Here are some of my random observations about life with my 4 and a half year olds:
- They have this thing called the "best buddy challenge" and if I upset them (or they upset each other) then I get thrown off the "best buddy list". It's adorable. I'm not completely sure what the challenge or list are comprised of and yet I make sure to stay on the "in".
- They are prolific question askers and have a desire to learn about everything. They went through a phase where they were obsessed with learning about the volcanic eruption in Pompeii. Just this week they wanted to know everything about fire hydrants. School has given them the confidence to demand information about things which interest them.
- They are doing well as they learn to read and write having learned a lot from school and also from the extra work we've done at home. I have plans to keep it up over the summer.
- They love to create things whether it's an art project, story or something completely imaginative. When the mood strikes, they can sit and work on art projects for hours. They both love to draw rainbows in particular.
- Shopkins are currently their favourite toy, and again are part of them starting to like things that are less babyish. They also really love Beanie Boos and can't get enough of them. While they don't play with princess toys or watch Disney Junior, they still like to dress-up in the dresses and costumes. They were very happy to meet Elsa and Anna at Disney World in February, and also again at a birthday party in May... so princesses still have a place in their collective heart.
- Going on rollercoasters has been something new for this year. They loved the rides at Disney and now are loving Wonderland with our seasons passes.
- Playing Uno is quickly becoming a family tradition. It's great to be able to play card and board games with them.
- They have become obsessed with the TV show Chopped and have made up their own version of the show at home with their pretend food. I thought they had completely outgrown their play kitchen but now with the Chopped-obsession, the kitchen is back in high rotation.
- Taylor Swift and One Direction are their favourite music artists.
- When they watch TV, they usually watch Netflix. They like Full House, Paw Patrol and Busy Town Mysteries. They loved the movie Inside Out. They also just watched the Great and Powerful Oz and were really into it (though it was challenging to describe the concept of a prequel to them). I know they'd love to watch big girl shows like My Little Pony, Monster High and those kinds of things but I'm trying to hold off on those for as long as possible.
- They love to wear dresses and when I ask them to pick something out they will say things like "well I know for sure I'm wearing a dress". Most days, they are happy with what I pick out for them and getting dressed is uneventful. Mia likes a variety of hairstyles whereas Alexa prefers her hair in a braid (she really dislikes high pony tails or top knots lol). I picked up little mini make-up kits which they are only allowed to use for dress-up time at home and this was maybe the most exciting thing they'd ever received. Nail polish is their absolute favourite.
- I have heard them making up their own language. How cute is that? It's not like babbling when the were babies. They sat together and made up secret words for common words.
- All of their activities went really well this year. They had their second ballet recital in May and had much better stage presence than last year. Gymnastics just wrapped up. They passed the last session of swimming lessons and they are actually swimming now in the sense that they can be independent without puddle jumpers (at least in the shallow end). They are rocking it at soccer. They like their bikes and recently learned how to go down the fireman's poll at the park.
- School went really well. They were always happy going to school and leaving. They made so many little friends and learned so much. At the beginning of the year, they had to play some catch-up being the youngest in the class and never having gone to daycare but in the end it made no difference. They are so excited to be senior kindergarteners. The teacher sent them home with portfolios at the end of the year and they are great keepsakes for such a special year. On their first day home from summer vacation, they spent the morning playing library. They took out all of their books, pretended to scan them and then reorganized them.
- With it being summer, there's not much of a routine. Bedtime is around 8pm when we're home but I'm very laid back about it. They wake-up anywhere from 630-8am depending on how tired they are. They are great at mealtime and eat most anything nowadays. They are both around the 40 pound mark. Matt can barely still manage to carry them both up the stairs. Mia is around 42 inches tall and Alexa is around 45 inches tall.
- At this age, they are so easy.... Logistically speaking. I remember the first few years as being so logistically challenging (not that I ever minded, it was always a joy). It was hard work to have two babies/toddlers. It was so hard to go anywhere and I was always worried about packing a diaper bag, baby gates and things of that nature. Nowadays, they are easy. I mean, don't get me wrong... they can be annoying when they stall or get distracted as we are trying to leave the house, and they are still messy eaters and they can bicker with each other but it's all just pretty sweet right now. We can now really share experiences with them and truly create family memories that the four of us will remember.
Always so expressive, Mia loves to choreograph and perform dance numbers, sing songs, tell stories and narrate life in general. She's into reading and writing, and wants to learn. She loves to make lists and tally sheets. She is so into watching and playing Chopped. It's generated really interesting questions like "what does bold mean" and "why does that need to be seasoned more". She is very diplomatic and does not like to pick favourites i.e. if you ask her if she likes chocolate ice cream or vanilla ice cream, she will answer "both of them". She truly never stops expressing herself. She is always talking and telling teachers the story of her life (a trait which I can undoubtedly say she got from me). She is a real sweetheart and cares so much for people, babies and animals. She got along well with everyone at school. I recently noticed the most adorable collection of trinkets under her bed. She thinks I don't know it's there but I do. It's so random (there's a bookmark, a plastic bracelet, a Luke Skywalker figurine and other trinkets). I pretend not to notice it just so that she can have her own little secret. She loves the name "Lemon" and she gives that name to all of her dolls and toys. Her scrunchy nose and sweetie-pie smile are the best.
Independent and fearless as ever, that's our little dynamo Alexa. She's the girl that wants to jump into the deep end of the pool with no life jacket and no help from anyone. She has a competitive spirit and after scoring a goal at her first soccer game, she fell in love with the game. She's really got a natural talent for the game which I think comes from being so fearless. Behind that strong exterior is the sweetest little girl with very precious emotions. Her one fear seems to be my brother's (very tiny Morkie) dog. She loves hugs and reassurance from Mommy. She loves creating art and can sit at the table with some markers, scissors and tape for hours (boy does she love tape). She also loves to play with kinetic sand, lego and puzzles. She gets a laugh out of using the action cards (like miss your turn and pick up 4) when we are playing Uno. One day she came home from school and said "mommy, I asked Sebastian to be my boyfriend". I asked "what did he say?" and she answered "he just laughed at me". She laughed it off and thought it was hilarious. She really loves her friends from school. She's really doing well at reading and writing but she would prefer to work on more creative things. She has the most infectious, heartwarming laughter.
They love each other so much and I honestly couldn't imagine either of them without the other. They are so different in every way, and yet they are connected by a bond that is so strong.