We had a very busy weekend! Busy with celebrations, that is. Sunday was Mother’s Day, of course, but it was also Carolyn and Elizabeth’s birthday, and we also celebrated Janet’s birthday at the same time (although it’s technically not until next weekend) because we already had the whole family together and my parents were about to leave for a two week vacation. The icing on the cake (so to speak) was that my Grandma was able to come up and join us too. So, we had Mother’s Day celebrations for Grandma, Mom, Janet, and Annmarie, and birthday celebrations for Carolyn, Elizabeth and Janet.
Carolyn and Elizabeth turned FOUR years old! Amazing. I suppose if I had more time to pause and reflect, I’d probably feel flabbergasted at how much and how quickly they’ve grown — and perhaps even find some energy to miss those “good old days” (like when I used to change 7 to 10 diapers every stinking day). To be sure, I enjoyed many aspects of the time when they were infants, but frankly I’m glad they’re four, and I’m thrilled to see them learning so many new things — letters, numbers, games… We measured them a few days ago and found they have grown about an inch and a half in the last 6 months. We’re looking forward to what comes next.
Carolyn and the Bumblebee Cake
Carolyn makes a wish
Elizabeth and the Ladybug Cake
Elizabeth makes a wish
Yummy cake and ice cream!
Oooh, I hope it’s a game!
It’s a game! It’s a game!
One of the nice things about living close to family is that it’s a relatively simple thing for us to get together and celebrate occasions like Easter. So our family and my sister’s family gathered over at my parents’ house for a meal and some easter egg hunting fun. They sure did look cute in their Easter dresses, so I figured I had to post some pictures…
Mommy & Elizabeth decorating eggs
Carolyn showing off a colorful assortment
I see one!
Look, I’m on a swing!
Nom nom nom…
They both scarfed down quite a bit of candy during the Easter Egg Hunt.
It has little candies inside!
I just had to fill out a new W-4 tax form, and I thought this little note at the bottom was rather amusing.
If you have to print your Paperwork Reduction Act Notice on a separate piece of paper, how is that really helping?
As the girls keep growing, naturally they have also grown more mobile and less willing to sit still and pose for a picture. Nevertheless, here are a few pictures to share.
Her middle name is Joy!
Playing on the rocks
She wouldn’t smile for the camera, so I asked her to give me a big frown instead, and this was the amusing result.
The girls have always enjoyed singing, but lately it seems that they’ve been singing even more than usual. Carolyn, in particular, frequently just bursts into song, making up nonsense “words” for lyrics; and inevitably, Elizabeth soon joins in for a sweet duet. During one such recent episode, I whipped out my phone and introduced them to the “Voice Memos” app, and of course then they were all the more eager to perform. Click the link below for a sample:
As you can see (hear) it’s mostly just glossolalia, which is supposedly the language of the angels, right? I’m afraid they’re not reliable about interpreting it for me, so I don’t really know what the songs are about, but they did at least inform me that this song is named Jobba Nonnok.
And here’s a picture, just because it’s cute.
Elizabeth & Carolyn