This week had brought several simple blessings to our house:
- Watching Doodle's face light up as she watched cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Gabriela Montero and violinist Itzhak Perlman play Simple Gifts during the swearing in ceremony. Simple Gifts is one of the selections for Doodle's spring concert, and she was inspired by hearing such gifted musicians perform it.
- Playing Pretend Ice Cream Shop with Tootle as she took a bath last night. When Tootle takes a bath she likes to serve me "ice cream" bath water. Last night her selections included Obama flavor. According to Tootle, the flavor was a combination of chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, rainbow, and grape--rather appropriate for our new mixed race president.
- Having a four-day weekend and the opportunity for one-on-one time with each of the girls.
- Last but perhaps not least, having Internet service restored after three days of withdrawal for all.