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Monday, February 28, 2011


All us girls have been sick. Sick, sick, sick. It started as a cold, and got progressively worse. Lily was complaining about ear pain, and then started saying that she couldn't hear. When we talked to her, she would turn her head to one side, towards her good ear so she could hear us. And then the fever spiked. 103.7, in a kids who's never gone above 100.5. Of course it was a Sunday. But our pediatrician is awesome and Nurse Janet called right back and said that we could treat with Motrin and come in the next door, or go to Urgent Care. By this time, both Rory and Mommy were sick as well, so we spent a lovely Sunday afternoon at a clinic, being diagnosed with two double ear infections and a sinus infection. Three prescriptions for antibiotics later, we were on our way.

The next day, Monday, Daddy stayed home from work to take care of his three sick girls. But that afternoon he had to go in to the office. So he put Rory down for a nap, tucked Mommy into bed, and set Lily up on the couch with a movie.

About an hour and a half later, Lily crawled into bed with me. When I asked her how her movie was, Lily told me "I couldn't hear it. Daddy showed me how to turn up the volume, but it wouldn't work. So I couldn't hear it. But I knew some of the parts. So it was still good."

Only Lily would sit through a whole movie, unable to hear it, rather than bother her sick Mommy. Sweet girl. Sweet, sweet LilyBug.

Passport, Part Two.

The silly girl who took the first pictures was apparently unaware that passport photos have to be a certain size. So when we arrived at the passport office, we were sent away to get new pictures. Voila!
What was awesome about this day was listening to Lily answer all the passport officer's questions about her name, her parents and her address. She was such a big kid!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lily's Life of Crime.

First, there was some blaming of Rory for messes in the playroom, that she may or may not have been responsible for. Then, there was blaming Rory for stickers and coloring on furniture and walls and windows. Again, she may or may not have done it. There were several conversations about lying - what it is, why it's wrong, and how it's never - NEVER! - okay.

Then, we went to Grammy and Bumpa's house for a weekend and just before we left, we discovered that some wallpaper had been torn off the wall in the powder room. Upon questioning, Lily announced quite confidently that Rory had done it. The only problem was that Rory hadn't been in that room. We were able to coax a confession out of her, followed by a tearful apology to Grammy. (This is karmic payback for an incident about 30 years ago when Mommy cut the flowers out of a set of sheets at HER Grammy's house, by the way.)

Another long conversation followed. Many promises of never lying again followed.

The next week, the girls were getting ready for a bath after dinner, and when Lily pulled her tights off, a fuzzy thing fell on the floor. I picked it up and discovered that it was a small piece of rabbit fur. Lily saw me and said, "Oh, that's from Miss Pam's room. It was stuck to my dress." Um, what?? I had to ask several times before she finally admitted to having taken it from the Discovery classroom at school that day.

A long, tearful conversation followed, in which I pointed out that if you take things without asking, people will be angry or sad with you. I told her that she was going to have to return the fur and apologize the next day. And I told her - again - that lying is unacceptable. And that if she were to lie to me again, there would be consequences. And this time, the consequence would be all of her friends.

(Side note: In the past, when having to "punish", we've taken away the current favorite toy. In Lily's case, that is always a "friend" - a doll or stuffed animal. The trouble is, she has so many... so while she would cry and be devastated initially, she would just replace her current favorite with one of a dozen backups. Which was somewhat frustrating as the punisher.)

The next morning, as we were getting ready to go to school and Lily went ahead and got in the car while I got Rory's shoes and coat on. As I turned around to back the car out of the driveway, I noticed that the lights were on in the backseat. And I can't count the number of times I've told the girls NOT. TO. TOUCH. THE. LIGHTS. IN. THE. CAR. A hundred? A thousand? Five million??? Who can keep track?

So I asked Lily if she had turned the lights on. And it was like a reflex, the way the answer came out so fast. "No, Mommy. I didn't. Rory did it. Rory turned on the lights." Right. Except YOU were in the car by yourself, while Rory was with me the whole time. So I tried again. "Lily, don't lie to me. Did you turn on the lights?" Again, "No, Mommy." Once more, "Lily Sophia Hobbs, did you turn those lights on?" And then the tears began. "Please don't be angry with me."

I felt awful, but a deal's a deal. So I told her I was going to have to take away all of her friends. And THEN I had to force her to confess to Miss Vivian, the preschool director, during carpool. She cried so hard that it was impossible to understand what she was saying. Miss Vivian smiled at me as she thanked Lily for telling the truth, so I guess I'm not the first parent who had to coerce their delinquent child into confessing to a crime.

And while she was at school, I took all of her stuffed animals, every doll, each baby, and bagged them up and hid them in a closet. I'll admit that I cried a little. I felt like the meanest Mommy in the whole wide world.

But then. Then, She came home from school in a happy, bubbly mood. She ate a good lunch. And then, it was time for Lily to "take a nap" (ie. quiet time in her room during Rory's nap) and she told me "I'm not going to sleep at all today. I'm just going to read stories to my friends." And I had to remind her that her friends were gone. She thought about that for a minute and then told me, "That's okay. I'll read to my piggy bank and my nutcracker because they can talk too." And in the following days, we even caught her snuggling with a pair of slippers.

Lily: 3, Mommy: 0.

Foiled again. But, after two weeks (!!!) with no friends, Lily was very, very happy to have them back, and hasn't told a single lie in the month since. I think the crime spree is over for now.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Her Name.

Friday, February 25, 2011

More Recent Artwork.

Auntie, Lily, Mommy and Grammy.A cat in the grass.
She traced Jessie (the doll), and then added her hair and a toothy smile and wrote "Emily" on her foot (because that's her favorite Jessie story - when she belonged to Emily).
And then she traced Bullseye, and renamed him "Sara" (because that's currently her favorite name in the whole world) and cut the picture out. We are very, very into cutting things out.
Everyone who was coming for her birthday party... Auntie, Lily, Mommy, Bumpa, Daddy, Rory, Grammy. (Please note... Auntie wasn't actually coming to the party - Lily just can't draw a picture that doesn't include Auntie.)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

February Schoolwork.

February was all about Valentine's Day, President's Day, the 5 senses and Dental Health...

Toothbrush-tooth painting.

Brought to you by the letters 'N', 'V' and 'X'.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lily's World.

Just what she saw, and what interested her on an afternoon when Rory was napping, Mommy & Daddy were working, and she got ahold of Mommy's phone...

(This was after she beat several levels more than I had on Angry B*rds.)

Monday, February 21, 2011


The Bug's latest artistic interest... House, after house, after house. This one is in a rainstorm. But they all feature LOTS of windows (labeled so you know who's room it is), a garage, and a tree.This one has lots of flowers blooming, a duck pond, a hot air balloon (on the left) and a bird in the tree.
This one has a GIANT tree as well as a fence and some rain clouds.
And this one has pretty much all of the above, plus the whole family in the front yard.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


When I told Lily that she would need to make a birthday card for Lilllian, she was really excited and told me "It's going to be letter-tastic!"

Lily is pretty letter-tastic herself. These are the words she can write without help:

She can always figure out the first and last letters of a word that she wants to write, but when I try to make her figure out the rest, she inevitably sighs and says, "Mommy, I don't feel like guessing. Can you please just TELL me the letters?"

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Lillian's Birthday Party.

Lillian had her birthday party at Marbles this year!The kids got to play in a special room, where they could color, play pin the tail on the donkey, and have some snacks.
And, since Lillian was feeling shy, they all got to help blow out her candles.And then it was off to play... on the pirate ship, in the submarine, and in all our other favorite exhibits.
Fancy girl.Lily insisted that this party was a "fancy" event, so she, Rory and Mommy all had to wear fancy dresses. And on the way home, she decided that she MUST have her party at Marbles next year too. Absolutely the sign of a successful party!