Posted by Rachel at 9:15 PM
+ Late last Saturday night I jammed my toe when I walked right into a chair. It turned a lovely shade of purple and hurt. I taped it up for a few days til Mattie hid the tape and then I just gave up. It's still tender but much better.
+ On Monday night we had a huge storm. I went down to the basement to start some laundry and there was water pouring in from outside. Bryan jumped into action using the wet vac to clean up the water and getting sandbags to block the door and engineering a contraption from a trash bag and a couple dowels that would guide water from the gutter away from the house. And I clumsily fumbled around trying to figure out what to do. In the end it was a huge pain to clean up but the only casualties were a few rolls of toilet paper that were on the floor and our 72 hour kits (that desperately needed updating anyway.)
+ On Wednesday we were leaving for the park and I heard a strange noise in our gutter. Through a crack I saw that a bird was stuck inside, and I could hear its wings hitting the sides; it must have fallen down and was stuck. I felt so bad for the bird, and was even sadder when I saw that its mom/sister/friend was sitting on the roof at the top of the gutter waiting. I couldn't figure out a way to help it so I was in a panic and then my neighbor came out and after I told him about it he said, "Oh, that's sad. Nothing we can do." We were already super late to meet friends, so I just had to leave. I texted our landlord because he happened to be coming over while we were out and I'm hoping he got the bird out; I haven't heard anything from the gutter since.
+ Mattie is (of course) sick again. She woke up from her nap yesterday afternoon with a fever and I haven't been able to get it down since then. Poor baby, she just can't catch a break.
But this week hasn't been all bad:
+ Jilly found a library movie that has been missing for weeks; I knew it was somewhere in our house and it was driving me crazy.
+ Kaitlyn was chosen as the bachelorette, though I really thought the whole guys vote on the first night was dumbdumbdumb.
+ Now when Jilly comes running to me with a "Sorry, I'm so sorry, there's a really big spill" I'm hardly phased at all.
+ I used Amazon Prime Now for the first time this afternoon since I didn't want to take Mattie out to the store and I needed printer ink. It's quite handy.
+ And I found my girls sitting like this one day: side by side, feet up, and reading some of their favorite books. And now I know I've made at least one positive contribution to their lives.
Posted by Rachel at 1:07 PM
Each night before bed Jilly likes to go over our schedule for the next day (apple doesn't fall far.) On the days when we have something really exciting (like a visitor) she goes to bed so easily because she can't wait for the morning to come. This is just one of the many, many reasons we love visitors.
Last week my sister Leslie came for a couple days. She was nice to tag along to Jilly's swimming lesson, the apex of entertainment in Baltimore. After the lesson we took her to the mall for lunch and a visit to the Disney Store, and so she could watch the girls while I went into Francesca's to make a quick return (maybe if you come visit me you'll get lucky and get to watch my kids at the mall too ;) ) During Mattie's nap we turned on a movie in the basement and after a little while I realized Jillian and Leslie had both fallen asleep on Leslie's bed. That night we had ice cream to celebrate Mattie Claire and Leslie Claire's birthdays later that week. Then Bryan watched the girls while Les and I went to see Hot Pursuit; it was a real treat as I can count the number of movies I've seen at a theater in the past year on one hand.
The next morning we packed a picnic and headed down to the Inner Harbor. It was my first time back since the riots and it was nice to see everything calm and back to normal. We had a great time walking around, watching the ships, and eating our picnic. A kind lady offered to take a picture of all of us together and then Jilly wanted to take a picture of Leslie and me, which almost turned out perfectly. Both of the girls fell asleep in the car and were so sad when they woke up and Leslie was gone. Aunts are so fun, and my girls are lucky to have the very best!
Posted by Rachel at 5:21 PM
Some things I want to remember about our newly minted two-year-old:
+ Mattie is an entertainer; she loves to make us laugh. She'll put on my shoes or Jilly's skirt or her sunglasses (always upside down) and say "Tada!"
+ She can easily sit through a whole movie (not something to be proud of, but does make my life easy) and especially loves Dora, Frozen, and Minnie Mouse.
+ She loves to play with babies, swing at the park, blow bubbles, and do anything Jilly is doing.
+ Mattie loves clothes, especially "pitty desses" and jammies, and she changes at least 5 times a day. She asks for piggies in her hair nearly every day and always requires a bow.
+ Mattie has turned into quite a napper and can sleep for sometimes 3+ hours. Because of this, she usually isn't quite ready for bed when Jilly crashes at 7pm. One-on-one time with Mattie is so rare that I loves these evenings we spend together.
+ Mattie is still completely devoted to her blankie + paci, and will stay that way until I get much braver.
+ Mattie is super chatty and we finally can almost always figure out what she's saying. When someone coughs or sneezes she always says, "you okay?" She is the only person who always calls her sister "Jillian" instead of Jilly. The other day Bryan said to Mattie, "When did you become so spunky?" And she told him "I not punky!"
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