Sunday, May 31, 2009
Anyway, we've been swimming some in the indoor pool at the Y, but the outdoor pool opened last weekend. Of course, we had a rainy Memorial Day weekend...actually week is more accurate. But this weekend was perfect. The temperature was in the upper 80's, low humidity, lots of sunshine. The water, however, was freezing cold! That didn't stop Gloria, although I will admit to simply sitting on the side of the pool, occasionally dipping my feet in to the icy chill. My little fish had a great time though. She LOVED the slides after she finally got brave enough to try them...particularly the tunnel one. I enjoyed seeing her face as she came to the end, about to splash into the water. The whole afternoon was so pleasant and enjoyable. We will be at the pool a lot this summer, I'm sure!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
So, I suggested her gym shoes yesterday since it was, after all, PE day. Seems reasonable enough, right? Wrong. She wanted to wear her blue shoes Maggee got her. To which I replied "That's fine. Wear the blue shoes Maggee got you." Well, they were dirty--filthy is a better word choice, actually--so she begrudgingly gave in to my suggestion of the gym shoes. Only, I didn't know what the gym shoes looked like, until yesterday after school when I picked her up at 4:30. Here they are. They should actually be white, not gray, and there should not be a gaping hole in the toe of the right shoe (I know it's on the left in the picture!).
I found out that the hole was indeed there in the morning. When I inquired as to WHY she wore those ratty shoes to school she innocently replied, "But you told me to, Momma." ARGH!!!
So, we made a stop at the shoe store on the way home and got the poor child some new tennis shoes. Don't they look much nicer? Not to mention 2 sizes larger than the others!
She wore them out of the store and went skipping, jumping, galloping, leaping through the parking lot because you know...one can always do those things so much better in a new pair of shoes.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
This afternoon when I picked her up, her best friend escorted her over to me to explain: Gloria picked a bracelet from the treasure chest today. But it was too big for her wrist and it fell off and went down the drain outside this afternoon. Glo looked so sad. Little did I know the heart break she was really feeling until we were half way home.
I glanced at her in the mirror because it was so quiet in the back seat. Usually that means she is reading a book, but not today. She had her doll cuddled in her lap and her head was looking down, eyes brimming with tears. I asked what was wrong and the dam burst. Tears rolled down her cheeks and she cried and cried. She was so upset about losing the bracelet. The tears flowed for a good 10 minutes. She pulled herself together so that we could run in one store to pick up a few things. She was still snuffling and lamenting her lost bracelet though.
At dinner, she was recalling the events of the afternoon one more time when she stopped and said "Hey! That's cause and effect! I picked a bracelet that was too big so it fell off and I lost it!" Nothing gets past my girl!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
As I was watching her eat, I just couldn't believe how grown up she has become! Her mannerisms, her speech and her word choices, her face...there is such a maturity about her that I can't believe sometimes. How did that happen? My baby is growing up so fast. I've told her that I'm going to put a brick on her head to make her stop growing. She thinks that is so funny and tells me that she'll keep growing, just with a brick on top of her, so the brick will get taller, too. :)
Her card today told me that I am the best mommy for her. And she is the best daughter for me. I am so lucky and honored to be her momma, it just takes my breath away. She is my heart walking around outside of my body and sometimes it hurts to watch that. I love her so much and wouldn't be a mother if it wasn't for her.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
You have NO idea how hard she worked or how many times she attempted to climb this gourd! Climbing is NOT one of her talents, but she was absolutely determined to climb to the top and stand up. She was so proud of herself when she finally did it and then had to repeat the feat another 10 times.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
The next time we saw them, "E" was holding her tooth in a kleenex. Obviously they changed their minds about Gloria pulling the tooth! ;) They were giggling. "E" was so excited because the tooth fairy was going to visit. And Gloria was quite proud of herself. Then "E" proclaimed that when Gloria grows up she should open a booth at the mall where people could come and pay her to pull their teeth.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
We were changing her earrings back to regular little gold studs since I'm paranoid and don't want her sleeping with her little gold hoops in her ears. I had put one of the backs on a little too tight so I was trying to loosen it up just a smidge. Well, it loosened alright...the back went flying in one direction and the earring went right down the drain in the sink. I always close the drain when we are messing with her earrings, but not tonight. Which of course meant that tragedy had to strike!
I could see the earring lodged in the "sink goo" when I used the flashlight to look down there. But it was out of reach with the tweezers and it just went deeper down when I pulled some of the "stuff" out. Where there's a will, there's a way, right? I was going to get that earring out if it was the last thing I did tonight. It took me a minute, but I figured out how to remove the plunger thing-y from the sink. Unfortunately, the earring proved elusive and slipped down into the u-shaped pipe under the sink. Not to be deterred, I decided to take the pipes apart. Thank goodness for PVC pipes and easy to turn clamps! And I was smart enough to turn off the water. AND I was smart enough to put a pot under the pipe before I took it apart. Who says I can't do minor plumbing work?!? After taking that part of the piping out and tipping it into the bowl, we heard the "clink" of metal hitting metal. Sure enough, in the yucky pipe gunk, there sat the earring. VICTORY!!! (and I cleaned out the pipe, too. GROSS!!!)
Gloria marveled at the fact that I had actually retrieved the earring as she was sure that it was gone forever. "How did you know how to do that? I didn't know you knew how to take a sink apart! That's amazing. I'm impressed, Momma. You're the best!"
We cleaned the earring with alcohol and peroxide, just to be on the safe side, and we put some antibiotic ointment on it too..."just in case." I would have preferred to put another pair of earrings in her ears tonight, but she insisted on that particular pair. At almost 10:30 p.m....let's just say I wasn't going to argue with her. It would have been ugly.
Now, the Glo-bug is sleeping soundly (on the floor in my bedroom, but that's another post for another time). The sink is put back together and functioning properly. And, her bathroom has been cleaned thoroughly. Momma, the Super Plumber is going to go read for a little while before heading to bed myself.