This morning, I ran into the bathroom to brush my teeth & left the girls alone on the floor in my bedroom. I heard Eloise start to squeal with terror & laughter, and I came around the corner to find Harper dragging her by one leg across the floor, and she looked up at me & said "look mom! I'm pulling Ellie like a wagon!"
Sometimes when I sit down to write blog posts, little stories like that are all that consume my mind & I can never decide if it is what I should write about or not. But truth be told, that's my every day, it's what I wake up to & go to bed laughing about. So, I know it may get old to hear stories about someone else's kids, but I guess I'm a one trick pony these days! ;)
The girls have gotten really good at playing together lately, even though I have to break apart a tug-o-war between them every half hour over whatever toy they both desperately need to play with. Harper loves to read books to Eloise, and Eloise loves to rip pages out of Harper's books. This weekend on our quest to make raspberry jelly, we went to a new farmers' market that opened near us. Harper discovered gummy sharks & "polar bears" for the first time, the first thing she said was "why thank you mom for bringing me here just to buy these!" And I swear she talks in a British accent. Eloise snacked on fresh fruit & vanilla wafer samples the whole time so she was pretty happy.
Sometimes Eloise is just stop-drop-and-headstanding all day on top of Harper's magna-doodle when she is trying to draw castles. "Mom, her yoga is getting out of hand!" Harper tells me.
With their ages, it's not always possible to get one on one time with each of them during the day, but it's pretty great when we do. Eloise usually naps longer than Harper in the afternoons, so we have popcorn or popsicle dates & do girly things like paint our nails or Harper's favorite, curling her her hair or putting in rollers. This picture totally sums up our afternoons together & cracks me up! Harper watches morning cartoons in my bed when she wakes up, so E hangs out with me in the bathroom while I get ready for the day. She's at the age right now where holding lip glosses or mascara tubes totally blows her mind, so she is a pretty fun little sidekick! That picture of her smiling up at me might be one of my favorites ever.
Yes, they totally drive me bonkers as well. Harper spends the first fifteen minutes of every nap fake crying & sniffling hoping I will just let her get out of bed. When she is misbehaving, and we threaten to take things away, like her morning cartoons or her beloved cat stuffed animal, she plays mr. tough guy & says "yep. take 'em away." Eloise is really just at a hard age, where she wants to do everything Harper does but just isn't quite there yet. She wants to walk & climb on things, hates her bottle & will scream the entire time she is in a carseat. It makes for really lovely drives everywhere we go. ;)
All of the chaos, all of the messes, the hundred (million trillion) questions & cries when I leave the room are all worth it. They are never the things that I remember at the end of a long day (most of the time), it's more often things like the look on Ellie's face as she is being pulled like a radio flyer across my bedroom carpet.