Why There Are Pickles in My Tea: Introduction to Beth

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I am thrilled to be a new member of HDYDI, but I wonder if I should confess to you all now that I am a fraud, or should I just let you figure it out for yourself?  Decisions, decisions.

I spent some time before writing this reading through other posts and I have to say that the amazing women on this blog really know their stuff!  They are fabulous mothers and I have no clue how they do it (no pun intended). And I am beyond jealous of them!  Because I am not so sure that I know how to do this….  The other night when we had an extra 90 minutes of screaming and melt downs, I realized just how little I do know.

Emily, is 4 (or as she puts it, “4 and 3 quarters, for real”), and the twins (aka troublematic or kidlets) are 17 and a half months. Fractions are obviously a part of our preschool world.

The twins were a huge surprise.  A knock-me-out-of-my-socks (or stirrups I guess) kind of surprise. But the bigger surprise has been them, as people–their distinct personalities. Emily is a fabulous big sister. She makes this easier. She makes this doable. But I am constantly having to remind myself that she is only 4 (and 3 quarters), or risk asking way too much of her.

The twins, Spencer and Sidney, are really funny.  Sidney is incredibly headstrong, determined, and once she knows you, sweet.  Until she knows you, she will stare you down with a look of doom, barely blinking, while she decides whether or not she approves of you. If so, you are in for a world of hugs, smiles, and kisses. If not, just leave now. Give up; it is not going to happen.  You can just imagine her face on picture day at daycare.

Spencer is my cuddle bug. He loves to read and his favorite reading spot is in my lap. He wants to play with whatever his sisters have. He is a tease already. He is currently debating the wisdom of learning to walk, but until them, he loves to have crawling races. Unfortunately, as his sisters are both walkers, he rarely wins. Potentially a good life lesson for a boy with 2 sisters?

When Emily was younger, her favorite book was Pickles in My Soup.  We would read it every night without fail.  She has tried to read it to the kids, but they are not ready yet.  Every time I get stressed now (or crazed, or on edge), Emily tells me I need tea.  Her homemade (imaginary) tea often has my beloved lemon, and just as often has pickles in it. The other night during the 90 minute scream-fest, there was not enough tea in the world to fix things!  But that is the beauty of twins (or of kids I guess). Every morning is a new chance to start over.  And every morning starts with hugs. Thank goodness for the hugs, and for tea.

Beth is known as mommy by a 4 year old and boy-girl 17 month old twins.  She blogs about life, kids, and DIY, at Pickles in my Tea and in my Soup.

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Favourite Colours and Shared Bedrooms

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At around age 3.5, S and R selected their favourite colours. So, like I did with their brother, it was time to paint their bedroom.  Their favourite colours were purple (R) and orange (S). I looked on Pintrest and searched the internet for ideas to combine their favourite colours in their shared bedroom. Eventually, I gave up. There was no way with my limited skills in decorating that I could make purple and orange fit together.

Fortunately, S also liked green, which I could combine with purple.  After quite a bit of searching, I found green curtains I liked.  From there we chose the paint colours, and we happened upon some flower art that matched perfectly.  The final touch was the rug that Santa snuck in to their room while they slept on Christmas Eve.

As with their brother, the girls got to help paint their room.  On the first day, we painted two walls purple paint:

Painting in Purple
Painting in Purple
Working hard
Working hard
They got a little messy, but it was fun
They got a little messy, but it was fun

The next day, we painted two walls green:

Painting green
Painting green, you can see the purple in the background
Teamwork!
Teamwork!

If you decide to let your three-year-old twins paint their rooms, here are some suggestions:

  • I got all the taping and trim painting done before they started helping.
  • They did the first coat of paint.  I did the second one after they lost interest.
  • They wore their “paint clothes” which definitely got dirty.  They were barefoot to keep socks clean.
  • There was newspaper and cardboard on the floor.
  • Right after we finished, I carried them straight to the bathroom.
  • I kept extra paper, a roll of paper towels and garbage bag close by.
  • We did this project over two days. One day for each colour.

The girls love their room.  They show it off to everyone.  The girls seem to believe they each have their own rooms now – R has a purple room and S has a green room. Here are photos of the finished room:

S's Green Room
S's Green Room
R's purple room
R's purple room
The curtains that started the whole colour scheme
The curtains that started the whole colour scheme
The perfect rug
The perfect rug

 

The artwork that tied it all together - 1
The artwork that tied it all together - 1

 

The artwork that tied it all together - 2
The artwork that tied it all together - 2

 

The closet with the doors removed is a great place for the dresser
The closet with the doors removed is a great place for the dresser

 

Jenna is mom to a six year old singleton son and 4 year old MZ twin girls.  She rallies all her artistic skills and lots of patience for projects like this one.

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