This Past week was the tri-fecta of celebration in our would. It snuck up on me and for yet another year I felt ill prepared for most of it. First, there was Wednesday, not only the first night of Chanukah, but it was also my Birthday, so their were two sets of candles to light. I’m not a big birthday person I just enjoy being with family and the guarantee of cake that I will enjoy. With Thursday brought the second night of Chanukah and of course, Thanksgiving. While there are no candles for Thanksgiving the combination of the two holidays, dubbed Thanksgivakkah, which I don’t really like as a name because I cant spell or pronounce it very well, made for a very festive day all around. And Friday, the third night of Chanukah also meant we celebrated Shabbat, which in our family is like a mini Thanksgiving each week.
Talia and Jordan have been learning about Chanukah at school, from myself and their nanny for the past couple of weeks. They were pretty familiar with all the important aspects of the holiday by the time wednesday came around. And it really only took one night for them to learn that after candles comes gifts. Their excitement for opening presents almost makes you feel that extravagant gifts would be worth it, almost. Talia and Jordan get mostly small things , stickers, books, etc. My parents give them some toys and my husband parents bought them tri-cycles, but these two have pretty much everything, so we try to keep it low key.
Our Thanksgiving traditions have changed over the years. When I was very young we would travel to Atlanta from North Carolina every year to spend the holiday with my Mom brothers family. In our college years making this trip as a family became impossible with school and studying schedules so we would spend the holiday with my Dads family locally in North Carolina. For the past half decade we have been spending the holiday at a lake house outside of Atlanta. It’s easier for all of us with the little ones to be in one place where they can all play together and be a little free outside. We are usually joined by some extended family and friends for the main event. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is our dinner service schedule, we do appetizers at 1pm, supper at 4pm and desert at 6pm. The amount of food we are capable of consuming by spreading out the courses over the whole day is quite remarkable. Kudos to my sister for starting this tradition.
And now my favorite holiday (Thanksgiving, just to clarify) has come and gone. These days I always think about what next year at this time will be like in comparison. For one, I will have a 9 month old, my other sister will be here with her family (they take turns with us and the in-laws) and who knows what else the next year will bring, I am thankful for the good that I know is coming and for the surprises that await.
We added another mark to the vintage ruler growth chart I made last year to keep track of the girls height. This was the third mars the first was at one year old and the second at 18 months. I can’t believe how much they grew in the past six months. I knew their little legs were looking longer but a whole inch longer! The girls are both 3 feet 1/16th inch tall.
We go for their two year check up at the end of the month where we will get their official weight. When I weighed them last week they both weighed 24.6 pounds. It’s probably somewhere in the middle of what kids their age weigh.
Another year, another inch, time is racing and I am loving every minute of it. It will be fun to see when baby girl number three lands on the growth chart at the same ages.
Talia and Jordan have been talking up a storm. They speak in four or five word broken English sentences and fill in about half their words with Hebrew. They are also remembering more of the words to their favorite songs and singing them on their own.
While looking at a picture of an eight armed sea creature , she identifies, “appa-sauce” (octopus).
While playing with play dough she rolled out a small piece and declared it a snake, then handed it to me saying “make you”.
“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.”
Jordan, treasure hunting. She’s so good at cleaning up after herself, always helps when asked and loves putting things back in place.
Talia, concert in the go. My parents gave the girls a sweet vintage piano they thrifted.
I think I might be an expert on toddler car travel entertainment. This is after we vowed to NEVER fly with the twins again, at least until they are 12, ha. The slinky is just one of about 40 possible activities I packed for the car, all in two reusable grocery bags. I hit up the dollar store and basement stash of toys for what to bring. We recently took a 7 hour car trip to North Carolina to visit my parents and the girls were rockstar travelers the whole way, there and back.
I got small cookie sheets from the $1 store, they make great lap art tables because the rim keeps crayons from falling away and it is magnetic so it can serve dual purpose.
books and a drawing pads are a great go to, the tiny drawing pad is from the $1 store.
I keep sunglasses handy for each kid in the car in case the sun doesn’t want to stay on the other side of the sun shade. I also keep sun screen at hand so that if the sun is hitting them during a particular leg of the trip I put a bit on the arm or leg or face, the last thing we need is a car sunburn.
tiny tupper wear containers can be endless fun, I put a block that rattles inside this one.
I thought silly putty would be great, and when Jordan discovered it in her busy bag (a cosmetic case of mine with a bunch of random small toys and objects) she said “pay-doh” but because of the nature of putty I had to help her put it back together every few minutes before it got embedded in the fabric of her clothes and car seat. I think we will put away the silly putty for a few more months.
These B brand keys were a gift from my aunt Joan, the girls loved them because they look real and make several sounds, it was a great new toy for the way back
Road trip entertainment – 22 month twins
Four battery operated noise/motion toys
Small cookie sheet with coloring sheets, crayons, tape, stickers and magnets
Plastic nut and bolt
Touch and feel books
Books with movable parts
Cosmetic bag filled with random small toys.
Small Magnetic drawing pad
New fun sunglasses and bracelets
And of course a few of their favorite music CDs and plenty of videos.
Talia and Jordan started preschool this fall. We chose a five morning a week program at a small religious based preschool. We were drawn to it because if the incredible warm teachers and staff and for us the Jewish based learning program was important. Despite being in a modular unit until the schools new building is ready in February, the classroom is bright and cheerful with lots learning materials on the walls. Just outside the girls classroom is an indoor “play yard”. The big room reminds me a lot of our home with toys lining the walls.
We woke early this past Thursday, got everybody dressed and ready, took our pictures and headed off to school. After the coaching we’d revived from the head of school at parents night on saying goodbye the first day quickly we thought our girls would hardly notice us leaving, soooo not the case. They did not want us going anywhere without them, through tears and clinging, we left and went to the parking lot. After several minutes I called the main office and asked them to check on the girls, they were fine. No crying, playing happily.
We went together to have breakfast and retuned after and hour and half. The girls were crying when we retuned but turns out had just started moments before, the rest of the time they had been fine. We stayed and played a bit then took them home early. The next day I dropped them off quickly and their nanny picked them up after lunch. Aside from a bit of tears in the morning the report was the had fun all day. And this morning when I asked Jordan if she wanted to go to school today she said “yes”. And this coming from the girl who says “no” to everything, that’s saying a lot.
On Talia: top, Mini Boden, jeggings, Old Navy, sandals, Saltwater.
On Jordan: top, Mini Boden, jeggings, Old Navy, sandals, Saltwater.
School gear: Blue owl backpack, Skip Hop, green backpack, go2hollywood, Elmo lunch boxes from Amazon.
Talia and Jordan have one more week of daily morning field trips before they start school in September! They are some lucky little people that have gotten to go and do all of the fun things for toddlers in atlanta. Here was all the fun they had this week.
Monday – Catch Air Sandy Springs, Ga
Tuesday – Toddler morning playgroup JCC Zaban Park
Wednesday – Toddler gymnastics JCC Zaban Park
Thursday – Bestie play date at Morgan Falls Park