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January 26, 2016 ~ Dark Vader


Brave Girl Sleeping During A New Hope

Over the past few weeks we’ve started watching the original Star Wars trilogy with the girls.  Of course we started there.  There’s no way we’d let their first impressions of Star Wars be of JarJar Binks.

Each movie needed at least two attempts.  The first time there were too many questions and Ashlin fell asleep.  The second viewing of A New Hope went much better.

This past Sunday we tried The Empire Strikes Back.  This screening went much, much better although there were still a bunch of questions, and Teagan was a bit confused by Leia’s hair change (though she remembered the buns) and she couldn’t remember Han from minute to minute.

A couple of the questions from Teagan were:

  1. Can we live in a snow fort too?
  2. Why did they change Leia’s hair
  3. What’s the aminal-friend (wookie) doing to the ship?
  4. Did the ice monster hurt Luke?
  5. Why did they cut the aminal open?  (Tauntaun)
  6. Can I have a light saber?
  7. What is a swamp slug?
  8. How do worms live in space?
  9. Why is Yoda so short?
  10. What’s a bounty hunter?
  11. Is [that boy] Han dead?
  12. What is suspended animation?
  13. Will they get him out?
  14. Why is Luke sad if he found his father?

Questions.  She’s Full of Questions

She went to talk to Stu (who had to get some work one) before she went to bed.  Initially, she didn’t like the dark side, but thanks to Stu, thinks it may be better because they have cookies.  Well, she’s not sure…

Ashlin was pretty good, she had her own questions along the same lines as above.  But she was very excited to see her SW Advent Calendar figurines in the movie, more so than she was during A New Hope. (We really only saw the Jawa and their sand crawler, the storm trooper and the imperial destroyer in that movie.).  Eventually her questions petered out as she fell asleep right after Luke got to Dagobah.  She and I watched what she missed Monday after she got home from school.

Both girls found lots of joy in telling me that my phone was ringing..  I have had the Imperial March as my ringtone for the past five years, at least.  My girls think they are the funniest people in the room!


The Snow Tired Her Out!

I still need to share Ashlin’s questions/brain dump, because well:

We had to discuss the exogorth again, and how worms could live in space. She wants to have Yoda’s soup for dinner and IG-88 is her favorite bounty hunter. Bossk is a bit scary, and she likes how Darth Vader snores.  She cried over C3-PO being torn apart, Han being frozen and Luke losing his hand.  She cried because Luke was crying.

My favorite parting thought of hers was “Maybe Darth isn’t nice because he misses Luke.  Everyone needs to be with who they love.”



PS.  Teagan calls him Dark Vader.


July 16, 2014 ~ Recovered draft from June 21, 2014 ~ Surreal For Real

Tower Impossible

So, I found these snippets of conversation in a half-finished draft in my wordpress posts…  From when the girls were playing in the playroom.  So bizarre:

“pizza on kite”
“hello tony”
“my shoes on the cloud”
“coffee on on the silly cup”
“I can’t see my left foot.  Where did you leave it?  in the playroom.”

Most of these were Ashlin, though the cloud one may have been Teagan.  I think they were doing a hidden picture puzzle, which would make sense for the pizza being on the kite…  Sometimes the house is so weird.

After resettling Ashlin for the fourth or fifth time, (thank you big thunderstorm,) Stu came downstairs last night and asked if I had given her any chocolate chips today.  He then proceeded to tell me the conversation he had just had with her.  She asked to go to the bathroom, so he sat with her as she did her business.  She said that she was pooping chocolate chips, and that we shouldn’t tell Teagan.  It was a secret.

Sometimes you just can’t make it up.




June 7, 2014 ~ After

20140608-123956-45596425.jpglook at that! They were both out like lights last night. Sleeping hard. Barely on their beds, unaware of me as I gently pushed them away from the edge, tucked them back in and kissed them.

It was a good day with lots of laughs.




May 12, 2014 ~ Mother’s Day Recap

Mother’s day was pretty laid back…  I had gotten Teagan’s present on Thursday, Ashlin’s on friday.  They were both handprint related.  And lovely.  Ashlin’s has a seed of some sort.  I watered it.

Teagan’s Hand

Ashlin’s Hand










After an initial 4:30am wake up for a lost bunny, Stu was sent in in at 6:30am for the second round.  I do think they both went back down for a little bit, but as seems the norm, not too long.  The little one came back in before 7am.  Stu jumped up quickly, trying to keep her, and the other one quiet, ordering me to stay there while hustling them quickly downstairs.

I tried, oh how I tried to go back to sleep.  But no luck.  I did enjoy the relative quiet and demand-free 20 minutes.  A lot.  I got to brush my teeth before my first cup of coffee.  And there was coffee.  Not a mother’s day treat, but an everyday treat.  Stu always makes me coffee.  I love that.

As Stu had work to do – he always works on Sundays, and we were out of fruit snacks – heaven forbid! – I took the girls to the store.  They were pretty good at the store, and we won a $25 gift card for a restaurant, just for listening to someone talk about a house cleaner.  They girls wanted to hear his spiel, I really wasn’t interested.  But hey, gift card!

After the store, was naps.  Well, quiet time.  No one napped.  Though they should have, being up before 7am.  I wanted a nap!

Waiting for an elephant

Then!  We took them out for a surprise trip.  Teagan kept asking where we were going but we wouldn’t say.  By the time we turned into the entrance road she had figured it out – Lake Pompom! She remembered!  Roller Coasters! Pirate Ship! Pirates!  Ashlin was excited.  She wanted to go on the roller coaster.

Teagan is old enough now to need her own pass.  She was excited about getting her picture taken and more excited to see her card.  Crazy the things you take for granted.  Season pass cards are fun things. (Thank you LaLa!)

It wasn’t too crowded, though the weather was lovely.  Lines were pretty short.  We worked our way through the kid section, heading towards the roller coaster.  Elephant, caterpillar, balloon, drums.  Ashlin took them all in stride.  As she had last year, with a stoic face that you weren’t sure about.  But she would jump up and down, asking to go back on after her turn.

This is her happy face

After a few rides, we got to the roller coaster.  All four of us got in line.  Ashlin asked to sit with me, Teagan was more than happy to go with Stu.  She was practically vibrating with excitement.  Ash was a bit more subdued.

But she rocked it.

We got on, the operator told us to put our hands up.  Ash did.  And then continued to hold them them up the entire ride.  She didn’t put them down when the operator checked between circuits that everyone was ok.  Hands up the second time around the track.

She loved it.

Total rock star.

Walking the exit path, she was jumping up and down, asking to go on again.  And again.  Then she saw the swings, and we had to go there.  And then the carousel.

Teagan wanted to do the Drop Zone ride.  Last year she wouldn’t walk near it, always watching with a wary eye.  This year she was ready.  I ended up riding with her, she’s still too short to not have a big person go with her.  Stu did not want to go.  No worries.  He took Ash back to the elephants, her ride of choice.

It was kinda fun, though no pause once you get to the top before the ride drops you.  Teagan did not want to hold my hand, but liked that there was a mom on her other side.  She was so proud of herself when the ride was over.  She couldn’t not run over to Stu to tell him about it – the Butterfly Tummy Drop ride.


After that I suggested that we try the Ferris Wheel, and after that maybe the big carousel – the girls both love the carousel – so off we went.

In hindsight, it probably wasn’t a good suggestion.  Although Ashlin, our dare-devil, was fine with the idea, Teagan was not excited at all.  I think she was worried it would it would turn us upside down or spin too much or something.  I told her that it was just a big circle, and a calmer ride than the balloon one.  After a short wait, we all got on.

And then we got stuck.  We were stuck on the Ferris Wheel for around 20 minutes while they tried to get the cars to line up to the exit places, it was off balance.



I guess we were lucky in that it was a gondola style and not a bench.  The two operators ended up calling over some engineers, who called over more engineers.  It was quite the ordeal getting the wheel to go around and stop at just the right place for everyone to get off.

Teagan asked to go on the Butterfly Tummy Drop again, Ashlin, the elephants.  The drop ride had no line, so we were done before Ashlin got through hers.  So, I let Teagan get in line for one more ride.

What’s funny, the two operators from the Ferris Wheel ended up rotating onto the elephant ride.  They remembered the girls.

The girls rode together.

Last Ride






April 28, 2014 ~ Grillin’

Clean up!

Yesterday the girls helped me clear the leaves off the deck.  Teagan was super excited to help clear the flower beds too.  She would help move the leaves I carefully took off the sprouting plants and put them in a big pile.  She was also really helpful putting the leaves into a barrow for me to cart away.  Half the time she would wear her gloves, half not.  Eventually she’ll have the discipline.  Then again, I don’t always wear my gloves either.

Ashlin was not interested in much after the deck.  She would swing and slide and run to check on the fish – three survived!

After a little bit, Teagan lost her enthusiasm for raking leaves – can’t really blame her – and wanted to dig up worms.  Her sister and she sat nicely, for a bit, digging and chatting, before someone started shoveling dirt a bit too energetically.

Hot Dog!

We did get the deck cleared off and a third of the back garden by the fish pond.  Not too bad for an afternoon with littles helping.

They had asked to eat out last night, but it was late, a little rainy, and a bit too chilly.  Tonight, I told them.  And tonight it was!  Just a touch too chilly to be comfortable in short sleeves.  But still, it was pretty good!


My day was book-ended with cake.

This morning at 5am, Ashlin came into our room to snuggle.  Stupid early.  After she finally settled in, teddy in arm, seahorse behind her, she started talking to me about half asleep.  She told me how she was scared of the Cake Monster, but not any more, because Wally and Norville made him agree to not take Ogre Doug’s birthday cake any more.  And found him friends, so he would have people to share cake with.  He does love cake after all.

After dinner, snuggling with both girls, I asked Teagan what type of cake she wanted for her birthday.  At first she said she wanted a fairy cake, but almost immediately changed her mind.  A superhero cake, because then mens [sic] would like it.  I told her men would like any type of cake, even pink cake.  It’s cake.  Who doesn’t like cake?

I do prefer my cake to be after 7am though.


March 22, 2014 ~ Sleep & Fun

nap time

Nap Time

So last night went pretty well.  She woke up once before midnight asking to color, but was persuaded easily enough to go back to bed.  She woke when I opened the door to check on her – the light from the hall shines on her face now.  We may need to rethink that.

She ended up sleeping through the night, until she fell out of bed around 4:30.  Not too bad for a first night.

She napped well this morning.  So well that we ended up being late for her friend’s birthday party because I didn’t want to wake her.  Ash is always a out of sorts when you do wake her, timid, clingy.

Although the ride down gave her some time, it wasn’t quite enough.  And there were a few people already there, so she was a bit shy at first, but soon enough warmed up.  They had a hippity-hop.

And cake.  Delicious cake.



By the time we had to leave, she was talking to just about everyone.  Not quite the social butterfly that Teagan can be, but definitely more outgoing than on arrival.

But the party tired her out.  I put her down for a second nap – yay! – and again, she slept hard.  I needed to wake her up.  Again.

It’s still a bit too early, but so far, she’s been happy about her grown-up room.


October 9, 2013 – Love Lies Sleeping

Hiding together under the table. I see you two!Last night I was up inexplicably late.  I’m not sure why, today hurts a bit for it.  But it wasn’t too late to tuck the girls in, just like I always do.

Ashlin was on her back, with the heels and toes of her feet together in some bizarre frog-like version of first position in ballet.  As I pull the corner of her blanket out from under her and cover her back up, she laughed once or twice and then gave a deep sigh.

Teagan was halfway down her bed, covered in her afghan, baby quilt and comforter.  She half woke up as I shifted her towards the middle of the bed and took the extra blankets off.  Half-asleep, she sat up and told me she loved me, then fell back down.  Deep asleep, I covered her back up with the sheets and comforter.

Sometimes Ashlin talks in her sleep when I’m in there, sometimes not.  Sometimes Teagan will wake up a bit more, but usually she’s completely dead to the world.  Hopefully it will be a long time before they don’t need me to tuck them back in.


December 12, 2012

Too cute!!

We let Teagan watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer last week, and she loved it.  Asked LaLa to sing the song to her at bedtime, asked us to join in with her as she did a pretty good job, after only hearing it a few times.  Well, over this past week, she’s gotten much better!  So glad I was able to talk her into singing a version that we could tape.

She’s been surprising me again and again with how much music she knows, how many lyrics she remembers.  Or thinks she remembers.  Walking through Target over the weekend, I told my mom that something was crazy!  Teagan replied, “call me baby!”  I had no idea she had heard the song, we  try so hard to shield her from the horrors of the world.  What’s more, a female shopper heard her, and laughed.  So Teagan sang the whole thing again. It was fun ;D

She got to go swimming Sunday, and she totally rocked the pool.  According to Stu, I haven’t seen her swim yet (sniff), she jumped right in, and was off.  She refused to have Stu hold her or anything, she wanted to go on her own.  If you didn’t say anything, she was breathing through her nose, naturally.  Stu said that when he mentioned how good that was, she breathed in a big bit of water.  Still.  So proud of her.  Next week, I’m going to figure out how to get to the pool to see her.

She’s getting so big.


PS.  I  finally found  the yarn I ran out of, so can finish the last Christmas present.

PPS.  Ashlin has slept through the alarm for three days.  We’ve only needed to wake her once, she’s gotten up herself the other two times, but it’s something!  It’s better than last week!


December 11, 2012


It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

We had to wake her up this morning for day care.  Unheard of!  And oh, so lovely!


October 18, 2012


Can I lick it?

Look at her!  She’s so big, yet look so small in the dentist chair.  Both girls had a trip to the dentist yesterday.  Teagan did great!  She didn’t understand at first why she couldn’t play with the drills and tools and and spit sink.  For days, maybe a week, she’d been telling her friends at day care that she was going to the dentist.  I wish I had that type of enthusiasm and joy about a dental visit!  LOL!


18 – 19 – 20! 20 teeth! Muahahahahaha

Teagan let the dentist count her teeth, look around, clean a few spots off.  The coating flavor Teagan picked was raspberry, and she sat still while the dentist applied the goo.  I’m not sure if her favorite part was the chair reclining all the way down, the fish tank, or her treat from the treasure box for being a good girl – Teagan picked one of those magic writer toys where you draw on the board and then pull up the clear plastic sheet to erase the drawing.  Magic!

Ashlin, on the other hand, didn’t do quite as well as her sister.  She was grumpy!  She sat on my lap while crying.  The dentist was still able to get a peek at her teeth.  Confirmed what the doctor said the day before, that all four eye teeth are coming in.  Seems that Ashlin can’t do anything half way, but overachieves.  Four eye teeth are a very good reason she’s still not sleeping well.

Anyway, no cavities for either girl, though Ashlin has a bit of build up on her lower teeth, but nothing to be concerned about.  She didn’t like her sealant treatment, and also didn’t get a lollipop to finish the treatment.  We left with two challenges.  The first being that we need to brush Ashlin’s teeth a bit better, a bit more often.  Yes, we (I) slack sometimes, she fights it so much, some nights it’s nice to have a bedtime routine that doesn’t involve crying.  Secondly, Teagan needs to learn how to spit, something we’ve been trying to make her stop doing (!), so she can move up to fluoride toothpaste.  How do you explain that something is ok sometimes but not ok at others?



Does she look concerned?