October 15, 2009

Itsy-Bitsy-Spider and the Super-Duper-Condensed-Version

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August 19, 2009

V-blogging: The kids' favorite game

They invented this "game" themselves, makes them shriek with laughter every time. :-)

Rocking little people @ Yahoo! Video

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March 18, 2009

V-Blog: The Old MacDonald fun continues...

So, E-I-E-I-blup-blup has now evolved to a full out sing-along (well, a sing-along for Elanor, more like a dance-along for Ian), complete with the identification of a guk-guk.

EIEIO @ Yahoo! Video

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February 5, 2009

Double-feature: Elanor walks and Ian bobbles

They were so wound up and giggly tonight! Elanor's become really steady on her feet over the past few days. And Ian's silly bobble head thing is so funny! He started doing it at meal times, when he'd get a bite that he really liked. And now he just does it to make us laugh.

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October 16, 2008


This was the first time Elanor--and eventually Ian (as you'll see in the video) used sign language. It was about a month ago. They asked for "more" Cheerios. Elanor kept asking until both her little fists were filled up with Cheerios--and she still kept asking.

More! @ Yahoo! Video

It was amazing to see them control their environment through language. I could see that they got the idea of language, communication, and expressing their wants and needs. All in a little hand gesture. Now they use "more" all the time.

They can also sign "please." In fact, Ian and I had our first argument the other day. He wanted to play with the shiny DVDs. Mommy said "no," he signed "please," and we went back and forth for awhile before I redirected him.

I need to get up the gumption to teach them some more signs, because it really has reduced stress at feedings, and given them the ability to let us know what they want.

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You know that part in A Christmas Story...

...where the kids press their noses against the glass?

@ Yahoo! Video

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October 8, 2008

V-blog: The difference between girls and boys

or "The one-finger 'gentle touch' vs. the full body tackle"

Boy and girl play @ Yahoo! Video

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V-blog: Ian plays the piano

We're still working on the balance of size and quality for the videos--and whether to use Yahoo or Google. But enjoy it!

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September 22, 2008

Hansel und Gretel (aka Ian und Elanor)

Ian and Elanor (hand in hand): Let's go eat the goodies, the goodies, the goodies, let's go eat the goodies, la-ta-ta-ta-ta!

Ian: Ist good ja!
Elanor: Ja! Ja! Ist good!
Ian: Und yummy!
Elanor: Ooh ja! Und yummy ja!

Tim: So the twins are ten months old now. Their main preoccupation these days seems to be food. As far as Ian goes, Joanna refers to him as a "social eater." Anytime we have food near us, there he is waiting for a bite. In the last few weeks he has been going to Joanna, pulling himself up on her legs and begging until he gets some, but more recently he's been accosting me with his cute puppy look as if he's saying "Look how cute and little I am. Why don't you give me a little bite of that."

Elanor can't quite pull herself up yet so when she sees we have food, she frantically crawls towards us and implores us with her "starvation wail." If the "starvation wail" doesn't cut it, she lays her head down in her hands in an attitude of despair. Unfortunately, her chubby little thighs belie her protestations of ravenous hunger.

Their favorite things to eat these days are corn puffs, rice puffs and Cheerios. To keep Ian occupied, we line up a row of these finger foods on the couch and he works his way from one end to the other. We do this with Elanor too but we put the Cheerio trail on the floor to encourage her to crawl more.



We should start calling them "Hansel und Gretel" and write a parody of the Grimm fairy tale. Even better we could write a parody of "Bewitched Bunny," a parody of the Grimm fairy tale. A parody within a parody. And we'll leave you with this...

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August 9, 2008

Double trouble!

The other day I put the kids in their swings for their morning naps. I was just drifting off to sleep when I heard a shriek. Startled, I listened again, and realized it was not a shriek of pain but of hysterical laughter.

I crept down the stairs to see what was going on. I didn't want them to see me, so I hid behind the couch to videotape it. It was totally their moment, a brother-sister moment that had nothing to do with me.

Ian had crawled completely out of his straps (still don't know how he did this--it must have taken a lot of skill and at least five different moves to get out). He was making monkey faces at Elanor, and periodically grabbing her swing to swing along with her. She responded by giggling incessantly.

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July 8, 2008

Mouth Strumming

This has been a source of endless amusement lately--for us and them. Enjoy!

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June 27, 2008

Babies laugh

In case the sound of laughter might brighten up someone's day...

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The Pacifier Swap

Remember this?

The pacifier games get more elaborate as time goes on. Sometimes we can't even keep track of whose is whose.

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