Thursday, February 23, 2012

Twin Birthday 2011: The Wednesday Family Celebration

Two days after Monday's toddler birthday party - the twins' actually birthday - Papa comes down with the stomach flu so we only end up doing only one of the activities we had planned and leave the rest to Saturday when he feels better. The one activity? Watching Sesame Street for the babies' first time. The babies have a number of Elmo toys and books so despite never having seen Sesame Street they already love Elmo. We want to show them Sesame Street to blow their little minds. Julia is very excited and keeps pointing and shouting “Elmo!” James just sits transfixed, which is a little scary. Elmo teaches them about the life cycle of a butterfly, and the twins still like to tell us, “Elmo egg,” “Elmo caterpillar,” “Elmo chrysalis” (my favorite), and “Elmo butterfly.”

Julia's pretty excited to see Elmo.

In the afternoon Mark and I take James and Julia to Cooper Park, and they enjoy running around the baseball diamond and the playground.

James on home plate

Hug for Mommy!

James and Julia ride the biplane.

Julia decides to go on a solo mission.

James won't let go of his stick, even on the swing.

Then we eat at Esther’s German Bakery for dinner for everyone’s first time. Esther herself comes out and gives James and Julia complimentary shortbread cookies, which they love.

"What will James think of a lemon? Too sour?"

"Hot." (James thinks everything is too hot, including apparently refrigerated lemons.)

Julia looks like she came out of an El Greco painting.

James enjoys his cookie.


  1. Max also fell in love with Elmo before ever seeing Sesame Street. That guy is hard to avoid! But why is so immediately endearing to toddlers?

    Looks like your kids are headed down the path toward being foodies!

  2. Heidi Draper-Fisher HarmesFebruary 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Lyla has also been drawn into the Elmo fan club, without ever watching television. We have a few Elmo books and toys that she loves. Today, she actually just met Elmo himself for the first time at SeaWorld. She was in absolute awe. There is just something irresistible about the little red dude.