E and L have been doing a hilarious thing where they will be saying the same thing at the same time on purpose - like singing the same song - and keep interrupting themselves/each other with "JINX!" "JINX!" "JINX!" We've tried explaining that jinx is when you are not purposely saying the same thing at the same time, but they are uninterested. So they'll be practicing the Santa Lucia songs and saying "JINX!" after every line. Nerds.
I told C that a nerd is a silly person and she has been proudly declaring, "I'm a nerd!" We pulled into our driveway this week in time to see a squirrel eating one of our Halloween pumpkins and she exclaimed, "That squirrel is a nerd!"
I worked last night and slept a bit this morning and then we got the rest of our yard work done. Leaves are raked, flower pots put away, Christmas lights hung up. DON'T WORRY. I won't actually turn on the lights until the day after Thanksgiving. I am strict about that. It was just so much nicer to put up lights when it was 60 degrees and not when it's snowing and my fingers are freezing off. After we finished everything, I drank a glass of wine on the porch and yelled, "TAKE OFF YOUR SHIRT!" at A while he mowed the front lawn. I think the neighbors appreciate the colorfulness we bring to the neighborhood.
I took a couple pictures I like to call "Girls in Leaves." I still am overwhelmed sometimes thinking that these are MY daughters. I feel full of cheesy gratitude every single time they rush me screaming, "MOOOOOOOOOM!" whether it's at school pick up or when I get home from work. I'm a mom! How cool is that? I feel self-conscious in front of other people because I know how lucky I am and I hope that everyone else has a chance to feel the same way. I wonder if parents loving their children so openly is painful for people who are still going through infertility or if they find it comforting. I think I was so jealous that it wouldn't have made a difference. Now that I'm here, I want to tell you that I never stop being aware and thankful.
We are a Miyazaki household and we celebrated the end of yardwork by watching Castle In the Sky and eating popcorn. Yesterday I made chicken legs for dinner and accidentally defrosted one package of chicken legs and one package of chicken thighs. I roasted the chicken thighs anyway and after the girls were in bed tonight, I went all Caroline Ingalls on those thighs and made chicken broth and chicken soup.