Monday, June 25, 2012

First Day of Camp

So, as much as I absolutely live and breathe for my gorgeous girls, I have been very excited for the day when they would start separation classes and go do camp or school or whatever on their own.  I was excited for them to be growing up and I was excited for me to start to have some real free time.  I don’t want to say to get my life back because I feel guilty saying that, but that’s basically what I mean.  Anyway, today was finally the day! 

The girls started their first completely separated from me camp!  It’s scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30-12.  However, over the last 2 weeks or so, I have found myself getting more nervous than totally excited and I was surprised!  But, this morning I felt like it was my first day of camp!  I had butterflies in my stomach and was super anxious to make sure the girls were okay.  I mean, I’ve been with them all day every day (minus when I’ve had Emma babysit) for the past 22 months.  What if they need something and the counselors don’t understand what they’re saying?  What if they feel scared without me?  What if…..was all I kept thinking about.  But, I am so happy to say my girls were freaking rock stars today!!!

I walked them into their meeting room and they immediately let go of my hands and started playing with some toys.  I got ready to leave and said, “Okay girls, give Mommy kisses and say bye bye.”  I expected some tears, but both my girls gave me kisses and said, “Bye bye Mommy.  Mommy be back,” and continued playing.  Kayla stopped for a second and said, “Mommy,” but one of her counselors distracted her and that was that!  Of course I got into my car, called Dave and I cried, but they were fabulous!  I’m so proud of them, but I’m also a little sad.  They’re really such big girls now and I can’t believe they’re almost 2 years old already!  After those first 4 months, time has really flown!!

Anyway, I picked the girls up and they didn’t even want to leave!  They were blowing bubbles and having a great time.  The only complaint I have is the horrendous rain this morning and they wouldn’t let me get a great picture of their first day of camp!  But, I’ll try again on Wednesday and just pretend it was the first day!  Anyway, I think we are all excited to go back to camp on Wednesday!! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sesame Place!

Last week we took our first family vacation, juts the four of us, to Sesame Place.  We had a fabulous time!  The girls were really great!  They were happy and having fun, but I almost think they were a little young for the trip.  They’re 21 months now and were definitely still a little scared of the rides and some of the characters.  I was actually a little surprised to see that so many of the kids at the park seemed to be at least 3 and most were more like 4 or 5 and even older.  Needless to say we did have a great time and we were very happy we went!

I think the funniest part of the trip was at the character breakfast.  It really showed how different the girls are.  It took Kayla a little bit to warm up, but once she was comfortable, any character that came over while she was eating, she would say hi to, give a high five, but then hide her head in my arm, almost like she was flirting!  Then she kept wanting to go up to Elmo and Big Bird and pose with them.  Of course Mommy had to come too and hold her, but she was into it!  Zoey on the other hand, wanted nothing to do with any of the characters.  Except, for, Zoe!  Every time she saw Zoe, she laughed and screamed, “Me, me, me!”  She let Zoe come up to her, but that was about it.  Every other character was all, “No, no, no!”  But, Dave and I were determined to get a good picture of the four of us with Elmo.  So I held Kayla and went right up to Elmo and posed while Dave held Zoey and slowly started inching towards Elmo form the other side, the whole time telling Zoey to look in the opposite direction!  It might sound a little crazy but it worked!  We have a picture of Elmo in the middle of the four of us where Dave and I are smiling and at least both girls are looking at the camera – we’ll take it!

Overall, it was a great little vacation!  But, it did teach us that the girls are not ready for something like Disney yet (Sean, Kelly and Brett, don’t be mad!  We can’t wait to go, but I think the girls need to be a little older and a little more into it first!)  It’s hard not to rush all this fun stuff, but I think we’ll try Sesame again next year before we book Disney!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Making Conversation

So, I’ve mentioned before that Kayla seems to have her own language.  And, while that is certainly still the case, it’s getting much easier to understand her.  She’s definitely using many more real words and I think Zoey gets it now too!  IN fact, this weekend was the first time Dave and I saw them actually talk to each other!

We bought a water table and a mini pool for our patio since it doesn’t seem so easy for me to take the girls to the big pool in our development by myself.  Dave wanted to see them use it all for the first time so Saturday afternoon we set it up for them.  Kayla, being the braver one always, got right into the baby pool without any hesitation.  Zoey, on the other hand, was playing cool on the sidelines just watching her sister.  After a little while she wanted to sit up on one of our chairs like her daddy was.  Then, we asked Kayla if she wanted Zoey to come in the pool with her.  Of course she said yes, so we told her to go tell her.  She literally stood up in the pool, carefully got herself out, walked over to Zoey on her chair, tapped her on the leg and looked directly in her eyes and said, “ZZ, pool with me, ZZ, pool me,” and pointed over to the baby pool.  Zoey got a huge smile on her face, looked right back at Kayla, but said an emphatic, “no!”  This exchange continued a few times and Dave and I were loving it!  Unfortunately, Zoey never ended up going in the pool with Kayla, but eventually she did walk over and play with the toys from the outside.

It’s a story like this that reminds on the bad days why having twins is so worth it!