Thinking back to when I was a kid....I realize, that although I didn't have a "perfect" (whatever that is supposed to mean) childhood, it was damn near what I would imagine perfect would mean. We had this beautiful yard living in Garson, and over the years when I pictured what raising my own children would be like, I imagined a big pretty yard, and pink little barbie style tents set up so my little girls would be able to camp out right in our own yard. Funny, a big part of me always knew I would have the little girls I would need to make this a reality. Though I never imagined it would be two little girls of the exact same age and conception date, I feel like its just nature getting me back for being the little scoundrel I most certainly was. Between my sister Liisa, and my cousin Mailis, we sure made double trouble. I can only imagine the treasures these two have in store for me.
Liisa and I hid hamsters from our parents for years before they caught on. On one occasion, we got a little too close to the wire when playing with one of our "secret" hamsters in the living room. On noticing the parents pulling in the driveway, we realized our forbidden pet had crawled into the central vac tube. Shaking that tube frantically did nothing as far as getting him out, so Liisa panicked and decided if we just stuck the tube in the wall for a moment to get the suction going, we could get him closer to the end and grab him before mom and Conrad walked in the door. It worked. Harry the hamster got so close to the end of that tube that he wound up being sucked right into the main canister in the basement. We both choked back our horror when the parents walked in, and proceeded to make like we were wonderful little vacumers. That night, I slept in Liisas bed with her in the basement with horrible images burned into our minds of how that poor hamster met his maker.
Mailis and I were a match made in heaven. If there was trouble, we could find it. I fancy I was the main instigator, but Mailis was very curious, very brave, and had wide blue innocent eyes and a halo of blond hair to hide behind as Maija yelled at us (well, mainly me) for whatever she thought she had caught us doing. She didn't know the half of it. Mailis had brains and I had balls and we knew way more than anyone gave us credit for. I hate that Mailis wasn't part of my wedding party. She should have been wearing a golden dress and I had become so caught up in my own life, that it never occurred to me to ask her. I need to make a trip to Winnipeg and catch up with this woman, we have stories to share, stories to tell, and obviously, many more to make.
Today, I took my brood to the mall with me and bought the girls some fairy costumes. Complete with wings and a wand. I plan to photograph them at camp, but I couldn't resist letting them wear their beautiful new wings right out of the store and through the mall. They made quite a picture, each wearing "butterfry wings" and holding hands as they walked through the mall in matching outfits. All I could hear as I walked through that mall was a series of "awwww!!" "oh look!" and "OMG!" from the other shoppers. The girls were a hit, and of course, I was so proud. They didn't touch a single thing, followed me clear from one side of the mall to the other, and held hands the entire time. Personally, I am excited to see what kind of relationship these girls will have, and to share what kind of trouble they will get into over the years. Liisa and I used to pretend we were twins and get away with it. Now I have a set of my own to enjoy :)
Hayden is turning into the cutest baby ever. He rode right up front in the grocery cart today for the first time. He was so proud. He giggled and chatted almost the entire ride. He smiled at anyone who looked his way and giggled hysterically if I gave him a little tickle. He makes me laugh, and I am so excited to watch him go from baby to toddler to little boy. I have no expectation of what he will be like...he is kind of a mystery to me. I haven't really done boys. But I sure am glad to have the chance to experience parenting one.
And those are my thoughts for today. I should head to bed. Gnitey everyone....