Life with Six-Year Old Twins ~
The Adventures Continue . . .
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
We had an overnight last weekend with Lauren and Erin.
Ella and Zoe were super excited and had non-stop fun : )
Before dinner Z and E practiced riding their big girl bikes. We've done this a few times and their 'practicing' actually consists more of holding on tight, sometimes pedaling and always saying 'I'm getting the feeeeeeel of it!', usually when their feet aren't even moving : ) I think we're going to put the bikes away until Spring, the girls need to get a little bigger and stronger.
But since the bikes used to be Erin and Lauren's,
we wanted to keep them out for their visit.
Ella with Lauren
Zoe with Erin
After lots of play time outside, dinner, and then more play time outside, we made popcorn with the airpopper (not the microwave) and all four girls watched a show together.
Saturday morning we packed up and walked
to our neighborhood playground and lake.
'Playground Time' was first . . .
. . . then it was off to the beach.
Ella found a Monarch Butterfly right away. See it?
Writing names in the sand.
Close-ups of the little girls.
Making our sandcastle . . .
. . . and just having fun together.
Then it was time to try and wash the sand off our feet
and head home for lunch, before Tom drove the 'Big Cousins' back to their home.
After trying and waiting for a long time, June 26th 2006 was the estimated due date of Baby A and Baby B. We were thrilled. But a little over 10 weeks early our doctor decided it was time for us to meet the babies. On Wednesday, April 19th at 6:49 pm, Ella Marie was born. We named her after Tom’s mom, Della Marie, and her name means 'Light'. She weighed 2 pounds 14 ounces, was 16 inches long and was perfect. At 6:51 pm, Zoë Dianne was born. We named her after my mom, Dianne, and her name means ‘Life’. She weighed 3 pounds 5 ounces, was also 16 inches long and was perfect too.
Both girls stayed in the NICU for almost 2 months and did really well, especially considering all of the 'what could have/should have beens'. It was a 'one step forward two steps backwards' type of dance those first few weeks, but after 47 days we brought Zoe home and 10 days later brought Ella home. FINALLY, we were all four under the same roof, and were ready to start the next exciting chapter in our lives . . .
Ella and Zoe turned FIVE this April and are THRIVING. They are fun, funny, naughty and sweet. The joy they bring to our lives is immeasurable. They are also really fun to take pictures of : )