82 weeks old!
This post has A LOT of pictures--so, go get a cup of tea and stay a while!
We were still in Florida for the first few days of this week. We swam in the lake, went to pick strawberries, visited Timmy and Malory at their house, spent time with Amber and her kids, plus many more fun things. Here are a bunch of pictures of all that!
Playing in the water and sand down by the lake continued to be a highlight of the visit. This is Maya, Atom, and Trillian.
Brett found some clay while playing in the sand.
Papa had fun snapping a bunch of pictures with my camera while we all went for a swim.
Words are starting to come quickly these days. The newest words learned this week are: "Uh huh", "Unh uh" and "Okay". When they learn a new word, they tend to repeat it over and over and over. These are the three most popular ones right now. "Up" is still a favorite, along with "Mama" and "Dada".
Ella has been spinning around in circles a lot. Often this results in her getting dizzy and falling over. She thinks it's so funny! She's also been pointing to things and saying, "Dis!" or "Dat!" in a request to know what things are called.
Maya is very interested right now in learning the rules and how things work. For example:
Maya: points to the potty and says, "Uh huh" and signs "Poop".
Mama: "Yes, poop does go in the potty! You're right!"
Maya: points to the floor and says, "Unh uh", while shaking her head.
Mama: "Right, we don't poop on the floor."
That's just one example. She likes to go over these things many times a day.
Making words on the fridge together before bed.
Maya and Trillian bounce!
All four cousins in a picture (mostly).
I love how excited Maya is about this.
Down the slide!
Papa shows Ella a magic trick.
Does Pinky Dog fit in the marble jar? You never know until you try!
Atom driving his toy car.
Maya and Ella had fun in the car, too.
Timmy and Atom make everyone some orange juice!
Brett and I went out to the grocery store one afternoon while Maya and Ella were napping. They woke up before we got back and were a little sad. Grandma and Papa fed them a snack and let them wear these fun hats while they all waited on the steps for us to come home.
All four cousins in the bath! One of the few pictures with them all together.
Grandma and Ella eating lunch together.
Maya had a hard time going down for a nap one morning, so Mama and I took her in the car and did errands around town while she slept.
Popcorn! They did pretty well, but it's even harder to share when there are three as opposed to two.
The vegetable gardens and Mama peeking out.
Pretty flower growing near the water.
Maya, playing outside.
Ella, filling the watering can.
Two cuties eating corn.
Timmy and Malory live a few miles away at the Beautiful Bamboo nursery. Together they have created the Food Forest and sell their produce at local farmers markets and have even started a CSA! We stopped by to visit and see the gardens one morning. They have done so much with the property since I last visited!
Looking for the cat that scampered away as we were driving in.
A walk around the vegetable garden near the house.
So much kale!
The girls were excited and nervous to meet the chickens.
Ella was brave and touched one.
This tractor was pretty exciting.
Ella would have stayed up there a lot longer if we'd let her.
We found the cat.
Maya with her Uncle Timmy in a trailer.
We managed to get everyone together one day to go Strawberry picking! I mostly took pictures. Maya and Ella mostly ate the berries. Brett picked a few to eat later.
Dada shows Ella how to pick the red ones.
Malory and Atom picking together.
Papa and Trillian picking/eating together.
Maya would pick the berries, put them in her bucket, then take them out and eat them.
A cute shot of Trillian.
Eating berries is serious business.
I love strawberries!
Papa, picking berries for Ella.
This shot is my favorite. Pretty much sums it all up.
Watching a movie with Dada on the airplane.
Two very much asleep (and heavy!) babies.
After our big trip was over, one of the first things I did was go to the Smith College Bulb Show. This happens every year and I always make sure to go. I went by myself and took a bunch of pictures and it was so lovely! We will go back all together later in the week.
So many lovely flowers.
One of my favorites.
This is what I found when I came home from the Bulb Show.
I love their expressions.
While out on a walk with Dada, a neighbor gave Maya and Ella balloons!
They were so excited about them and would constantly point to their balloon and sign, "Thank you!"
Watching a video.
All bundled up and sleeping outside in the stroller after a walk.
It's hard to keep the marks on the paper sometimes.
Helping me shop for the groceries.
(Maya took hers out before I could get a picture.)
"Here, let me help you with that."
And finally, here are two extra videos!
Bath time fun.