Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Baybay & Baybee: Week 95 (5/29-6/4)

95 weeks old!

It's been really hot outside. I've been having the hardest time with this sudden jump in temperature. There have been a few moments that I've felt a little dizzy, which is unsettling. I'm not sure what is causing it, if it's just the heat or if I'm getting a cold or something. Whatever it is, I don't like it. I've never felt well in very hot weather, but don't remember times in the past that it made me feel dizzy/sick.

Maya and Ella stayed cool by spending a lot of time this week outside playing with water.

Filling up cups at the rain barrel.

Giving their new baby doll (from the All 4 Kids sale I went to this week) a bath with the hose. Maya is also wearing a new hat from that sale.

Ella in her cute hat.

Time to get rinsed off!

They even washed her hair.

More All 4 Kids sale finds included this beautiful dress.

And these sunglasses (excuse the dirty mirror).

Where are your eyes?

There you are!

Maya's cute curl of hair in the back.

On Wednesday, both girls slept all night long, from 7:15 p.m - 5:15 a.m with no wake ups! Brett and I opened our eyes minutes before the clock was set to switch colors. We heard Maya in her room quietly moving around. As soon as the clock turned, Maya came running out, big smile on her face, repeating "Yellow! yellow!" Ella happily followed her out of their bedroom.

Brett and I have been trying to schedule more time in the week so that we might feel that we are getting more accomplished.  This has included more chunks of time where one of us is with the girls, while the other is doing something else. It's worked well for us so far and I hope we can continue to plan ahead a little more. I think we really DID get more accomplished this week than we regularly do.


Outings with Brett included a bike ride to the park.


A picture of all three of them on the swings.

Brett also took them to Cup and Top another day. He got this short (but SO sweet) video of the girls going down the slide together. Make sure you have the sound turned on, so you can hear Ella say "Two" just before they go.

I also took a video of the girls on a slide when we went to the YMCA playground together.

We did a bunch of cooking together. Here is Maya helping to crack an egg.

This lemon meringue pie was the result of the following conversation:
Me: "What do you want to do this morning?"
Maya: "Cook!"
Me: "Okay! What do you want to cook?"
Maya: "Pie!"

I got to pick strawberries for the first time this season!

I also got to do some weeding in the back garden. Maya watched.

Selena came home from her adventures in Europe! Maya and Ella were delighted to have their friend back in town.

Ella can say, "Bill" as in, "I would like to listen to the Bill Staines CD, please!"

Maya reading to her sister.

Eating cucumbers, holding pacifiers and playing Blokus.

Maya makes handprints with water outside.

Watering the pavement...

"We made a puddle to jump in!"

Toward the end of the week, our beloved sandbox got used by a neighborhood cat. We had to cover it up until we get new sand.

We put a piece of plywood over it, which quickly became a great place to draw with chalk.

Heading out for a walk, well prepared with a snack and sunglasses.

We decided to take the wagon.

And they pulled it most of the way around the block!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Baybay & Baybee: Week 94 (5/22-5/28)

94 weeks old!

We started and ended this week with trips to the farmers market. On Wednesday, the girls and I went up to the Florence library for the afternoon market. We got some cucumber plants and a couple tomato plants.

Want to switch?

After we got our plants, Maya and Ella spent a while "jumping" off of this curb.

They didn't want to get back in the car to go home.

So we ran around in the grass by the library for a while.

Big stretch!

And because pictures aren't enough, I took a short video.

At the end of the week, we went to the Tuesday Market in Northampton. We got some kale, spinach, bread, and for a special treat, a few strawberries!

The strawberries were devoured rather quickly.

On Friday, Aunt Anne came for a visit. We're always happy to see her.  Here are a few pictures.

"Hi!" "Hi!"

We went for a walk around the block together.

Ella took this picture of her Great Aunt Anne!

I love their fashion choices.

Taking a break at the little stream.

A fun game right now is to dip their hand, or a toy, into the sand box and say, "dirty!" and then go rinse it off. Repeat.

You can't really tell, but this little toy frog (covered with dirt in Ella's hand) went home with Aunt Anne (unknowingly to her in her pocket) last time she came to visit. Ella was very excited to see it again!

I got a couple fun things from the thrift store this week. I noticed a little wooden scooter in the toy section (while I was browsing the shoes) and made a beeline for it. After inspecting it (and seeing that it was only $4.00!), I quickly claimed it as my own and carried it around the store while I did the rest of my shopping. Two people commented on what a great find it was while I was still in the store. I also got two adorable dresses.

Maya tries out the new scooter.

The scooter is left behind because this puddle needs immediate attention.

 Maya's new dress.

 Ella's new dress.

Both are a tiny bit big still.  I put a clothes pin on Ella's shoulder straps to keep it from falling off until we sew it/she grows.

Sometimes two hands just aren't enough.

Beautiful Maya.

Here are some pictures from a fun afternoon at the park with Dada. I love that he takes the girls out on adventures as often as he does. It's so nice for me to have a break. It's also fun when he remembers to take the camera with him, so I get to look at all the great pictures later!

On the see-saw.

On the big swing!

Brett has been teaching the girls how to pump their legs on the swings. I'm still nervous about having them sit on the big swings when I take them to the park. I let let them do it, but when Brett is with them, he encourages it and gives them much bigger pushes than I do!

Whee!

New words this week: blueberry (boo-bewy), stop, go, tah-pee (they say this for "potty" but they can both also say the word "potty" as well) and when Aunt Anne was here, Maya said for the first time, "More please"!

For the past week or so one of us has been singing to the girls in their room while they fall asleep for the night. This has been working really well, and though it requires one of us to sit with them for a while, I've been enjoying the the time (and especially the singing) for the most part. The song, "Where have you been?" written by Bill Harley, (which I grew up listening to by sung by Priscilla Herdman) is their favorite song right now.

The sleep clock that we set up has also been working well. It glows blue for nighttime and turns yellow in the morning, which is set right now for 5:15 a.m. We plan to move that time slowly forward as they get more used to how it works. They do seem to be getting it! On Friday, they both slept all night until Maya woke around 4 a.m.. Brett walked her back to bed and she went back to sleep and didn't come out of the room again until the clock turned yellow. Ella slept until 5:20!

Here are a few other pictures from the week!

Playing at Cup and Top.

A new lily blooming in the yard!

Playing with the marbles with Grandma.

Start them young.

Sandbox play.

Filling up the dump truck.

I just LOVE this picture.

Playing in the rain is all kinds of fun.

All wet and happy.

Purple Anemone in the back yard.


Holding both hands while they swing.


Two hats! Someone is not amused.

Hugs for Uncle Guy.