Monday, November 23, 2015

The year of potty and A&J isms//The jump from 2~3!

Anders and Joline, 
This coming Wednesday you will turn the calendar and begin your journey in the land of being 3. Daddy and I have been busily enjoying the fullness of your second year and we look forware to what your third year brings. 

Here are some things to remember about TWO! 

*When you have to go potty... 🎶 
Come on sing along moms & dads! :-) Thank you very much Daniel Tiger for that little diddy; it has consumed most of our conversations with the children for at least the first half of year 2. Oh the things we will do when we are potty training. Those moments of success are purely hillarious to watch your own excitement over it and theirs. We are thankful to say we will go into year 3 without diapers! 

*What's your name & what's my name? 

Naming anything and everything daily has been a big deal for A&J in year 2. They LOVE knowing a person's full name with middle name and all so they can repeat it over and over to each other and practice saying it. I think this is part of their advanced twin language skills growing up. When they were babies they would always say jumbled things to each other and then back and forth repeat it as if practicing the sounds; now, as bigger kids, learning their letter sounds they still love to practice those letter sounds off of one another and then proudly show off their skills when they feel like they've mastered the pronunciation. :-) Because I went to school for linguistics & English I'm kind of a nerd about how happy this process makes me. 

*1.2.3.Count with me! 

A&J both have a thing for counting. They love to sing their numbers and find books with things that they can count. We have spent a lot of time outside this year counting sticks, chickens, birds, trees, and time inside with our counting books. They don't always get the order right which is cute but that's ok because we're just having fun with what we can do with numbers. 

*Let's have a concert! 

Grab your instrument of choice and get up on the window seat or on the couch and sing as loud as you can! :-) At the beginning of year 2 this was really fun because A&J didn't really know many words then so their songs were mostly just noise with the occasional word thrown in their. ^bla mas rou duck maaa tractor nnnnnnnblaaaa booooaa!!!!!^ Now as we turn 3 these concerts are getting serious. Mostly a compliation of Jesus Loves Me and Buy Me a Boat. Oh boy! 

*Let's go on an Adventure! 

These two love to go anywhere with daddy & mommy and friends. They enjoy all kinds of places and seeing all the people and things we don't get to see on a daily basis at home. Their favorite right now of course is "a restaurant". They really don't care which one but they love to go out on occassion and have a meal outside of the house. (Don't we all!?) They are little people watchers for sure! 

*I want to help you

A&J both love to help whether it's helping daddy with farm chores or helping mommy fold laundry or cooking; they just want to feel useful and part of the team. We love to include them in as much as we can so that they will have as many opportunities as possible to see and feel and be a part of good satisfying work. They know that they can feel proud of their work right along with us. The lanudry piles might not be folded nicely or the goat feed may have been half spilled before it got to the goats but we are so thrilled that they want to work along side us that we won't discourage it and we'll cheer them on the way to learning new things.