|Christmas morning w/ Mabel|
Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!
|Christmas morning w/ Mabel|
Following the tragic event in Connecticut on Friday, which sadly, has been the most recent in a long line of tragic, unthinkable events, I know of so many parents, including myself, who are seeking the right words to say to our children. In our house, we have tried to avoid the news when the kids are around, although on Friday afternoon I saw that one of my 11-year-old's friends had sent her an e-mail breaking the news to my daughter. Fortunately, I saw it first and was able to tell her about it myself. I saw later that she had an exchange with this and a couple of other friends on e-mail. We talked about it again this morning during and after church. I was prepared for some discussion about it in church, but was unprepared for the depth of details the deacon went into about the event in CT as well as detailing many other events - 9/11, Columbine, the movie theater shooting, etc. As soon as he started speaking I lifted my 6-year-old onto my lap and drew my 11-year-old closer to me. My husband and I had spoken very briefly and vaguely to our 6-year-old on Saturday, so I knew that she knew a little about it, but not so many details. Friends and family have been on Facebook this weekend discussing what happened and what we should do and how could this happen and looking for answers where sadly, there are none. But it was also a nice forum to exchange ideas for talking to our children. A friend of my sister-in-law's posted this information and I also received a link to it from my 6-year-old's school, in a reassuring e-mail from her principal. Here is a link to the National Association of School Psychologists' Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.
My heart breaks for the families in Connecticut who lost so much on Friday, for the children who survived but who had to go through something that no child should have to experience, for the staff who put the children's welfare first, and to the whole community of Newtown, CT. And my heart breaks for all of the children across the country who may be walking into school tomorrow feeling that school is not as safe as they once believed. And my heart breaks that we even need to have these talks with our children - that there are people in the world that have no respect for human life, that have no compassion for innocent children, that have no fear of or respect for or faith in God, and who are so deeply troubled that they can see no light at the end of the tunnel. I hug and kiss my children each and every day and I tell them that I love them each and every day, but I, like other parents, am hugging them a little tighter these days.
May we all find peace and love and hope this holiday season, and each and every day. God bless!
Nothing like waiting until the last minute... Thank heavens for 1-hour photo printing! We have received so many lovely holiday cards from friends and relatives, but I haven't had the time to take any photos -- or an idea for a card! After church today, I had the girls put on their Christmas dresses and I took 87 pictures of them with my digital camera. I ended up getting a 6-picture "collage" card online at Walmart, which says "Counting Our Blessings" -- that seemed appropriate this year. Here are a few of the outtakes from the photo shoot -- I'm sure you parents can relate!!
|She was being a monkey... Literally.|
So last night, I had a dream that my 6-year-old had climbed into bed with us in the middle of the night. I groggily got up and went to the bathroom at about 3:30am and when I climbed back into bed, I found that it was not a dream, and there she was, all cozy in the middle of the bed! As I was settling back in she said to me, "Mama, we never said the pledge at our Girl Scout meeting last week!" (We got distracted with painting our hand-print ornaments as soon as the girls arrived, so that they would dry in time to use the Sharpies to decorate!) So I said, "I know, Sweetie, we'll do it at next week's meeting." And she said, "TWICE!" Ok! I guess she told me! Apparently we are raising one super patriotic kid who wakes up in the middle of the night to scold me about the pledge! Gotta love her enthusiasm, if not her timing! ;)
I know I am late to the party, but I have been on Pinterest for about a month or so -- LOVE IT!! I have been finding all sorts of wonderful ideas on there, and I have actually used some of them this holiday season (I drive my husband crazy when I buy cookbook after cookbook and never try any recipes... But Pinterest is free and I've actually been putting it to good use!) Here's what I've tried:
|Waffle Cone Cornucopia|
|Hand-print Snowmen Ornaments|
|Toilet Paper Roll Snow People|
|Holiday Stove Top Potpourri Mix|
So, I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy that Doc McStuffins doll set the day I took that picture -- my girlie wants it for Christmas and now it appears to be sold out!! :( I promised her we'll come up with something she'll love just as much, if not more! (That wasn't the only thing on her list, thank goodness!!)
Posted by The Fine Art of Motherhood at 10:01 PM
Yesterday, the girls and I spent Veterans' Day visiting with family and friends. We started with a visit to Mema's house (Gramby's mom), then we stopped at Joann Fabric's to pick up supplies for a paper chain American flag craft that my Daisy Girl Scout will be doing on Wednesday (in honor of Veteran's Day we are making this to donate to the new Veteran's Outreach Center). We stopped for lunch and then we headed over to the cemetery to pay our respects to my grandfather (my dad's father). He's been gone for almost 6 years and the girls and I have taken to stopping in to visit him once in a while. They love it - my little one sweetly runs up and hugs his headstone and we stop and tell him what we're up to and let him know that we're thinking of him. We especially wanted to honor him yesterday on Veteran's Day. My grandfather served in the Army Air Corps and then the Army Signal Corps in the South Pacific, during World War II. He and my grandmother had been married right before he went off to war in 1943. After we went to see Great Grandpa, we drove a few sections over to find the grave of a young soldier who had been killed in the Vietnam War. We learned about him this past summer when my husband's family was in town for the big family reunion. My brother-in-law, Joe, is very close to a retired priest who he met while they were both serving in the military. When he was younger, Joe's friend, Lou, had been friends with the young soldier who was killed in Vietnam and he had attended his funeral at one of our local cemeteries. He had always regretted not being able to get back to pay his respects once his headstone was placed. While they were in town this summer, Joe asked for directions to the cemetery and the girls and I offered to take him there and I helped him locate the grave site online. His family, the girls and I piled in the car and headed over to find this young man's grave and we brought large white paper and crayons so that Joe could make a rubbing of the headstone. The girls and I made a point to find this young soldier's grave again yesterday so that we could honor him for his service and sacrifice for our country and our freedom.
After that we ended our day of visiting with a trip to see Great Gram (my dad's mother). Gram is 91 years old and lives in nursing home. It was a beautiful day here yesterday - in the high 60's - and we grabbed Gram's coat and her wheelchair and wheeled her outside for a breath of fresh air. We sat close and told her about our day and told her about going to see Grandpa. We told her that while we visited his grave we told him about her 91st birthday celebration two weeks ago, and that I knew if he were here he would have reminded us that she's older than him - he was born a few months later and he always loved to tease her about that! Although, we would remind him that he may have been younger, but he'd had more birthdays than she had -- when he was in the war, he crossed the International Dateline on his birthday! The memory of his teasing made Gram laugh out loud, which was nice to hear. She also laughed when we told her that we are hoping to get Boston Terrier puppy sometime soon, and that if we get a boy, we will name it "Paddy" after the little iron Boston Terrier that was her mother's, and if it's a girl, we will name it "Mabel" -- which coincidentally was her mother's name... We just like the name and thought it would be sweet -- Gram laughed out loud when we told her, but she loved it, so that was good!
Our visit ended with us sitting out in front of the nursing home, watching a very beautiful sunset. Gram's eyesight is not great - she has macular degeneration and I'm never sure exactly what she can and can't see -- she once described it as someone holding their hand up in front of your eye and being able to see around that. But I know she could see some of the sunset -- the sun was SO big and beautiful and fiery orange. She commented on it and I was struck by what a nice moment it was to share with her and my girls. I hope I always remember that. In addition to her poor eyesight, Gram can't hear well and she is so frail these days. The girls and I try to go to visit her once a week. Sometimes I feel so tired at the end of a week and when we visit I feel like I need a lot of energy to carry the conversation between my girls and my gram. Sometimes I feel frustrated when we get there and she says loudly, "I haven't seen you in SO long!" And I remind her that we were just there the week before. She was a very active, vibrant person when she was younger (even 10 - 15 years ago!) and had tons of friends. And she has always been a VIP in my life -- we've always been very close and she means the world to me. It's hard some weeks to go and visit and see how different she is now and to know that she won't always be with us. I'm so thankful that my girls have got to spend so much time with her, and that they love to visit her -- just like they ask me, "Can we go see Great Grandpa?"
I hope that as they grow older and hopefully have their own children, that they will remember these visits. I hope that in some small ways my girls are learning about the importance of family, the importance of taking time to remember people who are no longer with us, the importance of respect - for those in need, for their elders, for their family, for their country and those brave men and women who serve their country - past, present and future.
For last night's dinner, I made chicken cordon bleu with homemade rice pilaf and fresh broccoli (purchased at the farm market yesterday). While we were eating, I asked my family, "What would you say is my "signature dish"? I mean, years from now, if you were thinking of Mommy's cooking, what would you remember most fondly?" My husband said, "turkey dinner!" My 11-year-old daughter said, "turkey dinner, chicken cordon bleu or stew!" And my 6-year-old daughter said, "Mommy's grilled cheese!" (She's so easy to please!) One of us asked my husband what he would say his mother's signature dish is and (as I would have guessed!) he said her meatloaf (she used to have to make 2 when he was growing up -- 1 for him, 1 for the rest of the family!!). To me, my mom's signature dishes are her baked ziti, her beef burgundy, her rice pilaf and her cream cheese brownies!
Actually, my signature dishes (aside from my stew) are mostly pieced together from various family recipes. "My" chicken cordon bleu is actually a recipe that my stepmother found in a cookbook and I added it to my recipe box years ago -- it was actually the first meal that I cooked for my husband when we were first dating. And my best friend and my mother also loved the dish so much that they added it to their own recipe boxes too. The rice pilaf that I make is a recipe that everyone on my mother's side of the family makes. I think it came from my uncle's (mom's brother-in-law's) family, but I remember my Nana, my mother and my aunts all using the same recipe. Turkey dinner is something that I remember my Nana making - I spent every Thanksgiving at her house in New Hampshire when I was growing up. I make her stuffing, I make some of the same side dishes that she made, and her squash bread. I've added a few of my own things over the years - in addition to her stuffing, I make oyster dressing for my husband, sometimes I make my own cranberry sauce and I have tweaked the traditional pumpkin pie recipe to make it my own. I also make a fabulous apple pie with an apple crisp topping -- that was a recipe I adopted from my stepmother.
As a mom, I like to think about passing things on to my daughters - I have some of my grandmothers' recipes and recipes from other family members written in their own handwriting and those are some of my most cherished possessions. I would love to put together some family recipes for my girls to take when they move out on their own (although, currently my 6-year-old plans to live with Mommy and Daddy forever!). Another nice idea that I have seen and would like to do some time, is to frame a couple of recipes and hang them in my kitchen.
What is your signature dish?
For the most part, my girls are polar opposites when it comes to the food they like to eat. My eldest is getting closer to becoming a vegetarian each day, and my youngest is more of a carnivore. My eldest loves veggies and is not too into fruit. Her little sister is just the opposite! My eldest loves pizza and pasta, my little one doesn't like either of those! And as the primary "chef" in the house -- my frustration is growing... One thing they do agree on? They LOVE the local diner! We have taken them to the diner a few times over the past year or so and they both love it -- my youngest loves the milkshakes and my eldest loves getting french fries and gravy. We can't afford (money-wise or calorie-wise!) to eat at the diner as often as they would like, but the other night I surprised them with my version of Diner Night at home.
I made turkey sliders, which thankfully is something they both can agree on -- I use lean, ground turkey and mix in a half packet of Lipton's dry Onion Soup Mix. Much less fattening than a diner burger! I form small patties -- usually 8 to 10 out of 1 lb of meat -- and I cook them on my George Foreman Grill (love it!). We had slider rolls, but if I didn't have those on hand I would use whatever I have -- cut up hot dog or hamburger rolls, biscuits, dinner rolls, etc. We baked french fries in the oven and I just used one of those dry packets of turkey gravy that I had on hand - super quick and easy and only 20cals per serving. I served mixed veggies (which they would not get at the diner), and for a special treat I made homemade milkshakes! I used 2 cups of vanilla ice cream, 1 cup of 1% milk, and 1 tsp of vanilla. I put this in the blender until it was smooth. I split this into two glasses for the girls, topped it with a little low-fat whipped cream and popped a "bendy" straw in -- big hit with the girls! I made myself a chocolate shake, following the same recipe but substituting chocolate ice cream.
Hi there! My name is Livvie, and I'm The Fine Art of Motherhood's oldest daughter. Today is my mom's birthday!
My mom has been blogging about my sister and I for a long time. I like reading her posts about us and today I want to thank her for what she does every day.
My mom is really busy; she works Monday through Thursday, and during the school year she runs my sister's Daisy troop. She also has to take care of us, and I know that must take a lot of energy!
Happy birthday, Mommy!
Posted by The Fine Art of Motherhood at 11:14 PM
Over the past week my little one started having nightmares - four nights in a row, which is unusual for her! A week ago Friday, there was a fire near our house, which we saw on our way home. We were never in any danger, which I explained to her, and the firefighters did a wonderful job of putting it out before it got too out of control, but I think it was weighing on her mind. On the third night, she woke up and climbed into bed with my husband and me, and on the fourth night when I heard her crying, I woke up and went in to sleep with her. On Day Five, when it was bedtime, I tried something new - in addition to telling her that she was safe and sound in her cozy house, and that Mommy, Daddy and her big sister were all there with her - I told her that I was going to throw away all of her her bad dreams. She was lying in bed, and I leaned over her and picked at the air around her head - seemingly grabbing her bad dreams and tossing them over my shoulder. She loved it and giggled, but I was very serious in my task, and you know what? No nightmares that night! So, I did it again the next night - again, no nightmares!!
My elder daughter went through a period of time where she seemed to be having quite a few nightmares and Grandpa and Gramby gave her a dream-catcher that she has had hanging on her bed for years. She believes that it helps her, and it certainly seems to be doing it's job - she rarely ever has nightmares! I was talking about this at work recently with some friends who are moms. One of them said that her daughter went on the internet and found a Bible quote about God watching over her, which she posted near her bed. She had been having nightmares and it has really helped her.
Whatever the method, in my experience, if you can reinforce to your child that they are safe from harm - whether through a strong power of suggestion or a strong sense of faith - the "monsters" will vanish and sleep will be restored to the kingdom!
As I am sure all of you moms can relate, life has been so busy lately! Work has been crazy and I've put in a lot of overtime on a recent project, but happily that is behind me! We are winding down our first year of Daisy Girl Scouts, but still need to prepare for our first camping trip which will happen later in the summer. I am also in the midst of planning my husband's family reunion and in addition to the party planning, we're using this as incentive to finish a lot of projects around the house and yard. And the girls' school year is coming to a close next month, which means a flurry of school projects, school events, concerts, etc. Thursday night we enjoyed our eldest's last choir concert of the year (possibly forever -- she wasn't a fan of choir this year!). Next weekend her band plays the National Anthem at the local pro baseball game -- we're all looking forward to that! And then one final concert for the band and the jazz band, and she also has to perform with the jazz band at the 4th grade band concert -- we remember that from last year, where they trot the jazz band out to show you what your child might sound like in the 5th and 6th grade! My little one's elementary school will have their annual Flag Day ceremony, carnival, and her Kindergarten "graduation." But tomorrow we are all taking a break from all of that to just spend some quality time together! The only thing on the schedule is a bbq at my aunt's house and we'll get to see the whole family including Grandma (my grandmother - my girls' great grandmother). So I'm looking forward to a lot of snuggles and kisses from my two sweet girls -- can't wait!!
Happy Mother's Day!
We've been busy little bunnies over here! Work, school, Girl Scouts, family reunion planning, getting ready for Easter, and most exciting -- Nana's here to visit for a week! We've kept her busy too -- she flew in late on Tuesday night and got to spend time with the girls when they got home from school Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday night we all went to my eldest daughter's first jazz ensemble concert which was a lot of fun! Thursday night I was off to a Girl Scout Camporee meeting (the girls and I are getting very excited about that!) and Friday I dragged Nana and the girls around to run errands -- Easter with two girls means stockings, sweaters (for their sleeveless dresses -- knew that would bring the cold weather!), and new shoes! We also managed to squeeze in lunch and a visit to my grandmother at the nursing home. The girls and I make it a point to visit her once a week, and we really enjoy it. The girls have made friends with Kermit (that's his real name!) who works there, and when we come to visit he always offers them a dixie cup of ice cream which they just love. We find it fun to bring Gram a treat -- she's got an incredible sweet tooth, so it's usually cookies -- and we've been making sure that her room is decorated for the holidays. A couple of weeks ago we took down the St. Patrick's Day decorations and last weekend we decorated for Easter and Spring. Gram is my dad's mother, but she just loves my mom and my mom always enjoys seeing her when she's in town.
Today we went to see the movie, "Mirror, Mirror" which was quite cute. The girls enjoyed it and were pretty patient, considering the movie broke halfway through and we were sitting there waiting to see if they could fix it! Luckily for us, they fixed it within 10 minutes or so, AND gave us each a free movie ticket for another time! We're probably save those until June, when Disney / Pixar's "Brave" comes out -- we're Scottish on mom's side of the family, and the girls and I are quite proud of that -- can't wait to see this new Disney / Pixar movie about a brave Scottish girl! After the movie, we took the girls to our favorite park and they played for a while before it was back home for Easter egg decorating and bath time so they are all ready for tomorrow! Nana treated us to Chinese take-out for dinner -- our favorite! And now the girls are asleep in my youngest daughter's bed -- second night in a row -- very cute! They are on Spring Recess now -- I wonder if we'll have a repeat of Winter Recess when they had sleepovers in each other's rooms for 9 nights in a row?
Tomorrow I'm sure they'll be up at the crack of dawn (I should really get to bed so the Easter Bunny can come!) and then they'll search for their baskets and we'll get ready and head out to church and then a visit with the Gram and the family at my dad & stepmother's house. Back to our house where the girls will search for eggs and then a special Easter dinner.
Here's wishing you a wonderful day spent with family and friends!
Happy 100th Anniversary to the Girl Scouts! My girls and I are proud to be a part of such an amazing organization and this year, in particular, is an incredible time to be a Girl Scout! I was a Girl Scout growing up -- from Brownies all the way through Seniors! (I'm so old that they added two new levels -- now it's Daisies through Ambassadors!) And I was a Girl Scout during their 75th anniversary, but I don't remember if I realized the significance of that anniversary, and I'm sure, although I loved being a Scout, I realized how much Scouting did for me. My mother enrolled me as a Brownie when I was in the first grade -- we were cleaning the basement out this weekend and I found a box of things from my childhood, including my first Girl Scout handbook with my mother's neat handwriting spelling out my name on the front cover. I loved that book and was so excited to be able to share it with my 11-year-old daughter who is a Junior Girl Scout.
On Sunday, I had a meeting for the Daisy Girl Scout troop that another mom and I started for our daughters. My sweet 5-year-old is in that troop, and her older sister helps out as a Junior Aide. Since our meeting was yesterday, and the official 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts is today, we had our own little celebration. At the Girl Scout store (which I just love!) I had purchased green and white "100 Anniversary" balloons -- enough for each girl and our two Junior Aides to take one home. Yesterday morning, I went to the party store and asked if I could pay them to fill my balloons with helium. They charged me the regular price, as if I had purchased their latex balloons -- this was perfect -- MUCH cheaper than my back-up plan, which was to buy a helium tank! The balloons looked very festive on our table! Also at the Girl Scout store, I purchased the limited edition Girl Scout insignia pins with "100" on them, and we gave each girl a pin to wear on her uniform. In addition to our anniversary (or birthday) party theme, we worked on a badge that was all about being considerate and caring and we read a story out of the Daisy handbook about "The Art of Sharing." In keeping with the sharing and birthday themes, I had asked each of the girls to bring one craft item (children's scissors, crayons, glue stick, etc.) wrapped as a birthday gift to share with the troop and to help us replenish our craft supplies. For snack, one of our girls brought in Shamrock cookies to share (since we are so close to St. Patty's Day -- bonus, they were green and matched the balloons -- I love when a theme works out!) and before our snack we sang "Happy Birthday" to the Girl Scouts.
Finally, we followed one of the ideas in our Daisy book for earning our badge, and to (literally!) illustrate the theme of sharing, we passed out a piece of paper to each girl and we set out markers and crayons. Each girl started to make a picture and after a couple of minutes, we passed them all to the left and then that girl would continue working on the picture. That was slightly chaotic the first time, but we did it again and again so they got to put their mark on a number of their friends' drawings. Each girl took home a picture that was a combination of their friends' artwork -- they did a great job sharing their pictures and their art supplies, and it ended up being a really cute and fun idea!
We are helping out with Scouting for Food this weekend and we are also looking forward to our first camp-out this summer! The girls seem to have a great time together and I love being a troop leader. Girl Scouts offers so many opportunities for girls to make friends, learn great skills, build their confidence, and discover who they are -- it's been an experience that my girls and I will treasure always!
Do you have a daughter interested in becoming a Girl Scout? Or are you interested in volunteering? Go to the official Girl Scouts of the USA website at www.girlscouts.org to learn more!
On Friday, all four of us were off - my husband and I were off from work and the girls were off from school. At dinner a few nights prior, we discussed as a family what we would do with this special day. Here's how the conversation went, Mommy, "How about we go to the zoo?" Daddy, "Oh, that would be fun!" Eleven year old, "Let's clean the basement!!" (She wants to make an art studio down there -- prior to this you could hardly get her down there to grab a roll of paper towels...) Five year old, "Let's rearrange my room!" Talk about your role reversals... We decided to rearrange our youngest daughter's room (it was rainy and snowy on Friday) because it was a relatively easy task -- we'll save the basement project for another day!
We started around 9:00am and began by emptying the room -- the other bedrooms upstairs were suddenly overrun with stuffed animals, etc. We pulled everything but the bed and dresser out -- even the 2 area rugs came out. We vacuumed the whole room -- corners of walls, up to the ceilings -- everything. And we also dusted everything thoroughly before bringing it back in. Our girlie's room is the smallest of the upstairs bedrooms (downstairs we have a guest room and a very small bedroom that is my husband's office) and she has a beautiful full-sized bed which takes up a lot of room. We were limited on where we could move the bed -- we were trying to maximize her play area -- so we flipped it from where it had been, 180 degrees in the opposite direction. We moved her dresser (which had been at the foot of her bed) over next to her closet. We downsized the amount of stuffed animals -- some are going to be donated, a few were put in her "special box" in the basement (a tub full of mementos) and the rest into her toy box. She tried to negotiate sending some over to Grandpa's house, but we didn't go for that idea (they'll only end up back here - smuggled by her one at a time!). We decided to take her nightstand out of the room -- it had previously been used to hold a pile of toys... We also had to take the glider out to give her more room. I told my husband that we'd have to find a place for it somewhere in the house -- I said, "I can't give it away! I rocked both of my babies in that glider!" And then I said, "Do you see the tears starting?" Because truly, my eyes were welling up... And he said, "Don't worry, you don't have to give it away -- we'll figure out a place for it!" Not sure where that's going to be -- but we'll figure it out! (I'm a little sentimental...) :)
We re-hung everything that had been in her room, and we didn't buy anything new -- we'd like to get her a couple of things for this little reading "nook" at the end of her bed -- a bean bag chair, a lamp -- ultimately I'd like to install a little, girlie chandelier in the corner, but that will involve an electrician. We thought it was cute to hang the Tigger cross-stitch that Nana made over the chair with all of the Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals!
Really the only "new" addition to the room is just something that I pulled out of her closet, and it's my favorite item in the room -- I took a sweet little Disney princess dress that I had bought her when she was a baby and I hung it on a cute satin hanger and we hung it up on the wall next to her window. I think it's such a darling idea, adds to the "princess theme" and it's a nice way to easily showcase a special item that might otherwise be sitting in a box or the back of a closet. We re-hung her little mirror, this time over her dresser -- she's not tall enough to look in it today (standing in front of it) but soon enough! :( And over the mirror we hung a little pink princess sign.
She was very excited about her new bedroom! And after 7 nights of bunking in our eldest daughter's room, the two girls moved the February Recess Sleepover Party into our little girl's room for the past two nights! Tomorrow they are back to school, so tonight they are sleeping in their own beds! It's fun to freshen things up and move things around when you have a free day. We spent no money on this change, but just moving the furniture around, rearranging the decorations and even pulling the little princess dress out and hanging that on the wall, made a huge impact! Let the Spring Cleaning begin!
Another thing the girls have been enjoying much to my husband and my surprise is having “sleepovers” in our eldest’s room – an unprecedented FIVE nights and counting! It’s so funny, because they used to beg to have sleepovers in each other’s room and then they would be SO miserable and neither of them would get any sleep and the next time they would ask we would remind them about the misery from the previous experience. I don’t know if I shared this on here, but I think it was last year, they had a sleepover in my little girlie’s room and my husband got home late – around 11pm – and he went to check on the girls and our eldest was sound asleep, and the little one was sitting up in bed with her arms crossed in a huff. My husband asked her what was wrong and she pointed to her (sleeping) sister and said, “She’s annoying me. She needs to go to her room!” And my husband said, “Well, honey, how could she be annoying you? She’s sound asleep!” And the little one said, “She’s just annoying me! She needs to go!” They went back and forth on this and there was no reasoning with her, so my husband finally had to wake my poor sleeping child and get her to move into her own bed. That was a classic!
They have had to bunk in together on trips to visit family members, or sometimes if we have company and need an extra room for guests. I remember the last time we went to New Hampshire to visit our family, my girls were sharing an air mattress in the same room that my husband and I were sleeping in. The first night that we were there, I remember initially feeling tired and crabby that they were giggling and being silly and not getting to sleep. And then I thought to myself how lucky they are to have each other – I was an only child growing up – and that hopefully they will look back later in life and remember visiting the relatives and giggling all night!
My husband and I actually daydream about moving up to New Hampshire – we really love it – we’ve really thought about it, done a little research, compared school districts and things like that. He’s in a career where most companies want you to be willing to relocate – if he got a good offer to move up to New England, we would find it hard to say no! One thing I have thought about with moving, is how difficult it would be to leave family and friends, but how nice it would be for our girls to have a built-in playmate / confidante. Watching them snuggle together these past few nights, I can imagine them doing that if we were to ever move – helping to comfort each other in a strange, new house. How lucky they are to have one another! In spite of their occasional sisterly squabbles, I hope they always remember and appreciate how blessed they are to have a sister!