Saturday, August 9, 2008

Hello, are you still there?

Little blogging. Lots of playing. Here's what we've been up to lately ...

Tinkle, tinkle little star

We've laid the initial steps in potty training Alysse. Experience has taught achieving this milestones takes several attempts at training before success is finally attained. So, in this first attempt we tried for three or four days wearing the big girl panties. Some hits, some misses. To be continued.

Alena the chic

Our neighbor works at Mitchell's Salon and Day Spa in West Chester and was kind enough to brave it across the street to give the girls haircuts. I had asked Alena to decide if she wanted just a trim or a shorter cut. She choose a shorter cut and it is soooo cute.

She spent the rest of the day asking if it would still be short in the morning; if her hair would still be the same after she took a shower; and how long her hair would stay this way. Needless to say, she was a satisfied customer. Thanks Ashley!

Giddy up

The girls were treated to rides on Aunt Jeanne's horse Cody, during a visit to Lima. Alivia was the most exuberant; Alena was willing, but a bit timid; Alysse just wanted to be one of the big girls; and Trace was happier touching the horse than sitting on it (besides, there were truck noises to make).

Night, night baby

With a crib that converts to a toddler bed (and eventually a full-sized bed), Trace tried out the big boy version last night. Again tonight, he went down without trouble and we snuck in for a look (and to make sure he wasn't sleeping on the floor). My baby boy, getting so big!

Halloween costumes in August

Choosing a Halloween costume is hard. Really hard. So hard, in fact, that you must begin the selection process in August. There has been much talk and consideration, and so far Alena has decided on Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Alivia has selected a turtle costume she found in a mail-order catalog. Alysse is oblivious to the whole debate and a pirate costume has been discussed for Trace.

Beijing 2008

Alena has shown quite an interest in the Summer Olympics and China. While I'm still trying to convey just how far away China is, all the Olympics talk has been a good chance for her to learn. Alena and Alivia celebrated the start of the summer games by staying up until 9:30 p.m. to watch the opening ceremonies. Although there were about 1.2 million questions in the hour and a half viewing, they enjoyed the show.

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