This year was different; I found myself faced with two very opinionated kids who wanted nothing to do with my plans. (Wee Black Swan and the old man from Up, if you were curious, though I hadn't fully fleshed out either idea, and -- OH FINE, I HAD DIAGRAMS, OKAY? THEY INVOLVED TULLE AND A SHIT TON OF BALLOONS, RESPECTIVELY!) No, they wanted the most typical costumes in
the history of ever: Spiderman and a ballerina.
Obviously, I relented, because I am not a crazy person, at least not in this particular case. I know this is just the beginning of one of the more bittersweet parts of parenthood, where I can no longer foist my tastes (Purim-related, or otherwise) on them, because they're developing their own. And I'll try to stand back and let them do so until Lo decides in 10 years she wants to be a Sexy Giraffe, or whatever, and then God help her.
In other news, we've just started swimming lessons. Well, not WE; J and I both know how to swim fairly well, although only one of us still occasionally talks about some years-old camp award/certificate that set forth just how good a swimmer they were. J. But, the children! The children are learning to swim. T goes to the big kid class on Monday afternoons, but Lo is still itty-bitty, and needs a parent in the water with her. The two of us, therefore, go to the parent-toddler swim class on Sunday morning. It's something I treasure, honestly, because it's rare -- since I work full-time -- that I get to to any "mommy and me" type class with my kids, and the class is really great. It is ALSO its own special brand of hell, because I get to awkwardly sing and play in a suspiciously warm pool, in front of strangers, all while wearing a hideous matronly swimsuit with a slippery child alternating between clinging to my waist and flinging herself into the water, and really. REALLY. If this wasn't a Fear Factor challenge back in the day, it damn well should've been.
I realize I haven't posted pictures of my kids in a while, so I'll close out this kid-centric post with a few recent shots. They're getting rather BIG, right? It's not just me?What is HAPPENING?