Friday, April 30, 2010

Unsolicited Advice...

As a mom of twins, I get many many unsolicited comments.


Most days I just smile and accept whatever statement is said and then I take five more steps and grin again while the next stranger has more to say.


Some days it can just be down right frustrating when all I want to do is hurry through my errand and get back out to the car before someone has a meltdown.


Yesterday a situation arose where a mom of a single singleton, a school aged only child, decided to share her advice for my twin boys.


I placed a smile on my face, while inside I was thinking:


Are you seriously giving me, a mom of 4 including multiple toddlers, advice on playing games with my babies?


Sure the idea is great; however, if you don't have multiples plus 2 singletons then you would realize that daily life is more about survival mode.


I would love to play the fun games with Big & Little Guy like I did with JP and AJ. I would love to sit down and snuggle a baby for hours and hours. It would be so great to paint and use crayons. To squish play-doh. Play in a sand box. Have one on one time.


But the reality of life with multiples is that for the first couple of years you live in a state of survival. NEEDS must be met first. Safety is key. If I were to get out the play-doh, while I am helping twin A twin B will be eating ridiculous amounts of dough. If I get the paint out, twin A will poke twin B in the eye with a paint brush. Or escape the painting area and run through the house with paint filled hands. They run in opposite directions, giggling wildly all of the time.


Now mix in the needs of my big kids and we have the total chaos which is the household of the babydolls and soccer balls family. It is a loud, messy, and chaotic house filled with love and laughter. Yes my babies are not as advanced as their older singleton siblings, but they will catch up on their own time. Will they suffer because I can't play all the little educational little baby games with them. I think not.

Monday, April 26, 2010

April Showers Bring Stinky Shoes...

After what seemed to be almost a month, we finally received some rain on Friday.
It continued to rain through Saturday, but that did not stop The Galaxy from playing soccer. The best games are played in the rain, with a muddy field.
I huddled under an umbrella outside the fence with my camera, just hoping to snap some slip sliding muddy fun pics. Trying to shoot through the fence while holding an umbrella proved to be tricky!
JP had a great game. He used his new throw in technique, which he learned on Tuesday when he practiced with a more competitve team. The Galaxy boys had a great game with great attitudes and pulled out the big W.
2-0


check out the power in that leg. He has soccer thighs.




a quick toe touch to turn it around.


Look at that intensity in his face. He has an AWESOME throw in.



Thursday, April 22, 2010

Easter 2010...

Not only did we get to celebrate Easter with friends, but we got to celebrate with both families too!

Our tradition is to wake Sunday morning and attend church. After church we celebrate the Easter Bunny by hunting eggs and baskets inside our house. After that we usually go to Aaron's parents house for an outdoor egg hunt and lunch. Then we end the day with an egg hunt, basket finding, and sit down dinner at my parents house.

It is a full fun day.

I just wish we still got Monday off of school, for a day of rest!

Wow! We are all looking at the camera!

JP's basket was hidden behind all the food in the pantry cabinet.




Little Guy found his basket on this shelf on the end table. He was the first to find a basket!




Big Guy was quick to find his basket under this chair, shortly after Little Guy found his.



AJ found her basket under the bathroom sink in the guest bathroom.





All 4 kiddos with their baskets. The Bunny was good to our house!







Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...

Little Guy on the Left and Big Guy on the Right.
I think

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kindergarten Round Up...

This evening we are taking AJ to her Kindergarten Round Up. She will get to meet some of the teachers, ride a bus, and check out the centers. She is beyond excited.

Most days for the past 2 years she has asked, "can't you just see if they can squeeze me in at kindergarten?"

She can read, write, add, do computers, tie a shoe, and play well with others. She is ready.




Friday, April 16, 2010

Commitment...

Tuesday this week JP told AJ that she could spend the night on Friday. He wanted her to sleep in his room for a movie night of The Chipmunks Squeakquel. She was so excited!
Fast forward to Thursday JP comes home from baseball practice and walks in the door and says, "I was invited to Bob's* party, but I can't go because I already promised AJ she could sleepover."
I asked him a few more times if he was sure and then I even emailed him a note to verify his choice. He assured me that he had a prior commitment, as well as a duty to his soccer team to be well rested for the big game on Saturday morning.
JP I am so proud of you. Honestly it would have been fine for you to skip the sleepover with AJ and attend the super fun party. I am even quite certain that your performance in the game tomorrow would not have been lacking, even if you had spent the night with friends. You show so much character, by sticking with your commitments. You are an honorable young man. Your sister will be sure to remember these little things you do to make her feel special.












*name was changed :-)



Thursday, April 15, 2010

What is your angle...

I have always been one to get down at my kids level. There is a whole new world at that level.
I love taking pictures from that angle and lately I have enjoyed not necessarily looking through the viewfinder
Here are a few of my favorites from a morning of playing in the twins bedroom before they were even dressed for the day. That may be why these are favorites too. I mean who can resist soft chubby baby skin and cloth diapers.
Little Guy's Feet

Little Guy and his Vac


Little Guy



Big Guy
(this pic keeps switching to horizontal, not sure why)




Big Guy






Little Guy






Little Guy




Big Guy
Love that chubby belly!




Little Guy




Big Guy
(I love this because it shows his herniated belly button, which will someday no longer stick out.)



Big Guy


Big Guy





Big Guy
Pausing for a moment





Little Guy




Little Guy






Little Guy top, Big Guy bottom




Big Guy top, Little Guy bottom






Big Guy top, Little Guy bottom







Little Guy bottom, Big Guy top





















Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Nine amazing years...

Today my baby turns 9.
How that can be, I do not know.
Caution I will be bragging about my boy here...
JP you are an amazing child. You are the type of kid that when people are dreaming about their future kids, they dream about you. You are respectful, compassionate, honest, trustworthy, intelligent, faithful, athletic, funny, artistic, and more. You bring joy to those around you. You are a great friend, brother, and child. You love the Lord and it shows in your actions. It amazes me how you are so well rounded. You excel in everything you do. I am so Blessed to have been chosen as your mom. I look forward to the next nine years, seeing you grow into an incredible young man. I am excited to see what the future brings for you. Whatever you choose to do, I know you will give 100%, be a leader, and a role model to all.
Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!





Thursday, April 8, 2010

Campaigning 26 years early...

Over breakfast this morning while watching a segment on lung cancer and smokers on The Today Show, JP made the following statements:


Smoking should be illegal.


In 2036 when I am President, I will make smoking illegal.



Will you be voting for JP?

I will.

Monday, April 5, 2010

UN-Friending...

Today I am making an executive decision regarding my FB 'friends' list.

I will be UN-friending some people.

There are a few people on my friend list that choose to use language that I just don't find appropriate.

I know I know...I could just "hide" these people and avoid hurting feelings.

That just doesn't seem right to me.

In our home the computer is not something that is to be used in private. Meaning I should not have to worry about what I am doing or reading on the computer if my five or nine year old walks up and reads over my shoulder.

Or what if I accidently leave myself logged in and my computer savvy son hops on and checks out my FB.

So to me it makes sense to just UN-friend these people.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

It is hunting season...

Eggs that is.

I am not such a fan of the large public, everyone pushing and shoving kind of Egg Hunt.

I am however a fan of hunting Eggs with awesome families that have been such a Blessing to our lives.

Sweet kids that when they see a baby with only one egg, they toss one of theirs into Lil Guy's basket.

A Egg hunt that starts with a prayer and a picnic. Followed by all the kids sitting around listening to The Easter Story, while the Dads hide all the eggs.

Wonderful memories hosted by such an amazing family. Thank you F Family!

Little Guy loved carrying his basket. Eggs he could care less about!

Still carrying basket.


Big Guy just loved running free. Here is stopped for a brief moment.


Sadly this is the only pic of JP I got. I just could not keep up with him and his buddies.
They move crazy fast! I am so thankful he has such great kids to call his friends.


AJ on the run.





AJ showing Big Guy how to get the eggs.




AJ and Loulabelle. Sweet friends.







AJ and William. Her future husband, or so she thinks.
And we hope! :-)







Starting to figure this thing out.





My attempt at a group shot, after the hunt.




All the kids.



It's Friday, but Sunday's coming!