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Good News and Bad News...

Well, what have we been up to?
In the order that I think of them in...
We bought the girls a Slip-N-Slide.
They love it. Our yard has a significant slope so the sliding is pretty good. They also discovered that they slide better naked than in their swim suits. Sigh.

I did something to my back. It feels like sciatica, but I haven't been to the dr. It is better today, but I have to be careful of how I move. Yesterday I spent in a chair letting the girls watch too many cartoons.

Today was the first swimming class. Katie is thriving. She is comfortable in the water, making friends and getting lots of attention. (There are 8 kids in the class and 3 teachers.)
Julie, on the other hand, freaked and spent the second half of the class siting on a bench.
If she freaks again tomorrow, I'll take her out of class. I don't want to disrupt things for the rest of the kids.

I have a sitter for Harry Potter next Sunday. I'm really looking forward to this.

Julie is still being Separation Anxiety Girl. If anybody has any advice I'd be happy to hear it.

My moss roses are spectacular this summer. I must get Roper to post some pictures. As well as the pictures of my lilies. They are bloomed out now, but at the end of June they were lovely.

Of course, now that I am at the keyboard I have forgotten half of what I wanted to post. More later, I'm sure.



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Jul. 12th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
I have a sitter for Harry Potter next Sunday. I'm really looking forward to this.

I'm puzzled. Isn't Harry Potter old enough by now not to need a sitter?
Jul. 13th, 2011 09:49 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this sentences construction too - gave my brain a number of enjoyable places to visit :).
Jul. 12th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Things that have worked for me
A lipstick kiss on the back of a hand, and leaving without fanfare. Or, being able to wear a Mommy bracelet or necklace for the duration of your being gone can be a talisman.

A consistent babysitter can ease some fears. Also, starting with a consistent, weekly, scheduled time when mommy goes for a walk, and appointment, so it becomes a part of normal routine that you are "out" sometimes can wear away the edges of "but mommy's always there for me."

A card clock with the hands drawn in for what time you will be home works for even young kids.
Jul. 13th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Maybe make a game of separating (into different rooms? Hiding behind a chair?) and coming back together again? There was a time when my girl enjoyed pretending she needed help, and me dropping what I was doing and making a big deal of rescuing her. Of course, she usually interrupted my chores with the game, but I'm certain the "of course I'll come if you need me" message was a good thing.

Another thing we did when she was very little, if she was going to be staying with my aunt for a few days, was "I'll miss you, but not too much".

Or you could practice it at one remove, with dolls or stuffed toys. Perhaps get her to reassure her "baby" when she leaves it with you for a little while.
Jul. 13th, 2011 09:50 am (UTC)
A slip and slide sounds like a great idea right now - or even just sitting in a pool. I really need to get a bathing suit one of these days - not quite as free spirited as your girls, or at least not in public :)!

Hope your back feels better soon!
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