Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Helping Out

There are many things to laugh about daily around here.  The boys often volunteer to help with little jobs around the house.  For instance they like to go and get the mail.  When I looked out the window on this particular day, I couldn't help but laugh!  Thanks for the help LITTLE man hahaha!

The challenges of a 7 year old when you have the highest mail slot hahaha!


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Eklutna Lake

Eklutna lake is glacier fed and only about 25 minutes from our house.  It is one of our favorite spots to go to as a family or take guests.  It has a large trail around the lake that is stroller friendly woohoo!  We have rode our bikes there with the stroller attached no problem and in the winter we have snow shoe'd down the trail.  The boys went out in the canoe there last summer with their grandparents.  My mom had come to visit before the girls were born and we had taken her for a walk around the lake.  It was early December but there wasn't snow yet last time we went.  Near the beginning of my parents visit, we took them there and of course had a great time once again.  The views are breathtaking, the trail is super stroller and toddler friendly and the trail is wide enough that you can just go to one side to feed the babies or sit on a bench along the route.








Big brothers hoisting him up for the picture.




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Twin Bond

People often ask how much work is involved with twins.  I can honestly say it's more then double the work of having one.  When you have one and you feed them every three hours you get 2.5 hours of not feeding.  With twins they could eat at the same time, back to back timings or completely opposite schedules....so you are lucky if you get more then 1.5 hours between feeding one.  You have two times as much of everything else for each stage which just makes the work load seem like more.  Take my word for it....going from 10-12 infant diapers changes a day to 20-24 seems like more than double as well hahaha.  After having gone through the infant and toddler stage with the older twins though I can honestly say that it does get much much easier around the age of 3.5ish.  The 1-2ish stage where they kind of run in their own direction is just physically tiring as you chase them but around 3.5ish they play together ALL the time.  It's fantastic actually.  We met another father of 14 year old twins this weekend and we got talking about twins and he said they only had the two boys but if he could have been guaranteed to have another set of twins they would have had more because it's amazing to see the relationship they have with each other.  This is something that Jason and I have mentioned often.....after seeing the older ones go through the stages together it's amazing to see the type of bond twins really have.  They are more than best friends.  They have someone that is interested in very similar things as themselves and they laugh and giggle about the same things.  With the girls starting to interact with each other it's amazing to see the bond starting with them as well.  It melts your heart when you look down into the stroller and these two itty bitty girls hold hands with each other as they start to explore the world!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Rolling....rolling....rolling

So for the last month the girls have been turning from their front to their back. You know the roll that's kinda more of just a fall because they flop their weight over.  This week though they officially starting rolling themselves from their back to their front!  Yes I know all babies do that; but the part that shocks me is that they both did it for the first time within 5 minutes of each other.  I find that so strange.  The older twins would do stuff like this within a week or two of each other but these girls seem to do everything at the same time.  They smiled the same day as each other, laughed out loud the same day as each other and now rolled from back to front within minutes of each other.




These three are going to get into tonnes of trouble when they are all mobile hahaha

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Book club

I have to admit I love being part of a good book club.  I love reading books that are out of the regular genre of books I would normally read for fun and the discussion with the other members after is always great.  This post is not about an adult book club though, it's about a book club for toddlers.

Joshie had a few good friends who are all almost the same age (within a few months of each other). Last month we hosted our first book club meeting together.  A book club for kids how fun! We chose Joshua's favorite book at the moment which is the very hungry caterpillar and organized our little play date around that.  Really it was quite simple and kept the kids interested because they are all at the same stage.  

The kids book club can really be broken down into a few parts:

Reading the Story
This is self explanatory.  You just sit down with the kids and read them the story.  At this stage there is a lot of shouting out during the story, touching the book and just wandering around but hey that's how it is for a two year old.

Activity
I had been wanting to make a felt board for quite some time.  I took a long time contemplating about making an actual board or re-purposing something we already had.  What I finally decided on was creating a flannel board that can attach to one side of the easel but can fold away easily when we aren't using it.  I made felt pieces for all the things the caterpillar ate in the story and then each toddler took turns putting items on our felt board while we read the story.  It was really quite easy to do and I wish I would have done it earlier because the board is now used on a daily basis.  I am looking forward to making more felt learning tools and story accessories to use on our board.




Craft
Two year olds are not great at making elaborate crafts so I decided to go quite simple.  I pre-cut out all the pieces out of construction paper to make very hungry caterpillar hats.  I had very hungry caterpillar stickers that they all stuck onto paper that I had pre-cut as well.  When they were done, we just used tape to attach the pieces wherever they wanted and help them put together their hats.

Snack
What is a playdate without a snack?  A way to get a toddlers attention is definitely through food!  For a quick snack, I just cut up a few things that the caterpillar ate in the story.  The kids really enjoyed it.


This activity is really easy to do when all the kids are super close in age because then they are developmentally at the same stage.  The activities that we chose were geared solely towards a two year old.  It would be neat to revisit this same play date in another year or so and see how much the activities would differ because of the ability levels and developmental stages of the kids.

Once a month we will rotate hosting duties and meet for one of their favorite books.  A great outing for the kids and I have to admit, I enjoyed the kids and mom company as well :)


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

This kid cracks me up

I had forgot just how much fun the two year old stage was.  They do the silliest things that just crack you up.  This morning Joshua was playing with his toy suitcase that sings about vacation's etc.  I have been on a lot of vacations but I am not sure I have ever been anywhere that requires his attire....

- 3 winter hats
- short sleeves
- rain boots

and of course a toy car.  Wonder where he is planning on going?



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Breakfast

With kids, what they will eat is always changing.  One day their favorite food is oatmeal, the next it is the worst thing in the world.  It's always about choosing your battles.  Little Joshie had long finished up his breakfast but I heard the sound of the spoon on a bowl.  I looked over....

and voila!

Bulldozers with a side of excavator!