Thursday, March 19, 2015

My little mermaid

It's crazy how fast time flies!  I started this blog when Holly was only a few months old!  I thought I was busy then, little did I know that only having to follow the whims of one child is a luxury!  Now with two, while I wouldn't trade it for anything I'm really learning the value of all the freetime I once had.  When Holly napped I could nap, with 2 one is always awake.  When holly started preschool I could work or crafts, house projects, an afternoon movie, writing this blog!  Now I am running around town with number 2 while number 1 is in school.  But I digress!  This post isn't about how little time I have now that I have 2 beautiful daughters but how little previous time we have with our children and they have in childhood!  

A story I have told many times this past two weeks goes like this....

Once Holly was 4 and she discovered YouTube one day together we found the video of a little girl swimming in her backyard pool and she was a mermaid!  

Holly whom I've always referred to as my little fishy was obsessed!  She had been in the pool since 4 months old and mermaids were her favorite, in the days before Elsa and Anna, it was Ariel who ran supreme!  So of course she wanted a tale too... For days she would say... "I wish I could have a tale too" so one day whether I was frustrated from her asking for the 190th time, or perhaps it was because she would not put her face under water in swim class... I relented!

"If you learn to swim on your own all the way across the pool, when you turn 7 you can have a mermaid tale!"

Why 7 you ask?  Who knows... Maybe it was because the girl in the video looked about 7.. (Watching it now she looks about 10)  Or maybe it was because 7 was almost twice her current age.. Or because It was a number so far off that I figured I'd never really have to worry about this again... My little preschooler, my darling 4 year old will never be 7 that's a big kid, that is a million years away!

And so slowly she put her face under water, she learned to do glides, she was floating on her own. She progressed through the levels in swim class... Other things came and went, ice skating, ballet, tap, gymnastics, music, but swimming was her constant.  

Once last summer she told me she was swimming across the pool.  She actually stopped about 1/2 way across to breathe but then kept going.  I didn't make the connection then but just assumed she had a goal to get across the pool, so when we started swimming again in the fall reciprocal breathing was her goal. And around Christmas she made it across the pool.

Little did I know all those years ago that it would take her three years to reach her goal, little did I know the drive or determination she would have, little did I know she would even remember... Then 1 day in January (thank goodness) she showed me the tale she wanted for her birthday.  

Suddenly it all came rushing back the promise I made to that little 4 year old oh so long ago!

She turned 7 last week, and she can swim across the pool.. So for her birthday she got her Mermaid tale!  I look at her now so grown up! I can't believe she is 7 already and so much time has passed and how amazing she is.  But swimming in the pool with that little 4 year old feels both like yesterday and a lifetime ago!  How can it feel so long and so short at the same time!

I'm greatful however now at 7 she is grown up enough to be able to learn to swim in her mermaid tale but still little enough to believe in its magic!

Here is Holly jumping into the pool for the first time:




Here is her maiden voyage:




Here she is flipping around like a fish!




Since we can not go to the pool everyday here she is trying it out in the tub.




And just lounging around the house:



She might not stay 7 forever but she will always be my little mermaid!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!
It's Lyra's 1st pumpkin carving
Good thing she did this before it was full of guts
Daddy takes the too off the first pumpkin
"What's that Mommy!"
"Eeeeewwww"
"Can I eat this?"
Where's Daddy?
Cleaning out the guts
"Mmmmmm guts"
"Eeeeeeewww Yuk"
But she gives it a try
So does she... Yum
No not yum!
This is your pumpkin Lyra
Ok so then let's stir this up
Holly starts to draw her pumpkin face
It's very serious work
But now it's time for more pumpkin guts
Check it out Lyra
Dinner?
Let me get my spoon
I'll just put this in my bowl for later
Do you want some sissy?
"Noooo Yuk"
"More for me!"
"Away daddy! No guts for me!"
Lyra had a blast watching as we carved
She kept eating the pumpkin seeds 
So I had to keep fishing them out of her mouth
Holly wanted a spooky pumpkin this year
And here it is!
The second one daddy did
It looks just like Lyra with the two front teeth
Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Random thoughts Thursday

A few random pictures from this week.. I find it mildly amusing that with child #1 I had the super nice big camera with me everywhere I went and took high quality photos...
Now with child #2 I'm lucky if my iPhone has enough battery left to take a quick shot and half the time the photo is dark, blurry, or the babies eyes are closed from the flash... But thus it is.
Above is a picture of holly with all her hair brushed out, there is so much and it's do long, but alas it's hot and she gets sweaty and uncomfortable so this week we did fancy braids, there are 4.
It's Halloween week and I have been bribing Holly to wear the Halloween shirts I bought two years ago on sale before she outgrows them.  They are not dresses and they are long sleeves... So it has been a challenge.. And Go figure it's the end of October and still in the 70's but she has complied.
Here is Lyra with Moe, she is not a fan yet.  But he is kind of unpredictable and the fact the I wouldn't touch him didn't help.... When you get home Tanta you can work on this.
Lyra 'helping' sissy with her reading homework.
A rare moment when Lyra is asleep.  I've started tracking sleep and food again so far over the last 4 days she slept 9h, 12h, 9.5h, 9h... Not a lot...
Lyra wants to be crawling around exploring everywhere now.  Here we are after swimming
And the girls played together at child watch, Lyra was super excited to throw the ball at sissy and didn't want to leave 
I convinced Holly to go to Kindergym so Lyra could crawl around a little more
Here she is practicing her "walking" skills she had a blast and was very excited to climb over the other babies
Cute black and white shot because when the baby grabs your phone she pushes buttons without you realizing it
She wants to play ball again but sissy was busy on the slide
Here she is climbing over her toys to get to other toys... In a bad mommy moment earlier this week I put the castle up so she wouldn't climb on it and fall while I was in the bathroom and instead she pulled it down on top of herself.  I hear a crash and a cry and ask Hokky what happened and she just shrugs, "Lyra dropped the castle on her head"
Sucess she is happy to have her baby doll which she hugs and cuddles and pats over her shoulder like a little mommy!
Here she is changed into her PJs playing with said castle... It's 4am and dark, thus the closed eyes from the flash. It's about time to try bed again... Good night