We had a great day in our house today. The girls will chatter boxes from the moment they woke up until they fell asleep. They were full of giggles, dancing and tickles. This morning we woke up and got ready for church, only to pull into an empty parking lot and find out that the regular service was canceled due to the annual family camping trip. We decided since we were all dressed and out of the house we would make a Costco trip. On the way home both of the girls had their legs flung over the side of their car seats with their feet touching and tickling each other. From the front we heard giggles and "tickle, tickle, tickle." I made some chocolate chip pancakes as a special Sunday treat and boy it was a mess! The girls loved it and ate all of their food, but they also wore the chocolate all over themselves. This afternoon I decided I would try putting Claire's hair in big girl ponies using all of her hair instead of just the top half. I must say, she looked adorable! Claire took their step stool so she could reach the tissue box on the shelf. Before I knew it they were both pulling tissue after tissue out of the box having a great time. We ended the day playing with flash lights in the hall and dancing. They love playing with Josh's flash lights when he comes home for dinner while working, so last week we went and bought them each one of their own; they love them!
Several months ago Lillian's My Pal Violet stopped working. Both of the girls received their pals as birthday gifts, so needless to say, I was very disappointed that in less the 6 months the pads on her paws now longer worked. Lillian was also upset since she loves her Pal. Claire has Scout and he has been working great! About two weeks ago I contacted Leap Frog and told them about the problems we were having. They offered a few tricks to try to fix Violet, but nothing worked. They then told me what information they needed from me in order to replace Violet and about 1 week later, she arrived. I am so pleased with the wonderful customer service Leap Frog provided me with and it was so wonderful to see Lillian's face light up when she received her working Violet.
Josh and I were able to get away this weekend without the girls to head up for my friend Lauren's wedding. My mom and sister, Holly, flew down for the weekend from Milwaukee to spend time with the girls and we took off.
We left Thursday afternoon to surprise Lauren at her hotel suite, she was under the impression (because myself and several others kept the truth from her) that I was not going to be able to make it to St. Cloud until Friday afternoon. It was so fun being able to know on her suite door at 11:30pm and have her be completely surprised.
Friday was Josh and my 5 year wedding anniversary, however, we spent a total of 30 minutes together. He headed to Mankato to spend some time with friends and I had a day with Lauren and many other great girls helping her pull together the final touches for her wedding. We had manicures and pedicures, a fabulous lunch, had the wedding rehearsal, and a delicious dinner all before staying up late with an anxious bride.
Saturday morning came very early with make up starting around 7:30am and hair at 11am. We had a blast helping Lauren get ready for this special day and driving around to different locations to take pictures. Finally, it was wedding time, and the weather could not have been any more perfect. Both Lauren and Dexter had surprises for each other through out the night, but the best part was seeing two people deeply in love surrounded by so many people who love them.
Lauren and Dexter are going to have a long and happy life together and I know they will always keep each other laughing.
Josh and I are going up to Minnesota this weekend for my very best friend, Lauren's wedding. I am very honored that she asked me to be a part of her special day. This weekend (Friday, August 20th) is also our 5th wedding anniversary, I can't believe it has been 5 years since we said "I do." While we are away, my Mom and Holly are flying down to spend the weekend with Lillian and Claire and spoil them rotten. I think all 4 of them will love it! When we get back I will be sure to add photos from the wedding and some pictures of Grandma Jessie and Auntie Holly with the girls.
We spent most of Sunday morning outside playing in the pool and at the water table. Both, Claire and Lillian did not want much to do with the sprinkler, I am hoping next summer it will be a bigger hit.
Because I cannot narrow it down, here are a bunch of pictures from Sunday.
Eventually they both climbed in the table, they were dancing and shaking their bottoms; I wish I got that on video.
I am not really sure what Claire was pointing at, but her expression makes me laugh.
They suddenly became very interested in all of the planes that flew above out house.
They both enjoy dipping their faces in the water then laughing about it.
We have a new game in the house which makes the girls giggle to no end; Ring Around the Rosie. Lately they have been running up and down the hall and all around the living room holding hands. This evening I decided to try out a new game. I held both of their hands and sang the "Ring Around the Rosie" song while turning in a circle. At first they were a little unsure what we were doing, but they got the hang of it. When I would said, "we all fall down" I would fall to the ground and they stood there laughing at me. We did this over and over again until I got dizzy and had to stop. Later on in the evening they held each others hands, spun in a circle and would say "down" and start laughing. They did this multiple times until they could no longer walk straight and were still holding hands and would both fall down. Josh and I could not help but laugh at this. Now we have to wait and see if they remember the game in the morning.
Tonight while getting the girls ready for bed, they were playing in there room. (This seems to be the theme lately) In their room I had a laundry basket full of clothes I had folded and needed to put away. Well, Claire had a different idea for those clothes, she threw them all over the floor. She then decided to carry the basket out of their room for some fun in the living room. They each took turns climbing on top of the basket and sitting. They hit it like a drum and walked around with it on their head. Who knew there were so many uses for a laundry basket.
**Lillian is wearing the lovely polka dot pants with her bedtime onesie so she does stick her hands in her diaper.
The last few days when the girls and I go back to their room to change diapers or get ready for bed, Claire has gone to the corner of the closet and point and continue to say "kitty." She gets so excited and even meows when saying it. I tell her, "Claire, there is no kitty there," but she continues to say it and I give up. Finally tonight after I changed her I went to see what she was looking at when she was saying kitty, because she always goes to the same spot. Sure enough, there is a kitty. I have a few old diaper boxes in their closet where I stick clothes as they grow out of them, once the box is full, I take it out and put in a new one. On one of the boxes there is a very small cat and she spotted it.
Do you see the kitty Claire is showing me?
Seriously, this cat is probably only about an inch tall.
I love how sweet and cuddly Claire and Lillian have been lately. They love being able to give each other kisses and hugs, of course this is not always the case, but often. Monday night we were playing in the living room and they would hug each other so tight and laugh so hard that they would loose balance and fall over. They would then help each other up and do it all over again. It made my heart melt to watch them interact in this way. I have this fear that they are going to grow up and not get along, so each day they love and giggle together is amazing.
I have one little girl who tends to spend more time in time out then the other, can you guess who that is? My little daredevil Claire seems to get herself into trouble often while Lillian just sits back and watches her. Let me start by saying we do not give time outs for every little thing, just for actions that hurt others or can put themselves in danger, for example dancing on the coffee table and standing on the back of the couch. Josh and I have both been trying to be very consistent with this and I think Claire is starting to get the hint. The novelty of climbing on the coffee table and dancing around seems to have worn off a bit and I hope it stays that way. However, Claire still enjoys checking out the neighborhood from the back of the couch and too many times she has fallen between the couch and the wall or fallen backwards we have decided to try and put a complete stop to it. When we see Claire (or Lillian) up there we will give her two warnings before taking her to the time out stop; they sit on the floor against the wall in the hallway. Usually after a time out they will not climb back on the couch for around 30 minutes, if they get on the back of the couch again they do not get the same warnings. We will say, "Claire please come down or you will go to time out." If she does not come down off she goes. The second time out usually does not go as well as the first, there is a lot more fussing and fighting to get away, but we make her sit for 30 seconds. When those 30 seconds are up we remind her why she is in a time out and why it is not safe, we give hugs, kisses and say "I love you." I am hoping if we continue to be consist with the time outs, the girls will stop their actions once we mention them. I know it will take time, but we will get there.