…For Birthdays.

Today Organique turns four! She has moments of downright civility and joyful helpfulness. I LOVE those times. Last night, after a brief meltdown wherein she would not wash her hands, she helped to set the dinner table and felt so proud of herself. 🙂 Also, I caught her seconds before she took the scissors (again) to Baby’s hair (again) the other day. A few months back she snipped off the top of her little upwards-pointing pigtail! 😦 I have a locking file cabinet for the scissors, tape, glue, dry erase markers, etc. and now the sewing room has a hook-and-eye lock too. We’ll raise her up right, yet! 🙂

Rub-a-dub-dub, um….?

Big Sister turned TEN two weeks ago. It still amazes me! When did that happen? Wasn’t I a newlywed, expecting that first baby, just the other day? Am I approaching “old mom” status? I distinctly remember my aunt (age 26ish) exclaiming to my mother on her 34th birthday, “GEEZ, Lor, you’re only SIX years away from FORTY!!!!” and they both freaked out at that thought. I was eight then, and I remember thinking, “um, YEAH, of course you are.” 🙂 Big Sister has as many moments of drama as Organique has of helpfulness, so it balances out. Overall she is a TREMENDOUS help with Baby, and *most* times will do as she’s asked. She desperately wants a horse (though that’s not an option just yet), and enjoyed a few days of “horse camp” that a homeschooled teen put on for kids. We celebrated her birthday outdoors with a lot of friends, her favored oatmeal cake, and the night’s fun consisted mostly of petting the calves and chasing the chickens to no end. I usually don’t allow that, but so many of the little kids aspired to actually *catching* and *petting* a chicken that I couldn’t help it. The chickens survived, and the children went home happy, and covered in yuck. You know it’s been a good party when that’s the case. 🙂

Big Sister after horse camp, where the teacher let her ‘canter’ after the other kids left. She was thrilled. 🙂

Baby turned 2 five weeks ago. Such a big girl! She talks, though not nearly as well as her cousin Paisley (who is a day older), but certainly outweighs her petite counterpart! She “runs with the big girls” at every opportunity, and keeps up, too! She didn’t figure out how to crawl out of her crib (and a vanity dresser sits right up against it!) until right around her birthday, and that has been a blessing. Oddly, she will lay down for a nap without complaint, and settle to sleep immediately, but many bedtimes are fraught with tears and crying and endless escapes and recaptures. Such a paradox. 🙂 Also, she will clamp her mouth shut and fight like the dickens against a tiny taste of licorice fermented cod liver oil (and truthfully, so do I!), BUT when I fill a capsule full of the same thing, she will happily pop it in her mouth and chew it up. Silly girl. [I have to fill and swallow several capsules of that flavor. I much more recommend peppermint, but it’s still not enjoyable. 🙂 ]

Baby swinging all by herself, Independence Day weekend.

So tonight will end our 5 weeks of birthday parties. I also have a niece whose birthday was last Saturday, and a nephew whose day is next Saturday (though he’s not local). My brother and his wife (also not local) welcomed a little boy a few weeks back also, so this is definitely our birthday season!! Perhaps soon I will be able to get back to blogging a little better. 🙂

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