Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hey look! Here I am!

Wow... 6 months. I remember when I used to blog multiple times a day on this blog. Alas, times change. I've been super busy with work and teaching so I'm barely blogging anywhere right now. So why am I here?  An aura occurred. Yesterday. Morning. It wasn't very long. Zig-zaggy C on the left side. I've been feeling like I might get one for a couple of weeks. I've been taking my Co-Q10, but also forgetting. I think, after lots of stress, I might need to up the Co-Q10.

What else? We survived our first year of Middle School with oNe. She's 12 now. After the first trimester, I wrote and never published, how oNe was doing super well in school, but how she wasn't enjoying it. That's putting it mildly. She despises middle school. I hope it's better in 7th grade, but we'll see. She is doing well, academically, I just hope she can enjoy school a little.

twoK is a completely different kid than last year. She is 10. She made a new bff, and in the process came out of her shell and made several new friends at school. She's much more confident. She likes the new house! She did her first sleep over last night. I'm kind of shocked at how much she's changed in the last year. She's still my snuggly girl, but she's growing up. Oh, yea, and she looks like she's entering adolescence. She's going to beat oNe most likely. I'm not ready....

Three-a is my 8-year-old softball player. She's still my happy-go-lucky (too fun loving sometimes) girl. She's doing well in school, but is very much the kid everyone likes and not the studious kid. She's loving Star Wars (we're finally showing it to the girls) (serious Sci-fi geeks take the introduction of the classics to their children very serious).

MWH is still most wonderful. We'll see if I come back sooner than 6 months. I hate shutting this blog down, but slowly....

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

bejesus

Recntly, I called MWH at work. They had reset the phones at a central location and his ringer was set to maximum. When he answered, he told me the loud ring had scared the bejesus out of him. I was worried that it was bad to not have a bejesus, but he seems to be doing okay.

In fact, the next day, he went on a field trip with Three-a.  Oh, wow, it's been so long since I've written here that I've almost forgotten my code names for the girls. 

What's happening? Lots of stuff. I try to document it in (bad) photos on our other blog and manage to do that most days. I manage to blog on my food blog a few times a months, but I don't seem to write here at all. I can't believe that this blog is coming to an end, but the girls really aren't so little any more.

I could write about 2013, but that would take a while and it's already documented on the other blog. I'm happy to say, I don't have very many complaints about the year. 

(Okay, I could blog about the pain of the remodel, and some of the troubles at the new house, but it would just be #firstworld problems and I'd probably sound very whiny. Poor MWH got enough of me complaining in person, so I think I'll skip it. On the whole, I like the new house. I'll like it even more when EVERYTHING is done. Maybe this year.)

There's lots of things I could write about. oNe started middle school. We've had some adjustment issues. She's doing great academically, but she's stressed about the work. We live in a community where everyone is an overachiever, so it's easy for kids to get stressed. I may end up wanting to write about that so I'll keep this space for now.

twoK still has her moments, but she's definitely in a  better place than she was around her birthday/through the time we moved. I'm so thankful! 

Three-a is really funny. She's always been my happy kid, but now she's getting sarcastic and witty. 

Our 3 kitties are super fun and each have the personality of the girl who is their girl. It's pretty funny. 

I do like those 3 little, or not so little, girls!  

What else...the goals for next year will probably appear on the other blog. Maybe someday I'll write the tale of how we survived lice the first time (2 years ago) and the second time (this year). Or not. I did learn some handy tricks and feel I maybe should share them. Not today. We'll see if this post is see you later, or goodbye. Or, see you on the other blog and in FB. Some of you I met from this blog are now people who are my friends!



Monday, September 16, 2013

two years...

It's been two years since my Mom died.

Apparently it's also the birthday of of my good friend's (who died) husband. He's my friend in Facebook, and while I don't want to unfriend him, I don't often go see his FB page. He's happily remarried and it's so weird to see pictures of his (and my friend's) little girl. She looks so much like her mama.

So anyway, remembering my Mom and looking at those pictures pushed me over the edge. I thought I'd do okay today, but the double-whammy really got me. (I wonder if this happened last year. If it did, I didn't blog about it.) I don't remember what I did last year, but I do remember it sucked.

I remember when I was little, my Mom telling me when it was the anniversary of the day her mother died. I remember being sad that my Mom was sad, but I didn't know how to react 'cause I didn't ever meet her Mom; she died 15 years before I was born.

Yea, that was random.

Death is hard on the people who are left. The people who haven't yet come along, and the people who died, not so much. At least that's my take on it.

Okay... I'm ending this not-so-cheery post. Here's hoping my dance class will cheer me up tonight.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Moved!

I've been wanting to blog here for a long time, but I just haven't had the time.

We moved! At the end of July! Like planned! However, the house wasn't done. Still isn't. I'm hoping for most stuff to be done by mid-October and then feel finished by January....  (A girl can dream, right?)

Stuff we LOVE about the new house:
We can bike to the park more easily
The girls can bike up and down the driveway without me being outside
We have lots of fruit in the backyard!
New neighbors who seem fabulous!

Funny stuff:
We put in hampers from all the bedrooms that lead to a common closet. The hampers are now portals to different rooms for the kitties--they love it! The girls also love crawling through them. I did it once, but didn't think it was all that great.

Stuff that is driving me crazy:
I can't find anything. For a couple of weeks it was my scotch tape, stapler and headset. Now it's my camera charger.... BOOO!
I am pretty sure my brain is packed as well.
We won't even get started on what's not done in the house, or what's done, but was done poorly so has to be re-done.
(Poor MWH he has to deal with me.)

Summer is over and the girls are back in school. oNe is in middle school now--WHOA! We go meet the teachers tonight and I'm very excited. twoK didn't get the teacher she wanted and for a few days it was very rough. This was right after we moved so she was still reeling from the move. (More about that later--maybe.) Three-a is, as usual, my little sunny girl. She just turned 8 and is in 3rd grade. I have high hopes for this year. Second grade was rough because of a situation with the teacher (can't remember if I shared about that or not, but maybe I will if I suddenly get more time).  (The situation with the teacher was mostly because of the new principal and another new teacher at the school. It wasn't pretty and the teacher ended up leaving the school. She'd been at the school for a long time, so it felt very sad and NOT GOOD.)  (Ugh.)

Work... I'm kind of not into work right now. I'm hoping to get my work mojo back. I'm blaming it on the time of year--the start of school is ALWAYS hard. I am so lucky to have a great job, great colleagues, and I need to just buckle down and get back to it. I've been "mostly off" for most of the summer (July-Aug) so it's getting back into the groove that's always hard.

Why don't I blog here any more?... It's not that I don't have stuff I want to write about, but I am spending more time at the food blog and the "other blog." I'm still not quite ready to shut this blog down.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cleaning house

I can't remember if I wrote about how our cleaners stole some money. It felt like I had just gotten used to them and how they cleaned, and how to work with them, and then it all had to end. M WH didn't want new cleaners, well because money was stolen. I was very sad. He thought we could do it and that we could get the girls involved. And that it would be good for all of us. I work a lot. I didn't really want to spend a few spare hours I had cleaning; however, we decided to try it.

It's been about four months now. At first, I hated it. Now, I do a deep clean on the kitchen about once a week. MWH and the girls do the vacuuming of the whole house. And every couple weeks we tackle cleaning the whole house in the deep clean way. I must say, I don't hate it as much as I thought I would.

Today, we all cleaned for 2 1/2 to 3 hours and the whole house is in pretty decent shape. I think the thing I am most happy with today is that the girls stuck with the cleaning. The girls are learning some useful cleaning skills and they are spending quality time with their parents. They are learning to work hard and not be entitled. When the cleaners first let go, the girls were very sad and really wanted new cleaners.

Now, while they don't like cleaning, they are getting decent about it. If they do everything I ask, they received $20 for their work. They are earning money and get the pride of a job well done. They still complain, but so do I, but we are all learning and working hard. It feels good. Though I wish I still had the cleaners, I am happy that I received the gift of spending more time with my kids and teaching them things they will use the rest of their lives. Thank you MWH for being wise and encouraging us to do this.


Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Moving...

We are finally moving!  I wrote about our new house here.  We were supposed to move last year, but we have THE WORLD'S SLOWEST contractor. We had one unforeseen problem in the house, but he has been so slow. At the beginning of June, this year, I went to, um, motivate him--I wanted to yell at him, but I was nice. However, he tried to blame the slowness on us. Whatever.  It was him. COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY HIM. Anyway, moving on (pun intended!), we're moving!

I just signed movers up for July 28th. The movers estimated we have 10,000 pounds of stuff.  It's less 'cause we're not moving an old couch, or an entertainment center. We are moving a treadmill and an exercise bike. I'm so thankful they will be moving those things and not me! Our new house is slightly bigger than our current house and because we won't move that couch, chair and entertainment center, we will have a very empty new house, but that's good! We'll get new stuff and fill it back up because that's the American way. I hope we don't get too much stuff, but we'll see.

Right now, I'm tossing articles from many years ago from work. I just tossed articles from research my dear, late friend and I had done together. It was hard to toss them, but there is very little possibility that I will work in that area again. It's too painful without my friend.

I just spoke to MWH and he agreed that I didn't need those old articles. We'll toss lots of stuff and with them, some of our memories of what happened. I know my Mom held on to some of the things she kept so that she would remember events. I hope I've done an okay job documenting here and on the other blog and now the food blog, too.

Oh, fun thing! I was interviewed by a reporter today because of my healthy eating blog. He knows it's not a hugely popular blog (I have like 20 viewers, most of whom are family, and I think I know all of them). He was interested in how social media helps me eat healthy and in what way it influences me. I like journalists and reporters.  They are right up there with librarians and teachers as some of my favorite types of people.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Working out hazards

When you work out often, you have to take a lot of showers. This means, that you end up showering places other than your own home. This also means that you sometimes end up in a shower without a towel. Just so you know, you can dry off with paper towels. In addition, paper towels make really good wash cloths.

Another hazard of shower often showers is that you have to carry around clean underwear. If you put the clean underwear in your work bag, make sure it doesn't get tangled up with your cord for your computer. That's all I'm saying.


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Reframing

While waiting for my teeth cleaning, I flipped through a magazine for Moms. I don't usually have the opportunity to look at these magazines, but today I did; I skimmed an article about sensitive children. I have a sensitive child. I think the article helped me understand her a little better.

The article discussed how mothers often try to change their sensitive children; they try to toughen them up (um, guilty). It also discussed how you can't really make someone unsensitive. The article suggested that rather than trying to change your sensitive child, you accept they are different and try to support what they need. It suggested thinking of some children like dandelions who will thrive wherever and in any environment, but some children, the sensitive ones, are more like orchids. Orchids take a very special environment since they are delicate flowers; however, they offer a lot to the world when they are encouraged to thrive.

This is a very helpful perspective, indeed. I'm trying to work with my sensitive one, but she's a challenge. Not only is she sensitive, she is stubborn. It's only been a couple of days, but whatever I do is wrong, it seems. I've been telling her I want to help her, but I need her to help me help her. I'll let you know if I figure out any strategies that work.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Two things

Wow, I didn't post anything here in April. I was busy with my class ending and the girls having a week off of school. I have a small break as a project new project ramps up. I have one little project I should work on, but right now, I'm going to blog. I need to enjoy this time because soon I will be very busy.

So the two things I was going to talk to you about was 1, friends (two issues), and 2, the new house. Humor me as I vent...(this is a blog after all).

I have two friends who are bugging me. One of the friends is only slightly annoying, and the other is really annoying. The first friend is nice enough, but everything is about her and her world. I'm fine to listen and discuss her issues 95% of the time, but 5% of the time I have things I would like to discuss, too. (Unrelated, I used to have this friend, and when ever I would talk to her, it would always turn back to me because she would direct the questions at me. I always tried to get her to talk about herself, but she wanted to talk about me--that was a little odd, too.) With this friend, who is always needing my input, I have to literally say, hey wait, can't we talk about X? I'm experiencing this and need your thoughts. When I ask, she'll usually oblige, but not always. Any suggestions?

The second friend issue involves a woman who I really like, but I really dislike her parenting. Her kids are the biggest brats. They are rude. They talk back, they do bad things, sometimes even dangerous things, and she never corrects them, ever.

I'm still seething over my last experience with them. (They were guests at the pool where we are members. They (her kids), for some reason, didn't want my kids to be at OUR club. They said, "Why are they here?" in a loud voice in front of my kids. The Mom didn't say anything.) I like the Mom when she's not around her kids, but I have decided I can't be her friend nor can I hang out with her and her children. When my children hang out with her children they are more poorly behaved. Have you ever experienced this?

The second big topic, the new house. We were going to move last summer, but there were issues with the house. They are still not quite resolved, but almost. The house is going to be fabulous when we move. I'm not complaining, but I do wish we were done with the remodel. I'm getting antsy to move. Remodels take a lot of extra thinking and time and money. Moving is a pain and life will be crazy. That's it on the second topic, but more will come as twoK doesn't want to move and we'll have to work through that.

An now a bonus subject, the 3 little girls...The girls are good and I should do and update on them and what they are like now, but I have "the other blog" and I record what we're doing over there. Here's a brief update for here. twok is almost 9. We just celebrated her birthday on Saturday. We'll do something on the day of her birthday, but I'm not sure what. Three-a is loving softball. oNe is quite the little dancer and I'm having a blast dancing with her too. Next year, I'll start taking a ballet class with twoK. I started an adult ballet class after not having danced ballet for about 15 years. I was SORE. It's fun. I am also planning to start horseback riding lessons, too. The girls of been taking horse all year and they've learned a lot; now it's my turn. I have fantasies of someday leasing or owning a horse. MWH is okay with the leasing idea (maybe), but not the owning. He's probably right--owning is a bit extreme.

I think that's all for now. I guess at this rate I'll see you in a couple of months.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

My kitty boy

It's been 8 years since my beloved kitty past on--more than 8, actually.

I thought about him on 2/15/2013, the anniversary of his death, but I didn't post about him. I do still miss my boy. One of our new kitties reminds me of him, more so than the other kitties, bu he's not my beloved kitty.  

Anyway, a friend has a kitty with CRF (chronic renal failure) and I am so sad for her.  I just re-read the journal I kept while beloved kitty was sick.  It made me cry, and hence this post.  Not saying much, but feeling better writing about him.  I won't ever forget that boy.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Weird aura

One reason that I have kept this blog, is it to record all of the weird illnesses and auras that the girls and I have had. Now, I need to document that twoK and I both had a cold with a fever recently (2/18). It was a weird cold that started off nice and slowly, and you didn't think it was that bad, and then for a day there is a fever.  Now oNe has it (she's almost better.)

Earlier this week, I was driving, and I had this weird sensation. I got really dizzy when the sun hit my eyes and I was turning a corner. I continued to be dizzy for a couple of minutes, but I was on a fairly winding road, so I figured I was carsick. I thought it was a little odd as I've never been dizzy when I was carsick.  When I reached my destination I was still very dizzy; I had to stop and sit and breathe for about five minutes before I was okay. It really wasn't the carsick feeling. I was just VERY DIZZY. I thought that the dizziness might have been related to my illness the previous week because my ears were very stuffy. But then about half an hour later I started getting a slight headache. I came to the conclusion that this was a weird aura.

I look back over the last month and I realize I've been under quite a bit of stress lately. A family member, I've blogged about this person before, has been visiting on and off for about a month. This person stresses me out. Needless to say I think that my stress level allowed me to get that cold I was telling you about, and caused me this migraine aura. I should also mention, but not go into any detail, that this person's visit caused me some digestive strife. Ah, stress, good times.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

At some point...

At some point, I'll probably have to close this blog down... I'm pretty pathetic, but I'm still posting occasionally--at this rate, I'll end up with 6 posts this year. Let's see, little girl highlights that don't make it on the other blog:

Right after we went back to school, we got one very sick child (twoK).  She had a high fever, a sore throat, and a BAD COUGH.  She told me who had coughed on her and I found out he'd been sick over break and gone back to school on the first day, but then he went home later the first day and was sick some more.  When I spoke to him, he confirmed he had had a really high fever.  I don't have a thermometer any more, but twoK felt REALLY hot....

I gave her lots of Elderberry (in case it was the flu), ibuprofen (for the high fever), and chocolate (for her cough).

It all seemed to help. Someday, I'm going to have to do a post on Elderberry, and how it's good for reducing the severity and duration of the flu, but not today.  On another note, it turns out that chocolate is a really effective cough suppressant.

I conducted an experiment when twoK was sick. (I didn't mean to, but it just happened.) She'd coughed for an hour and 1/2 and in desperation, MWH searched the web to see what we could give her.  (I was just about to send him out to a 24 hour drugstore at 11 pm---he was trying not to go.)  He read about chocolate. I gave her about an ounce of dark chocolate (70%) and after about 1/2 hour she stopped coughing and was fine for 5 hours.  After 5 hours, she coughed again. I stumbled downstairs (It was about 4:30 / 5 am) and told her to eat more chocolate.  She slept for another 5 hours.  Go chocolate!

Here's a couple of links for you if you want to know more. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA352799 

http://www.everydayhealth.com/cold-and-flu/1210/chocolate-a-cure-for-the-common-cough-4924.aspx 

Here are some posts from FB over the last couple of months that I don't want to forget.

The younger two girls are running around the house holding their breath and narrating about the fish and wonderful underwater creatures they are seeing... They are scuba diving.  Later they are going camping on an island.  #loveimagination

(And yea, this is FB, so I don't post about the times when they aren't so cute.)


Proud of N for helping her little sister K figure out her Math problems! Helping someone else understand is the best way to make sure you understand. #learning

I'm currently trying to help the girls learn that the *most effective* way to make a request (for me to purchase something, have a play date, or put an event I need to remember on the calendar) is to email me.

If they email me, I can get the request while on the computer thus upping the chances that I'll be able to (order the item, email the friend's mom, or put the event in my calendar). Slowly, it's working and N is learning. T and K still need more reminders.

Dear Girls,
Please email.
Love, Mom

#heh

N learned to do the Macarena, today. #heh

T (age 7) is working on her book report and contemplating if traveling back in time and giving the draft to a past self would get it done faster. Heh.

A friend from my high school days came to visit.  The girls had a good time.  It was kind of a random thing.  I'm glad she came.

Okay, that's it for now.  That takes us back through the beginning of the year.  The kitties are pretty well documented on the other blog.  The food situation is pretty much documented on the "other other" blog.  If you want to see either of those, let me know.  You can email virtual _ jk at (the big web company that starts with a Y) . com  .  If you're not a bot, and you have interest, you can figure it out.  

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

It's time...

It's time to get my hair cut!! I was talking with a family member and she commented on how my hair was growing. Without really thinking, I responded with, yeah, and I hate it every second of the day. I hate the way it looks and how it feels.

Hrm. How do I really feel?


Despite the fact that they just got new toys, the girls are fighting over cardboard boxes on the day after Christmas. I love it.


I need to do my new year's resolutions. I don't think I did any last year. I was so busy. I think, I resolved, offline, to work less. I really have since this summer. I'm waiting for a new project to start at work. It was supposed to start in September. We're still waiting. Since we didn't get the money in 2012, and since the money is coming from a federal agency, we figure we might be waiting until the fiscal cliff is settled, fixed, or resolved. I'm not sure what the correct term is, I am pretty sure it is annoying that our government can be so lame to get into situations like the fiscal cliff.

I'm fine to work less, right now. I'm still teaching this year and having fun doing so, so until I get too busy, I'll keep teaching. I *hope* they figure out what's going on with our project before I get asked if I'll teach next year. If I'm working on the project, I don't know how I'll be able to teach and work at the same time. If I'm not working on the project, then I'll want to teach.

Oh, yea, back to resolutions. I was going to do some. There aren't that many of them.

1. Drink more water. I drink a lot of hot tea, but I should drink more water. I will make sure I do so. (Easy resolution)

2. Add one more strength training class a week. I currently do 2 most weeks. Eventually, I'd like to get to 5 or 6 a week, but we'll take it one more per week. If I get to 3 for most weeks, then yay!

3. I'm trying to figure out if I can "dance EVERY day" in 2013. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays I already dance. Can I add in practicing just (a minimum of) 10 minutes a day? Would that count?

That's all I can think of right now. I'll make another post if I think of more.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Highlight of my day

Being on the phone listening to a meeting while trying to 1) make lunch for my girls and 2) answer an email all at the same time.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

We took a trip

We took a trip... Love the back of the head shots! My little girls. I'll tell you all about the trip later.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

i forgot to tell you


I forgot to tell you about the homemade twix bar experiement.....

The date mixture that you put inside is YUM, but it should be made in a food processor, not a blender.  I tried to make it in my blender and there wasn't enough to get blended properly.  This resulted in a tragic accident and me needing to buy a new tamper for the blender.  I am still thankful that nothing more than the tamper was damaged.  I was stupid!  

I didn't measure my PB and added too much to the rice crispy mix so they weren't as crispy as I think they should have been.

They were sweeter than I liked (dates are VERY sweet--that's why they call them nature's candy), but the girls really liked them.  We even had a friend over (age 8) and she loved them. I find that my kids usually like the concoctions I create for them, but other kiddos often don't.  I tend to create very NOT SWEET treats.  (We don't need the sugar and you definitely can get used to less sugar and enjoy the other flavors in treats.)

Will I make them again, um, yea, probably.  They took more time than I wanted, so I might try a different treat....  I may remove this post, modify it a bit, and post it on "another blog" not the family blog with all the pictures, but a recipe blog for healthy, vegan recipes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Which shirt?

Where I get my hair done, we change into smocks and hang up our shirts in the bathroom.  One of these shirts is not like the other (mine).  Heh.  I thought it was a fun picture.  

Monday, October 29, 2012

No School Today

Crazy weather, but that's not what's keeping us out of school today.  It's a teacher learning day.  I'm thrilled that I'm working less right now.  Because I am working less, I got to stay home with the girls this morning.  We had one play date at our house (Three-a) and one play date away (oNe), and another one this afternoon (for twoK).  I baked some healthy stuff, too. Later today, I hope I can get the time to make homemade twix bars.  Don't they look YUM????

P.S.  twoK's folliculits is getting better!  Whew!  No oral antibiotics have been taken thus far.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Folliculitis is going to push me over the edge...

Or horseback riding...
or the special dance classes we're doing this weekend
or the two birthday parties this weekend
or the Halloween thing we went to Friday night
or gymnastics
or violin, trumpet, or piano lessons
or girl scouts
or regular dance class
or ice skating lessons

Seriously, we're too busy right now.  Three-a just gave up gymnastics and I say, WHEW!  When oNe gave it up, I was sad, now I'm just relieved--one less thing to do.  twoK is still taking.

On the twoK note, twoK has folliculitis on her little bum.  I'm sure she'd be embarrassed to have me writing this on the web, but hey, I'm not posting pictures.  I'm cleaning the little lesions 3x a day and putting antibiotic ointment on them.  The doctor wanted me to do oral antibiotics, but I think we can beat it with just topical.  I'm not a big fan of oral antibiotics.

We're also soaking in epsom salt and putting hydrogen peroxide on them to clean them.  Good times.  I've gotten faster at treating them in the last 24 hours.  We'll hope that she's better within a week.

I danced 3 hours today.  I'm pretty wiped out!  This post is a reflection of my exhaustion!

On the germ theory note, did I record that oNe had a cold along with me?  It's such a weird cold.  I was wiped out for more than a week.  I think I've finally kicked it--it lasted about 10 days...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sisters...

(Cue the song...Sisters)

Over the weekend, we had a moment where both MWH and I were slapping our heads and saying "REALLY? You guys are asking me to deal with this inanity (and insanity!)?"

We were leaving a festival and Three-a had stayed outside to play.  twoK had come in and had gotten a balloon from the clean-up process.  Three-a was upset that she didn't get a balloon.  twoK offered her hers.  So sweet.  twoK gets a point there, but Three-a was too tired and NOTHING would console her.

Moving on...

twoK LOST points because she would't go through the haunted house at the festival that oNe had worked on.  oNe was so MAD at twoK.  The only thing that would console oNe was to have twoK scoop the cat litter boxes for oNe's week.  I think scooping the litter box is a valid punishment for someone who broke a promise.  twoK had PROMISED oNe she'd go through the haunted house and she didn't.

I want the girls to know that they can count on their sister(s).  For the most part, the girls are good sisters, but like all sisters there are MOMENTS or even days and weeks of difficulty.


(Hey look, a blog post JUST about the girls.  Whoa.)