Friday, January 23, 2009
...When you hear the toilet flushing in the other room, and the twins are no where in sight. When you come running in to the bathroom, you see both toddlers peering into the toilet, watching it flush, and waving to it while both saying, "bu-bye!"
What went bu-bye? We may never know.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
D: Now that the president is in office, we have a lot of work to do. And Obama has called the American people to duty... to take responsibility and step up for what we believe in.
"I pledge to raise two young men who are socially conscious, are committed to ending violence against women.
I also pledge to reduce my water consumption and turn off more lights."
Check out the video and ask yourself... What do you pledge?
MySpace Celebrity and Katalyst present The Presidential Pledge
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Check this out! Finlay made this move up on the spot! Look how proud he is of himself.
2009 has already offered up some great adventures with the Deuce.
We traveled to Montana to stay with good friends and go skiing at Big Sky (that's right, Dad, I'm back on two boards!). The boys were great travelers even though the icy mountain passes, and torrential downpours added MANY more hours of white knuckle driving onto our trip. I can proudly report that over the course of 30 hours of driving (combined, the entire weekend) we only had Thomas the Train playing on the lap top for less than 2 hours.
On the way back we stayed at a hot springs resort, which had a huge indoor and outdoor pool, heated to 100 degrees. The boys had more fun playing in the water than we've ever seen before. It also had a 50-foot water slide that was a blast!
Last week their Grandma from Indiana came out to stay with us and help take care of the boys while our Au Pair is traveling (we miss you Anna, come home!). They had the best time with her; mostly reading, doing crafts and learning new games. It was so great to have them get to know their Grandma and to see how quickly the love grows.
Even though their birthday is not until next week, we threw a party for the boys last Friday, so their Grandma could attend. The theme was "Dance Party", which was really a cover up for "crazy time, with mass chaos all around us". The boys had a blast hanging with all our friends and eating lots of junk food. They got some great presents (thanks everyone!) and yes, even had a little dance party with the other kids.
This weekend the sun decided to return to Seattle and we had a perfect morning... the kind that reminds me why we live here, and how easy it is to enjoy even the most simple adventures close to home. This morning we went down to the train yard and walked along the tracks waving at all the "choo-choo's". The next stop was the fishing docks to "ohh" and "ahh" at all the boats... all within 2-3 miles from our neighborhood. Awesome.
Here are some pictures from our adventures.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
D: One of the best things about twins is watching them play games together. Some games are ones that we've taught them, but some they make up themselves. It is my favorite new past time to just sit back and watch their creativity and playfulness develop with each other.
Here are some examples of games they are currently enjoying:
Spot Throwing: They each stand on a circle in the basement (round bathroom carpets from IKEA) and they throw the ball back and forth to each other. If they get off the circle, they must get back on before throwing again. *This was a game they made up themselves!
Tickle-fest: They chase each other with a high pitch scream and tickling fingers. This often leads to tears however, because they are not quite how to tickle appropriately. For instance, eye sockets are not very ticklish.
1,2,3 Splash: I've posted this video already. It never gets old.
Whhheerrrre's...(insert child's name)? : This game is kind of like pee-ka-boo and hide and seek game put together. It involves a big loud celebration when the person is found.
Flashlight hide and seek: This game is so much fun to join in on! Turn off all the lights in the basement and run around like a mad man. Why haven't I been doing this before?
Party in the Wardrobe: I've just emptied out an old wardrobe that we are planning on getting rid of. But now the kids have come up with a new game in it, making it hard to part with. Basically, they both go inside, shut the door, and scream and laugh as loud as they can. Then they step out quietly, look at each other, laugh, and go back in again for more. It never gets old.
Dance Party: We've always had dance parties with the boys, but they have decided to step up the party with clearing the huge rug (by themselves!), insisting all their clothes come off, and spinning and jumping around like little crazy monkeys. Motown seems to be their favorite.
Cooking: They like to pretend cook while I'm cooking. They pull mixing bowls out, fill them with a few golf balls and stir them around, adding salt (pretend salt) every now and them.
Stump jumping: When they get tired of 'cooking' they will turn the bowls and pans over and arrange them so that they can jump from 'stump' to 'stump' with out touching the ground. It's pretty impressive to watch.
Big shoes: They enjoy finding our shoes/boots/slippers and stepping into them and walking around the house. This cracks me up every time.
Butt scoot/ knee walk/ gallop: Basically they seem to encourage each other to come up with different ways of getting from point "A" to point "B". The butt scoot is hilarious to watch... it looks kind of like the crab walk, but with their butt dragging on the ground and they are using their legs to pull them. The knee walk is cute, but gets old when they are both doing it when you're trying to walk across a busy parking lot. Not fun.
Bu-bye: They are really exploring their independence by saying "bu-bye" to us and then walking out of the room. They come back and yell "hi!" and then seconds later they are saying "bu-bye" with a wave over their shoulders. They both do this together and lately, they've been holding each other hands as they wave “bu-bye” to us... like they are going off together to cause nothing but trouble.
Oh, don't I know it :)