Every moment with Gracie and Luke requires a camera. My camera, however, is often not to be found. There have been many moments this week I wish I had captured, because they are amazing memories I really do not want to forget.
This week, Gracie started wearing big girl undies at school. She is incredibly cute in them. She loves looking at Hello Kitty and friends. While we are very excited for her, I'm not entirely sure she is ready. She has been a little stressed out, does not like being asked if she needs to go potty, and will not nap (I think she's afraid to have an accident while she's asleep). She especially does not like pooping in the toilet. Frankly, it scares her. She'd much rather go in a diaper or Pull-Up. She has been uncharacteristically on edge this week and I'm a bit worried that we are pushing her too soon. Her teachers seem to think she is definitely ready. I plan to keep an eye on her this week and make a decision about whether or not to continue. The last thing I want is for her to be anxious about wearing panties.
This week also heralded the beginning of my work at Summer School. There have been many late nights and it has made the smiles, hugs, and "I love yous" all the more wonderful. I wish I could be at home with them more and I'm hoping things even out soon. Yesterday, we spent time together, Gracie, Lukie, and I, painting with watercolors. We painted on paper for quite sometime until Lukie decided he wanted a different canvas. "Look at me, Mommy! I painted my toes!" Sure enough, he had used the black and blue water color paint to paint all 10 of his toes. He asked me if I wanted my toes painted too, but I declined. Gracie, however, could not wait for her toes to be painted. Lukie obliged and the two of them ran around the porch giggling and shouting, "Look at my toes!" Again, another moment a camera would have been handy!
Then, there was the day my little boy was a very BIG help to his Daddy. My dresser did not fare well moving from our house to our temporary abode and back. It was from IKEA and as much as I love them, the dresser was not built to withstand all of that moving. Daddy had Tio Joey and Tio Freddy move the dresser out to our car port and Thursday, Lukie and Daddy carefully took it apart. Daddy only had to show Lukie how to use the screwdriver once. After that, he was a pro. He disassembled the dresser drawers and actually lifted the wood up into the trashcan all by himself. When Daddy told me about it, he had such pride in his face. I thought he would burst with it. I wish I had video of Lukie lifting those heavy pieces of wood into the trashcan. He keeps telling me that he is Superman. I suspect this is the only chance I will have to see him in action!
For quite some time now, Gracie and Lukie have been talking up a storm. I have no idea how many words they each can speak, I just know that I can hardly keep up with them. Gracie loves to tell me stories. Some of them are memories of things she's lived and others are completely figments of her imagination. Here's the story she told me the other day on the way to Abue Rosi's house:
"Mommy, I took my puppy for a walk, but he didn't eat the pizza. I told him: 'No puppy, don't eat that pizza.' and then he walked down the street and we said 'hi' to the giraffe, but he didn't eat the pizza either. And we saw the chickens and they tried to walk with us and I said: 'No chickens! No eating the pizza!' Mommy, those chickens are silly. They shouldn't eat pizza! They should eat bread. Can we get some break for the chickens, Mommy?"
I sat in stunned silence listening to that story. I had no idea what to make of it, no idea what is from actual experience and what the heck is totally made up. All I know is that she was very excited about her story and repeated it again. Another time, my camera would have been helpful.
I just wish I could remember to bring it in from the car.