Monday, May 17, 2010

They Are So Lucky To Be Twins!

It's that time in the twins' lives when the Tooth Fairy makes regular visits. Interestingly, the littlest girl, "Baby B," the one who used to be about 2 weeks developmentally behind "Baby A," lost her tooth first. Reaching the milestone marker first no longer is predictable, as the training wheels also came off Baby B's bike while the other's remain firmly attached to the frame.
When the latest tooth loser was expressing her fear of pain and the aversion to a little blood, the experienced one stepped in and offered her support, advice, and encouragement. It was heartwarming, and really showed how they care deeply for one another and can rely on one another. It's a little different from having a big sister. This twin bond seems to be more intense, because the experiences are so similar with very little time separating them. They are so lucky!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Recycled Materials Craft Project

Here's a great activity that combines your child's love of crafting with a history lesson - making a Medieval Castle. After researching the necessary parts of the castle, we started with a few cardboard boxes and cut the crenellations (the top of the walls.) We made a gatehouse, a keep, and the walls and hot glued them together. Then my daughter spray painted the entire thing and added some details we printed from Google Images. All parts were labeled and we called it finished. Now three more to go until everyone is happily playing with their castle!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Getting Creative with Lunches

There are times when I must go to great lengths to get my children to eat healthy foods. I have resorted to creative presentation lately, to inspire giggles, delight, and enthusiasm for what may otherwise cause them to turn up their noses. Behold, the always popular Hello Kitty rice balls. I filled them with chicken, carrots, and broccoli, and decorated them with romaine lettuce. They were such a hit, I ended up making them two days in a row, with day two being a double batch.

"Oh, They're so cute! Are they twins?"

I just have to laugh. For 7 years I've been asked this funny question. Why do people ask this? My girls are identical twins. When they were tiny infants in a double stroller with matching outfits, I was asked if they were twins. When they were 3 and wanted their hair cut the same I heard, "Are they twins?" Last week, we were shopping and the cashier asked this. Now really, they are the same height, have the same color hair, and their FRIENDS have a hard time telling them apart. "Are they twins?" I just nod and smile. Yes, they are twins.

Full Hands, Full Schedule!

This week, I experienced one of the craziest days, yet, with getting everyone to their appointments and activities on time. On the agenda was homeschooling, an orthodontist appointment, band practice, Girl Scouts for the little girls, Girl Scouts for the Junior Scout, and a clarinet lesson. With the help of a lot of deep breaths and self reassurance, ("Everything will work out.") the day did go well. A friend of mine said, "Well, before you know it, they will be driving themselves to their activities." This made me really embrace the experience and enjoy being with them and taking them to places. I refuse to wish away their childhoods when things seem tricky. So, it turned out to be a great day!