Friday was the first really warm nice day we have had since getting our pool. By late afternoon the water was nice a warm, so Ava got to swim for the first time. She liked it but was unsure about the over excited Ashlyn at the other end of the pool.
I thought I'd try curling the girl's hair with sponge rollers. They thought they were fun to put in. I thought they looked so cute with them in. I forgot to take a picture of the curls. Oops. Maybe next time.
A couple of weeks ago we got the best kind of "park", the free kind. Unfortunately we had to loose our favorite neighbors to get it. Blaine and I took down a section of our neighbors fence and ours, took off all the swings, slides, and ladders, and rolled the fort end over end from their yard to ours. We created quite a stir for the other curious neighbors. But we had the whole thing moved and put back together again (with everything tightened and fixed up) in four hours. We have had hours and hours of enjoyment already. Now our backward is a kid haven with a kiddy pool, picnic table, sand box, and the "park". So I say, "go play outside."
We decorated aprons with the girls hand and thumbprints on May 22nd. Ashlyn calls it her "april". They were running around all excited after we finished and had a "head-on-collision" coming from opposite directions around the corner of the couch at full speed. All I heard was screaming and then I saw the accident. Two girls laying out on the floor. I told both of them to get on the couch and I would bring ice and cold rags. By the time I got the ice and rags Ashlyn already had a "mouse" under her eye. Look close at the above picture and you'll see it. Today, on June 7th, it still has a little bruise and knott in it. Ouch! When you asked Ashlyn what happened, she said, "I had a hed on bollision."
Ashlyn and Alyssa aren't afraid to try much of anything. But they are shy around new people. Ashlyn was doing back flips and wanted to go all the way to the ceiling. This was their first time to try the harness/pulley thing. Alyssa didn't do flips because we didn't tell her how. She wanted another turn so she could do flips too, but there wasn't time.
Ashlyn and Alyssa took gymnastics for the first time this spring from Amarillo College. They both loved it. Ashlyn looks like a little gymnist but I think Alyssa's a little more coordinated right now. Alyssa wouldn't go in the first day of class. She said, "Maybe next week." She went in the next week to comfort Ashlyn because she was crying. After that both of them did great.
10/17/10 Ava loves baby dolls. Lately, she wraps them up and puts them to bed, then tells me, "Shhhh, baby sleeping, I momma."
10/6/10 I walked into the kitchen to find an half of a dollar on the counter. I asked Ashlyn and Alyssa why they cut the dollar in half. Alyssa said, "Ashlyn didn't have one, so I cut mine in half." They were so sweet, I just had to give them another dollar. I taped the cut one back together.
9/12/10 Ashlyn knows all of the primary program songs and loves to sing them. Today in primary I could hear her above the entire junior primary. I was at the back of the room and she was facing the front, in the front row. Her favorite song right now is "I Know that My Redeemer Lives." I was also happy to see Alyssa singing today at church, usually she saves her singing for at home.
9/5/10 Ava has started talking more. Here are a few of the things I have been able to understand: "Mooow" (No), "I done", "Baby" and "I mommy", "By" (said very loud, her voice carries like Ashlyn's), "Cheese", "DADdy", "Grandpa", "I poop" (meaning I want to sit on the toilet, she goes pee in the potty, but so far no poop)
8/1/10 Ava runs, squeels, and dances when she's excited to see you. She makes your feel so good.
7/28/10 Ashlyn and Alyssa were asking how much I loved them. I answered. Then they both said I love as much as the world (meaning as big as). They can be so sweet.
Ashlyn and Alyssa were doing cartwheels. Then I noticed Ava doing "cartwheels". She stands up with her arms straight above her head, then falls down on her side. Then she looks at us with a huge smile on her face, and claps.
Mom: Ava do you want...?
Ava: Sss. (That's yes)
Alyssa: I want some butella.
Ashlyn: Alyssa, it's not butella, it's nutella.
Alyssa: Can I have some butella?
Ava: We were at my mom's house, and Ava was trying to sit up on the toilet, so I took off her pants and diaper and sat her up there. I couldn't believe it, but she tried to go to the bathroom and three toots came out. She smiled like she was proud of herself.
Ashlyn: That's freakin' me out!
Mom Thinking: Where did she hear that?
Ava's Words: Eye, Dog, most other communcation is pointing at what she wants then hits herself in the chest
Mom: Do you want ...?
Ashlyn: Of course I do.
Alyssa: Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom...
Alyssa: I love you.