The Munchkins

Life with identical twins

Perler beads

Last weekend Delaney lost access to her iPad Friday evening. While it’s a consequence for crap behavior, it’s almost always a good thing in our house. If one twin can’t play on their iPad, the other twin won’t either. They are then forced to find other things to do.

Delaney likes to create and build things. Caden is very into legos and while Delaney often joins her, Lane is more crafty. She likes Qixels and Perler Beads.

I don’t remember what her first perler bead project was, but she quickly started googling (on her sister’s iPad) Christmas designs. She made an ornament, present, reindeer, and a Christmas tree. Then she found something that gave her the idea of making a 3D Christmas tree where there were slots so they locked into each other. She even made a custom stand so it actually stood up. Unfortunately, she gave the tree to one of her friends at school yesterday so I just missed getting a picture of it. The present in the back of the picture above? Is the same concept as the Christmas tree. I was so proud of her! My brain definitely doesn’t work this way, so I love that she has really found things that play into her strengths.

Caden made her own perler bead designs. She did eyes, eyebrows, mustache, and a mouth. It’s pretty cool. I do think Lego villages are more her jam though. Our basement is crazy with her lego creations!

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Weekend Wrap up

Because we had the Santa Brunch on Saturday, we switched our piano lessons to the 8:00am time slot because that lesson canceled. While I wouldn’t want that time slot every week, it worked perfectly and made sure everyone was up and moving on time.

After the Santa Brunch we changed clothes and then drove this little girl to her new family. She freaked out when we did the hand off, which we knew she would, be he sat in the back of his car with her until she calmed down. She couldn’t have landed in a better home. The guy knows the breed, knows what to expect, and was super excited.

That said, I was so emotional. After she broke her leg, Midge became aggressive at times. I think she bonded too much with me since I was her primary caretaker. It definitely caused problems, but in between she was so sweet and such a snuggler we worked through it. While our house is definitely calmer now, I miss her like crazy. There’s of course a whole mess of guilt and responsibility tied up in all of this, but it’s been an emotional few days.

Sunday was the Christmas program at church. We take a very low key role in the program and just sing the songs so there aren’t any extra rehearsals. They did a great job with the program this year! It’s a great mix of an updated telling of the story, along with a few songs.

We raced home after church to change clothes and then head out to the horse barns for the holiday show. Last year we were far too new to even go to this, so we were all excited to watch. It’s essentially a horse competition, with four different skill levels. In the middle, the super advanced riders came out and jumped the big jumps. We’ve never seen the girls trainer ride, so that was super fun! She’s such a natural on a horse. It was also crazy to watch the owner ride her gigantic horse. They had the jumps high, and some of the horses were clearing them with a foot to spare. And the horses! Stomping their feet as they cantered, you could tell they LOVED it. The girls agreed they will definitely be in the show next year which will be fun, since we can invite family to come watch them.

While we had quite a bit going on during the day, our evenings were completely free. Saturday I made risotto, which is the perfect cold weather dish. Sunday we had leftovers since we’d all eaten at the horse show. It was so nice to be able to end the day relaxing at home, and knock off a few of our dvr’d shows.

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Santa Brunch 2017

Picture overload! This was our second year at the Santa Brunch at the golf club. They do a really good job at all of their events. The food is amazing, and we always love the crafts. And it’s nice to get dressed up as a family and do something for the holiday.

Also, the girls are always open to fancy hair do’s when they get dressed up which is fun for me.

Crafts this year were frosting cupcakes and squirting paint into ornaments. The girls loved both, but along the way we lost Delaney’s ornament and her cupcake and that did not go over well.

Caden was all in for talking to Santa, Delaney not so much. Luckily it was short and sweet and as last year, Santa and Mrs. Claus were really amazing.

Thank you Taylor for taking another great family photo for us!

Last but not least, the reindeer sleigh ride. They had to stop so one of the reindeer could pee and Delaney thought that was the funniest thing ever.

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December horses

New month, new horses! Caden was supposed to ride Daily, who is a black pony with spunk. (Is there a pony who isn’t spunky? I’m beginning to think no.) But, their trainer switched her to Lacey. We’ve all ridden Lacey and love her. She’s a bigger horse, very sweet, and has a great canter.

Delaney is riding Ziggy. Ziggy used to be the horse Caden rode all the time, I think this is the first time Delaney has ridden him? She loved him clearly, by the grin on her face.

Some months based on the horse/rider combo, they keep things relatively tight and there isn’t a lot of cantering. Last night they did a super fun jump combo that was perfect for some cantering between jumps if they wanted to, but if they didn’t, they got to canter a few laps after. I love to watch the girls canter. It’s such a display of their confidence and skill!

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Bake Day

Oh man. This has to be the first time I’ve ever skipped posting Monday and Tuesday! I meant to post yesterday, but here’s what went down that threw our night.

Monday afternoon I was walking out of work when my phone rang. It was Caden. She said “Delaney didn’t get off the bus and Annie’s kennel wasn’t locked!” At least she prioritized? Apparently Delaney was reading her book when the bus came to our stop and she just kept on reading. I got off the phone with Caden and immediately started trying to figure out where Delaney would be. Did she get off at the next stop? I started calling neighbors trying to brainstorm what to do. One of my lovely neighbors ran outside to see if she could see her walking back to our house. Nothing. She recommended I call the bus company, but of course I don’t have their number saved and by this time I’m in the car. Thank you Hey Siri! Hands free searching and dialing. In between, I’d also called Caden to confirm that Delaney had not come home. The bus company was amazing, and after I explained the situation they put me on hold, called the bus, and came back and told me that she was on the bus and they were bringing her back to our bus stop.

Luckily traffic was light and I made it to the bus stop just as the bus did. I knew she was likely safe, but the whole not knowing where she was or if she would attempt to get off the bus and walk home was crazy making. I think Caden and I were more frantic about the whole situation than Delaney was! My adrenaline crashed about 6:00 and I was ready for bed by 7:00pm. Caden will now drag her sister off the bus if need be, and hopefully we never go through this again.

Bake Day!! We were a little late because of piano lessons, but we rallied to catch up. Everyone brought three recipes. Ours were peanut butter cups, chocolate peanut butter cookies, and chocolate crinkle cookies. The girls were continuously asking for something to do, so they went from station to station helping people out. They mixed, they frosted, they rolled out dough, they were troopers. We didn’t have any crazy difficult cookies this year, and the only ones that bombed a bit were my chocolate peanut butter cookies (dry). When we got all of the cookies on the table so people could take them home, I realized we had baked A LOT of cookies. I bought three tupperware containers and we filled all of them! The girls definitely have their favorites (which are now gone).

Thank you Lisa for hosting! It doesn’t feel like Christmas until we have Bake Day!

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Mr. Snowy

For the majority of the summer the girls rode the same two horses, but now that they’ve moved into fall lessons their trainer has assigned them a new horse each month. It’s been really good for the girls because learning to ride a new horse really stretches their skills. They both LOVED their November horses and were excited to ride them one last time!

Mr. Snowflake. Delaney rode him in October and then Caden had him in November. He’s this little dude, with so much sass, we all love him so much. He was so sassy last night as she was getting him ready that I thought for sure they would battle all lesson, but she is so confident on him she had zero issues. And she cantered on him! Just for a short distance, but he’s little and he canters like a crazy horse, so I was proud of her for handling him perfectly.

I will miss styling his crazy mane.

Reno Bob. Do you think they love each other? I want to ride this horse! He was so great for Laney and they were a perfect team. He was the perfect horse to show case just how far her riding skills have progressed in the last six months. Love this guy.


Upside Down

I buy these gluten free chocolate cupcakes occasionally at Trader Joe’s. I usually eat one, then throw them in the freezer and eat the other three over the next month or so. I bought these on Monday, kind of needed a treat. Got home Tuesday and realized I needed a treat again. Last night I realized that it was a cupcake each night kind of week.

I said it the other day but coming back from vacation we’ve all just been off. I figured once I got a good nights sleep I’d be fine, but things are still just off. We went to Target four days in a row, forgetting something every time and then *still* had to hit Trader Joe’s on Monday for other things. Last night I was driving home from work when I realized that I walked out without my laptop. I’m working from home today, so my work laptop is kind of necessary. I’ll have to drive downtown this morning which kind of wrecks the work from home vibe.

The girls have been emotional and clumsy. Dropping things, crying, bumping into all the things and me, crying.

As a single mom, I can’t be off my game. It’s not good for us all around. So what do I need to do universe?!!


Remote Controlled Cars

Last year my mom bought my dad two remote controlled cars. There’s a little track near their place, and people race them in the parking lot across from their place. The girls loved to run them last year, but they were always trying to do that on the track which is windy and bumpy and just was super difficult. This year the track is in bad shape so they didn’t even attempt it, they just zoomed them around the parking lot.

The one downside to the cars is that you have to plan for them. The batteries take time to charge and they only run for about 15 minutes. Luckily, that was about the right amount of time before the girls started fighting, so it worked out well.

I stayed away from the cars. While it looks easy enough to drive them, I knew it wasn’t and my car probably would have just done circles forever and ever.

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We flew back on Friday and ostensibly had the weekend to get ourselves settled and yet everyone had an off day on Monday. Re-entry to the real world has been rough. Luckily we don’t have much going on this week!

Back to Arizona! My dad made friends with a guy who owns three mules. He was very excited for us to come over and ride them while we were down there and the girls were equally as excited to ride them. The mules were gorgeous! They looked so much like horses, but then had these big, huge, gigantic ears that I loved. We all took a turn riding, the girls even got her to trot for them!

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We’re back!

Before we left I was complaining because of course it had been hot the week before and of course it was cooling down when we would be out there. And sure, 80 isn’t cold but I wanted the heat! And Arizona delivered. The forecast kept bumping up while we were out there. Phoenix set a record high of 89 on Thanksgiving! It was glorious. Because the days were warmer, the evenings didn’t get as cool either. We wore a lot less of our cardigans and coats than we did last year.

Last year we played a lot of bocce ball, this year it was pickle ball. It’s kind of like tennis, but on a much smaller court. By the end of the week the girls were getting very good! They could keep a volley going for a few rounds, and held their own in games against the adults! It was a fun after dinner activity.

I did one on one time with each of the girls. My parent’s friends loaned us their golf cart, so Caden and I drove around the complex (it’s huge). We drove past an open house for a model home with a rooftop deck so we raced back to get my mom so we could walk through it. It was so cool! Really nice, and the rooftop deck would be a great place for the dogs to hang out on days when it wasn’t too hot. The next day we toured all of the models with Delaney and Dad. I know at some point I’m going to want to get out of the cold weather, so Arizona is the logical place to go. I’ve always wanted to retire early but didn’t know how I was going to get there. With Rodan + Fields, I finally have my path!

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