Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday Thirteen...

Thirteen things the kids have this weekend.

 1. bible study
 2. gymnastics team pictures
 3. cub scout volunteering at a tree farm*
 4. baseball game 1 in tournament*
 5. first soccer game of spring season*
 6. baseball game 2 in tournament*
 7. gymnastics meet*
 8. family event at neighborhood park*
 9. family birthday for sweet 1 year old
10. baseball game 3 in tournament
11. perhaps baseball game 4 in tournament
12. church
13. family dinner with Grandpa


*all things that conflict or overlap with each other on Saturday

Lovely.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

I'm Hooked...

We have been making a few changes around the upstairs of our house lately.

Painting, redecorating, building, reorganizing, etc.

I am loving all the changes!

Just outside the master bedroom, we have a quaint little hallway that is just perfect for the dumping of all the backpacks and lunch boxes.  The hallway sits near the entrance and next to the kitchen.

The only problem is that we are a family of 6.

Have you ever tried to purchase an inexpensive, heavy duty hook thing for 6 people's belongings?

It is impossible.

Good thing Aaron is handy and I am creative....



I wanted LOTS of hooks! 

The top set has 6 hooks with 1 big hook and 2 little hooks a piece.  The bottom set has 6 double hooks that don't stick out too too far.  I wanted AJ and the twins to be able to hang their things, but I also didn't want the babies to accidentally bump into and take an eye out.

To make it all you need is a piece of MDF cut to desired length.  Mine was 42"  Then head on over to your local Blue or Orange for some baseboard molding.  I purchased the contractor pack because I have a few other projects I am working on, but you can buy this molding by the foot.  Aaron then used the Kreg jig to attach the molding to the MDF with pocket hole screws.  Then it was sanded and painted white.  Blue and Orange also carry a plethora of hooks.  We opted for the oil rubbed bronze hooks at Orange.

Here it is in full use.  Little Guy absolutely LOVES hanging things on it.

Now I just need a great quote in black vinyl for above the top rack.

Any suggestions?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I Love Skype...

After spending much of the day outdoors in the sub 40 degree rainy weather watching soccer, I got to Skype with my sister and Baby Bub.

It was simply wonderful. 

Just like his 4 cousins, he is absolutely perfect.  He carries a striking resemblance to my kiddos.  I am thinking that my families genes are some crazy strong ones!

He has the most adorable little mouth, with the cutest little pouty upper lip.

I could just Skype in and stare at him...all day long.

I love this technology.

She is on the East Coast and I am smack dab in the middle of the continent and yet I could see and hear my adorable nephew.

Now if I could just smell his sweet baby smell through the computer.




Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Bub...

Tonight I became an Aunt again.

My sister delivered her very first baby.

A sweet baby boy, I just can't wait to meet.

Because he chose March 25th to be his birthday, his blog name will be Bub.

He shares a birthday with my Nana's brother who recently passed away.  An amazing man named Bub.

Of course that isn't his birth name, but his nickname from childhood.

So Happy Birthday Little Bub, I can't wait to hold all 6 pounds 15 ounces, 19.2 inches of you.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday 13...

13 things I have on my to-do list...

1.  sand and re-paint the coat racks
2.  give Ave a real door
3.  re-wire the tv/satellite stuff in living room
4.  clean my closet...hang the piles up
5.  mop the kitchen/dining room
6.  find new homes for the toys from the twins room
7.  finishing hanging decor in living room
8.  figure out what to put on the new bookcases in living room
9.  paint the front door
10.  paint the shutters on front of house
11.  clean garage
12.  change out the winter hat/glove organizer to the flip flop/summer hat organizer
13.  sand and paint the naughty bench

Now that I have posted it here, hopefully   I   we will move through the list quicker. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Day in a Nuthouse...

I mean NUTSHELL!

Just to give you an idea to the chaos of my wonderful life, here is a summary of today.


Pry self out of bed at 7am, after having jabbed husband over and over to go get AJ up.  (JP likes to wake at 6am, why I will never know)

Shower, dress, and brush teeth all while answering 47 different morning time questions from the 9 and 6 year olds. 

Fix AJ's hair...precisely according to her particular taste for that day. 

Rush in babies room at 7:50 to dress them fast and throw waffles and milk sippy cups at them.

Chase people into the car at 8:05 to leave for school drop off.  (My children are both type A and must arrive ridiculously early)

Head to the Y after drop off for a glorious hour on the treadmill.  It was delightful.  1 hour of walking and running.  Love Love Love

Leave Y at 10am to head to Kindermusik.  Who cares if I am sweaty and sticky heading there, I will be sweaty and sticky by the end of class from chasing after my two monkeys.

Leave music class at 11:15 and head straight over to giftshop.  Verify new merchandise and decide the twinadoes are just not capable of working the ole giftshop like the big kids were, so abort that mission.

Drive through McD's for a McDouble for the twins to split and a lovely parfait for myself. 

Swing past The Warehouse to check on more new merchandise and paperwork. 12:00

Scream, Laugh, Sing crazy loud in attempt at keeping twins awake on the ride home from Warehouse.

Fail miserably.

Put twins down for nap anyhow. FAIL FAIL FAIL.

1:00 prepare crockpot BBQ pulled pork.  I know most people do this in the am.  We eat late, like 9pm or later. 

Repeatedly bust into bedroom so many times my patience wears and I finally remove all toys from twins bedroom. Changing poopy diapers every time.  Like at least 4.  seriously.

2:30 still major refusals to nap.  Little Guy SCREAMING. Retrieve him snuggle on couch.

Realize it is 3:00 pm Little Guy has just fallen asleep, Big Guy is silent in his room.  Victory....EXCEPT they must be put in the car in 15 minutes to go pick up big kids.  Major bummer.

3:30 Pushed waking the boys, so we are sure to be late picking up big kids.

3:50 everyone still standing outside school.  yay!

4:00 arrive at secret park.  I love this park because no one ever goes there.  love it.  AJ plays with babies on playground, while I play baseball with JP.  We have an intense 1 hour long practice with me firing balls at him, hitting pop flys and grounders, followed up with pitching practice.  He is lucky I was a great ball player.

5:15 Daddy arrives at park to tag me out.  Praise the Lord!

5:30 I head to Giftshop to put awesome new freight out

7:57 realize I have kept my poor gal working so long she needs food, order pizzas.  They smell so good I am having a hard time resisting eating it instead of the BBQ waiting at home!

9:45 arrive home to eat dinner and direct Aaron where to hang new coat rack I designed.

Hope to be in bed before midnight, so I can do it all over again tomorrow.  Except tomorrow is soccer, gymnastics, and different new freight...my favorite SCRAPBOOKING!

I am tired.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yoplait Yogurt...

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?

One of my all time favorite snacks is yogurt.  Specifically Yoplait Light Boston Creme Pie yogurt.

It is delightful, and a healthy snack option.

My kids share my same love of yogurt.  We have an entire drawer in the refrigerator dedicated to yogurt. 

We eat at least 2 yogurt snacks a day around here, so I thought I would share with y'all my 2 favorite recipes I use to make a delighful snack.

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
1 single serve vanilla yoplait
1 serving granola cereal
fresh sliced strawberries

Serve in bowl...AWESOME!

Smoothies
1 cup or so vanilla or strawberry yoplait (for this I buy the large carton and dispense single servings)
handful frozen mixed berries
6-8oz orange juice

Mix in blender to desired consistency.  Pour in cup and serve with fun straw.  My kids come running when they hear the blender!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Dear Tooth Fairy...

Please remember to stop at the Babydolls and Soccerballs house tonight.  Sweet AJ finally lost her very first teeny tiny baby tooth.  As you know it has been dangling for quite some time.  So long in fact that there is already a big tooth in behind.  She is still really cute, even with a partially filled gaping hole.  Also please remember that AJ like her big brother, prefers to keep her teeth.  I am also sad to say that within one minute after losing her first tooth she stated she really doesn't believe in the Tooth Fairy, or the Easter Bunny.  Sniff Sniff, I know.  Please excuse her disbelief, as you know, she is an 80 year old woman stuck in the body of a six year old.  Also Tooth Fairy, please do not be frightened by her crazy head of braids...she desires to have bumpy hair tomorrow. 

Sincerely,
Mommy

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Our Weekend Summed Up...




Little Guy in Blue Helmet, Big Guy in Yellow Helmet

EXHAUSTING!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

All dressed up...

Little Guy is pretty particular.

He almost always has a 'murse' that he carries around.  It always has a cell phone in it, plus other random favored toys of the moment.

He loves a 30+ year old rag doll with yellow hair that he calls his 'babee'.

He loves to brush his 'teece'.

He loves to get his hair 'gucked'.  (spiked up)

He is a sloooow social eater.

He sings none stop.  Current favorite 'wow wow wow...wow wow wow'

He is OBSESSED with cleanliness.

He adores mops, brooms, vacuums, and dust rags.

He abhors 'trayshhu'.

He looks up to and adores AJ.

He loves 'aaats' (hats), but only worn backwards, gansta style.

He is a free spirit.

He is the most different from the other 3, but in such an awesome way.

So it is often I allow him to wear whatever concoction he has come up with.  I just love seeing his creativity. 

The older kids are creative, but never to this extent in front of other people.  Little Guy's style is bold and I LOVE it.

Tonight I kept hearing heels clacking through the house. 

Only to come out and find Little Guy wearing PJ's with my heeled black boots on carrying his sippy cup and an electric toothbrush. 

What a sight.

Sweet boy wanted to sleep with the 'shuuuzs on', so I agreed.


Isn't he just the cutest thing?

Notice the cup and toothbrush above his bed?

He sleeps with the cup there everysingleday.

I can only assume the toothbrush will now reside there as well.

Just as his cell phone and barbie laptop sleep next to him IN the bed.

I mean afterall the boy needs to skype his 'nee nee'.  That is what he tells us at bedtime.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My monkey...

Before the twins were even born, JP and AJ coined nicknames for them.  Little Guy was monkey and Big Guy was lion.

They made artwork rendering the nicknames.

They called them monkey and lion.

I was amazed after they were born to see how much each baby's personality resembles that of their nickname.



Little Guy
The monkey

Little Guy is a climber.  He is funny and silly.  He loves attention.  His cries and squeals are always loud and shrill getting. 

He is always doing something he deems silly and they saying, "momma...luooo---k"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Boys are weird...

We did the brother sister swap with great friends for a fun sleepover night.

I had to crack up at the differences between boys and girls.

AJ had asked at 8am if she could pack her bags, I told her I wasn't sure if boys were here or there.

Then we decided I would have the girls and they would take the boys, so I told Justice to get his stuff ready at 4:30.

He came up with a back pack, so off we went to swap.

I picked up Loulabelle who had a big blanket, a pillow pet, an American Girl doll, and an overnight bag with the essentials.

JP left with his back pack.

I wondered what he had in it...



mustaches and A shirt.

Nice.

Monday, March 14, 2011

9 hours...

9 hours.

Most people work for 9 hours.

Last night I sat and chatted for 9 hours.

The evening started at Olive Garden to celebrate my good friend Shelley's Birthday. 

We had wonderful food, great conversation, and an amazing italian doughnut dessert!  But when 10pm rolled around and we started getting those looks to please leave, we decided to move basically next door to IHOP.

IHOP is 24 hour.

DANGEROUS!

So squished into a little booth the six of us hovered over our tiny hot chocolate cups and gabbed away, till 3am.

It was awesome.

I treasure these friends so much.  I am so Blessed to have these ladies in my life. 

They are family.




Who knew my arm was that long?

Friday, March 11, 2011

TImeout...

You suppose this is what timeout looks like in the doll world?


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday Thirteen...

I am feeling more list like today so here ya go....

13 Random Things That Have Popped Into My Head Today...

1.  I am EXHAUSTED lately.

2.  Having two 2 year olds that don't nap could drive a sane person NUTS.

3.  Trying to schedule spring sports for my two oldest children is like training to align the planets.

4.  Some people update their FB statuses WAAAY too much.  Is it possible they are so insecure that they are hoping to feel better by making the world amazed at how busy they are? 

5.  You think I could put Chauffeuring as a hobby?  I mean that is all I do these days. 

6.  On the way to pick up AJ from gym I decided, "Hey I have an extra few minutes, I should run up and run a mile quick."

7.  I wish I ran more often, but I don't always have the time.  Hence the reason behind the crazy spur of the moment mile run.

8.  This town needs a Mother's Day Out Program.  I would be so delighted to have just one day of the week by myself to either grocery shop, clean, or just sit and drool.

9.  I really need a weekend away with my husband.  We have not been away without children since the honeymoon.  Sad.

10.  Although my babies are still nursing here and there, I am trying to retrain my body that it is not sustaining life for 3 any longer.  For 3 full years I have been eating ANYTHING and EVERYTHING I wanted.  It is time to stop that.  Also sad.

11.  Less is More.  I have so much I want to get out of this house, but the whole putting things on craigslist is kinda time consuming. I wish I could just snap my fingers and have a little pile of cash and more space. 

12.  I can't stand when people talk in text form in their FB statuses.  Drives me crazy.  Especially when said person is a teacher!?

13.  My husband is amazing.  Simply amazing.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Naptime...

Just hanging around during naptime...

Little Guy hanging from the rocket shelf, Big Guy lounging on 'the landing pad'.

Oy.

Monday, March 7, 2011

QOTW...


The Question of the Week over at Multiples and More is:

Ask your readers any question you want.
 

What is the most annoying comment strangers, and or friends make to you regarding your multiples?

Although I have several that annoy me, the one that lately has me perturbed is: 
 'I always wanted to have twins'

I mean how do I respond, politely, to this?

This is what I would LOVE to say, if I was brave enough...

Really?  You mean you would want to:
 endure a high risk pregnancy
bedrest
be cut open to deliver babies
  NOT sleep for an entire year
 have countless strangers asking you ridiculous personal questions in the soup aisle
feel like a terrible mother because someone is always crying and there is only one of me
 always thinking about who you picked up first last
wondering if you loved on each baby enough for the day
feeling exhausted everysingleday
be left with a post-twin body that will NEVER EVER be the same

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE MY TWINS. 
BUT
It is not something I would have wished for, or hoped for.

Having multiples is a gift.
A gift from God.

He decided, I was perfect for this job.
And that is how I survive my days.

He only gives us what we can handle.

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

I tell myself that MANY times a day. 
He believes in me, so I should believe in me.



Throughout these chaotic days of streaking babies, poop on the floor, and food splatter on the ceiling; I also have the privilege of getting twice the love.

I get to experience two times the sloppy kisses, two times the hugs, two times the giggles, two times the smiles, two times 'the firsts'.  I also have front row seats to witnessing a bond that is like no other. 

It is amazing!

So perhaps it is the twice the love that is what the strangers really want when they say, "I always wanted twins"


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pure Joy...

Imagine a community of women gathering together in a House of Worship, being led by women of Faith from more than 7 different churches. 

Real Women.  Real Issues.  Serving a Real God.

PURE JOY 2011

Consider it Pure Joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  James 1:2,3

Last night I had the privilege of attending this event that, in a word, was AMAZING.

Women, just like you and me, sharing their testimonies.  I was in awe of their willingness to share their hardest life moments in order to give the glory to God.

Through those testimonies I was reminded more that ever of Jeremiah 29:11, one of my favorite verses.

"For I know the plans I have for you,"  declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

I was also reminded that being 'perfect' is not our testimony, it is how we handle those imperfect moments that is a real testament to our faith. 

The women who shared their testimonies filled my eyes with tears, not because of their heartbreak, but because of their Strength in Jesus. 

After the testimonies, we enjoyed hearing Suzette Brawner speak.  She never disappoints.

I am sure I am not alone, but I felt as if we were having a one on one talk and the message was directed straight at me.

She shared 3 points:

Calm Down

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry  James 1:19

 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.  
Philippians 1:27 

Put It Down

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead Philippians 3:13

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. Isaish 43:18

Slow Down and Stay Amazed

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10

Two other verses Suzette mentioned that had an impact on me:

The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Proverbs 17:27

A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel Proverbs 15:18

Don't ask the Lord to guide your steps if you are not willing to move your feet.  Wow.

Amazing.

And I am willing.


 






Thursday, March 3, 2011

Can I get you a snack...

A while back I thought the fridge was stinky.

Then I decided, nah, probably just a lingering diaper smell.

Because let's face it, when TWO babies poop like men at naptime in a closed door room...
WOW MASSIVE TOXIC WASTE STINK!

Like for hours, upon hours.

Then the twins wanted a snack.

So I reached in the pantry to grab the pretzel goldfish

and I found this...


Uh Huh.

Source of the mysterious smell.

A banana IN the bag of pretzel fish.

Nice.

Thank you Little Guy.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My Blue Eyed Blonde...

It seems inconceivable that my oldest is nearing the double digits.

In just five short weeks my sweet boy will turn the Big ONE-OH.


Be still my heart.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Works For Me...

Having two 2 year olds has brought out my creative side.

Especially this winter.

The boys got a sand and water table for Christmas that we intended on using outdoors.

With the cold temps and the need to keep these boys entertained, I decided to break out the table for indoor use.

I put the table in our downstairs (tiled) bathroom.  I then filled one side with beans and one side with noodles.  It has been awesome!

The twins love stirring, sifting, driving cars, pouring the beans and noodles.  It keeps them fully engaged for at least 20 minutes, which is an eternity in toddler years.

The best part is the clean-up.  On the tile floor, it is a crazy easy clean-up.


Big Guy on the left and Little Guy on the right