Video: Ella’s sassy-ness

Tonight I got a video of Ella saying “uhhhm….no.” It’s amazing. I finally figured out where she got it from….me! Oops! Ha 🙂

Just a quick note: remember that you never know what someone else is going through. Be compassionate. Sometimes people just need a friendly smile or a quick hug. That’s all!

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Weekend Update!

Halloween was Friday. I didn’t think the girls would want to wear their giraffe jackets all day, so I made them black-eyed peas for school. Their teachers loved it!

Black-eyed peas

Black-eyed peas

Black-eyed peas with deviled-egg mommy

Black-eyed peas with deviled-egg mommy

For trick-or-treating that evening, they went back to being giraffes. They had fun getting candy and then wallowing in it like little piggies.

Wow candy!

Wow candy!

Mommy and her giraffes

Mommy and her giraffes

This weekend the girls played tea party together! It was so cute to watch.

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I also let them have their first piece of candy. I think they enjoyed it.

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Ella enjoying her Twix bar

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Emma with a mouth full of Twix bar

I also had an epiphany this weekend. I order our diapers and wipes from AmazonMom and the wipes package comes with a new dispenser each time. I decided to use some spare dispensers and some scrap fabric to make a nifty activity toy. I used pinking shears to cut the fabric in to rough squares and just pushed them into the dispenser. I will say that the old Huggies tub works better because it has a rubber opening. I had to cut the Pampers one to be a little larger and put tape around the edge so it wasn’t sharp. Ella and Emma had a blast with it! I had to end up making two because the fighting was bad. I usually won’t buy/make two of something but they were really enjoying it and I have a bunch of tubs!

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This Saturday was the opening weekend of deer season so Daddy went out of town to hunt. The girls sported their deer shirts while we went to the grocery store AND we were able to use one of the new rocket carts. LOVE IT!

Ella and Emma wearing their deer shirts in the new HEB rocket cart!

Ella and Emma wearing their deer shirts in the new HEB rocket cart!

They both have learned to give hugs and kisses. Oh it just melts my heart!!! I LOVE THEM! Also, I’ve been planning their second birthday party…yeah it’s two months away but I like to be prepared and the holidays will be busy. I’m having so much fun planning everything! It’s going to be a great time!

Update: First Place Group Costume!

Wow. WOW. What an adventure the St. Philip’s Halloween Carnival was on Saturday! Kyle and I stayed up late Friday night putting the finishing touches on the wagon and it was worth it because we won best group!

Daddy was a zookeeper for his two little giraffes in their mobile zoo exhibit.

This is our first year doing to costume contest and honestly…probably our last until the girls are older and decide to do it on their own. The group contest is after all the individuals and keeping the girls happy for 45 minutes without destroying the wagon/cage was a challenge. My sister ended up buying some little bags of Chex Mix and we fed the girls piece by piece until it was time to go up and I “accidentally” dropped a handful of pieces in the bottom of the wagon. Best. Idea. Ever.  Kyle was a champ, too! I know he secretly loves stuff like this. HA! Anyway, we had fun, we won, and we’re done!

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Unimpressed toddlers 🙂

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Happy family!

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The wagon/cage/exhibit. Please note the themed wrapping paper 😉

Checking each other out

Checking eachother out

The sign I made for the back

The sign I made for the back

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About to go on stage

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Work it, Zookeeper Daddy!

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Happy Daddy!

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The winners from all the categories! check out that Edward Scissorhands!

Update: New words with videos!

Ella and Emma have had a great week and have both added some new words to their vocabularies. Wow are we impressed! Their teachers and therapists are impressed with them as well! Emma is one of the most talkative toddlers in their class and Ella has nailed down her point and loves sitting in the reading nook and pointing at pictures. One cute thing they’ve started doing is when they are done eating, they set their cup on their tray/plate and hand it to us while saying, “Here you go!” which sounds like “he-ew-dough.” Their vocabulary has really grown and we are so thrilled. They are pretend-playing, using blocks, and interacting…all things we didn’t see any of before we started ECI and First Class. They laugh and smile and actually play with each other where before they mindlessly wandered around with blank stares. Now we have two unique little toddlers with big personalities!

Here’s some of their new words”

  • Hi!
  • Cheese
  • Here you go
  • Thank you
  • No and uh uhhh along with a head shake
  • No, no, no. with a hand wave.
  • Whoa!
  • Daddy (They finally associate KYLE with Daddy!!!)
  • Bye
  • Baby
  • Cat
  • Packpack (backpack)
  • “Psh psh” (the noise I make when we drive through a puddle and when they splash in the tub”
  • Plus others I can’t even remember!

They’ve also started hugging and throwing a ball back and forth.

Here’s some videos I took yesterday!

This is Ella saying “Thank you,” “Here you go” and “Bye bye.” Her voice sounds like an old Chinese woman to me HA!!

This is Emma saying “Daddy,” “Packpack” and “Psh psh.”

**For the record, Ella crawls into the car as I’m buckling Emma in and crawls over to her seat. So she IS standing in her car seat but I just haven’t buckled her in yet.**

This Saturday is the St. Philip’s Halloween Carnival and we’re pretty excited. I’ll post some pictures of their costumes afterwards…I’m sure we’ll win HA!

Picture: Listening to Mommy Read

We went over to my Dad’s house Sunday evening for supper. Ella and Emma had a blast at “Papa’s” house and even chased and caught tree frogs. We let them run around and play in the back yard for the majority of the visit but when they started getting antsy, I sat them in their high chairs and read to them. My sister snapped this photo as they peacefully watched me flip the pages.

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Emma said “packpack” and Ella said “moo” this weekend . Ella has been nodding and shaking her head to communicate and it’s so funny. Emma had bit her at school and when the teacher told me about it, I asked Emma, “Did you bite your sister?” and Ella came over and intensely nodded her head with this little smirk on her face. HA! I’ve got to catch her on video doing it. Emma has been excitedly saying “Ooooooo!” at everything. Sometimes she crouches down to examine something (like a crack in the sidewalk) and says “Ooooooo!” with such animation. She does it randomly when Kyle and I are talking and we stop and mimic “Ooooooo!” back at her.

I’ve been working on their Halloween costumes little by little but now it’s crunch time. I’ll write a post about that adventure closer to Halloween. It’s getting to be the busy part of our year. I start thinking about the events we have coming up and then it’s a slippery slope of obligations almost every weekend until January. I recently decided to reorganize my life in general and I can really tell a difference in my attitude. I’ll write a post soon about my binder system and cleaning schedule, too.

I’ve accumulated a lot of new followers lately and I want to say “Welcome and thanks for reading!” If you have any questions about me, my twins, how we make it work or anything, let me know! I have a vast amount of knowledge that I’d love to share!