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January 26, 2014 ~ Stairs

Ash didn't want me to help her down the stairs, but her big sister! by lisa_sff
Ash didn’t want me to help her down the stairs, but her big sister!, a photo by lisa_sff on Flickr.

This morning, Ashlin didn’t want me to help her down the stairs. Like I always do.

Usually, I’ll go down a step or two before her, sometimes holding her hand, sometimes not. Always making sure she doesn’t slip and bump her way down. Sometimes she just wants uppy! More often mornings, and I’ll carry her down.

To be fair, she’s very good with the stairs, and often, we don’t even bother if they’re carpeted. Ours are a bit slippy, and turn me a little overprotective. Even Stu has slipped on the stairs. And they hurt.

Today, she didn’t want me at all. She wanted her sister to hold her hand as she navigated the stairs. Like a big girl.


Teagan was such a wonderful big sister this morning when Ashlin asked for her.  She slowed down, held Ashlin’s hand, and was very solicitous about her little sister.  Very serious about her job as the one responsible for not letting Ashlin slip or fall.  Such a big girl. She made me so proud.


May 17, 2013


Teagan’s Selfie

Today we had our first parent teacher conferences. Day Care let me schedule both girls back to back at drop off. It worked out perfectly! After the seemingly endless hugs and kisses the girls ran off for breakfast – they had pineapple! – and we settled into (big) chairs at a table behind a divider.

Other than a few blips, both conferences went well. Teagan knows her letters, shapes, numbers, can write her name. Usually. She needs to want to do it, to focus on it, but often loses her focus. More often than not at day care, there’s something to pull her attention away. She loves to color, do art. Her pictures are detailed and creative – she even included her freckles when she did a self-portrait. A possible solution to her bad nap time behavior may be to have her color after she gets bored reading books to herself. Her teachers say she’s very smart, but easily distracted. Teagan was the first of her classmates to complete a sequencing project, (a rainbow!), and asked if she could color it in. She’s outgoing and quick to make friends. My sweet baby.


Weaving a web

Ashlin is much like her sister, outgoing and empathetic. She’ll hug everyone as they come in, and as they leave. She made some parents feel better about dropping off their kids as she ran up to hug the crying children, trying to make them feel welcomed. Ashlin is also very smart, knows all her colors, most of the letters and can count to 11 (which she pronounces “luvyoo”). She’s the youngest in the class, and also the smallest, but is right up there with the rest of the kids in her class. Outside, she’ll run laps with them, and although she falls behind, she never gives up but keeps plugging along. Although she’s a little peanut, she has no problem being physical with her classmates. I’m sure the nightly half-naked wrestling matches with her sister at bedtime prepped her to roughhouse with her classmates. The teachers would like her to be a bit more interested in potty training. We’ll do what we can there :D

All in all, good things. We learned a bit about each girl, saw how others see them, how they interact with their teachers and their classmates.

In preparation for Teagan’s 4th birthday, we bought her bed last night. She’s getting too big too fast. They delivered it this morning! Crazy fast! We’ll be swapping out her crib mattress for the full tomorrow, once we get the toddler bed frame converted. She doesn’t know yet…

Also, they both love the “Hamster Dance” song. Save me.


January 23, 2013



The pictures tell it all.


She’s a big girl.



August 19, 2012 ~ the weekend in pictures

Oops.  Forgot to hit post :D

Fort under the table


We were told about Target having a sale on Slip n Slides. Best five dollars ever!

Slip n slide!

Slippy hill!

Slip n Slide

What *are* you doing?

We recouped a bit from all the sliding…

Blues Clues Thrall

Blues Clues Thrall

We got some cheap fish to restock the pond…

New Fish!

New Fish!

We played on the swing set.


Swinging Sisters

Climbing the slide

Uh. Oh. Climber.

Ashlin decided to give me a heart attack.

Fish Reflections

Fish Reflections