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June 5 to July 4, 2002 (38th month)

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Wednesday, June 26, 2002
Jill asked Maeve to put powder on her back after her shower.  Maeve overdid it.  Maeve said all of the powder on Jill's back looked like hair, and that Jill should shave her back to get it off.

Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Maeve takes coupons from the automatic dispensers at the grocery store.  At home she put them in her toy cash register, just like the people at the store do.

Thursday, June 20, 2002
Jill showed Hilde a picture of a baby in a book.  Hilde started to try to get close to the book, and it looked like she was trying to lay on the book.  Then Jill realized that Hilde was trying to hug the baby in the book.

Monday, June 17, 2002
This morning Hilde got down the one step to the playroom by herself, and Jill found her feeding Big with a spoon.

Hilde is getting to be a real handful.  She has started putting stickers on things.  Jill also found her trying to unplug a lamp at the same time that she was trying to pull things off the windowsill.

Tonight Jill looked at Maeve and said, "Grandma isn't here.  We have to cook our own dinner."

Sunday, June 16, 2002
We drove home from Richmond overnight.  We left at 9:15 PM, and with the exception of one quick sidetrip, we made it home in 8.5 hours.  Even with the gas stops and a few places where accidents closed the interstate, we averaged about 64 MPH.  With Maeve and Hilde asleep most of the time, driving overnight is the least stressful way to get home.  During the day Hilde cries way too much, and Maeve either needs to go to the bathroom or says, "My hiney hurts" from sitting too long.

Thursday, June 13, 2002
I loaded up most of the remaining trees that we cut down yesterday and took them to the landfill.  Maeve went with me for all three trips.  After the first trip, she realized there wasn't much to see and decided to stay in the truck while I unloaded.

Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Today Grandpa cut down two more 70-foot pine trees in his yard.  First someone climbed the tree to attach a rope close to the top. Then they came down a little to cut the top off while Grandpa pulled on the rope with his pickup.  Then they came down to the ground and cut the lower part of the trunk.

At one point, a friend of Uncle James' was in the tree and got lightheaded.  Maeve got to see him rappel down.

Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Jill dropped an earring down the bathroom sink drain.  Maeve and Hilde helped me get it out.

Maeve and I were walking around in Grandpa's backyard.  I pointed out that he has very long grass, even though he has three lawnmowers sitting out by the shed.  Maeve said that Grandpa likes the grass to be longer before he mows it.

Monday, June 10, 2002
This morning Hilde was trying to climb on Maeve.  I asked Maeve if she was ready to get up or if she wanted to sleep more.  She said, "I want food".

Hilde was trying to put on Maeve's underwear today.

Sunday, June 9, 2002
Every Christmas I've been telling her that Santa Claus isn't real.  I've explained the whole story, and that it's just a story.  She doesn't believe me.  When we see a Santa, I explain that it's just a guy in a costume.  She says, "No, most of them are guys in costumes, but that is the real Santa".

Maeve got some late Christmas presents.  I reminded her that Santa isn't real.  She started singing a song about her presents, and that Santa is real.

Maeve got an army t-shirt from Aunt Jeanne.  She said she was reading the tag, and said it says the shirt is for people who are big and sweaty.  Maeve didn't say which one of us qualified to wear the shirt.

Saturday, June 8, 2002
Hilde took five steps today.  She has been scooting around while holding on to other things.  Today she walked without any support.

Thursday, June 6, 2002
Jill asked Maeve what Father's Day present I needed.  Maeve thought Jill needed a dump truck for Mother's Day, and that's what Jill got.  In response to Jill's question, Maeve said that I didn't need anything, so I should get no gifts for Father's Day.

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