Six years ago, Julija and I had no clue what we were doing.  Now here we are and… yeah… we still have no idea.  Every block of time, every stage of development in a kid’s life has equal challenges for their parents.  We’ve found that even though the twins popped out at the same time, their developmental cycles are not always aligned.

This past year was simply amazing.  The kids got a couple more countries under their belt with our last vacation during the school year.  We took a beautiful two-week cruise from Miami to Barcelona with a few stops in the Azores, Portugal and Spain. They are great travelers.  We spend the following two weeks trekking across Spain, fast train to Paris and after a few days there (and 15-20 miles hiked) we made it to our second home in Latvia to see Gramma and Grampa Puida, and the lovely Gramma Guna.. There was a day in Paris we hiked over 10 miles and never once was there a complaint.  AMAZING four weeks with grown up twins.

With a September 20 birthday, they are the oldest in their respective kindergarten classes. Zella is so social, and the natural born leader of her class.  Zander was immediately appalled by the inclusion of baby Legos – Duplo blocks.  OMG Mom, I’ve already built the Death Star.  They both love their structured environment at school, have many friends they call “best”, and are growing beyond belief physically, socially, emotionally and together.

Tae Kwon Do is also the number one activity outside of school.  They have traversed many belts and are part of the leadership program which affords them sparring and weapon privileges.  They both started being a little timid about hitting and getting hit, but have grown into it. I tell them it’s the one place you get to hit your brother/sister.  

Rounding out our time is church at Hope City.  You bring all of these places together and we live in a heavenly designed ecosystem. Friends are cross-pollinated between TKD, school, church and parties.  Moms too. It’s a wonderful life for us all.

Developmentally, they are both reading very well so early into kindergarten. Their math is strong, along with their computer skills although they prefer the iPad interface to any computer.  It’s funny to see the reach for the screen instead of mouse and keyboard. No, no hunny, you need to click the mouse…. Arghhhhh.

All is great in this blessed world we live in.




Amazing how the kids have grown.  Do you remember how they were classified as “preemies?”  Oh how they have grown.  We’ve started up Tae Kwon Do and the kids are loving it.  They have a very close twin relationship.  Probably the biggest punishment we can give them is to separate them.  Oh man! That’s the worst.

Zella continues to be all girl.  She’s tough as nails but loves to pretend she’s mom / girlfriend / wife and just loves to care for her dolls. She’s also loves to color and be creative. Her enunciation and reading skills are probably a little better than Zander’s.  She’s also a little taller, lost a few more teeth and weighs more.

Zander is the mathematician and engineer of the two.  He visualizes math problems and answers addition, subtraction and multiplication pretty quickly and easily. He’s also very emotional.  He just finished the Death Star 5000+ piece Lego set. Amazing.

It’s tough to verbalize or even comprehend how fast these guy’s processors are.  We started playing Uno and they learned to hold a wild card for the end.  Just little things that prove how sharp they are. Since they’re at the end of the school year age, they’re smarter; faster; more mature then all of the other kids. 

Just amazing.