AJ came to spend the night with Ali last night, and they have been having quite the time.
She came bearing gifts: a sucker. Ali had never had a sucker before:
but she wasn’t impressed. She just couldn’t understand why the candy was supposed to stay on the stick, as it made MUCH more sense for it to go in her mouth.
We took them to Taziki’s for dinner, where they got to share everything. Ali shared her favorite play secret with AJ, “ride the pony”:
They shared making a huge mess with the salt,
they shared food,
And had one last shared ride of the pony.
Then we came home and played marbles, a favorite pasttime but not recommended for toddlers who eat things.
Luckily, these two girls are not that sort of toddler.
Put them on their eyes, maybe. But not eat them.
This playtime also afforded me the opportunity to get a few cute “head shots” of them:
. . .and then Ali decided that she no longer wanted to wear her hair band, and this Dolly Parton look was the result:
Yes, she will be going into the country music industry in no time.
Then, of course, we had to get their traditional “matching jammies” sleepover shot. For reference, here is Sleepover Number One in April ’08, 11 months ago:
And here is Sleepover Number Two in November ’08, 4 months ago:And here is now:
I think they hit the peak of looking like twins in November, and they don’t really look alike as much anymore. How about you?
Because Chris was helping me get them to smile, there were touchdowns. . .
and clapping. . .
but apparently, AJ’s Daddy took note of her ease in learning “Roll Tide” last time she slept over, because this time it was VERY apparent that she had been well-versed in “Go Vols” and “Go Big T”. And not only was she taught those phrases, but apparently she was taught to say those things when someone (i.e. Chris) suggested that she say “Roll Tide”.So, David and Ashley, you can rest assured that your parental training still stays with her, even when other grownups try to tell her to do something that she knows she’s not supposed to do.
Then it was time for bed. We read the bible together. . .
and prayed together. . .
and then I used one of those tricks that ONLY works once. We got both of their rooms ready, then in an excited voice, I said, “Who wants to go night night first?!?!?”, and AJ immediately started jumping up and down excitedly and saying, “I do!! I do!!”
How do I know that it only works once? Because I tried it at naptime today and Ali immediately answered, “AJ!” while AJ simultaneously answered, “Ali!!”.
Oh well. If only I could come up with a new one-time trick every time, how great would that be?
This morning, they shared breakfast,
but were much more interested in my juicing demonstration, especially guessing which color of juice was going to come out next:
And then they both enjoyed the results very much.
Hopefully AJ’s parents won’t accuse me of trying to turn her into a hippy, drinking fresh juice and whatnot.