Last weekend Helen and I visited with my family. They had a belated birthday present for her - a doll called "My Twinn." Send in a picture, and they recreate your child as a doll:
As an avid reader of Stephen King novels from a very early age, I promptly took my mother aside to ask her if the doll would tell Helen to, um, do things to us. Really. It's a gorgeous doll, but a little TOO lifelike. I've got my eye on "My Twinn."
We also had a little swim party at my sister's house. Helen and Cousin M. had a ball, jumping into the pool and swimming for hours in the "wah-wah." Helen got a brand-new swimsuit just for the occasion. It's one of those toddler suits that has little floats sewn into it. Helen got the hang of it pretty quickly, and became a jumping fiend. This way I didn't have to panic every time she hit the water.
I've got a little clip of video for you of Helen at her best in the pool, which features her Grandpa, too - it's about 30 seconds long. Click here, and don't forget your sunscreen.