Growing Theater

Juliana had a minor virus the third week of third grade and missed two days of school. Open house fell on one of those nights so she wasn’t with us when her teacher told me that Juliana would be missing the introduction to Growing Theater. He said that this program was practically made for . . . → Read More: Growing Theater

It’s All About the Cars


Like Wyatt, Ruslan also asked for bongo drums for Christmas. He likes drums as well but I was surprised that he kept asking for them. Santa brought him the same drums as Wyatt and although he was happy when he opened them, he set them aside and opened more presents. I steered him toward . . . → Read More: It’s All About the Cars

A Little Luck and a Lot of Perseverance


When I download the pictures from my camera to my computer, I often stop at a picture I love and think what a lucky shot. My kids are busy, they bounce from one activity to the next, if I pick up my camera 5 seconds too late the moment has passed. Or I catch a . . . → Read More: A Little Luck and a Lot of Perseverance

It’s a Wolf


A few months ago the boys watched an episode of Super Why based on the story of the Three Little Pigs. They watched it and watched it and watched it…every day it was the show they picked to watch after dinner for weeks. And the story started to trickle into their play time. Every . . . → Read More: It’s a Wolf

The Hiding Game


The boys like it when you hide from them and jump out. Well, actually they like it when they know where you are and they can see you sort of hidden and then you jump out and “surprise” them. This game often takes place in the evening after dinner. Someone hides at the top . . . → Read More: The Hiding Game

Random Ruslan

Ruslan has the best manners of my children. He almost always remembers to say please and thank you. If he hears anyone in the house sneeze he runs to tell them Bless You.



Up until recently Ruslan had no interest in TV. Why sit still watching TV when he could be climbing, . . . → Read More: Random Ruslan

Monday Ru Update


It was a long weekend for Ru – he was generally sad and not his usual busy self. He wanted my mom or I to hold him most of the time and was happiest when we carried him on a walk down the street. He constantly asked to go outside and even though he is heavy to . . . → Read More: Monday Ru Update

Twins – Growing Up with a Constant Companion


The boys spend the majority of the time together. They wake-up in the morning and yell at each other and talk back and forth until I come to get them and at night they try to outdo each other by yelling the loudest and jumping the highest in their cribs (at least that’s what it . . . → Read More: Twins – Growing Up with a Constant Companion

Wyatt at 18-Months


Wyatt is determined and analytical. When he sees something he wants, he walks with purpose staring in that direction, rarely running. He will sit and look at a toy or food for a while, trying to decide what it is and if he wants it.

Determined for Wyatt also equals stubborn. He gets mad . . . → Read More: Wyatt at 18-Months

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if they are playing


When I was pregnant with the boys everyone told me after the first year (which would be hard – hard is an understatement), that having twins was easier than having one child because they have a constant playmate available.  That made a lot of sense since at the time Juliana was 3 and constantly . . . → Read More: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if they are playing