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Monday, January 11, 2010

Yep, it was the playhouse roof (*this* time)

DSC_0076LRs They figured out it was easy to stand on the bench and use the windows as toeholds, and then they scaled the outside of the playhouse and jumped through the windows to go down. Over and over and over. They did have a brief interlude of non-climbing after I found them and we had a very loud safety discussion (you know, sometimes I wonder what the neighbors think, but they swear they never hear us, hmmm...). After the discussion, Ree and Ro didn't jump from the roof to the grass any longer, and they stayed on the left side of the first roof so the tower would act as a guard rail if they slipped. If you're wondering why I didn't just tell them to stop climbing the playhouse, well I can deduce two things from that. One: you don't have twins. And two: you haven't been reading about Ro and Ree on this blog for very long. These girls are crazy climbers, incredibly surefooted, and more creative than anyone I've met—always have been, always will be. We learned really early on that no matter what we outlawed today, there was always a new, undiscovered (and therefore un-outlawed) "playhouse" to talk your sister into scaling tomorrow. Don't believe me? Dec 2007. Ro, 14 months old and getting her own damn goat milk, thank you very much. She'd been walking for about 2 weeks at this point: Ro thinks she needs to climb into the fridge March 2007, 17 months old. Ro's helpful/pushy hand on Ree's butt cracks me up: Ro pushes Ree up (check out her hand) Another one from March 2007, 17 months old. At this point, they had been walking for about three months: Good god, they climbed up a 6-foot ladder on their own! August 2007. Ro, 22 months old and a little disgusted that the "toddler" playground equipment didn't go any higher: Grandma takes a pic while I have a heart attack Oct 2008: Fuzzandfuzzlet reminded me about this photo. The girls had just turned three and were getting ready to defeat the "totally-twinproof-no-way-they'll-ever-get-this-open" deadbolt that my dad had installed really high up (you can just see it in the upper right side of the photo): Why?!!! Oh I could go on and on. I can't quickly put my hands on the picture where we took down the (useless) baby gates because one twin would just heft the other twin up and throw her over. But we have one. And there are probably hundreds (thousands?) more times, including those we couldn't take pictures of. Anyhow, we have kind of grudgingly accepted that we'll never stop Ro and Ree from egging each other on to do crazy new stunts and climb as high as they can get, but we WILL teach them about safety and reasonable limits. And in the meantime, Uncle Bobby, I think we'll take you up on that offer to borrow your rock climbing equipment.

31 comments:

  1. Oh my. My heart is stopping seeing your babies climb on these pictures. *gulp* They aren't even mine and I'm freaking out over pictures taken months and years ago. LOL!

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  2. And you've aged how much in the past three years??? Gotta love them.

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  3. Anonymous1/11/2010

    Have you considered taking them to one of those indoor rock climbing gyms? They are great and the trainers work with the children and explain to kids safety rules for climbing that can be applied to all potential climbing activities (planned or not).

    My biggest fear and likely yours too would be that they do not see the difference between one climbing apparatus and another and misjudge how to climb and then fall and break a bone or more. With the climbing gyms, kids learn all about this.

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  4. Too funny!!!! I have 3 boys and Em and Lizzie so I know of what you speak:)

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  5. Nothing worse then today's overprotective parenting!

    We (i) climbed everything i could find and my mom freaked out because only BOYS were supposed to do that!

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  6. Off to K2 with both of them. If they're going to climb something, they might as well go big, I say!

    Happy New Year, missy -- to you and your darling family.

    I officially dedicate 2010 the Year of the Tuba.

    (We need a happy, joyful sound after last year.)

    ~A~

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  7. They remind me so much of the Tongginator's best buds, Cinnamon and Spice. And yet the Tongginator would just stand there, watching them, drooling or chattering, depending upon how old she was at the time.

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  8. That was a great post. I guess they are destined to climb to high places. That's not a bad thing, right?

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  9. My oh my oh my oh my!!!!!!!!!!! How you haven't gone into heart failure by now I'll NEVER know!!!!!

    BTW, Loved going down memory lane with the old photos!!!

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  10. Yes, rock climbing equipment. Perfect!!

    Honestly, I don't know how your nerves can take it. You should have them try out for "Cirque du Soleil" - they are amazing.

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  11. no wonder you're tired-- you truly CAN'T take your eyes off of those two!!!!!!!!!
    i have 4 kids- not ONE of them is as daring as those two-- couldn't believe the 17 month old pic of them climbing on that playground!!!!

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  12. My neighbors say the same thing.

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  13. I understand EVERYTHING you write. Now I know why!

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  14. I do seem to remember baby gates came down in your house way sooner then they did in most houses! I think that you have the right idea. If they are going to climb you just teach them the best ways to be safe about it!

    Can't wait to see what they are climbing next!

    -Jen-

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  15. as the Mama of a climber.. I get it, boy do i get it.

    Its kind of a " can't beat em, join em" situation

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  16. OK, wierd! Not only do our respective girls LOVE to climb on the roofs of their playhouses instead of in them, we also have the same Rainbow playset (got ours from the Pennysaver! YAY!) and have had it since Peter was about 4 and Caroline has been climbing it since she started walking also at 14 months.

    I climbed every tree, ladder, roof, and rock I could find when I was little and made it through childhood just fine. Never even twisted an ankle. Channeling the climbing with safety classes sounds like a good idea, however :)

    They are courageous girls and the world better watch out!

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  17. Oy vey! Sending anti aging miracle creams and hair coloring kits your way!!!! And I thought life with an adventurous boy was crazy :)

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  18. You forgot one of my all time favorite Ro/Ree pictures. One was holding the other up to try to open the sliding glass door.

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  19. Fuzzandfuzzlet: Oh my gosh, you are totally right!!! I'm going to have to find that one. If I find it, I'll add it to the post right away.

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  20. Some kids are just climbers! And when you have two that are...watch out! I love the rock climbing equipment/wall idea.

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  21. LOL....yep, they have been climbers from the start:)

    Cute post!!

    Lisa

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  22. Forgot about many of these...thanks for the adorable reminders of your climbing twinadoes!! My favourite still (and probably mom's least favourite) was when they learned to scale the van door and locked themselves in while mom fretfully scoured the house in vain. I'm guessing you aged 10 years that day and rightfully so!

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  23. I feel your pain. In fact, I just wrote a similar post, though it wasn't about climbing so much as my daughter's fine motor skills which would best be described as diabolically advanced. Of course there is climbing too.

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  24. As a mother of 3 kids, and my 4 year old is the "fearless" one, I can understand where you are coming from.

    That aside, WOW, what a playhouse!!!!

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  25. Ha Ha Ha...I love their pictures. They are truly gifted climbers. I'm thinking they'll be engineers with their creative minds and ability to see possibilities in 3D.

    I found the girls screaming with laughter and covered with rug burns. They were flying down the steep basement stairs on their bellies, and the scrapes? Didn't bother them a bit. A little bit of kids being kids is a good thing.

    Best,
    Indiana Lori

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  26. Anonymous1/12/2010

    So cute. My daughter is the same way; climbing, jumping , generally risking her life (just kidding).
    Do you have people constantly telling them to be careful when you're out in public? I t makes me laugh, some people will even go over to my daughter and try to grab her, they think she's in danger when she's climbing something. Lisa

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  27. OMG !!! you sure have your hands full.. I got tired just looking at those pictures. Your girls are beautiful.

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  28. I am laughing so hard, I don't even know what to say!!!

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  29. yep, it`s official, that has to be one of my all time favorite pictures.

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  30. What great pictures of the girls and a way to look back at it all. Time really does fly and these girls are growing too fast.

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