On a more cheerful note. I don't want folks to think we're about to throw in the towel, here- though of course when you're exhausted, hot, being eaten by mosquitoes at a time of year we never have them.... etc. - it gets easy to feel that way.
But we do have our major stabilizer, Smidgen. Or "Turbo-Child" as I've taken to calling her these days. She's here, hard at work keeping us partially sane.
A couple days ago she decided, entirely on her own, that she wanted to be up in a tree. That one. So- up she went-
(you can click on these for a slightly bigger version of the photo)
I held her long enough to be sure she was stable- discussed holding on, and falling. "I'm fine, daddy." And having a fine time. She started giggling, and wiggling, peeking around the trunk and making faces. "I'm a monkey!" "What! You're not my Smidgen?" "No, I'm a tree monkey!"
Then, she started playing a variation of one of her current favorite games "I've got your nose" - which cracks her up endlessly.
Somehow, all on her own, she wanted to know what to DO with MY nose, once she had it (obviously, it's not enough for me to steal her nose, she immediately grabbed for mine.) "What are you going to do with my nose!?" I wail. "EAT IT!!" with shouts and giggles.
And she does. Over and over. And we both go "Ewwww! Ick! Yuck!" which is all pure delight. Then she wants me to eat hers. Not sure what this says about vegetarianism. :-)
She does make the disasters go away, for a bit.
Back to the mosquito preserve.