Welcome to the Roe household blog. We're attempting to post 365 days of pictures in a Roe. Cork and I have been married since 2002 and welcomed identical daughters in August of 2009 after a struggle with infertility. Our girls were definitely worth the wait and I say they were destined to be here because they were conceived on my birthday, due on my sister's birthday and born on my grandma's birthday. What are the chances of that! We welcomed our third daughter in June of 2012. We all fell in love with her right away. She has two amazing older sisters who love to watch over her.
Eiley was goofing off this morning and put a stocking on her foot. She thought it was hilarious and couldn't stop laughing.
Two days ago I mentioned Arya peeing in the potty. Today, she took her diaper off and proceeded to pee on the family room floor then come tell me to clean it up. The joys of having a toddler who is getting ready to potty train.
This is what happens when you let two 2 year olds help make popovers. You get 6 popovers that are all different sizes and only some that actually puff up.
Eiley has been such a goof lately. She's obsessed with this little baby doll carrier. Usually she has a doll in it and is screaming if the doll isn't laying exactly right. Today, she decided she would fit better and spent a good chunk of time trying to figure out how she could cram herself into it.
The girls got to paint at school today. The teachers couldn't find all the art supplies, so decided to do art work one on one and let 16 two year olds do independent play in the room while they weren't doing art. Never again! The parents watched the kids and teachers trying to clean up at the end of class and it was pretty comical. The room was destroyed!
After lunch, the kids were playing upstairs while I cleaned up and make some cookie dough. Arya came sliding down the stairs, walked into the kitchen and threw a soaking wet diaper onto my kitchen counter. Then she took off running and I couldn't catch her until we were all the way back upstairs. She is fast when she wants to be. It was so hard to get a diaper back on her. She would much rather walk around without one and just go wherever she is.
Arya started dancing at lunch today and frantically told me she had to "pee pee poppy momma". She ran over there, I took her diaper off and she happily went to the bathroom. Her diaper was dry and she hadn't been changed in about 4 hours. A few hours after lunch, I was baking cookies. The kids had been helping, but they got bored and ran away. She came downstairs, plopped a soaking wet diaper on the kitchen counter, said something I don't remember and then tried to run back upstairs wearing only her shirt. It was a huge struggle to get a diaper back on her. She had no interest and I had to explain over and over that if she used the potty all the time she could stop wearing a diaper, but as long as she's peeing in her diaper she has to still wear one. If I thought she was 100% ready to actively potty train, I'd jump at the chance to get at least one of them out of diapers. She's getting close, but really isn't quite ready yet. At this point, I'd still be training myself to remember to put her on the potty every hour or so rather than her recognizing when she needs to use it. Right now she's starting to recognize if she isn't busy doing something fun.
The girls are incredibly interested in diapering their dolls right now. I wish they were as interested in potty training as they are in this. They will put a new cloth diaper on baby and use a new cloth wipe, then they throw them into the dirty diaper pail, making more diaper laundry for me.
Cork gave Arya a piece of cheese today that I knew she wouldn't like. She took a small bite and said "Arya no yike dat. I-E eat dat." and she handed the cheese over to her sister.
We are at Mema and Bepa's house today. We brought the girls' sleeping bags for the first time. We had them out at home briefly one other time for the girls to see them. When I unrolled them today, I found a cucumber from our garden at the bottom of one of them. I asked the girls who put it there and Arya proudly offered up herself as the culprit. I have to be thankful that I found the cucumber when I did and not next summer. I also have to be thankful that it was yellowed, but not rotten.
Last year we went to this great holiday even at the Pfister hotel downtown. We didn't know about it last year until the day or or the day before. This year, we looked it up on the Internet to make sure we didn't miss it. This year's event did not disappoint. We thoroughly enjoyed the free champagne, egg nog, hot chocolate and self decorated cookies and cupcakes. The kids also had a ball coloring paper Christmas ornaments and sticking stickers all over themselves and the ornaments.
Eiley decided she needed to take a little break and refused to to get up.
As soon as she heard the singers she got up and was their only audience for multiple songs. At one point, Arya walked up and stood right next to Eiley, but she did not last as long.
This is the best picture I could get of the 4 cousins next to each other.
After the party, we headed over to The Old German Beer Hall and had a great family dinner. The place is perfect for the kids because they could run around and dance and not have to sit at the table the whole time.
Happy Thanksgiving! We had a great day today. For the first time our girls played with their cousins. It was so fun to watch them. My niece was "baby sitting" the girls and keeping them out of trouble. We had an amazing day filled with the best holiday food we may have ever had and great company. The girls kept saying "Happy Goggle Day" as they proudly walked around in their "goggle goggle" shirts.
I've noticed lately that the girls are starting to string 5 words together. Arya said something in her bedroom last week that was hilarious and of course I forgot what it was and didn't add it to the blog. Today, on the way to my sister's house, the girls were talking about their dolls. We heard Arya say "dat my baby butt too" and then lifted her doll to show Eiley it's butt.
Arya and Eiley both love napkins. I really should move them to a higher cupboard so they can't get them all the time. This morning, Arya spilled her oatmeal at breakfast. Eiley grabbed a new clean towel to clean it up. Once she was done, Arya grabbed a napkin. Then antoher. And then another.
V: Arya, no more napkins. That's your last one.
A: No me nahkin. Dat I-E nahkin. R-ya more.
And then she proceeded to grab another one while I was cleaning the oatmeal pot. LOL!
For the first time this school year, they went dressed to school in the same outfit. They were celebrating Thanksgiving, so we let them wear their turkey shirts and striped pants. They were so excited to wear their "goggle goggle" shirts. At school, they have a "feast" with corn, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, apple sauce and orange juice. Eiley devoured the coolwhip on top of her pie and then happily dug into Arya's.
I love the Picaso-esq turkeys they made at school.
How cute are they? I love that they are so comfortable in the water that they'll just lay back. After I took this, Eiley sat up and tried to wash Arya's face with her washcloth. Arya just sat there and let her do it. Eventually we stopped Eiley because she was sort of waterboarding her sister.
We might be making progress on the fit throwing front. Eiley was throwing a fit today and all I had to do was tell her she was going to go to her room if she didn't stop and she stopped. She still grumbled a bunch, but it wasn't her typical fit. I tried to take her picture in the middle of it, but she didn't want anything to do with that.
The girls are obsessed with all of their old baby stuff. We opened up our extra bedroom today for some over night guests and they found their bouncy seats in the closet.
We went to a holiday parade this morning. Honestly, I was bored out of my mind. The kids were having a great time though. I'm not sure if they liked the parade or the hot chocolate we bought them more.
The girls were dressed super cute for school this morning. We got home and both of them had dry diapers, so they got to use the potty, then they asked to wear underwear. This never ends well, but I said okay and gave them the usual speech about only using the toilet and not going in their underwear. They did great until we were almost done with lunch. I could tell Arya was going to poop, so I grabbed her and ran to the bathroom, telling her not to go until we were there. She actually listened! Eiley then claimed she had to go poopoo too. She sat on the toilet making all sorts of noises and laughing, but didn't really need to go.
Arya and Eiley have not used their high chair/booster seats in weeks. They prefer to stand on the kitchen chairs or eat at their little tykes picnic table that is next to our big table. I decided it was finally time to give the booster seats one last really good washing and pack them away. Arya was standing on a chair, helping me wash, when all of the sudden she's standing on one foot and saying "ugh oh". I asked "did you pee pee in your underwear". She answers "yes" accompanied by one of her very definite head nods. I got her all cleaned up, a diaper on, and told her to run to her room and grab clothes. Of course Eiley followed. Once I got the floor cleaned, I started up the stairs and could hear a commotion. I walk into their room to find another puddle on the floor, this time from Eiley. It was already being cleaned up by them with some clothes they'd taken out of the dresser. Once that floor was cleaned, I let both kids pick out their outfits. Arya matched really well until she saw what Eiley was wearing and then had to get rid of her pants for a jumper and tights. Eiley on the other hand didn't even begin to match.
I cleaned out some of Cork's stuff from the basement this afternoon and the girls spent the time down there with me. They were very content playing in the now empty cabinet while I hauled stuff up the stairs to throw out.
The girls were very busy this afternoon. I had to make a call and was on hold for a little while before my call was taken. I gave the girls a snack to keep them occupied while I was on the phone. Of course they finished it and took off after I was talking. I could hear them laughing and screaming in delight, but did not want to go upstairs while I was on the phone. The last thing I needed to do was find whatever they were doing and need to fix the problem while I was on the phone. I eventually hung up and found that they'd emptied every dresser drawer except one. I made them clean it up, but I think they thought the cleanup was as fun as the emptying.
My mom took this picture of the girls today. I think it could be used for an iPad ad.
For the first time in about 2 weeks, the girls slept past about 6:00. They actually slept in until 7:00. Of course I was up, but it was nice to get a few things done before they got up. When they did get up, they didn't come down stairs. I heard them playing, so went to check on them. Eiley had climbed into Arya's bed. They were moving her bed rail back and forth saying "choo choo".
After they got up, I gave them breakfast. Usually we do something healthy, but this morning they asked for cereal. They have stopped using their booster seats and prefer to stand on chairs. Today, they wanted to use these metal spoons that they rarely use. It looked like they were doing a great job, until I looked at their chairs. I love that Arya's feet are completely clean.
We went to our first event of the Christmas season today. The local energy company gives out a cookie cookbook, cookies and hot chocolate every year. They also have reindeer and Mrs. Clause to take pictures with. The girls were much more interested in their cookies and first ever hot chocolate than the reindeer.
And just in case their huge cookie wasn't enough this morning, I gave them eat a candy cane JoeJoe from Trader Joe's this afternoon.
The girls got up this morning (too early) and immediately went after "emmy emmies". You may know them as M&Ms. A huge breakdown pursued when I told them we weren't doing M&Ms for breakfast. After breakfast the girls had a little milk with a splash of eggnog in it. Both happily sported their new eggnog mustaches as they again tried to get M&Ms.
We had our first snow of the season today. Thankfully it's warm enough that none of it stuck. Arya, Eiley and I were sitting at the kitchen table eating lunch while it snowed. At first it was just tiny flakes that were hardly noticeable. After a few minutes the flakes were huge and there were a lot of them. Arya looked outside and said "Momma, look outside." She was enthralled with the snow and could hardly eat the rest of her lunch.
This afternoon, both kids took off upstairs while I used the bathroom. In the 30 or so seconds it took me to use the bathroom and wash my hands, the kids managed to do some damage. Eiley pulled almost a whole container of dental floss out and wound it all around her feet. Arya grabbed shampoo out of my shower and dumped it on Eiley's head. I did not take pictures of this. My camera was downstairs and I wanted to get Eiley cleaned up before the shampoo dripped on the carpet, her shirt and into her eyes.
I love Eiley's new habit of hiding. I have no idea where she learned it, but it cracks me up. The best part is that she keeps fooling me. I'll think she took off while I'm looking for her and she's hiding somewhere like under a table.
I was folding laundry this morning and heard a couple snaps on a diaper. I knew the kids were up to no good, so I got up and checked on them. I found both of them on the changing table, each with their diaper off, and Eiley trying to change Arya's diaper. She was in the process of wiping Arya when I found them.