New bikes!

Posted by Aimee on June 19, 2011 in Abby, Emily, Twins with Comments closed |

Well … we told the girls if they learned to ride bikes without training wheels, we would ‘upgrade’ their wheels to bikes that didn’t look like they should be used in a circus act.

So they did.

And thus, we did.

Abby on her new bike! No Training Wheels!

Abby on her new bike! No Training Wheels!

Emily on her new bike!

Emily on her new bike!

Riding together in the circle

Riding together in the circle

And, a VIDEO!

Movie!

Riding their new bikes!!

More in the album!

Recital Photos!

Posted by Aimee on June 18, 2011 in Abby, Emily, Twins with Comments closed |

The girls danced Tap and Ballet this year. Tap to “Crocodile Rock” and Ballet to “I’ll Be There”. They did a great job in both. I’m always so proud (duh!).

Their first dance was to I’ll Be There

Before I left backstage. Abby hung on!

Before I left backstage. Abby hung on!

Emily (or Abby) front and center

Emily (or Abby) front and center

Abby (or Emily) off to the right.

Abby (or Emily) off to the right.

The whole group!

The whole group!

They also received their 3-year participation award. These are given for dancers who stay with APA for 3, 5 and 7 years. We’re on 3!

Abby getting her award

Abby getting her award

Emily getting her award

Emily getting her award

And then they danced Crocodile Rock!

Front and center - both girls

Front and center - both girls

They were the line leaders!

They were the line leaders!

The whole group!

The whole group!

Afterward with their awards!

Awards!

Awards!

With Joseph and Grandma

With Joseph and Grandma

With Grandma and Grandpa!

With Grandma and Grandpa!

WAY more in the album!

Formal Recital Portraits – Ballet

Posted by Aimee on June 18, 2011 in Abby, Emily, Twins with Comments closed |

And for ballet, too! Now in these, because we lose some of our tell-tale signs on how to tell our girls apart? I cannot tell in a few of the photos … so your guess is about as good as mine. πŸ™‚

Guess who?

Guess who?

Ballet - Abby

Guess Who?

I'll Be There - Ballet - Abby

I'll Be There (Abby)

Fric and Frac in I'll Be There

Fric and Frac in I'll Be There

Fric and Frac in I'll be There!

Fric and Frac in I'll be There!

I'll Be There - Emily

I know ... do you?

I'll Be There - Emily

I know ... do you?

TONS more in the album!

Formal Recital Portaits – Tap

Posted by Aimee on June 18, 2011 in Abby, Emily, Twins with Comments closed |

The girls had portraits done with their dance school, but these were, of course, done by me. πŸ™‚

Crocodile Rock - Emily

Crocodile Rock - Emily

Crocodile Rock - Emily

Crocodile Rock - Emily

Crocodile Rock - Abby & Emi (l/r)

Crocodile Rock - Abby & Emi (l/r)

Being silly

Being silly

Crocodile Rock - Abby

Crocodile Rock - Abby

Crocodile Rock - Abby

Crocodile Rock - Abby

LOADS more in the album!

From 4 to 0 training wheels in 2 … hours

Posted by Aimee on June 14, 2011 in Abby, Emily, Twins with Comments closed |

Copied from my Aimee Laine blog which will post on 6/15:
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Monday evening, as the sun burned brigh and the temperatures hovered in spot way higher than my own comfort zone, my two 7 year old daughters (with their 7 year old friend) went out to attempt the improbable. If Mom and Dad weren’t up to teaching them how to ride their bikes in 90 degree weather, then they’d darn well do it themselves.

I wished them well, sat back in my air conditioned house and waited (but without baited breath) for the screams of frustration, the scraped knees and potentially conked noggins (but they always wear helmets).

About an hour later, the downstairs door slammed, shaking the whole house. Footsteps pounded their way up the stairs and I heard,

“Mom!”

The punctuated cry out followed with,

“I did it!”

My husband’s office door opened as Emily, wide-eyed and with a huge smile on her face ran into my office.

“Mom! I did it! Kate held onβ€”” Her arms gestured wide. “β€”and I was pedaling and we were on her bike and she went with me and then she let go and I did it!” Yes, all of that was in one sentence, with absolutely no punctuation or pauses.

“Wanna see?”

How could I say ‘no’ to that?

Shut the laptop down, husband puts on his shoulder, I slip into sandals and out on the driveway (which is the length of two cars and the width of two side by side and at a slight incline), my daughter and her friend are getting her started.

Of course, if she could do it there, I had to see what she could do on flat ground with more space. So, we walked the bike over to the cul de sac and Emily sat atop it without her friend hanging on and from that moment on … she rode her two-wheeler … by herself … without any help.

After a few tears and screams of frustration, Abby rode her bike around the same area, circling each other, back and forth, around and around.

From 4 training wheels, to 0 in 2 hours with the help of a friend.
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Added note:

Abby tried and tried and tried with Ron and I. We kept trying to give her guidance and she kept weaving and falling though she’d catch herself before she fell to the ground. At one point, Ron and I were talking to Emily about how she should practice using her breaks when out of the blue, Abby rides her bike straight at me!

And that was that.

They are both ‘two-wheelers’. πŸ™‚

Slumber Party!

Posted by Aimee on June 12, 2011 in Abby, Emily, Twins with Comments closed |

The girls had their first, ever slumber party. 9 total girls, all night long with pizza and cake, movies and sleeping (or not) and breakfast. I think they all had way too much fun. πŸ™‚

Slumber Party!

Slumber Party!

Cake!

Cake!

Blowing out 7 candles (ish)

Blowing out 7 candles (ish)

The aftermath

The aftermath

Happiness

Happiness

More in the album!

Pie in Face

Posted by Aimee on June 11, 2011 in Abby with Comments closed |

Why? We don’t know. And have learned, sometimes, just not to ask. But she really wanted to see how it happened. And thus … we did.

Preparations

Preparations

Pie in face!

Pie in face!

Pie in face!

Pie in face!

More in the album!

Abby lost a top tooth!

Posted by Aimee on May 6, 2011 in Abby with Comments closed |

Abby lost her top, right, front tooth.

And when I say lost, I mean really lost.

It went in with lunch.

Oops.

πŸ™‚

Easter!

Posted by Aimee on May 4, 2011 in Family with Comments closed |

Oh, look! 2 posts in a month! I’m on a roll! More photos in the album!

Alice in her section of the easter-loot hunting grounds

Alice in her section of the easter-loot hunting grounds

Yes, those are Abby's PJs

Yes, those are Abby's PJs

Emily dressed for the occasion, complete with 'high heels'

Emily dressed for the occasion, complete with 'high heels'

Never too big for a hunt with $$ in eggs ;)

Never too big for a hunt with $$ in eggs πŸ˜‰

Alice’s 1st Birthday!

Posted by Aimee on May 4, 2011 in Family with Comments closed |

Wheeeeeee! We had fun! See below! More in the album!

Alice's 1st Bday!

Alice's 1st Bday!

Alice's First Bday

Alice's First Bday

Alice's 1st Bday

Alice's 1st Bday

Football at Alice's 1st Bday

Football at Alice's 1st Bday

Girls at Alice's 1st Bday party

Girls at Alice's 1st Bday party

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