Happy New Year 2017!

The Lunar New Year yesterday reminded me I needed to finally get around to posting New Year’s pictures! Now that Meredith is a little older, we are excited for the coming year and all the new adventures it will bring.

Meredith’s goals for the year include learning to walk, adding to her vocabulary enough to argue with the twins, trying peanut butter and honey, figuring out the mystery of the auto sensor trash can lid, and mastering shoveling sand into a bucket. Samantha hopes to learn more Spanish beyond what Dora has taught her, try green eggs and ham, learn to ride  bike sans training wheels, master the cartwheel, visit a planetarium, and finally follow the rules of Candyland, instead of just picking random cards from the stack and moving her piece wherever she wants. Amelia’s goals include improving her dolphin plank and chasse moves in yoga/ballet,  mastering the world geography puzzle at preschool, going camping, using dot dot markers properly, traveling to America (we can’t convince her she already lives here), and riding a bike sans training wheels.  Our family word of the year is FUN (or SILLY, according to the girls). We hope to reach all our goals this year!

    

Lots of love,

 

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New Year’s Resolutions 2015

Before getting together to brainstorm their resolutions for 2015, S and A had a good laugh reviewing last year’s resolutions and reflecting on their progress over the past year. 

Here’s how they did:

“Resolution 1: Take higher-quality naps. Learn how to lie back down and go back to sleep after waking up in the middle of a nap and standing up in crib, wailing. Ditto for night-time sleep.”


Progress: Nap time is definitely a mission accomplished. The girls are usually champion nappers, finally consolidating their two naps a day down to one three-hour nap around 18 months. Night time sleep was much improved, albeit hit or miss when the girls had episodes of teething, sickness, vacation…so pretty much every other week!

“Resolution 2: When at all possible, resist the temptation to pull sister’s hair and steal her toys/Wub (pacifier). Refrain from laughing at sister when misfortune befalls her, such as a tumble or bump. (This one was mostly for Samantha).”


Progress: Hair pulling is no longer an issue, but I feel like I’m a referee all day long breaking up fights over who stole what toy. A toy that is usually EXACTLY THE SAME.

“Resolution 3: Work on perfecting table manners. Or at least learn to get the majority of the food into mouth instead of on the floor. Remember that there is an appropriate time in which to blow raspberries…NOT after a spoonful of sweet potato puree has been put in your mouth.”

Progress: I don’t know if this is even possible, but the mess on the floor has actually gotten worse now that the girls are eating pretty much the same meals as we are. Purees were comparatively easy to clean; bits of quinoa or spaghetti sauce flicked every direction– not so much. Bandit has been having a field day.

“Resolution 4: Learn to delay gratification by sitting still for two seconds during diaper changes instead of writhing, twisting, and screeching, thus lengthening the time spent on the actual diaper change by 70%.”

Progress: The girls are still wiggly worms, but if I entertain them with a song or story, they’ll usually sit still for three seconds.

“Resolution 5: Allow mommy to dress us up and take pictures of us without too much eye-rolling. Maybe even try and smile for the camera occasionally…it’s the least we can do after pulling out every single item of clothing in her drawers and spreading them across the house.”
Progress: Mission accomplished! The girls are so used to me taking pictures by now that they will actually pose for me, pick out their own accessories and take selfies on my phone all the time. Amelia often points to my camera sitting around the house and says, “Mama!” Is that a bad sign?

“Resolution 6: Learn baby sign language. (We’ve been working on this, and the girls definitely watch us with interest anytime we sign and say a word, but have yet to sign anything themselves yet). Also, learn Spanish…and English, for that matter.”

Progress: The girls can sign, “milk,” and “more,” but never really went beyond that. I guess it wasn’t much of a priority once they started talking. As for the Spanish, Jake speaks with them off and on in spurts and the girls attended a Spanish class during the fall for an hour each week, but obviously, did not learn much Spanish from such short exposure.

“Resolution 7: Learn to walk. Enough of this crawling business.”

Progress: Mission WAY accomplished.


“Resolution 8: Learn the difference between what’s edible and what’s not edible…start with sand and rocks and go from there.”

Progress: I wish I could cross this one off the list, but alas, Amelia still likes to try sand once in a while.

“Resolution 9: Keep both socks on the entire day. “
Progress: I laughed remembering how I used to get so annoyed by the girls constantly taking off their socks and leaving them all over the house. Now, I feel like half my life is washing their socks and matching all those cute patterns up again.

“Resolution 10: Give mommy and daddy a break every once in a while. We sure kept them on their toes last year!”

Progress: HA. Not a chance. I’ll hand the girls this one though since it was a fun, enjoyable kind of crazy this year as opposed to barely surviving/feeding/diapering/keeping both girls alive kind of crazy.

And the girls’ resolutions for 2015? After much contemplation, the girls came up with the following: 
Resolution 1: Finish Potty Training. Hallelujah! I cannot wait to start potty training these girls and get them out of diapers. They HATE going in their diapers and are so ready to be done. 
Resolution 2: More using actual words, less pointing/grunting. Working on speaking in semi-intelligible sentences will be a biggie this year. 

Resolution 3: Start a book club. Because what good is having a twin if you can’t discuss the latest NYT best-seller together? 

Resolution 4: Meal time EXTREME makeover. Refrain from playing musical chairs while eating. When you don’t like something on your plate, push it to the side instead of forcing it into sister’s mouth or throwing it over your shoulder. Eat your veggies instead of pretending to eat them to make Mommy clap with joy and then spitting them out with a mischievous grin on your face (that one’s for Amelia). Reduce amount of food tossed on the floor and walls to the point that hazmat suits are not required for clean-up. 

Resolution 5: Try a new sport. I am counting down the days until the girls are old enough for soccer!

Resolution 6: Cheer on the Utes at our first game. (Only included because Daddy forced us to).

Resolution 7: Indulge Mommy with as many cuddles, hugs and kisses as she wants. (Only included because she forced us to). 
                           

Resolution 8: Learn to say each other’s names correctly instead of pointing at one another and saying, “Baby!” as if the term were derogatory. YOU ARE IDENTICAL TWINS. If you call sister a “baby,” you are calling yourself a “baby.” (Samantha was clearly not happy with this discovery).

Resolution 9: Try not to ruin Aunt Sarah’s wedding by eating all the flowers and/or running up and down the aisle squirting guests with applesauce pouches that we’d smuggled in our fluffy dresses. No promises on this one. 
Resolution 10:  Stop being so cute on trips to Costco so that we don’t get stopped ten million times. Not likely. 
Resolution 11: A compilation of resolutions we found on Buzzfeed: 
“I will stop licking all the balls in the ball pit.” 
“I will stop squeezing out half a tub of toothpaste every time I brush my teeth. Also, I will brush my teeth.” 
“I’ll delete fewer of mom’s apps.” 
“I won’t repeat the unfortunate marker incident of May 2014.”
“I’ll make sure books aren’t upside down when I pretend to read them. That’s so awkward.”
“I’m going to finally break down and figure out this utensil business.” 
“I’ll have all my middle of the night freak outs between the hours of one and four a.m. only.” 
“I won’t toss as many random things in the cart when my parents’ aren’t looking.” 
“I’ll limit tantrums to 2-3 times a week, tops.” 
“I’ll let my parents unload the dishwasher in peace. But man, will I miss watching them freak out when I pretend to reach for the butter knife.” 

One last resolution: Help sister get candy canes out of her hair whenever she needs it.

Bandit’s resolution: Bribe the girls into feeding me more scraps and sleep 17  hours a day instead of my usual 18 hours. 

Lots of love, 

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Here’s to a sweet 2015

In 2015, we are looking forward to…

12 months of wonderment
52 weeks of giggles
365 days of messy faces
8,760 hours of jibber jabber
525,600 minutes of sister hugs
31,536,000 seconds of love.

May your 2015 be filled with joy!

Lots of love,

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New Year’s Resolutions

Samantha and Amelia were incredibly excited for their first New Year’s Eve and chatted all day about staying up until midnight to see the ball drop. Predictably, both girls nodded off at seven and were put to bed while the rest of us partied (read: went to bed). Amelia, however, woke up right at 11:45 p.m. and got to ring in the new year with us. She always gets what she wants!

Drunk on Martinelli’s.

On her first day of 2014, Samantha woke up disappointed that she had missed the festivities the night prior, but was ready to forge ahead and celebrate anyway. In the spirit of self-improvement, Samantha suggested that she and Amelia get together and make some New Year’s resolutions to implement this year. They may have consulted me for a few ideas, but everything they ultimately agreed upon was of their own creation. After a very intense brainstorming session, here’s what they came up with.

Resolution 1: Take higher-quality naps. Learn how to lie back down and go back to sleep after waking up in the middle of a nap and standing up in crib, wailing. Ditto for night-time sleep.

Resolution 2: When at all possible, resist the temptation to pull sister’s hair and steal her toys/Wub (pacifier). Refrain from laughing at sister when misfortune befalls her, such as a tumble or bump. (This one was mostly for Samantha).

Resolution 3: Work on perfecting table manners. Or at least learn to get the majority of the food into mouth instead of on the floor. Remember that there is an appropriate time in which to blow raspberries…NOT after a spoonful of sweet potato puree has been put in your mouth.

Resolution 4: Learn to delay gratification by sitting still for two seconds during diaper changes instead of writhing, twisting, and screeching, thus lengthening the time spent on the actual diaper change by 70%.

Resolution 5: Allow mommy to dress us up and take pictures of us without too much eye-rolling. Maybe even try and smile for the camera occasionally…it’s the least we can do after pulling out every single item of clothing in her drawers and spreading them across the house.

Resolution 6: Learn baby sign language. (We’ve been working on this, and the girls definitely watch us with interest anytime we sign and say a word, but have yet to sign anything themselves yet). Also, learn Spanish…and English, for that matter. (The girls can say mama, dada, and baba, but so far nothing in Spanish. We decided we wanted the girls to be bilingual back when I was still pregnant, but thus far, we haven’t been very consistent at speaking Spanish with them, so this one is our bad).

 

Resolution 7: Learn to walk. Enough of this crawling business.
Resolution 8: Learn the difference between what’s edible and what’s not edible…start with sand and rocks and go from there.
Resolution 9:  Keep both socks on the entire day.
Resolution 10: Give mommy and daddy a break every once in a while. We sure kept them on their toes last year!
That’s quite the ambitious list, girls! I have a feeling 2014 is going to be another crazy year!
Lots of love,
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