Thursday, August 20, 2009
DC is home today - Wednesday is his new Friday and he's pretty happy about that. He's busy, as usual, catching up with yard stuff both here and at Kristen's place. It's another lovely day, but supposed to really warm up for the week-end.
I'm glad you all enjoyed the hummers on my last post - we have never had any luck attracting them to our yard, but I sure had fun watching them last week up in the hills.
So yesterday the big girls joyfully went off to school. I hope it remains that happy of an experience all year. Feisty was literally glowing, as you'll see from the pictures. I wish I had caught a shot of her little feet under the table, swinging because she's too short for her chair. She made it through the day without any "accidents", but didn't make it through the evening. She's making progress, though, and thanks for your prayers.
Feisty's teacher is brand new, right out of college. That always makes for excitement in the classroom. I used to work with her dad and uncle when she was a little girl - makes me feel very, very old! Care Bear's teacher, on the other hand, is someone I worked with years ago when I was the "kitchen lady" in an elementary school. She's a Christian, and a wonderful veteran teacher. This will be good for CB, I think. She was a new teacher back then, so another sign of the aging of me!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this week off from Grandma duty. Kristen has had a great week with some good "one on two" time with the twinnies. I have been able to catch up on lots of stuff that goes undone when there is so much action in the house! It is totally amazing how long the house stays clean when it's just the two of us. Starting next week I'll have the littles two or three days a week, depending on what Kristen and I work out. I'll enjoy that.
The twins had their check-ups last week. They weigh 20 and 18 pounds, and are each close to 30 inches long - Katie is 3/4 inch taller - double their birth length. They are good in every area. However, the doctor was concerned about their "twin language" and their lack of understandable vocabulary. The big girls were each saying around 100 words by the time they were 18 months old - which is way beyond normal. Emma "talks" all the time, and some of it is "real" words. Katie babbles, too, but not as much as Emma. Her favorite thing is "Whatsat?" So I think one of these days she'll come forth with a complete vocabulary, based on the fact that she has asked what everything is and she's storing the knowledge in her hard drive. They do converse with each other, and we know they know exactly what they're saying.
However, they will have an appointment with a speech therapist soon and we'll see what she thinks. I Googled and have been been doing some reading on twin language, and talked to a teacher who is concerned - it is not good, apparently, for them to keep their thoughts to themselves as a pair!
One of the blessings of this summer, though it was incredibly hard work, was getting Kristen and the girls into a smaller, less expensive house, but with a huge back yard in a culdesac so the littles can actually play outside. They were on a very busy corner with a tiny yard. They're making good use of it!
By an interesting mistake of sorts, we have ended up with lots of ripe peaches. I'm not into canning and freezing, but don't want them to go to waste. I went to my friend Google and found out that they can be frozen whole, with skins, and are good to go when they're thawed. Has anyone tried this?
I found this great piece over at Gigi's place, In the Throne Room. I love it and thought I'd pass it along - enjoy! Click below and be sure to play the video.