Sunday, February 27, 2011

ThingTwo's big big-birthday weekend

I hope we gave ThingTwo a weekend to remember. She jumped in puddles, had a mini party thrown for her, including face painting, watched Dumbo, went swimming with her family, went out for lunch with Granny KT, had a visit from her Auntie Lindsay and Uncle Chris, and ran into a door frame cutting both her cheek and her chin. She's the girl who has everything!

She got out of bed on Saturday morning and staggered straight to the height chart on the side of her wardrobe where we measure the girls at six month intervals. She was a little distressed she hadn't grown noticably. "Why I not big?" Little oddball.

In bed on Saturday evening she was concerned that all her toes weren't now suddenly big toes. I can only begin to imagine what she thought would happen to her on her third birthday. We've been telling her for a while she'd be a bigger girl when she was three. Not hard to lay the blame firmly at our door.
She is now planning her fourth birthday party, and asked me this afternoon to write some invites for Lindsay and Chris.
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday ThingTwo!

ThingTwo turns three today. We have a fun weekend planned for her, with a mini party on Saturday (which will include face-painting - this is all she seems to care about), and family coming over on Sunday.

I've been looking through video from the last year to put together three minutes of clips from the last year (below), and it's been fun for me to see her changing over the year, and hard to distill it down to three minutes. There seemed to be lots of dancing, nudity, playgrounds, playing with ThingOne and, more recently, incessant talking. I note she starts and ends this video dancing with her sister, wearing the same dress. She also does a fair impression of Terry Jones's piano playing.

Happy birthday big girl!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Duxford War Museum

We took the kids to Duxford Imperial War Museum today, the last day of half term. We met up with a friend, Liz, and her two sons, and the girls played really nicely with them.
The planes and weaponry acted mainly as a majestic but violent backdrop for the kids to run around in wide-open spaces.
The girls were shattered when we got home, so we watched Kung Fu Panda on DVD while ThingTwo asked for snacks ever five minutes.

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Hide and seek FAIL

Obviously if ThingTwo faces away from us we won't be able to see her.

It's like Hide and Seek played in the movie Don't Look Now.
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Time for some harsh truths

This morning ThingOne asked me about the war memorial in Woodhall Spa as we walked past it. (We're here visiting Anne's mum.)

I explained that it was there to remember people who died in two big wars, one of which took place not long before her grannies were born.

L:"Was there a baddy?"
S:"Sort of. America and France were on our side, along with some other countries, and they were at war with Germany, Italy, and some others. The leader of Germany was a particularly bad man."
L:"Were all the Germans baddies?"
S:"To the English they might have been, but it was more that they were following the orders of some bad people."
L:"Who won the war?"
S:"We did."
L:(Quietly) "Yessss!"
L:"And did the baddy die."
S:"Yes, he died at the end of the war."
L:"How did he die? Did the English kill him?"
S:"Er, no, not quite." (Why do I get drawn in?)
L:"So how did he die?"
S:"He killed himself when he realised he'd lost the war."
L:"Really? How?"
S:"He shot himself with his gun."

Followed by silence.

I think I may have gone too far.

Suddenly ThingOne's almost-three year old sister ThingTwo piped up. "You can't KILL YOURSELF!" and then laughed hysterically.

I'm glad ThingTwo was enjoying herself. ThingOne was still a little shell shocked.