Monday, December 27, 2010

Gingerbread Houses...

This holiday season we had many activities, but the one that stands out as being the favorite is making gingerbread houses with the twins at the Parents as Teachers playgroup.

JP paired up with Big Guy and AJ with Little Guy. The bigs assisted the twins in making their first ever gingerbread houses.

I wasn't sure how this whole event would go because it was during Aaron's work hours, so he was unable to join me. Wrangling 4 kids is hard enough in public, but when you add endless amounts of candy and sugar...yeek I wasn't sure what to expect!

It actually went perfectly smooth. I was so pumped over the successful afternoon.

Both boys enjoyed eating the candies as much as they enjoyed placing them on the houses. They both attempted to wield the plastic knives while applying the frosting, which was fun to watch. JP and AJ were real helpers as they were only there to assist and did not actually create houses of their own.

I was really proud of my Quad.



AJ and Little Guy
who I think ate more candies than he placed on the house!

JP and Big Guy
Big Guy was serious about the decorating until he saw Little Guy shovelling the candies in his mouth


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Classic Twin Moment...

I just love this picture. Perhaps because it portrays a classic twin moment.

Little Guy scarfing down a "kuookee" and Big Guy upset in the back because he wants a cookie.
Kindergarten Santa Night

Makin' a list...

She made a list and she checked it twice.



And it paid off because she was definitely not naughty, but nice.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Aunt Rocks...

I recently bought my expecting sister a super cute onesie for my new nephew that says:

MY AUNT ROCKS
I am thinking about getting an adult sized shirt that reads the same. You see I have this awesome Aunt. She is just real swell. She LOVES the Lord, is an awesome friend, and great role model. I hope I can be the kind of Aunt she has been to me, to my new nephew.
Not only is she full of fun, laughter, kindness, and wisdom; but the girl can cook. Every recipe she has ever given me is always the most delicious. This is my favorite holiday recipe from her. You always know if you stop by her house you are most certainly going to leave with a full belly and a smile.
She also makes a mean, mean milkshake. And by mean, I mean perfection in a cup. Topped with whipcream and a strawberry of course.
I was lucky enough to be treated to one of these amazing delights back in late summer when Aunt Julie came for a visit with my Nana.


Aunt Julie, Me, and the Infamous MilkShake

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The wheels on the bus go round and round...

Big Guy's absolute favorite thing is anything with wheels.

Most vehicles to him are called a tractor. Or in his voice a "traaytur".

He also says truck and big truck, otherwise known as "Beeeg Truck".

He just loves to sit and stare at the wheels rolling back and forth, back and forth. Recently he changed things up from sitting at the table to laying flat on the ground with his cheek pressed onto the wood floor. It is stinkin' cute.

He will just lay there for tens of minutes, which is an eternity in the world of toddler boys, just rolling the car back and forth.

I love his fascination with all things wheels.


Big Guy

Big Guy


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Holly Snack Mix...

This recipe is my all time favorite snack mix. It is the perfect mix of sweet and crunchy. It also makes a fabulous gift for neighbors, teachers, and coworkers. Just place a generous amount into a clear celephane bag and tie with a sparkly bow with a cute tag.


Christmas Holly Snack Mix

1 box Kix cereal
1 box Frosted Flakes cereal
1 bag of popped popcorn, cooled
1 bag of wilton red melting chocolates
1 bag of wilton green melting chocolates
1 bag of wilton white melting chocolates

Melt chocolate according to package and or microwave settings. I have a melt chocolate button which is AWESOME! Melt the red and then mix in about 3/4 of the box until all kix are coated red. Spread onto wax paper in single layer to dry. Melt green chocolate and mix in about 1/2 of the box of frosted flakes until coated. Spread on wax paper in single layer till dry. Melt white chocolate and mix whole bag of popcorn till coated. Soread on wax paper in single layer till dry.
Break dried pieces into small chunks and mix evenly in glass bowl. Or fill goody bags.

Enjoy!

*recipe provided to me by Aunt Julie

*If you want the mix to make a lot and look more proportionate to true snow, holly, and berries use the following measurements:

3 bags white melting chocolate (or almond bark) 3 bags of WHITE unbuttered popcorn
2 bags of green melting chocolate to one box of frosted flakes or corn flakes
1 bag of red melting chocolate to about 1/2 to 2/3 of box of kix cereal.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Partying 4th Grade Style...


A Christmas to Remember...

I absolutely love to open my home to others at Christmas. I begin decorating November 1st and never take the tree down before Jan 3.

One of my favorite traditions is opening my home to our closest friends for a Christmas party.

This year I wanted to do a traditional sit down meal. I asked everyone to bring a favorite family recipe to add to the turkey and ham I prepared.

What a meal it was! We had Green Bean Casserole from Chris and Michelle. Skip and Janelle made her famous potato casserole. I literally dream about that dish. Rich and Alana brought the much anticipated Sugar Cream Pie...yum! Shelley impressed us all with her mad homemade cinnamon roll skillz! I made the traditional Jello Mold and then a new recipe for grape & walnut salad. We also had rolls and hot bacon dip. It was delightful!

It was so awesome to sit down and share a meal and conversation with these great gals. So glad we all met waaay back in those early MOPS days!




Cyber Monday...

This year for Cyber Monday my friend Janelle opened her home to the girls, toddlers, and computers. Sitting at the table we had 4 laptops and 2 ipads searching for deals, while we sipped warm drinks and nibbled yummy breakfast foods. All that fun with three 2 year olds playing in the background.

It was delightful.

Definitely a MUST do tradition from now on.


Shelley, Ami, Me,
Alana, Janelle, Michelle

I love these gals and am so Blessed to have their amazing friendships.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Boys are so weird...

Give a nine year old boy a pencil grip and in 2 seconds he will have figured out 487 other uses for it...



Monday, December 13, 2010

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lo lo- Lo lo...

Little Guy loves his phones (Lo lo's). He loves talking on Grammie's blue tooth. Here he is talking to Aunt Becky on his birthday. He loved his birthday call.

Little Guy

Being in a fishbowl...

Having twins is like living in a fishbowl. Someone is always at the edge starring at us.

I know that if I am pushing an overflowing grocery cart, while wearing a screaming thrashing booger faced (because I can't see that he needs his nose wiped) 2 year old who is poking at his twin riding in the top basket throwing random groceries overboard, people are noticing.

The way I choose to react in stressful chaotic public situations with my children has an impact on others because someone is always watching.

In these situations, I choose to just strap on a smile and press on.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Card

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I posted awhile back about how great Shutterfly is for holiday cards, well I just finished mine all while the babies napped! So easy! Shutterfly is such a great easy site to use! I spent about 30 minutes total including uploading, to create this gorgeous card. I can't wait to receive them in the mail, which I know will be quick because Shutterfly is just speedy like that. Of course if I wanted to spend just a teeny bit more per card, Shutterfly would have addressed and mailed them for me! WOW that is awesome, maybe next year. For now I still enjoy handwriting the addresses myself, it gives me a chance to think and pray about the recipient.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Little Monkey...

This morning we were having a lazy morning, so I had not dressed the twins yet.

Little Guy was "eating" a banana while wondering around the kitchen area when he wandered over to the coat closet and said,"Oo Oo Ah HA, yah" while pointing and shaking his head yes.

Translation..."I want my monkey hat."

After he got his hat on he proceeded to tell me "Shuuz". He wanted his shoes on too.


He was truly my little monkey, wandering around the house with a banana. Silly Boy!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Card Teaser...

For this year's Christmas card I decided to head over to some place that has been important to me throughout the years. Fortunately it has that urban cool look that is so incredibly popular right now.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

TRACTOR...

Big Guy has a love of all things with wheels. His absolute favorite is a tractor. His normally husky voice turns into a high pitched squeal when he sees a tractor.
TRAATER!

Big Guy in Red shirt, Little Guy in Black shirt

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gymnastics Exhibition...

This past weekend my favorite girl had her gymnastics exhibition. Unfortunately I had to miss it because I was with my favorite 9 year old at a soccer tournament. I am sure that with 4 kiddos, it will be the first of many times that Husband and I will have to split up for sporting events.

AJ did great and Daddy did a good job fixing hair. Special thanks to Janelle for taking pictures of my girl.

AJ and Loulabelle

warming up

the whole team


beam
AJ loves beam




2 sweet girls




Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cannelloni...

Tonight we tried this awesome recipe.

It was tasty, easy, and full of flavor!












Ingredients:
1 pkg Egg Roll Wrappers
1 pound ground beef/turkey
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pkg (10oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 tsp italian herb seasoning
1 cup shredded cheese (i used colby jack)
sauce:
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup of dry red or white wine (i used cooking sherry)
1/2 tsp italian herb seasoning
Brown beef with onion and garlic in a skillet. Discard excess water/fat. Add spinach and italian seasoning, mix well. Let mixture cool. Combine sauce ingredients in a bowl. Pour half of the sauce into a 9x13 baking pan. For each canneloni, spoon 1/3 cup meat mixture at one end of the wrap, roll wrapper around filling, and place the seam side down in pan. Pou remaining sauce over top, be sure to coat all the ends of the wraps. cover and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with the cheese (i used more than 1 cup) return to oven and bake 5-7 minutes until cheese is melted.
*I found this recipe on the back of the package of my egg roll wraps. Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps.

French Loaf...

One of my favorite recipes is The French Loaf.

I grew up eating this easy and tasty meal.

Ingredients:
1 Bakery French Loaf
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 can tomato soup
1 pound browned ground hamburger/ turkey

Cut a piece of tinfoil long enough to warp around the loaf. Slice loaf lengthwise with the top being smaller. Scoop out bread pieces from bottom to create a 'boat'. Reserve bread pieces.

Simmer both soups, meat, and 1/2 to 3/4 of torn up bread pieces. Once combined and warm, spoon mixture into the 'boat'. Top with the bread top and wrap in tin foil.

Cook at 350 for about 10-15 minutes depending on desired crunchiness. My husband does not prefer much crunch.

Slice and serve. This is a HUGE favorite in our house. Enjoy.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Like Mommy, Like Son...

Quite often I can be found with a camera in front of my face.

Apparently someone has taken notice...





Little Guy
photographing the post game pep talk

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

It is November 10th.

So if you are anything like me, you already have 7 large trees decorated and the stockings hung from the chimney with care.

Next on my Christmas to-do list is the Christmas Card. ILOVECHRISTMASCARDS!

Every day in December I RUN to the mailbox like a giddy child, anticipating how many Christmas cards will be inside.

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Wordless Wednesday...

Big Guy

Score...

AJ has had a wonderful soccer season. She has shown that she can hang right up there with the boys. She is fast and uses her head. She seems to be more of an offensive player than a defensive player, as she scored several goals this season.

Saturday was The Yellow Stars last game. AJ complained right as they took the field that she wasn't sure she felt good, but it sure did not show in her playing. She had a great game. She accepted a pass right in front of the goal and fired it in for a score. It was as if she had been told play middle forward. She was precisely where she needed to be for what would be a quite normal play in the big kid games. It was awesome!

Then in the second half she had a throw in down on the goal line that she threw in towards the goal, hit a kid in the head, and then the ball went straight into the goal. It was funny! She thought that was just the coolest.

It has been the best season watching her grow to love the sport. We are so proud of you AJ!



SCORE!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My little neat freak...

As I was putting groceries away yesterday I heard my little tin of ornament hooks spill in the living room. Followed by a "Uh-oh" and the pitter patter of little feet running across the room. Then there was the dragging of the toy vacuum.

Little Guy was trying hard to vacuum up the mess with his toy vac. I love that boy!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy Halloween...

Or maybe Merry Christmas...
Big Guy as Santa, Little Guy as Elf



Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Thugs...

Little Guy on the left and Big Guy on the right.
Corn Maze at the Pumpkin Patch. They LOVED it.



I just don't fit...

I was at Kohl's last night, by myself.

Cue the angels singing.

It was marvelous. I actually got to try things on, without someone commenting on my panties.

I touched every rack and not because I was chasing toddlers through them.

I walked past the childrens clothes without spending all of my allotted shopping time stuck in that section.

Magnificent.

I observed people, rather than people observing me.

Seriously wonderful.

Until...

I was eavesdropping on a group of managers as they did their store walk through and discussed displays. I overheard them talking about a particular line of clothing that they can't seem to keep in stock.

Have you seen it? The Lauren Conrad Collection.

One of the young men said, "It is interesting because not just the young girls are buying it, but even the older women are buying it too."

After I was done perusing the section I was in I wandered over to the section they were discussing. And then I realized.

I am the older woman they are talking about.

When did I become too old for the Junior section, but out of place for the Misses section?

Perhaps I should stick with Active Wear...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Coco...

A month ago, my sweet Nana came to visit and brought he dog Coco. The two left a lasting impression on my duo.

Coco was amazing with the boys. Such a sweet natured dog with patience. If we were to get a dog anytime soon, one like Coco would be at the top.

Typically the boys do not care for dogs up close, so I was very surprised to see them so involved with Coco.

Big Guy loved sharing his milk with Coco, she LOVED it too.

Everyday at least 3 times a day the boys say, "CoCo CoCo Nahna nahna bye bye." and shake their head as if telling me...yes coco and nana are bye bye.
Hopefully soon we will see them all again!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wheeeeeeee...

Big Guy this is your new favorite game. You love to go to the top of the driveway and release your favorite truck, car, or tractor. It is even funnier to you if it hits something or someone!
You love watching wheels turn on cars, big and small.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Big Brother...

I am not one to pretend that my children have a perfect sibling relationship. They have their moments of frustration. AJ has on ocasion been known to call JP, her "Big BOTHER".

But then there are those moments that occur when you know they have a truly sweet relationship.

Today was one of those moments.

AJ is spending the night with a friend and going home with that friend after school. So she didn't have to carry 2 backpacks and a lunch box, JP took her sleepover backpack to his school to the mom of AJ's friend.

Kindness.

Did I mention that the backpack was PINK. Bright PINK. AND that he had to walk through the WHOLE school to get to the mom's classroom in the 2nd grade hall.

Amazing.

I am so proud of JP, willing to help his little sister out without any prompting. It was not even 2 seconds out of the car a 4th grade girl stated in a girly voice, "Hello JP with the GIRLY PINK BAG."

He kept his head held high and continued on. He is an AWESOME BIG BROTHER and amazing kid with character.




Sunday, September 12, 2010

First Day of School...

First Day of School
It is certain it will be an amazing year for sure! AJ was beyond excited. She spent weeks trying to figure out the perfect outfit, only to find out she had PE the first day. She finally decided on a cute shirt, skirt, leggings, and cute converse like shoes.
JP is an old pro at this back to school thing. His only request was a one-strap backpack. He was a smidge nervous about the transition into a regular classroom, after having a computer class for 2 years.

AJ
Kindergarten

JP
4th Grade


Saturday, September 11, 2010

My neat freak...

Little Guy has always been fascinated by brooms "booms" and vacuums. He also is big on picking toys up and putting them away. He knows things have their place and he likes them put away. If he finds a piece of trash he says "trash" with a major emphasis on the sh. It looks so cute when he says trash because he juts his 2 tiny teeth on the bottom way out. Then he goes running for the nearest waste basket, and trust me he knows where they all are. It only takes Little Guy seconds to spot a broom or vacuum.


this day he was having a water day at our church when he spotted a shop vac on a deck.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Summer is...

Barefoot Dirty Feet











Thursday, September 9, 2010

Big Guy...

Big Guy
You have grown so much this summer! You are such a sweet boy with a lot to say. This summer your language has exploded. You try so hard to communicate your wants and needs. We are starting to understand all your sweet words. Recently when we ask you to do something you respong with "K". It is so cute. You are a very good listener and sweet to your brother.
Many times you will sneak two cereal bars from the snack drawer and go running to Little Guy with a treat for him. Your favorite foods are pasta, bread, cheese, and grapes. There really isn't any food you turn down actually.
You have developed a love for Elmo or as you say it, "LA LA " We think you get the name la la from the theme song ,"la la la elmo's world". You also love Toy Story. You call every character Buzz and when you see one of them you scream with excitement, "Buuu". I love the way you tilt your head when you want something and then shake it yes, as if telling me since you say yes I should say yes. I also love that you repeat everything several times as you are saying it. I guess you are just making sure we hear you.
You are very smart in the car. You shout out various landmarks as we are driving, such as "wa-wa" and "Nena". When AJ and JP started school you always ask when AJ gets out of the car if we will be back after naptime. You tilt your head and then say "nighnighnigh sis?"
By the end of the summer you became very brave in the water. You love putting your face in the water and walking on your hands in the water. You also learned to count to 3 by standing on the side of the pool to jump in. "waa, tu, tee" love it! At the beginning of summer you loved sliding on the slide "lllliide" , but towards the end not so much.
On 8/4/10 these were your stats:
21 months
30 3/4"
25 1/4 lbs
you wore some 6-9 month and 12 month clothes all summer
size 3 diapers
you started out summer in a size 5 shoe, but quickly moved to a 6 since you have such a fat foot.
you are still nursing 3-5 times a day

Monday, August 30, 2010

Gone Fishin...


So lately we have been very busy at the Babydolls and Soccerballs household. I suppose I should have hung a "GONE FISHIN' " sign on the front of the ole blog.
We have had a birthday for a certain little princess, we have started the soccer season, and a new school year has begun, we have had last minute summer fun, and sweet family come into town.
Really I am sitting here just trying to figure out what happened to August? I am not sure where she went!
So as we settle into this new groove of the school year I will have to backtrack and document our memories.