Tuesday, April 22, 2008

second verse .. same as the first ...

The proofs are in from the girls school pics. Don't say I didn't warn ya.

Kaelin



and poor Reesey ..
I feel bad for laughing so hard ..



(and yes, I realize she's wearing RED shoes with that ensemble (Ahem, Amy).. she insisted on them .. the socks too. A little part of me died that morning.
I hope it was a fleeting moment of independence.. I'm not ready to let go!)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Girls day out.

The girls and I spent Sunday at the Atlanta History Center. David was scraping the ugly popcorn ceiling in the girls' bathroom so that I can paint a mural in there to make it "theirs". We have been extremely lazy about getting it put together and our guests have had to endure the horrid shade of purple that the previous owners chose. I decided it was best if we just got out of the house while he was working up there.
The weather was gorgeous and I didn't want to do the playground thing. I remembered that the History Center has a great outdoor area .. an old farm from the 1800s and beautiful gardens to walk through. The girls loooved it.


Reese was trying to cook us dinner .. Kaelin kept throwing rocks in her bucket and yelling, "Carry it Reese! You can do it!" Reesey was not amused.

Kaelin adding to the quilt in the slave quarters.

Reese joining in on the quilt ..

Carving some wood

Kaelin trying to pull Reese on the wheelbarrow.

Checking out an inchworm that Kaelin caught on her hand.

More History Center pics

Kaelin walking on the bridge in the garden.

Kaelin

Reesey

Reese peering out of the playhouse window.

Kaelin in the playhouse.

So proud.

While touring the History Center's exhibit on segregation, I stopped at this display...



Kaelin came over so I lifted her up and tried the test on her. I asked her, "Which baby is the good one?" She looked back and forth for a moment, touched each doll, and then looked at me .. obviously confused.
I tried again .. "Which one is the good baby?"
She reached out to the white doll and said, "This baby happy. He smiling."

Uh oh.

But then ..
She reached out to the black doll. "This baby happy too! See Mommy .. he smiling."

She looked at me again with that, "I don't understand what you're asking me here .. what am I missing??" look.

I like to believe that they way that we're raising them has a little something to do with that .. and that there never comes a day when she understands a question like the one posed in that test.

(For the record, I didn't get a chance to try it on Reese. When I put Kaelin down I noticed that Reese was attempting to climb on a pile of wood meant to symbolize a burnt cross. When she saw me coming she bolted. (Smart girl)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Making a break for it

Every time I try and get a picture of Reese, this is what Kaelin does behind my back.

Folk Art

Kaelin asked for a quilt like this for her "big girl bed".

They couldn't quite figure this one out.

I'm all about the girls knowing history ... but since they're only 2 and a half they thought this was an inch worm ... I went with it.

Reesey kept saying, "Oh I looove it!"