I love summer. I love the heat and the humidity and the long days and the trips and the holidays and the fruit. Summer fruit is sweet and juicy and makes a mess, which is why you need to just go outside and stay there. I have always loved Brie cheese, since I was a kid. I use to sneak a wedge of it into the shopping cart at the grocery store. I like it softened in the microwave and spread on whole grain crackers, this ritual never changes. What does change season to season is the fruit that accompanies it. Sometimes it’s grapes, sometime green apple, but right now it’s cherries. Cherries are at their peak right now, and they are delicious. A little sweet, a little tangy, juicy and crunchy. There just one drawback to these bite size goodies, that annoying pit in the middle. Until this year I would eat a few grapes here and there, I never saw a reason to actually own a cherry pitter when we only ate cherries for a few weeks a year. Now I understand, when you have kids (especially ones who eat cherries) you will do anything to make your life easier. A cherry pitter will do just that. If you have cherries in your fridge and don’t have a cherry pitter, get one, today. Amazon has the one I got.
I promise you will use it all cherry season long and when the summer is over you can use it to pit you kalamata olives all year long.
Make sure you are wearing clothes that can get messy and aim away from you or anyone else, pitting cherries can be messy business.
Talia and Jordan like cherries, sometimes they will eat a bunch, sometimes none, so I always have a back up snack of their favorites. Havarti and grapes with whole grain crackers.
What is your favorite summer treat?
I’ll tell you what’s not to love about sandboxes, sand in shoes, that ends up in cribs, yuck! But a sand box is a great way to entertain a toddler, they can pour and fill and shovel and dump for probably close to an hour, then it’s usually nap time. I am a pretty forgetful person, sometime just rushing and forget to take step to make life a little easier. Like removing shoes before placing a sleeping baby in there crib for nap. Or making sure they are wearing open toe shoes when we go to a sandbox. Removing shoes before playing in the sandbox is an option, but it’s not one I’m a big fan of, because they don’t tend to stay put for long and putting shoes on and off on and off is not my idea of a good afternoon at the park. And when it’s chilly out open toes shoes are not the best option any way. Yes trying to figure out the exact right outfit for baby is a challenge, you don’t want them to be too warm or too cool, some things are ok to get dirty, some are not. It is definitely a learning process, you are going to make mistakes, but don’t worry your sweet baby will survive all the wardrobe errors you make, just try to not worry about it too much, do your best and get on with playing.
As a general rule I like knees to be covered, as much as possible, so jeans, leggings, even cropped leggings are my first choice for bottoms. And I prefer shoulders to be covered if we are going to be outside for a while. I love how little tanks look on the girls but I prefer a short sleeve or a cap sleeve in the sun. I’m big on layering pieces, not only is it an easy way to adjust to the changing temperatures throughout the day but little cardigans layered on are so cute!
The pastel cardigans the girls are wearing here are courtesy of Baby Beau & Belle. The sweaters are part of an exquisite line of special occasion wear for babies and toddlers. All of their dresses are embellished with vintage inspired lace. They have comfy but beautiful rompers for baby with bibs to match that I might shed a tear to see get dirty. But that’s what babies do, get dirty. You really should check this stuff out.
They have great baby gifts too like blankets and stuffed animals. They even have a special section for Bris wear! And their baby shoes are to die fore. Even if you don’t have a special occasion, your little one wont be for very long, if you want her to wear lace and silk , there is not a reason in the world that she shouldn’t. You can keep up to date with baby Beau & Belle by liking their facebook page and see what they think is cool on their Pinterest page. I love their B is for Birthday board, we pinned a lot of the same pins!
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Although I’m sure it seems like blogging and taking photos of my girls is my full time job, it’s not. I have a full time office job. Ok it’s not like “the Office” it’s for Carter’s, yup, the cute kids clothing company. I really love working for my company. I think it’s more fun than the average corporate office job, I get to deal with cute little kid clothes all day and I really can’t complain about the employee discount that comes in very handy. I work on all boys product and have for the past five years, but I LOVE our girls designers and all the goodies they dream up for my girls. Four out of five days they are wearing Carter’s. This weekend we are going shopping, here’s what I’m buying.
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Have a great weekend
Jordan, new words: yeah woah (yellow), maykie (make up), favorite word: Wash (otherwise known as playing in the water)
Talia, new words: ah ghe (again), up (used for up and down), favorite word: No (used for yes and no). Make things a bit confusing for us.
Today Talia and Jordan are 591 days old. New words are coming faster than I can count. They are learning patience by having to wait for food, drink or just for their turn, they are learning that some things are non-negotiable, like a clean diaper or bed time. Brushing before bed is an activity to look forward to and the warm days are perfect for backyard splash parks, which so far, and hopefully never gets old.
Happy Memorial Day everyone. While we are celebrating by spending time with our families and friends please remember the meaning of this holiday and give thanks to all the men and women who have and do serve to protect our country.
Most of the pictures I take of the girls are in either pj’s or diapers because that’s what they are wearing during the hours I am home. Except on the weekends, my two favorite days of the week. If it were up to me we would go go go, do do do for a full 48 hours, to pack in a weeks worth of fun into these two precious days. But it’s not up to me, it’s up to two sweet toddlers who like their routine, naps, and couldn’t care less if we are at Disney World or in our own backyard. Since the day they were born I have felt rushed, rushed to get things ready, rushed to get things done, rushed to make memories and rushed to give them every possible experience. The problem is that rushing never works, especially with kids, especially with babies and especially with twins. I’m learning slowly that there is time, time to do all the things I want to do with my family, later, in the months and years to come. And I am learning that if we don’t get to every single thing that’s ok, because what is more important is to enjoy what you are doing now, make time to rest so you can enjoy what’s coming next and save some of the fun for a rainy day. I know I will never stop wanting to do more, make more and photograph more but I am learning to find the right balance, the mix of me time, us time and family time.
I found a great link on Pinterest of about 1000 things to do with your toddler, I didn’t pin the actual link so now I can’t find it, but there are so many out there maybe you will find another cool list. Of the 1000 on the list I saw, some are obvious, some are too messy, and a lot are really similar but there was one that I thought sounded like so much fun.Corn Shucking! I loved shucking corn when I was a kid,, I still do, although now I do it as fast as possible at the grocery store to get it done and get out of there. But when I read on this list, that corn shucking is fun for toddlers I left the whole ear in tact and brought it home. It took some explaining and demonstration but the girls go really good at it, and they were very meticulous with the little hairs on the inside. The only part that I couldn’t get them to understand was that it needs to be cooked before eaten. Than bunch of corn all had little bite marks when it was served with dinner.
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The weeks are flying by. Posting these weekly photos and marking them with the passing time makes days gone and never to return very real. They are a good reminder to cherish every day and moment and experience with your children and the people you love.
This weeks pictures are what my girls look like when they have head colds, or allergies, I can’t tell one from the other. But the poor things, they don’t sleep well so they wake up early and are tired all day. They can’t breath through their little noses and don’t know how to blow yet, so they end up drooling all over. I say blow your nose and hold the tissue and they blow a big puff of air out of their mouths. Yeah, that’s not gonna work. Any tips on teaching your little one’s how to blow their noses? We give them allergy medicine before nap or bed, and they get the Hylands homeopathic cold tablets during the day to help, maybe they do a little, maybe not, I don’t know, but they like them and it makes me feel like am I doing something to help them feel better. They get juice and a vapor rub on their chests, warm baths and plenty of time outside. Other than that there’s not much you can do but wait. Colds seem to last forever, even though it’s only a week maybe a few days longer, and then as quickly as the runny nose started, it’s gone and everybody is back to themselves, still not sleeping till 7 am like they should be but I’ll take 6:30 over 5:15 any day.
Have a happy weekend.
Evey, enjoy the video.