I feel like I have done a lot of Mason updates lately, and not much on Connor and Merasia. Now that they are no longer in the "months" stages (18 months, 20 months, etc.) it's harder to stay updated with them than it is for Mason, but it's always good to write down what they are saying and doing and share it with all of my lovely readers. ;) Plus, it makes for good memories for me too, as I can go back and read all of these posts.
It's truly amazing how fast they have developed and grown, and with very little help from anybody.
Connor and Merasia both can count to 100 (it might take them a while at times, but just because of their ever changing attention span), sing their ABC's, they know all of their shapes, colors, animals, days of the week, and times of the day (morning, afternoon, or even specific times like 1:30, etc.). Their favorite TV characters and shows are Dora and Diego, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Mickey Mouse, Spongebob Squarepants, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Elmo (and any Sesame Street character, really), and anything to do with the Disney Princesses. They don't watch all of these shows, but have seen all of them at least once. We limit television and movie time in our home, because there is no need for it. We let them watch two half hour shows a day, or one hour long show or movie, and we are very strict on that, because there are millions of other things to do than to sit and stare at the TV all day. The TV is usually on most of the rest of the day, but it's on news or talk shows that I listen to while I clean or play with the kiddos, and they could care less about that stuff, of course.
They love to sing and dance! They can and will sing every single song they hear on the radio or TV (commercials, music videos, etc.). They also sing a great deal of children's songs that they learn at preschool or daycare, such as Bingo, There Were Ten in the Bed, Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar, The Farmer in the Dell, Teddy Teddy Bear, Ring Around the Rosie, the Hoky Poky, and lots of others. They mostly hear country music from us, so nothing that isn't child friendly. Although, Merasia has recently discovered Jesse McCartney and has become a huge fan of him and his songs. They are kid friendly too though (no swears, etc.) and I have to say...I am quite proud that she is a Jesse McCartney fan now. ;) Connor and Merasia's favorite song right now though is definitely "Pontoon" by Little Big Town. :) (Google it...super catchy! ;) )
Connor and Merasia both LOVE to be outside. They would LIVE outside if we let them! As long as it's nice out, the are begging us to eat dinner outside and play. Of course we let them, it's one of the best things for them! You can never get too much outside time and fresh air and it gets them nice and tired for bed time! They love playing dress up and playing pretend, and have the best imaginations I have seen! They don't have any favorite toys...they play with them all in different ways.
They are constantly saying that the other is their best friend. Merasia will tell Connor, "You are my best friend, Connor" and he tells her the same thing. Until he gets mad, that is, and then he loves to say, "You're not my best friend anymore!" Or his other go-to phrase: "You can't come in my house!" It gets old hearing these so much but you can't help but laugh at the same time!
The twins are very helpful around the house. They pick up their toys and put them in their proper places when they are asked, and love to help with Mason if he is cranky and needs a pacifier, snack, or his cup. They comfort him, play with him, and just love him! They are the perfect big brother and big sister I knew they would be and I know they will be just as great with the next baby. (Merasia still asks me daily for a baby sister...)
They help clean up after meals, love to help vaccuum, sweep and mop, or do the dishes. Another favorite chore they help with is laundry. They also follow in their daddy's foot steps and love to help us cook dinner. I love letting them help with these things and exposing them to new experiences and new things, as it only further prepares them for real school and adulthood, and helps foster their independence, which is such an important thing to support at their age.
There is so much more I could say about Connor and Merasia, but I would be here all day and night if I tried to include everything. I'll add it to the next update... ;)