Saturday, February 13, 2010

Helper Kind and Good

The girls are at a really cute stage where they like to "help". I put the word "help" in quotations because, let's face it, how much can two 2-year olds with their own agendas actually help. They love to help me unload the dishwasher. This has resulted in at least2 broken plates and several pieces of silverware having to go back in due to being dropped on the ground. Once again, great "help".

Recently their "helping" has extended to one another. They will bring each other things that they *think* the other one would like. If their helpful gift is rejected (usually Maddie rejecting Ruthie's), a melt down normally ensues. Ah, the joys of sharing and helping.

Every time that we come into the house the girls take off their shoes and their coats. I have recently been trying to teach them to do it themeselves. Ruthie has it down pat. She can rip off her shoes and coat before Maddie even has time to unzip. So, instead of me helping Maddie, Ruthie has decided to take over that roll. So much so that Maddie will not let me help her take off her coat and shoes. She informs me that, "No Momma! Ruthie help Maddie." I took pictures of how this helping looks.

This is the position that Maddie assumes for Ruthie to "help" her....

Ruthie trying hard....

That position wasnt working so Maddie rolled over for a better angle...

AHHHH!!! The taste of sweet success!

Now onto the coats....

I couldnt get a picture of it, but after she unzips it Ruthie practically drags Maddie to the ground trying to get it off her arms. Then when all is done she comes running to me and proclaims, "Ruthie help Maddie, Momma!"

My little helper, kind and good.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Snow Day!

So, I dont know if you heard, but Tennessee got a little bit of snow a week ago. I will admit, most of the complete freak outs about incoming precipitation are useless, but this one was valid. I think we ended up with like 4 to 6 inches, which is huge for down here. Schools were closed on the Friday of the storm, churches and stores were closed over the weekend and schools were STILL closed on Monday and Tuesday. Complete craziness.

I want to preface this post with the fact that there are several things I am embarrassed about in this entry, primarily because I am from NY and know better than this. I will point them out as I post.

I got the girls ready to go out in the snow (Ruthie is going through this "CHEESE" phase which is ruining ALL of our pictures!)

I am completely embarrassed that this was what my children wore outside. Rain boots, since we dont have snow boots, sweat pants since we didnt have snow pants and their jackets. Thanks to a Christmas gift from Mark's parents we had hats and mittens otherwise it would have looked even more ridiculous!

This could quite possibly be the worst.

We didnt have a sled, so we used a Tupperware box from the basement. I was completely embarrassed by this until we saw what some of the kids were using at the end of the street. We were high tech compared to the trashcan lids and cardboard boxes others were using.

Ruthie was the only one that would go in it. Maddie just ran behind it cheering them on.

This was at the end of our street. It was mass chaos! I guess this is one of the only benefits of living in a subdivison that could easily qualify as the highest level of incline on a treadmill. That also meant we couldnt drive into or out of our subdivision for like 3 days though.

Ruthie was completely into the snow experience.

Making snow angels with Daddy...

Then there was Maddie. As with most things in life, Maddie "no like" the whole snow thing. She kept screaming that her boots were "messy, messy" from the snow, as well as her mittens. This was what most of my pictures of her look like.

After she got to watch the big kids sled down the hill she cheered up a little and I was able to get this one.

We stayed out for 30 to 45 minutes, which was significantly longer than I had expected. This was the most snow I had seen in Nashville since I have lived here, and Mark couldn't remember ever seeing this much snow in Nashville before, so who knows when they will see this again at home.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Jesus Loves Me

It is times like this I really begin to understand what Jesus was saying when he said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matt. 19:14

We were able to keep Ruthie quiet to the very end by letting her play with my phone. Hence at the end when you hear her yelling, "Mommy's phone!".

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Book Review

This book review is brought to you by Ruthie and Maddie (with translation by Momma). They have chosen the classic "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" by Eileen Christlow.

Here is their interpretation of a childhood classic....