Thursday, September 29, 2011

Going out of town!

Since we haven’t been to Austin in a while we decided to head that way for a weekend with the girls. Uncle Clint and Aunt Andrea were working most of the weekend but we found plenty of things to do with the girls. We slept in (one of the mornings) we went shopping and out to lunch. I had been looking online for places to go and found this Amusement park type thing and miniature golf place. I have to admit when we drove up Chris and I didn’t think it was worth stopping but the girls had already seen the horses on the carousel so we were stuck. LOL! Actually the girls had a GREAT time and we were glad we went!

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They ran around to each ride so excited! They are growing up way too fast.

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They decided they wanted to drive different cars on this one.Cracks me up how one minute they can't stand to be without the other then the next they want their own space. I'm betting that won't change.

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There was a Ferris wheel and we both didn’t think they would like it. They said that if they got on and hated it that they would stop and bring them back…there wasn’t many people there. I think the next two pictures explain how the girls felt about the ride.

Kinley…unsure, but no crying.

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Madelyn…LOVE IT!

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Riding the Choo Choo train.

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The next morning Uncle Clint and Aunt Andrea were off so we went to Don Juan’s for breakfast. This AMAZING place in Austin…it was on Man vs. Food. We watch the show and once we saw it on there we had to try it…We now go anytime we are in town. Tastes so good but you have to wait most of the time.

Waiting in line, wasting time taking pictures.

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and playing with sunglasses!

Madelyn with Aunt Andrea

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Kinley

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Madelyn playing with Uncle Clint

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Yummm!!!

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We spent the day playing with Clint and Andrea and after a good home cooked dinner we headed home! We had a good trip home and actually got to drive home in a storm…I know that is usually a bad thing but after not seeing rain for the past 6 months (not sure of the actually time but it had been FOREVER) it was nice! We had a great time and looking forward to our next visit down south!

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Also I use Window's live writer and it is messing up the pictures and not letting me center them. I think I may have to switch to another program to write blogs. Any suggestions which one?! Thanks!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Letter B

Last week was our second week of learning letters! We are going in order because well it's easier for me! LOL! So we learned letter B!

First we practiced writing B's

Then I had gathered up things that started with the letter B and put them in a bag. We called it their B bag. This went WAY better than I thought. They loved it. In our bags...baby, bed, block, ball, and bows.






They carried around their bags for days.

We learned about bugs and made our letter B, bees! I am putting together a book with the letters they make.

The girls have never really used a glue stick and I was thinking this was going to be a HUGE disaster it actually went much better than I thought.

After making our bees and reading a book about bees. The girls learned that bees made honey so I had some for them to try....

Madelyn was not impressed with honey.

After learning about bees, we headed to the park on a bug hunt. I got the girls bug catchers and they love them. They call them their catchers. Any time they see anything they think is a bug they run to get their catchers.


We actually didn't have any luck at the park...I think it's so hot here even the bugs are staying away!
Actually as luck or not luck would have it, the week we were learning about the letter B and Bees. A bee got into our house during nap time. We killed it but I had to show the girls...They thought it was neat to see the bee. They tell anyone that comes over about the bee.

We live close to a lake and went on another field trip to look at the Boats.
Anytime you ask Madelyn what letter does boat (or any other B word) she says EEEEEEE! When she is saying the letter B she drops the B sound and it just comes out EEEE. For the first couple times I was thought she wasn't getting it and thinking it was the letter E.


There was also a flock of birds! Good day for B's at the Lake!


The next two pictures I had to include because they are just so Kinley!

They had been playing in the dirt so she had some dirt on her face.

I put some soap in the water table for Bubbles! It was the best weather we have had in FOREVER so we were looking for reasons to stay outside!

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They had a B dinner. Bananas, Blueberries, Broccoli, and Biscuit sandwiches!

It is so fun to watch the girls learn! When I think they aren't paying attention they repeat it all back to me!


Friday, September 16, 2011

A little country and A little Rock and Roll!

The girls got invited to their friends Reese and Riley's 3rd birthday party recently! We always love getting an excuse to see our friends. They had it at a very cool play place inside a church...we will have to visit there again!

Leave it to my girls to hit up the desserts before playing! I got their cute dresses at Walmart for $3!!! I never find sales like that!

Never fails when I look at pictures after the fact I realize how big my girls are getting...it sure is bittersweet for me!
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Lately the girls are always together...especially when we are out. They are never far behind the other.

I love this picture of all the girls chatting! lol

Can I just tell you how happy this next picture makes me! I have mostly met these women through my blog and I have found a GREAT friendship in all of them...looking forwarded to getting to know Beth better too! I am completely blessed to have this group of women that I call my friends. They know exactly what we are going through having twins, one of the greatest bonds! Anyways back to the picture (I get carried away talking about what these ladies mean to me, and the ones not there!) We have a new member in our group!! Leah, (Amy's sister) who I have enjoyed getting to know everytime I am with her through the last year or two. We invited her to be in our Twin Mama picture this time because she is having twins!!!!!! I am so excited for her! Leah, you are in our prayers...and know you have the biggest twin mama support group already!

We had a wonderful time celebrating R and R's birthday! I was annoyed my camera man husband didn't get any pictures of the details of the party, Amy is my awesome party planning friend!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Letter A

Last week I started doing a letter of the week with the girls. After deciding we didn’t really want to put the girls in a preschool yet. Due to it being totally expensive for 2 toddlers, and due to the fact that the girls have ECI up to three times a weeks some weeks. We decided not to start the girls this year. That being said I didn’t want them to be behind from the other kids!

Last week we had A week! I decided that we were going to be laid back about time and I am NOT waking them up to have “school” as the girls call it. We start at 10 (as long as they are awake…they have been sleeping till almost 10) and I get the girls dressed for the day…it helps me stay on track! Thanks to some ideas online (mostly pinterest) and a things I learned in some of the elementary ed classes I took in College I was ready to start.

We started the first day playing with letter magnets on cookie sheets. The girls LOVED this and have asked to play with them several times since then. We also sang ABC’s the girls could sing this song FOREVER!

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Then in the old school tradition we had to have recess….lol! Plus us Texas people were so glad to have under 100 degree weather for a week. It’s back to over a hundred again.

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We talked about apples this day. After discussing apples this is what the girls will say about them…The girls answers are from various occasions. Me: Where do Apples come from. Girls: farm and trees. Me: Who picks the apples? Girls: Mommy, Daddy, and Farmers. Me: Who eats apples? Girls: Donkeys, MOOs, Horses, Ponies, dogs, and me. Me: Where does the farmer take the apples once he picks them? Girls : the farm and store.

We went to the farmers market to see all the different apples and to buy some apples. I was disappointed that this farmers market only had two different kinds and they were both red.

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After the Farmers market we went home for some more apple fun! I Cut the apples in half and they painted with them using finger paint…my girls are not sure at all about finger paint.

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When they they were finished with their paintings (which you can’t see but had a Upper and Lower case A on them) I had finished cutting apples for our applesauce. Which took me back to making babyfood!

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Just cut up the apples, add a little water and some cinnamon! Boil until soft then mash! The applesauce was way too hot for the girls to eat before nap so they had a afternoon snack!

IMG_4381 They also played with all their Animals for our A week as well.(different than the apple day) I had Carter and Saywer then so Carter got to play too. We also watched a movie about animals.

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Before our week started I had picked up some books and DVDs from the library to use during the week. They came in handy because Madelyn started running a fever and wasn’t up for as much this day.

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They LOVED watching Clifford the big RED dog.

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We practiced drawing circles. Madelyn won the prize for the best circle. She has been drawing them forever.

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I had wanted to get shaving cream and dye it red so the girls could play in the tub with it. My mom wondered if they might try to eat it. Which I agreed it was HIGHLY likely. I decided to use ready whip in stead. I drew a circle with the ready whip can then gave them some of the dyed one also.

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Our cousin who we we call Aunt Elayna (the girls BFF) was off on this day and came over to visit. She got in on our Red/Circle day as well. She painted the girls toes red! This was a HUGE hit.

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Wow! I didn’t realize I had taken so many pictures of our A week! Hope you weren’t too bored! We started B week today! I had centered all the pictures in Live writer but when it posted them some of them were to the left. It wouldn't let me fix them.