33 Months - 2 3/4 Years Old!


We're definitely on our way to three now! I'm even in the beginning stages of party planning for their big 3-year old bash. I know the next few months will fly by, then it will be summer, then they'll start preschool. I think the timing is great and they'll definitely be ready to be in school by the fall, but January has certainly been a month of planning out the next months until then.

We have a new schedule of activities into May and I'm just starting to look into some summer camps for them. These are preschool-type camps where they'd go a few days a week from 9-noon. What I've noticed is that a lot of the classes we're doing currently switch to camps in the summer, so while I'm looking forward to having free time with them for fun new adventures, I'd like to have some activities built in. Swim lessons would continue, as would MyGym, though we're dropping that as of tomorrow. But their art, outdoor classes and others switch to camps in the summer which led me to look into a few options. We'll keep some weeks totally open but I've already booked a few weeks for their outdoor class in the Presidio and am hoping to do some sessions at a preschool.

Preschool. That's the next big topic. Applications are due Feb. 1 across the city and then acceptances are sent out the first week of March. I toured maybe 7 schools, and Dave joined me on a few, and initially, we were going to apply to all but one of them which we were turned off by. Preschools are so competitive in the city and while we're lucky to have such great options right in our neighborhood, that means those are some of the most competitive... meaning they'll likely get around 300 applications for a handful of spots (after they accept siblings, sometimes there's just one or two spots left for new families). Factoring in that we need two spots, it was bound to be a stressful process. After touring, Dave and I had some favorites, though there were definitely pros and cons to each one. Calvary, the preschool at our church (but not affiliated with the church) didn't hold a tour until January so it was the last one I visited. With Dave and I being so active at the church, we knew this gave us at least a slight advantage as they do give priority to church families. But I didn't know much about the school and didn't love that we'd have to get in the car to get there (and it's a 5-day a week program so it would be driving every day). In the end, I ended up liking everything about the school, except the fact that we'd have to drive. There are a couple other schools that we were going to apply to, that while possibly walking distance, were just far enough/hilly enough, that we'd probably end up driving at least sometimes anyway. So in the end, Dave and I decided to move forward with the applications we had already submitted (two in our neighborhood) and then just apply to Calvary, foregoing the other schools that I initially liked, but decided if we'd be driving anyway, we knew Calvary would be at the top of the list... and we're hoping we get in without a problem.

It's nice to be done with the process and we'll hope that everything works out and the boys end up where they should be.

Otherwise, the month has been pretty quiet since we got home at the beginning of January. I recapped our great Florida trip here. The past couple of weeks have been random since some of our classes hadn't started up yet. Most of them have now, with one new one being added on Mondays, but here's what our current week looks like (we've been filling in with MyGym here and there but will drop that starting next week):

Monday: Drop-off outdoor class in the Presidio (starting in Feb)
Tuesday: Drop-off art class
Thursday: Swim class
Friday: Outdoor class I attend with them, locations throughout the city



It's a good mix and while I have several drop-off classes (yay!), they're only 1.5-2 hours long so I usually try to go to the gym then but don't have time for much more. That's okay, I still think it's been great for them to be in these new situations and so far they've adjusted just fine.

We've also had a ton of rain since we've been home, which is much needed, but means we haven't spent quite as much time outside as normal. I feel like they've been good about being indoors, but many days it's just wet out but not actually raining so they're still able to go stomp in puddles, etc.

EAT:


  • We had to reel it in a bit when we got back from Florida. We had eaten a lot of sweets and the boys were demanding dessert every night after dinner, most nights refusing to eat any of their actual dinner. While we don't tie dessert to having eaten dinner, it was still a bad routine I didn't want to support. Luckily several weeks later we've gotten back to our old plan where they can have cottage cheese or yogurt if they don't like what we're having. Dessert isn't offered every night, but is now fruit and honey over yogurt, a piece of fruit or lately they've been really into dried figs.
  • Waffles are still number one for breakfast, especially with W.
  • Dad has been making homemade smoothies for breakfast so we just need to sneak more vegetables into those.
  • Still not doing great with vegetables but peas seem to go over okay.
  • G has really pulled back on eating fruit, he eats some, but it's been a drop of the low amount to begin with (at least compared to W to eats a ridiculous amount of fruit).

SLEEP:


  • We were blessed with great naps in FL and thankfully those have continued. Even G goes down very easily just about every day.
  • Bedtime is still generally pretty good, but we have had nights here and there that seemed to drag out.
  • A few random wake-ups, all quick, over the past few weeks. Definitely around the time we returned home when they were still adjusting.
  • Waking up in the morning generally around the time of their sun clock, 6:50, but sometimes sleeping in until 7:15. 

PLAY:


  • I know I've said it before, but the past month they've really played SO well together. The benefits of having twins :) In Florida we noticed such a difference, but even since we've been home, I see their imaginations at work as they come up with more games. They've turned this odd step-up closet in their room into an elevator and can sit in their with Dedee for like 45 minutes! There's a lightswitch outside the closet (which actually isn't connected to a light) that they use as the elevator button. Otherwise pretending to be fighting fires, rescuing kitties, driving trains, etc., are all regular games they've come up with themselves. I hear them telling each other things like, 'you drive the bus' and the other saying 'okay'. Just today I moved the car out of the garage so they could ride their bikes around (it was raining) and G was pretending to be a bus and told W to wait at the bus stop so he could pick him up. It's so much fun to see them having so much fun together, and playing so independently. Sure, there are moments or bad days of fighting, but many more times where I'm able to clean up breakfast, make lunches, get their clothes ready, etc., all while they're playing nicely together.
  • Favorite books currently: Paw Patrol books on the ipad, The Ultimate Book of Vehicles (with all kinds of tabs and pulls), still Gruffalo for William and for a few days straight, they couldn't get enough of Everybody Poops that Dedee brought over.
  • None of their Christmas presents have emerged as *the* new toy of the moment, but they do use all of them. They get out the guitars, magnatiles, building blocks, and fire station doll house but more time still seems to be with trains, Duplos, scooters and then general stuff they play pretend with like stuffed animals or play food.
  • Shows are another area we really had to reel it back in on. W especially has a really hard time when we're turning off shows so I'm trying to have Dave keep it to the minimum in the mornings. It's so funny that they know they never watch shows with me, so while they do still ask here or there, I literally never give in so much of the time they don't push for it. They really do stick to their routine and whenever Dave is here, he gets up with them and they have breakfast before watching a show. Lately though, they've barely eaten breakfast before they're begging to go downstairs for a show. With me, they end up playing upstairs for almost 2 hours after we eat, I clean up, etc. I'm not saying one is better, but that they are so fixed on routine. I do wish it could be less a part of the daily routine with Dave just so that it's not so difficult to deviate from it or turn off shows and transition them to something else.

TALK:
  • I've tried to ask more questions lately. What do you think? Why? etc. and W always responds with 'I don't know', often even if he does. It's split for G and sometimes he'll give an answer, other times he'll immediately say 'I don't know'. 
  • W can say 'Yellow' and not 'Lellow'!
  • It's so fun listening to them tell these detailed stories about just about everything. How logical they are is so entertaining.
  • There has been a lot more attitude this month, especially in the mornings. Lately it's been W, but G has had his days too. From the moment they get up we can't do anything right and it's a ton of attitude. 'I don't WANT that!', 'Don't talk to me!' etc. You guys are welcome to sleep longer...
  • New phrases include 'That's rude!', 'Eww gross', 'Yuck'. 

POTTY:
  • W had a few issues with #2, holding it for several days, but all seems to be back on track.
  • G continues to have pee accidents here and there. Never through to his pants and generally b/c he doesn't want to stop playing to go. I'm not worried about it, though wish it wouldn't happen.
  • We actually had to get new underwear! Yes, they had worn through the ones we've had since last Feb. when we potty-trained. W is still in the XS but G needed to be moved up so now they have designs exclusive to each of them.
  • Still hate going potty first thing in the morning and it's usually a battle.
  • Never wear diapers at naptime and very rarely (maybe once a month) do we have an accident.
  • W had been dry overnight most nights.
  • G moved up to 3/4T overnight diapers. 

MOM: I feel like much of my update was above. It's been a slow couple of weeks which has been nice. No meetings or evening events so I've been able to work out, make dinner and start to catch up on some projects that I put off before Christmas. I got really into the Good Wife over Christmas so have been watching lots of that while working on these projects. I also read several books in Florida which is always nice. I read All the Light We Cannot See and Mindy Kaling's book Why Not Me?. Of course I have two waiting on my ipad now that I haven't looked at since I've been home. There always seem to be other priorities at home which is too bad. Dave and I just started our dinners out again last week, visiting our old neighborhood fav, Zero Zero, which was just as good as always. We have some fun reservations coming up so it's nice to get back into it.

I didn't make any new years resolutions, but did get some energy to get organized when Dave was gone for a few days right when we got back from FL. I reorganized our storage closet which now seems to have so much more room. That involved sorting through a ton of toys, getting rid of some stuff, condensing, etc. A trip to Ikea helped to get storage ideas. I also went through all their old clothes that I've been holding onto for the upcoming SFPOM consignment sale. A lot of it has a stain, is too worn, etc., that it can just be donated, so it was nice to whittle that down to the stuff that people may actually want. I also organized all their books (7 bins full to be exact) which should make switching out books a lot easier. I also went through my clothes again and got rid of a few things. It felt so great to get organized.

Next up, I made a list of what I want to accomplish in the coming months.
Jan: Finish fill-in baby books, update daily cards.
Feb: Finish 2-year old photo books.
Mar: Plan their bday party
Apr: Prep for the party
May and June: Do their 3-year old books

A lot of these are things that have been hanging over me. I've made a lot of progress on the Jan. stuff, just still updating their daily cards. I've also done a lot of the planning for their party already which actually just took a few hours on Pinterest. I figure April will be busy since Dave and I are going away for a week for his birthday and then before we know it, it's their bday and their party, plus I'm helping with the SFPOM consignment sale the same weekend. I'd like to have as much done for the party in March as I can so I'm not overwhelmed in April. We'll see where I end up on the photo books. I am almost done with one of their 2-year books... which I haven't worked on in probably 2 months, but having the month to finish both seems very reasonable. We'll see about their 3-year old books as other projects always seem to creep up...

Looking forward to:
  • Seeing friends - we have several birthday parties over the coming weekends
To my boys...





This month was a clear turning point where everyone seemed to realize how nicely you two play together and how independent you can be. Simple tasks such as switching out laundry on Monday mornings used to be so difficult because leaving you guys would inevitably lead to some fight, if not, at least demanding my attention immediately. Now you two come up with your own games and play pretend constantly, sometimes playing for as long as an hour with little interaction from me. I'm here for you, but I think it's so great for you to be able to play on your own. Each of you takes the lead at different times, bossing the other around to 'climb there' or 'bring the hat over', with the other often obliging as part of the game. Sure, problems sometimes arise, but overall it's been a huge shift. With that independence, there's also been more attitude this month, mostly first thing in the morning but wow, I've gotten a glimpse of what you each will be as a grumpy teenager. It's so tough to start the day on the wrong foot and sometimes I do need to tell you to go back to your room and come back out when you have a better attitude. Hoping this will pass quickly.
  • You both love snuggles at bedtime and always ask for one more snuggle. You also have taken to singing me 'hush little mommy, don't you cry', filling in with odd things you're going to buy me :)
  • You loved being buried under a sand blanket at the beach
  • You're swimming SO well! Florida was great, so much jumping in, pulling yourselves out, diving down, doing the lazy river   
  • You had so much fun cooking for Ma, Grandpa, Dad and I using the sand - making meatballs, ice cream, etc   
  • You rode camels at the zoo! 
  • You wouldn't stop asking for key lime pie during Christmas church service  
  • You started playing eye spy on your own after I played with you several times
  • You both started saying, 'Let me do my own thing!' when I was trying to get you to do something, like come inside, instead of climb into the front seats of the car.
  • You loved wearing your fireman costumes to go for a walk in the rain with Papa. Thought it was so funny he didn't want an umbrella but it was pouring so you had to come right home.  
  • You loved playing in a big puddle at the park with your diggers. 
  • We're having you help more with things like bringing your plate over to the sink and you do pretty well with it.
  • You request the song 'This Old Man' but call it 'Muscle Man'
  • You both are so cute and will say things like 'this is fun!', 'can we come here again another day?' and 'thanks for bringing me here Mama!'
  • You loved the chocolate croissants at Tartine, called them chocolate pussants 
  • You love reading books on the ipad and throw a fit when I refuse to read anymore and instead want one of the many real books.
  • We still use the tower a lot, but are using a little step stool now too. It's great for you to be able to move around and you both love being able to get your milk out of the fridge.

George. You've become much more cuddly. You always want one last hug and kiss from Dad before he leaves for work and we have to go through a whole routine at bedtime with multiple snuggles, hugs, kisses and songs. You've been asking W if you can give him a hug too. You guys have your share of fights but I always love the unprompted displays of affection.























  • You had to be turned around in your car seat in Florida since it had a lower weight, luckily you were okay with your rear-facing car seat at home
  • We finally got you a little ice pack for your back since you're always hot in the car seat, it helps sometimes.
  • You're really protective of W. There was a little girl at the park who was encroaching on W as he was going up this climbing thing. You put your hand up and said, ‘Stop. it’s William’s turn, he needs some space. You need to listen to my words’. 
  • You liked to taste the ocean water at the beach.
  • You pointed out the Shell Shack and Kelly's Fish House every time we drove by.  
  • One afternoon, you woke up and wanted to pee but there weren't any bubbles so you had an absolute breakdown. I told you how it works, that when you have a lot of pee after drinking a lot, then it makes bubbles. So you said you were really thirsty and needed water so you could get bubble peepee and proceeded to drink a huge glass of water. 
  • You were shaking the gate at the park and I told you to stop. You just started laughing and then said, ‘I’m laughing at that!!!'   
  • We got you some dinosaurs to soak in the tub and you asked if they needed to be put in sparkling or regular water.
  • You now say, ‘I’m crying’ when you're upset but just being dramatic. You stop for a second to tell us and then starting again.
  • You told dad that 'Dads have penises and moms have boobs'. 
  • You're getting more obsessed with iphones and can always sneak one away to turn on the flashlight or music.

William. You've always been a talker and listening to your stories and detailed explanations are so entertaining, but now all the facial expressions and inflection are just too much. You love seeing your reflection in the window during dinner and make faces at yourself thinking it's the funniest thing ever. You've been talking a big talk about eating vegetables so you can go in the playspace with George next time (you were too short to go in the Ikea Playarea/Daycare but G could go in, and did), but it's not adding up to you actually eating anymore vegetables. It's hilarious how many times we hear this story though so maybe it will eventually work.


  • You get super sad when we say, 'Okay, I guess G isn't coming', trying to get him to go. You say, 'No! Georgie has to come!'.
  • You come up with new tricks on your scooter, like riding it like a skate board, no one teaches you this stuff but you know it's cool and you want us to watch.
  • You act like a teenager when tired. 'Don't talk to me! Don't look at me!' or the best, 'Don't talk to me!' and when I asked why, you said, 'Because you talk all day!'.
  • You are so good at doing the 'chicken wing' even for sneezes
  • You can now lift your head to get a breath and then go back under and keep swimming. You never did this in Florida, but did it at your first lesson back.
  • We've been talking more about where meat comes from so I told you that bacon comes from pigs. You said, 'Thanks Piggies!'.


 

Disney and Florida


What a difference a year makes. It's been really fun to take essentially the same trip every year at the same time so the changes year to year are so clear. The first trip was definitely the hardest when they were just 8 months old. I was still breastfeeding and pumping constantly, plus they were eating solids, crawling and G had just learned to pull up to standing. Our beach house had tile floors so it was like we could never take our eyes off of him. The weather wasn't good that year either so that was tough.

Year two was much better. The boys were 20 months, eating table food so going to restaurants was a bit easier. The condo we chose was great for swimming and we had great weather. It was also so much fun to have Dave's sister's family come




This year was definitely the best year yet. Plane travel was easy. Though I packed the backpacks to the brim with a lot of travel games and toys, I could've easily packed an ipad for each and been set. G tends to get a little antsy after a while of watching shows, but W could literally watch endlessly. The main problem is that they don't nap at all when shows are on so it was still a long day. But the trip continued pretty well and while it's still a lot of work, they're at such a fun age for the beach, they love to swim and are so independent, especially on their scooters.

We left Dec. 16 and flew to Orlando. After checking into the hotel, we took the boat over to Epcot for dinner and a few rides before it closed. We were all jet-lagged so bedtimes were a struggle while in Orlando, naps were a bit random but thankfully our strategy of bringing sleeping bags and foregoing the travel cribs worked out pretty well. Don't get me wrong, there were some nighttime shenanigans here and there but they adjusted pretty well and hopefully we can 'forget' the sleeping bags soon too.

Day 2 was spent a Disneyworld. Dave did an amazing job of planning the Orlando part of our vacation and from a planning perspective, it couldn't have worked out better. He had all our rides timed out so we never had to wait in line and we had lunch with the princesses in the castle. Might seem a little odd to take 2-year old boys to this, but Dave and I didn't realize how much we'd need a break and a sit-down lunch. To their credit, snacks were on the table immediately and lunch was out shortly later. And they had chicken legs on the menu, one of the boys' favorites! W was keen on the princesses, G not so much. When one of them asked G if she could take a photo with him, he said, 'I'm busy' and kept gnawing away on his chicken leg!



I have to hand it to Disney and the other resorts on the food though. Just about everything we had (for adults and kids) was great. I was able to find some reasonably healthy options and each kids menu had options like chicken and fish, and then further down the typical chicken fingers and mac and cheese. We had a bit of everything but it was nice to have options. One of the restaurants even had kids menus with pictures, but they cleverly only had pictures of the healthy items for the kids to point to. Then written below were things like 'soda, french fries can be substituted').




So we rode all kinds of rides at Disney and kept debating when to leave. Finally around 5pm (so just 2pm SF time), we rode the people mover and W fell asleep. We figured it was time. Dave picked him up and he mumbled, still asleep, 'one more ride'. :) We put them in the stroller and started the long trek back to the car. Both slept in the stroller but it was an absolute disaster when we had to move them to their carseats. They were exhausted and there was no going back to sleep.

Day two was at Universal, and again, Dave did a great job planning our day. The boys weren't as familiar with the characters there, but enjoyed the shows and rides. William loves the 3-d shows, wearing the glasses, G is a bit scared. Our only rain of the trip occurred at Universal and it was a massive downpour. We all got soaked, but luckily only needed one rain poncho for Dave while he parked the stroller and the rest of us waited for the show.

We stayed at a Starwood hotel on the Boardwalk which was great for the evenings. We brought the boys' scooters (Dave's great idea!) which was an essential way for the to burn off some energy after their naps. There were plenty of restaurants, a little playground and we even rented one of those 4-seater bikes to ride around the area.




Our last day was spent at Animal Kingdom, starting with a meet and greet with Mickey and Minnie.


This was our only cold day of the trip. Like really cold, low 50s. The boys and I were prepared but despite my warnings, Dave wasn't and almost had to buy a sweatshirt. It eventually warmed up. The boys loved the safari. They also had these adventure books that you could get stamps at from different 'experts' around the park. They were especially into that. William also loved the petting zoo, we stayed in there forever! We finished with lunch at Rainforest Cafe before getting in the car for the 3-hour drive to Naples. We figured we timed it with naptime but unfortunately G woke up really upset after just an hour so it was shows for the rest of the way.

 


For all the fun we had in Orlando, the boys were definitely a bit 'off'. The lack of routine, being jet-lagged, all the excitement, more than usual junk food, it definitely had its effect. While normally these guys are far from angels, tantrums are actually fairly rare. Luckily it really wasn't that bad, but there were plenty of what I call '2-year old moments'. Not wanting to get in the stroller, running off, sitting down on the ground and refusing to move. It was tough. 

It was nice to arrive in Naples, though the following morning was spent getting supplies. Toys and stuff for the boys at the consignment store, food and random odds and ends. A pain to do, but felt so good to be set up and after a day, the boys' behavior had improved immensely. They really do best with a routine and even having a bit of a routine at the Naples condo was enough.




Having two full weeks with little planned but lots of sunshine was great. The weather couldn't have been better -- 85 each day, and it sounds like it cooled off with some rain right after we left. The boys got on more of a sleep schedule, going down by about 9:30, waking up around 8am. Naps were wonderful! W slept 2-5 each day and G about 2:30-5 most day, longer than at home. Dave and I got a nap most days too so no complaints. Waking them up at 5 was always kind of hard, and we only had an hour of daylight so we usually tried to get back out to the park.

Dave got to see Star Wars with his mom and golf twice with his dad. We saw his parents often.

Highlights:


  • Plenty of beach days. It's so nice for them to be at an age where you know they're not just going to dart into the water. They still want you to play with them but we don't have to be on our toes quite as much. They even liked going in, and actually swimming in, the ocean. They put on their goggles and would swim between Dave and I or Dave and Ma. George especially loved this, it was so much fun!




  • Pool time. They are swimming so well that it was a blast to be in the water with them. I love to swim and get so much joy from seeing them become more independent in the water, but even more so, that they love it as much as they do. You can't keep W's head above water and once G warms up, he's the same way. There was a zero entry pool at the condo which meant there was a pretty big area where they could still touch. That meant they could climb out and jump back in all on their own. 




  • Zoo day. We always have fun at the zoo and for the third year in a row, we got to feed the giraffes. This year we took the little boat ride too.



  • Botanical Gardens. I feel like botanical gardens always get a bad rep but Linda convinced us to go to this one and it was great! So much fun for the boys and such a beautiful place to walk around. I think we ended up spending three hours here. The boys loved pumping the water and cleaning up the house with the little brooms. There was also a cool little scavenger hunt that they could do on their own and an awesome tree house that I was amazed they were able to get up. We had a great day!
 
 
  • Breakfast at Skillets with Grandpa. The boys loved to get pancakes and bacon and sneak bites off of Grandpa Gary's plate.

  • Christmas, of course! Linda always make a great breakfast so we were spoiled by that. W had trouble waiting to open presents, and actually the next time we were going over to Ma's house, he said, 'we can open more presents!'. We swam in Ma's pool after breakfast, then went back to our condo for naps, and then returned for an amazing dinner from Ronda and Don.




  • Date night for Dave and I! This was much needed. For all the fun we were having and wanting to be with the family, there was little down time for either of us. Ma had a big night, she was in charge from the moment the boys woke up from their nap at 5pm, until we got home around 10:30 (and they had just gone to bed). I think they had a great time though they did not give Ma an easy time at bedtime. 

We headed to Ft. Lauderdale on New Years Day as the only direct flight home is a 6:20am flight so we stayed at a hotel near the airport. I found 'Funderdome' which was a great place for them to get their wiggles out after the nap/drive from Naples and before we hit the hotel for the rest of the night.




I was a bit worried about the next day. We'd have to wake them up at 5am for the flight, have a 6.5 hour flight and land at just 10am... that's a long day to get through so I called for backup. My mom was there when we got home, fridge stocked and ready to take over with the boys for a bit. Luckily they both napped well and then she took them out in the afternoon. Dave and I had a ton to do with unpacking, laundry, taking the tree down, putting away Christmas stuff, opening endless deliveries and Christmas cards that arrived, etc. It was exhausting but so nice to have someone take over with the boys.

In the end, the early flight was perfect. Though they had been up for about 10 hours by the time they finally laid down to nap at noon, it got them close enough to their SF schedule that we got right back on track. I think one of them woke up early the next morning but Sun clock worked and they went back to bed several times until finally waking up around 7am. So grateful!

It was such a great trip and it's nice for things to be getting a bit easier with them. Next year they'll be even more independent, may not be napping and will hopefully travel just as well. It's such a great tradition to be able to see Dave's parents in Florida each year.




The boys have already said on numerous occasions that they want to 'go back to Florida' and 'go back to Ma's house'. They're so lucky to have such involved grandparents.





To Ma's boys!


What a great visit we had at the "Hot Beach" in Florida!  It was so much fun to play cars and trains with you, William and George.  You tell such wonderful stories that are full of details and always include lots of facial expressions and enthusiasm. 

I came to your pool on Monday and you amazed me with your swimming.  Both of you were jumping off the sides and swimming like little fish!  I can't believe how big you both are... you have grown a lot since I saw you in September.   Grandpa was so amazed at your scooter skills!  You guys can fly on those little scooters.  At Fleischman park you two showed Grandpa all your tricks...playing in the water, climbing the rock wall, swinging,  going up and down the slide. It was really fun to play with you that day in the Florida sunshine.   We had a big breakfast, opened Christmas presents and went swimming in Ma's pool on Christmas Day and Aunt Ronda and Uncle Don came over to prepare dinner for all of us.   We had so much fun playing and enjoying a wonderful Christmas Day together.  Thank you for my manatee ornament.  It will have a special place on my tree!
Our trip to the zoo was perfect!  Feeding the giraffes and the little ibis birds was an adventure and it is great that you can walk around the zoo most of the time ...it is so much better to see the animals when you walk.  That BIG snake was really cool!!!   A beach day at the gulf coast is perfect for Ma and the boys.  I love when we play in the sand and build castles and dig holes to fill up with water to swim in.  We even found a little crab and we put him back in the sand so he could hide from the sun.  Then you put your goggles on and took a big swim in the ocean.   I can't believe how good you can swim in the salty ocean water.  No problem for William and George.
Another fun trip was our adventure to the Naples Botanical Gardens.  It was fun to watch you play in the water and pump the water into your little watering cans to give the plants a drink. You are both so curious...always asking questions (this time about the herb garden and the butterflies) and interested in new information.  It was amusing to watch you, William and George, play imaginary games while making lunch for us at the little cabin.  Then I watched you both climb to the TOP of the Tree House.  WOW what good climbers you are!  That is a hard job but you were both brave and determined to sit up there...and you did!  That was a great day!   It is always fun to be with my little California boys and I am always sad to see you leave.  You bring such laughter and joy into our lives and lots of youthful energy.  I love you both so much!  I will see you soon!





William
You are a little man!  Such a talker and when you flash that smile...my heart melts.  I think you were the instigator of the nighttime raid into the travel backpacks...but even that was funny.  I could hardly keep a straight face when I walked in to find you and George having so much fun playing on the floor in your bedroom with your sleeping bags and all the travel toys strewn all over the room.   You are such a smart little guy, you  can tell Ma everything you need and want.  I also was impressed with the way you ordered in the beach restaurant at the Ritz Carlton telling the waiter what you wanted for lunch.  Such a big boy.  You are a bright star in Ma's world!  Love you William!

George
You are so big and strong!  You are very methodical and careful as to how you will proceed on an adventure.  When you give me big hugs...I am overwhelmed with love!  You are so kind and you look out for your brother all the time.  When we were at the playground at your condo, William bumped his head coming down the slide.  You immediately ran over, kissed his head and told him it was OK.  What a sweet boy you are George!  I am  amazed at how you can build and use your imagination to play.  You are so creative George.  And boy can you eat!  Mom and dad will have to keep the refrigerator full for you as you grow up...with yummy, healthy treats to keep you big and strong.  You are a bright star in Ma's world!  Love you George!