Okay, okay...

Yes, I've been slacking again. Well, not exactly slacking, but slacking on blogging. We've been having a very busy summer, actually.

We've been in the new house for about a month now. We love it. It took a long time, and a lot of hassle. But we love the house. It's so good to be somewhere that you anticipate staying for a long time. We even bought some furniture, so it's not quite so bare now. :) I haven't really taken pictures of the new furniture, so I can't really show you that yet.

The girls have been really enjoying summer. We've been taking them to the pool pretty often. There's an Ann Arbor pool near us that has a cool kiddie part that goes all the way down to zero depth, so they can walk in. Rowan likes it. Saoirse loves it. She will wade right in up to her neck, whine for us to walk her around and around in the water. They scream and kick when we have to take them out. It's been really cool seeing them having so much fun.

They've started saying words. Saoirse has about 10 words, and Rowan has about 8. Of course, most of them are words that only we can understand. But they're real words. Both of them said "dada" first, and neither one of them will give in and say mama, although they clearly know what it means. Well, more accurately, Rowan does say mama sometimes, but I think she teases. She'll say it sometimes when I'm in the room, but she's looking at something else, and then when I say, "That's me. Mama, that's me" she giggles and stops saying it.

We've been really enjoying hanging out in Ann Arbor, and taking the girls to places we love here. We're regulars at Good Time Charlie's, the girls love Count Twists as much as I do. Good taste. We took them to Pizza House the other night, it's gotten a lot fancier since the 90's. Here's Rowan enjoying her freedom.

Here are the girls a minute later after Daddy scooped them up.

The girls have both been practicing eating with utensils. They have trouble getting the food on the fork/spoon, but if you put it on there for them, they're great. And they really enjoy eating that way, they are very pleased with themselves.

The girls got to go to their first baby shower this last weekend, for Ashley's baby girl. Yay!! Another new girl cousin. Here's Saoirse looking angelic in her white dress, minutes before she covered her front in chocolate.

We're having a great summer. It's going too fast!


  Harris Boys

August 5, 2008 at 9:46 PM

hey gwen...miss reading your posts, but I know what you mean about being busy. I love all the pics...the one of you is great! you look so happy :)

glad you are settled into your house...enjoy the rest of your week


August 5, 2008 at 10:12 PM

I am SO busy too!

And my summer is going WAY to fast...less than 2 weeks till I go back to teaching. :(

I love the pics...looks like a lot of fun for your two!

  the schirano triplets

August 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM

yay! welcome back to the wonderful world of blogging - i've missed ya! i love the update and pictures of the girls, they are so cute! i really wish my trio loved the pool...maybe next summer :( i am so happy to hear that you are moved in and settled and feel at home!


August 6, 2008 at 2:39 PM

Hi! I'm glad to see you back! Sounds like you're having a wonderful summer with the girls and you're settling in nicely to Ann Arbor. The girls are growing up so fast!