As 2010 draws to a close, Sarah and Emily continue to age.
Sarah tried to make a lava lamp using canola oil.
The girls and I set our alarms for 5am and went out shopping on Black Friday. It was a rewarding experience, and Sarah and Emily are learning to become educated consumers. Doorbusters, half price, and limited quantities are now part of their vocabulary.
In November, the girls' soccer team won the U9 Girls Soccer Championship on a single goal by Sarah Roberts. Both of the girls played very well this season, partially due to my "one scoop of ice cream per goal" incentive program.
We had a pool party for Sarah and Emily's 9th birthday at the Washington-Lee High School Aquatic Center. Sarah, Emily, and 25 of their closest friends swam and ate large pieces of cake.
Sarah and Emily's friend Penny* slept over at our house a month ago. She laughed really hard and had an accident on the carpet. Last week, Penny wiped her runny nose on Sarah's jacket.
I found a sketchbook last week. "Do mosquitoes understand sarcasm?" was written inside.
Last week, the girls and I went to the mall to buy some Christmas presents. Emily tried on a pair of thigh-high boots at Bloomingdale's and was unable to remove them. Sarah tried to help.