Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Year's Day

Over the holidays we watched Mary Poppins, and then began the new year by flying a kite. I so much love that movie, especially the actor, Dick Van Dyke. We watched it with a fire going and both girls asleep in my arms. Chad fell asleep in the chair and afterwards said, "well, I'll never watch that movie again". I said, "are you kidding? That was the best movie ever!". I'm adding it to my all time favorite movies. Here's to "Let's Go Fly a Kite"....
With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground
You're a bird in a flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite

Oh, oh, oh!
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite!

 When you send it flyin' up there
All at once you're lighter than air
You can dance on the breeze
Over 'ouses and trees
With your first 'olding tight
To the string of your kite

 Oh, oh, oh!
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Let's go fly a kite!

[Photos: Nat purple sweatshirt. 36 months.]


I'm pretty impressed that Vera started drawing animals and people as soon as she turned three. Out of nowhere she started drawing bears, octopus and people. This little girl doesn't waste any time. She has always been quick on the draw ;).  
Vera's family portrait... 

Vera's "bear"...

Vera's "mama octopus (leggy)"...

Vera's '"baby octopus"...

Nattie - my abstract artist...

Holidays 2013

It was a fun holiday season with the release of Frozen - Nat picked out the fanciest thing in her closet when we were getting dressed up for the wrap party....An ugly sweater party...The biggest and best Christmas tree ever, and it was from the Whole Foods parking lot....A very Merry Christmas with Nany and Papa....Christmas morning Nattie was in shock to see all the presents - she stood and starred at them for a few moments....
[Photos; 1 - Vera plaid pants. 3 - Nat jacket and blue pjs. 5 - Nat white shirt. 7 - Vera red shirt. 8 - Vera wrapping paper, Nat white dress. 9 - Nat pink pjs. 10 - Nat and Nany, Vera and Papa. 3 yrs old.]

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Potty Training Twins

Sometimes change just happens, no matter how much you put it off! I swear, every week for the last six months I said, "next week I will start potty training". I was scared "diaper-less"? The idea of adding something new to our routine while juggling two toddlers at once was not at the top of my list. It finally happened (right around their third birthday) with a little push from Chad practicing one weekend with the girls. The following week I took Chad's lead. I kept the girls around the house without diapers or clothes on. When we had to leave the house they wore pull-ups. I took a casual approach (it wasn't "all or nothing") and the timing was perfect.
It was Monday our first "official" day of potty training. I was in the kitchen washing dishes when all went quiet. I knew something was up and went looking for the girls. I found Nattie had stepped up on to the potty and pooped!!! I was beside my self with excitement. I called Chad and left the message that "a miracle just happened". When he called back I told him the news and he said, "that's the miracle?". Yes siree bub!!! It was just a few times that Nattie stepped up on to the potty before an arm or butt slipped in from losing balance. I didn't get off the hook that easily.

I always thought Nattie would be the most difficult to train. Vera, the first born, has been the first to hit every milestone. Potty training came naturally to Nattie. She never once had an accident. After a couple of weeks I started to notice that her diaper was dry after a nap, running an errand and through the night.

Vera is a different story - she got lazy. She started out showing more interest than Nattie. She knows just what to do (she picks up things fast) but doesn't have as much control. She might pee when I tickle her or when water is running. She will pee and poop in her diaper, pants or on to the floor. It is largely my fault. I got lazy, too. I didn't take her diaper off first thing in the morning, after a nap or an errand. If I say "do you have to go potty?" she says no. If I ask then put her on the potty she will go. It's just a matter of staying on top of it.

I started out using m&m type candies I bought from the bulk section of Whole Foods. It worked like a charm. After a day they forgot about the candies and used the potty without incentive. I gave them 2 m&m's for pee and 3 for poops. They would sit at their table with those few pieces of candy and savor the moment. Sweet victory.

It all started with the pourty potty (that we never used except for pretend - we went straight to potty seats). Then we moved on to potty practice, training unders, and undies - a blog post where I shared a number of links. And, these two posts forwarded from Jandi that gave me peace of mind - "Potty Training: Waiting Paid off Big Time", and "A Doctor Responds: Don't Potty Train Your Baby".

This potty training thing has been a long time coming! All in all, I think the m&m idea is genius, and timing is everything. If it's not working I would go about it casually and try again when the signs are there. I worried not only about the first part of training but what follows - public restrooms, and training through the night. I found out that it all happens in good time. No need to stress. Eventually they'll just stop wetting their diapers and beds, right? Nattie did it piece of cake. With Vera it will take a little more time. Vera has been the only one to have accidents. If I could talk to my old self I would say, "it's no big deal!!! Don't get your panties in a bundle (or how about this one..."put your big girl panties on and deal with it")!!!".

Update 4/12/2014: Vera has continued to have accidents on the rare occasion. It's always while she plays and never fails to be on the carpet upstairs. Awhile ago, we gave up her diapers at night (Nattie never need it), and she has never wet her bed. I didn't have to train either of them at night - they just stayed dried. As for going out in public, I keep a portable potty in the car but we haven't used it. Honestly, we are usually out no more than three hours, sometimes four. The girls haven't really asked to go potty when we are out. They stay dry and wait till we get home. I know now they are comfortable using the potty without a potty seat. Using public restrooms won't be a problem. It's just shuffling them both around when I'm on my own that will be inconvenient but manageable.

[Photos: Vera flower undies. 37 months.]

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Camaro

A few weeks before the girls third birthday, Chad found this pink Camaro kicked to the curb. Even though it doesn't work, Natalie and Vera love it. I think it needs new shocks or something. One part is around eighty dollars to replace. Maybe someday...for now, this car has been a nice addition to pretend play. The first photo below was taken by Chad - Vera drinking milk while driving, and Nattie with a panicked look on her face. It has to be one of my most favorite photos... 


[Photos: Vera red shirt, ladybug shirt, striped hat, and witch costume. 36 months.]

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


A birthday celebration for my nutty little girls. This has to be the best age ever with all the antics of three year olds. The "theme" for their birthday was inspired by our many nature walks and extensive collection of pinecones. I have pretty much become a pinecone hoarder, if you know what I mean. The different sizes, shades and shapes and sizes and shades, and, well you just have to love them. Hehehe. The card in the first picture below is by Wanart. The message inside says, "Go nuts". The sugar cookie cake toppers are from Sweet Estelle. And the mini cakes that I made a bit too big are from the blog, Family Bites. The birthday hats are by Colette Bream. 


[Photos: 1st - Nat right. Vera opening present (boots) from Nany and Papa. Sunglasses - Vera right. Bed - Nat with backpack from Gigi. 36 months.]

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