I started letting Rikki and Alex feed themselves for about the last month or two. Sometimes it is a success, others it is not. I took Rikki out of her high chair to wash her off and turned around to grab Alex and this is the sight I saw. At least she likes her yogurt!
Nam was babysitting the other day and Sydney was looking at the rings on her fingers. (One of the rings looks like two intertwined.) Sydney says to Nam, "Can I have one of these rings and you have the other one?) Nam says, "No, they don't come apart." So Sydney says, "Then why don't you give me that ring and you can keep the other one. (her wedding ring)" Nam says, "No Papa gave them to me." Sydney says, "Why did he give them to you?" Nam, "Because he likes me." Sydney, "Well, Papa likes me better he gave me a cow."
Also, a couple of months ago Sydney was watching cartoons and a commercial came on for Aqua Dots. So Sydney yells at me, "Mom, are you 18?" I said, "no, why?" She says, "Cause I want these Aqua Dots and you have to be 18 to order them, do we know anyone who is 18?"
We sent Breezy away for some training for two weeks, we just got her back last Wednesday. (Sydney missed her every day she was gone.) A friend of ours has two little girls, seven and eight I think. They ride all the time and are pretty aggressive. They rode Breezy every day and it shows, she not only lost weight, she has a slight attitude adjustment. Today Sydney was able to ride her all the way to the neighbors barn and back, about a mile or so, all by herself. Of course Moosey and I were close behind, she did a really good job and actually has some confidence in her riding ability now that Breezy will do what she asks. Oh and I forgot to mention she did this all bareback! It was Sydney's idea, she has been wanting to ride her bareback since she left.
This summer we have had so many hummingbirds in our yard. This morning while we were sitting outside I spotted five all trying to feed off of our plants. They absolutely love this perennial. It is called Salvia guaranitica, the flower color is this amazing blue and the leaves are a lush dark green. Mine seems to winter over most years and comes back like a perennial even though it is often labeled as an annual. It grows about 3.5 feet tall and just about as wide. The other things they love in our yard are the butterfly bushes and the English lavendar. They also really like a few of the annuals I have planted and seem to hang out in Incense Cedar we have in the back yard. I think they must like it for the cover that it provides. Try any or all of these plants if you would like to attract the hummingbirds and even the monarch butterflies.
Alex seems to be going through a stage right now, or at least I am hoping that it is a stage, where she seems to be afraid of everything. She is warming up slowly to Moose's puppy and even attempts to pet Breezy but the heifers are still a mystery to her. We have 3 in right now that we are feeding, 2 for the harvest fair and one is Sally Superstar - Syd's heider. Alex loves to go out to the barn but even in Steve's arms she is really not to sure about them. (In the picture she is looking into the pen at the heifers.) Hopefully all will come together and they will get rid of their animal anxieties. Kinda weird to me since Sydney never seemed to be afraid of anything.
Rikki is trying something new the last few nights. Whenever we walk over to our barn, this is how she holds her hands and walks. She will stop and pick something up or point at something and then put her hands back behind her. It cracks me up, and I have no idea where she picked this up. Soon Alex will be doing this I'm sure. Right now Rikki is the leader and Alex is the copycat. Whatever Rikki does, Alex does, the good and the bad! We had them in the wagon tonight for a ride and Rikki folded her hands and put them up behind her head with her elbows sticking straight out, just like an old man sitting in a recliner, just as Rikki did it, Alex did it and the both of them were trucking down the road in the wagon looking very relaxed and I had no camera. Darn it.
Aunt Moose got a new puppy a few weeks ago, Callie. Moose may not have quite thought this one all the way through, Sydney is still wanting to go over to Aunt Moose's house all the time and visit, but every time she gets there she says, "Where's Callie?" I think it is giving Auntie a bit of a complex that Sydney's admiration is now directed at the dog and not her. (No worries Moose, she really does want to spend time with you, at home she talks about you and not the dog!)
Billy Joe and Joyce had us up for dinner last Tuesday night, Sydney decided she is calling them Billy Joe and Billy Joyce for some odd reason, they have us up every once in awhile and all the kids love it. Sydney especially likes the fact that Joyce has a special cow plate that only Sydney gets to eat off of. (Rikki and Alex get to choose between the pig, sheep and a chicken when they are old enough.) This is an exciting decision for kids, ya know. They had bought each of the girls a ball so we got to play in the yard with the balls and Billy Joe, he acts just like a little kid when he is around them, Joyce says, "This is a first, he didn't even act like this with his own son." They get so much joy out of their "grandkids." The evening would not be complete without being able to play a little pool. Of course Rikki and Alex still get the advantage of sitting on the table to play, wonder how long this is going to last! Notice Steve's shirt, his team won their division in softball this year, on Monday night. Guess he couldn't wait to brag, and wear his new trophy! Congratulations Steve.
Last Saturday we all went to the Red Bluff Bull Sale party over at the Running Y ranch, near Klamath Falls, about an hour away from here. (Seems like much more with 3 kids in the backseat, Rikki and Alex are not the best travelers. Maybe it's because we are afraid to travel anywhere too far since they seem to not like being in the carseat for very long.) It was cousin Tracy's birthday, (she is in the final days of her 30's, just like someone else I know.) Tracy is on the far left with cousin Molly in the center and cousin Amy on the left. Tracy decided to party like it was 1999 along with several others, including my sister. Not sure which one had the better time, or should I say payed for it the most the next day :) It was a fun party, didn't get a picture of Sydney since she was always on the move with her cousins. Sydney did manage to fall into a huge mud pit, despite the efforts of the party committee, who put up a huge barrier of straw to keep everyone out! Good thing I brought a change of clothes. Steve and I managed to stay out of trouble and got the girls home and in bed by 11. Good times :)
Wednesday was a really busy day for us. I worked a full day, then came home and Papa delivered the heifer, then I took Sydney to swim lessons and then up to the roping with Moosey, Papa and Cousin Amy, (she just started roping a couple of weeks ago.) Sydney loves going to swim lessons, I was considering taking her out for awhile but she is getting pretty good at swimming and I hate to see her forget everything. She also loves to go roping, it is a bit much to do both in one night but it is the only night that she really does something, just her. I am trying hard for her not to feel left out by all the attention that the twins are always getting. (But right now they need a lot of attention. ) So I guess until school starts, Sydney will have Wednesdays and maybe we can get Breezy whipped into shape. This week was the first week we have ever asked Breezy to do anything other than walk and be Sydney's buddy. She used to be a party pony and she has issues with doing anything that takes much energy. Some older kids got on her and tried to make her lope and she just stood there and sulled up. She never got mean, at all. Just decided that she wasn't going, period! So our solution was Aunt Moose, (by the way she is going to kill me for putting this picture up, but we all had a good laugh and thought it was only fair to share.) And, she moved, quite a bit and worked up a sweat, Breezy and Moosey. Love you Moose :)