Monday, August 31, 2009
I can't say enough about how much we support the Susan G. Komen foundation, the Race for the Cure, and the 3-Day. I was so glad to see their big display this year right on our walk down Cooper Street.
Did we go before we left home?
What a silly question.
Anyway. Major drawback to having all girls - mommy has to do all the potty runs. So, we ran to the potty, made it (PHEW) and found our way back to the rest of the family. Because there was clamouring for minidonuts, we meandered down Cooper Street. And, happened upon, wouldn't you know it, the Lego Experience. As Fair attractions go this was pretty good. The - er - kids - got Lego guy necklaces and got a sticker for each activity they did. Here we are below building "something you would find in the rain." Rose #1 thought up cloud, which the booth attendant said no one had done yet (very creative Rose #1!!) and I did a boring puddle But here we are building with our Legos:
Now, the Kidway is right across from the Legos. We managed to eat our minidonuts and then it was time to descend upon the RIDES! Rose #3 went by herself on the whales while Roses #2 and 1 and I waited in the line for the ferris wheel. Here is Rose #3 in motion:
And here we are post-ferris wheel ride. We had a good time! At first I was a touch nervous when the ride guy had us switch places with another family "to balance." Do you really need to balance a ferris wheel? I was sort of under the impression that it was strong enough to really hold people in any combination. I was also reminded, I must confess, of the movie The Notebook where the romantic lead character climbs up a ferris wheel. Uh, no thank you. I was nervous enough that the car would somehow become separated from the main wheel. We all made it down safely, as you can see:
Thursday, August 27, 2009
And here, looking contemplative and proceeding with a bit of trepidation as she got herself out of the beebee sing:
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Another confession: I sit in their bedroom while they fall asleep. I've done this on and off (mostly on) since Rose #1 was born. Seven long years of sacrificing 30 minutes each night to be present with my girls while they nod off.
An Aside: I am a bit weary of saying "SHHHHHHHHHHHH!" and "Do you want me to leave this room right now?" as they settle down.
Tonight Rose #1 asked me if I like staying with them when they fall asleep. I said it was a good question, and I mostly like staying with them. This is true. She said: "I think of it as a way for you to spend more time with us, since you have to work so much."
Out of the mouths of babes. That's exactly what it is, and exactly why I co-slept with my girls, and why I could hardly bear to kick the older kids out of our bedroom, and why I sit in here, night after night. I just have to remember that the day will come when they won't even want me to hug them, let alone stay in their room...
Friday, August 21, 2009
They've done so well, training and preparing. Breast cancer is a cause very close to my heart (no pun intended, really) and I am so grateful to them for walking to end it.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Rose #3 couldn't stop hamming it up long enough to take a serious cute picture. So here is her silly cute face:
And Baby Kate is officially a TREAT MONSTER. She didn't want much to do with her grilled cheese and late summer vegetable soup, but she sure liked the squirty whipped cream:
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
We actually did pretty well tonight - to Target for school supplies. Guess what? Rose #1 can read her own school supply list (obviously), and can also mostly fetch her own stuff off the list. So, I sent her off with her list and a pencil, and I helped Rose #2 get her kindergarten supplies.
Second grade school supplies are a little bit more serious than kindergarten supplies, and let me tell you that the whole exercise set us back some serious scratch. What do people who can't pay for school supplies do? I hope they build some extra into the quantities they ask us to buy to cover the kids whose families can't pay. I read an article about homeless students in the Minneapolis and St. Paul public school systems today, and it really hit me hard. Such a sad situation that has gotten much worse over time instead of better.
On a brighter note, we have lots of company over the next few nights. Aunt Boo and Baby Kate are coming over for dinner tomorrow night, and Aunt Heidi invited us for dinner on Friday night. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Two important things happened tonight. First, the Roses got haircuts. Seriously, you should go check out Aunt Boo at Petite Salon. Rose #1, my total tomboy, reported with absolute glee that Aunt Boo used "product" in her hair today. This warms my heart. Rose #2 (not crosseyed despite the look in this picture) got her hair chopped off! I was actually rather surprised when I saw her. I am actually just fine with the Roses picking their own hairdos (this may be directly related to the importance I attribute to my own appearance...something I actually want to and should work on...) but it took me a minute to get used to. It is, thanks to Aunt Boo, absolutely darling.
And Rose #3, who has the fastest growing hair I have ever, ever seen. In this picture she unfortunately has a mouth full of homegrown tomatoes. (Don't look now, but isn't that - wait for it - a picture of the tomatoes below??)
Monday, August 17, 2009
Here were the headlines:
"Celebrating August Birthdays"
"Waterpark Fun" (regarding our weekend trip to Cascade Bay, which was really quite fun and at which Rose #1 took it upon herself to slide down the big steep slide in 6" water without asking permission, and being just fine anyway)
"Baby Kate Took 5 Steps"
"3-Day Walk Coming Soon" (to donate)
"H to El Paso, TX - Again" (need I say more. That's one of the articles I wrote.)
"Guppy Loves Her I-Phone"
"Memory" (regarding a funny answering machine message that I recall from my childhood)
If any BECHAMPer is reading and wants to submit an item for next week's MND Newsletter, it is a free for all. The only rules are: no leaving people out, and no making fun or being mean. Otherwise, GO FOR IT!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Rose #2 is jealous because her sisters got to appear in Uncle Andy's video project. There are many advantages to going to a year-round school; having sisters who do not is not one of them.
Rose #3 said "Wive United" in the video, and held out her hand. S.D.C. (So darn cute.)
Monday, August 10, 2009
The Roses have learned to snap, led by Rose #3. Yes, my 3-year-old daughter learned how to snap before the 5- and 7-year-old. Rose #3's brashness and leadership shine through again.
Rose #2 is in fact laying in bed snapping right now. This is in lieu of falling asleep, you understand.
Rose #1 was playing with the next door neighbor boy tonight and as he went in his house, he said: "I've never said this before, but you're AWESOME!"
Awesome, snappy, overtired children. Can't wait to do it by myself again next week.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
They do not make prosthetic hands for limb differences like hers. She has a functioning thumb and a fused fourth and fifth digit, so she has a pincer grasp. We actually feel lucky that she has so much function in her hand. We went to OT a couple of times when she was a baby, but even the occupational therapist pretty much sent us on our way.
Until today. H took Rose #1 to her annual appointment with Dr. Ann VanHeest, the orthopedist in town that every kid with an upper extremity limb difference sees. Believe me, I know who everyone sees, because we are in a great group for families who happen to have a kid with limb differences. All the kids at Little Fins see Dr. VanHeest. We have been seeing her at the University, but today she told H that she wants to start seeing Rose #1 at Shriner's.
Here's why. Shriner's has good resources for adaptive things - an insert in Rose #1's baseball glove, a special handle for her bicycle when the time comes for her to have hand brakes, etc.
I feel like the worst mom. I just haven't worried about Rose #1's hand all that much in, oh, the last year. I've never seen her be unable to do something that she wanted to do, and that's the standard I have used for whether she is all right. It never occurred to me until today that yes, maybe she can put a baseball glove on her left hand and use it, but out there somewhere someone has a device that will make it easier for her to use and make it work better.
So tomorrow we get the application form for her to be seen at Shriner's. There is a wait, apparently, to get in there, largely because the care is free. A long, long time ago the Roses' Aunt Tonya's father (Grandpa Tom!) offered to sponsor Rose #1 at Shriner's and, true to form, I thanked him but largely ignored his offer. I thought we didn't need to go there. I guess I was wrong. We'll get there as soon as we can, Rose #1, and maybe we can start making things a little bit easier for you.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
So I haven't been terribly prolific here. But the Roses are still around. Rose #1 and #2 are going to a really fabulous day camp at St. Thomas. They swim, play games, do crafts, and they just love it. Rose #3 is getting massive one-on-one nanny time with our truly outstanding nanny Lauren. The only stick in my craw is how little time I get to be with them. Why aren't I gutsy enough to do something about it?
Saturday, August 1, 2009
After we were done picking, I got some pictures of the manual laborers. Rose #1 was very diligent about picking. She loved the berries and was very patient.
Rose #2 - my girl who said (at the age of about two): "I do not like fruit. I will spit it out" - did not enjoy the blueberry picking much. She tried one blueberry and did not like it, and then she mainly wanted to play on the tire swing. But she was a good girl: