What sort of brain pills is my toddler taking and where can I get some for myself? I'm joking, of course, but I never cease to be amazed at how almost overnight, Sadie seems to have gained thirty IQ points. Over the last three days, she's started to talk a bit more, and understand an awful lot more. I discovered her new-found brilliance during her midnight-to-half-past-three party that she held on the wee hours of Sunday morning. Hurrah ... and yawn.
How on earth did I ever get my own homework done when I was in first grade? I also had a younger sister, but I don't remember having to fight her off from scribbling in my homework book. Madeline, however, does. Whenever she brings out a worksheet that she needs to complete, Sadie is right there, trying to elbow her way in with a marker in hand. I have no idea how to get Sadie to lay off and leave Madeline to do her work in peace unless I lead her away somewhere else, which isn't often possible as I usually have to stay with Madeline to keep her on task. Ugh.
I've somehow found myself going on a decorating/organizing binge over the last few days. It started with me hanging up the rest of the pictures and framed photos in the girls' rooms (vain of me, but it makes me happy inside if my kids have nicely decorated bedrooms), but by Sunday, I was re-arranging furniture in our guest bedroom and computer room, displaying knicknacks, and marking the walls where I need holes drilled to hang up more decorations. It's carried over to today; this afternoon I was assembling some IKEA stuff, shuffling the dollhouse from one corner to the other, hauling stuff up to the storage room, and doing more measuring for our artwork. I spent much of our first few months in this house lamenting over how much this house didn't feel like our home and how I missed our apartment in Nichada, but I have to say that hanging up a handful of our family photos in our bedroom really helps me to feel settled here. (But I would go back to a single-storey home in a minute - the stairs here are just inconvenient!)