My girls spend a lot of time together. Jude and Elie are inseparable for all the reasons associated with young twins and, apart from when she is in school, Vivi is home with them. Vivi will often try to engage her sisters in her games which generally consist of bossing J&E around in the name of playing "school" or "dance class" or "summer camp."
The problem is that Jude and Elie drive Vivi crazy. They don't listen. They don't follow her directions and even worse, they are full of their own ideas. Oh, and sometimes they just. won't. stop. touching. her. stuff. The few harmonious moments of sibling love quickly spiral into a three-way battle for control.
I've tried to talk with Vivi about some of the ways that she can deal with her sisters. Her first step is what we have called the counter-offensive. She put this sign on her door:
JUDE OR ELIYA CAN'T COME IN!!!!!
This is Aviva's room. Onle [only] mom and dad
can come in. …
Vivi loves Obama. It all started during the 2008 election when her dad and I talked at great length about politics. We were so happy to see George W. Bush go that I think our enthusiasm was contagious. She obviously didn't know anything about the implications of one winner versus another but she decided early on that Obama was her "new best friend." She was only two then but when my husband came home with this "Obama nightgown" she was delighted.
Now, with another election upon us, Vivi is just as enthusiastic about Obama. So much so that she wrote him a letter. Actually, more like a book since she is just as enthusiastic about using her stapler.
This is the main page but there are a few others with "You Rock Obama" surrounded by even more stickers and a page with Vivi's stats and address so Obama can write her back. We included the picture below and she sent it off.
My six-year old certainly picks up on our feelings about the election and…
I have had my camera out a lot more this week and it has been hard to decide which photo to link up with the project. My photos aren't that great but I captured so many moments that I otherwise would have forgotten and that's pretty cool.
Like the girls splashing in the snow melt:
Perhaps, you noticed Jude's soap-opera cut? You know-- the ubiquitous bandage-above-the-eye that someone is always sporting on an episode of Days of Our Lives. Well, this is what it looks like without the bandage:
Yeah, that's what happens when a Turtle collides with the corner of a door. The upside is that Jude is now telling everyone she is a "bruiser." Literally and figuratively, folks. But, I think my favorite photo this week is the one doesn't feature my children at all. It's what happens when I let them have at the pots and pans to cook.