School is finally out. Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!
Saturday night's dance recital capped off a busy week of lasts. Here are our little dancers.
With her sweet friend, Caroline.
Ali in her sailor costume.
Apparently, on the Good Ship Lollipop, irises cost $4.99. A small detail I kept including in photos until Doug's mother gently turned the bouquet around. Thanks Renae.
We loved watching the girls perform. Ali was the Michael Jordan of dance. She performed half her tap number with her tongue out. And yesterday, they spent most the afternoon trading costumes and putting on a second show for their Dad.
Now... onto a few family milestones. Our trip down south proved progressive on several fronts. (More pics coming later.)
1. Booster seats
Before we left, we ordered booster seats for Ali and Sami. And may I tell you, snapping two five-point harnesses instead of four is sooooo nice! Driving carpool is a much more pleasant experience, and all the girls can finally buckle their own seat belts. Woot! Woot!
shaky iPhone photo
2. Language Evolution
Have you heard of twinspeak? Twins speaking their own language? One that only they can understand? Well we're seeing it at our house. And here's the beauty of it. They never stutter. In fact, we've had a few weeks now with very little stuttering. Having Doug around has given the boys extra attention and I think it has helped. The stuttering is likely to come and go, but of late I am very encouraged. Here's an iPhone video of them "speaking" their new language while we drove through southern Utah. Let me know if you can decipher anything.
3. First Official Family Hike
While hiking in Zion's National Park we did our first family hike. Meaning everyone walked the entire way. No one was bjorned or packed or strollered. All ten kiddos walked the 1.2 miles without even asking to be carried. Gordon led the pack, map and hand, telling us, "We just go up here. To the black letters. And turn right!" It was more than a milestone. It was a miracle. But of course, I forgot my camera.
A couple days later we hiked the Petrified Sand Dunes in Snow Canyon. And once again, the kids wowed us with their endurance. The boys loved climbing these huge rocks. It's a kids' hiking haven. We summited two "peaks" and here we are on the second. As you can see, Eliza didn't like slowing down for the picture.
4. "Kid Football"
Doug has taken up a new sport. It's good exercise, especially strengthens the biceps brachii muscles. Some have tried it as a team sport but passing proved injurious. So Doug has perfected it as an individual sport. The kids can play for hours. Doug? Not quite so long. Watch and learn.
Crib Tent Update
Now, on a more serious, even disconsolate, note...
I regret to inform you that the blessed crib tent has been recalled. While preparing for our trip I tried to order a smaller crib tent version for our pack n' plays. I hunted and hunted but couldn't find them anywhere. Even the regular sized crib tents were no longer available from retailers. I couldn't figure it out.
Then I got the email. All crib tents have been recalled, due to a child death by strangulation. I know. The incident report was horrifying to read. Between January 1997 and April 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is aware of 27 tent failures, including one fatality. Apparently, the dome of the tent inverted, and trapped the child at the neck, causing serious brain damage. Another child suffocated. One death is too many, so Tots in Mind, the company who manufactured the crib tent, is no longer in business.
While I'm devastated for these families, I'm also sad for the families who will no longer have the option of buying a crib tent. I touted the crib tent as blessed for a reason.
Without tents on our trip, naptime for the boys flew out the window. Trying to get them to sleep was impossible. And even go-downs at night were exhaustive. We weathered it alright, but to return to those crib tents nine days later was like landing on a soft, heavenly cloud. I didn't have to worry about them climbing out and pulling the dresser over on themselves (true story - Spencer pulled the dresser over onto Gordon). They just nestle down into their tents and go to sleep.
Our experience with crib tents has been that they are successful and safe.
The reality is that putting a child on a bike and sending them down the street is a risk. Toddlers can choke on small toys or pennies, kids can climb out of car seats, fall off swings, break their neck on a trampoline. My Dad, who has been a ER doc for years, even had one small boy get a match box car wedged up his nose. Should we recall bikes and swings and toys with small parts and trampolines and match box cars? I know my argument is fallible. But the truth is, there's a risk with almost everything.
Crib tents have protected my boys, rather than caused harm. And I will go to my grave feeling grateful we were able to buy our tents before the recall.
Gordon with all his "friends" and favorite cars, ready for a nap.
So now you have the facts. Out of due diligence I had to tell you, seeing I had espoused the crib tent so strongly.
But if any of you twin moms would like to put your crib tents on the black market for some other twin mom to borrow or have, you're more than welcome to do so here. I jest. (Sort of.) Truthfully, I hope someone will be able to use ours when we're done with them.
So does the recall affect you? And what about milestones? Have you had any lately?
p.s. Next post I'll talk about our summer plan, share some ideas I put together with the help of friends at Power of Moms.