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Mermaids

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

The girls are still doing swim lessons every Saturday morning. Rose graduated from the “baby” lessons last Fall and now she and Lulu are in the same class at the same time. When she first moved up, Lu was a little protective of her, always making sure she was close by. They gave each other lots of proud hugs. It was really cute. The older kids were there to mentor the younger ones.

But now in this session, their class is so large that there are two groups within the class. Lulu is with the older, more advanced kids and Rose with the younger side of the group. She’s the only girl currently in her “group” and she definitely does things at her own pace and on her own terms. She may not be the fastest swimmer in her group, but she’s focused on technique. The past few weeks she’s really been working on putting her face in the water while she swims. This week she added opening her eyes in the water, too. And I just love how her little arms and legs spaz out when she puts her face in!

Lulu has made amazing strides since last Fall. She has a bit of a leg up because she has an additional swim lesson during the week at school. Recently she’s ditched wearing a bubble during class and is doing really well with out it. Love the look of triumph when she gets out of the pool.

Today she almost swam the entire length of the pool without her bubble. It was a huge feat considering she did it at the end of the class when she was tired.

Summer Olympics, 2026?

Art show!

Friday, April 5th, 2013

We went to an art show last week at the girls’ school. It was a fundraiser for the YMCA and you could “buy” your child’s art work for a small donation. Each class did some individual art work, decided on by the teachers). Rose’s class made stamps out of sea shells and Lulu’s class did pendulum painting.  There was a reception with snacks and music provided by two Berkley students.

While it was a little crazy and super crowded, the girls really liked that they had their own art up on the walls!

A peek at things to come

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The nice weather this week gave us the opportunity to get outside. I love when I see noticeable changes in the girls. I realize that they’re getting older and things will change, but I love when it’s obvious.

Last summer we played a lot in the grassy area next to the PEM. It’s smaller than the Salem Common (and I don’t have to chase them to the playground), it’s closer to our house (key while Lulu was beginning to potty train) and its quieter (less dogs/Tweens).

Anyway, while out the other day I was struck with the realization that the girls were playing *with* each other, not just in the same space. They were chasing each other, showing each other leaves they found and playing peekaboo around a tree.

It was awesome.

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Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all warm & fuzzy all of the time. They’re siblings, they fight. Rose is an instigator. Lulu will be playing quietly, minding her own business, when Rose will sneak up on her and snatch whatever she’s playing with just so she can run away.

Or Lulu will use her size to her advantage and muscle something out of Rose’s grip. They each want whatever toy the other one is currently playing with, only to drop it in boredom not even 2 minutes later.

But they typically are very sweet and polite to each other. Rosie always wants to hug Lu. Lulu is always very generous to her little sister, offering her one of something if she has two. Hearing that exchange always cracks up up:

Oh, here you go, Rose.
Thank you Lulu.
You are most welcome.

You just can’t script that kind of stuff.