I have so much more to share and lots of pictures to give you guys! We had a fabulous trip from the girls’ Grandma (Chris’ Mom) and Nana (great-grandma), but I’m short on time so I wanted to drop in really quick to give a couple funny toddler-isms so I don’t forget them!

  • We were playing out in the back yard when I pointed out some birds sitting on the back dense. The girls got so excited yelling “Bird! Bird! Bird!” and pointing them out! They ran toward the birds and, of course, the birds didn’t care for that. The birds flew up to the roof of our house to perch. This made Brooke upset. She yelled up to the birds “GET DOWN!!!” and started pointing at the ground for emphasis. SOOOO funny (I wonder where they always hear the term “get down” from? har har har)
  • The girls have gotten into a habit of making a cozy corner in our living room. They drag all their soft things over there – some soft toddler chairs we have, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. Then they lay and cuddle. One time I found them and Bailey was covering Brooke up with a blanket, patting her back and saying, “night night!!”
  • And this is a variant of another story I’ve already told…..but recently the girls were playing peek-a-boo by hiding behind a curtain and popping out at each other. When Brooke hid behind the curtain Bailey waved and said, “Bye bye, Brooke!” (they’ve just started referring to each other by name instead of by the generic “sissy”)
  • Anytime that Rocky makes any noise (whining to go in/out, barking at the door, etc.), the girls will put their finger over their lips and shush him, “Shhhhh!!!!!!” They know whose in charge!!!

Such funny little toddlers!

One fail from this summer was when I tried to take the girls to the splash pad. They had loved it last year, but I guess they decided they’re afraid of it now, so they ended up standing around and watching all the other kids have fun.

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They have continued to enjoy playing dress up and make-believe.




They had their fair share of meltdowns. One evening I tried to take them to a Masonic Installation in which Chris was being installed as the Senior Warden (a high office in the organization). The girls were okay throughout the ceremony until they saw their Dad being seated out on the floor. Then they lost it, yelling “DAD! DAD! DAD!” and trying to run out to be with him.

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On our long road trip to Utah (13 hour drive), we stopped at a random road-side petting zoo! It was so strange, as it was in the middle of nowhere! But we took the opportunity to get out and stretch our legs a bit and let the girls have some fun.


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It’s been a pretty good summer! I need to get better about taking pictures! We’ve been doing weekly play dates with our friends, we’ve gone swimming a good hand-full of times, and we’ve been doing story time at the library every week. Every day we try to get out and do at least 1 fun thing for the girls. It’s been a blast!


I just have to share this silly thing Bailey has been doing (all.the.time) lately.

She and Brooke will be playing. At some point in their running around shenanigans, Bailey will slam a door in Brooke’s face, locking Brooke into a room (laundry room, bedroom, etc.). Then Bailey will get a big smile on her face, wave and say “Bye bye, sissy!” and come over to me proudly as if she is now the only child in the family! This lasts approximately 5 seconds until Brooke starts crying to be freed from being trapped. But Bailey enjoys it while it lasts.

Silly things!

This 4th of July we were in Utah visiting my Dad. We had so much fun! Mid-morning we went to my Grandma’s house and got to visit with a lot of my cousins. In the evening we took the girls to see fireworks near my Dad’s house. They LOVED seeing all the fireworks and we had a great time!


Grams with all the great-grandbabies in attendance.


Believe it or not – this is the best photo of the girls with their Great-Grams


Waiting for the sun to set and fireworks to start. You can kind of see Chris’ red, white, and blue shoes in the background. I thought they were ridiculous, but then he ended up getting about 100 compliments that day!

Sorry – no shots of the actual fireworks, but you know what fireworks look like. : )

The next day we went up to Snowbird and hiked around a bit. We also got tickets for the girls to play on their big inflatables. I was so proud of them – they weren’t scared at all and they did everything on their own (climbing long ladder-type things and going down the big slides).

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Grandpa (my Dad) gave the girls some cowboy hats and the girls loved them!IMG_4101

It was a short trip, but we had a great time and a very happy 4th of July!

I think I’ll be making these an annual tradition. See the 1 year letter here.

Girls, I cannot believe another year has passed by! While the first year felt like a marathon, this year has felt like a sprint!

I can’t believe how big you’ve gotten and how fun you are to be around! I have loved watching you grow and seeing your personalities develop!

Everything has become so much more fun as you are able to do more things and have been developing more skills. We talk-talk-talk all day long now. In the past, it was more of me talking at you. Now, it’s me talking to you. And you can both respond! We have lots of little conversations throughout the day. You also have conversations with each other that are so fun to watch and witness!

I love how sweet you are with each other! Whenever one is sad, the other will come over and pat sister’s head or rub her back. Sometimes you’ll bring things you think will help soothe one another (e.g., a sippy cup, snack cup, or book). You don’t like seeing each other in distress and you actively try to make each other feel better.

You have also started understanding so much more!

A few weeks ago Bailey had a terrible cold and felt really crummy. During nap time the girls were asleep, but Bailey was awoken with a terrible coughing fit and started crying. I went into the room to retrieve her, but discovered Bailey’s coughing had also woken up Brooke – who sat up in her crib when I walked into the room. In the past, if I were to pick up one daughter during nap time and leave the other one alone, it would NOT work out. If one was up, the other got up – no matter the reason. I was a little concerned that Brooke would start screaming if I left her alone in the room for the rest of nap time, but I plucked coughing, sick Bailey from her bed and turned to Brooke. I told Brooke, “Go back to sleep. Bailey is sick, but you can still sleep longer.” And – just like I had instructed – Brooke laid down and went back to sleep. I was shocked! I don’t know how much she really understood, but I think this was the first time that she “got” that Bailey wasn’t receiving special treatment – she was just sick and needed to be taken from the room.

You girls are such a fun mix of sporty and girly! You love dressing up in high heels and necklaces, but you equally well love playing in the sandbox and rough-and-tumble play. One of your favorite games is to climb up onto Mom and Dad’s bed and have us knock you over with pillows. This is a game Dad discovered, but Mom plays it sometimes too. You stand up, bracing yourself for the pillow. When we knock you over you both laugh hysterically before standing back up to do it all over again. You also love being tickled and will often ask to play tickling games. When you climb onto my lap and shove your foot in my face, I know that means you want me to tickle your feet. There’s also one silly monster hand-puppet that I will often put on to tickle your tummies. Sometimes you’ll bring it to me and then run away – our game is for me to chase you down, then tickle you silly and you both love it!

You also love playing with balls – we may have little soccer players in another year or so. But in the off season you’ll surely be in the dance studio because you’ve already shown great passion for dancing! You love just about all types of music; everything from country to pop to Dad’s silly rap music! You’ll even dance to the songs in commercials on TV. All I have to do is say the word dance and (even in the absence of music), you’ll bust out some moves! It’s amazing how naturally it seems to come to you!

In addition to all the physical activities you like to participate in, you also love quiet cuddling time in the mornings and evening (some of Mom and Dad’s favorite time of day), and reading books just about any chance you get. You’re such imaginative little girls and enjoy learning about the world and playing make-believe. The developmental scientist in me appreciates the creative play and encourages it every chance I get (like when you pretend boxes are cars and pretend “drive” them around).

Most of your interests overlap, though there are certainly differences between you.

Bailey has more of an interest in helping Mom cook, reading books (about 25000 per day), and dancing.

Brooke has more of an interest in cuddling with Mom, petting dogs, and dressing up.

Both of you always want to do whatever sister is doing. You truly love and admire each other (and want everything to be 100% fair!) ; )

I love you girlies!



2 years old! Wow! The saying is definitely true:  “The days are long, but the years are short.” Perhaps doubly so, with twins!

One of the most common questions I get asked by family and friends is, “Have the girls ‘caught up’ yet?”

As with any premature babies (remember, they were born at 32 weeks gestation, as opposed to a full-term 38-40 weeks), skills and milestones start off a little slower than other babies’ their age. But, we’re happy to report that they’ve officially “caught up.”

Every time we go to the pediatrician, we are given a double-paged checklist of milestones for babies their age (e.g., “can pull into standing position,” “can walk unassisted,” etc). We are to put an “X” next to the milestone if the girls cannot do the task. Once you get to 3 “X’s” you can stop filling out the list, as the tasks become increasingly difficult. This is a way for the doctor to guage the timing of baby’s development in various areas (motor skills, verbal ability, etc.). In early months we never made it to the second page of milestones because we had always had 3 X’s. At 18 months we were able to make it to the second page, and by our 24-month check-up we got through the whole list! Woohoo!!!

Here’s a couple quick photos for you:



This was on the girls’ actual birthday. They got some balloons (which they LOVE) and pretty dress up shoes from my mom’s mom (Nan).


Bailey “shopping” while wearing her new high heels


Sweet, smiley Brooke


Playing at the mall in a fun little car ride

Likes and Dislikes:

  • Like playing toddler apps on the iPad (this is a new one we’ve just started letting them do)
  • Dislike having a poopy diaper (and they’ve finally started telling us when they have a “poo poo”)
  • Like swimming at the pool
  • Dislike diaper changes (they want the clean diaper, but want it to just magically happen without having to deal with the actual diaper change)
  • Like dancing (and they do it all the time! We love our dance parties)
  • Dislike being left somewhere (I got a gym membership and they’re having a tough time going to the childcare, even though its phenomenal and the staff is incredible)
  • Like playing with Daddy when he gets home from work
  • Dislike eating veggies
  • Like playing with all their fun, new birthday toys!!!

Best Time:

This whole summer has been a “best time.” The girls used to be in an in-home daycare 3 days a week, but (due to a myriad of reasons I won’t go into here), that hasn’t worked out. We’re actively searching for a new option but in the meantime, the girls have been home with me. It’s challenging to get work done, but it has been SO MUCH FUN to be with them every day! They just get more and more fun all the time and I love hanging out with my little side-kicks! If I have to narrow it down to one thing, I’d say that our absolute best was probably the weekend away at the resort. I would say their birthday party, but with Brooke being sick with a cold, it probably wasn’t a ton of fun for her (aside from the cake and ice cream part!) I never mentioned it, but my brother was also sent to Scottsdale for a work trip and we went and visited him at his super-fancy resort one day. They had an awesome “beach” part (with sand that lead into a pool). The girls have never been to a real beach, so it was a ton of fun to hang out there. That was another “best time,” too!



In the water at the beach!



Posing with Uncle Trever!

Worst Time:

Hmmm…maybe the colds that the girls had? Those are never fun! Aside from that, we’ve started experiencing some pretty serious toddler temper tantrums, which are certainly not pleasant. In related news, I have totally become “that mom” that lets my kids melt down in public. I mean, I don’t want them to, but if they’re throwing a fit because we’re in the store and they want “X” toy, I’m not going to give in just to get them to stop crying. So I’ll pick the child up off the floor (they literally throw themselves down kicking and screaming), sit her in the grocery basket, ignore the screams and protests, and just calmly walk on. There is no reasoning with a 2-year-old (e.g., “we already have 10 balls at home, you do not need another ball.”). No point; less frustrating for everyone for me to just ignore it and move along.

Also – the whole child care situation is a “low” from the past couple months. As much as I’ve enjoyed having the girls here, its very stressful to try to find a new situation that we’re all happy with.

2-year-old Baby Stats:

  • Weight: Brooke is 21 lbs 6 oz (< 1st %), Bailey is 22 lbs 8 oz. (5th %). Still very dainty, petite little girls.
  • Height: Brooke is 33.5 inches (42nd %), Bailey is 34 inches (56th %). Long and lean!
  • Clothing Size: Still 18 month – 2T. They’re able to wear 2T shirts just fine, but some of the pants/shorts are still a little big. We’re moving more and more into them, but it just depends on the brand (some literally fall off while they’re walking).
  • Diaper Size: Size 4. We also finally got a potty chair and (in my dreams) I’m hoping to potty train the girls within a few months and be done with diapers for good. We’ll see.
  • Sleep: Still one nap per day, but its been pushed back to after lunch time (used to be mid-morning). Now they nap at about 12:00 or 12:30 for about 2-3 hours. Overnight they go down about 8:30 or 8:45pm and sleep until about 6:00 or 6:30 am.
  • Food: They eat everything we eat, minus the veggies. About the only veggie they like is corn. Certainly anything green (spinach, lettuce, asparagus, broccoli), we have a tough time getting them to eat…but I keep introducing it in hopes that they’ll eventually go for it. In the meantime, I like to make smoothies with a mixture of fruits and veggies so they’ll at least get some vegetables (this works really well with carrots and spinach, specifically).
  • Favorite Foods: They LOVE cheese (they get it from their Momma). If they ever see me pull it out of the fridge for use in dinner or lunch, they run over yelling “CHEESE, PLEASE!!!” Funny story about smart little Brooke. One time she saw me use some cheese with dinner and saw where I had put it back in the fridge. She remembered it and, the next time I opened the fridge for something she ran over. I didn’t think much of it (she always likes playing with the on/off light in the fridge), but then I realized she’d gotten something and ran off with it. I look over and she’s sitting at her little kid table eating handfuls of cheese straight from the bag! Too smart (and funny)!

It’s been an incredible year! And it just keeps getting better and better! Can’t wait to see what the future holds!

A couple silly stories to share….

I have often said the girls are each others’ best friend and worst enemy! They are protective of one another, but also fight…a lot!

I’ve been using time out whenever one hits the other or bites the other. The other day Brooke bit Bailey, so I took Brooke to her room and explained that she was going to time out for biting and that we don’t bite. I put her in her crib and went back into the living room to play with Bailey. But Bailey was so concerned about Brooke she kept pointing at their bedroom door and saying “Sis! Sis! Sis!” Finally she went to the door (which I guess was slightly ajar) and pushed the door open. She ran in like she was going to bust Brooke out of time out and, with Brooke in the crib and Bailey on the floor, they started laughing and “talking” and making a whole game of it. Silly babies!

And another quick story…

On the morning of their actual birthday, I went outside to water the plants. When I came back into the kitchen I found this:

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Who, me???

One of them (probably Bailey) had climbed onto the counter, retrieved the giant Costco bag of chocolate chips, opened it up (it was sealed) and they started munching on them by the fistfuls. Happy Birthday, indeed! Hahaha! Little chocolate eaters!

I took the bag away and Bailey ran over to me and very matter-of-factly pointed at the bag and said “Me!” (like, “mine”…she doesn’t know possessive words yet). I laughed and said no. Then she tried the nice route, “please???” Too sweet!

I’ll have to start recording more silly conversations we have or funny things the girls do because – I swear – there are a LOT!


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