I’ve only done it a handful of times, but I just KICK MYSELF when I miss one of my weekly highlight posts. Ugh!!! Thank goodness I’ve been keeping some notes, though, so for the past couple of weeks…here ‘goes!
1) The girls were such good helpers making banana bread! They mashed the bananas for me, measured and added the ingredients, and stirred in the nuts. I melted the butter and greased and floured the pans, but they did the majority of the work!
2) One night at bedtime, Baby A asked B to read the night-night story. B happily obliged. She picked a book she knows backwards and forwards, “Vicki the Vet”. While that’s not a traditional bedtime story in our house, I LOVED seeing B “read”…and I LOVED that Baby A asked her to do it.
3) The next night, Baby A wanted to “read”. She needed a little more prompting on the book she chose, but I was SO proud that she wanted to try, and I was SO proud that B sat back and let A have the floor.
4) We met some new friends at the bouncy house a couple of weeks ago. I loved seeing my friend C’s girls together with mine, and it was extra-nice to be able to all go out to lunch.
5) As I was taking the girls to the zoo a few weeks ago, Baby A asked how much longer until we got off the interstate (which seems to be her question of choice). I told her we had about 15 minutes left, and she said, “15…5-5-5!” Wow!!!
6) For their preschool closing ceremony, I put B in a yellow dress, and A in a white dress with blue plaid and yellow trim. The girls were ecstatic when Daddy came down with a navy plaid shirt with a tiny yellow stripe in it. Baby A noticed it first, “Daddy! Your shirt matches my dress!”
7) One day in the car, Baby A said, out of the blue, “I have the sweetest Daddy in the whole wide world and I love him.”
8) The girls have long said they want to be vets. They started working through the details together one day – of their own accord – and here’s what they came up with…Baby A said she would be a vet in the morning and a Mommy in the afternoon…and then B said she would be a Mommy in the morning and the vet in the afternoon…and some days they could switch up. B said, “If you can’t find me, you can go to A, and if you can’t find A, you can come to me.” I think it sounds like an awesome set-up!
9) Since the girls declared that “helping Mommy in the kitchen” was their favorite part of Christmas this past year, I’ve been trying to get them more involved in cooking. One day they helped me make juvec (which I describe as Hungarian jambalaya). I taught them to pull the stems from the mushrooms, and they did a fantastic job! They added all the ingredients and helped me stir the pot. They were such good helpers!
10) On Memorial Day, I had my heart set on grilling, and then making S’mores for dessert…what would be the girls’ first introduction. We had a malfunction with the grill, so we had to do our burgers indoors. The girls didn’t get the full experience of roasting marshmallows over the grill…but they were enthralled watching the marshmallows expand in the microwave. And of course they LOVED the ooey-gooey-chocolatey mess!
11) For their upcoming tumbling class, the girls will need leotards. They were SO excited to shop for them a couple of weeks ago. Even more exciting, I learned, though, was finding “exercise shorts” to wear over their leotards. I hadn’t thought about how often they see their daddy and me in Umbros or Adidas shorts, and they were ecstatic to find shorts like Mommy and Daddy’s!
12) One day the girls were sitting at the table, coloring. I couldn’t help but smile as I listened to them “yes, ma’am”-ing each other. Hee hee!
13) We were working on a little thank-you project for the girls’ preschool teachers, involving all their classmates. One of my friends got a kick out of hearing my girls ask straight away, “Mommy, is this washable ink?” I was reminded of that when I heard the girls playing in the bathtub, “Would you like some hand sanitizer?” “Yes, thank you! Would you?” Hahaha!
14) And then, a few days later, I asked B to tell me a story…"Once upon a time, Lily [her doll] wanted to change the garbage." And then what happened? "She changed it." [pause] "But she had these little gloves on her hands to keep them from getting dirty." I hope I'm not creating two little [germophobic] monsters!!!
15) The girls have been pretty focused on my food lately. Once, out of the blue, Baby A turned to me at supper and said, “I love this, Mommy,” as serious as she could be. HA!
16) I overheard Baby B, correcting her sister: "No, Sissy...it's 'I WAS', not 'I were'. You can say, "IF I were a ladybug, I would have black spots,' but otherwise, you say, 'I was.'"
17) And Baby B again… "Mommy I just wrote it on my calendar. I'm going to behave well today." Learning early, what gets measured, gets done!
18) Baby A proclaimed one day, in a fit of giggles, "Mommy, I'm as smart as a door!” I have always heard what they say about doorknobs…but I guess doors themselves are pretty smart. Who knew???
19) Baby B’s wisdom…"Unfortunately, mosquitoes are very smart, and they know I am a sweet baby girl."
20) Baby B’s recap of a shopping trip…”And since we had only a few things today, we went through the self-checkout, because it was much more expeditious than the regular checkout." I love the commentary...and the vocabulary!
21) And I could hardly contain myself when the girls were playing with their kitchen and their stuffed animals. I overheard, "Look, Chicks! Scrambled eggs!!!" and all I could think was, “Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?”!!!
Hoping to get back on track...SOON! I don't want to miss a moment with my sweet baby girls!!!