Thursday, January 26, 2012

Play Doh Time!

This past weekend the girls caught another nasty flu bug.  They weren't feeling well and were just completely bored with being at home.  I refuse to be one of those parents who takes their kids out even when they are sick.  In my opinion, if you are sick you need to stay home as to not spread your germs to the rest of the world.  So in search of something to do at home....we played with play doh.  I'm not sure why we have never done this before, but this was the girls first experience with play doh and they loved it!  They sat in their high chairs (which by the way are almost too small for them now) for almost ninety minutes playing with the doh. They kept telling me how squishy it was and made numerous pretend pizzas and getty (spaghetti). 

Anyone have any other fun indoor activities?  I'm all ears!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Crisis Averted!

Lately the girls have really been into trains.  Numerous times everyday you can hear at least one of my girls running around the house yelling "All Aboard" or "CHOO CHOO".  A few days ago, Alexis was playing with her Thomas the train that she got for Christmas.  She loves this particular Thomas.  He runs on batteries and will not stop.  He will keep going on the carpet and if it runs into something it flips and starts heading another direction.  This particular evening, I was cooking dinner and I hear the girls giggling.  I figured they were up to no good, so I went into the living room to see them playing trains with Jynxie (our cat).  Alexis was on the left side of the living room and Addison was on the right side.  Jynxie was laying in the middle of the floor.  They were running the train back and forth watching Jynx freak out and bat at it with her paws.  Every time that Jynx would start meowing the girls would giggle. 

After being reassured that they weren't actually causing mischief I went back to working on dinner.  A few minutes later, Addison comes into the kitchen and tells me that Alexis has a train on her head.  I didn't really think much of it at the time.  I just kind of blew it off.  Then a few minutes later Alexis comes into the kitchen crying....  "Mommy, I have train on my head."  Sure enough....She had a train on her head and that train was wrapped around and around and around her hair.  As I previously mentioned....this Thomas does not stop!  He also didn't stop when his wheels got tangled in Alexis' hair.  It keep running and running until I turned him off.   We spent close to 20 minutes trying to untangle Thomas from Alexis' hair.  I was so close to getting the scissors.  But thankfully we didn't have to cut her hair!  It was so funny at first that I had to take a few pictures.  And then the real craziness began....trying to get Lex to sit still so we could get Thomas out.  Oh how this little girl really keeps me on my toes!!


Monday, January 16, 2012


I can't hardly believe that the time has arrived to enroll my little girls in preschool.  I've said it before, but it really does honestly seem like just yesterday that they barely fit in the palm of my hand.....their tiny heads were barely the size of a pool ball...their bodies weren't much longer than a standard sheet of paper....and their lives in general were oh so fragile.  There were so many times that we weren't sure that we would leave the hospital as a family of four.....and now, we are enrolling in preschool.  It seems so surreal and we are truly and genuinely blessed.

I was casually talking to a friend a few weeks before Christmas.  She asked me where the girls were enrolled at.  At that point, the thought of preschool hadn't even entered my mind.  We've always planned to have the girls start school in the Fall of 2012.  I figured that I had a ton of time to do my research and pick the appropriate school.  NOPE!  Never did it occur to me that I should of been looking for a school several years ago.  WOW!  What an eye opener.  A lot of the schools here have 12-36 month wait lists.  I seriously couldn't believe it! 

So, last Thursday, Terry and I did a few preschool tours and picked one that we really like.  I went armed with a list of questions for each director, but in the end our decision was purely based on our gut instincts.  Not to say that they don't have an excellent curriculum, but we honestly just want the girls to have fun.  In our eyes, the purpose of preschool is not only to learn, but to interact with other kids and to learn social skills.  In a few of the schools we toured, the kids were like robots.  They were all sitting perfectly still in their chairs, hands folded on their laps, and acting like if they moved a muscle they would be punished.  Yes, I want my kiddos to have discipline, but I also want them to have fun.  We were looking for a casual learning environment with a pre-kindergarten curriculum. 

I also was extremely shocked at the level of security a preschool environment has.  I do appreciate that no random stranger will be able to grab my girls, but it also makes me sad that our world has to incorporate such strict policies because of a few idiots.  One place has fingerprint identity.  During enrollment, each child and their parents are fingerprinted.  When picking up your kid(s), each child places their thumb on this little computer screen.  The parents finger print must match the corresponding child for them to be released to you.  Kind of cool, but still makes me sad. 

Until now, I never fully understood when everyone told me to enjoy them being little because they grow up so fast.  I still can't believe we are less than three months away from them turning three.  I guess time really does fly when you are having fun!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bubble Wrap...

A late Christmas present was delivered to the house today for the girls.  They had a blast popping the bubble wrap this evening.  It's so fun to watch them discover new things.  If I only knew....I would have got them bubble wrap and cardboard boxes for Christmas instead.  :-)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bicycle time...

I've mentioned many times how very fortunate we are to be the recipients of a lot of girl clothing, toys, and tons of other items.  Terry's sister has twin girls and we are so grateful to them for passing down their old items to us. 
For Christmas the girls got "new to them" tricycles.  They have been begging to go outside and ride since the day they got them.  Unfortunately, it has been way to cold until yesterday to let them go out and play.  They had a blast!  We were all loving the unseasonably warm weather and the ability to get out of the house for awhile.  We played outside for several hours last night and for several hours today.  The girls were having so much fun that they didn't want to come inside and take a bath.  After bath time they insisted on riding their bikes in the kitchen.  Here are a few pictures and a video...

Earlier in the week the girls went to the museum with Terry's parents.  They had a train exhibit there.  The girls love trains!  They got a conductor's hat that they pretty much haven't taken off since.  You can see the hat in a few of the above pictures.  They seriously won't go anywhere without those hats!