The kids went from tiny toddlers to big toddlers who are much more predictable and flexible with regards to schedules and activities. We have many words and big ideas and they are playing together more and more all the time. Still looking forward to sentences...although once those non-stop babbling sessions become non-stop talking sessions, I may regret the desire for sentences.
We had our first family vacation this year and Rachel and mommy their first girls weekend. Andrew and I incorporated some alone time into the year for each other and on our own, which we hope to do more of.
This Christmas was spent at home with Grandma and Papa (Grandpa) and the kids loved having them here. Things I hope to remember about Christmas 2013:
- Rachel spending much of Christmas afternoon diligently serving tea to Grandma, Grandpa and Mommy in the living room with her new tea set. She had quite an elaborate routine and was very serious about the entire matter, serving each person and giving refills and taking away the cup. She had a routine with her little kitchen where she'd put the teapot in the oven, then set up the tea cup on the table, get the pot out, pour and then serve us in the living room. I threw her for a loop when I asked for a cookie on a plate as well. She had to pause and think that through for a moment but after she worked it out we all received plates with our cups of tea.
- Sam taking a liking to Rachel's new dolly and carefully combing her hair.
- Rachel learned to jump with two feet off the ground this Christmas and enjoyed practising it a great deal. Sam on the other hand is getting more daring and is now jumping off the couch by himself and sticking his landings like a pro gymnast.
- Sam and Rachel learned to say 'excuse me' this Christmas (Goo me) and they find every opportunity to use it. It's adorable hearing them say it to each other over and over again.