Thursday, July 30, 2009
Yesterday, Walter offered to fold some laundry while I finished dinner. Well, the girls kept throwing their folded laundry on the floor (they love to unfold already-folded laundry). I told him to let them play in the laundry basket...
Don't be fooled by the looks on their faces. They weren't happy I made the stop eating long enough for me to snap some pictures. I've never seen two little girls shove so much food in their mouths!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Of course, Anna Claire woke up this morning with a huge mosquito bite on her forehead. I doctored it all day long to no avail. In addition, she only took a fifteen minute nap. I think it shows in the pictures (the bite and the crankiness), but it always amazes me that we can still come away with some really good poses.
These are a few of the [unedited] best...
The girls had had enough by the time we switched outfits, but we still got a few good ones... And one more just for fun...
Monday, July 20, 2009
So, we were talking in the pool Sunday about how much the girls were enjoying "sitting," and how I thought they needed a little chair to sit in other than their bouncy seats especially since they had a lot of fun with Connor's lion chair while at the beach. My mom goes upstairs and comes out of the attic with early Christmas presents...
And, about the television watching...here's Anna Claire mesmerized by Yo Gabba something-or-other. I am actually quite frightened by this show, but they seem to like it, and it buys me about ten minutes. But I really do need to find something a bit more educational!
Mallory couldn't wait to get out the stroller and on to "Otter Bay."There was so much to do and see, the girls didn't know which way to go first!Here's Anna Claire pointing at one of the fountains shooting water high in the air.Mallory loved splashing around the "Lily Pad."We also played in the wave pool and the girls went down the "baby" slide - on our laps, of course, but they loved it. Mallory laughed all the way down the slide and Anna Claire had a huge smile on her face. It's taken us all summer to get to the park; hopefully we'll have the chance to go back again. The girls' had a blast.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Here's Mallory filling the bottle of bubbles with sand...And, here's Anna Claire with an oyster shell...
We're off to the pool as soon as the girls wake up from their nap! My babies love the water!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
So, we bought Baby Giggles, and she and Anna Claire can't get enough. They love the animals, the sounds, the music. They dance, sing, point at the screen, and tap the keys the entire time.
We have the animal DVD, but I think they have others that may be a bit more educational (counting, etc.). I'll have to check this out. All these animals sounds are about to send me to the crazy farm.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Aunt Helen and Uncle Terry were sweet enough to bring us bags and bags of blueberries back from the Toogoodoo Sunday, so this morning I made the girls blueberry pancakes.
They didn't seem to understand that the blueberries were actually in the pancakes at first, so they
They ate every bite - except what Anna Claire put on top of her head!
Notice anything different? No more high chairs! Since school's been out, I've had to clean highchairs and high chair trays three times a day, and I just couldn't take it anymore!! These little booster seats are great - so much easier to clean up - and they were perfect at the beach!
Monday, July 13, 2009
We got back from Edisto Saturday and had an evening wedding to attend; Sunday was pretty much our day to unpack, do laundry, and rest. Finally, today, I have time this evening to post pictures from the girls' first beach vacation. We spent the week with Granny, Papa, Aunt Michelle, Uncle Brian, Connor, and Dylan - all in one house! We all had a blast, I am so pleased to report. As many of you know, I was really worried about how the girls would adjust to being away from home for the first time. They didn't miss a beat.
I took a gazillion pictures; these are just a few of the highlights...
Anna Claire and Mallory loved playing on the huge screened-in porch. If we weren't on the beach, this is where we spent most of our time.
Both girls couldn't get enough of the water. Luckily the tides were right, and most days they were able to splash in the waves during low tide.
Friday, July 3, 2009
I know I will have tons of pictures to post of the girls first vacation. We'll be home next Satruday, so be sure to check back. (I won't be posting from the beach.)
We'll miss you!
Mallory, on the other hand, has become quite the accomplished walker these past few weeks. She can walk sideways to get around a toy, she can walk around corners, she can turn around to face you if you call her (essentially walking in a circle), and she can walk to a toy, squat down, pick it up, and keep right on walking. Her balance is amazing.
So, what's next? Running!
Talkin' the Talk
Anna Claire and Mallory are equally verbal, babbling away practically all the time, and while their vocabulary is still limited, the words they can understand are many.
Above and beyond mama and dada, Anna Claire can say ball, book, boy, and bowl which all sound like "ba." She can say baby, bottle, and bubbles which all sound like "baba." ;-) She can also say more ("mo"), banana ("nana"), and snack ("na"). If I ask her to sing a song, she will sing "lala" or "ahhh..." She can also point to her head and nose.
Mallory will carry on a five minute conversation with you - in Chinese. Her vocabulary is more limited than Anna Claire's at the moment, but she babbles much, much more. In addition to mama and dada, she can say yes which sounds like "essss" and she also says two words that sound like this and that ("dis" and "da") which she seems to use in the appropriate situations. "Do you want this?" (showing her a doll) She responds "Dis!" "Do you want that?" (pointing to a ball) She points at the ball, nods her head, and says, "Da!"
Mallory can also point to her head, but one or two body parts seem to be our limit right now. I introduced ears yesterday to confused stares from both Anna Claire and Mallory. We'll give ears a few more days before trying again.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The girls saw lots of different fish, sharks, sting rays, alligators, penguins, a bald eagle, and much more! They loved all of it and wanted to get right up to the glass at every exhibit to point at and "talk" to the creatures. The aquarium was a definite hit; we can't wait to go back!