Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Rena has been so excited about this Thanksgiving Feast. She has asked me everyday if I can come, and on Thursday she was so worried that I would be late. (I wasn't!) I did have cling-on Riley with me, though.
So the little indians met in the hall and sang a few songs and then we all went into the classroom for lunch. (Riley's teacher rescued me and took Riley to class) It was great. Rena was so excited for me to be there.
The lunch spread was great too. Unfortunately, I had to split my time between the two classes, so I ran down the hall to see what was going on in the twins room.
They were attempting to sing a song. When the girls saw me, the yelled Mommy! and headed straight for me. I felt bad. Poor teachers. There was, of course, lunch going on in their room too. So, I ate a little there and then just kind of bobbed back and forth between the two rooms for the rest of the time.
In the meantime, I had called the pediatricians office to make an appointment for Riley. I hate that they close for lunch from 1-2. We get out of school at 1 and are literally 5 minutes from the office. So we either have the last appointment of the morning and have to leave school early (not a problem) or one of the first appointments for the afternoon. Our appointment was at 2:50. So I either kill almost an hour and and a half, or I go home...25 minutes to get there...30 minutes back to the peds office...give me about 55 minutes at home. Pointless. But that's what I did anyway. Riley does have an ear infection, so of course on the way home we have to stop for a prescription. By the time the day was over, I was exhausted!
Then Friday night, Rena ended up waking in the middle of the night with, what has turned out to be a double ear infection. Poor little things. I'm sorry they all feel so bad. Rachel, so far, has managed to avoid the infection....although she was the first one to complain of her ear hurting. I'm hoping we can make it through the night with not interuptions. hahahahaha. Wish me luck!
One of the things I love most about Rachel is she marches to the beat of her own drum. She's always so carefree. Here's a picture of her watching tv in her flannel pajamas, her flip flops and her ladybug hat....which she is also wearing right now, as she stands beside me waiting for me to finish up this post. So there!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Yep! That's Jake. He had 'retrieved' the stuffed Winnie the Pooh from the tub. What are you gonna do? He is a retriever after all. And on a side note, who needs a tub that big?
The rest of the day has proved to be just as chaotic. While Rena was in school, Riley and Rachel were playing with an aquadoodle in the foyer. You use water to write on it. When it dries out you start again. Well, if you are three, then you start thinking if a little water is good then alot of water would be great! So Riley filled up a tea kettle and poored it all over the entry. Flood! So I made the girls clean it up and then it was time to head to the grocery store. Then to pick up Rena.
On the way home from picking up Rena I decided to stop and pick pecans from this tree that I had noticed earlier. It's right off the highway and kind of behind a warehouse type thing. By the time I got there the twins were asleep so Rena and I picked them up. I got a whole grocery bag full. Let me tell you, if you haven't eaten fresh pecans, you don't know what you're missing. Yummy! We had alot of fun picking them up too. As I was walking back to the car the guy that works there and owns the house next door came out and talked to me. He didn't care that we picked them up and he even showed me their chestnut tree. Have you ever seen one of these things? It looks like a mini porcupine and feels like one too. Youch! We got a few of them just for the novelty of it. Are they even edible? Or do you just roast them on open fires? I'll have to google it.
When I got back to the car with Rena, I discovered that the twins were awake and crying! I felt so bad. I was sure they would sleep the whole time we were gone. (By the way, I could see the car the whole time and if they had looked to their left, the would have seen us too.) But the upside is that they didn't nap for very long so hopefully everyone will go to sleep early tonight.
On the way into the neighborhood, a deer crossed the road infront of us! It was big too and just strolled across the street and back into the woods that back up to my house. Who knows, maybe he's still back there. It was really cool and that's the first one I've seen in the 'hood.
Then I tried to get the girls to go outside and play. But nobody wanted to. Too bad. I guess it's too cold for them. Now everyone is whiny and driving me crazy. I'd feed them dinner and put them to bed now if I didn't think I'd pay for it about 4:00am!
Friday, November 14, 2008
HOWEVER, my achilles heel is when I hear children sing. I don't know why, but get a group of kindergarteners together singing the ABC's and I become and emotional basket case. And I taught Kindergarten for YEARS. (Sidenote: I can't read the Polar Express without crying either and I usually had to have my assistant finish reading it everytime I read it to my class. One year she was busy and didn't realize I was circling the drain. I did finish reading it, but I was a mess. It was awful!) Anyway, I was mopping the kitchen this morning and the girls were sitting on the back of the couch watching me. What? You didn't know that mopping is a spectator sport. So Rena starts singing God Bless America. I didn't even know that she knew this song, but she didn't miss a word or a note. Her sweet little sincere voice got to me. I had to turn my back to them so they wouldn't see me. And when she finished she said..."Mommy, did you like my song?" Bwahaha. I was bawling! Beautiful.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
3 years ago. God, aren't they just delicious? Rachel is in front and Riley's in the back.
What a cutie little fairy this one was. Recognize the dress? It's the same one that Riley is wearing in the majority of pictures of her on this blog.
2 cool cats.
My front porch in Wake Forest. Rachel on the left. Riley on the right. Ray wasn't too happy about something. Riley did alot of sleeping in the early months. So they were about 7 weeks old in this picture. Wow. where has the time gone?
The BIG sister. And what a great big sister she has been.
My how time flies. Now the twins are older than Rena was in these pictures and we live 2 states away.
So Halloween 2008
We had a GREAT time carving pumpkins.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
It cracked me up! I gave them cupcakes and sent them on their merry, crossdressing way. I'm not sure some of our guests knew exactly what to think.
So another birthday party down. I really can't believe that she is 5. And she is such a great kid. Everyone loves her. She's smart and funny and sweet and generous. She is everything that I hoped she would be and more. I taught this age for many many years. And I had some really great kindergarteners in that time. Rena would rank #1! I love her more than words could ever express and I'm so lucky to be her Mom. Happy birthday Rena.
And because I'm constantly amazed at where and how this child can sleep, here you go. She's asleep with her finger stuck in her hair.