Friday, May 29, 2009

Now back in colour

I've been busy on the blog over the last few weeks. I'd noticed that most of the photos older than a year had disappeared. This is because I've moved servers a few times and the free web space I was hosting old photos on went down for good.

The photos are all now on Picasa's servers, and I'm assuming Google's storage is as reliable as you're going to get so, unless they change their links, I should be sorted now.

As I was doing the painstaking work of relinking photos I knew that no one would even notice the results (unless they clicked the Go To A Random Post link), but this is mainly for Anne and me (I especially use this blog as an alternative to having a memory).

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Half a garden full of fun

It's great to have some good weather, and the girls love playing outside in the garden so it makes days at home easy and fun. Last summer we got a wooden wendy house for them, and ThingTwo's enjoying that this year for the first time (ThingOne's less sure about ThingTwo messing things up in there).

The garden does tend to get a bit cluttered in the summer though, with a tent and tunnel combo, a push chair, bikes (including a new 'big girl's bike' for ThingOne), balls, a space hopper and now a plastic see saw too. The last item was ostensibly for ThingTwo when ThingOne got her new bike, but ThingOne's having a great time on it too. She's trying to see if she can send Belle flying through the garden. It's starting to look like she may succeed.

I'm sure we never had this much stuff as kids.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

She walks among us

Relative to ThingOne, ThingTwo has been slow to start walking. I may have mentioned this. She's been cruising around furniture for ages, can stand unaided well, but other than a step or two here or there has much preferred to crawl. I suppose given how fast she can crawl this is understandably her preferred method of getting from A to B.

It seems she's sick of Anne's and my constant shouting of "Why can't you be more like your sister? She was walking at one!" and has decided walking is where it's at. It's interesting (to us) that at 11 1/2 months ThingOne was doing similar but in a much more unstable way. ThingTwo's first attempts are a few months later but a lot more assured. (I should think so too!)

ThingOne's a little envious of the attention, so we're trying to be mindful of her feelings. She's talken to walking between Anne and me and expecting praise for doing it. She puts on a look of extreme concentration as she does it. Anne and I praise her a lot. It's lucky she doesn't really get sarcasm yet.

Here's a short video of either:
- ThingTwo's parents lovingly encouraging her to walk; or
- ThingTwo's parents bullying her and teasing her in order to force her to walk.

And just for fun, here's a short vid of ThingTwo playing by our back doors this evening. The last bit where she leans against the window using just her face is something she's picked up and seems to enjoy.