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November 9, 2009

Wonder Twins Powers Activate!

 

One of our favorite activities on the weekend is going to LACMA to make art with the twins.  They’ve got activities for all ages, we can visit every Sunday for 3 hours for free, and our highly mobile (and fast) toddlers love it.

Pak Pak and Booh

November 6, 2009

Scarlett’s favorite new words are back pack and boots.  Whenever she sees either of these things, she has to put them on.

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Then, no matter what he’s doing (or wearing), Dominik has to do the same.

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Jumpy Jump

July 24, 2009

One of the most fun parts about being a toddler is that you get invited to other toddler’s birthday parties.  Today our friend Payton turned two so Scarlett and I headed over to her party and played with all her toys!  Also, it was Scarlett’s first time in a jumpy jump.  She liked it for about 10 seconds.
Scarlett&Payton

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SpeedRacer

First Boat Ride

July 24, 2009

Grandpas, prepare to be jealous:

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dom at the tiller

Dominik and Scarlett took their first boat ride with Uncle Dwayne and they had the best time ever.

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Lulu and Scarlett

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Dom did get a little grumpy because of some teething, but the minute he made it into Sue’s arms, everything became right in his world.

dom and sue

After the boat we had naps and snacks and play time.

scarlett and kap

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Out to Lunch, II

July 23, 2009

If the hours in my day were to be graphed in a pie chart, it might look something like this:

My Day

The good news is, look at all that sleep I’m getting.  We did some sleep training and the three nights of CIO (that’s Mom vernacular for cry-it-out) was well worth the 11 hour stretches the twins are now sleeping at night and the two hour naps they take twice a day. The sucky part is that I spend most of their nap time cleaning as well as some time after they go to bed.  Maybe I’m exaggerating when I claim that almost 1/3 of my pie is devoted to cleaning, but the pureed carrots (or oatmeal or apple sauce) have to be cleaned off the walls and floors after every meal and the bits of cheese and Cheerios have to be swept up, otherwise the twins find them several hours (or days) later and have them as a snack. And if there isn’t extra food on the floor, they have no problem eating other floor items.  Last week Dom ate a dust bunny.

I also find myself cleaning parts of our apartment that I never knew we had.  I mean, does anyone other than Martha Stewart or my friend June ever clean the supply tube and stop valve of their toilet? My stop valve is rust covered in corrosion covered in a two inch layer of dust. So naturally, it’s Dom’s favorite area of the house.  He loves to grab onto the supply tube and then put his fingers in his mouth. Mmmmmmm.

What does all of this have to do with going out to lunch? It means one less meal to clean up and more time to chase dust bunnies, which is well worth the overpriced Kid’s Entrees from the Olive Garden.

Da Spoon

Da Noodle

Da Bread

All I Can Eat

Da Crayon

Out to Lunch

July 21, 2009

One of the best parts of being a temporary stay at home mom is planning new activities for the toddlers.  Since M.J. works so close to home, we’ve been able to meet up with him for lunch a couple times.  Here are some photos from a recent picnic.

Dom eats lunch

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run it!

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Radio Flyer

July 19, 2009

Thank the Universe for family.  Seriously.  M.J. and I haven’t had a hot meal in about six months (except for when we order take out, which is way too often considering the economy).  Lulu and Grand Ant Kap came to the rescue with homemade vegetarian chili and polenta as well as cupcakes for the twins’ birthday month delivered to our front door all the way from Santa Barbara. And they brought gifts!  This Radio Flyer has become one of the most popular toys in the house.

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Dom and Lulu

The polenta was also a big hit with the kids.  In fact, they ate most of it.

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1 Year Checkup

July 15, 2009

We made it a full year and managed to keep our babies alive and healthy.  Aside from those pesky shots, we had a great time at Dr. Beesley’s office.

1 Year Dr

Dom Plays Doctor

Scarlett weighed in at 21 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 29 1/4 inches tall.

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Dominik weighed in at 22 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 29 1/2 inches tall.  The nurses re-weighed and re-measured both babies because Dominik is often called El Gordo while Scarlett is referred to as La Flaca, and the mere one pound weight difference was surprising.

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When the doctors and nurses all left the room, Scarlett took the opportunity to demonstrate her defiance:

Defiant

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Another Fun Weekend

July 6, 2009

We mostly had to lay low this weekend because of Dom’s pink eye, but we did manage to take a quick trip to lunch.  Before we had kids we were never fans of chain restaurants, but we are currently in love with Cheesecake Factory.  Not only do they bring appetizer plates for kids (sliced bread and bananas), the staff there know not to set hot plates, sharp utensils, or full glasses in front of the kids.  Plus, they do all the cleaning up!

Dom&Dad

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Mom&Red

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Pink Eye

July 2, 2009

Turns out, if you rub yogurt in your eye, it can create a bacterial infection. So, Dom and I visited Dr. Beesly who gave us (and when I say us, I mean the entire family since pink eye is highly contagious) some antibiotic eye drops.  The good news is that Dom was in a great mood for the entire visit, we got to weigh him in (he’s currently 22 lbs, 5 ounces of purely nommable, zerbitable baby steak), and I realized that this was only the second doctor’s trip I’ve had to make outside of the routine checkups.

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