Update: Photos from Today

Ready for school!

“Can we go to class yet, Mom?”

We saw a pill bug in the parking lot and played with it for a while.

This is the first time I have EVER seen them hold hands!! Do you know how amazing this was to see?

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Update: Development

Ella and Emma have been doing GREAT lately! Last night they were both in good moods and played with us for a long time. I’m so surprised at how much they learned in just the past couple weeks! They both know plenty of words and can appropriately use them. We play a game every day where we ask what noise different animals make and they answer.

Cow: Mooooo! (while throwing the head back)

Rooster: DODDLE DOO! (while throwing the head back, too)

Dog: Ruffruff

Cat: Meow (always real short and to the point.)

Sheep: Baa

Chicken: Bockbock

Dinosaur: RAWR! (with claw-hands)

Frog: Bi-bit (with a little hop)

Bunny: Pop-pop (hop-hop… with a little hop too)

Duck: Quack Quack (this one involves the whole body tensing up and hopping)

Pig: Oink!

Bird: HoooHoooo or peep peep

They can name and point to: eyes, ears, nose, teeth. (With ears, they gently turn your head to touch both of your ears.)

They say sock, shoe, and jacket. Ella can unzip her jacket.

They know “I’m a little teapot,” “Itsy bitsy spider,” and “Ring around the rosy.” Ella sings “Happy Birthday.”

They can say and sign “eat”. They say milk, water, cookie, fork, and cup.

They follow simple commands like “Bring me your blanket” or “Put the doll on the chair.”

They totally interact with each other while playing.

They pretend play like there’s no tomorrow: playing with their kitchen, pretending to eat play food, pretend feeding their dolls and toys.

Emma routinely initiates and plays “Peekaboo” which she calls “PeekBoo.”

They both love looking at books and have pretty much stopped chewing on them.

They eat at a picnic table next to our tall table and use regular forks and open cups (mostly.)

There is a school bus that takes older children to the different school campuses around town that usually leaves right when we get to school. The girls just LOVE watching the school bus back up and leave. It beeps when it backs up and the bus driver always waves. When we pull up, they start saying “School bus?” As it leaves we wave and say “Bye school bus. See you later!”

They also know the names of some colors but not which color is which. Currently everything is pretty much “Lellow” or “Nreen.”

When they mispronounce something, we repeat back the appropriate pronunciation so they know the correct way to say it.

They both say Ella (Lella) and Emma (Memma.) They both respond correctly to their own name but don’t always correctly say their own name yet (sometimes Ella says she is Emma and vice versa.

They don’t have too many temper tantrums and they are usually just when they are tired, didn’t get their way, or they are fighting over a toy. Since they are able to communicate better or at least take us by the hand and take us to where the issue is, life has been much easier.

They had their 2 year check-up on Monday where they ran a blood test. Yesterday the nurse called to let me know the girls are both “non-anemic iron deficient” and that we need to start them on iron supplements. I’m also working on incorporating more iron into their diet and pairing it with Vitamin C-rich foods to help with absorption. We go back to have the blood work checked in six months. Other than that everything is great! they are both around 28 pounds and are 34 inches tall.

Eating supper at the picnic table

Eating supper at the picnic table

They got these bouncy cows for Christmas and are GREAT for the sensory input they need!

They got these bouncy cows for Christmas and are GREAT for the sensory input they need!

Bouncy cow "action shot"

Bouncy cow “action shot”

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!

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!

 

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Kyle and I took the girls to our town’s Pumpkin Patch on Saturday. Although it was humid, we had a good time and got some good pictures. They got to wear their new white shoes and denim dresses which they could care less about but I thought were just adorable. I have decided that I MUST get a real camera. The sun and my iPhone were not cooperating so the photos are not as great as they could have been. Oh well…they sure are cute! I just love my silly toddlers! They are more fun each day and just make my heart so happy! 🙂

It was quite a feat to corral both girls by ourselves but we did it with no meltdowns from them or us. We did have a toddler fall off a bench but she thought it was funny and no one called CPS so we’re good. Our sweet neighbor was there and took a great family photo for us which I just adore.

Here are the best photos from the pumpkin patch! As usual, Ella is on the left and Emma is on the right…except in the pumpkin-licking photo… that’s Ella 🙂

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IMG_8143“Because licking the pumpkins is the cool thing to do, Mom!”

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IMG_8170“This scarecrow lady is weird but she has goldfish crackers so it’s OK.”

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IMG_8181I LOVE LOVE LOVE this family photo!!!

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IMG_8190“Mmmmmm!”

We’re Not "Instagram-Perfect"

We are definitely not an “Instagram-Perfect” family. Usually my perfectly planned ideas turn into bow-pulling, sister-pushing, snot-bubbling, meltdown flops. And that’s OK. That’s what is really happening. That’s real life. I still take about 30 pictures to try to get a halfway decent one, but usually I settle for a blurry, semi-smiling/shrieking shot of my duo. But to be honest, I really like the real-life shots. I want to look back at these pictures with my girls years from now and explain that this is what life was really like. Messy. Blurry. Chaotic. Snotty. Fun.

I have to remember that my kids don’t care if the towels are folded right away or if the floor gets mopped or if I have an album full of perfect pictures. They do care, however, if we love them and are there for them. Well actually I’m pretty sure right now they just care that we feed them a steady supply of fruit, milk and bunny crackers. But I’m setting the stage for the future. And that’s “real-life.”

Here are some of our “real-life” moments:

Easter was exhausting for Ella.
This was not an egg-celent idea.
Wining “Gold” in the Radio Flyer Luge Olympics
isn’t as exciting as I’d hoped.
I asked Emma to stop kicking her sister.
The “first day of school” photo didn’t go over so well.
Ella figured the picture frame looked tasty.
Emma did NOT like my “picture chair” song. At all.

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