As many of you know, we are moving back to Bryan this weekend. Friday or Saturday, we are not yet sure which. At any rate, the unloading will take place on Saturday. (Feel free to stop by if you are so inclined...) I'm so excited to move back home. Not just to Bryan, but to OUR house. I have lived the past 2 years in apartments, and it's kind of hard to do after living in a house, especially when we still own said house. Anyway, I'm sure it will take me a while to realize that I don't have to be quiet because of neighbors and that I can do whatever I want to my house. (We painted pretty much every room last weekend, so it looks pretty amazing right now. All but the yard, but that's not my fault, and that's another story anyhow.) So, whatever. I've been keeping a list of fun things Riv has done, so that I could actually write them down, and now that I'm packing like a madwoman, I felt it was time to write them for real just so I could throw out this index card. Here goes.
I don't know if you know this or not, but Chisum was in the Corps of Cadets. His Senior Boots have long been an installment of decor in our home, and they have been present here too. Rivers likes to point at them and say, "Daddy's boots." She also, lately, has been intent on getting her feet in every pair of shoes we own. I guess it's just a thing kids do. So, I walked into the living room a couple of weeks ago, to find Rivers trying her darndest to get into those boots. There was, however, a problem with the physics of this situation. The length of Riv's legs from her heel to her hip is about 15 inches. The length of Chisum's boots from heel to top is roughly 18 inches. So, as Riv has one foot in one boot, and is leaning over slightly, her trying to get the other foot into the other boot was flat out comical. She never did get both legs in both boots simultaneously, but she didn't give up trying for a long time.
If we ever lack sufficient funds for anything, Rivers will be an amazing pickpocket. Dickens would be proud to write her into Oliver Twist, whom I kind of picture her to look like anyway. Last week, when Chisum came home from his trip, Rivers was so happy to see him. While he and I were hugging, she was trying to get his phone out of his pocket. She got it; he noticed; he put it back, and that was it....so we thought. About one minute later, there she was walking around, pushing buttons on his phone.
The last few times we have gotten in the car to go anywhere, just Riv and me, she has told me that when driving, I'm sitting in "Daddy's chair." So I ask her, "If I'm in Daddy's chair, where is my chair?" She points to the passenger seat and says, "Mommy's chair." So I shrug and say, "OK."
Recently, Chisum has been on a Star Trek kick. He's been watching the movies and some of the series, and Riv has been watching with him. It really is amazing how, no matter what is on, if she's in Daddy's lap, it must be worth watching. I, on the other hand, have introduced her to the Shrek movies. A week or two ago, Rivers told Chisum she wanted to watch "Star Shrek." I'm not sure which she meant, but I think she's onto something. Star Shrek would make a great film indeed.
Rivers is currently fascinated with cameras. My actual camera, my phone, Chisum's phone, my mom's tablet thingy. Everything that has a camera is fair game. Rivers will pick up one of these devices, bring it to me (or whomever), and say, "Take your picture." What she really wants is for us to take her picture, but whatever, she's 22 months old, and she already understands plurals and most possessives. So, we are currently doing a ton of picture-taking. It's so cool how I can take her picture and immediately show it to her. But I also feel bad that she's going to miss out on the delayed gratification, that anticipation of seeing whether or not a picture came out well or didn't after you took your film to the store, waited a week, and raced back to see how good (or not good) the pictures were. And if you were in a hurry, paid a little extra for one-hour service. I bet this is how that whole immediate gratification thing got started...
Ok, so that's my list for now. I've got tons of packing to do, and I think we are losing our internet tomorrow, so I guess next time I remember to blog, I'll be back HOME!