Monday, April 28, 2014

TV Glasses

Just when you think she can't get any cuter...
(with a photo bomb courtesy of Vivian, lol)

She does it!

Shiloh had her first eye exam earlier this month.
I was a little anxious because she is bouncy ( I call her Tigger all the time!) and just generally it's really hard for her to sit still and the last time I saw the Optometrist there he was a rather crabby older guy.
But thankfully the Doctor who saw her was a young man who was great with kids.
I had explained everything to Shi as much as I could so she knew what to expect and the Doctor was great about explaining each device that he was using.
She was so tiny in the chair that he had a hard time positioning the slit lamp so he could see her eyes and it was squishing her legs a bit.
When he was done he chatted with me a bit and then asked Shiloh if she had any questions for him.
She said "Yes. When can I get out of this chair?" lol

She has nice healthy eyes. (yay!)
She can use some help reading words that are far away, like the closed-captioning on the television so she calls these her TV glasses.
She mostly just wears them when she's watching television or playing video games.
Looking stylish while we fight those Lego bad guys...that's how we roll. ;-)

Easter 2014

Finally getting a chance to put up my Easter pictures. :)
I got a new camera recently so I've been playing with the different settings a lot.
So some photos might look "different", I'm not sure what I did but....Ta da! 

Coloring Easter Eggs with Grama

In their Easter dresses on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday night...Vivian lost her first tooth while brushing her teeth before bed. :)

The girls got glow wands in their Easter baskets from Grama and Grampa.
I got some awesome photos of them enjoying their wands that night...somehow.
Ta da!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Snow and Elsa

The girls have been sick with bad colds.
My counter looks like a pharmacy of cold and cough syrups, tissues, Vicks, and vaporizers. :-P
I had to run to the store for more tissues and Starlight mints for their sore throats, and minty ice cream for the same reason.
We had to get some cookies too, of course! After all I'm sure double fudge is a known immunity booster!

I got on my laptop before I left to check the weather, look for coupons, check my email etc.
And what did I see in my mailbox but a notice that Robo hamsters were on sale.

Le sigh.

I'll just look, see what they have.

And I'll just bring my little pet travel carrier...just in case.

We get to Petsmart and we do our usual circuit.
Visit the rescue cats, then watch the dog grooming...if we're lucky enough to see any.
Then on to reptiles, birds, fish and finally the pocket pets.

I look in the Robo case, they only carry males, and I can see one brown one running around and one more in the little plastic igloo they have in there for them to sleep in.
Two is all I need, so I call the assistant over and she takes the case down, lifts the igloo and little baby hamsters go scurrying everywhere. Lots of them!

Right away we notice this little guy. A white hamster!
Too cute! And I've never seen a white Robo in the stores before.
Shiloh claims him and promptly names him "Snow" short for "Snow White".
I call him "Snowball" or when he's being feisty "President Snow". Yes, I'm in the midst of reading the Hunger Games books...just a few years behind the trend.
Shi keeps correcting me though, it's Snow White.

Then from out from the pile of slowly-waking brown hamsters, another little white face pops up!
A totally white Robo. Vivian wants that one!
He likes his sleep, a little fatter  fluffier than Snow. A bit slower and calmer, and terrible at running on the Silent Saucer. He can barely stay on there for 15 seconds without losing his footing and flying around it for several rotations or being flung out most-unceremoniously on his back.
After much thought, Vivian finally named him "Elsa" from the movie "Frozen".
She didn't like any of my suggestions of "boy" names, but actually "Elsa" fits. :)

I need to buy more bedding materials now (I didn't realize that I didn't have much left from Rory) and maybe another Silent Spinner...they both keeping crowding into this one and it's already beat-up, a larger size one will fit both of them better.
Since they are from the same litter they are supposed to get along, if they are never separated.
I also read-up on a few other tricks to help them cohabitate peacefully such as having double of most things (this helps with kids too) and no food dish. 
Apparently they might fight over food at the dish so it's preferrable to scatter the food around for them to find like a scavenger hunt.
Ah, makes it easier for me. No dish to clean. :)
So far having two in the same bin is not really any harder than having one in the bin. They don't seem to make any more mess or smell.

They make me miss Rory though, which I didn't expect.
Little things like the way she always woke up and came out when I opened her bin (probably just looking to see what treat I put in her dish) while these babies just snuggle back down to sleep.

But they are much less jumpy than she was at being touched and petted, which is really nice as they are so extremely soft. They feel like tiny, tiny, rabbits. :)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Dressing Room

I took the girls shopping to get them some new clothes for Spring.
Now since it took Vivian nearly an hour just to choose a pair of slippers this winter, I knew it might take awhile. I was right.

First they chose some skirts, Vivian had just two pairs that she couldn't decide between.
Shiloh had a bunch more because I wasn't sure if 6X or 7's would fit her better so I grabbed both sizes of a several types for her to try on.
Then on to shirts...this took forever. Maybe we were there overnight, I'm not sure.
We ended up with quite a cart full, because even if Vivian had rejected a shirt she would change her mind if Shiloh decided that *she* wanted to try on the same style shirt.

So we finally headed to the dressing room and passed by the pajamas.
Pajamas with little matching pajamas for their dolls, and not just pajamas but much-adored nightgowns....and they were marked 50% off!
We can't pass by that so I tell the girls that they can each choose one.
The agony of decisions.
I finally removed all of the options that included pants, (because the girls will be too hot in those) and all of the ones that were sleeveless (for the opposite reason).
That left them with about six choices.
Still a hard decision, but they finally made their choices and we hurried past any more distractions to the dressing room.

All three of us crowd into the tiny room with our pile of clothes.
The girls were quite excited for their first dressing room experience, usually they've just come in with me while I'm trying on clothes, I've never had them try on clothes before.
Quite excited equals quite loud and giggly. :)
I rather hope those dressing rooms are more sound-proof than they seem!
If not, then the other patrons heard a lot of this...
Vivian: "Ooh, I never tried clothes on before! I am SO excited! Are you excited, Shiloh?

Shiloh: "YES! yes!" (probably accompanied by bouncing)

Me: "C'mon girls, take off your clothes so you can try on these skirts. Boots come off first!"

Vivian: "Oh, I like this skirt! Do you like this skirt, Shiloh? I like this skirt"

Me: "Okay, lets try on the next one, Viv."

Shiloh: "MMmm! My armpit smells nice!"

Vivian: "Let me smell! Let me smell! Mmm, Mama smell Shiloh's armpit!"

Me: "Uh, no thank you."

Shiloh: "This skirt is too scratchy and when I move like this, I think it's going to fall off."

Me: "Yeah, we might have to stick with the 6's instead of size 7."

Vivian: "Can I have a cookie?"

Me: "Not in the dressing room, Dear. Is that skirt going to fall off?"

Shiloh: "This skirt has shorts underneath so when I ride my bike, no one can see my panties! Can you see your panties, Vivi?"

Vivian: "I am trying my pajamas on now, Shiloh. This one is not long enough, Mom. I want it to be longer."

Me: (looking at the tag) "Well, we can get it in size 7. It will be a bit big but it will be longer and I think it will fit okay."
"Shiloh, do you like that shirt?"

Shiloh: "I don't like that you can see my shoulders, I want a shirt like Vivian has on with the puffy sleeves."

Me: (digging through the cart) "I have that same shirt that Vivi has on, in a size 7. Try it on."

Vivian: "Ooh, Shiloh! We look like sisters!"

We finally make our way out of the dressing room and put back the clothes that we decided against.
I exchange Vivian's nightgown for a larger size, and now thinking about it I think I was going to go down a size on her shirt but I forgot.
I guess we'll see how it fits in the Summer!
She chose a sleeveless top so I might need to put a stitch in the straps to keep them on her shoulders.
Ah, that's why I keep my sewing box handy anyways. :)

I was telling DH about our shopping experience, and he was pretty glad he missed the hours of decisions and waiting while they tried on everything.
I guess it truly is a girl thing. :)