Thursday, December 25, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Jane's First Haircut

We thought Jane needed a haircut, and it seemed timely to do this right before the holiday, so we brought her to Jack & Jill, a place that specializes in kids' haircuts. It was the most expensive four minutes of her life (even more pricey than Fred Claus), but it was worth it. Jane got to sit in a cool car while the hairdresser "evened her hair out." Jane didn't particularly love it, but she pulled herself together by the end. And she looks dang pretty. We're not sure when Tanner will be ready for his first cut—at the rate he's going, kindergarten?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jane's First Purchase

We have bought many items for the twins during the past eleven months. Some have been fun purchases (books, toys), and some have been not so fun (diapers, wipes). Although all of the stuff has been for the kids, they have not participated in the buying other than sometimes to be present at the store. But the other day, Jane made her very first purchase. All by herself. Using our money.

I gave her the cable remote to busy her while I went to change Tanner's diaper, and when I came back ninety seconds later, Jane was watching the movie Fred Claus (a holiday classic, to be sure) on OnDemand for the bargain price of $4.99. This required Jane to have gone through an entire series of clicks on the remote to get to the viewing of the actual movie: click the big OnDemand button, click on Top Picks, click on New Movies, click on the movie (maybe even scroll a few movies down first), click on the "buy now" button. I had to laugh when I came back into the room and found her seemingly enjoying her purchase (she had even fast-forwarded the movie to about twenty minutes in—I guess the opening credits were boring her), but as a mean mom, I didn't allow her to continue watching. When Mike came home that night, I asked him if he happened to want to watch Fred Claus. He looked at me strangely and said, "Is this a trick question? Because you know I don't want to watch that dumb movie." And I said, "Yeah, but what if we already own it for the next twenty-four hours?" Regardless, we didn't watch it. I hope Jane enjoyed flushing that fiver down the toilet.

[Before you tell us that we should take the batteries out of an old remote and give that to the kids instead, let me assure you we've tried that. They play with the old remote (or phone, or Palm Pilot, or whatever it may be) for about three seconds before they realize that it's not the real one, it's not the one Mom and Dad use, and it's just not as interesting. Smarties...]

Monday, December 8, 2008

One Month Shy

Gone are the days of cooperative photography and getting two smiling faces to look at the camera at the same time...

The kids' eleven-month birthday was a day of firsts. Tanner wanted to stand up a bunch (with lots of help) at Book Babies at the library, Jane took her first nap on her stomach, and they started the transition to whole milk (three bottles down, more than eighty to go). Their figurative steps are getting bigger by the day, and it's incredible to watch them grow.