This year Halloween was pretty low-key.

One of my friends decided to get married on October 31st and set the date 6 months ago, so I knew it would be unlikely that I’d be able to take the girls trick-or-treating (they didn’t go last year, so this would have been their first year). As a result, I really didn’t feel like going all out with costumes or anything. I hadn’t planned anything at all and was starting to really worry/wonder about what I’d do for them. Then about a week before Halloween I stumbled across a box of old clothes from last year and, wouldn’t you know, their old Halloween costumes were in it.

I looked at the costumes, then at the girls. The costumes are basically shapeless bags. Even though they were size 18 months (and the girls are now 28 months old), I figured they’d still fit. I called the girls over and they tried them on and – voila! – fit like a champ! Even better, they actually know what a ladybug is this year, so they were so excited and ran around yelling “ladybug! ladybug! ladybug!!!!!!!”

IMG_4773We ended up going to a Fall Festival hosted by the Town of Marana (where we live) that had a costume contest and trick-or-treating the week before Halloween. So the girls dressed up for that and we had a ton of fun teaching them to trick-or-treat and just having a good time at the festival.

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Ladybugs at the petting zoo

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Enjoying their first s’more by the bonfire!

On actual Halloween Chris had to stay home with the girls (we tried to get a babysitter so he could go with me to the wedding, but everyone had Halloween plans). He didn’t take them out trick-of-treating, but he dressed them up and taught them to hand out candy. He sent me this photo of the girls in their costumes:

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When I got home they’d already changed into PJs, but I got to see them hand out candy and it was adorable! They ran to the door, both grabbed a piece of candy to give to the trick-or-treater, said “here you go!” then smiled and waved “bye bye!!” They were really proud of themselves! Sweet little girls!

Hope your Halloween was a good one, too!

2013 & 2014

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Because we had such a good time on our last Scottsdale weekend, we decided to do it again!

We revisited the Fairmont Scottsdale, this time with family visiting (my Mom and stepdad, my sister, bro-in-law, and nephew). Just like last time, I did a horrible job of getting pictures. I really need to be better with trying to capture these fun and precious moments! Here are the few (pitiful) pictures I have of the trip…

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Bailey, all ready to go to Scottsdale!

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One day the adult ladies (me, sister, and mom) went for pedicures. The little ladies (Brooke & Bailey) got a boys’ day! Dad and Grandpa took them fishing! The resort has several stocked ponds and they rent rods for catch & release only. They even supply everything needed (i.e., bait, reels, rods, etc). The girls LOVE fish and they were FASCINATED by seeing them be caught. All afternoon we heard “fishy, fishy, fishy!!!”

IMG_4662One night we dressed up and went for a fancy dinner at the Mexican restaurant on site. Afterward we walked around admiring the resort. They had 3 separate weddings going on, so we were able to enjoy all different types of music on our walk (from live bands to DJs), and even got to see fireworks (which the girls LOVE).

One thing I didn’t get a picture of was the girls admiring all the bunnies (or “hop hops”). The resort has rabbits galore! Like, seriously so many! They’d come out at dusk to eat and the girls loved chasing them around and yelling, “hop hop! hop hop! hop hop!” When the girls got upset that they’d chased all the bunnies away my Mom told them, “hop hops go night night.” Now the girls have associated this saying with their Mamaw (my mom), and whenever we talk to her on the phone or talk about her the girls always shout, “Hop hops go night night!!!”

Again – I’m really disappointed in the lack of photos! We did so many other fun things! Lots of swimming, playing with cousin Quentin, and being spoiled by Mamaw and Grandpa. I’m promising myself to do a better job of picture taking during the winter holidays. We plan to go back and visit at Christmas time and we MUST get photos!!

Chris’ Mom (the girls’ Grandma) and Nana came to visit us for a bit before school started back in session (Chris’ Mom is a teacher). We had an absolute blast and crammed so much fun stuff into the 3-day weekend!

They arrived on Friday morning just as the girls were finishing lunch and about to go down for a nap. We got to hang out and play a bit before the girls laid down. And then the monsoons rolled in. The rainstorm ended up dashing any plans for outdoor activity, but it worked out well because we were able to have a fun and low-key time at home. For our activity of the day, we went out for dinner to one of our favorite Tucson restaurants. The girls decided to have full-on melt downs so it was quite the ordeal, but we learned that it is MUCH easier to wrangle two fussy toddlers when there are extra hands to hold them! Grandma and Nana for the win!!!

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On Saturday we got up and moving and went to an Ostrich Farm before the heat of the day set in! This was actually Nana’s idea (a friend of hers had suggested it) and I was shocked I’d never heard of it before! At first, I didn’t believe it really existed! Come to find out, the farm was only a short 20 minute drive from our house!

We had such an incredible time and I’m so glad we got to experience it! The girls were able to feed and pet donkeys, deer, and goats.

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They were also able to feed ostrich, prairie dogs, ducks, and birds!

Then the trip culminated with a fun tour of the ostrich farm on a monster truck. We got to see a baby ostrich, learn all about the Arizona desert, and feed more ostriches. It was a blast!

On Sunday we decided an indoor event might be best since Saturday at the ostrich farm had been incredibly hot! So after getting up and ready we headed to the Tucson Children’s Museum. We went a few times last summer, but this was the first trip of this summer. It’s incredible the difference a year makes in terms of the girls’ development and abilities. The museum this time around was a whole new experience! They had such a blast and I’m sure can’t wait to go back again!

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That evening we went to La Encantada (an upscale outdoor shopping center, similar to The Domain in Austin). We walked around a bit and got pictures of the girls on turtles – the same place we’d gotten taken a picture the summer before when Grandma and Nana were visiting. Look at these two cute girls!

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2013  (age 1) & 2014 (age 2)

 

Now that the girls can climb out of their cribs (we actually just got the conversion kits today to change into toddler beds, so don’t worry!), naps are a constant battle since they only want to play! I have to keep peeking in on them and telling them to get back in their beds. One time I walked in the room and see Brooke standing on the floor and Bailey jumping in her crib. As soon as I open the door, Brooke instantly drops the toys she’d been holding and covers her eyes (in a “you can’t see me if I can’t see you” type fashion). Then Bailey looks at me, shoos me with her hands and yells “GET OUT!!!”

Can you believe it? These little girls are already back-talking me! lol If they weren’t so cute we’d have a problem! ; )

This post has no real unifying theme, so I’ll just do it bullet point style.

  • This weekend was a bit of a developmental milestone growth-spurt for our girls. In a span of less than 12 hours they learned how to crawl OUT of their cribs (they’d been crawling into their cribs for months, but never out), AND learned how to open doors! And so our worlds have been turned upside down! lol.
  • A funny thing I never thought I’d say (before having kids)…. “Do not take the banana peel to bed!!!” (said as Bailey tries to run to bed with an old banana peel for a banana she’d already eaten).
  • I’m cleaning the kitchen and telling the girls its nap time. I hear them run down the hall and a door slam shut so I assume they’ve gone into their room to climb into their cribs (they’re surprisingly good about going to bed for naps/bedtime). I go to their room and they’re not in there so I start looking around. I ended up finding them in MY bed up under the covers with heads on pillows all ready for naps. Too funny and sweet!

I just had to share this sweet thing Bailey did today so I can capture the memory….

I was putting the girls down for their naps and, as has become the custom, they gather up every single stuffed animal they own to go in their cribs with them when they lay down. It’s seriously ridiculous how many stuffed animals they can fit in their arms.

So I plop Bailey in her crib first, tuck her in, and blow a kiss (love watching her blow kisses back!), then I do the same for Brooke. While I’m tucking Brooke in, I notice that Bailey has popped up in her crib and she starts saying my name over and over, “Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom!” When I’m done with getting Brooke situated I turn back toward Bailey and realize she’s kneeling there puckering her lips and waiting oh-so-patiently for a kiss. I lean down and kiss her, and she lays right back down, settling in amidst all her stuffed animals! I know one day in the not-so-distant future I won’t be able to get these naptime kisses from my sweet girls.

I’m cherishing every one. : )

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 fence. 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!

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