Thursday, April 10, 2014

Just A Few Past Times

Why is it that when the toddlers start coloring they want to color on everything except a piece of paper?  My walls have been colored on more times than I would care to count, but the twins have always loved to write.  Finally, they have gotten the hang of coloring on what should be colored on.  

Sometimes, bear gets to color, too!  Another one of their favorite activities is puzzles.  They LOVE puzzles and are very good at them, but if I left the puzzles out with their normal play toys, the puzzle pieces would be everywhere except with the puzzles.  They stay put up until I get them out, which I try to do a few times a week.  I wish I could find a good storage solution so that they could stay out all the time.  They are so tough on toys and just things in general that when I buy books, I generally buy two books.  One to tear up and one to have for when they get older.  They love to sit and read, have us read to them, and especially enjoy sitting with Bailey to read, but keeping up with their toys is almost impossible.  That's one of my biggest pet peeves is that their stuff is everywhere.  I know one day it won't be that way and since we don't have a toy room, the living room is the toy room-but you know those things you swear you will never do? Yea, will one of mine was I would never keep toys in my living room.  You don't want to see evidence of that backfiring, I assure you!

Bailey's Mammaw gave her an Easter activity to do this year- the resurrection eggs.  We had to start ours early because the suspense of what it was, was killing Bailey.  She has really enjoyed looking inside each egg each night, and sometimes we have done two eggs at night.  The only one we have left is the Golden Empty Egg.  She has already peeked and keeps saying that they forget the thing in that egg.  Of course, that egg represents the empty tomb and Risen Savior.  

I will have to admit that as much as she has enjoyed this, it has stressed me out a little.  She is 5 1/2 and really only gets about half of what I'm trying to tell her.  I was frustrated with the first egg or two we opened because she was more interested in the object than listening to the bible verse and story, but finally I just realized that anything she got out of it was better than nothing and I've tried to be more relaxed about it.  There were a few times I even threatened to give them to a little girl who wanted to listen, but last night she decided she wanted to pray and it was just so sweet listening to her and listening to her thank God for all of what she saw as blessings.  And of course I had to stop and thank God for MY blessings.  

Speaking of Bailey and Easter, you want to see something precious???

This was Bailey's second Easter in 2010.  Her first Easter, we were at the beach and she was a tiny little thing with breathing problems that we didn't even know existed.  This was after that nightmare. It's so bitter sweet to look at pictures likes this because where does the time go???  Although Bailey has been in prek 4 at her local school this year, we have been very relaxed about it.  She has missed a few days for fun things and slept in a few days when she could.  But next year is the big year-Kindergarten. I can't believe it's already that time.

And speaking of time...check this out....

In Mimi's lap at the doctor's office at about 16 days old. I canNOT believe that these tiny little babies have grown into girls that are almost pottied trained and ready for big girl beds. I dropped off their registration forms for prek 3 yesterday.  WHAT????  

Funny how this post has just flowed right along, but speaking of preschool and school (and college), I came across this link today.

Although we have a good plan for savings for college, this blew me away.  Imagine daycare costings more than college, and having three in daycare at one time.  That happened to us.  

Anyway, just a tidbit I found interesting.  

With a few more weeks left until Summer, we have a busy few months.  Bailey's end of the year dance recital is coming up,which means more practices and softball has started.  Sid and I have pretty much kept a low profile the past year or so, with the twins having an early bedtime and us just trying to survive- but life is happening!!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Princesses Meet THE Princesses

When the twins were babies, Mickey and his pals visited town and Bailey loved it.  It was a great little adventure.

Well, Mickey and pals visited again and this time, we all got to go.  Bailey love it again and Ellie- who is scared of nothing- loved it with her.  Elissa wasn't so sure, but she finally warmed up. 

So without further ado...

PS- Now I remember another reason I don't blog. This took over an hour, almost an hour and a half.  I didn't have the right browser, etc. etc. etc. Maybe it's good to go now, but in case you missed my come back, read down a post!!!

I hope everyone stays safe in the storms and Lord PLEASE don't let the power go out.  My baby girls hate the thunder and they love their sound machine that drowns it out!

The Ole Blog Just Ain't What It Used To Be

So, SO many times over the past almost two years, I've thought to myself how desperately I needed to get back to blogging.  Then there have been so many times that I've referenced this blog in finding pictures, dates, etc. and that really made me feel guilty about not blogging the past almost two years. 

But life is SO full right now.  And most nights, when I finally get to sit down, and blogging crosses my mind, I'm so exhausted that getting the computer out feels like the most daunting of tasks.  So I go another day and here we are- almost two years later.

I blame it on facebook and the ipad (and the camera on the iphone).  They have made me lazy.

But there is SO much floating around in my head for blog material and I owe to my girls and myself to keep this little journal of sorts.  I usually print a book each December and it's so easy to use the blog and pictures to make it month by month. This past December I couldn't even get one because I had no good pictures with my good camera to do anything with.

However, my girls are getting bigger.  We are hitting the fast lane, so it seems and I don't want to forget. 

SOOOOO, I'm bbbbbaaaacckkkkk!  Hope you all enjoy catching up!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

We Tried a 1 Year Old Photo Shoot

It was a fail!  A big fat fail!!  But ARE cute little bitty one year old's if I do say so myself.

The problem might have been #1 - a dog they could finally get to, and #2 cows mooing at the them, and mooing up close! Oh well!

Elissa and Ellie's First Year

On this day, a whole year ago, right at the moment I am typing this, we brought not one, but two perfect, healthy, happy baby girls into this world.  And our lives were forever changed.

We celebrated yesterday with a "Sugar and Spice and Everything TWICE" party with our family.  Today we went to Sunday School, church, and out to eat Mexican.

I will post pictures of the birthday party later, as I've got to do a better job at keeping up with the blog.  But this is one thing I wanted to do for the party and just never got around to doing it.  Some of these pictures were taken with the iphone and their quality may not be very good.

Here we go:  The year in pictures!

Minutes old, in the delivery room.  Ellie on the L, Elisa on the R. I have laughed and cried at the comments on this picture after it was posted on face book. I'm happy to report that Ellie has lived up to her expectations based on this picture!

1 week old, their first time to be back together. This was still in the NICU.  Sid and I were afraid to ask to hold them together.  When Mimi got back to town, at 1 week old, she got the job done!

2 weeks old, HOME AT LAST!!!  This was right as we got home, at two weeks old, waiting on big sister to get home.

3 weeks old, stretched out in Poppy T's lap.

1 month old!

8 weeks old, first trip to Mimi's house for Uncle Chris and Aunt Erica's wedding.

2 months old.

4 months old! Christmas time!!!!

5 months old.  Ellie was not happy apparently.

6 months old!  Looks like they grew by leaps on bounds in just one month!
7 months old!
8 months old!

9 months old!

10 months old!

11 months old!

 12 months old!!!

This past week, as I have reflected on my last week pregnant with them a year ago, to giving birth to them, to spending 15 days away from home in the NICU, to the way of life we had to adjust to when we finally brought them home, to where we are now, I have just been overwhelmed.  There were many times over the past year that I wasn't sure we'd make it out of the moment.  But we did and here we are!

These babies bring joy and happiness to our lives that we never knew existed.  These babies made Sid and me  "parents of multiples". It's a phrase you just can't comprehend unless you've lived it.  But we are so thankful for the year we've had with them and we look forward to many more. 

Elissa Marie - she's a joy to everyone who comes around her.  She has a mouth full of teeth and a smile that people cannot ignore. She loves patty cake and loves to hear music so she can dance.  She sucks her paci upside down and uses her hair as a napkin when she's eating.  Everyone needs a baby like Elissa.

Ellie Jane- She's a feisty little thing.  She waves bye to everyone no matter if they are coming or going.  She walks all over the place and although she has no teeth, she can put the food away.  She loves baby dolls and stuffed animals, as well as cell phones.  She will walk all over this house with them tucked under her arm, waving and saying bye!!

When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I wondered how I could love two babies at one time, when there was already a much loved baby in the house.  How was I going to love each of my 3 girls enough or in the way that it would impact their lives.  When they were born, 1 minute apart, that wonder went out the door and in flooded a love so deep, there has never been a question  at how they would be loved again.  Elissa and Ellie, we thank God for each of you daily and we are so thankful that we get to call you both our's.  We love you both so much and we can't wait for another year with you both.

Happy Birthday Sweet Sisters!!!!