Ruthie now thinks all daddies take airplanes to work. She asked me that when her little friend left the other day and she asked if he was going home to see his daddy. I said his daddy was probably at work, but that he would see his daddy later. And she said, misusing her pronouns in the cutest way, â€œHer daddy take an airplane to work, too?â€
On Wednesday the kids and I drove up to the Tulip Fields as Iâ€™ve done almost every year since I can remember, with only a few exceptions. We drove up in two car loads of four moms and six kids, ate a picnic lunch, and let the kids go wild in the dirt. You can see proof that boys will be boys here (pardon the sideways video, I havenâ€™t had time to figure out how to rotate the image). This is the first time Iâ€™ve ever gone with other kids Ruthieâ€™s age, and they were a fun little gang of toddlers to watch. Every time Nor said, â€œCOME ON, ROOFIE!â€ I just wanted to pinch her, she was so cute. They are all such good friends when theyâ€™re not hitting each other or pulling hair. You can see all our Tulip Adventures here.
I rode up there with a good friend who has neither a computer nor access to the internet, so I can blab about her all I want on this blog and sheâ€™ll never be the wiser!
The guys finished most of the work downstairs, so Iâ€™ve been painting. Which is why I have not been writing. Can you even comprehend how difficult it is to paint WHITE primer on top of WHITE drywall mud and wall texture??? At any rate, the painting is slow going because on my shoulder is a muscle knot the size of a grapefruit. After about an hour my arm hurts so bad it radiates to my neck and head and I canâ€™t move my arm or open my eyes. Iâ€™m beginning to wonder if we should have just paid the guys to paint as well. If youâ€™re curious, here is what the room looked like before I started painting. We now have new windows around the entire basement!
I will now leave you with a Dora reference. Today at lunch Ruthie was muscling her way in to Bryanâ€™s hummus, using her grimy fingers instead of anything like, say, a snow pea or a carrot. Finally Bryan says to her, â€œHey Swiper, no swiping!â€
Ruthie stopped and just looked at him. Blinking, I suppose, just like Dora might have in such a situation. Then she says to him, â€œNo, Iâ€™m Ruthie.â€
Sheâ€™s a literalist to the end. Thatâ€™s my girl!