I just got back from a quick trip to visit my parents and my sister and her daughters, Sid and Millie.
Sid, the three year old, is a BRAT, but she makes me laugh harder than anyone. My mom told me a story about how one day Sid fell down the stairs. She fell forward and was lying on the stairs on her stomach with her head facing down and her feet on the top step. My mom was shocked that she fell and was on her way to ask if she was okay and help her up when she heard Sid say, "Grandma... Grandma... grab my feet." She wouldn't move because she was afraid she would fall further and it cracks me up that she had a plan for my mom to save her while she was lying on her stomach on the steps. I'm laughing even as I write this.
A few weeks ago she got her first case of diarrhea since she has been potty trained. She came out of the bathroom and told my mom, with her voice full of wonder, "I peepooped!"
Yesterday Sid was all hyped up and being obnoxious. She was about to jump on Kira and Kira said, "Oh god." And Sid cracked up laughing and ran up to me and told me "Kira called me 'OOOOHHHGAAAAA!" and then ran to the bedroom where my sister was changing Millie and yelled into the room "Kira called me OOOOHHGAAAAAA!" and then she shut the light off and shut the door. Beth had just taken Millie's diaper off so the baby was lying on the bed half naked and suddenly they were both thrust into total darkness. Why do I think that is so funny?
Beth is trying to teach Sid the concept of time-outs for undesirable behavior. She tells her that she has to stay in her room for her time-out until Beth comes back to get her. Sid lies on her stomach in the hall with only her feet in her room and yells, "MOM, COME AND TALK TO ME!"
Sid thinks it is HILARIOUS to call me Amy and call Amy Sarah. She's been doing that since she could talk, and we thought it was just an honest mistake, but it isn't. She does it on purpose to stick it to us. Yesterday she made me pretend she was a baby and put her in the crib for a nap. Gladly, I thought. When I got about two steps out of the room she started yelling, "AMY! COME AND GET THE BABY! AMY! AMY! AMY! AMY! AAAAAAAAMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!!!" So I yelled back, "Amy isn't here!" and she laughed and laughed and said, "SARAH, COME AND GET THE BABY!" So I went back in the room and she looked at me with her sweet little face and said, "Hi Amy!" She's a brat.
President's Week pretentious fun fact!: Washington was known for his incredible physical strength and dexterity (swoon). At the end of the revolution told a friend that he never knew anyone who could throw a rock as far as he could. Once he threw a rock on top of the Natural Bridge in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here's the Natural Bridge:
Those tiny things at the bottom are people. (It's really high.) Another time at Mount Vernon a group of young men were having a competition "throwing the bar" which I suppose is like a javelin. Washington happened upon the young men who were stripped down, sweating, showing off, and asked where the furthest mark was. He then grabbed the bar and flung it further than any of them without so much as removing his jacket. He smiled and said, "When you beat my pitch, young gentlemen, I'll try again," and walked away.
Washington was also a fantastic horseman. Preceding the Battle of Trenton, GW was riding up and down a column of soldiers on horseback and suddenly his horse slipped and started to fall backward down a steep, icy slope. Washington locked his fingers into the horse's mane and hauled up its head by brute force. He shifted his balance backward just enough to allow the horse to regain its footing. The people that witnessed it were in awe. Washington saw their stunned faces and said, "What? It's no biggy." (no, he didn't.) I saw Mitch do that on the lawn tractor once. It really is impressive.
This has nothing to do with GW's strength, but I like it so I'm including it: Ethan Allen (the man, not the furniture company) was captured by the British during the Revolution and he reported that the British had a picture of George Washington hung in their outhouse. Allen supposedly said, "It is most appropriately hung. There is nothing that will make an Englishman shit so quick as the sight of General Washington."