12 May 2009

Monkey See, Monkey Do



We're at this really fun and sometimes exasperating -- but mostly fun, --stage right now where both Josh and Zoë will try to copy whatever it is the other is doing. I was expecting that of Zoë --that she would want to do everything that Josh does, but I wasn't counting on Josh also sometimes wanting to copy Zoë's antics as well. Most of the time, when they do that, it's rather amusing and cute. But it gets really exasperating and sometimes downright annoying when both of them are up to no good.


Yesterday, while our helper was vacuuming, Zoë decided to turn the power bar switch off. And then back on again. And then off again. I quickly removed her from the scene of the crime and firmly told her not to do it again, quickly explaining why not. I got a meek, "Sorry, Mommy" from my sweet girl (without prompting!). I had barely finished giving Zoë a hug when the sound of vacuuming got interrupted again and this time, it was Josh who was gleefully turning the switch on and off. Arrgh! He just heard me tell Zoë off for doing the same thing. That was what he did which prompted me to sit him down and give him the talk-that-never-happened, because I got sidetracked by our what-are-mommies-for conversation.

I don't think I have "double trouble" photos of the two of them. I would have been too busy putting out fires to whip out the camera. Instead, here are a couple of shots of them mirroring each other, taken on Sunday, when Chris and I took them out for a walk after breakfast.

Josh loves to sit on these balls. Zoë, for some reason, loves to kiss them, which totally grosses me out. Maybe I shouldn't react so much, because Josh thinks it's funny and then he starts kissing the balls, too. Thankfully, they refrained from doing so this time and instead, were content to just bum-wipe sit on each. and. every. ball there was. 


After trying out each of the 15 or so balls, they decided that they wanted to pick flowers. We told them that they could only pick the flowers from the weeds, so here they are busy looking for "baby flowers."


I wonder how parents with more than two children deal with situations when ALL of the children get into mischief one after the other (which is worse than when they get into mischief all at the same time, I think). Not something I am eager to find out myself, thankyouverymuch. But I am honestly curious.

6 COMMENTS:

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

They are adorable! Baby Boo likes to mimic everything anyone does. I remember one time, she squeezed her eyes shut and started shaking her head up and down with her hand to her mouth. I was worried that she was having some sort of twitch or something. Then it hit me, she had been watching someone laugh and she just picked up the facial expressions with the hand motion.

Glad that they are just picking the baby flowers instead of the big ones!

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh, I love your kids! They are sooo stinking cute! Now, I know it must be crazy dealing with two mischief makers at the same time, but as an innocent blog reader, it makes me laugh and want to bite their cheeks! ;-)

Hope you got to finish vacuuming! Have a great Tuesday!

Lindy said...

I'm guessing they deal with it with a little thing I like to call Captain Morgans.

Julie said...

They look like they're having a ball..hehe.
Stopping by to welcome you to the SITS community :)

Veronica Lee said...

LOL, double trouble!!

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

You should really capture one or two of those double trouble moments. I'm sure you'll cherish the memories some day =)

My sisters and I, um, we, er, um. Well.

We booby-trapped the kitchen once. And when I say booby-trapped, I mean it. We're talking massive amounts of honey, kite string, whipped cream, duct tape, and the like. It was so awful that my mother came in the house and started crying. So that's how parents with more than two kids deal with the trouble they wreak together. They cry.

But the kitchen would have stopped an intruder dead in his tracks, I tell you!

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