Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! The girls have been so excited for weeks now to dress up as ballerinas (their choice) and go trick or treating. However, I am not so sure they really had a clue what trick or treating actually was until last week when watching something on tv. 

 We only took them to a few neighbors since we really do not need the candy in the house and they do not eat much the way it is. Luckily, the girls did not put up a fight when it was time to head back home. Actually, after the first house, Claire said, "Let's go home and eat special treat now."

 They were so excited to say "trick or treat" to everyone and get a piece or two of candy. They loved it!

 I asked the girls to stand by each other so I could take a picture. Claire would not get her nose out of her bucket and Lillian ran behind the tree, poked her head out and said "peek-a-boo!"
When the trick or treaters started coming to our house, the girls were so excited. They sat in the window watching and waiting to see the kids. As soon as someone started to walk up our steps, they ran towards the front door and said, "my friends are here for a special treat." Both girls were so excited to see the different costumes and once the door opened they yelled "trick or treat" to the kids coming to our house for candy.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Faulkner's Pumpkin Patch

Last Saturday we took the girls to Faulkner's Pumpkin Patch. The LSPD were hosting an event for employees and families that afternoon, however, since Josh had to work, we didn't get there until after it was over. Of course, we didn't know the event ended at 2pm and were fully expecting to see others when we arrived. Guess it was not planned with those who had to work in mind. Anyway, the girls had a blast.

We were able to see a bunch of different animals.

Race rubber ducks with a water pump.

 Run around in the large, open grassy areas.
 Play in a trailer full of corn.

There was also an obstacle course, climbers and so much more. We let the girls each pick out one small pumpkin and they carried them around the house for days before I finally put them in the front steps. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

On the Mend

Just wanted to give a quick up date that the girls are feeling better. Claire is still raspy and both still have a cough, but fevers are gone and the barking cough is also out of the house.

These pictures are from last week, nothing special was going on, but the girls were being sweet and cute so I had to take a few pictures. 

 We took out the last few packages of frozen waffles out of the box (we eat a lot of these in our house) and the girls wanted to play with the box. It was used as a step stool, sitting stool and storage to carry various items around the house.
 Claire wasn't too interested in having her picture taken that morning.

 Lillian was very willing to give me a smirk.
 We went grocery shopping that afternoon and bought some popsicles. We all had to have one after dinner and laugh at our changing colored tongues. Claire's face was stained blue for a few days.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Last week Thursday Lillian woke up with a cough. It wasn't too bad that day, but got worse over the weekend. Saturday and Sunday she was very horse and raspy sounding. We tried every trick, but nothing worked. Sunday I called our pediatrician and he gave me one more idea. Told me if it didn't work to come in on Monday. Well, Monday she was much better, but still had a little cough and Claire was starting to cough, so we made a family trip yesterday evening.
 Last fall and winter, Lillian had a cough off and on the entire time, more on than off. Because of that, her eczema (can be caused by allergies and asthma), and nothing else seeming to really help her cough, we now have an inhaler in the house. Our pediatrician said it sounds like she may have had croup over the weekend, but she didn't have a fever with it.   It seemed to help her this morning, but she was also on the mend yesterday.
Claire woke up this morning sounding raspy and a cough, but no fever. Late in the morning her temp started to rise, but it was still around 100 degrees, so nothing too alarming and it went down quickly with Tylenol. This evening though it was a different story. Her temperature rose to a high 102 and meds were not helping. We put another call into the pediatrician and we were told to put her in a luke-warm bath to help bring her body temp down, then put her the steamy bathroom for a little bit then in front of the chilly freezer. They could hear her barking cough over the phone and said it sounds like she has croup. Joy! It helped enough to not make her sob and be willing to sit at the table with us during dinner. Her temperature since then has gone down, but still barking. She seemed to be in slightly higher spirits right before heading to bed, so I am really hoping she will wake up a much happier girl.
Tomorrow will be a day to rest and recoup.

These pictures are from last weekend when we were all much healthier and happier.

 The girls like finding "baby mamatos" that are left in the garden and picking them. They will carry the green tomatoes around with them while playing outside and have been known to take a bite or two out of them.

 Our neighbors have a 16 month old little boy. The three of them often have meetings at the fence and laugh as they run the length of the yard watching each other between the slots of the fence.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Snow Boots

A friend of mine has twin girls who recently turned four, she also had some great snowboots that were used, but still look new. Since we don't usually get a ton of snow down here there really is not too many opprotunities to wear snow boots, so I hate the idea of spending a ton of money on boots they won't use too often. The day the boots arrived in the mail, the girls were so excited when they saw them and instantly wanted to wear them. Nothing quite like a summer dress paired with boots. 

Now I just need to pick up some snow pants and we will be set for winter. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Chit Chat

The girls talk nonstop, really, they never stop! It is actually kind of fun though since we are able to understand most of what they are saying now and the things they say crack us up. Here are some funny toddler isms.

While watching Dora one morning Lillian stands up on her chair, turns around and faces me, "mommy, don't beat me, okay?"
Me: "Okay, honey, I won't beat you."
A few minutes later, Lillian stands up again, "mommy, don't spank me, okay?"
Me: "Okay, I won't spank you."
Josh was home while this happened and we both had a hard time trying on to laugh. I feel the need to say, we have never spanked or hit either of the girls. I have no idea where she came up with this.

Claire now walks around saying "I'm sorry" all the time, even when there is nothing to apologize for. This weekend the girls and I went to Target. We start heading towards the check out lanes and Claire says, "I'm sorry mama, but I don't want to go home yet."

Lillian has been running around dancing and singing all the time now. She makes up these crazy songs that only make sense to her, but she sings with so much passion.

In the car the other night we saw a police car with the emergency lights on, the girls were very excited to see "Daddy's car." The rest of the 40 minute drive home, Claire was saying, "I want to see Daddy's car." Josh and I were telling her over and over that there were no more cars out or that they were sleeping and taking a break. Claire did not like those answers. Since she was becoming very loud with her demands to see another police car, Josh told her that she needs to be quiet or she would scare away the cars. Claire then began to whisper, "I need to see Daddy's car" repeatedly. This went on the entire drive home, like I said 40 minutes. Josh decided to try telling her a little more sternly that there were no more police cars on the road, so she needs to stop asking. Claire sat silently for a minute, then says, "mommy, I need to see a Daddy's car." She knew Daddy didn't want to hear it so it was time to turn to mommy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Deanna Rose Farmstead Trip

Sorry for the delay of this post, life all of a sudden became crazy busy. In attempt to play catch up again, this post will have few words, but plenty of cuteness.
I have posted before about previous trips to Deanna Rose., but this trip was even more exciting for the girls. They knew what to expect and couldn't wait to feed the baby goats. Once I loaded the girls into the car, Lillian was yelling in the backseat, "baby goat, I'm coming! "Baby goat, I'm coming to feed you!" I took the stroller just in case, but they walked the entire time and were such great listeners and stayed by my side.
Our main reason for visiting the farm that day  was because my dear friend, Lauren, from college was in the Kansas City area for the weekend visiting family. We couldn't miss an opportunity to hang out, so we went to play.

 Can you see Claire hugging the goat?

Since the girls were walking/running the entire trip, I took very few photos. Lauren had her camera though and I know she took some cute ones, so I will have to share some after I receive them. After leaving the farm, we went to Red Robin for lunch. The girls did awesome sitting like big girls without booster seats and eating their entire meals. They were so excited about their balloons and were not ready to go home. You would think after walking and playing hard all morning, when we finally got home at 2:30pm, they would zonk out at nap time, but that was not the case. They refused to nap, but crashed at bed time.
Something I need to add is how proud I am of my girls. When taking bigger trips out like this, we put them in Pull Ups, just in case. Well, they stayed dry out entire time out. We had a few bathroom trips, but these girls were rock stars! They are still doing amazing with their potty training, we just need to work on the overnights, but that will come.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Is it Fall?

I know it is supposed to be fall, but around here we have had temps in the low to mid 80's the last few days and it is supposed to last the rest of the week. I am not at all complaining, this weather is beautiful and sure beats the rain and cold.
With it being so warm, we have been spending as much time outside as we can. Time at the park, the yard, going for walks, and even a trip to Deanna Rose Farm (pictures to come). The girls new favorite thing to do while outside is to race around the yard in their Crazy Coupes. They still have not figured out how to go forward very well on their own, so Josh and I will push them and chase each other back and forth. Lillian laughs so hard she starts the burp/hiccup combo which then makes her laugh even harder. 

 They have both become daredevils and have no fear of climbing. The will climb up the side of their climber, flip over the top and go down the other side. They will walk down the slide, run up it or do anything else they can think of which will take years off my life.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Friday Night Pizza Party

Friday night Josh was working overtime and wasn't home for dinner, so I decided the girls and I needed to have a make your own pizza party. They wee so excited all afternoon about being able to make their own pizza. I gave them all their usual fixing and let them create their masterpiece. 

 Lillian piled everything high on hers and finished pretty quickly.
 Claire piled her cheese on...
 but I don't think she had any pepperoni left to put on her pizza after eating it all.
 Lillian did save a little bit of cheese to eat after she finished making her pizza.
They loved making the pizzas, but after munching while creating, they had little interest in eating the pizzas after they came out of the oven.