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by Juliemara


Talia, she learned to say something new “ah-wa-dat”, translation “I want that”. Really? We say please and thank you in our house some much I’m almost sick of hearing it, where on earth did she learn “I want that” we remind her to say please after and she does, quite well “Peeese”. But still we need to nip the  “ah-wa-dat” in the bud real quick. Talia is over all a happy go lucky while extremely demanding child. She gets in her head that she will do something and she will do it, even when I ask her not; to. Oh wait they both do that, maybe that’s just being a toddler.


Jordan has had a rough month as far as sleeping goes, she’s ended up in bed with us nearly every night. Most of the time it’s not until 5 or 6 (we try to get them to sleep until 6:30 or 7) but more than enough it’s before midnight. Jordan is not an easy person to share a bed with, she is not a very sound sleeper, she tosses and turns and kicks all night. This past week has been especially rough. Jordan started running a fever on Sunday, by Tuesday it was up to nearly 104. We thought it was from teething, which may have been bothering her as well, she was also extra sleepy, clingy and cranky all week. But when she developed a faint rash on Thursday I did some research and though it to be Roseola, a virus that just has to run it’s course. So the sleepiness and crankiness was merited. I decided she needed to be seen by the doctor just to be safe, they agreed Roseola, not much you can do but wait. Kids are so resilient she never completely acted sick, she would be cranky and snuggly or lazy one minute and running around like a little crazy person the next. The rash only lasts a day or two, it’s not itchy, it’s just there. Now we are just waiting the arrival of two final teeth, whoooo, maybe then sleeping in our house will become a more regular thing.


And so it’s here. The second half of this year. It’s a little sad to think of it like that, I’m not a big fan of time passing so quickly. One one hand I want to hold on to my little babies and make them stay little. On the other hand I want them to start using words to express how they feel and sleep all night in their own  beds with out waking us up at all hours with bone chilling screams. I’m anxious to switch them to the toddler beds I bought for them before they were even born they are so cute! And I am itching to redecorate their room to be more toddler fun, but at the same time I am hesitant to make the bed switch. The doctor suggested they stay in the cribs until they are closer to three. And there is the chance that if we switch them, then instead of crying for us in the middle of the night, they will just get out of bed and come to our room, probably not a better situation. Or worse go wander around the house and throw who knows what into the toilet (none of the child safety locks we have tried for the toilet have worked against the determined little hands of Talia and Jordan).

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3 Years!

by Juliemara


Happy Anniversary my love. It’s been an amazing three years even with all of it’s challenges and lessons learned, I wouldn’t trade a day of it. I love you lots and cant wait to see where this adventure takes our family.

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Catching up

by Juliemara

These photos were takes a few months ago, I love them so much. I shared one or two along the way but I really wanted to share all of them because they are some of my favorites I have ever taken. The dresses are hand-me-downs from my older sisters kids, hopefully there will be more little girls that get to wear them later on. Dresses like this will last forever if taken care of because little ones never get to wear them enough to wear them out. These photos make me think we have two little yentas in the making.

I love putting them in dresses now because they can wear them safety without much risk of hurting themselves because of the dress. They had a hard time wearing dresses while they were crawling because they skirt of the dress made it hard to move when it would get caught under their knees. Then when they started walking they were falling so often they would get their foot stuck in the skirt while trying to get up and end up just falling again. Now they are great walkers, and while they still fall occasionally and the skirt can sometimes make it harder to get back up, they are doing pretty good and the extra effort is worth it because they look so cute in fancy little dresses!

The black Mary Janes are now too small on them. The pearls were a baby gift from my Aunt Joan and her late husband my Uncle Harry. I miss him. Elmo goes everywhere. The purple “ball” was a new car toy for the long road trip we had just taken. Both girls were afraid of it at first. Talia got over it, Jordan is still mostly afraid of it and Talia knows it and taunts her with it. The green frog purse was a souvenir gift from the zoo their nanny got them, there is a tiger that goes with it. I’m thinking about starting to use a de-tangler in their hair after bath, any recommendations on an all natural one?

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by Juliemara

It’s summer time, I don’t know how that happen. All of the sudden I’m thinking about how to celebrate Independence Day and when we are going to the pool. We finally got to go for a swim for the first time this summer. Some friends of ours who also have twin girls threw a pool party. There are only a few pictures of the day because the pool is not separated from the rest of the yard. We spent a good bit of time in the water with the girls but when it was time to be done and get dried off we had to be on our feet on constant guard.



I decided some desert toppers will do the trick for the fourth. Ifound these great free printables on Pinterest and that toast looks good enough to eat everyday.

“A portrait of my children, every week in 2013”

Everything is “puh-pull” (purple).
She will repeat any one word she is asked to almost perfectly. It’s amazing how many of them she remembers and uses later in the correct context.

Everything is “bew” (Blue).
When this girls sorts out her sounds she is going to be non stop. She talks her little toddler talk constantly. She will also repeat words she is asked to but the result is hardly coherent. She’ll get there. And when she does we better start ordering earplugs in bulk. Talia also has a great imagination. I often catch her playing in own little world talking to herself. I hope she never looses that.




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Peepee in the Potty, Peepee in the Potty

by Juliemara


I wanted to share a story of recent accomplishments in our house but I won’t be sharing images to go along with it. So I hope you like the video that is completely unrelated. The girls are 20 months old now and I keep getting how to potty train emails from the parenting websites I am registered on. I am a believer in the idea that there is no need to push the issue. But if they are interested why not foster the interest, what’s the worse that could happen, umm, eekk, yeah. OK, well here’s the thing. I’m not home during the day, our super nanny is, and she decided to make an activity of it. Great, all I ask is that the couch doesn’t smell like pee and poop at the end of the day. We have had two little portable potty’s and a toddler seat for the regular potty in our house for a while now. Every now and then before bath I would ask the girls if they wanted to sit on the potty. Two times Jordan made pee pee a little, yay! I was so proud. But more often she would sit there a few minutes while Talia was flushing the toilet repeatedly. They she would say all done get down and proceed to pee all over the floor.

Yesterday the girls spent the whole afternoon with no diapers and went pee pee in their little potty’s multiple times. Talia had a few “accidents” and Jordan had none. Good job girls, mommy is super proud. So this morning Jordan communicates to me that she wants her shirt off, then her pants, then her diaper. OK, off they come. I told her if she was going to be without a diaper she needed to sit on the potty and try to make peepee. So she did, just sat there. I went back to cleaning the kitchen and then I hear little feet. I turn around and Talia is carrying the inner pot of the little potty down the hall and Jordan is following. I follow them in to the bathroom where Talia was trying to open the child safety on the toilet. I open it for her and she dumps the contents of the little potty in to the regular toilet. Team work! Jordan went peepee and Talia cleaned it up. See they really love each other like sorority sisters! So weather I like it or not here we go on the potty training train. It will be interesting to see how this works out on the weekends we when are out and about the majority of the days. I think I’ll be purchasing another portable potty and a travel toddler potty seat, sorry for the indecent exposure but I am not about to start trying to hold one kid over the public gross toilet while yelling at the other one to not touch anything. I change their diapers in the trunk, why can’t the go peepee in the trunk? How did potty training go for you? How old were your kids when you tried to get them to use the potty?

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by Juliemara


About a month ago my husband watched a documentary about a man who lost weight and stated to get healthy by drinking only fresh juices. He decided this was something we needed to try in our lives. We bought an inexpensive juicer by Hamilton Beach and a fridge full of veggies and went to town.


It took some trial and error to find the right combinations to make the juices taste good but we are pretty good at it now. We can create a tasty salad in a cup from almost anything we have in the fridge.

Our juices are veggie based and we use fruits only to off set the bitter greens. While fresh squeezed fruit juices are healthier than the bottled kind at the store they are naturally a lot of sugar which is never good for you in abundance.


My husbands father making his favorite juice during a recent visit.



Our favorite combination of veggies and fruits is

A leafy green or two, the most nutritious. Greens are Kale, turnip greens, collard greens and spinach. In that order. We buy what ever is on sale.

Then we add some more watery veggies, celery, cucumber and romaine lettuce.

A few pieces of broccoli and some ginger if we have it around.

And last in goes an apple and an orange or some pineapple to balance the bitter veggies.


Stir it with ice and drink with a straw.


The most fun part of making juice is that the girls love to watch and help. They bring a chair from the table to stand on by the counter and drop in the fruits and veggies.

When it’s ready we can usually get them each to take a sip or two.








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by Juliemara

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013.”


I have no idea what she is doing or thinking in this photo. I am sure I just caught her in an in between moment. But I’d like to think she is silently concentrating on being present in the moment. Soaking up the warmth of the sun of the summer that has snuck up on us.


“here I am” a favorite game of the girls, in the little house, behind the curtain or under a sheet. They are fond of peek-a-boo. We play it in hebrew “efo Talia” (“where’s Talia”), and out she pops. Always with a giggle.

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Happy Father’s Day

by Juliemara






I had grand ideas of the girls coloring cards for Fathers Day for my husband and I was looking for a cake decorating class to sign him up for that he has been asking for. Well the cards never for made and he went and signed up for the class himself. He is getting a little something that I know will make him happy.

Babe, you are an Awesome Aba! Our girls love you, so much. So much that they can bear to be in a different room than you if you are home. So much, that they yell and scream your name before falling asleep at night, and first thing when they wake up in the morning. They love their Aba so much that they call me Ama because you are always on their mind. They love pointing out your shoes/shirts/phone/etc around the house and saying Aba, Aba when they spot it. Thank you for all you do for our family. You work so hard to make us all happy, enjoy your day my love.

And a special Happy Father’s Day to the girls Saba and to all the Dads and Dads to be.

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Thanks Dad!

by Juliemara

I totally drop the ball on Father’s Day this year, there are no clever gifts, no sentimental hand made cards. I’m a little embarrassed to admit I didn’t even send a card this year. But I have this blog, and I know you read it everyday Dad. So here’s your bee special Dad Father’s Day card.
My Dad helping Talia ride a tricycle for the first time.

My Dad helping Jordan ride a tricycle for the first time.

You taught me how to ride a bike, plant a seed, organize a closet. You taught me how to make French toast, pop popcorn the old fashioned way and how to buy furniture. Everyday I use the lessons I learned from you, everyday I appreciate you more and more. I love you Dad, Happy Father’s Day to the Beat Dad and Grandaddy in the world.

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A little bit of dancing

by Juliemara

Talia is the bossy one. She leads Jordan to do what she wants to do and always wants what Jordan is playing with. She babbles and babbles to her sister and really gets unhappy when her sister is not near by. Jordan is happy to comply most of the time, Talia’s games make her laugh and laugh. And when she laughs she does it with her whole body, her belly and shoulders laugh too! Other times we have to go searching for Jordan because she is off playing quietly by herself. She gets very protective of her current toy fearing Talia will take it, she hugs whatever it is at the moment close to her body and makes her funny face.

Sometimes she tries to eat the toy. Not sure how that would solve the problem but she usually doesn’t get too far with that attempt.

In the video Talia and Jordan are singing and dancing to oogah, oogah, oogah. It’s the Hebrew version of Ring Around the Rosie. During their dance Jordan runs off a few times and Talia is heard yelling “dy, dy, dy” It’s her way of saying “Yadyim”, the hebrew word for “hands”. At the end of the video my husband is heard in the back ground asking the girls to go do their dancing on the carpet by the couch.



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