Friday, April 30, 2010

Potty Training

 Maddie

Izzie

We are attempting potty training today. We started at 10:30 when we got back from Target where Maddie picked out Elmo panties and Izzie picked out solid pink, purple and teal panties. That was one of those parenting dilemmas. She's been talking about Fancy Nancy panties for a couple of weeks now, but today in the store she wanted the plain panties. I asked her if she was sure, and she said she was. I hope she doesn't change her mind later. Not to mention what is going to happen when she puts on purple panties, will Maddie get mad? They are VERY clear that pink is Izzie's and purple is Maddie's. We'll just roll with the punches and see how it goes.

Well we got home from Target and I put them in the plain, boring, white training panties. That was the first fit. Maddie wanted her Elmo panties. I told her as soon as she used the potty she could wear the Elmo panties, until then she had to wear the plain white panties. Then I put Elmo's Potty Time video on for the girls. We paused it about half way through to visit the potty. Nothing. Then about five minutes later, Izzie had her first accident. She exclaimed very loudly, "OH No! Panties are wet!" We got her cleaned up and in a fresh pair of training panties. So far that has been the only accident and we are two hours into the gig, but we've yet to get anything in a potty. I'm still not 100% sure they are ready to potty train. They talk about it all the time, they want to wear panties, they love sitting on their potties, they aren't scared of the toilet flushing, but they have yet to actually pee (or poo) in a potty yet. (Well, they've each had one fluke where they weren't sure what was going on.) Some friends told me that until they have enough accidents that they connect the feeling with the wet, that they may not start using the potty.

My other purchase was a pack of plain white t-shirts. I figure we may be running around the house in t-shirts and panties this weekend. I'm sure I'll keep you posted. Oh and I didn't wake up this morning thinking today was they day that I'd potty train. Like most things in my life, I just jump in with both feet and try to figure it out as I go!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The past two days

Yesterday, Melanie came over for lunch with Madison and Sydney. I had lunch all ready to go for when everyone walked in the door. This is Maddie waiting (very) patiently to eat!

Photo from behind, I braided the girls' hair and they loved their braids! They kept looking at each others hair to see how "their" hair looked.

Yesterday afternoon we went to Nanna and Popo's house to play for awhile. We've had some really terrific weather lately and want to soak up as much of it as we can. I really like watching Izzie and Maddie play lately. Their imagination has really kicked into gear and they are really good at pretending things. They are starting to pretend actions, like reaching in the air for a "diaper" to change their baby doll and then walking over to the grass and using it as powder. In the photo above they were cooking with their necklaces and using sticks to stir. Leaves became seasonings.

Maddie and Izzie are stirring their big pot of "noodles" with chalk.

We tried flying a kite but we weren't too successful. Still, it was fun trying!

This morning I had to go to a lab to get blood drawn for some different tests my doc wanted me to run. It was supposed to be an in-and-out kind of thing, so I figured taking the girls would be good so they could see Momma at the doctor getting a shot. (I'm like the calmest person I know around needles and figured it'd be a good influence.) The girls were TERRIFIC especially considering that the in-and-out turned into a 45 minute wait! That is forever in toddler years especially when it was followed by a 30 minute car trip to get to the doctors! When the books, the play phone and the colors all ran their course for entertainment, I tried entertaining the girls in more creative ways.

I started with having them read the letters off the cover of the books they brought in. This caught the notice of the lady next to me and she had a hard time believing that Maddie and Izzie were two! Then when that got boring, I started quizzing them on their signs. (Another reason why sign language is an AWESOME tool!!!) We use this in waits in grocery store lines, filling up gas, etc.) Anyway, I was asking them to show me the sign for different things and I wasn't really paying attention to anyone in the waiting room. I was just trying to prevent them from pulling each others hair out as a form of entertainment (and I did NOT want to resort to singing songs in the waiting room!!!) Next thing I know everyone in the waiting room was smiling and complementing the girls on how smart they were! Then a gentleman in the back of the waiting room said he uses sign with his hearing impaired daughter and he was super impressed with Maddie and Izzie. It did make the wait go by a little bit more pleasantly. As for the shot, it was over fairly quickly (once they straightened out the paper work mess that was taking so long) and the girls each got a sticker and a bracelet for being so good. I just got a shot.

This afternoon, I decided to make peanut butter from scratch. The girls were playing in the toy room and I was sitting at the table peeling the skins off the nuts (next time I'm buying them pre-skinned!) Izzie and Maddie wander over to see what I was doing. Of course they wanted to help! So I got them a plate and a bowl and away they went peeling the skins off the nuts too. They were really having a good time with it. Maddie had to show me each and EVERY nut that she peeled. She was very meticulous. Izzie was much quicker and didn't care if a few nuts got in her bowl unpeeled.

I do have to say this was a good exercise in fine motor control and finger manipulation! This is Maddie concentrating very hard.

Izzie concentrating too. Then they watched me make the peanut butter. To read the recipe (such that it is) visit The Frickin Chicken. I used the peanut butter to make them grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches on homemade wheat bread for dinner tonight.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Grand Stage

Izzie and Maddie dancing on their new stage.

Izzie and Maddie

Popo finally finished the top of the sandbox just in time for summer! This sandbox obviously doubles as a grand stage. Right now, it only has a layer of kilz primer paint and we were joking that it could be a beacon from space. It is very bright white! But instead of staining it like the bottom of the box, I decided I'm going to paint it a base color and then give the girls some paints and let them paint the top of the box. Then I'll just put a polyurethane coat on all of it. The funny thing was, as soon as Chris and I finished screwing in the last screw and we lowered the lid, the girls were on it immediately dancing to "Itsy Bitsy Spider" they just knew it was the perfect stage!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Playdate with Melker Triplets

I didn't get a great shot of the playdate. But here's Maddie, Madison, Payson, Hayden and Jessica. Jessica's kids were born one day before Maddie and Izzie.

This morning Maddie and Izzie hosted a playdate for their friends, Madison, Hayden and Payson. I told them before bed last night that their friends were coming over to play. Well, the first thing they did when they woke up this morning was ask when Madison, Hayden and Payson were coming over. Let's just say we had a long morning since they didn't come over until 10:30. At one point Maddie got on her pretend phone and I heard her saying, "Hayden, Where are you??" It was so cute! All the kids had fun playing and coloring although none of them really played together. We are still on the verge of that. Mostly we get parallel play instead of true interactions. It was a full house though, with 5 kids and two moms. In a few weeks I plan to host our entire playgroup which is 9 kids and 4 moms. Not sure were we will put everyone, but it's always fun when we can get together.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lucy's First Birthday Party

Lucy enjoying her cake. She dove right in!

She didn't care about all the hoopla around her. She was enjoying the cake to its fullest extent!

Opening some presents with her Momma and her cousins.

Izzie and Maddie enjoying a cupcake.

Sabrina, Izzie and Maddie... the "triplet" cousins!

John holding his niece Lucy.

Izzie and Daddy.

Izzie, Lucy and Maddie. I love the expression on Lucy's face!

The party was great! Dana had this really cute cupcake theme, and the main cake (well, not Lucy's cake!) was shaped like an ovesized cupcake that looked very adorable. Maddie and Izzie had a blast and stuffed themselves silly on all the food that was at the party. Lucy was precious, all smiles, except when we took away her cake and dunked her in the bathtub. It was a great morning and the girls wore themselves out and fell asleep on the way home. I'm so glad that I got to be there for Lucy's first birthday celebration, she was a doll. I still can't believe she's one already!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Juice

Some friends and family have wondered why I don't let my girls have juice. Maddie and Izzie are 28 months old and have only ever had water and milk to drink. They've never in their 2+ years had juice. There is no need in anyone's diet for juice. Juice is calories with no filling fiber. I can't say it any better than this article HERE. And THIS website has a table that shows that juice and soda have almost the same amount of sugar and even more calories than soda. Some people mix a bit of juice with water to dilute it. Okay, so fine, then you get half the amount of sugar than if you drank the same amount of liquid not diluted. Maddie and Izzie don't have any problems drinking water and milk. Why would I want to change that? Studies show that kids who drink juice will drink more soda when they are older than kids that never (or rarely) drink juice. The more sugar in your diet ("natural" or chemical) the more sugar you crave.

Am I being a hypocrite? I drink soda. The more I learn about processed foods versus REAL food, the more I'm changing my diet. I don't think I am a hypocrite. I've been saying for over a year now that "If I only ate what I fed my children, I'd be SO healthy!" Well... I'm making that change. I don't want my girls to only be healthy. I want them to be healthy AND have a healthy mother (and father!!) I was drinking up to 4 sodas a day a few months ago. Now I'm down to 4 sodas a week. I'm working on eliminating them completely from my diet. They just cost money (water is practically free.) And they are empty calories. As for diet soda.... yeah, no calories, I get that. Also, a diet soda has NO nutrition and we are all just chugging one big fat chemical.

Sure there is room in life for treats. But honestly, if you are going to have a treat, would you prefer a small cookie or a glass of orange juice? You may argue that the juice has more nutrients than the cookie. And you might be right. Although a cookie made with REAL eggs, nuts, oats, milk and a healthy oil such as coconut oil, it could possibly be debated. That isn't my point. Most people don't treat juice as a treat for their kids. They see it as a right. Something to give them with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although they'd never give them that many cookies.

I love my family and friends and they are all entitled to their opinions just as I am entitled to mine. I hate it when someone tells me what to eat or that I'm eating something that is unhealthy. If my friends and family want to drink juice (and I drink it on an occasion too!) then that is their right and their choice. And let's keep in mind, I am talking about JUICE, it's not like it is the end of the world!

(PS... I have a ton of great photos of my neice's Lucy's first birthday party that we attended yesterday. I can't wait to show them to you, Lucy was so precious!! And we even caught a photo of Maddie giving Lucy a bottle!! But, I have to get some work done on my PAMOM newsletter tonight, so the photos and story of Lucy's first will have to wait a bit!)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

T-Shirt Dress

This is the project I was working on yesterday! My sister-in-law is a HUGE Beatles fan. As a matter of fact she met her husband at a Beatles cover band concert. Over the years she has collected quite a few Beatles t-shirts. And a couple of years ago she asked me to make a quilt out of the t-shirts. I happily said yes, and then almost immediately found out I was having twins, and well, her quilt is still in pieces up in my art room. I promise, ONE day, Julie will get her quilt!! In the meantime, I made this t-shirt dress for her daughter, Sabrina, out of one of the extra t-shirts she had.  I added some pink trim and ribbon and a few pink rhinestones to glam it up a bit. I think it turned out so precious! I gave it to Julie this morning, and I'm pretty sure she was tickled pink too! I can't wait to see Sabrina in it. The great thing about this design is it starts out as a dress, then becomes a tunic with leggings and finishes up as a blouse with jeans.

Now, I'm off to make some t-shirt dresses out of some old Aggie t-shirts that John and I have from our college days!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Productivity

My mom and Chris watched the girls for me this morning so I could spend some time getting things done around the house. Like the pile of laundry that has been glaring at me for too long. I'll let everyone in on a big secret. People  have been asking me how I have time to do the things I do. Well there are only so many hours in the day, so I decided I needed to cut out an activity from my life to fit in the things I find more entertaining. Thus, the laundry pile. I guess I subconsciously decided that laundry took up too much time and I didn't want to do it anymore. That lasted for about two weeks until we were down to that pair of underwear/panties that is in the back of the draw that you never ever wear. I'm only half kidding. And this is actually after the help mom gave me from last week when she folded a pile of clothes that I managed to wash but never fold.

But lets talk about more fun things. Like all that I accomplished today. I cleaned out my art studio again. The floor was still covered with Christmas wrapping paper that is how long it has been neglected! While cleaning out the art studio, I came across this painting I did a few years ago. I've always loved how vibrant the red flowers were against the pitch black background. After looking at it today, and realizing it's been tucked in a dark corner not really being enjoyed, I've decided to sell it. If you are interested take a look at it HERE. After cleaning the art room (out of which came THREE bags of trash!) I headed to the bedroom to fold the dreaded clothes. I got about 3/4 of the way through that dreaded chore before I had a brilliant idea. I then spent the next hour working on a secret project. (Sorry... can't share it with you now, but I promise I'll share it soon!) I got a few other things done around the house before it was time to pick up Maddie and Izzie for naptime. Thank you Mom for watching the girls, I know they had a great time!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Snack Time

Maddie and Izzie just woke up from a three hour nap and helped me make snack. Chopped bananas with a couple of dark chocolate chips in vanilla yogurt. Yummy!

Singing in the springtime

I love spring time! The weather is so nice today. It's been a bit overcast, but the temperatures have been terrific. It actually got "almost" chilly for the girls when they just had on these tanks, so I put the little sweaters Grandma bought them on. They were playing Ring Around the Rosie pushing their lawnmowers in this photo! (Izzie, Maddie)

I know the background isn't great with my bag of dirt and some bubbles (refilled with homemade bubbles!), but I thought Maddie's smile was so cute in this picture. (Maddie, Izzie)

By the way, if you are looking for a Homemade Bubble Recipe that is supper cheap and will keep you in bubble supply all summer check out my bubble blog entry at the Frickin Chicken!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sign Language

Most people who read my blog realize that I'm a huge fan of signing with your baby. It's the perfect first language to teach a baby who can understand language way before they can speak one. It's been fascinating watching my girls communicate with sign. Now at age two they have a huge spoken and signing vocabulary. The other day while waiting in the doctors office there was another little boy in the waiting room with us. My girls pointed to him and signed "boy" and said "baby." The mother of the little boy told me he was two. I told her that my girls were the same age. She asked me if they were turning 3 soon, because her boy just turned 2 in early January. I told her that my girls turned two at the end of December. I'm just saying this because it was remarkable difference. This little boy was making baby noises and grunting for communication. He was really cute and lively, but I couldn't believe he was the same age as Maddie and Izzie. That isn't to say that is always the case. Several of my friends have kids the same age who didn't use sign language and their kids don't seem that different from Izzie and Maddie.

But for me, signing made communicating SO much easier with two babies. Now that they don't really need signs to communicate they still love to sign. Maddie frequently says to me, "I don't know the sign for (fill in the blank.)" So I go look it up on the computer for her. She loves learning new signs as fast as I can give them to her. Tonight John was quizzing the girls in a creative way. He was telling first Maddie and then Izzie, "I don't know the sign for snake, can you teach me?" And they were getting so excited to teach Daddy a sign. Izzie lately is focused on making sure her fingers are actually held correctly. (Which is another HUGE benefit of signing, it teaches fine motor control at a very early age.) Today I had to show her how to make the I LOVE YOU sign (middle two fingers in the palm; pointer, pinky and thum sticking out.) She wanted to show teddy and she had to make sure she was doing it exactly correct! It was too cute!

Bluebonnet Photos

Maddie and Izzie

Maddie and Izzie

Maddie

Izzie and Maddie

Maddie and Izzie

After naptime today, I decided to take the girls to the bluebonnet field that is in our neighborhood. Maddie enjoyed it, but I think Izzie was still half asleep from her nap. She didn't really want to pose for pictures. I got some cute photos, but nothing super stellar.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Playdate

Madison, Ford, Jake, Sydney, Izzie and Maddie

Madison and Maddie playing with a toy together.

I love meeting with our playgroup. We first started getting together middle of September. Back then the kids either just ignored each other or fought. Well now that I think about it not much has changed. Except they are starting to ignore each other less and actively play a bit together. They will hand each other sippy cups and they will share a snack. After one bites another, they will kiss the boo-boo in an apology. I think one of my favorite moments of playgroup is the first 3 minutes after we hand out lunch. All the kids sit still for a moment and look at their plates deciding whether or not they are going to eat it or not. Then after about 3 minutes chaos ensues, but it isn't too bad! Maddie and Izzie will usually stay seated the entire lunch time fiercely protecting their plates. Sydney and Madison always want to see what the adults are eating to make sure it isn't better. Ford and Jake usually eat and play all at the same time. Some days the adults actually get to visit, somedays we spend the time breaking up fights and temper tantrums. Either way, it's good for the kids and it's good for us!

Last night I served the girls chicken legs for the first time. They had no idea what to do with them. Daddy showed Izzie how to eat it and she dove right in, but then decided she really didn't like it.

Maddie took one look at her plate and said, "All done!" Which I thought was pretty funny. We finally got her to at least taste the chicken but she wasn't a huge fan either. Even after Daddy took the meat off the bone.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Blood Test

Izzie was awesome at the doctor! We are going to do a round of antibiotics, Allegra and we drew some blood to test for environmental allergies, such as dust mites. When the nurse drew blood, Izzie was very quiet, but she didn't even flinch. She was such a brave girl!!

Doctor... again.

I've got an appointment to take Izzie to the pediatrician again this morning. I was looking back through her medical book to see the other times I took her in for this cough. It feels like it's been months. And it has. I took her in on January 19th, February 19th and by complete coincidence today is April 19th. We are just OVER this cough. Maddie's been coughing off and on, but not solid through the night and not for several nights in a row. I feel like we aren't getting anywhere with this cough, but I feel like something has to change. I need sleep!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

More on Real Food

This has been a weekend that I'm glad to put behind us. It wasn't horrible, just not great. I'm hoping tomorrow morning everyone in the family will wake up happy and healthy. John woke up yesterday with flu-like symptoms. The girls still continue to cough almost every single night. The doctor says it's due to drainage from allergies, but whatever it is, it is driving everyone crazy. No one is getting good sleep and I just feel bad for them. It's mostly Izzie, Maddie has only coughed through the night a handful of times. We keep trying different things: different allergy meds, inclining them on a stack of pillows, a humidifier, vicks vapor rub, etc. Tonight we put a fan in their room. I think the room is getting too stuffy and makes them overheated. Just a new theory, I'm willing to try almost anything at this point. Well except for removing dairy and gluten from their diets. That is a new theory that some doctors are testing out. I'm 100% on the "real" food movement. I want to get processed food out of our lives. But dairy and gluten? Come ON.

It was explained really well by a nutritionist that came and visited us at our last PAMOM meeting and I really get his point. The milk we drink today is NOT real milk. When milk is pasteurized, it kills the good bacteria with the bad bacteria and we are left drinking a liquid that irritates our insides. The Food Renegade says it all much better right HERE. As for glutens, there are many studies talking about them but I don't really get it yet. As far as I can tell, we've been eating so much white (processed) wheat that our bodies are now allergic to it. If we'd been eating whole grains all along we'd be okay. Well, not really sure why I'm rambling on about all of this. Basically it's my new hobby, my new interest. I want to eat good healthy food that tastes good. I'm learning to not crave sugar and crave fruits and vegetables instead. I want my children to be healthy and I want to be healthier too. The fact that my kids generation is predicted to have a shorter life span due to processed foods really terrifies me.

I've been having a lot of fun cooking with my girls. Even though none of us were feeling that great I thought that making some homemade ice cream would be fun and change the mood. Maddie and Izzie did enjoy helping me measure, pour and stir. They liked watching the milk get thick and cold and turn into ice cream. Then we put it in the freezer and I told them they could have the ice cream for snack today after they slept during naptime. They went RIGHT down at naptime. That hasn't happened in a long time. About an hour and half into nap (where the entire family was napping all at once, we really don't feel good!) Maddie woke up withering around and saying her tummy hurt badly. I picked her up and brought her to my room to lay down with me. I was cuddling her and trying to soothe her when she fell asleep again. She slept for about 30 minutes more but woke up with more tummy problems. When she said she didn't want her ice cream, I knew she wasn't feeling well!! Izzie woke up after sleeping THREE hours, and the first thing out of her mouth was, "I slept, now ice cream!" Gotta love 'em!!

This evening was mostly spent cuddling on the couch reading books. I made a light supper of whole grain noodles and tomato sauce. Izzie devoured her supper, Maddie only picked at a couple noodles. Now they are tucked in bed, fast asleep and I hope that tonight is a good night.

Izzie eating her homemade cinnamon walnut ice cream.

Maddie laying on Daddy's lap, not feeling well.

Yesterday, when we had a bit more energy we went outside to play with the new bubble machine I bought. Maddie LOVES bubbles!!

Maddie watching the bubbles drift away, the machine makes bubbles inside bubbles which totally fascinated her (and me!)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Shopping with Momma

Maddie and Izzie helping me to buy dirt.

Izzie and Maddie with me at Lowe's buying dirt.

Here's to another super crazy non-stop day! It started bright and early when I decided it was about time to try and take the girls on errands that I've been nervous do with them by myself. When you have twins, sometimes the logistics of things can really stump you. For instance, I've been wanting to take some of their clothes to Kid-to-Kid or Once Upon a Child resale shops for MONTHS. But it's not an errand I really wanted to do during the weekend (when I hear the sale line is long.) Finally I decided to just try and see how it would work. Luckily I got a parking spot right in front of the store. I told them to go touch the brick column in front of the store. While they were doing that, I was able to watch them and get the box out of the van. We walked to the front of the store. Something as simple as how to get two kids and a box from the car to the store really stopped me from doing this errand. I'm still not sure how I would have done it if they were in the stroller. Overall, the girls were very good (and patient!) while we waited for them to go through the clothes and give us a paltry amount of money for the clothes.

The next errand on the list was to go to Lowe's. I needed dirt for my second raised garden bed. How do you take two kids to a hardware store and buy hundreds of pounds of dirt?? Again, I ditched the stroller. I found a flat bed card and it had a handle that was the perfect height for the girls. They LOVED pushing it around the store, helping Momma! It worked out beautifully.

Basically every time I think I can't do something with the girls, it's not a can't... it's just a "figure it out!" Where there's a will there's a way kind of thing. I'm so glad I was able to check those off my ever growing to-do list. By that time it was time for lunch, then nap. During nap I was able to fill up my flower bed and get 3 tomatoes planted! Then I prepped up dinner, got the girls up from nap and went to meet some friends for a park playdate. After an hour at the park, it was time to go back home for dinner. They ate, I showered and got dressed then it was kisses as I left to go to a birthday party. Now, it's 10:30 at night, I'm really tired and about to head to bed. I hope at least half of this made sense!

2009 Blog Book

I finally ordered my blog book from blurb.com for 2009. I've had it finished for a while, but I haven't slowed down enough to order it!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Super Jam Packed Day

We sure hit the road running this morning and didn't slow down a bit. Today was library day, a day that the girls are really looking forward to and enjoying. Twice a month, I have meetings on Tuesday nights (when Daddy puts the girls to bed.) And the girls have library the next day. They've figured out that correlation we think because last night as John was tucking them in, they asked if they got to see Ms. Dea at the library tomorrow. John later asked me if I had told them it was library day. I hadn't. So we are guessing they think when Daddy puts them down, the next day is library? We'll see if our theory holds.

This time, my friend Melanie joined us at the library with Madison and Sydney. Maddie and Izzie were THRILLED. They love Melanie, Madison and Sydney. Izzie even showed off a bit by dancing to the library songs for the FIRST time! After the library we decided to all check out the park that is next door. Luisa joined us with her twins, Dax and Mason and her younger son Alex. This park was a no-go. It is for BIG kids. The slide looked scary to me! So we let the kids run around a bit on the ground but they were all getting just a bit too cranky. We decided to go to lunch. Luisa had some errands to run (with 3 kids under 3!) So we said goodbye to her and Melanie and I headed to Chili's for lunch.

Maddie pulled a bit of a temper in the car on the way to the restaurant and I'm almost called it off. I knew she was hungry though just by the way she was acting. Sure enough after a bit of food in them and everyone was fine. After lunch we all went our separate ways to try and get some naps in the kids. That was a big fail today, but the girls did at least lay quietly for a bit.

After some quiet time, I picked up Rhonda and we met Melanie at a different park to let the girls run around a bit. We stayed there and did some shopping (window browsing) too. Then home, dinner, bath and bed. The girls were asleep before their heads hit the pillow I think. I'm not too far off from it either!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Chalk Painting

About 5 or 6 months ago I did a project with the girls where we colored with chalk on paper and then using paintbrushes and water we painted the chalk making a watercolor effect drawing. Back then the girls had a really good time with the project, but the paper I used disintegrated with all the water. My mom reminded me of the project since it's been months and they really loved it. This time I went up to my art studio and pulled out some professional watercolor paper back from my college art classes. This paper was definitely the way to go! The other change I made was to give them small brushes instead of big kid brushes. They had a good time this morning. It also kept them happily entertained while I was prepping up dinner for a potluck I'm going to tonight.

Maddie and Izzie painting with water on chalk.

Look at the look of concentration on Izzie's face.

Maddie.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rhonda's Birthday

Today was my sister's 26th birthday. She requested a family dinner of mushroom lasagna and an avocado green cake. Chris made the lasagna and the cake. Both were delicious. Izzie kept saying, "MORE, MORE!" Although she only ate one mushroom, she loved the pasta and the fancy sauce. I mixed the icing since Rhonda requested her favorite 70's color of avocado green.
Rhonda and Izzie

Izzie and Momma

Maddie playing with Nanna's gardening hat.

Izzie's turn with the had, and the look isn't complete without a big blue bag.

In other news, I was frustrated today with the amount of toys that the girls had scattered around the house. Out of exasperation I told them I was going to call the Toy Monster and that he'd come and hide their toys for awhile if they didn't put them up. That almost back fired on me, because Maddie really truly got scared. It took forever but I convinced her that I wouldn't call him if she picked up all the toys. Once they got over the Toy Monster part, they actually really got into the sorting. They'd pick something up and either exclaim where it went dashing off in that direction or they'd ask me, "Momma, Where'd it go??" (Where does it go?) and I'd show them.

Other than going shopping this morning, making homemade ketchup and a homemade roasted garlic loaf for Rhonda's party, we spent the morning cleaning and reading lots of library books. The girls got out their colors and did some coloring while I was cooking. That was cute too. They are now labeling their drawings. They'll draw a few lines on the paper and then tell me what it is. A rainbow, dolphin, seahorse and sunshine were the favorites today.

And speaking of seahorse, that reminds me of a funny from this morning. We've been going over letter sounds ALOT lately. I'll ask them what letter a word starts with or they will ask me. This morning in the car they were drawing on their magna doodles. They told me they drew a seahorse. I asked them what letter does "seahorse" start with. Then I made the "ssssss" sound. But Izzie kept saying, "Letter C!" Then it dawned on me she was hearing C-Horse!