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 queen of highchair naps. She won’t close her eyes if she thinks she’ll miss something interesting. On our walk that morning of Mother’s day she stayed wide eyed the entire time, Talia on the other hand slept at least half the way. Jordan made up for the missed sleep at dinner.
“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.”
Talia – my little helper. Stuffing diapers into the changing table storage
We have a very regimented bedtime routine, it starts with dinner time.
After bath the girls get their milk while we are putting their diapers and lotion on. They usually drink about half their milk and start being crazy.
Running around, screaming and yelling, climbing and jumping on whatever they can. It usually takes us about 10 minutes to get their pjs on them. Then they play for a few minutes. A few minutes before 8 we sit with them on the couch and read a story while they finish their milk. When the story is done we head to the bathroom to brush teeth and then straight to bed.
Talia and Jordan are smart little people they know the routine and they know what the next activity is and when it’s coming. So each night around 7:45 the girls stop being crazy and start playing calmly and quietly by themselves. It’s like they know that if they are quiet I may forget they are still awake. Sometimes I let them play a few more minutes but when they start rubbing their eyes and laying their heads down on Mr. Bear, I know it’s time for bed.
For the most part when the girls watch tv it’s videos in Hebrew but we have a few Baby Einstein and Sesame Street videos. The girls watched one with Elmo for the first time last week and it has turned into an instant obsession. The ask for Elmo all day long, as soon as the wake up, when we are in the car ( they have never watched a video in the car), after dinner. They think stop signs are Elmo! It’s hard to deny them this great pleasure because Sesame Street really is a great educational show for the little ones and the way they jump up and down in excitement is just too much cuteness to pass up. There are a few episodes of R’chov Soomsoom, the Israeli Sesame Street, on you tube, but most are just a few minutes long. So for now they watch in English.
My mom was in town this weekend, I love hearing the stories she tells of her friends who drink their morning coffee with my blog posts each morning. Blogging is a lot of work without much reward. But I don’t do it for the recognition, I do it for down the road.
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Jordan in pink, Talia in Tye-dye.
This past Friday the girls turned 18 months. It’s a big milestone in the world of a baby and for new parents and I always love a reason to celebrate. So on Saturday we had some friends over to enjoy the day and for an afternoon snack the girls got a birthday “cupcake”. The cupcake was actually a fruit and veggie muffin topped with whip cream and a bit of rainbow sprinkles. Talia ate the sprinkles one by one and not much of the muffin. Jordan licked all the whip cream off and ate a bite or two of the muffin The girls friend Livia was over so she joined in the half birthday fun, she finished her whole muffin!
She was also the only one that would wear the birthday hat. Her mom also brought the tasty muffins. I did try them, they are very good.
It was low key, but fun none the less and a memorable way to mark the occasion.
Happy half birthday sweet girls you are getting so big so fast.