Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Lola (quiet whisper): Jack, go back in your room! Mom said you have to stay in your room!

Jackson (regular voice, not quiet): I know, but I'm being really quiet so she can't hear me.

Lola: (louder whisper): Jack! Go in your room! Now!

Jackson (louder regular voice): But I need to show you how I look when I'm Darth Vader.

Mom chuckles on stairs

Lola (quiet whisper): What was that sound?

Jackson (very loud whisper): I think it was General Greivous! (Star Wars Villain)

Mom laughs loudly on stairs
Jackson runs into room
Mom waits...

Jackson (very loud whisper): Lola! I think that was mom! I don't think she heard us!

Lola: (regular voice): Good, them come in here and play Princess Star Wars.

Love. them. so. much :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Soccer Star

Jackson had his first soccer game last friday. He was very nervous leading up to his first practice and again before his first game, but now he's hooked. He asks me every day when his next "soccer day" is.

Lining up for warm up
Practice kick

I believe he's doing "hands in" like Spiderman and His Amazing Friends

Warming up with coach

In the zone

Happy Jackson, deservedly proud of himself

Good game
Lola is sticking with ballet for now. Here she is dancing on the sidelines :)

PS- watching 4 year olds play soccer is one of the funniest things I've done in a while. If you need a little stress reliever or have some extra time one your hands that you'd like to fill with laughter, give me a call and come check out a game. HILARIOUS :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

These girls love dirt!

My girls love the mud.
From the beginning Lola
loved to play in dirt.

Next came Freedman girl
number 2, "baby Molly."
This girl loves dirt too!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Bike Ride

Jackson, on bike ride:
My bike feels very heavy,
I can't ride it right.

Lola laughs, responds:
I put rocks into your bag.
Rides off. Saboteur. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Molly loves pinto beans.
Molly + pintos =
a really big mess.

Striking Differences

Lola and Jackson.
Same raw materials, blocks.
Birthday cake and gun.

Monday, May 28, 2012


Week 2 home from school.
Paint and play dough and water. 
Lots of laughs, and mess :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


My floor is sticky.
No matter how much I mop
the sticky returns.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What a difference a year makes

It's been almost a year since I had Molly. Unbelievable.

I try and imagine what our life would be like if we hadn't had her.

Aaron and I wouldn't have bought this new house.We probably would have still looked for a bigger house than we had, but we wouldn't have ended up here. We would have dragged our feet, looking and waiting for the "perfect" house to come along. And this house was taken off the market days before we put in our offer, so if we would have been dragging we certainly wouldn't be here. In this house which I love. With neighbors whom we love. In a neighborhood which we love. Where I hope to be for the next 30 years.

I certainly wouldn't be driving a minivan. I assume I'd still be driving my Accord, since I loved it and there was absolutely nothing wrong with it except it didn't fit 3 car seats. Maybe I would have convinced Aaron that I needed a small little crossover like the CRV I wanted. Those don't fit 3 car seats either. Unlike our house, I don't hope to be driving this minivan for the next 30 years. Nice as it is...

I would be doing something during the weekday mornings other than what I'm doing now, although I have no idea what that something would have been. Maybe grocery shopping and housework without the "help" of an increasingly on-the-move toddler. Maybe...

It's hard to image what life would be like without my ever present little side kick. She goes almost everywhere with me. Unlike the twins when they were 11 1/2 months, I can just swing her on to my hip and go about my day, running errands for Aaron, the kids, the baby, me.

So if I hadn't had Molly our family would be living who knows where, I'd be driving who knows what, and I would be spending my mornings working, cleaning and running errands sidekick-less.

It's been a whole year since we added Molly to the family. 21 months since I found out I was pregnant. And even though it really isn't all that long, I can't at all imagine life without her.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Who's birthday is first, for real?

We've been talking a lot about birthdays here lately. Lola and Jackson have been to more parties for their classmates this year and they know that they have a birthday coming up. We've talked about party themes and what gifts they would like and what flavor cake they want to bake. This is the exciting part about having two kids about to be 4, so much of the fun is in the planning. And being a bit of a planner myself, I have enjoyed every bit of it ;) One topic that I wasn't so thrilled about (or prepared for ), however, came up for the first time the other day.

"Who's birthday is gonna be first mom?"

Ah... preschoolers. And the ever present question, "Who's first?" Or sometimes the demand, "I'm gonna be first!" Or the indignant cry,"I WAS FIRST!"

Well folks, if you have preschool twins, or probably two preschoolers close in age, this is a constant source of discussion, anxiety, and occasionally tears. Who's going to be first to the car? Who's going to get out of the bath first? Who will be first carried up to bed?

Aaron and I have learned, like many parents of twins before us, to avoid the black and white labels of "first" and (gasp) "last" at pretty much any cost. We substitute the word "turn" a lot without even thinking about it. We walk to the car together "as a family" to avoid hearing "I wanted to be the leader!" And if it's utterly unavoidable, if there are two kids waiting for ice cream and one is clearly going to get theirs first, I look at the one waiting impatiently and try to feel some sympathy as I scoop as fast as humanly possible.

I digress. Back to "who's birthday is gonna be first?"

It started with "What day is my birthday, mom?"
"Lola, your birthday is March 11th."
Then came "Well what day is MY birthday, mom?"
"Jack, your birthday is also March 11th. You have the same birthday. Isn't that cool?!?!"

Please please please think that's so cool.

Not a chance.

I could see it in their eyes. The confusion. Their little preschool brains refusing to accept that they could have the SAME BIRTHDAY. Impossible. Inconceivable. Utterly ridiculous.
I must not have understood the question. "No, but mom, who's birthday is first?"

I went round and round, refusing to budge. No way am I getting into that with two 4 yrs old. Not even 4... 3 yrs and 10 mos. I held steady, "guys, you have the SAME birthday. No one is first. No one is second (for the love of God, NEVER say LAST). You were in my belly at the same time. The doctor took you out of my belly at the same time. You have absolutely the same birthday."

Their resolve was as steady as mine. I'm pretty sure they think I'm an idiot. And that's fine with me. I would rather them be frustrated by my idiocy than look my precious little wide eyed birthday boy and girl in the face and tell them that one of them is 1 minute older than the other. Like Santa and the Easter Bunny, I'm holding on to that unfortunate truth as long as I possibly can!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Laugh When You Can

Is saw this yesterday on Pinterest via Aaron's cousin Kristin : 
"Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can't change."

I'd add "quickly" to that quote.., "apologize quickly when you should"

The connection between this quote and my favorite of the Beatitudes is too perfect to miss.

Blessed are the pure of heart: for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8)

Having a pure heart is truly a goal worth working towards. When sorrow and guilt and denial take over it's so easy to feel far away from God. But when following this great advice, I not only feel God's presence but see it in those close to me.

Laugh when you can

apologize when you should

and let go of what you can't change.