Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Nativity

Olivia and I put baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas Eve....
She decided he needed a blankie....
#totalgirl

He probably was cold...

Monday, December 29, 2014

Stuff Sam Says

Mommy - which Angry Bird would you rather be?  Emperor Palpatine?  Or Emporer Palpatine's Hologram?

Coming down the stairs for the seventh time - "Moooommmmy...."  "What Sam?" "My neck.. it's too... fuzzy."

Talking to baby Christina, with seriousness.  "What's that baby Christina?  What?  You want to watch the battle of Hoth?"


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Never Say Never...

Once you become a parent, you learn you should NEVER say "never" about your children...
Like...ever....
"I will never have a child that draws with crayon on her bedroom wall." 
Because you might forget she fell asleep after a Christmas party clutching her Rudolph paper and a red crayon...
And then next morning this happens...
whoooops....

Eliza...Mr. Clean Magic Erasers were invented for you, apparently.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Cookie Baking...

Our Christmas cookie team of two grew to a team of three last year when Addie joined us.
This year she was an even bigger help!
We love you Nana...thanks for baking cookies with us!
xox...


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas...

and the rest of us...
Hope your holiday is full of joy of peace!
xox...

Monday, December 22, 2014

Clash of the Decades...

1980s stonewash denim outfit from my Barbie days...
meets...
New Ken-style Barbie with Justin Bieber haircut from Addie's Barbie Days.
nice.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thanksgiving

I could tell you about Thanksgiving from my perspective.
Like how I cleaned my house and prepped for a big fancy dinner.
Snooze-fest.
Here's a much better account of our holiday thanks to my newest niece Jillian...

Nighttime Shennanigans...

If you have twins...
or siblings who share a room...
You know all too well the trials that come to pass during "bedtime."  
On Tuesday night, the girls were playing Peter Rabbit around their room instead of going to bed and let's just say...
Eliza
(mighthavegottenablackeyefallingofftherockingchair)
oops.
#momoftheyear
#babygatesthatkeepyourtoddlerintheirtoddlerbed
#andnotagainstthelaw
#anyone?

It's not too bad.
Pics to follow.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Conversations with Sam

Mom, Do you know what I want to be when I grow up?

No...what do you want to be?
Last I remember it was an astronaut or storm trooper...

Nope.  Not that anymore.
Well...it comes in the night.

Hmmm...a police officer? bus driver?  (lacking creativity here...)

(exasperated sigh)

NO!  A ninja.  (of course)

Wow...that's a cool idea.

I'd have to go to ninja training.

Really....what's that like?

Well you have to be strong.
And disciplined.
And break things.
And kick things.
And have swords.
And guns.
And be disciplined.
And your name has to be on the back of your shirt.
My shirt would be blue.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Swings & Things

We live 2 minutes from Swings & Things which is mainly a summertime minigolf, go cart, bumper boat kind of place...
But they have expanded and have a Chuckie Cheese thing going on inside.
It is most always empty in the winter and they have a huge indoor play area for the twins.
And they're free!
win-win-win



Addie and Sam are quite thrilled with the games.
The whole night only cost us $20.
boo-yah.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fall photos...

We took some family photos this fall...It is a royal undertaking to get outfits selected and get everyone ready and it's, frankly, cheaper than taking everyone separately on their birthdays to get pics taken since our fam is so large.  We also get family hilarity...which is priceless if you ask me.
Take this gem for starters...zoom in on Olivia on the right if you dare...












Eliza was not feeling this portion of the shoot...


mmhmm...about right.

even funnier...





my favorite one quite possibly...


My life with twins

Hilarious, right...a picture's worth a thousand words.
Or chuckles or sighs...
:) 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Goodbye November....

November was much like the wind tunnel inside a Dyson vacuum.  It was completely mind-numbing and busy.  It was good but just plain-jane crazy.  It's always a busy month with parent-teacher conferences but our school is also getting a huge accreditation and we had that visit too.  We somehow managed to pull off a Thanksgiving dinner and go to both Addie and Sam's conferences too, as parents...
All while figuring out how to live life with Mike's new job (aka...really long commute)...
So if I say I was thrilled to turn the page on December, put up my tree(s) and go all Christmasy on us...I was.  It would not be an understatement.
Except for Black Friday.  I just love that day.

And oh the blog.  My poor blog...
Making up for it...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sam's Homework

Sam's had some really fun homework in Kindergarten so far.  Mike Sam loved building marshmallow & toothpick shapes last weekend.  
:)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's puzzling...

how good at
 and engrossed
 the girls are when putting together puzzles...
They can sit and do puzzles for a good 30+ minutes.
love it!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thoughts on "looking young"

We have some sweet secretaries that work at my school.
They're just the nicest.
The other day they mentioned they were looking at my obligatory "school photo" and mentioning how young I looked...

which is the sweetest compliment...

Until you start to think about it...
inherent in "looking" young is the fact I might...
in fact...
not actually be
"super young" anymore.
That to "look young" might be something new or surprising...
hmmm...

Er...
shoot.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Jillian's Baptism!

Look at our cutie niece Jillian on her baptism day!
There she is...






If these pics look familiar....it's my childhood church, also were Mike & I and Michelle and Steve got married.  It's where we dedicated Addie, Sam, Liv & Ellie too...
AND it's where Kelly will get married this spring too.
We think that's pretty special.

And...just for fun..here's Liv about 2 years ago in the SAME dress! 
Love that dress Mom!
You can always see more pics here