Sunday, May 29, 2011

REMEMBER!

I follow this blog sometimes http://sweetnothings04.blogspot.com/ and she had this poem posted in honor of mermorial day.



There's only two people who's ever died for me
Laid down their lives just so I could be free
They both went through hell, beared crosses and shells
Both got back up again after they fell
They never picked a fight but were there to pick up the pieces
God only knows where we'd be without soldiers and Jesus
To me they're both heroes for the path that they chose

Because one fights for my life, one fights for my soul...~James Otto


To the men and women of our armed forces who have given the ultimate sacrifice, to their families, and to all of our troops still away from home. We love you. We honor you. And I will be raising my glass to you on Monday!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Messy fun with strawberries!

Today the girls and I headed up to Carlsbad for an afternoon of strawberry picking, it was great fun!


Got our bucket and we're ready to get to pickin!
Ellie found some!

Lola found some too!

Lola is very happy... but I will tell you she was much happier to be playing in the mud and not picking strawberries!

Ellie had a strategy... one for the bucket, one to eat, one for the bucket, one to eat.





sweet strawberries

soon enough it was just me picking berries while the girls hid between the aisle and played in the mud!!

We did managed to fill up the bucket all while having a bunch of MESSY FUN!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

funny...



I don't think too many moms of twins follow this blog, so most readers might not be able to relate to this video, but this video sums up the majority of conversations I end up having with complete strangers. It had me cracking up, I can't even count how many times I have had to have this conversation. REALLY?

countdown to summer!

Summer is fast approaching, a student of mine reminded me today that there are only 13 school days left. If my student only knew that I was probably more excited than they were! I remember thinking that my teachers were bummed when summer came and that they couldn't wait for the school year to begin again, man was I wrong. I know understand that teachers look more forward to the summer break than any of their students. Needless to say I have a lot planned for this coming summer... Here is the top twelve list of to-dos this summer in no particular order:

1) potty train the girls
2) re-do our other bathroom (it's in dire need)
3) go on a mini vacation with just our family of four (we have tentative plans to spend a few days Santa Barbara)
4) spend many days with the girls doing nothing but toddler fun!
5) catch up on some much needed play dates
6) finally finish my on-going garage make over
7) stick to a fitness/work out plan- I have been on and off for too long now
8) get the girls swim lessons (found a great deal at the military rec center)
9) spend as much time at the beach as possible -my goal is to get on my surf board at least once this summer
10) cook real dinners for my family (I've been slacking lately)
11)relax, slow down, and take it easy (what ever that means with two toddlers?)
12) Also, I have sinus surgery planned the day after school gets out... that is my ultimate goal to- rid myself of my sinus problems once and for all- I have had constant reaccruing sinus infections for the past six months...fingers crossed.


Most of all I am just looking forward to spending time with these munchkins...


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Videos Galore!

The girls have been doing so many new and cute thing lately, I can't help but capture them on video and share them with you all!


First, The girls used regular toothpaste for the first time the other night. They were so excited to actually spit for real. We have been practicing spitting with the training toothpaste, but this was a bit more exciting!






Lola is very much into cleaning... which I am not complaining about at all. I had just finshed cleaning the kitchen counter and washing dishes, Lola begged to help me. So I set her on the counter and off to work she went. p.s. When you watch the video listen to Ellie singing in the back ground , you might have to turn up the volume, it's so cute!





Here Lola is again cleaning ...




So the girls and I went to Toys R Us yesterday, I had a coupon and wanted to get some new puzzels for them. The girls had a differnt idea, they wanted to play in the doll isle the whole time. Well needless to say the girls got spoiled yesterday. We have never really taken them shopping and had them pick out something, so it was fun for me too. They picked out these babies that cry. They also got a little highchair and cradle for hte baby. Here they are taking care of their new babies and being such good mommys.





Tuesday, May 17, 2011

eyes wide open...

I have to share some conversations that have been happening around our house lately...


After work, I picked the girls up from daycare and we headed home. Here is the conversation that took place in the back seat of my car:

Ellie: No, Sissy don't do that!
Mom: Ellie, What is Sissy doing?
Ellie: Picking her nose.
Lola: Mommy, snot on my finger.
Ellie: Wipe in on your shirt
Lola: No, wipe it on my pants!

Only a mom could enjoy an exchange such as this.

When we got home I asked the girls if they would like a snack. Here is how the conversation went:

Mom: Girls would you like a banana or a bagel and cream cheese for snack?
Lola: Bagel and cheese please!
Ellie: No bagel mommy, I want Chocolate!

While playing Ellie got a very tiny "owie" this is how the conversation went:

Ellie: I have a booboo!
Dad: Do you want me to kiss it?
Ellie: No!
Dad: Why?
Ellie: Too many whiskers!
Ellie: Mommy you kiss it, daddy have whiskers!

I guess in a-round-about way Ellie is telling daddy he needs a clean shave.

On a different note: The Mezzadri Twins are officially in TESTING MODE! (aka Terrible Twos, but I hate that expression because they are not terrible they are just trying to figure out their limits) Tony and I laid awake last night strategize on how we are going to tackle this new hurdle in parenting. Having two going through this stage at the same time has its advantages and disadvantages. They are definitely learning both good and bad habit from each other. The girls new saying is "I can't". When asked to do something they do not want to do "I can't" is there response about 80 percent of the time, and throwing themselves on the floor in their response the other 20 percent of the time. As an Education Specialist, I consider myself pretty well versed in behavior management and I have been pretty successful in shaping behaviors among students ages 5 to 10, so how come it is so difficult to apply those same strategies at home with two two-year olds? Tony and I decided to stick with the basic principals that work and those are:

Consistancy
Follow Through
Positive Reinforcement
Lots of Praise
Time-outs
Ignorning the undesired behavior, and not the child.
Communicate and Model Expectations, while holding the child accountable to them
Validate and respect the child feelings


Consistency is one of the hardest principals to apply since toddlerhood is ever changing. But being consistent with expectations, rewards, and consequences has helped us form an expectation of discipline and appropriate behavior in the house hold. Of course this process is fatiguing at first, but I know it will pay off - hopefully sooner than later.

At work, when consulting with teachers and writing behavior support plans, I preach positive reinforcement/praise and it's effectiveness. This principal works to your advantage when you have twins. If we see one of the girls doing an undesired behavior, Tony and I can praise the other child for doing the opposite desired behavior (example eating their veggies and not eating their veggies). One child sees their sister getting attention for the positive behavior and in theory learns that the positive behavior is how they get the attention- Not by doing the undesired behavior and getting negative attention, which is still attention (rewarding) in their eyes.

Follow through is tough but essential... I just read a quote "If you tell your child you will cancel the family vacation if they don't do their home work, you better plan on staying home." The child will not respect your directions if they know the consequences will never come to fruition.

Lastly the child must feel validated and respected. Validate the child's feeling of anger, frustration, and independence, but still keep them accountable for their behavior with the established consequences.

This past week Tony and I have had to be on our toes. One minute we are laughing and playing with our little girls while the next minute we are staring at each other saying with our eyes "What?, Where did this come from from?, and What do we do now? I write this post only so when the TESTING continues I will have a place to go to remind myself of the strategies and principals that are fool proof. Our ultimate goal is to teach our girls to be respectful, caring, confident secure women who feel loved and respected, all the while providing them with a safe environment to learn, explore, and make mistakes -learning those much needed life lesson. Once again our journey in parent hood is taking us on a new path. We are ready for the challenges and rewards this path will grant us. Each and every day we learn more about what our girls are made of and it is exciting!!! Lola and Ellie, like I said on your two-year old birthday post, Thank you for being my teacher! I still have a lot to learn!

Friday, May 13, 2011

funny sayings...

Lola has a new saying these days… “I love you soon” she says. When I leave for work, I always say to the girls “I love you and I will see you soon” Lola has condensed my saying and made it her own, it is so cute. She will say it to us when we tuck her it at night or when every we leave.

Ellie has made up her own unique phrase too! “Fickle Five” Don’t ask.. because we don’t know…but every time she reads a magazine or one of our books she pretends she reading and says "Fickle five." I can’t wait until she is old enough to let us know what that means.

“Oh My Goodness” Is a very cute saying that both of the girls tend to use when they are surprised by something or when we do something funny for them.

I can’t even begin to list all the things the girls are doing and explain how fluent the girls are becoming with their words. They are so cute how they talk amongst each other and are able to communicate their needs and want to us as well. I am sure every parent can relate how amazing it is to watch your babies turn into little children with their use of language. Our girls use of expressive language continues to amaze us everyday and at the same time pleases us to know that they are developing, growing, and able to communicate effectively. Now if we can just get them to use their words instead of throwing two-year-old tantrums, that would be fantastic!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Flashback!

I just had to post these pics...Tony and I went to a Silent Auction/Dinner fundraiser in support of the a school I work for and the theme was "80's Prom"


Here we are all dressed up and ready for Prom in 1988! (Tony actually went to prom in 1988, my old man!! Love you sweetie)


My Pals at work in their 80's get up too!

The Party was a blast!
Thought you all just might like to see these pics!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

My Mother's Day gift!

Today was a wonderful simple day, it served as a reminder of how luckly I am to have two beautiful, curious, healthy, lovley daughters who bring so much to my life each and every day! The girls must have known it was Mother's day and they needed to be on their best behavior. They woke up and crawled in bed with us after 7:00am. The were all giggles and laughs. While in church both Lola and Ellie was very cuddly and at a random moment Lola just looked at me and said "I love you soon mommy" (post to come on their new sayings 'soon' was not a type-o). On the way home from Church and doughnuts the girls had their own mantra...it melted my heart. I caught some of it one video!


this moment is all a mom needs for mother's day!




Thank you Lola and Ellie for making me a mom and giving me so much JOY!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

taste of summer....

This week we got a taste of summer...after work on Wednesday Tony, the girls, and I met Kathleen and Bailey at Funuel Park in Pacific Beach for a beach pic-nic and some fun summer-like moments a bit early.


This little bay beach is perfect for two-year olds. Not intimidating for the little ones, pretty safe, and Tony get to join us on the beach!


Simple...innocent...fun















To Be A Kid Again!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Some down Time...finally!

We have been so busy lately the girls have not had much time to just stay home and play. Well this weekend we had sometime to just relax, play, and get some Saturday chores done together.


Lola is great at Legos, she loves building huge towers!
Ellie enjoys building too, but she also likes to make"meals" with her legos.
Here is the video of the girls making their castles.



The girls also helped us with the Saturday chores, they were natural at it. The girls new exactly what to do, they grabbed their sponges and went to work.

Check out the video below... and if you need your car washed feel free to stop by- the girls absolutely loved doing it!




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