Sunday, June 26, 2011

Recent Pics

One of my besties from Waco, Abbie Rusek, and former teaching partner loves to take pictures. She does it as a hobby. While we were in Waco a few weeks ago, Anna, Brown and I met "Miss Abbie Cadabby" at the Arboretum for an early morning play date! Anna & Brown had lots of fun running and exploring nature. Didn't Abbie get some wonderful shots?!!

These are a few of my faves...

Thank you "Miss Abbie Cadabby," we sure did have a wonderful time!

Sending you lots of hugs and kisses.

We miss you already!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Please Don't Grow Up!

Brown looks so old in this picture.

He looks like a little kid here.

Where did my baby boy go?!!!?

How has the time passed by so quickly?It feels like just yesterday that you were learning to roll over... and beginning to sit up...and trying to crawl...

and then learning to walk...

I wish I could freeze time.
Baby boy, please don't grow up!!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I gave in...

A & B have been trying to give up the nap for a couple of months now. I'll admit, nap time has been pretty much unsuccessful for the past several months...B would come out of his room 172,989 times before he would finally give in and take one, or as soon as he would fall asleep the yard man next door would arrive to blow the leaves around or mow the yard which would make b come charging out of his room screaming, "I hear someping! I hear someping!"

A would fight the nap too, excuse after excuse. Then when she did actually nap, Miss Priss would stay up until all hours of the night. Imagine 11 P.M. and a three year old still up and playing in her room no matter what time we started bedtime.

So, I gave in. I can officially say we have given up the nap.

Now that we have no more nap time, I still think quiet time is a must. I know that I definitely need a little quiet time. It certainly makes me a much better Mama after my short little break of quietness.

So I started brainstorming ideas for quiet time. I wanted activities that would entertain and engage Anna and Brown for a period of time. Activities that they could use independently. The teacher in me loved this part! That was always my favorite part about teaching...the planning!

I decided that I would make centers, like the ones that I used in my classroom. So I've been gathering materials- art supplies, books, blocks, toys, puzzles, manipulates, etc. I placed them in plastic tubs and store them in our toy closet. They are "special" toys that we only get to use during quiet time. I rotate them out, which I do with all of their toys, and then they seem like new and exciting activities each time we use them.

During quiet time, I pick the activities and set the tubs up around their rooms. Next I set a timer for 45 minutes and close their doors. Then they each have to stay in their room and quietly play until the timer beeps.

And Viola, there you have it...quiet time.


Today I set up stickers and construction paper as one of the centers in each of their rooms. When quiet time was over, both of them came out of their rooms looking like this...

Ha! Ha! Ha!

I guess twins really do think alike!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Day in the Life of Potty Training

B: I don't want to be a big boy. I don't want to weh unduhweh. I want my diapuh on, NOW!!!! Me: If you teetee in the potty like a big boy, you can earn a prize!
B: Ohhhh, dats a good idid! I AM gonna be a BIG BOY NOW!!!!

B: Yay!!!!!!!! I did it! I used the potty like a big boy!

You be so pwowd of me Mama?

Me: See, you can do it! I am very proud of you, Brown.

B: I want dat one!

B: Look Mama, it's Lightening AhQueen!

B: ZOOOOooooooom!

B: Look at all my cahs I got today!!

B: Dis is hawd wowk! I need to welax a little bit! ;)

Me: Day 1, was a success. Now on to day 2...