Tuesday, May 26, 2020

What's in my bowl?

It's hard to find something that everyone can agree on when it comes to meals. The blond twin only eats certain things on her self-created fitness plan. The brunette twin is a vegetarian who doesn't like most fruits and vegetables. 

Now Holly has decided not to eat her dog food. She's gotten spoiled since everyone is home all the time. Holly has been eating lots of table scraps with her breakfast for weeks now. Recently we served regular dog food, a brand she ate with gusto a few weeks ago. She sniffed it and walked away.

This has gone on for days now. We decided she no longer gets anything but her dog food. When she gets hungry enough, she eventually eats what's in her bowl.

We have enough trouble trying to feed the human children. We're not going to allow our dog to become our next picky eater.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Pandemic hair cut

We've all seen the funny videos of celebrities getting hair cuts during our COVID-19 shelter at home mandate. No matter how casual everyone feels right now since we're mostly staying at home, we all eventually need to do a little grooming.

The brunette twin decided a few weeks ago to change her hair color. Six boxes of purple hair die later, she had brown hair with a purple glaze. It was really pretty, especially in the sun. 

The ends of her hair turned a pale purple/grey color. She decided that she wanted to cut it down since the ends were also really dry, so it was hard to brush her hair.

She asked me to cut her hair. Let's say it's not perfect, but it's not bad for an amateur like me. She took some pictures to document the event. As she said, "It's good enough." I think that's our new motto as we all go through these days.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Drive-by party

The pandemic has brought a lot of what we used to consider "normal" life to a halt. While we're waiting to get through the pandemic, lots of new traditions have sprung up. Today we were part of what might be my favorite new celebration.

Aunt Reenie was planning a low-key celebration for her birthday today. We don't normally celebrate birthdays for adults as a family. This is not a normal time, though.

We gathered at a park near Uncle Steve and Aunt Reenie's house. There were about 20 vehicle, including a fire department ladder truck. Aunt Reenie's dad was a Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief, so the local fire department was happy to be part of the party. We decorated the cars with balloons and signs. 

The weather was sunny with a brisk breeze. Still, lots of people were outside working in their yards. Our parade set off to the delight of the neighbors. Everyone stopped to watch us go by.

Aunt Reenie was standing in the garage talking to Uncle Steve. By the time our car went by, she was wiping tears from her face. We went back around the block for a second pass by the house.

A few cars stopped, yelled greetings and went home. We might have to stay apart for our health, but that doesn't mean we can't all be together. Our first drive-by surprise party was a success that brought us all together for a some fun and laughter.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Pandemic dress up

Overheard at our house...

Mom:  "I put on jeans and a sweater today. I feel fancy."

Mom's friend:  "I'm going with the hoodie and jeans look today."

Mom:  "So, semi-formal today?"