Sunday, July 21, 2013

QOTD: Gems from Ben

In the past few days, Ben has really given us a few doozies! The things out that kid's mouth are hilarious!!!

The other day at dinner, we were talking about who is in our family. Ben & Hannah understand that Gaga is my mom and Grandad is my dad. I asked Ben who my brother was. He thought, then I decided to give him a hint:

Me: "He's big and has a beard....?"
Ben: "Santa Claus!!!"

No, Ben, your uncle is not Santa Claus.


Last night we had Teriyaki Chicken for supper. Lately, the kids, Ben especially, have been asking when they sit down "What we havin?" Last night was no exception. 

Ben: "What we havin?"
Aaron: "Teriyaki Chicken!"
Ben, very concerned: "What is Very Yucky Chicken???"

Oh, that kid!

We've also begun the "why?" stage of childhood. Joy! :)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nap time QOTD

Hannah, singing herself to sleep:

"Oh, my darlin, Oh my darlin, oh my darlin Hannie-Beeeeeee."


"I love myself so much!"

Monday, June 17, 2013

QOTD: Pretend Play

Scene: kitchen after breakfast. B&H have just found some Little People & other small figures that had been put away for a month or so. 

Ben, holding Cinderella: I'm Cindellla!
Hannah, holding Curious George: I'm Curvious Goerge!
Ben: Hi, how are ya?
Hannah: Hi!
Ben: George, let's play together!
Hannah: Ok! 
Ben: I'm so fancy. 
Hannah: 'Kay, bye!
Hannah runs away to play with something else. 

It's hard to capture just how cute it was to see this 30- second pretend play. Ben's "Cindelella" is so funny - very high and squeaky.  And Hannah face who,e she was being George is hilarious!

I'm not sure if this sort of pretend play is developmentally appropriate for 2-1/2 year olds, but it sure warmed my heart this morning! I hope I can catch it on video soon to catch their voice inflections and faces. So cute!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

B&H at Two and a Half

Last week my "babies" turned 2-1/2. That means now they are closer to 3 than to 2. Holy cow! Where has the time gone????? I love that they are growing up, but some days my head spins so much form how fast time is passing that I get dizzy.

At 2-1/2 Ben and Hannah are storytellers. They're make-believers. They're friends (with each other and with other toddlers). They're singers. They're runners and dancers. They're helpers, when the mood strikes. They're big kids one moment, then babies the next.

A preview of our 2.5 year old photo session.
(c) Heather Hanson Photography
 Ben continues to be my cuddler. He loves to snuggle in at bedtime for stories. He also loves to be around other people. Definitely an extrovert here! He is busy, busy, busy. And, he is also super sensitive. He doesn't do well with change and likes his "regular" things.

That kid loves trains, cars, trucks, the mailman, airplanes, road construction, coloring, wearing pink socks, running, swinging, getting tickled, and ..... Cinderella! He has two little Cinderella dolls that he carries around almost every day. It's pretty cute, actually. In fact, today, Cinderella was driving the bulldozer as he played road construction. The best of 2 worlds collide!
Hannah is proving to be Miss Independent. Often Ben and I will be playing together and she will go off to the corner and play or read by herself. She's very introverted and independent. She can be bossy. And she can be sweet. She is a total daddy's girl and loves to cuddle with Aaron.

She loves her Nummy (still) and building with blocks and coloring and running. She has LONG LONG legs that help her run so fast. I see a future track star here! She likes to sing and dance and put on shows. For being such an introvert, she likes to be a star for people she knows.

They are growing up so fast. It excites me and breaks my heart at the same time. In the blink of an eye, they are 2-1/2. That means one more blink and they will be 5. I love every minute I am with them and try to soak it all in.... knowing it won't last forever.

I've had some new MOMs ask me lately if it gets easier. I wouldn't necessarily say at 2-1/2 our life is easy, but it is a different feel than when they were newborns, infants, or early toddlers. They do great things, like sleep through the night, feed themselves, play independently, make up songs, "read" their books & nursery rhymes, help each other, cuddle and love their parents - all great things that make life good. But then there's the tantrums, the mess, the fights, the struggles at nap and bedtime. Oh, the sleep struggles!!!

It's not easier. It's different. It's a busy life. By the time they {eventually} fall asleep at night, I'm so exhausted that I just collapse and rest up so I can do it all again tomorrow. I wouldn't change it for one minute, though.

I love you to pieces, B&H!!! Thank you for making my life just so awesome.

Monday, June 10, 2013


Don't you hate it when your sibling takes your spotlight??? Sheesh.

Monday, June 3, 2013

When Momma's Away...

I went on a Girls' Craft Weekend this past weekend with my friends from my Moms of Multiples club. When I got home, Ben & Daddy wanted to show me their new trick.

Oh boy. Looks like they had a good weekend!

Friday, April 5, 2013

QOTD: Sleep

Overheard this morning, around 7:15 a.m.

Ben: "Hannie-B! Wake uuuuuuuup!"
Hannah: "No! Go back to sleep!"

Quiet for the next 45 minutes.

I think she gets it from her Momma.