Monday, January 23, 2012

Cutting tv, more activities

We have cut back the television majorly the last two weeks. When the boys would act up, we found that the television was a quick way to get them to calm down. The problem is that, they started acting up to get the television on.

Instead we're trying to reward them with television for good behavior. However, it has been so much more fun and exciting to play, sing, and dance with them.

Joy got a whole bunch of books from library of fun activities. Nightly, Joy has picked up a book and went through it. We have been doing so much singing and dancing.

The big hit around with the boys is "The Ants Go Marching." We all march down the hallway and then fall down to the ground "to get out of the rain." They love it and laugh.

Some of the other things we do is "hands up," "stand on one foot," and "spin."

I have also been taking the boys to the basement to play drums and the organ. They have a guitar too they like to play.

It is so much fun exposing them to all the singing, dancing, and music. It also so amazing to watch them learn.

They are also starting to repeat words more. Yay!!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Action packed Sunday!

Had a fun weekend with the Joy and the boys. Friday we had our first snow of the year. Sunday, we let the boys play out in the snow for their first time.

We bundled them up very warmly, with PJs, jeans, hoodie, winter coats, gloves and hats. They loved walking around the backyard in all the snow. They fell down a couple times but mostly just walked around and touched the snow.

We only stayed outside for about 20 minutes because it was pretty cold out.

Joy made play dough later and let them play with it later at the dinner table. Joy and I had fun with it too! The boys had a blast smashing the dough and rolling it.

Joy also made a fort for them to play in later with sheets in the hallway. She turned out of the lights and gave them flash lights.

The boys had a big Sunday!!! I put them to bed at 8pm, usually I put them to bed at 9, which they were out by.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Twins making a deal video

Joy shot this the other day. The boys were playing, chatting up a storm, and shaking hands.

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Playing and learning

Last night, we had a fun learning and exercise game with the boys. Joy and I did things like jump, put our hands in the air, and stand on one foot and tried to get the boys to copy us.

Jacob loved it, Jasper was a little reluctant at first but then had really got in it. Jacob loved when we started spinning. As soon as he stopped spinning, I would go over to make sure he didn't fall into anything.

Jasper stated really getting into when we were standing on one foot. He had a little trouble balancing so he went over the wall and used his hand to lean. So cute!

Joy thought they could learn their animals by running to the animals that were on their wall. We would say "run to the lion" and then run and tap the lion, and then the giraffe. He did this for awhile.

We had a lot of fun playing yesterday!

Joy got a bunch of a activity books from the library today. It should be very helpful and a great learning experience.

Today, we had a snow storm. I'm hoping that it warms up a little bit to where we can take them outside to play.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Back to work and jamming!

Just went back to work yesterday. It was so great to be home with Joy and the boys. Time went so fast. It is crazy how fast time flies at home. Must of the day seems like trying to get the boys to nap and then to bed at night.

During vacation we had a big milestone with moving them into toddler beds. It has been a struggle to keep them in bed. But they do eventually fall asleep. I got a lot of reading done while trying get them to nap.

--that was written last week but I never finished writing!

Last Sunday, I took the boys downstairs to play music. I let them play the drums, organ, and guitar. They had so much fun!

I played the drums at one point and Jasper started clapping and dancing with Jacob banged the cymbals. They love music!

Jacob started hitting keys on the organ and stated singing! I started singing too to see if he could match the pitch.

It's so much fun to make noise with them!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas and new years

This year for Christmas, we did both families on Christmas eve and spent christmas day at home with just us at home.

Needless to say, Christmas eve was hectic but good. We started the day by spending it with Joy's mom and brother. We had lunch over there. This year, the boys weren't too into opening presents but they loved playing with the toys and taking stuff off the tree. After opening presents we put fantastic mr fox on but the boys weren't too into it. We then put on how to train your dragon which they did. Jacob fell asleep on Joy's brother.

Jasper took a nap on the way to my parents' house. The boys loved playing with their cousins and running around my parents house. Their cousin Aidan had a star wars lightsaber, which the boys took and loved. The next day, they pretended a wrappng paper roll was a lightsaber.

My parents got the boys big cat trucks which make a lot of noise and move. So aside from running around and lightsabering, they loved playing with the trucks.

On Christmas morning we headed upstairs for the big unveiling of their playroom! The boys quickly ran for the bed and the drums. They also loved the car, that we already had for them. I don't think they understood the greatness of the playhouse yet but I showed them the basketball hoop which they love. Joy played with the megablocks which they loved to


On Christmas the boys seemed a little beat from the previous day, so we did some movie time.

Great Christmas.

I had the rest of the week off because I took a vacation. We had plenty of time upstairs. Just yesterday, they seemed to really love the playhouse. Joy and I both took turns going in the house. Jasper loves climbing through the windows and Jacob loves playing peekaboo.

Tonight, we're planing on going to first night for new years eve.

-- that was written dec 31, 2011.

Last night, we headed to Akron's first night. We all had a blast seeing lot of bands play. The boys enjoyed clapping with the music. We saw a Yiddish band that was a lot of fun. Lots of dancing which we all enjoyed watching. We then headed out to watch the fireworks at nine. The boys perked up during the fireworks.

We headed home after the fireworks and we had fries and ravioli. Our plan was going to let them stay up to watch the ball drop but Jasper fell asleep on Joy before. Jacob almost fell asleep on me but then took off to play. After the ball drop he fell asleep easily in his bed.

-- that was written on jan 1st.

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