Usually on Fridays, Jerry’s dad and his wife keep the girls in the morning while I run errands and do whatever. This week, I was planning on cleaning the midlevel of our house and getting ready for my scrapbooking workshop, but Wednesday night I received the news that they would be unavailable this week and next. WHAAAAT?! I have to actually CLEAN my HOUSE while the GIRLS are HERE?!??! Like NORMAL mothers do!?

Once I got over the initial shock, I decided to meet this challenge head on.

I’m so proud of myself, too — my kitchen is pretty clean, I vacuumed, mopped, and I’m almost all the way set up for my guests tonight. And it wasn’t that hard, especially since the vacuum doesn’t terrify Alice the way it terrified Helen (a year ago, I got her to use her little push-popper and vacuum with me, so now she uses that to conquer her fears every time — EVERY TIME — I vacuum). Alice crawls around and keeps an eye on it, but it’s clear she thinks it’s pretty neat… She doesn’t try to get away from it or anything.

Who knew? I CAN do this!!! Yay for MEEEEEE!

Alice is a Goat

Currently, Alice is trying to figure out how to get her diaper off so that she can chew on it.

We’re not sure how she does it, but Alice seems to generate paper to chew on, because we’re always fishing it out of her mouth.

This morning, she was holding one of Helen’s shoes, and she decided to stand up. So she stood up — in the middle of the floor. Then she dropped the shoe, so she crouched down to get it. And stood up again.

Oh. No.