Sweet Madeline, please believe that Mommy would never lock you out of the house. Never. Not-in-a-million-years EVER.
The door was not locked (you just thought it was) and Mommy is so sorry that she didn't hear you crying. When I finally figured out what happened, you were so distraught and I'll never forget the look on your precious face when I think back on all of this*. Really, I'm so incredibly sorry about that. Trust me, my baby, that I'd never do anything to hurt you and I'm so sorry you were so upset.
Here's the whole story: Our washing machine died this morning with a huge, soggy, load inside only 1/4 finished. We checked the Owner's Manual and learned that our problem would require a visit from a RLSP (Real Live Service Person) so I completed the necessary information online on the LG Website and waited to hear back from the service department.
When I picked you and Gwenny up from Preschool and came home to wait to hear from the technician, I noticed that I had an email with some instructions to troubleshoot the problem with the washing machine. At the same time, you asked to go outside into the backyard to play so I opened the sliding-glass door for you. Then I shut it (like I have many times before) because I thought you could easily pull it open again. But I guess Gwenny is usually with you and she was probably the one who opened the door for you. But she was inside today (watching Curious George on TV). I really didn't know you'd be stuck out there in the hot sun and unable to open the door to come back into the house. You must have thought that I did this on purpose but, please trust me my Sweet Darling Girl that I didn't. I never thought for even one single second that you couldn't get back in.
When your brother was about 3 years old, we were looking at new houses and he accidentally wandered into the back yard and found himself unable to get back in. A few minutes later, I found him with his teary face pressed against the glass door and it's an image I've never been able to shake out of my head. Even 17 years later I see that wet face on the door. Today, it was your teary face pressed against the glass and my heart split totally in two pieces when I saw you.
There will be pain and disappointment in your future but I promise that none of that will ever intentionally come from your family. Even though you might have thought you were locked out on purpose, you will NEVER be cut off from the people who love you. This I promise from the very bottom of my broken heart.
*This picture wasn't taken today. Maddy was much too upset for cameras and such things. The picture you see was from 9/18 and it was a photo that I loved even though she looked so sad. As usual, her sad face was just a quick and fleeting thing that day.
We bought a pack of ABC flashcards while we were in China a few months ago. They were the usual format ie. "A" is for Apple, "B" is for Boy, etc. But we totally cracked up when we got to "U":
U is for Ugly. And just in case you weren't sure what that looks like, there's a nice illustration. There ya go. Any questions?
Honestly, our girls don't even know that word since we're careful not to teach them labels they can embarrass us with in public. It's bad enough that Gwen wastes no time telling me that my bottom is big. Imagine where my self-esteem would be if she had more adjectives in her vocabulary?
Oh, and X is for Xmas. Uh huh.
Hee hee.... Not surprisingly, "P" wasn't for Political Correctness.
Even with a 60% chance of rain, we headed to San Francisco for the weekend and we're so glad we did because it was beautiful! We took the ferry to Sausalito where we dined on pizza and ice cream while basking in some of the most perfect Bay Area weather we've ever seen!
Three hours later, we took the ferry back to Fisherman's Wharf and enjoyed more of the local culture and fried food snacks. Gwen and Maddy loved the Sea Lions on Pier 39 and thought they should be called Sea Dogs because they bark so much!
We were amazed to see an incredibly large yacht sailing around the bay. The Maltese Falcon is a clipper sailing luxury yacht owned by American venture capitalist Tom Perkins. It is one of the largest privately-owned sailing yachts in the world at almost 290 feet! Believe it or not, it's possible for just one person to control the yacht. Amazing. The girls really could have cared less but we were impressed!
More photos from the weekend here:
One of the most memorable parts of our trip to China this summer (our 3rd trip) was attending live performances in many of the cities we visited. We saw the Acrobat Show and the Kung Fu Show in Beijing and several dance shows in Xian and Shanghai and nearly every other city on our itinerary.
At first, we didn't hold out much hope that our girls (almost age 4) would care at all for these performances but it was immediately apparent that both of them loved the shows so we were sure to include one in each of the cities we visited whenever it was possible. Even though most shows encroached upon nap or bed time, both of our kids sat in a nearly hypnotic state and hardly blinked for the entire performance! That's how much they love shows!
Today, they also enjoy movies but they're quick to distinguish between the two by saying that they want a "show with hands". This is a direct reference to the type of show they love -- the type with colorful dancers and their hands (like the picture on the left).
We're always on the lookout for new theatrical performances so we were thrilled to learn that the China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe would be in our city in October. This looks like a very impressive show and we're really excited to have tickets to this event and happy to advertise it on our blog.
I hope we'll see you there!