Tuesday, July 29, 2014
DADDY: Uh... There are a lot of different beliefs...
(in all honesty, I don't know... if someone practices Wicca, do they also consider themselves a witch?)
DADDY: Some people who find power in the world around them. They believe that the moon, sun, trees and animals have certain powers that all work together. I don't know for sure, but I think these people might call themselves witches.
ADDIE: What do other people believe?
DADDY: There are others who believe that God made us...
ADDIE: God didn't make me! My mommy and daddy made me! But maybe God made eggs because I don't know how **THAT** works!
Monday, July 28, 2014
With great big tears in her eyes, Addie tells me "Day told me to give you a hug. " She proceeds to give me a hug then breaks down crying.
I ask her, "Why are you so sad?"
"Because now I don't have a hug! Daddy gave me a hug and then told me to give you one so now I don't have a hug to keep!"
Oh sweetness. I had to explain the science behind hugs and how when someone gives you a hug it is yours to keep forever, but that it has the power to fill you up with so much love that you can give anyone else as many hugs as you want and you will never give away the one that was given to you.
With a relieved smile she wiped her tears from her face and said "Thank you, Mommy."
Friday, July 11, 2014
MOMMY: Do you know the story of Pinocchio?
MOMMY: Well once upon a time there lived a man named... Umm.... There lived a man named Gelato.
DADDY: Uh... Mommy, do **YOU** know the story of Pinocchio? Did you mean Geppetto?
Silly Daddy. I knew better than him and stuck to the story about Gelato and his wooden spoon who wanted to be a REAL spoon one day. In order to be a REAL spoon the little wooden spoon knew that he would have to brave the dishwasher, as everyone knows that wooden spoons do not last in the dishwasher.
As I'm sure you're familiar with the story yourself, you know that it ends with the brave little wooden spoon turning into a REAL silver spoon and Gelato was able to eat his ice cream after all. Though he did get a brain freeze.
Sometimes as a parent, you have to save face and carry on with grace and composure, as if you know exactly what you're talking about. Thank you very much.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
I love Ellie's poses. She'll put effort into her outfit and strike a pose to show off how grown-up she looks. It makes me chuckle every time.
I love how Addie doesn't hesitate to try new foods. Her "No Thank You" bite is usually the first to be gone from her plate. She has discovered some items she loves and others that she doesn't but she's not afraid to try. After years of struggling (and still dealing with it) of picky eaters, I can not express how nice this is.
I love how Ellie helps her little sister without giving it a second thought. She's so caring.
ADDIE: I like to use my brain! My favorite thing to play is Brain Games!
For all her act, Ellie struggles sometimes with the concept of growing up. Most of the time she'll say things to try to look or act older, but every now and then she admits to wishing she was still little. It's an ageless problem for us all, isn't it?
What are baby frogs called?
According to Addie, "taddle-poles."
I love how the girls have started pointing out all the hearts they can find. It started with searching for heart-shaped rocks but now they point out things like heart-shaped toast, shadows, puddles or even leaves. The world is full of love and I love how much they make it a point to make sure I see it all.
I absolutely loved the girls' reactions to driving through the waterfalls in Glacier National Park (weeping wall). Ellie pretended like it's all cool but when it was Addie's turn, she squealed with delight. Her giggles are priceless.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Grand Prismatic Spring
Monday, July 07, 2014
She was talking about a kingdom of plants. She fell in love with the little tuffs of grass along the trailside and created an entire world around them. WOW. I've always known she has quite an imagination, but THE. GIRL. DID. NOT. STOP. TALKING. UNTIL. WE. REACHED. THE. TOP. OF. THE. TRAIL. at which point she politely asked me if it was ok for her to stop now because she's tired. HAHAHA.