too soon

Hide and seek was one of Keta and Francine’s favorite games in the box.  I haven’t tried it here as this box is big, big enough to get lost and discover new closets and new toy caches even after a month.  Yesterday we played go around the corner and seek and then more go around the corner and seek and then some hide and seek and finally some hide and panic.  That last one was my turn to hide.  I “hid” beside the couch and gave some pretty specific hints as to my location.  It was too much for Francine.  Even though she could hear my voice telling her where to look, it was too much.  Game over.  Too soon, but we’ll try again.

Our week at Lake Powell was a huge success.  Although swimming in the lake wasn’t tops on the list for Keta and Francine they loved riding in the boats, playing on the beach and getting their toes wet.  The top deck of the house boat had a very nice kid pool complete with a built in splasher.  They loved getting some attention from new people who were all great sports and so nice to play with them.  They did great in the car for twelve long hours, sleeping a bit and talking all the rest, at the same time.  Talking, at the same time, for hours.  Sorry to the other adult in the car and thanks to the inventor of personal music players with no volume limit.

Today has been a day that I can’t be out of sight.  We’ve had to talk a few times about screaming only when something is really, really wrong.  Mama can go to the next room or walk a guest to the door while you sit here and finish your snack, for a minute, just one minute, likely less.  You’ll be able to hear me the whole time and I’ll be right back and I’m your mama forever…….. Please no screaming unless something is really, really wrong…..

I also had to take away a favorite toy today.  If mama picks it up, it’s mama’s.  If you fight over it and can’t work it out yourselves, it’s mama’s.  “Do you want me to get involved?”  “No mama.” usually follows, but this time Francine had to test it.  Now she won’t be able to cook dinner for Baby Farmer for a bit.  She was so upset it took a while for her to realize she has other toys, quite a few other toys.  Still, I think she’ll be glad to see her dishes again.

Keta’s been a wonderful little somersaulter for weeks now.  Francine just discovered she can do one too, unassisted.  She’s done little else since and if I could I’d put a video on here.  Both girls are dancing and singing and somersaulting right into one another and Milo.  Love it!

Here they are in their new skirts handmade in DR Congo by women who have physical disabilities and are now able to support themselves.  LOVE this company!  Thanks Shona Congo for the beautiful gift I was able to give my girls.


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