The Munchkins

Life with identical twins

Tiny Bits

* Once we go into summer mode, we’re gone too much to foster a dog. It’s too difficult to bring them to the lake, and too difficult arranging temp fosters every weekend. And so, on Friday Huey went to his new foster home. I was so sad that we didn’t get to see him to his forever home. I had really hoped he would get adopted and we wouldn’t need to do this, but it just hasn’t happened yet. He’s with an amazing family with a big fenced in yard and kids for him to snuggle with, so I know he’s loving life right now, but I will miss my sweet boy.

* This week is going to be crazy and stressful. One day at a time.

* We leave for New York on Saturday and I cannot plan anything because the weather forecast changes hourly. Rain, rain go away!

* If anyone has dinner suggestions for nights when you have sports at 5:30 or 6:00 I’m all ears. For riding nights I always made bacon wrapped chicken or tacos ahead of time, so by the time the girls got home they could eat quickly and we could get on the road. But, I also worked from home those days. I keep thinking crockpot? But the crockpot and I aren’t always friends.

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Memorial Weekend + Field Day

Friday was Field Day for the girls. My dad and I have volunteered the last few years, and this year my mom came along as well since she’s retired now! Now that the girls are in 3rd grade, Field Day is in the afternoon. We met them for lunch, then headed over to hand out ribbons at the 50 yard dash. You would think this would be a straight forward task but it isn’t. The kids argued with us over which place they came in. Over and over. They were wrong much of the time but that didn’t stop them. Also, there were a bunch of times when three or four kids would cross the line at the same time. So much pressure! It was fun though, and I love getting to see all of the kids that we know.

This year they added the tug of war. Caden’s classroom won the third grade contest! I’m sure it was her brute strength that gave them the advantage.

As soon as tug of war was over, we grabbed their backpacks and headed home to grab the dogs and get on the road. Our route to the cabin is the same as many, many others and we knew we would run into traffic. Which we did. It was slow going much of the way, but we stopped off and grabbed dinner which broke it up a bit.

The weather on Friday was absolutely gorgeous. Saturday was warm but cloudy, and it rained off and on. We fished a few times, and the girls swam for a bit. I thought I took way more pictures than I did, but apparently I only grabbed these two of Caden. Then the rain came so I headed up to the cabin with my camera.

Luckily we got some fishing in on Saturday, because Sunday was cold and windy. I read my book and watched the seven hour Twins game. The girls reconnected with their friend and played Barbies and ate way too much candy. We headed back to the Cities after dinner so that we could get the house organized before another busy week.

On the dog front, Midas crazy, crazy loves the lake. He has so much fun there, I think he really loves the change of scenery and the wide open spaces. I figured I would work with that tendency to run and have him practice walking on a leash. He did pretty well! As long as that was the way he wanted to go. If he didn’t, he just sat there until we picked him up and carried him. So, mostly the same as usual, but at least I did less chasing.

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Flowers! A lot less of them.

Free time has been at an all time low the last few weeks with all of our activities. With the rain, I really didn’t know when I was going to get some flowers planted. Last year I mostly replicated what I did at the old house – lots of pots of flowers on the patio. But it didn’t work. The pots looked out of place. So this year I scaled way back. A few pots out front and a few pots out back, and then focusing more on planting more perennials and more color in the back of the yard.

Delaney and I picked the flowers out on Sunday evening. It was cold! And the selection wasn’t huge so we chose quickly and figured we’d work with what we bought. I spent $50? Which is easily the least amount I’ve ever spent on flowers.

Monday night was our only free night, so we planted everything after dinner. Delaney and I strategized pot selection and placement, I filled the pots with dirt, Caden sprinkled fertilizer and Delaney planted. We are a well oiled machine! I forgot how much fun it is planting flowers with the girls. Even better that it was a low key event this year.

Delaney planted a cabbage plant that she brought home from school a month ago, and she has been steadily watering it every night. Watering is my least favorite activity, so it works well that she just waters everything now. I don’t even have to ask her which is even better.

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Piano Recital 2017

Ballet was Saturday, piano was Sunday.

We had our ups and downs with piano as you do over nine months, but this spring both girls really hit their stride with piano. They found pieces they really enjoyed (I should say Marta found them pieces she knew they would enjoy playing) and practicing wasn’t such a chore anymore. Both girls ended up playing their pieces so much they memorized them. Delaney could play hers at just about any speed, preferably super fast. At one point Caden and I said “Enough! We don’t want to listen to it anymore!” Which is something you don’t necessarily expect to say but there you go.

They did not want me to video their individual pieces, but said I could tape their duets. The first duet did not go so well, so that can stay on my phone. This is their second duet. I love this song and even though playing together is really difficult for them to do, I hope they keep playing duets in the future.

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Ballet 2017!

The ballet recital for our studio is very low key. Rehearsal is just before, they wear their regular leotards but add a hair piece. I clearly wasn’t too worried about it, because we all overslept and only had 45 minutes to get ready and out the door!

My last ballet bun! And it was quite possibly my best. It didn’t do well once Delaney pulled her shirt over her head, but for a moment, it was perfect.

During class, most of the moms run errands, so we haven’t really gotten to know each other. But, one other mom and I have chatted a few times, and run into each other at Trader Joe’s while we’re both getting groceries, so we hung out during rehearsal. That was nice, otherwise it would have been a very long day.

The one picture I got of them! I bought them those ballet sweaters last year and they wore them almost every class. At least they got a lot of use out of them! On the recommendation of their teacher, we pulled Caden’s hair half back. We talked about a low pony, but I don’t think it would have stayed in. She could not wait to get that out! Delaney left her bun in most of the day. I just love her with her hair up.

I shot this during rehearsal, while also trying to snap a few pictures with my big camera. Of the younger kids, they knew their routine the best (although I think they also had the shortest routine and it repeated which helped). I absolutely loved their teacher and all that she taught them. They made huge progress throughout the year, and for the most part, really enjoyed class every week.

As we tend to do at this time of year, we talked about possibly doing one class next year. The classes they would be in are actually at 6:00pm, which we could make more easily than the 4:45 classes. It wouldn’t be a Saturday class, but with piano and riding, it would mean three evenings a week and do I want to do that? No, no I don’t. If we only do riding twice a month it’s a possibility? But I also would love to not spend $900 on dance again. If they had a lot of passion around dance it would make it an easier decision, but they love riding so much more, it’s not a contest.

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Early Release

You guys. Where did May go? The girls only have two more weeks of school left!

Monday. Caden got a few dresses for Christmas that were short sleeves and so hadn’t been able to wear them yet. Over the weekend I pulled all of the winter dresses from their closet and replaced them with their summer dresses. She was so excited to wear this! It’s super soft. (Delaney was running late.)

Tuesday. The beginning of the rain. Caden is obsessed with 3/4 sleeve tops, so she was super happy to see this dress again. Delaney was super happy to not be late.

Wednesday. No Delaney again. Caden grabbed another dress from Christmas! This dress actually reaches her knees, but I hate how so many dresses for kids are so short. Is that really necessary?

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Tiny Bits

* I didn’t pack swimsuits for the girls because it was early May and I figured even though it was going to be 80 degrees out, the lake would be cold. Caden was so angry at me! The lake was really calm and she wanted to paddle board. After our boat ride my mom and I went inside to get dinner started and my dad snuck off with the girls and the paddle boards. They just paddle boarded in their rompers and since neither fell in, no one got wet. Caden was so proud of herself! She loves to prove me wrong.

* It’s like Nat Geo Wild at the lake. My mom has bird feeders everywhere and there are so many beautiful birds! We watched the Orioles swoop in and out on the back patio, and two hummingbirds came next to me on the front deck. It was crazy. Makes me want to do bird feeders at our house.

* It’s my birthday today! I share a birthday with a coworker (separated by only 20 years, which is awesome) so we decided to have a birthday donut breakfast at the new fancy donut place downtown. I’ve heard they have an oatmeal bar, cross your fingers on that one. For lunch, my other coworker is taking me out to a gluten free restaurant I’ve wanted to try for a long time. So excited!

* We’re supposed to have our first softball game tonight, but there is heavy rain forecasted. I can’t decide if I want the rain, or if I want to play.

* I need to write a post about how much I love age 9. Seriously, it’s the best so far.

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Mother’s Day 2017

You guys. We are so close! On Saturday we had our last ballet class (recital is this coming weekend and they are doing pictures the next, but it’s Memorial weekend so um, no pictures for us). This week is our last piano lessons and then the piano recital is Sunday. We are all ready for summertime!

Saturday morning we ran Huey over to his temp foster so that as soon as ballet was finished we could grab the dogs and head up to the lake. We were there for exactly 24 hours and we packed it in!

It was a crazy beautiful day, so we knew as soon as we unloaded the truck we wanted to get out for a boat ride. Delaney was so fired up to fish! So we tucked into a little bay and did some fishing.

I let the girls fish with my dad while my mom and I chatted and enjoyed our cocktails.

My dad caught one keeper crappie, and Delaney caught this bass (threw it back) and a 22″ northern (also threw it back). We went out fishing again after dinner and caught a bunch of crappies, and then we fished again on Sunday morning and caught a bunch more. Enough for lunch on Sunday plus some to bring home! We seem to hit the crappies this time of year, and then once June hits it’s more sunfish. Regardless, it was really fun fishing.

The dogs don’t really go anywhere throughout the winter, so Lark was VERY nervous about the car ride and new location. Luckily, once she got on the boat and got her life jacket on, she settled in. All of the dogs had the best time ever. Midas ran all over the place, wagging his tail and just enjoying his little self. Annabelle actually did not want to leave. When I grabbed her leash to lead her to the car she turned around and headed for my mom. One of these days Annie!

The girls and my dad made my mom and I breakfast Sunday morning. They also made our gifts! It was pretty sweet watching them run downstairs after our weeknight activities to plot their crafts and wrap everything up. They were very secretive! All in all, a very solid holiday.

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We have had sunshine and 70 degree weather all week and it has been amazing. For me, life is just easier when the sun is shining and the weather is warm. The weekend is supposed to be gorgeous as well. The weather was so nice on Thursday that for part of the girls’ riding lesson they rode in the outdoor ring. It’s so different riding out there. Lots more distractions, but the ring is also bigger and so are the jumps! Their lessons this summer will likely be outdoors quite a bit, so I’m excited.

Last Friday. Those are some pretty big smiles aren’t they?

Monday. Not so much for the smiles on a Monday morning are they? This was the morning where our sleep wars began. In case you were wondering, they continued all week, even though I put them to bed early every night to try to catch up on sleep and reset their sleep clocks.

Tuesday. I’m still trying to find good back drops for our morning pictures. I love all the green, but it makes it really hard to edit the color!

I thought I had a Wednesday picture, but apparently not. Thursday there is no picture because Caden woke up with both eyes mattered shut. Pink eye. Again. Luckily we still had drops left so we didn’t even need to see the doctor. When I picked Delaney up from school the teachers told me that it’s going AROUND. Like at least a kid in every classroom. Caden’s classroom disinfected, plus I kept her home so hopefully that’s the end of that!

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Weekend Activities

I saw an article on Facebook about a family that refuses to do any kid activities that fall on the weekends. My first reaction was – Right on! We have ballet on Saturdays at noon and while it gives us a whole morning at home to get things done, it also makes it difficult to do anything besides cleaning/errand running on Saturdays because of the lessons happening in the middle of the day.

But now softball has kicked in and our weeks are crazy. This week was piano lessons and softball practice on Tuesday, softball practice again on Wednesday, riding lessons on Thursday and the school carnival on Friday. Monday was our only free evening! Which reminds me again why I do choose to do dance lessons on the weekend.

I have waffled on this decision quite a few times, but we will not be continuing dance lessons next fall. I love ballet, the girls love ballet 95% of the time, but now that we are doing riding lessons more often, it’s too hard to fit in another activity. All things being equal, I would absolutely continue ballet lessons. Dance is good for the girls coordination, and I think it’s a great creative outlet for them. But lesson times for the younger girls are not at the best times, and financially, I don’t need another higher cost activity.

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