Thursday, July 29, 2010

Growing Up to Fast

The twins are growing up way too fast.  We recently made the transition from the crib to toddler beds.  We wanted to keep them in their cribs for as long as we could to avoid them getting out and just playing when they should be sleeping.  I have to confess I also wanted to keep them in there just because I like that they need me to come and get them out. 

But we decided it was finally I put Greg to work on making toddler beds from plans I got here: Knock-Off Wood Toddler Bed by the way I love this website I have many, many more projects I want to do - stay tuned! 

So Greg made the beds and I painted them all within a weekend.  We made them pretty much exactly like the plans but we used the frame and mattresses from their cribs.  The twins love them.  I thought it would be difficult and I was really worried they would fall out with out railing but once again they surprised me with how great they are and made the adjustment really well.  I think it was harder for me I sat in their room for a while before we took down the cribs and soaked in the last of their babyhood. 

They were so excited about them that when we got them in their rooms they jumped on them and laid in them right away.  The first night they climbed right into their beds pulled their blankets up and we tucked them in gave them their kisses and they went to sleep.  And it has been like that pretty much since.  There were a few times during nap when they would get out and play with their toys but we put them back in their beds and they feel right to sleep. 

Every morning Jaelee has woke up first and she climbs right out of bed and goes over to the toys wakes her brother up and gives him a toy - she is so considerate and a great sharer (real word?).  My brother has been watching them this week and it has been nice for him because he can sleep in and they just come in and wake him up when they get up.

So here are a few pictures of their beds.  I hope to rearrange their room soon, add a few more things and then take some betters photos but for now here you go!
Here's the beds before I painted them.  I love the look of the natural wood and was tempted to just put a glossy sealant over them but I had to paint them white to match all their other furniture.
Jaelee had to go grab her power tools since dad was using his.
She just loves to pretend to sleep now.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Fun - Tons of pictures

We are so happy that summer weather has finally arrived.  We have been able to have a lot of fun.

My mom had a knee replacement surgery and was in the hospital for over a week, while she was there my brothers watched the kids - and are still watching them (THANK YOU brothers).  As a thank you (well sort of we got the tickets for free) we took them and the twins to the Speedway to watch some race cars.  Jayse LOVES anything to do with cars and he watched the cars some of the time but a lot of the time he was playing with his own little car running it along the bench seats.  Jaelee of course hated the loud noises and covered her ears in the beginning but then I think she got used to the noise and she ran around like a wild woman.  After the races we went to the pit and looked at the cars.  All in all it was a pretty fun night.

We also went to a local water park.  I had been talking it up saying it had an area for the kids and a water slide but I hadn't been there in a long time and I forgot it didn't have water deeper than 3 feet - so it was not so fun for my brothers.  The big boys did manage to find fun in plugging holes in the fountains to make one blast with water.  The twins really liked it.  Jaelee watched her dad go down the water slide and then she wanted to go down it but was too little.  After playing in the water for a while we went to the park next door and had a little picnic before heading out to my grandparents.

We bought the twins some nets that can be used for catching bugs or fishing or playing swords or hitting each other with.  So my brother and I took them out to a field by our house so they could run around with their nets.  I also wanted to work on taking photos at sunset.  I love the silhouette photo I got of my brother holding the twins hands.