Sunday, May 31, 2009

Morning in Muenster

Today we went to Muenster to visit Dana, Cody and Lucy. We had a good time. After we got there and fussed over Lucy a bit, we went out to Cody's family farm where the girls got to see and pet goats. They were signing the word for Goat and saying "goat" over and over. They were so excited. Cody caught some of the baby goats for them to pet, and both girls went right up to them with no problems. They didn't like Patches the farm dog. He gave Izzie a lick across the face and she started crying. After petting goats we washed up and then they had a picnic on a mini-size picnic table. Then we jumped into Cody's truck and he drove us through the pasture where the girls got to look at cows RIGHT outside of the window. Moo! Moo! Moo! We heard over and over from Maddie and Izzie. Back at Dana's house we relaxed and visited awhile. Charlotte (Cody's Mom) stopped by and got to see the girls for a few minutes. We were all thinking they would sleep all the way home because they were so tired, but we were all wrong. They slept for maybe 20 minutes of the 1.5hr drive. At least they were happy the whole time.

Pictures, out of order...

Izzie petting one of the goats while Cody holds him.


Izzie sleeping on the way home.


Maddie eyeing the goat. (She pet him too.)


Maddie sleeping on the way home, with Purple Bunny.


Here I am holding a 3 day old goat!


Maddie and Izzie had a blast rolling Dana's big exercise ball around the house.


Here I am holding Lucy.


Cody holding Lucy.


Dana holding Lucy.


Sweet Little Lucy.


Maddie and Izzie on their picnic.


What a perfect size table!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lunch with Nanny


Maddie, Izzie and Nanny

Today for lunch, John, the girls and I took Nanny out to lunch. We went to Super Salad which is one of her favorite places to eat. I know she had a good time with the girls. They were very good, and ate a pretty big lunch. Nanny kept trying to feed them different stuff and was finally happy when Izzie took a piece of her gingerbread. As for me, I was doing pretty good to eat some soup and baked potato after my wisdom tooth extraction.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Wisdom tooth

John is doing a terrific job of taking care of the girls today. They were really cranky this morning before I left for my dentist appointment. He even joked that he'd trade places with me. I'm sure they were just picking up on my nervousness, because he said after I left they were fine.

Mom picked me up and took me to the appointment. I think it went pretty quickly. I don't remember much. I do remember paying at the end. I know I handed my card over to the lady, but I couldn't tell you what she said I owed. So, I'd advise people to not make purchases under the influance of valium.

I had to have help out to the car because I was very wobbly. I'm not sure how I made it upstairs or if I said bye to mom. (If not, bye mom, and thanks for taking me this morning!) I must have crashed because a while later I woke up sideways on the bed. I am feeling a bit better now. Much clearer in the head, just a dull ache in my jaw.

John brought the girls up to play with me for a few minutes after nap time. They wanted to play dress up. Putting pants on their heads and trying to wear my shoes. Very cute!

Time Out

We've been doing time out around here for a couple of weeks. Some days go by with no timeouts and then there are those other days..

I feel like they are sort of working, but not sure. Here is how our Time Out's have been going lately:

Neither girl ever gets upset when I tell her it's Time Out. They just sit there until I tell them to get up. Occasionally they try to get up before, but I just tell them, "Sit, you are in timeout for _____" and they sit right back down. I don't think that is a problem, since I read somewhere Time Out shouldn't be considered a punishment, but a literal "Time Out" or "Time to Reflect" on a behavior. It is odd to me that they don't get upset though.

Second, when I put one girl in time out the other girl always puts herself in time out too. They don't talk or interact, they just both sit there in their corners (either side of our front door) and wait until Time Out is over. I can tell the girl not in Time Out that she can go play over and over, but she won't budge until sissy is through with her Time Out. (She won't leave even if she was in timeout for hitting said sissy!)

Third, sometimes I have to do Time Out 3 times in a row to get any effect. For example, today Maddie hit me, so I put her in Time Out. When it was over, I told her to say sorry to me and give me a hug and kiss, which she did. Then she looked me square in the eyes and hit again. (Remember, she wasn't upset, no tears, etc.) I did Time Out 2 more times. The last time she gave me the hug and went off to play like no big deal. My reading on this is that they are testing their boundaries and making REALLY sure that it isn't okay to hit, throw books, etc.

For me, one thing I've found is that it can be hard to have the patience to do the Time Out. Especially if it is needed when I'm in a hurry. Usually it's in my head that I'm in a hurry. I know in the long run, an extra 15 minutes of discipline right now will pay off huge in the future. Sometimes in the moment it is hard to remember that though. You know, I almost like calling it "Reflection Time" instead of Time Out. It has a much more peaceful connotation. I think I'll stick with that.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Just pictures

Lately I seem to find it hard to do a text post and a picture post at the same time. The girls keep me so busy!

Maddie. (Somehow after naptime they end up in just shirts and diapers)


Maddie and Izzie cooking dinner.


Maddie and Izzie coloring.


Izzie being silly and crawling.


Maddie was fascinated with her reflection in my lasagna pan. She was kissing it, and telling it NO and then waving at it.

One hour.

This morning John took the girls shopping. John isn't much of a shopper, but when I suggested he could take them to Fry's, a huge electronic/computer super store, the idea sounded a bit better. I was hoping he'd take them to the park too, but wasn't going to push my luck. When he left, I wasn't sure what to do first. A nap came to mind, but that would feel like wasted time. My art room, was my next thought, but after my last project I left it in disray, so it needs to be tidied up before I can start my next project. Then I thought of finishing up the PAMOM newsletter, I just have a handful of corrections I need to do before I have to send it out. But I'm tired of working on it and didn't want to spend my precious hour on it.

I finally settled on cleaning the kitchen. No, it isn't what I WANTED to do, but it most definitely NEEDED to be done. I won't describe the state of my microwave. My mema would shudder to see it. It is now a sparkling jewel. I cleaned out some old canisters that had food in them from when we probably moved into the house. I'm giving them a new home to someone in my local Freecycle group. Obviously I wasn't using them, and they aren't worth much, maybe 3 bucks for the set in a garage sale.

Then I tackled "The Corner." Some people have junk drawers. I hate junk drawers. I hate junk corners, but I guess if you don't have a junk drawer, the junk ends up somewhere. In this case it was a corner of my kitchen counter. It is amazing to finally see the counter top in that corner. I think I'm going to go ballistic if any thing touches that counter space for the next week or so.

I was just about to attack the spice jars (they need to be individually wiped off) when I hear a knock on the front door. Apparently I locked my husband and kids out. I have to admit, it did cross my mind to pretend I was napping and not answer....

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Daily life


Maddie digging into the Pizza we had for dinner. She loved it!


Izzie playing video games with Daddy.


Daddy corrupting the children. They are sitting on the couch watching The Simpsons!!!! Of course it only kept their attention for about 5 minutes, but still...


Izzie rocking her baby.


Maddie trying to decide what kind of trouble she should get into next.

Today was a good day of just hanging around the house. I did make an emergency run to Target first thing since we almost ran out of diapers. Nevermind that about an hour after I got home from said run, I found half a pack of diapers under the stairs closet. Such is life. The store run did give me an excuse to buy some yummy fresh mozzarella so I could make Homemade Pizza for dinner tonight.

But, other than that, we just hung around the house. I'm not sure that I accomplished much, but since John is home on vacation, I'm sort of taking a vacation too. Although, some chores just have to continue! We did lay up in bed during nap time and catch up on some shows that were in the DVR. That was so relaxing!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Garden

I'm either going to make my mom laugh or cry. I got frustrated with my herb garden project since none of my seedlings took, (and the ones that did take grasshoppers ate!) So, I dumped all the seeds hodge podge in one big garden bed. What grows will grow and what doesn't won't. And IF anything does grow, it'll be fun figuring out what it is. I dumped: basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, dill, parsley, sage and maybe one or two other seeds in my herb garden bed. I guess I just got frustrated because I want a gorgeous herb bed, but I don't have the time to do it this year. I've got so many projects going on that nothing is getting done. I'm plucking away at several things but not seeing results! I'm a results kind of girl. Sigh.

Dinner time

For some reason I was really feeling like I needed to eat Hamburgers and/or Hot Dogs for Memorial Day. Not to mention watermelon. I didn't do the watermelon, but I did make hot dogs tonight. They were delicious, smothered in chili.

While I was cooking, Izzie and Maddie decided they wanted to BE dinner. Izzie is in the pot and Maddie is in the lasagna pan.


Izzie and Maddie eating hotdots, home made oven fries, baked beans and fruit. They didn't love the baked beans which surprised me since they absolutely love Mema's brown beans.

Happy Memorial Day


More water play. I think we need a rule that the water stays IN the bucket, but I don't see that actually happening anytime soon.


I got this slide from my local Freecycle group. If you haven't joined Freecycle you should! It's a great way to get rid of the things you don't want and get things in return. The idea is to avoid filling up the landfills and recycle! I'm sure the lady who gave me this slide could have gotten $20 -30 for it, but she passed it on to me for free and I will one day pay it forward. It's an awesome program.


Yesterday, Mom, Chris, the girls and I went to lunch and then to check out a little antique store. Since I knew that my double stroller would not fit in the narrow isles, I borrowed a single stroller from my next door neighbor. I already had one that I picked up for $10 somewhere along the line. I think I might get another one. It was so easy to flit around the store with a tiny push, and since I had people with me, it worked out fine. I remember once at an early PAMOM meeting when I was still expecting, that one of the Mom's said that she had 5 strollers. I thought, at the time that was insane! Now, I can see how those strollers could possibly stack up...

The cutest part was that Izzie and Maddie looked to their left and right trying to find "Sissy." So, we wheeled them in front of each other and they GIGGLED and giggled, pointing and saying, "Izzie!" Which is what they call each other. They haven't learned Maddie yet, and they are both Izzie. Even though Maddie knows her own name, and Izzie knows hers. When you ask, "Where's Sister?" They point to each other and say, "Izzie!"

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Last year on Memorial Day I had a big party. This year, I didn't even think about it. Well, I did, but it was too late to do anything about it. So, we are just taking it easy. John actually has the guys over for D&D, so I guess none of them had big plans either. I did take the girls over to my Mom's house this morning since my sister was in town. They got to play for a bit before naptime.

Now, I'm just plodding along on my PAMOM newsletter and the girls are sleeping. Running spell check on the newsletter was horrendous since there are so many names in the paper. Now days, there are so many spellings of so many names that the spell check hiccuped on each and every one of them. I made it through, but I think my eyes might be permanently crossed!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Puzzles and Telephones

This morning we are getting ready to spend some time with Nana and Popo. The plan is to go to lunch and maybe some shops in East Plano. The shops in that area are pretty small, so I borrowed a single stroller from a neighbor. Hopefully that will work along with the single stroller I have. Here's some pictures of Maddie and Izzie playing puzzle this morning along with a cute video of Izzie talking on the telephone (a toy remote control.)


Maddie


Izzie, this was mostly taken to show off her hair.



Izzie and Maddie

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Stay-cation

John has this week off for a "Stay-cation" that is what they are calling it when you take a vacation from work but don't go anywhere for vacation. We do have some loose plans. John wants to spend one evening with a Guy's Night Out. They intend to watch some sport, hockey or the basketball finals I suppose. We plan to go to Muenster to visit Cody, Dana and Lucy one day. Hopefully they can go to the farm and pet goats or some other animal. We might wrangle up a babysitter and have a date night/afternoon. As for around the house, this time we don't have any projects planned. One day, I hope to stain the boards to make the girls a sandbox. They have been left outside so they are saturated with all the rain water we've been having lately.

As for the girls, we've just been doing our usual. We all went to the park this morning. They totally love the swings. More than anything else. I think we really need to get a swingset for our backyard! They would stay in it forever. Then I'd need what every single parent wishes could get invented. An automatic swinger-system. Then I'd have it made.

Both girls have been challenging their boundaries/rules the past couple of days. That means a whole lot of NO's and redirection. Izzie has taken to climbing on her little table. Maddie's favorite thing to challenge is touching my cookbooks and John's novels. Yesterday they got into my wine glass cabinet and broke two wine glasses. Luckily no one was hurt. They've never touched the cabinet and in one day they figured out how to open it and pull out all the wine glasses. I was upstairs at the time and I hear a, "NO, NO, NO, no!, nooooooooooo!" from John. I run downstairs to figure out what the heck is going on. Everything turned out okay, and I don't think they will mess with the cabinet for a while after Daddy's reaction.

Today they are on their fourth outfit. This morning they were in their nightgown and I gave them cottage cheese for breakfast. That was a big mess. We changed into our outfits for the day (or so I thought.) I gave them Macaroni and Cheese for lunch. They took a bath in the cheese. So, I gave them a bath in my bathtub. It was time for nap at that point, so I just threw a clean nightgown on them. When they woke up, I didn't want the nightgown to get dirty (it's the last clean one I have) so I put them in big t-shirts (size 3T.) They are now running around looking like little orphans.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Pictures from Yesterday


Yesterday morning the girls and I went to visit Dana and Lucy at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Here is Maddie sitting in Dana's lap, checking Lucy out.


Izzie splashing.


Maddie playing in the water.


Maddie and Izzie. I bought these swimsuits about a month ago on the first warm day we had this season. This is the first time they are wearing them, and they are almost already too tight. They are size 18 mo, but apparently swim apparel can run small.


Izzie riding on the horse that Grandma and Grandpa bought them for their birthday. It took a while, but they can finally ride them!


Maddie has one too.


THE box. WOW, OH WOW. What a box. Izzie and Maddie.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Quick entry

Today was one of those really long fun days. It started out with the girls and I going over to Grandma and Grandpa's house for the morning Dana and Lucy were in town, so I got some cuddles with little Lucy. She's so precious! Maddie and Izzie gave her a bunch of kisses. While at Grandma's house the girls learned how to go down the little wooden slide that she has. Maddie especially loved that.

On the way home they fell asleep in the car, but they actually took a somewhat decent nap when we got home. After nap, I put them in their swimsuits and we played in the water hose in the backyard. That's where we were when John came home from work. We were all hanging out on the back porch when Chris called. Mom and him just ordered a new TV and he needed John to help him move it. (The girls loved playing in the box that the TV came in.) Spontaneously, I decided we should all go. Once we were there and playing at Nana and Popo's house we got hungry and decided to go to Spring Creek Bar-B-Q for dinner. Izzie loved the Bar-B-Q, Maddie ate a PB sandwich. After dinner it was home to play for a bit, bath and then night-night. I met a friend for a yoga class and afterwards we went to Whataburger. She hadn't eaten dinner and I just went to visit with her. Now, it's way past my bed time and I'm headed up to sleep. It was a very jam packed fun day.

(Yes, I took pictures, no I haven't sorted them yet, so I'll post pics tomorrow!)

Curly Hair



My hairstylist always straightens my hair for me after I get it cut. So, I really don't know what my hair will look like for a couple of days. I was surprised how much shorter it got with the curls. It was past my chin straight! I think that is one reason why it is so much harder for me to grow out my hair. (Which is what I'm trying to do...) I don't get very fast results. The curls make it seem so much shorter than it really is. Not that'd I'd trade my curls. I've always liked them. Like any relationship, we've had our good times and our bad times. But I'd say for the most part my curls and I have always been friends.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The end of highchairs?


Not quite. But apparently while my Mom was watching the girls for me this morning she decided to let the girls eat lunch at their table. As she was leaving she told me she took some pics of the girls, so I didn't know that they ate at their big girl table until I opened my pics. I had actually thought about trying this, but decided not to. Since I usually give them lunch and then come check my email or whatever; I didn't want to have to watch them and make sure they stay at the table and not get food all over the house.

I've found that by not hovering over the girls when they eat breakfast and lunch they tend to eat better. I am usually in the kitchen with them at breakfast, but I'm cleaning and not paying too much attention to them. Lunch I check my email. I of course listen out for them. At dinner we have a sit down family meal. I'm sure they had fun with Nana. And I'm sure they got a kick out of eating at the table. They love that table.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New hair, again



Anyone who knows me, knows I tend to change my hair with the seasons, or even with what mood I am in that day. I went in today and was feeling blonde. So, I got Alyson, my stylist to go very blonde for the summer. I don't love this photo, it looks better in person. Plus, she had a hard time getting it straight since it's a bit humid outside. I'm curious to see what it'll look like curly after I wash it.

Painting Party


After painting we went inside to play with blocks. (Maddie)


Maddie and Izzie. Maddie wandered around with her brush for awhile, but didn't do much painting. Izzie just liked all the balls.


Future soccor player? (Izzie)


Artist hard at work. Maddie and Izzie shared a paper on the left.


Maddie.

This morning I took the girls to a playdate with the Wylie Mom's Group. Sharon hosted a painting party at her house. Maddie and Izzie have been doing pretty good with colors, but I wasn't sure what they'd think of painting. Basically, they had a good time, but the focus wasn't the paint. They were fascinated with watching all the other kids. They did make a few marks on their paper, but mostly Izzie played with balls, and Maddie played with the toy lawn mower. After painting, we went inside and the girls got to play with blocks, which made them happy. Oh, and Sharon had a mini-chair that was their size and they both liked sitting in it. My girls love chairs. It was interesting to see them in a large group of kids. They play with each other all the time, but they didn't interact with any of the other kids. Most of the kids were older. There was one newborn, which they didn't even notice, a baby about 8 months old and then a little girl, Teaghan, that was 2 months older than them. The only kid they even remotely paid attention to was Teaghan. I was nervous that there would be paint everywhere, but for the most part it wasn't too hard to clean up. I'm glad I went inspite my nervousness, because it was a lot of fun.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Perfect day for the park


Maddie


Izzie


Maddie and Izzie


Founders Park aka... Pirates Cove.

This morning the girls and I went to the park. The temperature was perfect. Mostly Maddie and Izzie wanted to stay on the swings. We stayed at the park for about 30 minutes and they spent about 20 minutes on the swings. They each went down the slide by themselves about 3 times. The first time I had my hand in front of them to make sure that they didn't go too fast. Maddie learned to put her sneakers down to slow her speed. Both girls said, "WEEE" really loudly as they were swinging and as they went down the slide.

When it was time to go (the park got really crowded with a lot of older kids who kept almost knocking the girls down) Izzie didn't really want to go. I had an inspiration. Every night since the girls have been sitting up in the bathtub on their own, I've sung them a song. The rule is that they have to stay seated in the bathtub until all of the water goes away. This way, they can safely stand up and if only one person is bathing them, it just makes life easier. The thing is, they know that it's the end of bathtime when I start singing this song. We usually clap and have a good time while singing. The song is adapted from an old girl scout song and goes like this:

Bye Bye Water, Bye Bye Water!
Bye Water, I hate to see you go.
It's time to go night-night.
It's time to go night-night.
It's time to go night-night, so we have to say Good-Bye.

So, as we were leaving, I sang:

Bye Bye Park, Bye Bye Park,
Bye Bye Park, I hate to see you go.
It's time to go Home.
It's time to go Home.
It's time to go Home, so we have to say Good-Bye.

Both girls, grabbed my hands and we left the park in a happy mood.