Thursday, July 29, 2010

Three girls painting

And listening to Alice In Wonderland on cd. :)
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cinderella sitting on the stoop listening to her iPod.

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Vera’s been nursing like a champ the last week or so.  Lots of nursing.  Then last night while I was applying her MI paste to her teeth, I noticed new molars in the back.  Duh!  The two year molars. 

Speaking of Vera nursing, in six years I’ve never been injured nursing the girls.  Then last Saturday evening it happened.  Vera fell asleep nursing in the mei tai, and I stepped onto an escalator.  About half way up, I guess I must have leaned forward, because Vera’s head slid back slightly and she chomped down.  Hard.  Her bite made my knees buckle slightly and my eyes water.  Scott thought something was seriously wrong.  We got to the top of the escalator and Vera was still clamped down hard and asleep.  I did what I usually do to get her to unlatch which is to stick my pinky in her mouth to break the suction, but her jaw was locked.  I kept trying to wake her up and I was nearly in tears from the pain.  I pinched her cheek and bottom lip, and finally Vera woke up enough to let go.  I thought she had bit off my nipple.  There was no blood, but I was bruised.  I put an ice pack on when we got home.  That boob hurt so bad every time she nursed. 

I’ve been slowly getting things together for our trip down to Maryland.  I found some new things and places to visit.  Some how we ended up with two PSPs and the girls have confiscated them.  They love the RocoLoco game that’s really addictive and easy.  Scott put movies on the PSPs for our train ride down.  I think some dress up doll magnets or sticker books will round out our train activities nicely.  The train ride always makes me nervous.  Another reason why I wished we had a car.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

iPhoto is still not working.  Scott thinks it's a space issue.  We need an external hard drive for storage.  All of our photos are taking up almost the whole computer.  Plus Scott has a ton of music and movies.  I hope it works.  I even tried reinstalling iLife.  If it doesn't the iMac is going to the Genius Bar.

The girls and I have been busy.  So busy in fact, that I'm finding it hard to fit in lessons.  NINE lessons left and it's only math.  We can do this!  :)

My 29th birthday was yesterday.  My last year in my twenties.  I feel... the same.  I've always wanted to be thirty.  Kinda weird, huh?  Probably because my mother said I was born thirty.  Thirty is a nice number.  The majority of my friends are in their thirties.  Scott's 31.  I have high hopes for my thirtieth year.  It better rock.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Today was a perfect day.  We went out for breakfast, came home and cleaned.  Vera took a nap and Scott did laundry.  When Vera woke up it was only 1:30, so we headed over to Pier 6.  Since it kept threatening rain, the park wasn't swarmed with people.  Abby was delighted to have Scott run through "the big kid" sprinklers with her.  Then we hit the swings and the big slides.  There was a mother there who was wearing her Ergo totally wrong and I felt compelled to help her.  It pains me when I see people wearing carriers wrong, because I know they are uncomfortable and won't continue babywearing.  Really, a Mei Tai would have been a better fit for her body type.  I did my best.

Oh my god, my life has changed.  I've gone through so many different brands of pads and what have you for my period to find something that wouldn't irritate me.  Organic, all natural, the mainstream brands.  All of it.  It got to the point that I would dread getting my period and not want to leave the house.  So I gave in and bought a Moon Cup, and oh my god.  I seriously feel free.  I keep telling Scott I should have gotten it years and years ago.  I thought it would be a disaster and messy and gross, but it's not.  It's cleaner than anything.  Anything.  And I wasn't grossed out.  I'm painless and frankly, because I feel better, I'm not grouchy.  :)  And it saves money and the environment.

The girls and I have a full week in front of us.  My birthday is on Wednesday.  I'm turning 29.  :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A new favorite dinner of ours is slutty beans made in the crock pot.  My cooking buddy coined the term.  Slutty beans are easy.  ;)  A half pound of dry beans is more than enough and leaves plenty for freezing.  I rinse the beans, then bring them to a boil for ten minutes, let them sit an hour, rinse again, throw them in the slow cooker with plenty of water for about five hours on low.  When they are done, drain beans and add chicken stock, fresh diced tomatoes and whatever veggies you want, plus chili powder, cumin and dried red pepper.  Eat with tortilla chips, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa and don't forget to sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.  It's a huge hit in our house.  Although Vera has trouble eating tortilla chips (she constantly chokes on them), so she eats it like a soup with toppings.

NINE more math lessons and we're done with Kindergarten.  NINE!  I might actually reach my goal of finishing before the end of July.  The math lessons seem really random to me.  It's like the authors want to cram in a bunch of little things before it's time to move on to Math 2.  Today Abby did learn how to add problems with three numbers.  Funny thing is, I remember a mother commenting that her first grade son in public school was just starting to add three numbers about three weeks ago.  I did give Abby a break from reading lessons.  I started section three over again and she was still having issues.  When Abby has issues with something it affects everything.  The reading was really challenging her and as a consequence, she was forgetting how to count, writing letters and numbers backwards, and being generally forgetful.  I'll start her again come Monday.  We will get through consonant blends!!

When Vera draws, she makes these little ones and zeros.  It almost looks like binary code all bunched together.  Kinda creepy in a way.  She's such a lovey.  So Vera's been wearing underwear again!  And pants!  There's been no real struggle over putting clothes on.  She'll strip naked after a tantrum, but I don't blame her.  It's like she has to shed her skin to feel good again.  Oh yeah, and she strips naked when she wakes up in the morning, which I find odd.  Abby and I are always kind of chilly when we wake up and layer clothes on.  Vera's like, yuck get these clothes that I slept in off me!

I took the girls to the pool for the first time on Wednesday.  It was turkey sandwich day for the free lunches.  The girls really look forward to getting a 'school lunch' when we go to the pool.  I didn't give them the milk, but they ate the corn and red pepper salad, oranges and turkey on whole wheat.  Vera surprised me at the pool.  She is not a fan of sprinklers.  She's a fan of water that doesn't get in her eyes.  The Red Hook baby pool has a gazillion sprinklers that can be hard to stay away from if it's windy.  They all spray into the pool.  Vera hardly complained and freaked out only the first time she felt the spray hit her.  Otherwise, she was walking on her hands and pretty much submerging her whole body.  My biggest beef with the pool this year is the changed hours.  Instead of closing between 3 and 4pm, they close between 2 and 3pm.  I'm guessing I should give the girls a big huge breakfast and get to the pool at 11 when it opens and swim until the girls get hungry for lunch then go home.