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!

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.

 

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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!

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Grams with all the great-grandbabies in attendance.

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

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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!

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