Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Frogs and Fences and Lily, Oh My!
It is interesting how Lily's little personality has come out to shine within the past few days. I always knew she was a funny little kid with a wicked sense of humor but it has become so apparent the past few days. Her vocabulary has also grown by leaps and bounds the past couple of days.
I've been trying to put my finger on it, and all I can figure is Hannah was so bright and shining Lily was content to let her lead the way and do most of her talking for her. Lily still asks for Hannah (it's only been a week after all), but she seems to be doing much better.
One of Lil's new loves and passions is "bloons". We had a balloon bouquet for Hannah and brought them home and Lily has just loved playing with them. She will grab the balloon, squeeze and launch it to move it around the living room (or kitchen, or play room). The "bloons" become a problem when Ella is around because, well, she loves "bloonies" too! Lily is fine to share her cup or her food, but not her toys, and "bloons" are definitely in that category.
Ella came over yesterday and Lily immediately began hoarding all the balloons, screaming if it looked as if Ella was going to even come near her. Oh, and the snatching! Good grief!
(I can hear Lily and Lissie playing downstairs even as I type, Lily laughing and laughing and Lissie dancing her around. It's a beautiful sound. :o) )
But, back to Ella and Lily. The two of them fight like cats and dogs, and I would be hard pressed to determine who instigates more, although, my money is on Lily. She was having dinner the other evening, sitting in her booster, all buckled in and chowing down when Ella appeared, pushing Lil's baby doll stroller. Lily went ballistic! She began screaming and tantruming right there in her seat, throwing food and desperately trying to get out of her seat so she could snatch the stroller away. The child is going to be the death of us!
She has a very wicked temper and can go from placid to enraged in 0.00000001 seconds! Whew! Generally, we just step over or around her and move on. We try not to laugh because we really aren't trying to encourage more of them. ;o)
These last two pictures are of Ella and Lily having it out. Ella had this gorgeous new hat that Lily determined she NEEDED! She snatched (hm, I seem to be using that word a LOT here...) it off Ella's head and needless to say, Ella was NOT happy with that. Ella began screaming and squealing for her parents to get it back, while Lily was squealing and screaming at the top of her lungs to get her parents to intervene and give her the hat. All any of us could do at that point was laugh and take pictures. :oP
Pop, Brien, Joe and Bob put up a fence around Hannah's pond yesterday. I need to get a picture to post. It is a beautiful white picket fence that would have made Hannah VERY grumpy because she wouldn't be able to get into the pond to get into the water. *grin* But, this fence protects Lily from herself and the frogs from Holly the frog slayer. I think it was therapeutic for the men to get out and build yesterday and I'm so pleased with the results.
Brien and Joe went to get Hannah from the funeral home last night. Another milestone crossed. When they walked back into the house, there was the little green tree frog, once again peeking in the sidelight watching us all.
We are headed to Blacksburg this afternoon to hike up to the Cascades tomorrow to send Hannah over the waterfall which I KNOW she would love. When I woke this morning, "Candle in the Wind" was going through my head and I knew I had to watch Hannah's slide show. I watched and cried. I also laughed and rejoiced my Monkey was such a funny little kid and so well loved. I miss her like I never thought it was possible to miss someone and I know this trip to Blacksburg will not be easy as we had such a good time while we were last there. It will be yet another milestone to move beyond.
I look forward to surrounding myself with the peace, beauty and tranquility of the mountains Brien and I and through us, Hannah, loved.
I'll be back Saturday evening, so until then, thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers. Maybe we'll see a frog along the way. :o)