These girls of ours really are best buddies. On days that Gracie is at school, there is nothing better than hearing Maddie call out, "Gracie, where are you?" over and over all throughout the house. There is such utter disappointment when she realizes Gracie isn't home. As I was dropping Gracie off at school this week she stopped before she got out of the car and said, "Mom, don't forget to play with Moo while I'm gone, okay?" (Moo is shortened from our very affectionate nickname Maddie Moo, it is bound to be the worst nickname of all time, but Gracie ran with it and I fear it is permanently stuck) as if I just leave poor Maddie in the corner while she plays at school. There are not many places they want to go without the other, because really, everything is just more fun when you have your buddy right next to you!
With just 19 months between them they are bound to have their struggles with sharing and moments of jealousy, but it makes it easier when the best threat I can give is sending them to different rooms, not allowing them to play together. For as much as I love it, there is a slight disadvantage to this friendship- the two of them can find mischief faster than anything. They can get each other wound up in a matter of seconds and they give one another the confidence to do things they wouldn't do on their own. Maddie is my runner, where Gracie doesn't like to wander too far from me,. When Maddie takes off Gracie follows knowing she is with someone...and they can both run really fast. Gracie is my climber, she constantly has to be perched up high on something, Maddie would never climb alone, but with Gracie right there to give her a boost she feels brave enough to do it. They're pretty sure when Matthew is at school that it's two against one and the odds are in their favor...and sometimes they just win. We had one of those days this week...Matthew got home from school I told him that the kitchen was out of service due to two wild animals...his solution was 5 buck pizza and a trip to the park (and a Diet Coke from Crest, it had been a really long day). It's things like that that make me really love him...and his ability to not ask questions and grab the vacuum when he finds an entire jumbo box of goldfish crackers spread from the pantry to the family room crunched into a million little pieces (it's amazing how quickly one of those can be dumped out).
Somewhere behind me little girls are desperately searching for hiding spots...
you'd never guess they hid behind the tree:)
We could chase these girls at the park for hours and they'd still be sad when we left.
We love our girls and feel so blessed that they're ours, they are two of a kind.