Monday, August 17, 2009

It's a Disney kind-of life....

When I had Cole and Bella, I knew because they were boy/girl twins that, more than likely, they'd have different interests. I guess I expected that because Garrett and Landon are both boys that they'd have similar interests and be the best of friends. At 17 weeks, at one of our ultrasounds, when we learned we they were both boys, I instantly envisioned them sleeping next to one another while holding hands, always wanting to be close to one another and enjoying the same things.

Instead, Garrett and Landon are like night and day. They don't have one thing in common, other than they both shared a womb at the same time (and, yes, I realize that the carpet on the stairs is completely disgusting...). Landon is on the left and Garrett is on the right.


For this picture, I finally had to say, "Come on, guys....sit closer to one another and at least act like you LIKE each other!"



In this picture, you can see how much they even differ in size. Landon is considerably bigger than Garrett (and don't pay attention to the kitchen floor...that was before we put down the wood floor)

While Landon enjoys the same things Cole does (trucks, trains, cars, dinosaurs....typical boy stuff), Garrett loves movies, particularly Disney movies. Most kids run around with a specific blankie that they are attached to....maybe even a pacifier or a pillow. But Garrett....he carries around DVD cases. Nothing but Disney movies, of course. He even brings them on playdates and freaks out if anyone dares to touch his DVD case. One time, he even brought a Finding Nemo sprinkler head to the park where we were having a playdate. The other moms just looked at me, as they noticed him carrying around a huge SPRINKLER HEAD. I just shook my head and said, "Don't even ask...."

When he gets angry, he screams out the name of Disney movies. Once, at the playground, some kid took one of his sand toys and Garrett stood up and got in the kid's face and screamed, "Flushed Away!!". The poor kid didn't even know what to make of that so he started crying and ran to his mother for comfort. All I could do was smile at her sympathetically and shrug my shoulders. The look in her eyes was something like "I can't believe you let that....that.....that devil reincarnated loose in the neighborhood".

But sometimes he can be really cute about it. For instance, last school year, we used to go to a weekly playgroup the school district organized to try to increase his use of language. As soon as we'd walk in the door, Garrett would head for the mini-trampoline and jump for as long as he could recite every Disney movie he could think of.....Finding Nemo (jump, jump), Shrek (jump, jump), Ice Age (jump, jump), Monsters Inc (jump, jump). The teacher would watch him do this and then she'd say, "Well, at least he's TALKING....". Oh yes, this definitely called for a "glass is half full" kinda mentality on my part. Can't always be looking for the black spider on the wall, I suppose.

Last week, the speech teacher, Michelle, from our local IE program came over to work with the boys. She comes once a month and the boys really enjoy working with her. She rummaged through her bag of goodies and pulled out a magnetic board, with a plastic jar full of pictures with magnets on the back of them. She said to the boys, "Let's name all the animals on the magnets....".

Every time she'd pull a magnet out, she'd ask them what it was. Here's how they both answered.....

Landon - fish
Garrett - Nemo

Landon - elephant
Garrett - Horton Hears a Who (said more like Horton-A-Eeeww)

Landon - monkey
Garrett - Curious George (said more like Curry Gorge)

Landon - lion
Garrett - Lion King

Landon - tiger
Garrett - Kung Fu Panda (said more like Kung Pu Panna)

Landon - zebra
Garrett - Madagascar (surprisingly, he could actually pronounce this correctly)

Landon - cow
Garrett - Barnyard

Landon - horse
Garrett - Bullseye (pronounced Bulleye - from Toy Story)

I just looked at Michelle at this point and said, "Can you believe this?? What am I supposed to do about him? Everything is a Disney movie to him!!"

She really didn't have any advice for me, other than just the fact that he IS talking more and he's able to relate objects to things that he enjoys. But isn't this borderline obsession?? I mean, what's gonna happen to him when he's off to school....is he still going to relate everything to a Disney movie? Is that even a good thing?

I have to wonder if this is how life started out for Ron Howard or Steven Spielberg. If that's the case, I guess there's really nothing to worry about, is there?


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35 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is so super cute. My in-laws live in the UK and they say they are going to 'Hoover' the carpet, so it isn't much different to that really. What little sweeties they are! Michelle

Lauren From Texas said...

how CUTE ARE THEY. You have a precious family. :)

newlyweds said...

Aww they are so cute, I guess I always thought they were identical! I think it shows extra intelligence that he can name a movie instead of just the animal! How cute.

Carly said...

Love this .I wonder if he will grow up to make movies when hes older. So cute

AngieB said...

What a creative little fella - I bet he'll always see things just a bit differently and be cutting-edge in whatever he does! Thank goodness it's Disney movies, though. It could make for some awkward moments at the playground if he was yelling out the names of R-rated flicks!

Kristina P. said...

Maybe it will be like the movie Twins!!

blueviolet said...

I can't help but think that your expectations were a bit much if you really thought they would fall asleep holding hands! LOL

Yaya said...

Hahaha! I'll have to try that the next time I get mad! Maybe it'll do the trick of calming me down!

Meg said...

lol too cute!

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Wow! My girls love Disney Princess - for instance, we were at playdate and a little girl came over (who was slightly darker and probably Indian decent) - Abby called her Pocahontas - the little girl did not like it so she walked away. So, I ask which is worse? Thanks a lot Disney!

Kathy said...

What a great family, attitude and blog you have Helene!! Thank you for stopping by my blog...I think I misled you though...I have five children, "household of 7" was including the grownups laundry too...Maybe that was misleading.:(

Shelli (wishes she was) Mrs. Burchett;) said...

My 6yo can compare anything and everything to either Bionicles, Bakugan, or Transformers. At least you can say you know what Garrett is talking about, I have no idea what the heck Owen is babbling on an on and on about! lol

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh...another hilarious story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle Hoad said...

Don't worry about it. Obsessions fade when they get older. My oldest was totally infatuated with dinosaurs and took one everywhere. At two, he could tell you every kind of dinosaur and a description of each one that he had memorized out of a book. He is 14 now and I only wished that dinosaurs were his main interest. It seems to have changed to girls. God help us both.

The Mother said...

I have four boys and there is not one trait I can point to to say there's a family resemblance. Not one.

Several of them are so different that atomic bombs go off if they're in the same room.

I don't think fraternal twins would have any reason to be closer. I would guess, perhaps, even more rivalry because of the closeness in age.

Wait 'till there are GIRLS involved, and then tell us what the fireworks are like.

Kristen said...

okay that is seriously adorable! I mean I would consider it a good thing that he can relate the animals to which movie they were in, pretty advanced if you ask me :)

Karen said...

That is seriously cute!

I wouldn't worry either. My cousin didn't start talking at all, not one word, until he was about four and a half.

Of course he turned out really weird.

But I think the fact that he's talking that much at 2 should be a good sign. :-)

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Stopping in to visit from SITS. Garrett reminds me of my oldest daughter. She totally loved Whitney Houston (before Whitney was a crack addict). She was almost two and would carry here "Wheateat" cd cover, everywhere. It had to be in the diaper bag or else she'd fall apart. I felt the same way you did...hoping that no one thought she was a bit looney.

Buckeroomama said...

That is so cute that he would relate to everything Disney! This is not necessarily bad, just different (in a special kind of way). He might even be a bit tad 'advanced,' I'd even venture to say. :)

Jen said...

thats funny and Jake does a similar thing. Its not a fish, its a Nemo.

Heather said...

That is soooo cute! Maybe he will grow up to be a cartoonist for Disney! He'll make lots of money and share it with you & Tim ; )

Jenny said...

That is so cute. How funny that he has all of the movies memorized. He's quick about it too!

Hit 40 said...

I miss disney movies!! My boys have moved onto PG-13. Very sad

Tami said...

LOL, they are ADORABLE! Your kids crack me up and I look forward to each and every post! LOL. I always leave with a smile and a tear running down my cheeks. YOU AMAZE ME GIRLIE!

feefifoto said...

I remember dressing my son in those same adorable pajamas. I couldn't wait for summer to come so I could put him in those shorts and tee shirts and once again admire his pudgy feet and chubby legs after a winter of fleece sleepers. All I wanted to do was nibble his delectable toes all day long. I miss those days.

Amy said...

That is a different way to look at things. I love how he sees things in that way. He knows what he is talking about.

Kimberly said...

That is hilarious! I think it shows that he is smart too! And my girls, like your boys, are polar opposites as well. But they still love to play together when they aren't fighting!

Sharlene said...

I now take comfort in knowing I am not the only one with a kid who carries around dvd cases all day....

Amy W said...

That's just really funny to me! My brother's twin boys are not much alike either. I think the "older" one has 5 pounds on his younger brother and they're only 2! (They just found out today that they're going to have another BOY.)

Jennifer said...

LITTLE MERMAID!!!

;-)

I think it's adorable! LOL! Has he been to Disneyland yet? Oh boy.

crunkyjens said...

Your little ones are adorable!! I think it's so cute that Garrett seems to relate everything to Disney. And you never know, you could very well have the future Ron Howard on your hands!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I really appreciate it! :) I hope you have a great Tuesday!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I love the "Flushed Away" part! I think it's hilarious.

The Lane Family said...

That is just so cute that Garrett is so attached and loves Disney so much. I have to agree if he speaks and he is happy..all is well!! My favorite part was taking the sprinkler with him to the playground and jumping on the trampoline and reciting all of the disney movies. He is a very smart little boy!!

I have noticed that when people see twins they will often say, "oh they probably play all the time and are the best of friends and love the same things'. As you know that is a BIG NO!! They fight like crazy and have very different likes,

The High Family said...

I think it is a SUPER cute obsession! He is one smart boy Helene...no worries! :)

hey I finally got an appt for a speech evaluation for Ryan. He seems to be doing much better compared to last year at this time but I still think it might be a good idea to have him evaluated. He talks WAY too fast, skips consonants and slurs a bit. Crossing my fingers it will only take a few sessions or so (it will cost $30 a pop).

Lani said...

The Disney movie thing is cracking me up. I am going to try that the next time my husband makes me mad instead of the other things that I occasionally yell:)

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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