Monday, December 7, 2009
We woke up to snow on the nearby mountains, but had a doctor's appointment this morning, so we couldn't just head for the hills. We kept an anxious eye on the thermometer, crossed our fingers that it wouldn't melt before we could get up there, and ran to the girls' four-year checkups. Turned out to be the most thorough appointment we've ever been to, we were there for well over an hour. The girls were weighed (Ro 36.6 lbs, Ree 36.4 lbs), measured (Ro 40", Ree 40.25"), had their hearing checked with some spiffy headphones and beeps, had eyesight tests, then also got all the standard checkup stuff. They also got two shots each for kindergarten readiness (they don't need any until next year, but I'm paranoid and like to space out vaccinations, so we got a couple early). I had talked to Ro and Ree ahead of time and asked if they were willing to get any shots if I offered lollipop bribes, and they weighed their options and said they were ok with two shots each. So I stuffed some mini tootsie pops in my purse, and everyone was happy. Ro was actually yelling "Are we done yet? I want my shots!!" by the end of the appointment. The girls LOVE their doctor. He is the sweetest, happiest guy and they always think it's a good day when they get to visit him. Ree had an important question for him that I thought was so cute. She screwed up her courage and blurted out "Do we need to take naps anymore now that we're four?!" and, to her supreme pleasure, Dr L consulted his little sleep chart and said that as long as the girls are getting about 11 1/2 hours of sleep at night (which they are) they don't need to take naps unless they're sleepy. They've been trying to kick the naps for about a month now, with varying degrees of success. When they do nap, they stay up wayyyyy too late at night, but when they don't nap they're extra emotional in the evening and sometimes just fall asleep standing up. Also, when they don't nap, we put them to bed an hour earlier, which is hard because TubaDad gets home minutes before bedtime and doesn't get to spend much time with his sweeties. No big deal, I know things will all smooth out soon. After the doctor's appointment, I was really tired (it's been a long week) and tried to convince the girls that we didn't need to go see the snow and I didn't want to drive all the way up there all by myself. Ro started sobbing that we just HAD to go play in the snow because we never get snow, and Ree said "But you wouldn't be alone, mama, WE'D be there!!" Oh man... So I called Maggie and she agreed to go with us. Yay, Maggie to the rescue! We drove up up up up and found a beautiful snow-covered meadow. I should come clean and say that we had to hop a little fence to get in there—I know, I know, I'm usually such a rule follower. But hey it wouldn't be a Salsa Family snow trip if we didn't break a law or two, right? (Ro is in the white jacket, and Ree is in the black one.) (We had already taken 4 or 5 rides on the sled and I was tired of walking up and down the hill pulling the sled, so I thought I'd stand at the top and catch a little video. They did great!) Do I even need to say that they had a ball?