July 18, 2014 · filed under twins

twenty months old

These crazy kids are getting awfully close to being two years old and I better take a moment to write down what’s happening right now.

First, my little redheads have gone almost completely blond. They suddenly have so much hair that their first birthday photos look alien to me. They have also had a major growth spurt in the last month, which has left us with too-small shoes that I was hoping would last into the fall. They are wearing mostly 24 month clothing, with a few 18m or 2T in there as well. I can tell they are getting bigger because I’m finding it hard to carry them both at the same time, and when one wants to snuggle on my lap it feels like their limbs reach from my head to my toes.

No pants Thursday

They have added some new words, though most of them are animal sounds: woof, hoot, roar, meow (just Teddy), sssssss (just Holden), and ee-ee-oh-oh (you know, like a monkey). Holden will usually say B words: bus, ball, bear. Teddy says goal (thanks, World Cup!). They both say up, mama, dada, dog, cat, and “row row row” (as in the boat). Teddy will also speak full sentence mumbo jumbo where I have no clue what he’s saying but he is very sure of himself! Something new is that both boys will “sing” if I ask them.

The best thing about them talking, though, is that no matter what you ask them, they both say, “yeah” to nearly everything. Do you want some water? Yeah. Do you love your mama? Yeah. Do you want to go outside? Yeah. Are you crazy? Yeah. So affirmative!

They smushed on the chair and insisted I sing "row row row" a million times

We did a session of swimming lessons, which were not very fun because the pool was so cold. But whenever we’ve taken them to a warmer pool, they are much more confident and brave in the water so I think the lessons have helped (either that or just more regular exposure to swimming). I got a fitbit so we’ve been going on a ton of walks and exploring new parks in the neighborhood as long as it’s not too hot.

We met a horse friend. The boys were scared at first (when there was no fence between us) but warmed up to her!

Last week Andrew was out of town so I took the boys up to my parents’ mountain house. They LOVED it. They got to throw rocks and sticks into a lake, feed a horse, watch hummingbirds, and just explore and “hike” all around.

Right now they love cars and trucks. On our walks they point out every car, truck, and bus. At home they love to push around anything on wheels. They also love books, especially books featuring tigers and bears. Current favorite is Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and I read it probably 10 times per day.

They finally are solidly on a one nap schedule (about 90 mins, though I wish it were longer!). There were a few days where Teddy got a 2nd nap in the car and didn’t go to bed until 10 or 11pm, so I learned my lesson and we’ve been staying much closer to home to avoid the dreaded car nap. For awhile they were waking up at 6:45am but this week they seem to be back on a 5:30am schedule. Whhyyyyyyy, children?!?! They go to bed at 7 or 7:30pm pretty consistently and {fingers crossed} haven’t had too many night waking recently.

They eat a big variety of foods still. Beans, cheese, turkey, chicken, corn on the cob, strawberries, toast, peanut butter, yogurt, quesadillas, peas, edamame, pasta, meatballs, watermelon, cantaloupe, and definitely avocados.


Holden has become obsessed with stuffed animals. He hugs them (so sweet!) and tries to sleep with as many as possible, including a moose, elephant, and sheep, and sometimes a bison and a frog too. Teddy remains obsessed with pacifiers and I’m convinced he will rely on one for a long time still. Sigh.

Here a few photos from my nice camera. The hiking one is a bit old (from April) but is a good shot of what it’s like to “hike” with toddlers. The rest are from June, so age 19 months.


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June 17, 2014 · filed under pretty things

annual birthday wishlist

My birthday is coming up next week and if there’s one thing I’ve learned about getting older, it’s that my taste gets more expensive every year : )

I don’t expect to get most of these things for my birthday, but heck, it’s called a wishlist for a reason. Maybe what I should do is ask for lottery tickets, win millions, and then buy all the things with my winnings!


Rash Guard. Since I will probably go to the pool 4,000 times this summer with the boys, I need this swim shirt to protect my Nordic skin from the sun.


Birkenstocks. My beloved flip flops completely disintegrated recently and I think I’m going to jump on the bandwagon because apparently Birks are cool again! (My BFF wore Birkenstocks in middle school; she was just that cool.)


Creme de Violette. I’ve been slightly OD’ing on sangria lately so I’m ready to move on to a new signature summer cocktail: Aviation (photo credit)


Dining Room Chairs. I finally ordered a new dining room table and now I need chairs. What do you guys think of these? Too weird? Mom, don’t answer that.


Vertical Herb Garden. But here’s the thing — I don’t just want an herb garden. I want someone to design, install, plant, water, and maintain a bounty of delicious and beautiful herbs. Not too much to ask for, right? (photo source)


Outdoor Throw Blanket. This one is definitely too expensive for me, but don’t you just want to wrap yourself up in it and sit by my fire pit? (While drinking Aviation cocktails and smelling the lovely herbs from my garden, of course.)


Melamine Plates. You may be sensing a theme here…outdoors, patios, firepits, drinking…yep! To round out my outdoor living dreams, my mom got me some unbreakable plates and cute fabric napkins.

What are you wishing for this summer?

June 1, 2014 · filed under food, life

summer, I like you already

This weekend was:

– date night to a lovely French restaurant. We spent a small fortune on food, drinks, and a babysitter, but it was so nice and long overdue.

– a walk to the local market where we ate from food trucks and let the kids run around the grass and play in the fountains

– a double-nap Saturday (for me AND the kids)

– a trip to the gym after far too long

– taking the kids to the neighborhood pool, which was slightly nutty but fun anyway

– drinking homemade sangria on the patio while grilling dinner and kids happily playing

– taking a hot bath for the first time since we moved into this house (over 6 months ago!)

– finally catching up on Mount Laundry

– over way too quickly!


Here is the sangria recipe I’ve been using, adapted from here:

  • 750ml (1 bottle) red wine. I’ve been using cabernet from a box.
  • 0.5 cup Courvoisier cognac
  • 1.5 cups orange juice
  • 2 ounces orange liquer
  • 1.5 cups Fresca
  • 2 ounces vodka (if you’re feeling a little crazy)
  • Plus whatever fruit you have on hand: berries, oranges, apples, etc.

Serve over ice and be careful because you get tipsy fast!

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