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Snowy Day

Today all schools were closed and so everyone was at home to enjoy the snowfall.  Lilly was non-plussed but did attempt to make a snow angel before calling it a day.  Grace and Abby enjoyed tasting snow, making snow angels and of course, knocking lots of snow off of everything they could touch.  Add to that hot cocoa when they got back inside, and a good day was had by all.

Grace's snow angel

Grace’s snow angel

Lilly's snow angel (she was not a fan)

Lilly’s snow angel (she was not a fan)

Sisters in the snow

Sisters in the snow

 

 

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My eldest daughter was sick last week, and it was my turn to stay home. Primarily, we played with princesses. Twenty three of them. I’m not yet sure that she expects her Dad to have all that foundational knowledge or whether she’s impressed that I’m picking it up so quickly.  My Barbie fluency is a clear example of lifelong learning.

I may not have memorized each of the dolls’ personal backstories. However, I can definitely state that (a) Princess dolls always smile. Dental hygiene at its finest. Maybe they all used to work Retail? …(b) All princess dolls ultimately end up living a hard life. Somebody lost my shoe permanently. Like down the drain permanently. No idea where that skinny purse is, but it used to match my dress. I’m a princess, but my owner ate my tiera kind of thing. No, really. I *AM* royalty! — Gosh, maybe all princesses end up naked. A hard life indeed.

That said, when asked, I answered that Ariel the mermaid was my favorite princess. That’s something that my daughters and I currently hold in common. She’s new, so there’s novelty for the girls. Second, she’s unique. Yeah, they all sing, but who else can breathe underwater and swim with a big blue fin? Not to mention having a dad with a kickass Trident. Third, she’s intact. No chance to have lost any accessories yet. (wait. Are there accessories on a mermaid?)

Not to mention that there’s always some subtle humor.

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3 months with Jessica Bear

3 months with Jessica Bear

Because she’s a little overachiever (well, actually I don’t know when babies are supposed to roll over really) Ms. Lilly chose today to wake herself up rolling from tummy to back and then at day care today, she rolled from tummy to back. We’ll see if this is a skill that she continues to exhibit or if she just knew that she was 3 months old today and so should do something special to mark the date.

Today’s Jessica Bear picture is special because she’s wearing a shirt which her grandmother Vicki selected and of course it has “cowgirls unlimited” on it, because what granddaughter of my mother’s wouldn’t be a cowgirl?

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Grace is taking her turn showing her stuff at swim lessons

Grace is taking her turn showing her stuff at swim lessons

Today was Grace’s first day of swim lessons at a new pool and we’re really happy with the instructor and the time that was spent on Grace. The location is really good too; while Grace swims, we can head to Pullen Park for 30 minutes and then come back! Of course, this time because the train and the boats were closed, and it was raining, after a ride or two on the carousel, Abby wanted to see what Grace was up to, and so off we trotted to see how swim lessons were going. Grace is really getting much better with her confidence in the water, and maybe by this summer she’ll legitimately know how to swim!

Grace's cheering section (Mama and Godmother Lisa are excited, Abby is more interested in her Spiderman shirt, or something else)

Grace’s cheering section (Mama and Godmother Lisa are excited, Abby is more interested in her Spiderman shirt, or something else)

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