Sunday, March 15, 2015

Minnesota Zoo ~ First Warm Day

We made it to the zoo again today, without turning around this time. A few weekends ago we went and as we were getting out of the van a dad was leaving and shared how packed it was inside. So we ended up turning around and going to Ikea instead. Isaac is now big enough to play in the ball pit or "ball kit" as he calls it.

Today was supposed to get up to 70... ended up hovering in the 50s with clouds and wind, but we didn't let that stop us from going outside and seeing the outdoor animals. There is a lot to do indoors, which we did last time so we skipped all that this time.

We picked up breakfast on the way out of our city, but realized we left the other snack tray for the stroller at home so ran back home for that. Then as we were a few miles from the Zoo I realized we forgot their jackets and hats! We had blankets in the car but no hats, so we ended up buying them new hats from the gift shop. They had matching gloves with and we also had a 20% off coupon for being members so it wasn't a complete waste, but seriously with twins everything should be buy one get one. If you have to buy two of the VERY SAME thing, throw me a bone and give me the second one half off or something. Sheesh, twins!

They are so adorable so it didn't matter in the end :-)
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Isaac was excited to see the Tiger, although he wouldn't stand and watch it walking back and forth...
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We saw a moose, caribou, camels, bears, hogs
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Turkeys, birds, wolves, coyotes, and more bears.
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Emma is pretty proud she got her sock all the way off. Then it was soaked and too cold to actually put on, stinker!
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We learned from last visit the zoo had no food to offer us that we'd like. So we packed our own lunch. We ate outside and then headed for the van where everyone took a nice nap on the way home. Well everyone except mom and dad. It was still early in the day that we played outside a little once we got home. Preparing for temps to drop back down this week so we need to get in all the outdoor time we can while we can.

10 months

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The girls turned 10 months last Tuesday. I got these pictures on Wednesday. We have been battling sickness the past couple weeks. It started with Emma having a fever on a Wednesday - Friday, which caused us to miss music class and ECFE of that week. Then everyone was doing good until Mary got a fever the following Wednesday, causing us to miss ANOTHER music class and ECFE. Really stinks missing our activities. That Friday we went to Ikea because we just had to do something. I ended up wearing Mary cuz she wasn't feeling well. Isaac got to play in the play land, which was awesome because it's FREE and it was a nice break for me. Although they get you because you think you are getting out of the house and enjoying a free activity but then you don't have a talkative preschooler at your side and can actually pay attention to shopping and end up spending a few hundred dollars. They know what they're doing :-P

Anyway so Mary's fever ended up lasting longer and we were started to get a little worried but I told myself if she is still running a temp end of Sunday that I'd take her in on Monday. It ended up dropping Sunday so that was good. But then Monday morning Emma got a fever!!! So we had to miss our Tuesday make up music class. BUT by Thursday and Friday all were well and we finally made it back for our last music class and an ECFE class. It felt so good to be back in the swing of things. And last week the weather warmed up so we've been able to be outside EVERYDAY. It has been fantastic!!

So besides the sickness we've just been trucking along. The girls are exploring more and more everyday and babbling and talking with us as much as ever. They are both crawling and cruising.

Emma has started to say words and we will catch her repeating us every now and then "Emma" "mama" "dada" "isaac" "hi". Emma now has a total of six teeth, four on top two on bottom. Just today Emma started standing on her own in the bath, but she prefers to cruise along furniture. Oh little miss Emma did have quite a milestone yesterday on daddy's watch. (I was away at a volunteer event) Kyle said he came out of a quick shower, less than five minutes and Emma was at the top of the stairs with Isaac! Needless to say I came home to the gate on the stairs, haha. Thank goodness she didn't fall down! Emma loves music class and was copying everything we were doing with the shakers last class. They both dance and have a beat. Emma likes to kick her foot up and grab her toes when nursing, it's so funny. She also loves to clap.

No sign of teeth for Mary yet.  Mary stands on her own and is really wanting to walk but doesn't make it long after standing. We've noticed, or at least this is the case the past few days while out, that Mary likes to run off and explore while Emma prefers to stay by our-side. Mary likes balls and likes to bite her tongue when she laughs. I have nick-named Mary the boob-snatcher because if Emma happens to pop off while nursing, Mary will lunge over and steal her side.

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When I got the blocks and my camera out to get photos of the girls, Isaac had to get his 'camera' out. He is so cute with it. He has some left over blueberry oatmeal on his face, but boy he looks so OLD in this picture!
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February Pictures

Playing catch up. Here are some pictures from February 23rd that I found on my camera. Just playing around the house one chilly morning.












Monday, February 23, 2015

Isaac's Photography

Isaac has been having fun taking pictures with one of our old cell phones. He is getting better and I figured out how to insert a microSD card into the phone to get the pictures off of it. So here are some good ones below with the last few being from today. I'll try to give captions. (sorry for the poor quality... what do you expect from a 2008 cell phone, haha and a 3 year old camera shake. It took him a while to finally listen to me, asking him to continue to hold it still even after he pressed the button and not to move until the sound had gone off. There is a little bit of delay in the phone's camera)

His play-mobile set: 

His animals lined up under his bed:


I took this of him:

This is Christine, she is our new nanny that comes every few weeks:

He likes taking pictures of toys:

He took this of me when we were loading up to head out the door one morning:

Emma in her carseat, up close and personal:

These last few were from today, Miss Emma:

A water main or something burst as our road was closed and filled with water/ice/snow (since it was single digits it wasn't liquid form for long). I was taking pictures and sending them to Kyle, he must have gone back with his phone to get some more photos. They ended up shutting our water off from about 9am to 1pm. Not exactly sure what was up but our whole block was this way. Other than the water shut off we weren't effected.

Surprised he got this of Harpo, the phone is rather slow so it's impressive Harpo stood still for him long enough. 

This was Kyle giving the babies a bath and posing for Isaac's camera.

Pretty fun seeing him grow into his own personality and play around independently. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Minnesota Zoo

Today we went to the Minnesota Zoo all together because Kyle had off work for President's Day. Kyle and I went at one point when we had first moved up here but that was years ago. We have been avoiding it because it's so expensive. We met up with a friend and after doing the math ahead of time just decided to buy a membership. Even though the girls are free (which once they are three it will be a huge savings to buy the membership) it will still pay for itself with basically one more visit. They had a lot to do indoors and it was just enough for a day trip. Isaac was so good the entire time but we could tell when he was getting tired and his ears weren't working as well, heehee. 

First we stopped in the 'ocean' building. It was pretty small and dinky but enough to amaze Isaac. He saw sharks, fish, turtles, rays, starfish, etc. They had two 'touching' pools (which we discouraged touching seeing how we are all getting over colds) with sharks, rays, and fish. This one below was a tide pool with lots of fun coral and sea urchins. 

The snow monkey's were outside enjoying the fresh falling snow. They were pretty cute and fuzzy with red faces.

This one was all hunkered over staying warm.

Here we were on the Tropics Trail. Mary really enjoyed being out of the stroller and had just seen a waterfall prior to this photo. We saw lots of birds, tapir, lemurs, wart hogs, komono dragons, more turtles, an otter, monkeys, flamingos, gibbons, cock roaches, a big snake (124 lbs), another water tank with sharks and fish, and lots of other animals we can't remember.

Emma was content in her stroller and liked watching all the people (it was rather crowded being a school holiday).

Isaac was pretty interested in this stage and was asking what it was for. I told him it was for getting your picture taken so he was pretty excited to get up on it while I took his photo. Sweet boy!

We met up with our friend and walked the Minnesota Trail, part of it was outside but we got to see coyotes, wolves, bears (brown & black), sleeping wolverines, an otter, and lynx. Mary was pretty upset at this point and Isaac was transforming into a walking zombie but still going. Once we got back inside we changed and fed the girls, Mary was instantly asleep.

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We had a good morning and are excited to make our way back. It was nice not feeling like we had to squeeze everything in and know that we can return whenever we want. Just a short 30 minute drive away.

We stopped at Chipotle on the way home, the girls were snoozing and Isaac finished his breakfast in the van so refused to eat his burrito he ordered. The girls had no problem finishing off his burrito for dinner at home.

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