Monday, May 30, 2011

Welcoming Summer

Well, summer has unofficially began and we have the heat to prove it. With temps already reaching close to 90 degrees and a hot sun blaring down, the idea of setting the girls free to run nonstop in the yard did not sound like fun. Instead, I filled their water table while Josh dressed the girls in their bathing suits to prepare for the wet mess they would become.
Lillian was refusing to put on her suit thinking she was going to have to go swimming, but after promising her there will not be a swimming pool she started to give in. Claire, on the other hand, was very eager to put on her suit and get outside. Once we got out the door, they both let out squeals of joy and soaked themselves. Lillian chased everyone around to dump water on us, but was stood there shocked when Claire did it to her. They both threw fits when it was time to head in, but even with an umbrella over them, there is only so much sun and heat their little bodies can handle.

I have a cute video, but apparently Blogger won't let me upload it. I will try again another day.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Non Potty Training

We are kind of but not really potty training. We have started having the girls sit down on their potty chairs with every diaper change and they almost always pee while sitting. The last few days they have also been interested in wearing their undies (this is the word we have decided to use in our house, not underwear, under roos, panties, or whatever else you may call them) around the house. They only wear them for an hour, maybe two at a time and then ask for a diaper again. Since we are not really potty training, I am just fine with them choosing to wear a diaper if they ask for it. Really, they are only in the undies when they ask for them or pick a pair out of their drawer when they want to wear them.
On Friday morning, Claire did not want to wear a diaper and went to pick out the undies she wanted to wear. She wore them for almost two hours and kept them dry the whole time. She did awesome at pulling them down when she needed to potty or just because. There were a few times she stripped them off and wanted to run around with a bare bum. Hey, whatever... she didn't have accidents and that is the key. At lunch time, I asked her to try to pee before she sat down for lunch and she did. She then decided she was ready for her diaper again. Lillian had no interest in undies that day until we were getting ready for bed.
On Saturday they both wore them for an hour or so in the morning. After both having an accident, they decided they wanted their diaper on again. Since we are letting them make this choice right now and we are not pushing the potty training, we did as they asked.
Today, Sunday, They both wanted their undies on again this evening. Claire kept her undies dry right up until it was time to get ready for bed. She was not happy having to put a diaper on, but we are not yet comfortable putting her to bed without one. Lillian had a small accident, but it did not discourage her and she was not ready for her diaper yet.
We will continue not potty training this way for a bit longer and hopefully soon they will just want to wear their undies all day long and give up on diapers. This all start on accident because the girls wanted their big girl undies, cross your fingers for us our non potty training journey will be short.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reading in Bed

We have started to let the girls pick a couple books to have in bed with them during nap and bedtime. It has helped cut down on the jumping and playing most of the time. I say most of the time, because there are times where they will pass the books back and forth to each other, throw them out of bed and then start jumping.
Every night before Josh and I turn in for the night, we go and check on the girls. The other night Josh went in their room then came back out and told me I have to come see the girls. I first peeked at Claire, she feel asleep on top of all of her books. Then I looked over to see Lillian, sound asleep and sitting up in her bed. It was the funniest thing and I tried so hard not to laugh out loud and wake her up. I wish I would have been able to take a picture, but it was too dark in their room without a flash and I feared the flash would have startled both of the girls and woke them up. Nothing is worth waking up sleeping children.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Saturday Morning

This past Saturday we spent the morning at the park. We have had so much rain lately and everyone has been couped up inside the house, we needed to get out and run. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, both of the girls got so excited and couldn't wait to get out of the car. They ran right to the swings, but didn't want to sit, just push. 

 The had a blast chasing birds and giggled when they flew away.
 We climbed like monkeys, but Lillian did not want to go down the slides. 
Claire, on the other hand, loved them!
There is a beautiful garden area off the path from the playground. The both loved walking through the arches full of lilac blooms and over to the beautiful waterfall.  

I didn't realize this until we were walking along the path and I was looking at all the carved stones, it is a memorial garden for children who have become angels too early.  Some children were teenagers and some were born and passed on the same day. It certainly is a very special place and made me give extra hugs to Lillian and Claire.

They had so much fun and I love these little family outings on a still cool spring morning.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Kitchen Helpers

Lillian and Claire have always loved going to the grocery store. I think it has something to do with driving around in a race car shopping cart and getting a cookie from the bakery each trip. They always get so much attention from other customers shopping, you know, since they are so stinking cute. The girls like being able to have something special to hold in the cart and love being able to help pick out snacks or other items. Their new favorite part of the grocery day though is when we get home and it is time to put the food away. They always want to help me take everything out of the bags and put it in the fridge or in the pantry. They usually get the job of putting the fruit away and boxes in the pantry. There have been a few times I have had to take a box of noodles out of the fridge or frozen waffled and veggies out of the pantry. Everything is always piled on the bottom shelves, but they take so much pride in being able to help and I won't turn them down. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Remembering Justice

One year ago today, on May 20, 2010, heaven gained another angel. Justice Wayne was a sweet 20 month old little boy who was a miracle baby born way too early. In honor of JW, we wore blue and blew bubbles today, along with many other families across the country. To read more about JW and his story, please click here. Since it was raining all morning outside, we decided to blow our bubbles inside.

Justice, you will forever me missed and have touched so many hearts in your short 20 months here on Earth. To everyone else, please hug your loved ones extra tight today, you never know what tomorrow may bring.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bye Bye Mommy

Josh and I joined our local community center so we could go workout, use the indoor pool with the girls, and take fitness classes. They have a great child care center in the community center and they girls love going there. I took them Monday morning and as we were walking in the front doors they were very excited to check out the toddler sized frog water slide in the pool area. We always have to check out the pool before and after the girls go to their child care room. As soon as we walked into their room, Lillian quickly hurried to get checked in and turned around to wave to me and say "bye bye mommy!" After my work out, I went to go pick them up and they both pretended I was not there. They did the same thing at church on Sunday. They then decided to wave and tell me bye bye again, ready for me to leave again because they were not finished playing.
On Tuesday evening, Josh and I went to drop them off again and they both started saying bye to both of us right away. I am so glad they are having fun while we work out. There are usually a bunch of other children in the room with them, both bigger and smaller kids and they love being around big kids. At church, they are now some of the older kids in their room, so I think it is a good thing they get to play with other children more often now.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Daddy's Shoes

I am pretty sure I have posted before how much the girls enjoy wearing other peoples shoes, Josh's fins (size 13) are no exception. Claire put on Josh's shoes and Lillian sat by her trying to tie the laces. It was so sweet watching little hold a lace in each hand and wave her hands around back and forth trying her hardest. They were both so proud.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cooling Off

This past week the weather has reached 90 degrees a few days in a row. These warm days have felt great after having so much rain and cold weather. Tt has given the girls a chance to run and play outside again. After spending the whole evening outside playing, what is a better way to cool down, then having a freeze pop!? 

Of course, this weekend the temps have dropped again back into the mid-50's and it has been raining again. Hopefully we have a warm up again soon.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our Mother's Day

This is a bit late, but this is the first chance I have had to update and have blogger actually work. I had a great Mother's Day this year. It was actually pretty much like every other Sunday, but we still had a wonderful day. Josh had to work, so I got up early to get showered and ready before the girls woke up. Josh was able to stop past the house and brought breakfast with him. After breakfast the girls and I snuggled on the couch while watching a movie and Lillian made my heart melt, not only by her sweet words, but how stinking polite she is.

Lillian: So pretty mommy.
Me: Thank you baby girl.
Lillian: Welcome.

This was the only picture of the three of us together that day and they refused to look at the camera and my arm is not long enough to make it a good one. Oh well.

After some snuggling, the three of us headed off to church. The volunteers in the girls classroom where so kind and helped the kids make special Mother's Day hand print pictures. When I went to pick them up after the service, Claire was so excited to see me and told me all about her purple hand print. They also gave us flowers. I had the girls help me carry the flowers out to the car since my hands were full holding toddler hands and various other items. By the time we made it to the car, the previously long stems were now just flower heads.
After naps we spent most of the evening outside playing. I brought their tunnel up from the playroom and the wind ended up blowing it all around the yard, the girls laughed as they chased it. 
 Then chased it again.

 We hugged and kissed, of course only after fighting.
 They also loved looking at the flowers on the other side of the fence.
 We came back inside for dinner and watched Josh mowing the lawn out of the window.
 We colored.
 Then went outside again and to help Josh mow the back yard.

I was told by several people at church how blessed I am to have twins. While there are many times during the day when they fight, throw fits, or decide to not listen to anything I say, there is never a day that goes by that I forget how truly blessed I am to have these two amazing little girls.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Bedroom Window

The girls have a new favorite hangout place, their bedroom window. They find diaper or wipe boxes in their room, empty or full it doesn't matter, and they push them up to the window and keep an eye out on the neighborhood. If they are in their room and it becomes quiet, I can count on them standing by that window.

 The other morning Josh was in the kitchen, I was in the living room with Lillian and Claire was in their room. She was quiet and then she wasn't. I heard her yelling, "Daddy. Help me." I could tell by the way she was saying it, she wasn't hurt or in any danger, so I let Josh know she was calling him. Josh walks back to their room with Lillian following him and he called for me to bring the camera. Well, that is never a good sign because that means she is up to no good.
This is what I see when I walk in their room, Claire standing on the window ledge. I have no idea how how she wiggled her way up there and she has not done it again, but she sure was proud of herself. The reason she was asking for help was because she didn't know how to get back down.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Go Night Night

Both of the girls speech is rapidly expanding. Claire talks all the time, as in, she never stops. However, with her constant chatting you can't always understand what she is saying. When I am not sure what exactly it is she is saying, I will ask her to repeat it in the hopes I can break it down and figure it out. Sometimes I can and sometimes I can't, but she always repeats it perfectly. I even on occasion as Lillian for help, but Lillian just repeats the exact same sounds Claire makes. So while Claire talks all the time, I would say roughly 70 percent of it I understand.
Lillian on the other hand will talk, but not nonstop like Claire. She is more of an observer and takes things in by listening and watching. She is very much like me in this case. When she gets in the mood she will talk a lot, but much of her language is understandable, at least by me. I think I can understand closer to 80 percent of what Lillian says. Of course now that I say all this, tomorrow they will talk gibberish to me.
There are days lately when my loud Claire likes to talk and play after being put in her crib at nap time or bed time. It seems these are also the days that Lillian is very tired and just wants to go to sleep instead of play. On these days I hear Lillian shouting, "go night, night! Go night, night Sissy!" This always makes me laugh so hard, especially because most days Lillian is begging and pleading with Claire.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Potty Time

The girls have really warmed up to sitting on their potty chairs again. There were several weeks that they flat our refused to go anywhere near them and we still have some days like that, but lately they are doing great. We are not doing any serious potty training right now, but just letting them try every now and then and see what happens.
Friday night they did great! We were getting them ready for bed and asked if they wanted to sit down on their potty chairs. Claire said yes, Lillian flipped out. Claire went and sat right down, Lillian threw a fit. Finally after standing around around with a bare bottom for five minutes, Lillian went and sat down and peed right away. She had a giant smile on her face and was so proud. We went to the bathroom and dumped the pee in the toilet, then I let her flush. After wiping out the chair, she sat back down and did it again and again. She peed three times in a row! Claire peed once and was so proud as well. They loved being able to dump and flush.
Saturday they both refused to sit down. Sunday, however, they did the same thing as Friday. They both peed several times so they could flush. They were so proud of themselves and called themselves "big girls" for using the potty chair.
This morning they both were excited about sitting down and again, Lillian peed twice and was eager to flush. Claire must have not had anything left in her, because as hard as she tried, she couldn't go, but she wanted so badly a turn to flush the toilet.
I am excited on how far they have come and hopefully this is the start of a great new beginning. We are going to keep up with having them try, but not push things yet.