then off to bed for the kids and off to blog for me.
And so this day ends with a plea for prayers for our sick family who still has another week until her husband gets back.
Oh, and one other thing, I am including a picture of part of my bathroom because this is something i forgot to include earlier and my tub is one of my favorite things about this house.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
No one we know ever has a beard (obviously, with Brian's line of work). This new fascination came about today when she was looking at her Children's Bible. She said, "Mom, I want some color on my chin too." I looked at the page she was on and realized she meant a beard because all the men had them in the picture. I laughed and said, "Oh Honey, only boys can have beards." I explained what they are, but she kept insisting that she wanted some hair on her chin too. I told her that just wasn't possible, but maybe she could ask Poppa Boat to grow one next summer when he comes to visit. That seemed to satisfy her for the moment. Then as I was thinking about it, I thought I guess I could draw one on her for fun. But then that seems kind of weird, so I didn't mention it.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Today the church we’ve been attending had a picnic after Mass and they had one of those big bouncy things there. Hannah loves to jump so we thought it would be fun for her. She agreed, but then got a little nervous when looking through the whole that she would climb through. She has been in one before, and so it just took a little coaxing to get her to go in. She had a lot of fun and had to be coaxed to get back out. Well, there were quite a few bigger kids jumping, and it wasn’t a very big area. Since Hannah was doing it, Genna just had to try it too. I figured she would chicken out so I agreed reluctantly. She crawled right in and over to her big sis and stood up (which impressed me because when Hannah was younger she could not stand up in those). I, of course, stood close by watching the older kids so I could correct them if they got too rowdy around my babies. She had a great time bouncing! It’s so interesting watching her personality come out. Who knew that the shy one would be the braver one! Hannah is so cautious that bravery isn’t really an option. I never have to worry about Hannah doing anything crazy dangerous, and she always watches out for Genna too.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Genna has also learned to put her dirty diaper in the trash! And today while I was making lunch, Genna saw me cutting up her grapes and promptly brought me her bib saying "Bub" over and over. I guess she is growing up.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Genna, on the other hand, got her's today at 15 months old.
Hannah's reponse was a big dramatic cry, a demand for a band aid, and even a bit of limping on and off for an hour.
Genna's response was to whine a second and point to her knee. I couldn't see her knee from where I was but told her to "rub it off" because I assumed it couldn't be that bad if she wasn't crying. She did and went on playing. Later I noticed there was a little blood, so I cleaned it up and put a band aid on it which only stayed on for a few mintues until she ripped it off and brought it to me.
I love that they are so unique!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
The bruised face belongs to Genna. She is really unaware of her surroundings! I guess that's a baby thing, but Hannah was always so cautious I didn't notice this with her. Genna has a bad habit of getting too excited (or sometimes upset) and throwing her head into a pillow, a couch, or a bed. She doesn't look first though and many times has wacked her head on a wall or a hard toy in the way. This time it was the edge of our end table (which is getting a soft cushiony thing put on it now). The couch is pushed up against the end table, and she thought she was throwing herself into the soft couch. However, she miss and got the edge of the table with her cheek. I am telling the truth, not 10 seconds passed before there was a dark purple line across her cheek. Poor thing! She only cried a few minutes, and it doesn't seem to bother her now (unless I wipe her face too hard on that side). I am glad she is resilient, but it hurts me everytime I look at that beautiful face with the horrible bruise on it. I would gladly go through natural childbirth again to spare my babies the pain of living and learning.
Here are a few pictures of the house. They are, in order: the backyard, two views from our windows, the living room, dining room, kitchen, toy corner under the stairs, and Hannah's room. To orient yourself, the living area and dining area are all in one big room which has 2 sets of double glass doors that open to the porch and backyard. The kitchen is across from the stairs with the toy corner, and all of that is open to the living and dining area as well. We like it. At least we are not tripping over toys and each other everytime we turn around anymore.
They are not the greatest pictures because it's with our cheapo camera since our nice one is being repaired. I couldn't get a wide enough angle to get much of the rooms, but it's something.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Yesterday, I did a yoga DVD while the kids were playing. They both came over and participated. Hannah was doing Downward Dog, and Genna was trying to do the Sun Salutations. It was so cute!
Hannah has been telling me that she wants to "take care" of people or animals that are sad or hurt. Like the ugly duckling in the story, she said, "Mom, I'll take car of him." She seems to be very compassionate. She is doing very well with the potty training. I let her watch 30 minutes of a video at the end of the day if she has kept her panties dry all day. So she keeps her eye on the prize most days! She is even starting to tell me more often instead of me having to always ask.
Monday, August 6, 2007
It was really a great family day. The girls slept after lunch in the trailer. It was so cute to see them asleep on each other like that! They were such troopers! I think we will rest today! Poor Daddy had to go to work today though.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
I told Brian to just go buy the fish without asking any questions, and get a container on post for it to live in. So that worked and Hannah is now the proud owner of a red beta named, "Bologna." Let me tell you this is the most loved fish. He sleeps in Hannah's room and then eats meals with us at the table. Hannah tells us when he is sleeping that we have to be quiet. It's pretty cute!
This morning we went on a family walk/bike ride. I walked, and Daddy pulled the kids in the trailer on his bike. We took a new scenic route to the grocery store and the metzgeri (meat market). We saw horses and deer while walking. It is a beautiful day!
Tonight we have company coming over, some people we met at the village festival that we attended a few weeks ago. They have 2 kids also and the older girl and Hannah played very nicely together. So hopefully we've made ourselves some good friends in our village.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Hannah's almost 4 day dry panty streak came to an abrupt halt when I left the girls with Brian for an hour and a half while I went to the grocery store. The worst part is that it was on our couch. So now I have a challenge ahead of me...to get the couch cushions clean and smell-free.
At the grocery store, I dropped a jar of spaghetti sauce that broke and soaked into my flip flops. I wanted to cry at this point, but I didn't.
Tomorrow is a new day! Thank God for that! I hope to venture out to the german pet store to get Hannah a goldfish. I promised her one once we got settled in Germany. She wants to name it Bologna, I think, but that may change by the time we get it.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The house is almost set up. The last few things are going to take a while since I need Brian's help and his time right now is somewhat limited learning the ropes at his new job. I am looking forward to getting some pictures of the house up though. I love the house! It is nice to have so much more room and not trip over toys just walking through the living room. We have a nice little play corner under the stairs and another one on the 3rd story.
Hannah has been dry for 3 days in a row now during waking hours! Praise God!
Genna is getting her last 1 year molar, so she had a hard day today. We had an incident while changing a particulaly nasty diaper too. Let's just say I now have a lot of disgusting laundry to do as well. But what else is new? If it's not that it's Hannah pooping in her panties or Trinity, the 3 legged cat, puking on a rug.