Quick Update: Busy Month!

March is shaping up to be a pretty busy month! We’ve got two 5k races, the Easter Eggstravaganza at the park, an oyster/catfish fry, a fair fundraiser dinner dance, plus my bowling league every Monday. Phew! Hopefully I’ll remember to take lots of pictures.

We are really excited about our new backyard fence! When we bought our house, the yard was partially fenced and we just now pulled the funds together to finish it. We are so happy! If the weather would warm up a little, so could take the girls out to REALLY enjoy it! Summer should be a blast… I just know the girls will love running through the sprinkler and playing outside all day. I’ve been looking for a little mini-castle type toy that has a slide and a place to climb but they are all so expensive! I’m hoping that I can find a good deal on one soon.

Ella and Emma still love school. They are doing GREAT! They are fascinated with the school bus that leaves every morning and wave to it and say “Bye school bus! See you later!” Today the bus driver rolled her window down and she and the children on board waved to the girls and said “Bye Ella! Bye Emma!” They were so excited! They really need a toy school bus. They’d love it!

I recently gave the girls all their books back. I took them away because they were chewing on them, but I worked with them with one book at a time and they finally stopped chewing on them…hurrah!  They both just sit in front of the bookshelf and pull each book down and carefully look through the pages. If anything, it keeps them entertained for a good 15-20 minutes!

Kyle and I are starting to pick up on what we think is a twin language between the girls. I’ve been trying to catch it on camera but haven’t been lucky yet. It’s so neat because we have NO idea what they are saying but they are definitely communicating back and forth. I’m really excited about this because they girls have never been really “twin-y”. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing (they don’t have separation anxiety with each other, they don’t have to sleep by each other, etc) but I do like to see them actually bonding with each other.

Well, it’s bed time! Hopefully I’ll have some pictures to post soon. 🙂

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!

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!

 

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!”