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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Some firsts

In the midst of surviving temperatures that rival that of the sun, we've experienced a few firsts lately that are worth documenting:

1. Speech Therapy for Clara
We've noticed for a while that Clara has issues with articulating certain sounds ('k' and 'g', to be specific) and after realizing she wasn't self-correcting, we finally took her to get evaluated in June. She started weekly speech therapy pretty soon thereafter and now has about 1.5 months under her belt. The sessions are quick (30 minutes), but her speech therapist is awesome and we're already noticing some progress. 

Meanwhile, Clara is loving the quick mid-day getaway with Mommy (I take her during my lunch break- such is life as a working mom!), and perhaps even more than that, she is loving the weekly visits to the treasure box. Her favorite find thus far is this get-up:
Every time she puts it on, she says she is Granddaddy (Brian's dad) and starts talking in this hysterical deep voice, saying she has to "go fix the television"- ha!

2. Visiting the library
I'm not sure why we waited this long to take the twins to the library, but we took them for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it was a hit. Once they got past the initial excitement of the computer game section, they made their way to the activity area and eventually to the actual books. We've now been twice and let them each pick out one book to check out at each visit. The biggest benefit to this is that they now actually want to sit still when we read to them before bed! I guess they were just bored with their collection and needed some variety, so I'm glad we've made this discovery. 

Colby's first two take-home books have revolved around Star Wars and robots, while Clara's have been about "The Nutcracker" and unicorns. Standard.

Brian gave me a gift certificate to use at this place over a year ago, but I couldn't ever find a painting I liked on a date that worked. I finally found one last Saturday that I thought I might actually want to keep and miraculously convinced 6 other people from small group to go with me! We ate, we drank, we chatted... oh yeah, and we painted. We had a great time and I definitely want to go back again! 

For those that are curious about how it works like I was, I included a progression of the steps it took to get from beginning to end:

Love these ladies!

4. Colby's first Astros game
Brian and Wade took Davis and Colby to their first Astros game last Sunday. They lucked out with great seats and even ended up on the jumbotron... throw in the fact that Colby got a giant ice cream cone all to himself and I'm pretty sure this outing made it on his list of favorite activities ever!

5. Storybook Cottage
While the boys were at the game, Allison and I took Clara and Avery to a princess birthday party for a friend at this cute little place. They dressed up, got their nails painted, did a style show, frosted (and ate) cupcakes, decorated picture frames, read a princess story, and helped the birthday girl open presents. So yeah, Clara wasn't exactly excited when it was time to leave! Thankfully I bribed her with the promise of getting to watch an episode of Elena of Avalor while wearing her Elena dress once we got home... worked like a charm.

We ended Sunday evening with one more first: introducing the twins to Guitar Hero. It did not go well and once they started using the guitar as a weapon, we scrapped that idea... but not before snapping this pic:

So how about you- any noteworthy firsts you've experienced lately?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Colby & Clara-isms

These two never cease to amuse me, and I thought it only fair to share their latest shenanigans with you all as well:

Nope, not their birthday

When I met Brian at daycare after the Father's Day party last month,  he took Colby to the restroom while I watched Clara finish up her dinner. Imagine my disgust surprise when I watched her pick up her hot dog, DIP IT IN HER CUP OF TEA, and eat it. Because that wasn't weird enough, she then proceeded to do the same thing with her potato chip. 

After we got back from our trip to the Dominican, the twins had a lot of questions about our travels. My favorites from Colby were, "Why did you go to the beach without us? Did the airplane man say no kids could come?" (Yes, that's exactly why we didn't take you... blame the airplane man.) Also, thanks to Captain Jake & the Neverland Pirates, he was very interested to find out if Brian and I had spent the week throwing coconuts at each other's heads.

After one of the more recent sibling skirmishes, I reminded Clara that she needed to apologize to Colby and give him a hug. She looked at me sullenly and said, "I don't have no more hugs in my heart." She's nothing if not honest (... and grammatically challenged).

The twins recently requested that we each take one of their stuffed animals to work with us and take pictures to document their activities. Unfortunately, Brian forgot Colby's beloved Teddy at work. Once they were reunited the following evening, Colby said to me, "Mommy, Teddy wasn't alone at Daddy's work because he has Jesus in his heart." Bless that little boy's heart!

The monitor had been quiet for a good 20 minutes the other night after we put the twins to bed when we heard Colby calling for us:
Me: What is it, bud?
Colby: I tooted.
Brian & me: [laughing]
Colby: Did you hear it?
Me: Sure, we heard it, bud.
Colby: Was it loud?
Me: Oh yes, it was really loud.
Colby: Did you and daddy laugh?
Me: Yes, bud, we both laughed. 
Colby: Ok... I'm gonna do it again.

And then a recent conversation I had with Clara at bedtime:
Me: Are you going to be a mommy some day?
Clara: I can't because I don't have a baby in my tummy.
Me: Well one day when you're grown up, maybe God will put a baby in your tummy.
Clara: I'm this many [holds up 4 fingers], so maybe God can put a baby in my tummy now!
Yep, age 4 is obviously the appropriate age to conceive a child.

And lastly, the twins discovered the wonders of the Amazon Echo at Brian's parents house a few weeks ago. After they got over the initial amusement of asking her basic questions, they moved onto their favorite activity: poop jokes.

Oh, age 4, how you amuse us, so!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Celebrating the 4th of July

Last weekend, we made our annual pilgrimage to Dallas to spend the 4th of July with my family. Though the weekend got off to a bit of a rocky start when Clara tossed her cookies not once, but twice during the drive up there, we ended up having a great time.

The barfer, stripped down and looking pitiful/stoned for the last part of the drive

We partook in many of the same activities we usually partake in when making our 4th of July visit... 

eating excessively...

This would be our family, taking up the entire patio at lunch one day!

... playing with cousins...

...making frequent trips to the park...

...playing at Northpark Mall...

(including a visit to the movie theater to see Despicable Me 3)

... playing with my parents' collection of dogs... 

Seriously, it feels like they add a new one to the pack every time we come to visit :)

... and of course, attending the parade with the whole gang on the 4th of July!

What I post on social media vs. ...

Real life

Franny & Pop Pop with all 8 of the grandkids, ranging from 3-12!

We headed back to Sugar Land that afternoon and after a few hours of unpacking and distracting the twins, we met up with the Olivers to watch the fireworks. We weren't as close to the show this year and I think that actually worked out in our favor because they weren't quite so loud. 

The twins were troopers and made it until the show was over around 10 pm, but this little lady promptly fell asleep for the 10-minute drive home.

It was another fun-filled 4th of July, and now we're all back to work/school and counting down the days until the next holiday (I'm looking at you, Labor Day)!