When Sandy was getting packed and ready to go home Rikki and Alex jumped into her suitcase and she laid them down in it. I'm sure if she could get away with it she would have zipped it up and taken them home!
Yesterday Sydney wanted to go and play in the snow, and play with her newly adopted cats. I thought maybe Rikki and Alex would like to get outside for a bit also so I got them all dressed and ready, Rikki followed Sydney outside and Alex said NO! I kept saying, "Alex do you want to go and play in the snow?" And repeatedly she said, "No, No snow." So she sat inside and watched them play, fully dressed in her snow gear, I thought she would eventually relent and head outside but it didn't happen. Sydney and Rikki kept coming up to the window and throwing snowballs at her and that just made things worse. I love the picture with the reflection it really shows her little pout!
and it is still snowing! It all started on Sunday and we haven't seen bare ground since. On Sunday, Steve took Sydney tubing behind the fourwheeler, she loves it. We have 2 mounds in our yard and he drives over them and she falls off almost every time, then she gets up and runs back to the tube and gets on again and tells Steve to go faster! On Sunday she went through 3 sets of clothes and even tried wearing her old Eyore costume to keep warm, that got soaked too! (I even took a ride, fell off, and got soaked.)
We had Christmas with Memaw when she got here on Friday night. She has been very excited to give Sydney her present and Sydney keeps asking us why Santa did'nt bring her what she asked for, Butterscotch. Butterscotch is the same thing only he is a palamino and since Sydney is so crazy about paint horses she got Smores. (She still calls him Butterscotch though.) It is the craziest thing, he is big enough to ride, talks to you and follows you with his head and eyes. He even bobs his head like a real horse when you are riding him, although he dosen't move his feet. He also comes with a carrot and eats it until he is full and then when he is done he turns his head away from the food. Alex warmed up to him fairly quickly but Rikki wants nothing to do with him unless he is turned off, and even then if he moves she takes off at a full sprint to get away from him. Rikki is more of a kitty girl, and even though the kitty meows and blinks and kneads his paws, she is still okay with it. In fact we could hardly get her to let loose of the cat to go to bed!
Memaw got here last Thursday, the 17th and Stayed until the 28th. She was supposed to fly out on Sunday evening but the snow came in and the airport shut down, so she finally got out on Monday morning. I think she may have jinxed herself because she just got done telling me that her flights out here have always been so good. Steve and I left her with the kids for 3 nights so we could go to the Red Bluff Bull Sale. We really missed the girls but it was a nice break, meals were especially nice. (Maybe too nice, I gained a few.)
Everyone says they are the terrible twos, with Sydney I found that three and four were much worse than 2. Rikki and Alex aren't really terrible yet, they are into everything though. I feel like I take one step forward everyday and two to three steps backwards. If I am picking up their room, they head to the living room and tear all the books off of the bookshelf. Once I get to cleaning up the bookshelf they are on to the snack drawer and pulling everything out of that. Now they have figured out how to get into the refrigerator. If I take a minute to go to my bedroom, I can, and have, come back to mustard in the livingroom and ketchup in the bathroom. It gets a little frustrating at times trying to keep up. I guess that it just comes with the territory.
Oh, and the shoes. . .JEEZ!! Could we just go somewhere just once that they didn't take off their shoes and socks and throw them willie-nillie all over the car to the point that is a virtual scavenger hunt at every destination just trying to find them so we can get out of the car!!
At two years old they are at least 4" shorter than Sydney was at the same age. Everywhere they go they have to take their "Me-mi's" which is their word for blanket (Sydney's word for blanket was mimic)and Alex always has to have her special puppy and Rikki has to have her special kitty. Alex is definatly a dog girl and Rikki is definatly a kitty girl. For Christmas Bob and Jane gave them ornaments, one was a dog and had Rikki's name on it and one was a kitty and it had Alex's name on it. I let them open them and when they did, they took one look at the animal and traded with one another, then continued to pack the ornaments around for about 20 minutes.
Rikki is our little daredevil, she will jump off of just about anything and expect you to catch her, or not. She will just haul off and jump off of the couch or off of the changing table into her crib. (Had to remove the table after we caught her doing that one.) Alex likes to pretend that she is a daredevil but when it comes right down to it she will step off of the couch instead of jumping.
Alex is more destructive, I have caught her more than once just sitting in a pile of crayons breaking them into little pieces. Rikki dosen't break them she just takes them and writes on everything she can. The floor, wall and books. Those two ruin more books in one week than Sydney ever has.
Alex wants to be carried everywhere but Rikki will walk and hold your hand. Rikki will give just about anyone a love and Alex is very selective about who and when she will give out any sugar to.
The picture of them in the snow was taken a couple of days after Christmas and Alex wanted no part of being outside in the snow but Rikki was pretty okay with all of it.
They are both talking a little and just now starting to put two words together. Sydney was talking like crazy by 18 months so it has me a little worried, but everyone seems to reasure me that it is normal for twins and second children. I'm sure as soon as they start I will look back and cherish these days :)
Sydney has really become a great big helper in the last couple of months. She is viewing the twins as her friends/sisters more now and not just a big annoyance. They play together a lot and she is very protective of them at times. She has been taking her sleeping bag into their rooms at night and sleeping with them on the floor. When she wakes up in the morning she will wake them up, get them out of their cribs and take them to the potty and try to teach them to go. Sometimes she will even pick out their clothes and try to get them dressed herself.
Potty training the twins is an experience. Rikki is trying to train herself and has been peeing in the potty since about October. Alex on the other hand has never peed in the potty. She just dosen't get it! Hopefully she will soon. Rikki tells me when she has to go, goes, gives me a high five and flushes the potty. Alex sits, and sits and sits, then gives me a high five and flushes. She thinks she is doing something really great, but it hasn't happened yet.
All in all it is definatly worth it, they are so funny and excited about the smallest things. Some days I just wonder what in the heck I was thinking waiting until I was 30 something to have kids. What are these women who are 50-60 thinking?!
Today is Aunt Moose's birthday, that is her with cousin Amy a couple of weeks ago. We are going up to Nam and Papa's this evening to celebrate. We got lucky today and it was actually beautiful outside for the first time since way before Christmas. It was even pretty warm, maybe around 50 degrees, so we got the kids outside to play, Sydney rode Breezy, of course and Rikki and Alex rode their new leap frog learning trikes that they got for Christmas. (Rikki was in the barn posing on the 4 wheeler while we were getting Breezy cleaned up.) A beautiful day for a walk and to finally get the kids outside!! Yeah!!
Sydney started gymnastics class last Wednesday night. She was doing swimming for about the last 6 months but we decided to try something new for the winter months. She seems to really enjoy it and gets lots of exercise, they run and jump a lot on a trampoline. Sydney is so tall for her age, we were hoping she could get some strength and coordination out of the class. We measured all of the girls last Saturday and at two years of age, Sydney was a good four inches taller than Rikki and Alex are. We knew she was tall but, four inches? :)
Rikki and Alex turned 2 on Saturday and we had a party for them on Sunday night. They had such a great time. It was also pappa Rick's birthday on Sunday and Tren't birthday was on the 2nd so we celebrated his birthday too! Rikki and Alex love to try on clothes, and shoes when they open them. And had a wonderful time playing with the toys they got. Thanks everyone for coming. Nice glasses Trent:)
A couple of days after Christmas and these two are having more fun playing with bowls and pots than any toy that they got from Santa! (Rikki has the heart on her shirt and Alex has the bird. Steve is under the bowl.)