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"Are they triplets?" "No, I found the other one in the parking lot and thought, 'why not?'"

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Isabelle’s Recital Video

Okay so I have FINALLY been able to post this video.  Thankfully YouTube doesn’t care how big my file is and I was able to upload it though them and post it here.  I will be adding another video tomorrow perhaps.  I have been sitting up late waiting for it to upload.  In the video Isabelle can be hard to find at times because she either behind someone or far away.  Please keep in mind I was recording this on my phone.  I hope that you all enjoy!  I’m just glad I was finally able to post something as I’m sure there are a few people out there who would like to see her dancing!

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Tiny Dancer

Yesterday was the big day we have been (im)patiently waiting for.  Isabelle’s Dance Recital.  As most of you know we put Isabelle into Highland Dance this past year.  We weren’t really sure what she would think of it or if she would be at all interested.  It really was more of an opportunity for Isabelle to get out of the house, away from the twins and with some kids her own age.

Towards the end of the year, the dance studio had their Highland Dance Tests and Isabelle did well.  Her teacher even said that Isabelle has shown really good improvement since the beginning of the year.  We were pretty excited to hear that.  Sometimes I think Ian and I worry that she would just stand around and be “shy” and not want to dance.  So it’s always nice to hear good things.  As the year went on, they wouldn’t allow parents to watch the class.  This was so they could practice their routine for the recital and not give away the surprise of what they were working on.

Isabelle’s class preformed about 3 or 4 times, I can’t quite remember nor can I find the program at the moment.  Isabelle did well, there were moments of just standing being shy, but then she would see her other classmates doing a certain move and she would join in.  Watching her class was just too much for me to hold back the tears.  They all did so well and even when they weren’t doing exactly what they were supposed to it was still really cute!  Her class did some dancing to a song called the Choo Choo Train (I think).  They came out with a cardboard train, did some moves, and some clapping and waving and then they did some dance work again and were done.  They also came out at the finale and dance with the older girls.  

Isabelle was very happy to have her family, Auntie, Uncle, Grandma and Grandpa E there with her.  She is excited for Grandma and Grandpa D to see the pictures and some video of her recital the next time we visit.  She hopes that Grandma D is feeling better and she can’t wait to give her a big hug!  (That comes from Isabelle as I sit here typing this)

Ian and I gave our little dancer a bouquet of orange Gerber daisies and she got a special doll(Merida, from the movie Brave) from her Aunt and Uncle.  As another treat, tonight Ian and I are taking her to see the movie Brave.  It’s a dance studio trip and while I think she doesn’t know she’s going yet, I know that she is going to be very excited to see it!

It was a long day for everyone especially the kids.  When we pulled into the driveway last night after having gone out for dinner with the family, Madeline sighs and says “Ah, home sweet home!”



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The Birds and the Bees

So I’m going to do my best and try to 1. write this post really fast because I want to go to bed and 2. share with you a story that makes me giggle(and may cause me nightmares).

So there I was sitting out back watching the kidlets play in the pool and run around the backyard doing other various activities.  Isabelle comes and sits down beside me in her pink chair with a towel wrapped around her and she looks over to me and says “Mom, where did I come from?”  Isabelle has asked this question before and I always reply that she came from my tummy.  That always seemed to do the trick until today.  When I was then asked “but how did I come out of your tummy?”  I have always tried to be honest with Isabelle when she asks questions, but today I wasn’t too sure what to say.  So I tried this, “Mommy pushed really hard for a very long time and then you were born.”  I figured that should do the trick and we could move one.  Isabelle paused for a moment and then laughed and turned away to look at the pool.

I thought, okay so that seemed to do the trick.  Wrong. 

Isabelle:  So Mommy, you pushed really hard and then I came out of your mouth?
Me: (trying to keep a straight face and not say “Yep, that’s exactly how it happens!” in horror films maybe) Uh, no Isabelle not quite.
Isabelle: So how did I come out of your tummy?

So here I go, going to do my best to be honest without scaring the fucking shit out of a 4 year old because I don’t want to deal with those nightmares tonight.  I looked down at my darling 4 year old and said “Isabelle one day when you are older and the time is right, Mommy will talk to you about how babies come out of vagina’s.  But now is not that time.

Isabelle’s response:  HAHAHAHA  THAT’S FUNNY!!  AHAHAHAHAA

She literally then got up and got back in the pool and seems to have forgotten the whole conversation already.

It’s going to be so much easier to explain to Madeline that they just had to simply cut Mommy open to take her out of my tummy……oh wait that will probably also induce nightmares so let’s hope Madeline is content just knowing that at one time she was in my tummy.