Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Summer begins

Sister, Bean, and I have settled into a lovely summer already. This morning, Husband went for an early run with friends, which left me expecting to get up early with the baby. Instead what happened was she stirred at 6:45. I got up to brush my teeth and put in my contact lenses while I still had both hands free. In the meantime, she'd fallen back asleep and I had the time to make the bed, take a shower, brew myself a cup of tea, putter while it was steeping, and then sit on the back porch by myself to drink it. I had an entire hour and a quarter to myself because Bean and Sister didn't wake til 8:00! The birds were singing, the breeze was blowing, and I could faintly feel my little baby squirming around in my belly. Such an unexpectedly relaxing way to start the day.

For the past 3 summers, the daughter of a good friend of mine comes to stay with us while her parents are at work. She's a year older than Sister and they have literally known each other since Sister was born. They don't attend the same schools and aren't in the same grade, but they get along so beautifully. Yesterday I allowed them to watch "What Not to Wear" and "10 Years Younger" with me during Bean's naptime. (DVR'ed, so no commercials.) Afterwards, they went upstairs to give Sister's Barbies makeovers. Since there were only 2--and one of them lost her head long ago--we decided to go to the thrift store in search of new ones once Bean woke up. We hit the Barbie jackpot there, scoring 8 scraggly, naked Barbies that nevertheless cost only $.50 each. All of them received make-overs once we returned home. The upstairs positively reeked of artificially flavored lipgloss, and the floor of Sister's room was strewn with Barbie hair. For two girls who go out of their way to declare to the world how un-girly they are, this struck me as hilarious and sweet.

I can already see the difference in Sister's face after only a little while of this. She's smiley and unstressed and laughing very freely. I love to see her this way.


Mama D said...

I love those shows. That is a cute story. I was a tomboy but LOVED Barbie. They were always going on adventures though and breaking they're legs and arms which I then put casts on with dampened toilet paper that I let dry in the sun. Teach them THAT trick!! Although I'm not sure how casts will fit into the makeovers!

Beth said...

To me, that's what summer is all stress!!!

Man, I miss playing with Barbies. I used to sew barbie doll clothes all the time...and baby doll clothes. I've been feeling a little creative lately, but...poor me, I have no little girl to sew for? Know anyone like that, that might like a pile of baby doll clothes to play with? :)

Joan said...

I'm glad to hear things are going better. I'm working a little but otherwise we are being extremely lazy. I feel guilty and need to get over it!

doggybloggy said...

start an ice cream truck..its cheap start by makin yer own popscicles and stuff...its a business and most people dont have time.

Suburban Gorgon said...

Man, I wish I was young enough to come to Camp SugarMama.