1. A little Saturday morning painting for Hana Kate. She is getting fairly good at replicating what she sees, though obviously in artistic form. (In other words, I can at least guess what she’s drawing or painting. ) 2. Laughing with Daddy. 3. I finally put Downton Abbey, Season 2 on hold at the library, even if I am #28 on the wait list. And then I checked Amazon Prime, and it’s now available to watch for free there. So, of course… 4. They dressed themselves. I will remind them someday that they actually pick out matching outfits all of their own accord. 5. Justus’s first time in a swing. (And Hana Kate thrilled to have Grandma T. push her!) 6. Having fun with Grandpa and Grandma. 7. Justus enjoying Grandma. 8. The many faces of Justus as he woke up from an afternoon nap. So funny!
1. More waking-up faces. 2. 3. Hmmm…someone was here. I took the kids with me to drop off and pick up some stuff at the library. I had cookies cooling, and when I came back, I saw this. Which made me very happy. 4. Justus going for a swim. 5. Playing “ladybug, ladybug, beetle” with Daddy: Hana Kate’s version for “duck, duck, goose.” 6. Spotted a $6.66 chicken in Publix. 7. We love going to Publix. Especially for the free cookies. 8. “This is me and Edie holding hands,” said Hana Kate. Poor Eden has no ears.
1. True grits. I finally made them for my in-laws and some friends last week–they were super! They took longer to cook, but were great. Thanks Charity for recommending them and thank you Carrie for gifting us with these. 2. Before and after of finally figuring out how to clean our grout for the tile floor in our kitchen. We steam mop our kitchen floor, and so it is usually clean enough to eat off of (thanks to my husband’s hard work–he is often the faithful steamer-of-floors after supper). However, the mop pushes the dirt into the grout and sort of heat-seals it in. So this week, I decided to take on the grout once and for all. Previous scrubbing hadn’t worked, and neither had clorox on the grout. We even bought some white re-paint the grout pens, which also weren’t so great. But…vinegar + baking soda did the trick! (And it’s somewhat safe for kids.) Plus, it’s good exercise for me (squatting) with recovering from SPD and trying to prevent it in the future. 3. Justus watching us. 4. The girls were so excited to do this “science experiment” with me. And I had to laugh at Hana Kate, exclaiming, “I see the clean! I found the clean!” “Let’s do more!” (It’s not everyday I take picture of my housecleaning. Either this means my life is extremely boring, or I was super excited that this actually worked. Which still means I have a pretty lame sense of “fun.” Maybe tomorrow I’ll post pictures of myself cleaning toilets. I am doing this for posterity’s sake, and if my predecessors inherit my human-interest genes, they might be like me and wonder what people used as toilets, how they took showers, etc…, as they learn the stories of human history, and that part is often strangely absent… One day, they’ll be glad I posted this stuff on Instagram.)