Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Baybay & Baybee: Week 103 (7/24-7/30)

103 weeks old!

We grew some broccoli! Maya, Ella and I picked it and we were all very excited. I love being able to share so many firsts with my babies. Everything is so new and fascinating. The simplest things, like picking the first heads of broccoli, become super fun!  

Showing off their treasures.

Tasty!

Sleep. It has been good! The girls recently started sleeping through the night (again) for the first time in a while. Naps have been generally better, too, and getting them to sleep at night has also gotten easier/quicker. We're doing well right now!

Ah, sleep.

Both Brett and I did some gardening individually this week. We have a goal to do 10 minutes a day, and while that hasn't happened every day, this week felt productive. Brett planted some more kale and broccoli on Thursday and I pulled out the finished peas and did a bunch of weeding on Friday. 

Some of our tomatoes in the front yard. 


Ella admires Evan and Merry's garden.

We still have pretty flowers blooming all around!

Rain lilies.

Some new things this week: Walking down the back steps without holding on to anything! Pretty frequent three word phrases. Maya, especially, can tell me about something that happened fairly clearly.  She might say, "Seeds, Dada, dirt!" and then sign "water". Meaning, "I helped plant seeds in the garden with Dada! We dug in the dirt, and watered!"

Stairs -  mastered.

Reading books.

Ella, playing with a game.

Block phones. Hello? Hello?

This video is a reminder that as good as the girls are getting at taking turns and sharing, it hasn't happened without tears and a lot of patience from everyone. 

First washable tatoo. From the library.

Trying to get a picture of them both at the same time was a challenge.

Drawing together.

Ella driving.

Helping Dada fix Evan's tire.

When we go to the grocery store, the girls like to get a slice of meunster cheese and ham from the deli.

Coconuts are delicious!

Blueberry picking is still in full swing. Selena went picking with me and the girls once this week, and I also went on my own another time.  We will have lots of blueberries to eat and make pies with this year!

Selena likes to eat the berries almost as much as Ella does.

While I was out berry picking on Sunday, Kathy came to visit. Brett took this picture of them taking a pretend nap together.

We also had a visit from Uncle Guy. He brought some raspberries!

Swinging at the Safety Village playground and watching the summer program kids ride their bikes.

Maya and Ella came with me to do some errands and they had fun trying out the lawn mowers at Lowe's.

They also had really cool shopping carts.

Brett took the girls on an adventure one afternoon to the farm and to play in the river. He also took a very cute video of the girls playing their "Hug game" in the grass.

  
They made this game up themselves.

At the farm, checking out the sheep.

Playing in the river with Dada.

Oh! And we visited Ben and Claire's chickens! They live right around the corner from us. We get our eggs from them every week.

The chickens love Swiss chard.

My favorite picture.

Ella is ready with another piece.

A beautiful flower in Ben's front yard. Some kind of lily?

I'm looking forward to my family visiting in a few weeks! Here are two more cute videos from the week.


  

Monday, January 13, 2014

Baybay & Baybee: Week 102 (7/17-7/23)

102 weeks old!

I've been posting a lot of backlogged blog entries lately. I am trying to get all caught up by the girl's second birthday, but I still have a long way to go! I've been enjoying the challenge, and the time by myself working, while Brett is with the girls. He has been so supportive and helpful. I hope I can do it.

Blueberries are ripe! And it's an amazing year for them. The bushes are full of berries and I've been picking them as often as I can at a farm in Hatfield. I went three times this week, once on my own, once with the whole family, and once with just the girls.

Beautiful blueberries.

Three berry pickers.

Maya samples the fruit.

"Wow, Mama, you've got a lot!"


"I'm going to eat one."

"Now girls, run off and pick your own berries. Mama wants to take her berries home and freeze them for next winter!"

Maya is serious about filling her pail.

She also wants to see the picture of her berries.

Ella took more of the wander-around-and-eat-berries kind of approach to picking.

When she got tired of wandering, she sat down.

Yum!

Making our way back to the car, with lots of berries.

The girls are talking up a storm these days! Especially Maya, who has been putting two-word sentences together almost every time she speaks. Both girls are also really into taking lots of books off the shelves, "reading" each one and then stacking them into a pile. This is really cute, and we're working on encouraging them to also put the books BACK on the shelves when they are finished.

Current favorite songs: "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?".
Current favorite foods: Corn for Maya and tomatoes for Ella.

They like apples, too.

We had our first somewhat expensive thing break this week, because it got pulled off the shelf by a curious baby. My camera wasn't even what Ella was after, it was the book that the camera was sitting on top of that she wanted. My camera survived the fall, but the lens broke and shattered on the floor, leaving it somehow stuck to the camera body. I searched online about how to get it unstuck. Turns out I'm not the only one whose kid has pulled their camera off the shelf and this particular lens has become stuck to the camera. I found a nice tutorial that Brett carefully followed.

My hero!

We are struggling with some not listening, especially while out in the driveway. The girls know that they aren't allowed to go into the road, but sometimes that doesn't stop them from doing it. It's been frustrating when they push the boundaries and don't listen to what we tell them, especially when it's something dangerous like that. Another especially tough time is when one of us (this is harder for me than for Brett) is alone with the girls and wants to get everyone inside. Because of the running into the road thing, I don't feel comfortable leaving one out in the driveway, even for a short time while I take the other inside. Let me just say, they are getting heavy and picking up two squirmy babies at the same time is not as easy as it used to be.

The fans that we've had on to keep the house cool have also been a objects of contention. The girls know that they should not touch them because it's dangerous and might hurt their fingers, but they don't really seem to get the severity of it. So far so good, but I hope no one has to get their finger stuck in the fan to learn that we really mean it when we say not to do something. 

We went over to the yellow house and explored down by the river one afternoon. It was a little treacherous to get down there with everyone, but it's such a lovely spot. It's going to be so exciting to have a river in our back yard!

Our soon-to-be very own swimming spot!

Ella gazing at the water.

The front of the Willow Street "yellow house".

We went to the library to play one morning this week.

Maya collects all the legos.


We also had a nice stroll to Cup and Top.

Eating "noonols".


Pinky dog and a bunch of magnets go down the slide!

Yum! Big burritos for such little girls.

Maya helps harvest some squash.

We are getting so many yummy vegetables from our garden!

Making lasagna and chocolate muffins.


So excited to find a ripe tomato on the vine. She picked it herself and ate the whole thing.

Ella loves her tomatoes!

Mmm.

Maya, reading Blueberries for Sal, while eating a bowl full of blueberries.