I don’t think I blogged about it, but right before Michael (remember little Michael?!?!?) went off to college, he and I went on a trip to Disney World. We saw all four parks in our time there, and it was a wonderful relaxing time. I’d like to think we made some amazing memories, and it was so good to bond with him before he went away. I miss him terribly.

At one point, I looked at him and said “You know, IiPiccy-collage wish I could have afforded to bring you all here when you were little. As much fun as we’re having, it would be so awesome to see the look of wonder and experience the park through a small child’s eyes.”

As part of our afterschooling with apples, we’ve been looking at the still life paintings of Paul Cezanne. Specifically, we looked at his Still Life with Apples and Still Life with Bottle and Apple Basket.

Cezanne

We have a little art appreciation area set up, although we may have to change it if we end up getting a hamster.

Molly Cezanne

spiderThis morning in the car on the way to preschool, the twins were talking about a spider they saw inside the house. Inside the house! I’m not sure how they’ve never seen one inside before, but for some reason this rocked their little world. Why was he inside the house? What did he want? Was he there for a reason? Didn’t he know he belonged outside? The questions were flowing fast and quick.

Last night, I found an article on using “I wonder” questions to foster inquiry and curiosity, so I decided to give it a go. “I wonder,” I said to the twins, “how that spider came into our house. Do you have any ideas? Any theories?”

Oh, Molly. What can I say about Molly? Often , half joking, I say that Molly is just like me if I had even fewer filters and no moral compass. But really, she’s  a lot like me. It’s ridiculous.

Mommy and Molly

As a baby, Molly was super serious. In fact, it became a bit of a Facebook joke. People were surprised when a picture of Molly smiling made an appearance!

Serious MollyShe’s a super happy girl now though. Molly loves her big sister and reading.

Molly and Katie

Her best friend is still her twin brother, Matthew.

Molly preschool

It’s hard to know what to say say about Matthew. When people used to ask (as people do when you have more than two children) when you’re going to stop procreating, I used to say “Oh, you know, when God gives us an easy one.” And then God sent me Matty… and, for good measure and to keep me on my toes, threw in Molly as well. Ha, ha, ha… good one, God!

Matthew in a Tree

Dear Mothers of the World:

In the past, I probably judged you. I might have snarked on you on MDC or done something to make you feel inferior or as if you were doing things wrong.

I would like to apologize from the bottom of my heart. If it makes you feel better, God sent me twins. And they have gone from this

PicMonkey Collage 1

to this

PicMonkey Collage 2

and now they are potty training.