Thursday, April 17, 2014

Baybay & Baybee: Week 107 (8/21-8/27)

107 weeks old!

We've all been a bit tired and cranky this week. It has been hot and I haven't slept well at night. Maya also hasn't been sleeping as well as usual, waking up in the middle of the night frequently and waking me up by trying to climb into our bed. The days have been rough because all I've really felt like doing is taking a nap.

 Riding bikes has been a very popular activity this week for both girls.

 Even though she prefers the slightly larger red bike, Ella is getting good at balancing!

 Maya + apple + fancy shoes + plus bike.

 Pretty sunflowers in the backyard. 

 We have lots of cherry tomatoes to pick right now.

 Big sunflower in the front yard.

Brett was away for most of the weekend, first for Pedal People's annual retreat Friday and Saturday, then for a Scrabble tournament on Sunday. Maya, Ella and I had a good time on our own, but Dada was missed. The concept of "missing" someone has started to click with the girls, largely because of Brett being away. We talked about it a bunch and when he came home, they both told him "Miss Dada". All on her own a few days later, Maya told me, "Miss Atom, Trillian".

It's amazing to watch my girls not only learn how to talk, but how to communicate with each other! This morning, Maya really wanted Ella to come eat breakfast with her at their little table. After a few tries of calling to her from across the room with no luck, Maya got up, went right over to her sister, looked her in the eyes and said, "Ella come sit, eat with me!" That worked!

Maya, very pleased with herself to have gotten her sister to come sit with her.

After breakfast it was time to do some waltzing with bears--while listening to the song, of course.

We listened to the song many times.

Doggies and bears are pretty good dancers.

Building Lego towers.

Maya built this tall tower all on her own!

What do you do when you need to go, but you're busy playing with Legos? Take them with you to the bathroom of course!

On Saturday morning, the girls and I went to a few tag sales together. We didn't find much, but it was fun getting out and doing something. We also stopped at the farmer's market downtown and got a few treats.

One of our few tag sale finds!

They really like videos.

On Saturday, Grandma Kathy came to visit! She and the girls made a lot of Play-Doh bracelets.

Uncle Guy also stopped by for a visit.

I love this picture of Ella with her Grandma.

Later in the week, swinging at the park with Dada.

Maya's ready to ride home in the bike trailer (but she'll have to wait a while for her sister).

Smile for the camera!

"No more pictures, please."

In this picture, I think Ella looks like me when I was her age. I don't notice that very often.

Hamming it up for the camera.

I got this rug for our living room. Maya and Ella thought it should stay outside.

More coconut!

Sharing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baybay & Baybee: Week 106 (8/14-8/20)

106 weeks old!

We said 'goodbye' to my parents and my sister's family at the beginning of this week. The weather continued to be beautiful, and the upstairs apartment at Willow Street really came together. We had our first Airbnb guest stay the night that Mama and Papa went back to Florida. They enjoyed their stay and left us such a sweet first note in our guestbook.

Papa did so much work clearing down by the river and trimming the trees in our new backyard. It looks amazing!


Papa's steps!

Evan helps Brett carry the stove that I got through Craigslist. Brett hauled it home with the Pedal People trailer, and we're storing in the basement until we move into the downstairs apartment.

Selena put together some beautiful bouquets for our first Airbnb guests.

The bedroom.

The living/dining room.

The nook sleeping spot.


The kitchen.


The upstairs porch.

On Saturday, Ella said the ABC's correctly all the way up to the letter 'p'! She also named something for the first time; a very soft bunny that her Great Aunt Heidi and Uncle Harold sent for her birthday. She calls it "Amy". Also, after months of saying, "fire" while holding their flat hand up to their mouth, both girls started saying the word "pacifier" this week.

Ella wears her little Ergo (another birthday gift) with a sheep in the back.

Maya got an Ergo, too.

Getting ready for a walk together.

Maya has been really absorbed in her own pretend play this week. She has spent a lot of time making tea and pretending to drink it.


Blueberries are good for counting and stacking.

On Monday, the girls had their two-year doctor's appointment. Both are healthy, but it was kind of a tough check-up. Both girls, but especially Maya, really just didn't want to cooperate with the doctor, so after making it through the basics, we skipped the shots and blood draws for now.  I'm not sure why they were so nervous/scared, but maybe this was one of the first times at the doctor where they were truly aware of what was happening. While we were waiting for the doctor, Maya overheard some other kids crying and it really upset her.

Maya on the rocking horse in the waiting room.

Ella and me at the doctor's office.

We spent some time over at Willow Street this week, cutting the grass and cleaning the upstairs. We also spent a little time in our garden at home, and tried to do more packing inside the house.

Watching Dada cut the grass.


Picnic lunch while Dada mows. (They are saying "Good job, Dada.")

Ella helped.


Selena and Ella on the hammock at Willow Street.

Such happiness.

All three swinging together.


Brett took the girls for a walk one day and ended up at Crimson and Clover farm near our house. They discovered fun swings there!

Watching a video on a cozy spot in the kitchen while I make some dinner.

Helping shuck the corn.

Bedtime stories.

Extra video!

Apples and tickles!