I'm not sure how this happened, but the girls turned two yesterday. It's been the shortest two years of my life. It's been a little blurry at times and a little crazy at times, but it's been the best two years. I have to say we've come a long way in those two years. Our family went from three to five in two short minutes. We went from no talking children to all talking children. We went from babies to toddlers and beyond. It's been amazing to watch these little ones grow and develop. I couldn't have picked a more fulfilling job than being their mother.
Audrey's accomplishments: 27# or 53%, 35" or 90%
Full set of teeth
Full head of hair fit for piggy tails!
Great big sister to Lydia
She is compassionate
She is stubborn
Lydia's Accomplishments:26# 13oz. or 50%, 35 1/2" or 95%
Full set of teeth
The best shot we got of the girls with their beloved Minnie Bags.
The girls started their birthday week out at Disneyland. It's a favorite of everyone so why not?! They each got their birthday button to wear and everyone was wishing them "Happy Birthday" all day long. One notable difference is that they are no longer wanting to ride in the stroller. They would rather walk. One would think that is a great thing, but at the pace they walk it would take you 5 hours to walk a mile, but they did it. I think they only rode two short trips in the stroller the rest of the day they walked and that's a lot of walking for those short little legs. Let's just say they were asleep in the car before we hit the freeway. They enjoyed the entire day save one meltdown by Lydia when she was awoke from her stroller nap sooner than she would have liked. More on that later. The kids experienced new rides as we spent the entire time in California Adventure. They love Monsters Inc., the sea creature marry-go-round, and Toy Story. The highlight of the trip was the Minni Mouse purse they picked out at the end of the day. We have been wanting to get them something fun for their birthday. I've even taken them to the toy store to look at different things. They look with great delight and play with many things for a min. or two before giving it back to me and saying "no like". I was stumped on what to get them. We walked through this princess store and they looked and collected several things they thought were cute. Upon making a final selection they each at different times chose the same thing! Funny how similar they are sometimes. They love these little bags and haul them around filling them with all kids of funny things. Thanks Auntie Kristin.
Now for the meltdown. Lydia had fallen asleep while in the stroller for a short ride from one side of the park to the other. Bjorn let her sleep while I took Audrey and Myles on a ride. When we got back Myles wanted to do the ride again so Bjorn took him on the ride and Audrey just hung out with me. Well the stroller got bumped and the sleeping bear was awoken. I'm telling you this was the worst tantrum I have EVER SEEN. She started to cry right away. I was working fast to get off her straps and get her out of the stroller. By the time this was done she was pulling things off the stroller and throwing them on the ground. Anything she could move she was. She was hitting me, wriggling out of my hold, trying to push the man who was sitting next to us on the bench. It was a doosey. If you've ever seen a t.v. show where someone is mad and they take their hand and knock off everything that is on a table, that was Lydia. She was so mad it took her about 15 min. to walk it off. She just walked around in circles trying to get away from all of us while screaming and crying. Bjorn just walked behind her in the distance and let her blow it off. Man, don't cross this little girl. Note to self: watch out for the teenage years!
Having a great time in the bounce house
On their birthday morning we took the kids to IHOP. I don't know why I can never seem to remember why this isn't a good idea, but it just isn't. It's not that we don't go out, it's just the wait time from ordering your food to getting the food. It just about kills us. Anyway we all had a great big breakfast before heading to a local nursery school for a carnival. The kids loved the carnival and had a great time in the bouncy house, fishing, getting balloons, going in the petting zoo and various other things. Then it was home to catch a nap. That's a full day when you are only two.
Lydia's Duckie cake
Audrey's Ladybug cake
We returned home for naps and a quick dinner before eating cake. It was a great day. I love these little girls, they are so fun and full of life. It's an honor to be their mother. Love you Beans!