When Did The Girls Get So Big?

This morning started out the same as any other morning. The kids woke up, had some breakfast, and chaos ensued when trying to get Ethan ready 10 minutes before he had to run out the door for school.

The girls and I worked on their homework and practiced sight words. We read a book and sang a few songs. They helped me pack lunches, and then we went upstairs to get them ready for school.

They picked out their own outfits and got dressed by themselves. They told me how they wanted to wear their hair. They put on their socks and shoes. And then we went out to check to see what was growing in the planter box they helped me plant.

When they turned back towards me, this is what I saw:

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When did they get so big? Weren’t they just this big?

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Almost five years ago to the day.

I keep thinking that I want them to grow up, and then I am surprised on a daily basis by how fast they really are doing it. I look at the picture I took of them this morning, and I don’t see babies or toddlers. I see beautiful little girls. Independent little girls who can’t seem to get enough learning and information or feed their curiosity fast enough. I’m so proud of them.

I know I wrote about this same thing recently, but I just couldn’t believe it this morning when those big little girls turned around this morning.

It all just goes so fast.

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Christmas is on its way, and if you are like me, you are already thinking about what the kids are going to be asking for this year and you might have even already started shopping! One thing I know will be on the girls’ lists is Lalaloopsy. My girls adore Lalaloopsy, so when I was given the opportunity to have them check out the new Lalaloopsy dolls, I jumped at the chance, and they were so excited.

Is your child part of #TeamLalaloopsy? The new Lalaloopsy dolls are fun and interactive. They'd make perfect birthday or Christmas gifts for your favorite girl!

Surprisingly, there were no fights over who was going to get which Lalaloopsy dolls. Lila selected the Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise doll (this girl LOVES babies) and Mia chose the Lalaloopsy Girls doll.

Is your child part of #TeamLalaloopsy? The new Lalaloopsy dolls are fun and interactive. They'd make perfect birthday or Christmas gifts for your favorite girl!

The Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise baby is really cute. The baby actually poops magical charms in reusable diapers! Sounds weird, but the kids loved giving her a bottle, pressing her belly “button,” and then checking in her diaper for “poop”…magical charms that Lila put on a bracelet! She keeps the bracelet on her backpack, and I’m surprised by how many little girls ask her about it.

Is your child part of #TeamLalaloopsy? The new Lalaloopsy dolls are fun and interactive. They'd make perfect birthday or Christmas gifts for your favorite girl!

Mia, my little fashionista, was excited to play with her doll, Lalaloopsy Girls doll, Jewel Sparkles. She styles her hair and changes her clothes. And if you get her hair wet, it changes colors! Jewel even came with a hair clip that Mia can wear in her hair!

They are also looking forward to a new Lalaloopsy product – the Lalaloopsy Baking Oven. They love to bake and we even have created some recipes they want to try out! Check out this video that shows what the oven can do.

If your girls love their Lalaloopsy dolls and are Lalaloopsy fans like mine, make sure to visit the Lalaloopsy Website for all the Lalaloopsy you can find. Also sign them up for the Lalaloopsy Insiders, a fun social community where fans get special access to the world of Lalaloopsy and can share their love of these magical dolls.

Do your kids love Lalaloopsy dolls? Which are their favorites?

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Happy 5th Birthday Lila & Mia!

This past weekend, we celebrated all three of the kids’ birthdays. The girls’ birthday and Ethan’s birthday are only 6 days apart, so we threw one big party for all of them. With over 50 people (30 of them kids!), it was quite the celebration and both of the girls proclaimed that it was the “best birthday ever!”

The ginormous water slide we ordered to keep 30+ kids busy.

The ginormous water slide we ordered to keep 30+ kids busy.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time now, you’ve watched my girls grow up. From their first birthday party and me posting about their birth story, you’ve also watched them turn three (I somehow skipped them turning two) and also turn four.

And now they are turning five! They are in kindergarten and no longer little girls…they are big girls now. I couldn’t be prouder of them – they can both swim without floaties and ride bikes without training wheels. They can write their names and are learning to write all of their letters and numbers. They have grown up way too fast.

Happy 5th Birthday, My Sweet Girls!

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Happy Birthday Lila!

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Compassionate

Funny

Sweet

Independent

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Happy Birthday Mia!

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Girly

Inquisitive

Loving

Imaginative

My Little Shadow

Explaining Time To Kids

My girls love their cousin Sydney. Sydney is exactly 1 month older than they are, and they are all best friends. If the girls don’t see Syd every day they start asking when they can see her, and she does the same to my sister.

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Mia, Sydney, and Lila – BFFs forever

So when my family made their annual camping trip to King’s Canyon this past week (we decided to vacation somewhere else this year), the girls and Syd had a fit over being separated for a week. Sydney asked if the girls could go with them (of course I said yes enthusiastically and my sister said no vehemently). The girls asked if Syd could stay with us. They do not like being apart.

The day she left, the girls asked me how many more “sleeps” they needed to do before she would be back. They asked me just about every hour. So I told them we would mark it on the calendar so they could look and see whenever they wanted to.

I’ve talked before about how difficult it is to explain time to kids. But wow! This whole calendar thing turned out to be way more difficult than I thought it would be!

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Sydney left on the 10th and was supposed to come back on the 16th. So on the 10th, I put an X. Days 1 – 9 were left blank because we’d already passed those days. Then I put a little heart on the 16th.

Lila: Mom how many more sleeps?

Me: Let’s count. We are on this day (the 11th) so we have to sleep 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 more times before Sydney comes home.

Mia: But what about those days?

Me: What days?

Mia: Those ones (pointing to the days before the 10th)

Me: Oh those days have already passed. You already did all those sleeps.

Lila: When?

Me: Before Sydney left. This day (pointing to the 4th) was the day we watched fireworks and had Sydney’s birthday party. This day is the day we went to see Rio 2.

Lila: So we don’t have to count those sleeps or we do?

Mia: No we do have to count those sleeps too! The days happened but not the sleeps.

Me: Yes the sleeps happened already and no we don’t count those sleeps. There’s only 5 sleeps.

Lila: But how did we already do those sleeps?

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So the solution was simple of course, we just put Xs on the 1st through the 9th. Problem solved. Sydney, I’m sure the girls are going to want to see you today…I know they missed you!

Why 4 Year Olds ROCK

Okay I’ll admit, as a mom I wasn’t as crazy about the baby years and toddler years as some moms are. Maybe because I had a toddler and two babies at the same time. Or maybe it’s just because having two kids the same age makes everything harder. Whatever the reason, those first few years just weren’t for me…they were HARD. This whole 4 year old time has been my favorite so far.

I remember when Ethan became a four year old, and then again when the twins turned four. Everything just got, well, a little easier. And more fun. And less stressful.

When my kids turned four, they became more independent…more curious…more inquisitive…more opiniated. I got a real sense of their personalities and senses of humor.

Mia sitting on her blankie and coloring, while wearing a mini skirt and her bling flip flops. She's 4 going on 16.

Mia sitting on her blankie and coloring, while wearing a mini skirt and her bling flip flops. She’s 4 going on 16.

To sum it up, they became more like little people than big babies. They start saying and doing things that surprise you and make you laugh. Sometimes you’re mortified by what they say or do, but it’s still memorable. For me, 4 year olds just rock.

Here's why one mom of twin 4 year old girls is loving this age and some of the reasons why. 4 year olds rock!

And I’m excited about doing so many things now that they are little girls and not “babies” anymore. We can go places without (too many) fears of tantrums and flip outs. We don’t have to lug around huge diaper bags and coolers anymore – if they need to go potty we go. If they’re hungry we find something to feed them. Going out and about – whether for a few hours or a few days – isn’t hard anymore!

For example: we’ve taken the kids on vacations before. They’ve been camping in the Sequoias and boating on the river. We have done mini-vacation weekend trips and have even considered our first “big” family trip. Fun? Yes. Work. TOTALLY. But this summer we’ll be spending a trip in Palm Desert, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Why would I be looking forward to staying at a hotel for 7 days in 100+ degree heat? Because the kids love being in the pool. They’d love nothing more than spending entire days around the pool, playing and eating snacks (we are staying at a resort and there are a million other things to do, too.)

Getting ready to swim at Knotts' #SoakCityOC this past weekend.

Getting ready to swim at Knotts’ #SoakCityOC this past weekend.

And when they’re done, they’ll ask to go back to the room to watch TV. Or if they get tired, they’ll ask for a rest. They can tell me if they want to read or play a game or play on the iPad. They can tell me when they are hungry or tired. I don’t have to try to guess or figure it out. It’s kinda cool.

And they are actively helping around the house with things that interest them. They all love to help Daddy and he’s very patient and good about letting them help.

Lila helping Daddy.

Lila helping Daddy.

Mia loves to help make meals and clean up the kitchen afterwards. Lila loves helping in the garden. Both girls love to clean. I score!

After planting these little flowers a month ago, Lila's been patiently waiting for them to bloom. Her response after I showed her today that they had?"Mommy! We made flowers!"

After planting these little flowers a month ago, Lila’s been patiently waiting for them to bloom. Her response after I showed her today that they had?”Mommy! We made flowers!”

They are starting to venture out to do things without me…

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I love when they say sweet things…like this one from Ethan (okay, he’s not four, but they all say sweet stuff like this!):

While getting ready for Muffins With Mom at Ethan's school, he asked if I was going to wear perfume. "I can if you want me to, but why buddy?" He answered: "Because you always wear perfume when you go on a date with Daddy and this is kind of like we are going on a date." Of course I wore perfume.

While getting ready for Muffins With Mom at Ethan’s school, he asked if I was going to wear perfume. “I can if you want me to, but why buddy?” He answered: “Because you always wear perfume when you go on a date with Daddy and this is kind of like we are going on a date.” Of course I wore perfume.

Sometimes they say or do not so sweet things too…

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They also say some really funny things. Like this one over the weekend from Mia that I tweeted about:

Or this one from Ethan:

Ethan made signs for the bedroom doors. Ethan wants to keep his sisters (the ladies) out of his room, and apparently wants to keep himself out of their room.

Ethan made signs for the bedroom doors. Ethan wants to keep his sisters (the ladies) out of his room, and apparently wants to keep himself out of their room.

I’m really loving all of their ages right now, and can’t believe that the girls are going to be five in just a few months. Those baby years I’m not missing. But I am already missing Year #4.

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