Two of my good friends have taken on "Project 365" and have inspired me to do the same. Basically, the goal is to take one picture everyday for a year and to post the picture along with a brief description. It's been quite interesting and entertaining to follow these women's adventures and while I don't anticipate my posts to be as exciting as a new college grad or someone studying/traveling in Europe, I thought this would be a unique way to document the first year of the littles' lives. I can just about guarantee that this blog will not be updated daily and perhaps not even weekly, but I'll give it my best effort to post on a regular basis. My hope is that this will be a popular site for the grandparents, godparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, and friends of the littles and that this can be a fun way to watch them grow.

*November, 2011* We made it through the year, and I thought perhaps I'd try to redesign the blog for the future, intermittent updates. But, this twin mom is going to keep it simple and just keep going. Do not expect daily photos; we'll just post highlights from now on. Enjoy.

Monday, February 28, 2011

3 minutes for the grandparents

February 22, 2011
Three minutes of typical play time around here. This one is for Nonna, Nonno, Grandma and Grandpa...not sure anyone else will be as interested in this as the parents and grandparents.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bye-bye Nonna and Godmother

February 21, 2011
We were so lucky to have Nonna and Godmother visit, but it was time to say goodbye.

Multiple Multiples

February 20, 2011
Another day surrounded by family - we celebrated Bennett's birthday a few days early. Here the twins (Josie and Noah) Skype the twins (Annabelle and Juliette).

Baby Blessing

February 19, 2011
We had a wonderful day surrounded by family as Rev. Dr. Josephine Smith and Rev. Nicole Naffaa presided over a baby blessing for Josie and Noah. Godmother Colette Naffaa Puoci and Godfather Phillip Bissada participated in the ritual and helped celebrate the day.


February 18, 2011
Auntie Karina brought over some bubbles and the littles were fascinated.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


February 17, 2011
It didn't take him long to go from kneeling to do I slow him down? (Yes, he is back in his Valentine's shirt because by wardrobe change #4 of the day, I was reaching for whatever was clean and close.)

Mini Bennett

February 16, 2011
Nonno found this perfect shirt for Noah ("I get my good looks from Dad"), but Noah doesn't only look like Ben, he's also reaching developmental milestones quickly like his dad (I hope he doesn't walk at 8 months!!). Here he is pulling himself up on his knees.

New Clothes

February 15, 2011
With 9 older cousins and many, many more older second cousins and friends, most of the clothes we have for Josie and Noah are hand-me-downs (and we're so thankful for them). It's always fun when they get a new outfits of their own too. Here they are sporting the outfits they received from Angela.

Valentine's Day

February 14, 2011
Noah is my very own experiment in conditioning. He's learned to smile at the camera and now he's learned that after the little red-eye reduction light comes a in anticipation, he squints his eyes. What's more is that he has started saying cheese by making a "heeeeeee" sound when he smiles, which catches Josie's attention and makes her look at him rather than the camera.
For our first family Valentine's Day we all went to an early dinner (the only other people at Mary's Pizza Shack were an old couple) and Nonna and Karina joined us.

Noah's New Favorite Toy

February 13, 2011
Fortunately for Josie, Noah's new favorite toy (to climb, pull on and scratch) is Bennett.

Angelina de Mon Coeur

February 12, 2011
Josie and Noah had a fabulous time playing with Angela and we all can't wait until she (and her family) come back to visit!

Eye-opening Experience

February 11, 2011
Angela arrived today for a weekend visit. I had been wanting to try to put the littles in a grocery cart which would make shopping trips easier. So, here they are, enjoying the view. Angela pushed the cart while I zipped around and picked up everything we needed. It was quite interesting to watch her experience the twinarazzi phenomenon as people continually stopped her to ask if the littles were twins and to talk her ear off. I pretended like they were her kids and just kept shopping.

Snug as a Bug in a Rug

February 10, 2011
Josie has recently become fascinated with lifting the corner of the blanket and rolling herself up in it. Once again, I feel like I can't leave the room even for a minute; at least she's clearly enjoying herself.


February 9, 2011
Jess, Laura and Rachel all came over for a visit and to catch up. It was a mini O-Team reunion.

A New Generation of Friends

February 8, 2011
MA and I have been friends for 18 years and it looks like our girls are getting an early start to their friendship.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Good Times with Good Friends

February 7, 2011
MaryAnn and Emma arrived on the 6th to visit for a few days. Having her with me gave me the courage to venture with the littles to Berkeley for a lunch date with Katie. It was so wonderful to catch up with such dear friends! Josie and Noah were superstars and behaved like champs for their first time in restaurant high chairs. All three of us were actually able to eat some lunch.


February 6, 2011
We put the babies down and had AFV playing in the background while we ate a nice dinner. A few clips demonstrated that it's nearly impossible to swallow a spoonful of Phil and Mel decided they wanted to try.

A Swinging Good Time

February 5, 2011
We took Melody and Godfather Phil to the park for some playtime. (Also, Josie's second tooth decided to join us today.)


February 3, 2011
True little (half) Arab babies, the littles love their lebni (greek yogurt).

Two Teeth

February 2, 2011
Noah's second tooth broke through today.

7 Months Old

February 1, 2011
I can't believe how quickly they are growing!