4-1-15 When I picked up the girls from Mary's today, Violet was waving and whispering good-bye to her friends. I said, say it louder so they can hear you! She said it in her "loud" voice which is a little louder, but still softer than most people's normal voice. “Bye friends.”
Lily is back to stuttering on certain words and it's hilarious! (By the way, I read it's normal for this age. She does it off and on so we're not worried.) Today it was ‘what’ in a fast, high voice... "Whada-whada-whada-whada what's sissy doing?"
4-2-15 Today we went to see Poppy Jay! We played with the blocks and danced to Glen Miller. This was the first time I saw them holding hands and dancing together! It was so sweet! Violet kept falling down and then were both laughing so hard! Great Grandpa Jay thought they were funny too.
4-4-15 What a fun day! We started out coloring eggs! I mean baby eggs! The girls colored on them with crayons and then we had them stand at the counter on chairs so we could dye them. They loved it! We went grocery shopping next and they were extra helpful. It was so fun! They picked all the produce for us and put everything in the basket. After nap we found our kite and went to the park! We sung Let's Go Fly a Kite about a dozen times. They were totally in awe over the kite! They both helped daddy hold the string and loved it! There were a couple people there with those big glider kites that take two hands to control. That was fun to watch!
The Easter Bunny comes tonight! Tomorrow should be lots of fun too!
4-5-15 Happy Easter! The girls searched for their baskets when they woke up and Violet spotted them both! They were very excited about their eggs and goodies in their baskets! The Easter Bunny brought mini-kites, new jammies, sunnies, headbands, socks, some quarters, and candy!!!! Violet went nuts shoving M&M’s in as fast as she could! That girl loves her chocolate! We went outside on the deck to fly our kites and Lily kept singing Let's Go Fly a Kite! After nap we stopped at Yia-yia's to see her new house and then went up to Poppy's for dinner and an egg hunt! They loved the yummy ham and played with their cousins. When we were getting in the truck, Violet had a hold of her big basket, hugging it. She started running toward the truck (down the steep driveway) and then she couldn't stop! She was running faster than I've ever seen!! I didn’t know her little legs could move so fast! I grabbed her so she wouldn't fall. It scared her and she started crying. I'm just glad she didn't fall! She probably would have been hurt pretty badly! Silly girl! It was a fun Easter! They definitely got into it more than last year!
4-7-15 The last week or so they've been saying Mary instead of Meme. Today Mary said that she's kind of sad they can say her name now! Lily's been saying, "Can't do anything." I ask who can't do anything and she says mama! I don't know where she got that but I don't like it! Lily sings the sesame street song "Sunny day! Clouds away! On my way!"
4-10-15 We got a new matchy game! They've both been finding matches in stuff everywhere! They love turning all the pieces over and finding "Matchy Monkey" and "Matchy Turtle" and so on!
4-11-15 We went on a little hike up City Creek this afternoon. We said we are in the mountains! Lily said, “In the mountains! Say happy birthday moon!” They were fascinated with all of the wildlife they saw. They’d crouch right down and intently watch until we pulled them away, especially the big, black beetle. That was the first one they spotted. They stopped for every ant too. It was a slow, but fun walk! We also spotted a lot of different butterflies and moths, wild flowers, birds, a squirrel, and a caterpillar! We all loved hearing the mountain stream as we hiked. The girls said hello to every biker, walker, and dog we passed. They’re so friendly. Lily got tired and rode in the carrier on Daddy’s back. Violet was a trooper and walked almost the whole time! I finally put her in the carrier too and then they held each other’s hands. So sweet!
4-15-15 It snowed!!! It was snowing all day today so as soon as we got home from school and Mary's, we got all of our snow gear on and went outside! We made a snow daddy and a snow mama that were as big as they are! Since the wind blew down a branch the night before, we had arms for them and we found rocks for eyes and carrot noses! They needed hats so the girls made hats out of snow. They were so cute patting the snowmen with their mittened hands. Violet started worrying about the flowers that were heavy with snow so she started gently brushing them off. Lily helped a little too, but not so gently. We were outside for over an hour and it was snowing the whole time! It was starting to get cold, but they did not want to go inside! We had so much fun out there. I'm a little sad we'll have to wait until next winter to play in the snow again! We only had 3 snowfalls this year!
4-18-15 This morning we walked around a little in Sugar House and walked along the nature path. The girls want to pick every dandelion they see! We went to the Tracy Aviary in the afternoon! That’s such a great place for the girls to walk around. It’s not too big and they get to see cool birds up close. They love running around to see the all of the exhibits! We were almost ready to leave when Violet found a ladybug! She crouched down, right in the path, to watch this little ladybug. I overheard a young couple talking about how sweet and cute she is! She yelled for us to come over to see it too! Lily loved it, but decided to try to step on it. Luckily she missed! Haha! After dinner, we went to Gateway. They were so cute together, walking with their hoods on and their hands in their pockets. They were singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the car on the way home. Lily was so, so, so tired at bedtime. We were reading The Eensy-Weensy Spider. The spider gets into some kind of trouble on every page, but ends up ok on every page too. At the end, Lily started crying hard, with her big sad frown. She leaned over to hug me and said, “My ok.” I asked, “What’s wrong?” She said, “Spider,” and pointed to the spider, and then started crying again and hugging and saying, “My ok.” Ahh, so sweet! It was the first time I saw her get so emotional over a character in a book!
4-19-15 Violet was bringing us "drinks" in the little cups. Ryan said, "It's delicious!" She repeated, "It's delicious?" in her high voice and sweet smile. Then Lily said, "No, it's BE-licious!"
4-23-15 Today my dad and Mindy were married! It was a lovely, quaint ceremony in a big gazebo at the U, Fort Douglas. We are all so happy for them! Afterwards, we went to dinner at Tsunami and ate in the private room upstairs. It was perfect, fun, and so memorable! The food was delicious and so was the champagne (Dom Perignon!!) and wine! The cake was to die for! It was a layered vanilla cake with passion fruit mousse/gel on top and fresh fruit. What a beautiful, exciting day!
4-26-15 We let Violet pick out a box of Band-Aids at the store. She almost picked the Spider Man and Ninja Turtles, but ended up with Snoopy! We’re going to let her pick the one she wants for her thumb. Even if she only leaves it on for an hour, that’s one less hour she’s sucking her thumb!
4-27-15 They've always like the purple balls from the ball pit the best! They'll throw out all the purple balls, or put them all in their buckets. Today Lily put them all in their kitchen! Three in each side of the sink, on the shelves, and in the pitchers! She's so tidy and orderly (sometimes)! Ryan said he would have done the same thing when he was little, but with the red balls!
4-30-15 Violet’s been pretty good about keeping her Band-Aids on all week! There were two days she still had it on when I picked her up from Mary’s! The other days, she had a tan Band-Aid from Mary’s. She didn’t take them off until almost 6:00 this week! What’s really funny, is that she’s been sleeping with her “Noopy” Snoopy box! We decided we’ll let her pick a new box every week or two and continue letting her pick one out every morning. We know we probably won’t completely stop her sucking her thumb, but if we can curb it a little, that would be great!