Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend in West

Tony and I loaded up the kiddos and headed to West this weekend to spend some quality time with the Colletts. Tony's brother, Ryan, and his wife, Erica, and their daughter, Emmy- 10 months old, live in West and Mimi and Papa were spending the weekend there, so we invited ourselves down too!
 We spent the day Saturday playing, laughing, eating, catching up, and watching cousins run all over the place. We were even there to witness Emmy's first steps! I think she started walking so she could keep up with Harper and Jack!  The three kids got along really well; Emmy was great about sharing her toys, and our kids really liked exploring their backyard. Harper was quick to walk through the grass barefoot, but Jack wasn't too sure what to think. Both kids enjoyed the big back porch and can't wait to go back.

Harper and Jack also had a great time seeing their Mimi and Papa. They hadn't seen the kids since they really started walking and I think they were surprised to see how much Jack and Harper move (they hardly ever sit still). Here are some good pictures of Harp and Jack with their Mimi and Papa. We need to make a good effort to see them more often, that's for sure.

Oh, this weekend the twins also shared a pack-n-play for the first time in almost a year. We weren't too sure how their napping would go, but they slept about an hour- Tony and I were amazed. Here's a shot of them sleeping- too cute.

Today we spent the day recovering from our road trip and running errands. I was working in the kitchen this morning and turned around to see Harper and Abby playing "peek-a-boo". I was so proud of Abby for sitting and watching Harper (not running away or ignoring her), and so proud of Harper for playing with Abby instead of just trying to pet her or squealing at her. I hope this is a sign of a friendship in the making.

The weekend was great, but went by too quick. I'm hoping this short work week will go by quick as well so we can enjoy more family time.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

National Sibling Day

I had no idea it was "National Sibling Day" when I got up this morning, and I'm fairly certain that this is just something someone on Facebook made up and everyone else has jumped on the bandwagon, but I'm going to run with the idea. This gives me a good excuse to post some pictures of my favorite siblings, and my favorite little twin siblings in action (like I've ever needed an excuse before).

We have spent the week taking lots of walks because the weather here has been so nice. I love getting out in the spring; we've been talking to our neighbors, letting the wind blow our hair, and exploring new things like trees, flowers, and friendly dogs who always want to greet Abby.

We've also spent a few days this week working on spoon skills. I think they're getting the hang of it, but they still need a lot of practice.
The kids have been interacting much more in the past couple of months, but these past few days we've really taken notice that they not only acknowledge each other, but they seem to really like each other. They were both taking a bath earlier in the week and Harper was sitting closest to the "best" toys and was facing Jack while Jack had his back to Harper, but was finding that he was out of toys to play with. Jack began to scoot back to try and retrieve a boat; as he encroached on Harper's space, she reached out with both hands and pushed him in the back. The push wasn't hard, but it made him take notice and stop moving. I'm not sure what it was about this, but Harper got tickled and started giggling. She would put her hands in the water, and then take both hands and put them on Jack's back and just laugh and laugh; then her laughing caused Jack to laugh- it was so cute to watch.
Tonight before Tony got home, the kids were playing with their ride on Jeeps and Jack started pushing a Jeep around the dining room. I put Harper in the driver's seat of the Jeep, and Jack took off pushing her. Harper thought this was hilarious and belly laughed the whole time. It was fantastic!  Here are some pics of the dynamic duo in action.

So, to close, and in honor of National Siblings Day, here are some shots of our favorite siblings with our little ones. They are the best Aunts and Uncles we could ask for and we are so lucky that our kiddos get to grow up with these wonderful influences in their lives.