Laila is one of the most forgiving, longsuffering, lovey-dovey, happy-go-lucky little girls that I have.
She makes my day every day with her cheeriness.
Like… this is so her, on the way to church Easter Sunday she told me with downcast, admiring eyes, from her car seat,
“I just LOVE my outfit.”
Looking sideways at Galen (did you hear.)
She continued with,
“It`s going to make everyone SO HAPPY.”
(Still meaning her outfit.)
It kinda makes you think, What does her mother teach her? But that`s just her, she finds happy things to comment on wherever she is. The sunbeams shine down on her where she sits.
She will walk over to Elle and say,
“Can I PLAY with you?”
Elle: (pause. grudgingly.) “Yes.”
Laila: “Thank You!”
And she will plunk down and start talking a mile a minute.
But, boy, that Laila, when she is offended or made to feel vulnerable, or just in a funky mood– that girl HAS FIRE. And I love to see it in her. It`s what keeps her from becoming boring. Good people are just a little funner when you can see passion flare up in them every now and again.
Here she is being a fighter. She painted her own face and I guess those kitchen utensils are swords. She was RAWR-ING and dancing sideways all over the living room– so of course I ran for Mr. Camera. My documenting friend.
She’s probably dancing off Elle controlling her angst.
With her hair like that, I think she looks all Braveheart.
Now they are sword fighting or fencing or whatever it is called.
SPATULA and measuring spoons vs. SCRAPER.
Elle gives herself an encouraging thumbs up.
THIS. This was one of the funniest moments of my mom-life yet.
I hope it doesn`t sound pious to say my girls rarely fight. But they really don’t. Probably because Laila LIKES to follow Elle’s leadership…
But anyway, whatever the reason, when they do (fight) Galen and I pull up a chair for our VIEWING PLEASURE.
So when they started “going at it” on this regular weekday, in front of the kitchen sink, my first thought was:
GALEN! He will love this. Where is my camera phone?
Boy, the verbal claws were out. I was laughing so hard to see Laila so mad. Picture Queen Elizabeth this mad, and how much you would look, and there, you have an idea.
I asked Elle just now what they were fighting over– no one seems to remember.
I will caption them anyhow.
Laila: “TWO HAIRCLIPS ARE STYLISH. EVERYONE SAYS SO!!”
Elle: “Your outfit is weird. Did your mommy dress you?”
Laila: “F-F-F-FASHION! IT`S CALLED FASHION!”
Laila: “You are so (sob) annoying and you have a cavity.”
Elle: “Oh. My. Word.”
For the public eye:
Their pose here, is very: Senator appears in public with wife after brief scandal. Maintains united stance.
You thought it was a real link? Yeah, that`s what I mean, it could be.
What am I even talking about?
Oh, yes, how much I love my girls.
I love how they make my life rainbow colored, even if all we are doing is driving in the car talking on a boring Errand Monday. They have the power to do that.