Monday, August 4, 2014

New Blog!

I created a new blog! I feel like I've been trying to catch up with this one forever. And while I still plan to keep up with the weeks (I have notes until almost the twins' 3rd birthday) when I have the time to post them, I realized that right now it would be good for me to have a space more about our current life.

Twice as many moments will be more of a free form blog, hopefully updated frequently. Follow, leave a comment, and thanks for reading!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Baybay & Baybee: Week 119 (11/13-11/19)

119 weeks old!

Friday morning, while snuggling in bed, I asked the girls: "Did you have any dreams last night? What did you dream about?" Ella: "I dream about cookies!" Maya: "I dream about nipples!" (as she snuggles right back down to nurse.)

We're all a little sick. It's not too bad, but the runny nose and cough, combined with the tired and not sleeping well, make for some cranky people. Brett and I have also been going down to our Springfield property a lot this week to do work, which always takes energy out of us.

"The calm before the storm" is what I like to call this photo...

Looks like they're playing nicely together, doesn't it? Well, not as such. Trains and tracks are starting to be a lot of fun for the girls, but so far this activity hasn't lasted more than a few minutes before one girl wants to take the tracks apart, while the other wants to drive the trains (or some such similar situation) resulting in tears.

Ella playing with the Wedgits.

Maya, in a box.

Playing play-doh.


Outside fun.

It's hard to wait your turn.

Selena visited on Monday and Brett got everyone outside to plant garlic in our new garden. Later in the week, Selena came to see us again and we all made a blueberry pie!

Ella helps peel the cloves.

Put them in and pat down the dirt.

Making the pie dough.

Later, Ella eats some pie.

Selena and Maya playing.

We got a book in the mail from Mama and Papa this week! The Blueberry Pie Elf was a favorite story of mine when I was young. Last week, while my parents were here, we reminisced about a bunch of the books we used to read when I was little. I'm so happy to have this book to share with Maya and Ella. We've only had it a few days, but it has already become a favorite.

Maya looking at the new book on her own.

"He didn't like cherry pie..."

Ella, pretending to be Uncle Toby.

Maya eating.

Ella with a bunch of leaves!

Conversations these days.

Baybay & Baybee: Week 118 (11/6-11/12)

118 weeks old! (27 months)

Mama and Papa were here for a few more days in the beginning of this week. It was nice to spend so much time with them. Papa did many things around the yard and house and we also all managed a few more outings, including a nice afternoon in Leyden, before my parents left to go home.

Ella on the slide in Leyden.

Maya on the slide.

Brett and Kathy watching the girls play.

My parents.

One going down, one going in.

Current favorite foods:

Ella likes raisins, cucumber and avocado.
Maya likes cucumber and avocado, but doesn't care for raisins.

Current favorite book:

"Watch your step, Mr. Rabbit!" by Richard Scarry

Inspired by my friend Sarabeth, I have started trying to write down some of the adorable things that the girls say. Now that they are talking more, it is going to be a challenge to keep up because it seems to me that everything they say is adorable! My friend calls these, "isms" and here are the first few that I've recorded, from Ella.


We sometimes Skype with Toby. During one of the last times we talked to him, he was standing for most of conversation with his arms crossed. Ella, being the ever-observant person that she is, exclaimed at breakfast one morning this week that she was (with her arms crossed), "Standing just like Uncle Toby does!"

"Wearing pretty shawl just like Mira!" said Ella with a blanket draped over her shoulders (because Mira often wears very pretty shawls).

Reading the current favorite book with Grandma.

Ella getting a tractor massage.

Taking a look at the terraces that Papa built this week.

Papa also shored up and repaired our stairway to the second floor porch!

A visit to the barnyard.

Holding hands.

Climbing on the hay bale stack.

Watching the cows eat.

Sleep is getting better! Maya, especially, has been going down for naps and nighttime sleep easily and we've been doing a sticker reward for sleeping well, which they are excited about.

Watching a Signing Time video.

Maya brought a whole pile of books over to this spot and then preceded to read each one to herself.

Playing music at HooteNanny.

Maya's turn.

Ella: "Sing Puff the magic dragon while Maya brushes my hair."
Maya: "Nice and clean!"

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Baybay & Baybee: Week 117 (10/30-11/5)

117 weeks old!

Brett and I made a new schedule this week, planning more times to get specific things done and scheduling in time for ourselves. Hopefully it will help us to feel more productive. Maya and Ella have been singing so much! They have also been LOVING the Signing Time videos and know so many signs still.   

Family picture from HooteNanny.

Me and Ella in the middle.

The day before Mama and Papa arrived from Florida for their visit, Kathy and Craig came over for the afternoon to bring us some bulbs to put in the ground. Maya and Ella were happy to help with the planting!

They also did some swinging.

Peaceful Ella in the swing.

Ella helps her Grandma put the bulbs in the planter tool.

Maya ready with the watering can.

Three lovely ladies.

I just love this picture.

Ella shows me her dirty hands.

Maya has dirty hands, too.

Grandpa brings the water.

Grandma and Papa arrived just in time for Halloween. It was a slightly rainy evening, but we went for a very short walk anyway, stopping at 2 or 3 houses to knock for candy. Maya was a dressed as a tiger and Ella was a monkey. They didn't quite get the whole idea at first, and tried to give the candy that they'd gotten from the first house back to the people at the second house. 

My two cute little animals.

Maya the tiger.

She thought the tail was pretty neat.

It took some convincing for the girls to understand that it was okay to take the candy. The only year this will be true, I'm sure!

Grandma and grandchildren.

Sorting different nuts with Papa.

Drawing pictures.

Up in the air and all around.

"I'm going to get you!"

We had a fun puddle splash/walk after a very rainy day.


Grandparents and granddaughters.

Me and my Mama.

Both girls, though especially Ella, have been very resistant to putting on clothes and going outside. It's a little chilly to be without clothes, so this has made for some frustrating times, along with being stuck inside more often than not.

Maya's outfit choice one afternoon.

Ella's outfit choice most days.

In a box.

Maya putting a diaper on her sister, so that they can pretend to be babies.

"Turning, turning, round 'till morning..."

When we are able to get them outside (with or without clothes) they have a great time. We had a fun little walk/bike ride with Selena one afternoon, Maya helped Papa with some rock moving/digging in the back yard, and it's fun to just play in the leaves that are all around our house. 

Bike riders.


Maya found a pretty leaf.

Riding and searching for pretty leaves.

Maya and Papa.

Ella and some more leaves.

Petting the black cat that visits our yard quite often.

All dressed up and nowhere to go.

Monkeys jumping.