Sunshine

Spring finally seems to be poking up, and bringing with it some sun to the Pacific Northwest. It feels a little silly to say this, since crocuses have come and gone and the daffodils are waning. Tulips are already budding and our first asparagus  stem is poking through the soil. Where I grew up, they’re expecting 3 inches of snow tomorrow. I’ve become acclimated I suppose. What I really mean is that the sun is starting to come back. 

Today, I got to play in the yard after work. Darwin helped in the garden by snuggling the worms (oh yes. Like they’re babies) and carrying weeds to the bin. The sweetest moment was when I showed her a patch that she could dig in and she said “oh MamaRae, you know me so well. That’s just my style!” I had to really concentrate not to fall over laughing, it’s just the things that come out of her mouth are so much beyond her years. Little parrot! 

This year I want to spend as much time outside as possible. Darwin sleeps better, plus our yard and house are a wreck from my neglect, beginning the year I was pregnant with Darwin. I’m tired of feeling to tired to take care of my space, and I’m hopeful that the return of the sun will help shift things back into focus for me. 

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New Phrase

My favorite current thing. When I tell or ask Darwin to do something she is amenable to, she will say “Okay. I will. Good luck. Bye!” It’s equal parts hilarious and adorable. Partly because I have no idea where it came from.

Weekend highlights

1) We went to the aquarium for the first time with the girls and our good friends. The fish, jellyfish, sea pens, sea otters, octopus, sharks, and more were a huge hit. There was much running and yelling and looking and epic joy on the kids’ faces. We even enjoyed (actually ENJOYED) dinner afterwards with three kids under three! A four adult to three kids ratio is pretty decent.

2) Darwin thanked me for washing her clothes for her. She saw that her favorite purple shirt was in the clean clothes this evening and without prompting made my heart explode in pride and love when she said ‘thank you for washing my shirt mama, it’s my most favorite.’

3) I cleaned about 10% of the house while caring for both girls on my own for three hours so Leah could dig herself a few inches out of the grad school work pit. It involved making lunch, a potty accident on a booster chair that was my fault, and about 15 minutes of shape matching video games while I put Linnea down for a nap that lasted about 25 minutes. Overall it was a win.

4) It snowed today, but did not stick.

5) Darwin woke up this morning and I said “I love you” to which she replied “no.” I asked what she meant and she said “I don’t love you. But I love Linnea best.” This shockingly did not hurt because it’s so clear from her actions that she would still like to be able to stitch herself to me so I could never be far away. The sister love here slays me daily.