the happy 2 year oldsLast Wednesday was the actual big day with a celebration yesterday. And it was a celebration! Not only of the fact that the twins have been here for two years but that we've all survived those two years, relatively in tact.
Wednesday was spent quietly at home because guess what...yep it was raining. The story of our summer this year so far. I think they were actually up at the time they were born for a late night nursing session (that time being 12:49am and 12:50am). Alexa kept randomly singing happy birthday to them to which they really had no response. Chris ended up bringing home a surprise ice cream cake. Apparently they were much more interested in eating it when it was whole rather than sliced into pieces on plates to be eaten with a fork.
mmm...ice cream cake
The skies were blue and sunny yesterday for the outdoor party we had planned. I had hoped to be cooking by 12 but 1 seemed to work out ok also. The hamburger I had put in the fridge several days prior still hadn't thawed completely and needed a little help before patties could be made. There was lots of yummy side dishes brought by friends and family and enjoyed by all.
guests enjoying lunch...guess Chris's cooking didn't kill them!
After cake it was onto the presents. I think Liz and Jake got to open 2 each. The rest were torn into by the other kids that were under the age of 6. It ended up being a bit chaotic but that's nothing new!
Both got some fun new things to play with and some beach gear and wear. Now hopefully the sun will stay out so we can use the lifejackets (thanks Missy), beach towels (thanks Nokomi), sand toys (thanks again Nokomi), beachballs (thanks Ashmores), and 2 bubble mowers (thanks Grammy Karen & Grampa Chris).
Eventually everyone had their fill of fun in the sun and headed back to their homes. Liz took a nap while Jake kept escaping out of his bed (and out of the room till I locked the door). Chris played some volleyball with Brenda and the Ashmore twins while Alexa and Ellie played inside doing "girl games".
As for the twins accomplishments...there doesn't seem to be much that they can't get into.
Liz: very good at running, quite chatty and you can understand/figure out most of what she says. She likes to be on the go. Favorite toy is any baby doll and accessory she can get her hands on. She also loves to dress up. Favorite food, well her favorite to say is "couscous" but I don't think she actually eats much of it! I can't really think of one thing that she prefers over all else! Loves to do whatever her big sister does even if it drives Alexa nuts.
Jake: still working on the running. He's got the motions down but needs to pick up the pace. Of course he looks like he's moving faster than he really is because of the hunched shoulders, serious look on face, and pumping arms. His favorite word seems to be "mine". And it's really one of the only ones we understand. This kid cannot be without his toy cars when he is at home. He lines them up on the end table and will try to fit various items behind the steering wheel. Moving onto big cars as I caught him opening the van door yesterday and climbing in behind the driver's seat (note to self...should probably lock doors or better supervise and never leave running!). His favorite food - marshmallows. He will cram an entire one in and go looking for more, stealing bites from unsuspecting sisters if he can.
2 year stats:
Jacob: 26 lbs, 33.5 inches tall. Dr. Lew and Nurse Holly were excited that he hit the 25th percentile in both categories!
Elizabeth: 24.6 lbs, 33 inches tall. Hit 25th percentile for height but still at 10% for weight.