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Twins Unwind


Comfortable in their own skin, but would rather be closer than further apart.

The twins and I had a little bit of down time after school. We all stayed close together though.

Surprise! More Snow!

It’s not a big storm, but it’s causing a mess on the roads this morning. We’ve got 4.5 additional inches of snow this morning. There’s just no more room to put this snow anywhere. I’m without a vehicle this week, so the twins and I are home. I’m off to clear the 400′ driveway so we can get oil delivered today. Meanwhile, the twins are snuggled in watching cartoons.




Dad, Turn Up The Heat

I wondered from the other room, why was the TV turned up so loud. I walked into the family room and this is what I saw…


Jacqueline watching a show with her new ear muffs on.

Maybe I just need to turn up the heat.


The Twins Visit With Santa


The Twins visit with Santa at Santa’s Workshop, Bass Pro Shops, NH.


Mixed comments

The twins are approaching 3 years old and the commentary is amusing, if not hilarious, on a daily basis. These are some interactions from the last few days.

Jacqueline: (while sitting in her little fold up chair, reading from a book about dogs and cats) Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

Me: Who is the fairest honey?

Jacqueline: I don’t know. I see a snake.

Me: A snake? There’s a snake in my boot!

Jacqueline and Theodore: (almost in unison) That’s not how it goes! Only Woody says that!

Jacqueline: You’re too funny daddy.

Jacqueline: (gasping and wide-eyed) Daddy! I see a bear!

Me: You see a bear? Where?

Jacqueline: Yes I do. It’s here (holds up her hands)

Theodore: (reaches in from nearby, and in a snatching of something invisible motion) All gone. I got it.

That was the end of that. No more bear, no more snake, just on to the next imaginary adventure. It wasn’t long before the kids claimed there were crocodiles in the area. There’s always plenty of animals around our place.


Theodore: (while talking on his play phone and looking for his little Thomas the Tank Engine) Thomas, where are you? I look everywhere for you. I can’t find you. Where are you?

Me: Theodore, who are you talking to?

Theodore: I talk to Thomas tank. I can’t find him. He’s not here. Where’s Thomas tank? Where is he? I check the toy box. (Opens the toy box lid) He’s not in here. (Grabs some toy keys and shuts the lid) There. I locked it.
Theodore continues: Now I’m leaving (keys in hand). I have to leave…(offering a wrinkle faced smile to me) Noooooo, I won’t leave you.

Jacqueline: (dramatizing a bit) Oh no, don’t leave me! Teddy! Don’t leave!

Theodore: (leaning in, looking at me, as if looking at a camera, gives her a hug) It’s okay sister. I don’t leave.


Sitting at the dinner table over the weekend, the three youngest kids, my wife and I were enjoying lunch when Jacqueline exclaimed, “That’s Theodore! He is so handsome!”

Deer Visit

A doe and a couple of youngsters stopped by the back edge of our yard just a few minutes ago. I snuck out the side door of the garage and was able to grab these two pictures before they loped into the woods only to be heard fleeing. Theodore and Jacqueline were able to see the deer, and both twins asked if they could hold the deer. Not today I guess.

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My little sponges

My little sponges Jacqueline and Theodore while playing in the family room this morning, were carrying on as if completely alone. First, Jacqueline, while carrying a stuffed animal dog, was babbling lyrics. In this order, speaking, not singing, while holding the dog, and working around the play kitchen. Followed by some random interactions this morning.

Little town
Quiet village
The B-I-B-L-E
That’s the book for me
I stand alone on the word of God
The B-I-B-L-E
Little town
Quiet village
Was blind
But now I see
Yellow, black and white
Little town
Quiet village
Rock a baby
Tree top
Wind breaks
The cradle will fall
Down come baby
Cradle and all
Hey, brother!
Dinner time!
It’s eat time!

Theodore: Sister! Feed the dog!
Jacqueline: feed the dog?
T: yes, sister.
J: okay, here dog. (Forcing a spoonful of imagination into the dog’s mouth)
T: I made a donut. (Holds it up and takes a loud bite, sounding like a dog’s bark)
T: all done, sister.
J: I take a nap. (Climbs onto the couch with dog and a dolls blanket)
T: Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! (As he touches every single button on the play kitchen)

T: There’s a bug-gie in there! A bug-gie!
J: Where T-Uh-dore?
T: Over there (pointing)
J: Ummm, I don’t see it. All gone.
T: It died
J: Ya, it died.

T: I take a break
J: take a break?
T: ya
J: I take a break too (they both lay down on couch cushions they’ve placed on the floor)

My two little sponges. Jacqueline and Theodore. They don’t miss anything we say or do. They soak it up and let us see what they’ve learned in random bursts like this morning. Priceless. (photo by Erin Beal)