Quite a bit has been happening with The Girls. Here’s a long update…
We had Easter with The Girls today. The MojoWoman is much more intrepid than am I and she suggested that we have Easter brunch out on our patio. It was great. She fixed ham, baked bread, and also made her grandmother’s special sweet potatoes. It was all great, but E – our older daughter – didn’t sit at the table; she preferred berzerking around our yard. We were glad that we had a fence. The neighbors probably were even happier.
Saturday we had an egg hunt. Neither girl seemed “clear on the concept.” E eventually got it and enjoyed the hunt. C just wandered about the yard and looked cute. She refused to let us “walk” her around; instead she preferred to crawl on her knees. The MojoWoman said that it was like herding cats.
Here are a few individual things that The Girls are doing –
C – (15 months) has lost a lot of her baby fat. I’m so used to thinking of her as our baby, that it’s hard to see her grow up. But it is fun.
She got Moon Pies in her Easter basket. She promptly grabbed one, crushed it into small pieces, and started eating it when the plastic wrapper popped open. (For those outside the south, Moon Pies are packaged dessert cakes, something like Twinkies or Zingers).
C thinks that her big sister is the coolest. So, she imitates everything that E says with exactly the same inflection. Mom and Dad’s cool factor is declining – and it’s bound to go even lower.
She loves her hair. C treats everything as a brush and runs it through her locks. Today she used her fork at brunch as a comb. The fork had sweet potatoes on it – and so did her hair.
E – (29 months) has become obsessed with photos. Every time we get the camera out, she wants to watch her parents snap the photo – rather than appear in the photo.
It’s getting hot here Mobile and we keeping trying to put a hat on her when we take her for walks around our neighborhood. She’s not having it. So, we rely on sunblock.
E is like the Mojowoman, she loves trees, nature and the outdoors. She has a set of toy yard tools – rake, hoe, and shovel – and she loves to run around the yard with them. She asks us to plant “more trees,” as we have been working on our yard. Bottlebrush bushes, which are native to Australia, have become very popular here in Mobile. We have several and they have huge, red, pollen-covered blooms on them. E loves to grab the blooms; then she asks us to help her clean off her sticky hand.
Today E had her first, inevitable experience with fire ants. Every kid in the South gets that experience at one point or another. It didn’t seem to faze her too badly, as she ran right back to the same tree where she’d gotten bitten.
Both girls are obsessed with balloons. Every time we go somewhere in the car, they start shouting “Baboon! Baboon!” when they see a balloon.