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Hello my lovely babies,

So, picture this. This morning I wake up to the sound of you getting out of bed. I peered out my door as I see you hold hands and walk into your playroom. I listened as you played and giggled hysterically together. I sat here for 10 minutes thinking of how awesome your laughter is, how wonderful it is to have a twin, how the best way to wake up is to the sound of your giggles… All these warm and cuddly thoughts.

Then, I walked into the playroom, my heart full of love, to go check on you and see hat all the laughter was about. This is what I found:

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Really. This isn’t a joke.

I was so shocked, I didn’t even know what to say. When you noticed my presence, one of you said “Look, Mom! We’re bears!”.

I actually just walked out of the room. I went downstairs and got a drink. I had to collect my thoughts. I truly didn’t know whether to laugh or be mad. I went back upstairs and said, “GIRLS! Come here, NOW!”.

You attempted to hide for a moment, and then came, very slowly, to meet me in the hallway. You clearly knew you were in trouble- hence the look on your faces in the above photo. We proceeded to have a very long conversation about how bad that was, how we only draw on paper, and what would happen if you did it again. We FaceTimed Gaga so you could see her disappointment too. We tried Dad, but he was busy at work and didn’t answer. We then went straight to the bath- no toys, just a lot of scrubbing. And then I made you sit in the playroom and watch as I cleaned every inch of the walls. You could hear Dora in the room over and wanted to badly to go watch cartoons, but you had to sit and watch.

You felt so bad that when we met Gaga at the pool later, you wouldn’t even look at her when we walked in. You were ashamed. But, of course that only lasted a minute before you were in Gaga’s lap.

Honestly, as bad as this was- this picture is hilarious. And the utter shock I felt when I walked into that playroom was quite comical too. I mean it was everywhere- the windows, closet, electrical outlets, every single wall, ever inch of your body… but I couldn’t help to fight to hold back my “omg’s” and laughter.  I mean, come on- how insane is this picture?!

Thank goodness Crayola markers really are washable. And thank goodness you girls are so darn cute!!

And for anyone wondering- a mixture of water and a bit of vinegar wiped all the walls clean! 🙂

I love you always,

Mom.

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We survived Vacation Bible School!!

Dear Molly and Maddy,

What a week! Monday-Thursday you went to Vacation Bible School! I was really excited to sign you up for it- I thought it would be great practice for preschool and it also at the same place where Gaga, Jojo and Uncle Doug went to school, and where I had attended Vacation Bible school when I was little! I was anticipating that it might be a little difficult for you the first couple days. But what I was not anticipating was how difficult it would be for ME!

On Sunday night, I could not fall asleep! I have basically been with you guys 24 hours a day since the day you born (of course, you go to family’s houses sometimes.. but you know what I mean). You’ve never stepped foot into a daycare or had to be dropped off anywhere.  I am used to knowing every single thing you do in a day. When I realized that I would be dropping you off at this school, with people you don’t know, and a teacher who is probably in charge of 20 other kids too, terrified me! What if they couldn’t understand what you were saying? What if you were too scared to ask them to go to the bathroom and had an accident? What if another kid was mean to you? What if you cried for me the entire time?!

I eventually feel asleep and my alarm went off in the morning, I felt like my heart was in my stomach! But, I quietly went downstairs and made you breakfast. I woke you guys up and carried you back downstairs and sat you at the table. You gobbled up your cereal and drank your orange juice. I had already laid out your clothes the night before- they were waiting for us on the kitchen table. So, we got your dressed, did your hair… and we were ready to go. Daddy had actually gone into work for a few hours on Saturday to get some things done so he could come with me to drop you off! So, the 4 of us headed out the door.

I pumped you guys up the whole way there, talking about all the cool things you would do. We signed you in, and walked into the gym with you. We were actually quite early so we hung out and looked around and you guys seemed to get pretty excited! When all the kids started arriving, you girls gave us hugs and kisses and, Molly, you said “okay, mom! leave now! bye!”.

What?! Umm.. okay. So, your Dad and I watched as you walked in and sat in the gym with all the other kids. Neither of us really wanted to leave- and we stood there for another 5 minutes watching to makes sure you were okay. You didn’t look back, you were taking in all of your surrounds, so we finally decided we should go. And we did. Dad went to work, and I started to drive home. My plan was to clean the house and take a shower and go back to pick you up. On the way home, my stomach hurt so bad! I got home and felt lost! I had to pep talk myself into getting up and cleaning so I could go back and get you. I had thrown in laundry, prepared dinner, cleaned the house, taken a shower and stopped at the post office and it still wasn’t 12:00 yet! Ugh… I missed my babies! Finally, it was time to get you!

When I got there, a woman came right up to me and said, “oh my gosh!” As I looked at her quizzically, she went on to tell me how they almost called because you both were screaming and crying so hard after I left. Ugh!  My heart sank when I heard that! I guess, eventually you had calmed down when the pastors wife, Lisa, came over to talk to you. You stayed attached to her the rest of the time!

Needless to say, on Tuesday I was not looking forward to dropping you off. But, I knew I had to help you guys conquer this. You are big, brave girls now and you have each other. In just a few weeks you will be going to preschool and, as much as I don’t want you to, you need to become a bit more independent from me. Tuesday was a little better. We talked about it on the way there and you guys said if you could take your favorite stuffed animals in then you wouldn’t cry. Molly, you took Simba and Maddy, you took Nala. Molly- you held your Simba tight and walked right in! Maddy- you not so much. You were glued to my leg and crying. Do you have any idea how hard that was for me?! Miss Lisa came over and picked you up, and I gave you a kiss and left. HARDEST THING EVER! Wednesday was slightly better- you cried just a little but recovered quickly. And Thursday- guess what? NO CRYING! Maddy, you were about to, but Molly came over to you and said “Come on, sissy. Hold my hand”. You guys grabbed hands and walked in together. And that was it!

When I picked you up on Thursday, we enjoyed a little concert and an ice cream social. You got to bring home all the special projects you made all week. Oh, I should mention, although dropping you off was hard- I can’t believe how you acted when I came to pick you up each day. You did not come running to me. You did not even want to leave! I guess it wasn’t me being gone, it was just me leaving that was hard. But, I guess you got over that quickly!

All and all, it was a major success. You got a little taste of being away from me and know that I will always pick you up. You got to socialize with other kids your age, make lots of fun crafts and learn about God. Hopefully, this will have been good preparation for preschool… which, I must admit, I am NOT looking forward to. What am I going to do all day?! I can’t believe how quickly you are growing up. I wish you were still my babies! But, you are growing into two of the most beautiful, smartest, funniest little girls and I am excited to see what each new stage brings.

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I love you!

Mom

 

Preparing for School!

Hi loves!

Next week you will be going to vacation bible school! It will be the first time that I drop you off somewhere (other than family’s houses) and LEAVE! All 3 of us are pretty nervous!!  You girls will be starting preschool in the fall and you both are unsure about the idea of me not being there. I thought a few days of vacation bible school would be a good practice! So, I found out that St. Paul’s offers a program for 3 year olds. This is where Gaga, Jojo and Uncle Doug went to school and I went to vacation bible school there when I was little too! I have been trying to pump you up about it all week!

You still aren’t quite convinced you want to do this (even with bribes of new shoes and backpacks) so I thought we would check it out today! This morning, we drove over there and went inside so you could see what it looks like. One of the teachers came out and chatted with us. She told us about all the cool things you would do and she happened to be a twin too! When she came over to talk to us, Maddy, you grabbed onto me so tight, covered your face and almost began crying. And that is when the cutest thing ever happened. Molly, you told her, “it’s okay Maddy. Me be here with you.”

My heart melted. And then we talked about how lucky you guys are to have a sister, and that not everyone gets to go to school with their sister, and how if one of you gets nervous or scared you can just give your sister a big hug and kiss. And then you practiced by giving each other a hundred hugs and kisses! You guys are seriously the best!

 

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After checking out the school, we hung out at Nana’s for awhile. Then, Lauren took you to Gaga’s while I went to a hair appointment. Gaga dropped you off just in time for a yummy dinner and bike ride around the sub! You girls are becoming AWESOME bike riders! Maddy, you are crazy fast and make it all the way around. Molly, you stop every 5 seconds to “put gas in your bike” and seem to tire out 3/4 of the way through. It’s a long ways though, so I don’t blame you. I am so proud of you both and can’t believe you can ride your own bikes so good!

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Love you!!

Mom

Parties, Carnivals and Family!

Hi Girls!

What a weekend we had! On Saturday, we went to a graduation party. It was for someone in Nana’s family and was all the way out in Hillsdale! We picked up Nana at 1:00 and hit the expressway for an hour and twenty minute drive. You guys fell asleep pretty early into it. Once we got there, we got to see Nana’s sister, Aunt Ann. She has 11 or 12 kids and they all have a ton of kids themselves! Can you imagine?! We saw a lot of other family members that we don’t get to see often. I think Nana was happy that we joined her! We had lots of good food and dessert and headed home a few hours later!

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When we got home, Daddy started up the BBQ and we ate a very yummy meal! He had gotten chicken for us and fish for him, but you guys ended up loving his fish! I’ve never tried fish before (and don’t plan to anytime soon) so I stuck with the chicken! After dinner, I realized there was a summer carnival going on in town. SUMMER CARNIVAL?! Yes, please! So, we got our shoes on and into the car!

You girls had a BLAST! After going to the Northville carnival a few weeks ago, you were a seasoned pro. You went on all the rides without fear. But, your favorite part was the FUN HOUSE! This thing was huge! I really didn’t think you would make it all the way through. I thought for sure you would realize how high you were and make me come up there and get you. But, boy, was I wrong! As soon as you finished, you both yelled “one more time?!”. And then one more time and one more time after that. I think you probably went through that fun house about 20 times! Finally, at almost 10:00pm, we had to get you girls home!!

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Sunday was another lovely day, too. We went to Bubba and Didi’s house for swimming and a BBQ. Aunt Dawn, Uncle Mark and Google came too. It was only last weekend since you first learned how to swim by yourselves (and a life jacket) in Bubba’s pool, and you guys surprised us yet again! Swimming from end to end, jumping in, floating on your backs and twirling all around… you girls were crazy! While we waited for dinner, you requested I drew chalk with you guys. Ten minutes later, I had drawn (at least TRIED to draw) every single character in the Lion King! haha… guess I should have paid better attention in art class! You guys liked it though!

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On the way home from Bubba’s, we stopped at Gaga’s house. Gaga, Pop Pop and Mimi were gone all weekend for Mimi’s softball tournament and you guys were missing her bad! As she was you! It’s so funny- you go 2 or 3 days without seeing her and you act like it’s been a year!

I’m looking forward to another fun week with you girls. We have some fun things coming up! Can’t wait to write about them!

Love you,

Momma

Up North for the 4th!

Dear Molly and Maddy,

Here I go getting behind on my posts again! Oh well, better late than never!

This 4th of July weekend was so much fun! We started it off with the Northville Parade. I have gone to this parade every year of my entire life! Gaga and Pop Pop have been taking me since I was a little girl. So naturally, I have taken you every year since you were born, too! You guys had picked out your “parade dresses” weeks in advance and were really looking forward to the event! Every time we talked about it though, you were sure to remind me that Daddy is afraid of clowns but you are not!

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This year, Lauren, Adam and Jon were up north so Gaga, Pop Pop, Mimi, Nick and Jodi tagged along with us. You guys enjoyed the parade and were “supa fast” in collecting the candy! Definitely a fun morning! Afterwards, we stopped at Nana’s for a bit to get some Nana time in because you wouldn’t be seeing her for a few days. Why, you ask? Because we were headed UP NORTH!! 🙂

I love being “up north”. Anyone not from Michigan probably doesn’t understand and is definitely missing out. There is just something about the beautiful Michigan lakes, clear skies, boat rides, fireworks lighting up the sky, snuggling in a hoodie next to a bonfire each night, and living in your bathing suit and no shoes the whole weekend! It’s a little min-vacation and a carefree atmosphere. You went up north when you were a few months old, but obviously spent most of your time sleeping! This year was so much different!

You girls played in the lake, jumped on the water trampoline, collected rocks and seashells, made smores by the bonfire, watched fireworks, lit your first sparkler, learned to fish with Daddy, and thoroughly enjoyed your daily boat rides. Lauren was kind enough to cook us delicious meals each day and let you two snuggle in her bed each night. My favorite part of the trip though- our pirate adventures! You girls have such creative imaginations and I love to get them going! At the pool all summer, we have been playing “shark”- one of us will make a shark fin with our hands on top of our head and chase each other around the pool while you guys scramble to be “safe” and scream and laugh. So, when we boarded the boat and headed onto Higgins Lake, of course I thought it was the perfect opportunity to play shark! You’d point into the water, scream “SHARK!” and duck down into safety! Before we took off, we also found a map on the boat. What kind of map? A pirate treasure map of course!! Molly was the navigator and told Captain Jon exactly where the map said to go 🙂 Unfortunately, we didn’t happen upon our treasure that day. But the next day was a different story!

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The second day, we were more than prepared for our pirate adventure! We had new pirate maps, marked with an X. We had pirate bandanas and pixie dust. You girls kept checking the map and telling us which direction to head. And guess what? YOU FOUND A TREASURE! When we stopped the boat, a special pirate treasure came floating up to us on a raft. We wrangled it onto the boat and found pirate bags with all kinds of goodies and candy inside! This was SO much fun! Your imaginations are THE BEST!!

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We stayed up north at Lauren and Jon’s house from Thursday night until Sunday morning. It was such a great time and a wonderful 4th of July spent with family!

Hope you had as much fun as I did! Love you girls!

Love,

Mom

Happy Birthday, Pop Pop!

Dear Molly and Maddy,

June 29th is Pop Pop’s birthday! We had the whole family over our house for his birthday dinner! We had a great time playing outside, eating Daddy’s BBQ, and hanging out with everyone! Pop Pop is the greatest grandpa in the world to you… you are so lucky to have him as your Pop Pop! And I know this, because I know how lucky I am to have him as my dad!

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In true Pop Pop fashion, he somehow got you guys to have a cupcake eating contest with each other- using no hands! He is crazy! And you girls went right along with it!

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We hope Pop Pop had a great birthday! We love him so much!

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Love you!

Mom

Weekly Recap

Dear Girls,

I got a little far behind in writing to you. Sorry! We have just been so busy! The week before last was filled with rainy skies and lazy days! I think we spent most of Monday hanging around the house and cleaning. Tuesday was laundry day. When I ask you if you like to clean, your response is always “no! boring!”. Girls, I totally agree… but sometimes, it has to be done. Wednesday cleared up enough for us to go to our neighbor’s birthday party. Donnie turned 4 and he had a Road Rally throughout our sub! We decorated our wagon and joined in on the parade of bikes, strollers, wagons, and power wheels throughout the streets. We ended at his house where we had snacks and cake! It was fun!

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Thursday, Mimi and Lauren met us at the pool. We didn’t stay long… the rain clouds were rolling back in and he headed home. Lauren and Mimi came back with us and we made smoothies, popcorn and watched a movie! What movie, you might be wondering? Well, there is only one movie being played at our house right now… LION KING!! Molly, you are OBSESSED!! Totally obsessed! My friend Pizzo gave you a Lion King book at my softball game and you were so excited you gave her a hug. She couldn’t believe it, as you had never given her a hug before! So, the next day, she showed up to our house with the Lion King DVD. I think we have watched it about 3 times a day since! You know the entire movie by heart now and are completely in love with Simba! I’ll add a video here in the morning!

 

 

 

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The next day, we went with Nana and Nick out to Great Lakes Crossing. Nick wanted to go to a store out there and I thought it would be a lot of fun to tag along and have lunch at the Rain Forest Cafe! To my surprise, there was a Disney Store there! So, of course he had to go and see if they had any Lion King things. They only had ONE Lion King item left in the store- a set of figurines. So, we snatched it up! Maddy, you are still in love with Tangled, so you got a new nightgown and Rapunzel doll. Clearly, it was a very successful shopping trip!

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The week just continued to get better! Over the weekend, Daddy and I took you to a carnival! You girls were so excited. Dad and I were a little sad though- you girls were big enough to ride the rides BY YOURSELF!! What?! How are our little babies big enough to go on rides alone?! I just cannot believe how fast you are growing and how quickly time is passing. It is sad and exciting all at the same time. While we were there, we ran into my friend Amy and her son Blake. You three spent hours riding all the rides at the carnival and had so much fun!

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Except for the Crocodile Rollercoaster. That was not so much fun. In fact, Molly screamed “STOPPPP!!” at the top her lungs until the operator stopped the ride and let you guys off!

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Despite some rainy days and that stupid Crocodile roller coaster, we had a blast this week! And I love you so much!

Love,

Mom