What the girls said this week
Zelda's vocabulary is increasing by leaps and bounds. She's starting to do little three word sentences like, "It's my tun!" (It's my turn), and "Kai - so fast!" (she was telling me and Lacrecia that Kai was running really fast). She repeats and says new words all the time that we didn't realize she knows.
Last night when the girls were getting ready for bed, I was reading a book with Zelda and we were pointing out animals. I asked her, "What does the sheep say?" She said "Baaa!" in this throaty, breathless way that she does every time and that cracks me and Jason up. I then asked her "What does the Zelda say?" She looked at me, and I repeated "What does the Zelda say?" She sat there, thinking for a second, then she pointed at her chest and yelled "Me!"
One of the girls' favorite shows is Daniel Tiger, which has a lot of songs about things that are relevant to toddlers. In one of the episodes they sing "You gotta try new foods 'cause they might taste goo-ood!" to encourage children to eat vegetables. Well, Ellie has taken that song and is now applying it to anything Jason and I are hesitant to do. For example:
Ellie: "Mom, play a game with me. Games aren't scary." (singing in the Daniel Tiger voice) "You gotta try new games 'cause they might be goo-ood!"
Ellie, pointing at the guy sitting at the front of the church, waiting to give a talk: "Is that Jesus's prophet?"
Ellie, piling all of the quiet book dress-up clothes onto the quiet book bear: "I'm winning!"
What we did this week
We have new neighbors that moved in a few weeks ago. We're excited to get to know them more, especially since they have a two-year old little girl.
This week they built a fence in their backyard. We kind of considered doing that when we moved here; our backyard is unfenced. It would be nice to have a fence so that we could just let the girls out and we wouldn't have to watch them 100% of the time to make sure they're staying in the yard. But, it costs a lot of money and our backyard is so big and our street is so private that we do just fine without one.
Anyway, one of the afternoons last week the little neighbor girl was playing in her backyard, and Ellie saw her. Ellie went up to the fence and they talked back and forth for a while, and even after the little girl went back to her house, Ellie stayed and played by the fence.
Zelda played too:
I told Ellie to put her arm around Zelda and to say cheese. She tried, and she was being really sweet and talking softly to Zelda, saying "Come here, Zelda. It's all right. C'mere." But you can see how Zelda felt about the whole thing.
Then last Monday Ellie and Zelda were able to have some playmates over for a while. Elias and Jayne are the children of some of our friends from church, and we were watching them because their family was getting ready to move (which they did this week). :( We are going to miss them and are sad they're gone.
Ellie and Zelda had a lot of fun with them while they were over:
This photo cracks me up:
Playing with bubbles on the deck:
Their family also has a boy named Cooper (who Jason and I taught in Sunday school this year, and love) and a baby named Jocelyn. I think Ellie's a bit confused on the whole Jocelyn thing. She loves pointing out Jocelyn in church, and saying "Look! There's baby Jocelyn!" But last week we watched my family's old home videos before church, in which I was a baby. And we pointed me out and said, "That's baby mommy." Well, when we got to church and saw Jocelyn, Ellie pointed her out to us and said, "Look, it's baby mommy! It's baby mommy!" Um, whoops! I think it'll take a couple years for the whole thing to really make sense for her. :)
One of the days this week I was down the hall and I heard Ellie calling for help. I followed the sound of her yells to the laundry room, where I found her like this:
She was trying to reach the chain lock on the top of the door. *Shakes head*
Another day this week I woke up with my hair like this:
I guess that's what happens when you go to sleep with wet short hair, haha. It was sticking straight out all over; it looked like I'd been electrocuted.
Speaking of, we had a thunderstorm one day this week (the day the picture below was taken). The weather's been really variable this week; some of the days have been really hot and humid and others have just been perfect. On a few of the cooler days we played outside on the deck.
I attempted to get a picture of me and Zelda together. This is what I got: :)
Zelda decided she could do better, and tried to take the camera.
It was sprinkling a little bit, so Ellie got her umbrella and tried to make Zelda get under it, too. So Ellie was chasing her around the deck trying to cover her with the umbrella.
Ellie's been really excited about the little tomatoes that are starting to grow on our plants. We've had a few get pulled off (no names will be mentioned, but the perpetrator was one-and-a-half) and Ellie's very protective of the remaining ones.
Also, a new "game" that the girls have discovered this week is throwing all the toys over the edge of the deck. Ellie and Zelda kept running from the toy room to the deck the other day, and when I tried to go out to the deck Ellie told me, "No mom! Go back inside! Don't look over the wall!"
I looked over the wall.
They did the same thing again the next day. A few hours after they'd done it, I was getting ready to go somewhere and was looking for my phone, which I couldn't find. Until I looked over the edge of the deck - and there it was! Twenty feet down on the grass.
On the school front, Jason had three big tests this week, with the last one on Thursday. Then, most of his class took off to go to a PA conference in San Francisco, so he got Friday off! He volunteered at a prospective-student thing on campus on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, and is now on a break! (We went to a prospective-student bbq thing last week thing too, which was fun, and we got to hang out with one of our friends from church.) He gets today, Tuesday, and Wednesday off too.
Yesterday to celebrate his break we went out to lunch. We ate at Red Robin, and each of us got fancy hamburgers. I got the avocado bacon burger with a ciabatta bun. It was delicious. It was sooo good. Jason said his burger was really good day. And they were so filling - we didn't have dinner later because we were still full.
And that was our week! Hopefully this week I'll get back in the habit of posting on Friday, instead of days later. :)