Salut tout le monde!
As I mentioned in my last post, the Valdez quints' birthday fell during my stay with them, and it just so happens that their special day is also New Year's Eve!
So, on December 31, 2009, Jillian and I sang "Joyeux Anniversaire" ("Happy Birthday") to the five - who each blew out their respective star-shaped candles on a very yummy pumpkin pie. Then I watched the girls open their presents: a Nancy Drew computer game for Zipporah, an AG Molly doll for Lorikeet, and chocolates for all. Sora, Violet, and Lyre Chickadee's presents involved visiting the Mall of America for ear piercing. ;)
Joyeux Anniversaire, Zipporah, Violet, Lyre Chickadee, Sora, and Lorikeet!
On January 3, 2010, the girls and I ventured out into the cold to go to the movie theatre. What did we see? Alvin and the Chipmunks: the SQUEAKquel! I haven't seen the first one, but the sequel was awfully funny.
The next day, we all went to the Mall of America so Violet, Lyre Chickadee, and Sora could get their ears pierced at the Boutique & Bistro. They tried to persuade me to get mine pierced as well, but I chickened out - something I actually kind of regret. My friends look so CUTE with their star earrings that I may have to get my ears pierced one day.
I did meet the new Girl of the Year, though. Her name is Elaine "Lanie" Holland, and she is really nice. She loves gardening and nature in general, and she and her family have a camper to travel around the country with! Now that's what I need! Certainly it'd be more comfortable than the box we traveling dolls are forced into.
After saying goodbye to Lanie, we six - and the grown-ups of course ;) - had Chinese for dinner and then headed off to the local library. While the quints were looking at books on Spain, *I* headed to the section filled with books on France, bien sûr. J'ai lu un livre d'une héroïne qui s'appelle Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc).
On January 24th, I got up before the quints, having had an idea formulating in my mind. I was going to pull a prank on the Valdez quintuplets - a prank that would FORCE them into wearing NON-IDENTICAL clothing (you know, because I have such a difficult time telling them apart anyhow).
I quickly dressed and pushed the box containing all of the girls' matching clothes out-of-sight. When the five sleepyheads woke up and couldn't find their matching outfits, I told them of my plan. Some were skeptical, but Lorikeet, always up for a bit of fun, got the rest of her sisters on board.
Et voilà, the Valdez quintuplets in non-matching clothes! Now while I do love seeing them match, it is nice to see each girl wear something that shows off a bit of her own, individual personality every once in a while. I know that Juliette (ma jumelle - my twin) and I rarely dress alike. We do some, but we have slightly different tastes in fashion, at least we did when we last saw each other. ;)
Tristement, my visit with the Valdez quints is coming to an end - I'll be on my way to another hostess for the month of February. I'm excited to see her again - as I've met her once before - but, at the same time, I'm also really sad. It's so difficile to say "Au Revoir" to really good friends like Zipporah, Lorikeet, Sora, Lyre Chickadee, and Violet. I hope I'll be able to see them again someday...