Monday, March 31, 2008

Basket Case

No, I'm not talking about me. Here are a few hints - anyone seeing a theme?

Where there is a basket, Jake will find it and climb in. Olivia joins him whenever possible.

Jake and Emm had their 1 year checkup and they're lookin' good. Jake is still resisting walking and here's no sign of real words from either of them - just a lot of grunting. I'm sure it means something.

The stats are as follows...

weight - 18 lbs 12 oz - 25th percentile
height - 29 inches - 50th percentile
head - 17 3/4 inches - 50th percentile

weight - 20 lbs4 oz - 20th percentile
height - 30 1/2 inches - 75th percentile
head - 18 1/8 inches - 50th percentile

I leave you with pictures of them in these frog and duck robes they got for Easter. The second pic of them really captures how much in love they truly are with each other. I rue the day this lovefest ends and the fighting begins.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Easter

And Jake took his 1st steps. It was only 2, but he finally did it. I have no pictures because it was about 7 at night and we had been running since 7 AM - church, store, Easter dinner for 20, egg hunt, etc., etc.

I don't really want him to walk yet. Emma is running me ragged. But secretly, I want this sweet boy to catch up a little, lest he spend his entire life a few steps behind his smaller, crazier twin sister - she is completely insane. Manic! Whacko!

Easter was a hoot. OG got a basket full of goodies for the 1st time (yes, we deprived her until now.) Meanwhile, she doesn't even really like chocolate so much, which actually makes me doubt that they used my egg. Whatever - more for me. She didn't even know who the Easter Bunny was until the night before when I suddenly realized I better explain where this basket and all the candy and stuff came from. It dawned on me that I have no idea who he is either, so I made up some crap about him being some crazy-ass rabbit who travels the world and brings baskets for all the kids because he's so happy that Jesus came back to life. PLEEZ just cut me a break on this one. I have been struggling for weeks about how to explain The Resurrection to a 3 1/2 year old without giving her nightmares for life, so I had no creative juices left for the Easter Freakin' Bunny.
So she got lots of other fun stuff, like dental floss picks (don't even say a word!) and rubber stamps and pens and bubbles.

The family Easter egg hunt was great - 3 kids this year. Next year Emma and Jake will join. The weather was wonderful - 45 and sunny - it was like a heatwave here.
Then I played some driveway soccer with my 6 feet tall, 14 year old twin nephews and got knocked on my ass - actually felt good. I felt young again.

Gotta go - solid chocolate bunny calling - "EAT ME, EAT ME".
Emma mistook this bunny for chocolate
Hippity hop - find the most eggs
anything for an egg...even a poke in the eye

as it turns out, OG is fairly competetive - where DOES she get that from - must be the donor!
OG and her fashion plate cousin Alex - stopped for a second to pose
OG and Aunt Karen, who brought the best cookie ever made
Jake and his Godparents

Monday, March 17, 2008

Emma and Jake's Birthday Party

***UPDATED*** see below

Yeah, I know it was a little early, but their birthday is in the middle of this week and who wants to throw a party the day before Easter? Not us. It was a lot of fun and the good Lord blessed us with a beautiful day, even though the weathermen called for rain. I should have known.
Here are some pictures from the day.

Cake batter ice cream layered with red velvet cake and sprinkles and covered with rich butercream icing and Kit Kats. YUMMM!

Emma's new trick - "oy oy oy"

Fun with Elefun

Ummm, what do I do with this?

Like this? Turns out, Jake is a very neat cake eater - not much of a mess at all.

Looks good, but...

who the hell put peas in this cake?

A short update.
As you may know, Emma is walking, well running, really, and Jake refuses to even stand most of the time. He will, however, hold on to things and push them while walking behind. So they got these 2 little push/ride-on motorcycles for their birthday that they have not been able to get enough of. Thanks Aunt Chris!

Emma thought it a good idea to get on Jake's and let him push her. He started speeding along, not watching where he was going...

Emma bailed and took off as fast as she could in the other direction.

Smart girl. Jake crashed.