Thursday, May 26, 2011

Double Trouble...

Naptimes are something of an adventure in this house.

My boys, affectionately known as The Twinadoes, share a room.

Anyone who has twins knows that sharing a room means trouble during naptime.  If I could have kept them safely in their cribs till they were 18, I absolutely would have.

Yesterday I had removed most of their toys from their room.  I left a few bulky toys that easily set on their shelves, and 1 bucket of cars.  And yet with that little bit of entertainment, they still amused themselves for over an hour.

Of course things quieted down just before it was time to wake them, to go get the big kids from school.  When I went in I was greeted with a scene similar to a natural disaster.







Mattresses and toys strewn about and clothes removed.  Big Guy had removed his poopy diaper and fallen asleep on his tummy on the wood base of his bed.  Little Guy appeared to fall into his slumber in a large pile of toys. 

Everyday is an adventure with 2 two year olds.

Monday, May 23, 2011

All Good Things Come To An End...

This time of year makes me a bit sad.

I hate that school is ending.

No, not because the children will be home all day.  I actually love having them home.  I personally think 4 kids is easier than just the 2 little ones.

I am sad because it means another school year comes to an end.  It is yet another sign that my kids are growing up. 

For 4 1/2 more days I will get a bit weapy in the car as the kids hop in at pick up, their back packs over flowing with things from the classroom wall.

This year has been a great one.  



the wall outside AJ's classroom, already cleared for summer.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Take Me Out To The Ball Game...

But preferably not AFTER bed time.

Last night AJ had her 2nd softball game of the season.  It was scheduled for 8:30pm.

She is 6.

8:30 in my opinion is way too late to START a softball game for that age kids, on a school night.  I mean the child goes to bed at 8pm.

So when we arrived at the ball field 30 minutes before game time to warm up, we were told that the 7:30 game had not even begun.  All games were running over an hour behind. 

Nice.

So our game started just after 9:30 and ended at 10:45.

AJ did great considering she was 3 hours past bedtime, on a day that had already included field day for kindergarten.

She got a nice solid hit to short stop and ran crazy fast to 1st base.  She may be short and small, but the girl has speed.






And if you have an extra hour at the field, might as well get a cutie patootie pic of your pink team...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Caught with their hand in the...

cookie jar?

NOPE.

The other day the twins and I were invited to a friends house for a little Thirty One shopping. 

Cute bags, oh my word, cute!

Anyhow, I came out of the living room to see Big Guy holding the serving bowl and giant serving spoon.  He was shoveling the chicken salad into his mouth as fast as he could.

"What are you doing?!"

"Nummy mommy...nummy, yesch."  Big Guy mumbled through a full mouth.




Now if I were him, I would have grabbed the bowl of chocolate....Not Big Guy.  He is a MEAT SALAD kinda guy.

Love that kid.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Heeeeee's......


Safe or Out?

What do you think?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fun in the Simplest Way...

It is hard to believe that in this day of technology that kids still enjoy something as simple as tic-tac-toe on the driveway...



Chalk on the driveway will never get old, nor will the kids ever get too old for it.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Baby R...

If my posts are few and far between over the next couple of weeks, it is because I am snuggling or photographing this sweet Baby R....



My nephew is here for the next 2 weeks.  He is just adorable and I cannot get enough photographs of him. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Opposites Photo Class Day 15...

It is the last day of photo class.  I am so sad.  I have learned a lot during this month long venture.

Day 15 brings us to our favorite photo. 

I have many favorite photos.  Most of them however are just beginners luck.  I have always been good with a camera, but haven't known why or how.  Now I KNOW why I am taking great photos.  So although I have many many other favorite photos,  I really wanted to pick one that I actually knew why it turned out so good.  I also wanted to use one I had not previously shown.  So without further ado....

iso 800, 1/5000, f 5.0
no flash

JP at sunset practicing bicycle kicks after a full day of soccer games.

Opposites Photo Class Day 14...

Day 14 brings us to Black and White.

I love black and white photos.  It is so nice now that we are in the digital age, that we can take a photo and instantly make it black and white.  In my film days I would have to plan to have black and white film to shoot with, or go through the hassle of taking a photo back into the lab and asking them to turn it black and white.  It took days to a week back then.  Now seconds.

Amazing.

The photo I chose is one of my favorites for a few reasons.  I love capturing the generations of hands together, but I also loved my husbands thoughts on this photo.  He mentioned one day that he loves that brief period when toddlers only hold one finger with their whole hand.  It doesn't last long and while it does last you just treasure it.


iso 200, 1/125s, f 5.6
no flash

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Moments My Heart Stops...


I never in a million years believed I would be "the mom of the goalie".

I did not sign up for that stressful position when I gave birth to a 8lb 3oz strong bundle of joy.

I may have even been the parent that left the field years ago when my child was put in at goalie.  This was in fact prior to proper training, so in my defense I didn't feel he had a clue as to what he was doing.

Alas here we are 7 years into my son's soccer career and he is the goalie.  Thankfully he is not THE goalie, but one of TWO goalies on our team.  I get to sit nervously chewing my fingernails, trying to breathe, and reminding the heart to pump right next to an amazing friend.  Then at half time we trade places and SHE is the one who can no longer breathe. 

It is so hard to be the goalie.  They feel like they carry the weight of the team on their back.  If they miss a shot and the team loses, they feel it is their fault. 

A former Pro soccer player once came up to us and said, "Make sure JP knows that the ball had to get through SEVEN OTHER guys before it got passed him." 

Brilliant.  Those were some great words to fill my guys head.

And yet as the Mom of the Goalie I still can't breathe even though I repeat that phrase over and over.

The absolute worst moment while he is in the goalie box is if one of our players fouls a guy INSIDE the box.

NIGHTMARE.

This means the fouled player gets to take an undefended shot.  It is just one on one with the goalie. 

For those of you who don't know, the goal is HUGE.  Tall and Wide.

My heart literally stops beating while that shot occurs.

JP has been training with an amazing college goalie and has learned a ton of technique and strategy. 

Thankfully in a recent tournament when a penalty shot occurred he remembered what he had learned.

Victory for the goalie.

HUGE roar from the crowd.

Heart starts beating on the momma.








Friday, May 6, 2011

Rainbows....


Rainbows are happy and cheery.

Everyone loves rainbow.

Maybe not this kind of rainbow...



Care to ask what made that rainbow?

*hint it has something to do with THIS post.

What is wrong with this picture...

Just another regular naptime in the Baby Dolls and Soccer Balls house...



I promise you this room starts out immaculate prior to naptime.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Photo Class Day Thirteen...

Day Thirteen for Photo Class is called Juxtaposition.

I know you are probably wondering what happened to Day 12?  Well Day 12's cahallenge was to slllloooooow down our shutter speed to take a picture of light in the dark.  Here is the thing....I just don't have time for that.  That would require a photo session in the evening, which is my hunkerdown and get things done time.  And let's face it folks, if you know me in real life, I don't do slow.  I am never slow, ever.

So with that said, I may try it eventually in the next few weeks...just not now.

iso 400, 1/30s, f 4.5
no flash

AJ left her horsey collection set up on the pool table, so I figured it was perfect for day thirteen.

Teacher Appreciation Week...

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.

I cannot think of a better way to honor such a special group of people than a week long celebration.

Both of my kids have amazing teachers.  Women who have dedicated their lives to teaching others.  I hate that my kids spend 8 hours away from me each day, but I could not have personally chosen better teachers to be modeling the values and character I love.

I spent much of yesterday covered in flour from head to toe.  I made my favorite sugar cookie recipe and bagged each cookie individually.  Then we put them in an adorable tin bucket.  The kids each made handmade labels that stated, "You are a STAR teacher!"

It is not an expensive gift, just time consuming.  My little extra time and effort is worth it for all the love and knowledge those gals give my kids.




Wednesday, May 4, 2011

God's Amazing Creation...

Driving home from a sports drop off I saw these amazing clouds with the sun peeking out. 

Simple things like clouds and a setting sun, just amaze me.




April 18 5:15pm

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

His Happiest Place On Earth...

JP would live on a soccer field, if we let him.

He loves the game.

So it was no surprise to me that after a full day of soccer games at the recent tournament, he wanted to stay and shoot goals.

It was a perfect evening, with no one on the field.  A calm warm breeze and a beautiful sunset.

I just wished I had not had flip flops on, I would have joined in the fun.


Improvising...

Big Guy LOVES watching Buzz.

He is constantly telling me, "Mommee, Buzz OFF."

Which in translation means...Mommy turn buzz on.

In the hotel we had the Buzz movie set up on a small portable movie player on the swivelling office chair.  After a few minutes of the movie being on, I looked over at Big Guy to see this....




Sitting up on a trashcan, wrapped in his blankie sleeping.

Love that sweet boy.

Monday, May 2, 2011

My Dream Guy...

Aaron is an amazing Dad.

He is an even better husband.

I am beyond thankful God chose him to be my husband.

What a Blessing.


Over the weekend we had a soccer tournament in The Big City, which required a hotel stay.

Hotels with The Twinadoes are not relaxing AT ALL.

They bounce from one thing to the next, like pinballs of destruction.

Because they have been sleeping in big boy beds since October 2010, they are reluctant to sleep in a play yard.  I should have called down for a foldaway bed, but I was reluctant to draw attention to the fact we had 6 in our room. (Most hotels require families of 6 to have 2 rooms, our hotel did not ask how many people we had...so I did not tell them.)

So we had 6 people crammed into 2 double beds.  All 4 of our children sleep like crazed octopuses. 

I was shocked to wake Sunday morning to see that Aaron had all 3 Littles in his bed.  I thought the babies were in the play yard when I fell asleep, but when they both woke he just kept them with him.

What a guy.

He is a keeper.