*My favorite kid-stage is upon us once again. Behold:


Can you even stand it? The two-front-teeth missing is just the CUTEST childhood phase… and one that should be properly revered as the stage that follows it (CHICLET TEETH) is… not cute.

Marin is in first grade this year and is blossoming in school in a way she never really did in Kinder. I think it’s her teacher. While I really like her K teacher, I think the personality of her 1st grade teacher is better matched to her personality (think strict disciplinarian vs cuddly grandma). She even HUGS her teacher- DAILY- and she… doesn’t hug people who aren’t a) family or b) teenage babysitters. So. She loves school, loves learning to read, loves having homework (HOMEWORK AT LAST! SPELLING WORDS! She’s been doing “spelling words” alongside her big sisters for years, and now she’s so satisfied to have a legit spelling list.) Marin also recently started OT for some of the sensory stuff she deals with (mostly food related) (I may or may not write more about that in the future), and she really likes it. She’s old enough to understand that getting help will actually make her life easier, and she’s excited about it.

*Dance, gymnastics, various plays, clarinet, guitar, piano, tennis, basketball,swimming… these are all things Kate and Joan have been involved in so far in 2013. They are at the age where they are officially busy. Our previous policy of “one activity at a time” doesn’t really apply anymore as many things (piano, dance, gymnastic, clarinet) are year round. My grandma said the other day that the next 10 years will be very, very busy, and then it’ll wind down so fast we won’t even believe it. Considering the twins will GRADUATE in SEVEN years (!!), thus halving the number of children living under our roof… I see what she means. So for now, we are embracing their busy schedule, encouraging them to try lots of things, and so delighted in watching them find their way to teenage-hood.


Despite the sassiness and the occasional hormonal door-slamming, we are enjoying these two so much. So much.

*Olive speaks in complete sentences now, filling in with nonsense when she cannot find the appropriate wording. “I got up at 1:30 this morning, mom. And ate Cheerios. And Life. And Aunt Beth painted my nails last night. And unk-o Tim tickles you.” She didn’t get up at 1:30 (thank the good god she usually sleeps through now), she ate Chex for breakfast, and she hasn’t seen her aunt and uncle since July. So, yeah. Complete sentences, but lack of certain concepts.

I both enjoy the STUFFING out of this child and teeter on the edge of GET HER OFF OF ME NOW. She’s still very clingy. She doesn’t particularly enjoy her days with just boring ol’ me. Once her sisters leave for school, she wants to sit on my lap and stick her hand down my shirt. For the whole day. It’s hard to get anything done. She is a nightmare in stores (but we go anyway). But she is so fun and funny and smart and learning so fast. “Sank you mommy for my new DONKEY shirt! I just love it SOOO much” she told me about 10 times today. And FYI: it’s a dinosaur on her shirt, not a donkey.


She also has several “lose teeth,” just like Leah, lies on the living room floor saying “I’m stretching my back. Don’t step on me!” just like Daddy, and regularly gets ice packs out of the freezer for her “sore neck” (that would me MOI). She tells me “I’m prack-a-sing my clare-net” every day (while blowing on a plastic whistle), and she argues with me every time we get in the car about who gets to drive. She legit thinks she should get a turn at the wheel. She lives in a household of five other self-sufficient people, and she is quite sure she’s just as capable as any of us in any given task. She also is still in diapers full-time, but pees and poos on her potty throughout every day. (I am SO not ready for underwear, so we’ll just keep doing things this way.) Oh, TWO. I love you so much.

5 thoughts on “Updates

  1. I would love to hear more about the OT and Marin’s hot food issues. I think that we’re headed down this path with Henry but I’m choosing not to think about it right now as he’s only three, and I just take his food out 30 minutes before ours or stick it in the freezer. I would especially like to hear from your perspective because (how do I put this delicately?) you feel much less likely-to-diagnose and likely-to-look-for-a-problem than the majority of the people I know who are gung ho about OT and I would have dismissed the possibility of needing it before you said anything about it.

    • Well, it’s not just hot foods for her. Food is either too hot, too cold, too chewy, to crunchy… the list goes on and on. And she’s very extremely picky. Besides fruit, she only ate SEVEN other foods on the OT food list (of, like 500 foods). The ONLY mixed texture she eats is cereal with milk. She also has lots of other sensory quirks: very, very sensitive skin (bleeds where a tag touches her neck, bleeds if she washes her hands at school for more than a day or two- she takes her own soap), cannot handle loud noises, cannot handle being sticky, hair brushing is super painful, bath water is ALWAYS “too hot”, get very pissed if touched from behind, discriminates against certain (very nice) people because she cannot stand the sound of their voices… the list goes on. The food stuff is most life-interrupting as she has pretty good coping (or avoidance) skills for the rest. You’re right about me being less likely to diagnose (I don’t even KNOW what her actual diagnoses IS, as it doesn’t matter to me) (I DO know that Sensory Processing Disorder is not in the DSM and therefore cannot be the official diagnoses, insurance wise. And insurance is the only reason she HAS a diagnoses… like I said, I can’t even remember what they called it. But it doesn’t really matter.)

      OT sets goals, so for her, the primary goal is working on food. They work on other stuff too, though. We go to a pediatric therapy place, so it’s very nice, very kid-friendly. She really likes it and likes her therapist…

      It’s all too new to say for sure what I think of OT, but I am assuming it will be helpful. 🙂

  2. Your kids are the fastest growing in the entire internet. Your pictures blow me away every time. I have loved watching them grow up over the years so much (agree with Hillary about how Marin is so special – her pictures are always striking). I want to hear more about the twins and all of the teen/tween drama, I need to prepare myself for having two girls in high school at the same time.

  3. We are just barely entering the age range for puberty here (nine in November) and oh dear, it is coming on strong already. Help me!

    Love the photos, as always.

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