Thursday, December 9, 2010

I don't want a lot for Christmas...

(Thank you Mariah Carey for the amazing song that led to the amazing title of this post...)

Everyone is our house is getting ready for Christmas, including me! Due to this fact I'm running low on inspiring blog posts and even pictures of my cute children in front on the tree. (Hopefully that will come soon, right Jennifer?)

So instead here are some of what they have been up to...

Last Saturday we took our friends Matt and Laura, in town from Michigan, and went to get a tree. Once home and almost decorated Claire decided that we should put the star on top...and that the perfect song for this occasion would be the ABC's. It was pure magic.

Speaking of Claire my darling three year old who cannot sit still in mass but insists that she "loves church". She recently told her father who was sitting on the couch to "stand up". He complied, she then told him to "do like this" and she bowed. So he did. After that she said "now eat this" and gave him a pretend piece of food. Next he was told to "drink the water". Finally she told him to "go sit down again". And that in a nutshell is what Claire thinks being a Catholic is all about...her version of receiving communion.

Last night we went to preschool for a birthday party for Jesus. We were surprised to find out that Reagan has several friends. Not that he wouldn't but we expected Claire to be into the "friend thing" and Reagan to just go play with trains. He apparently does have a following at school. We met several of his "school" friends, including Nathan. Who is apparently quiet fond of the little guy and proceed to introduce himself to me(he just turned four) and then chased my son around the gym for 30 minutes. Gotta love boys!

What to say about Caroline...let's just say that we are down approximately six to seven ornaments since Saturday. Today she threw one, smashed it, then got out her play broom to sweep it all up. Like she planned it. Every morning she tells her Dad to "go take a shower" and points him to the bathroom. She is a little ball of fun but I'm going to have my hands full, that you can count on!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Falling for Fall

It's hard to imagine anything can beat the excitement of Halloween as a child. Dressing up as your favorite characters. Running around the neighborhood with parents and friends. Filling bags with candy. I feel very lucky because I did find something that beat all of those things combined...watching your own children do all of those things. I know what it feels like to be a parent finally. All those years of hearing "You'll understand when you have your own kids...". Well I understand now and as much as I hate to admit it everyone was right. I go to enjoy hayrides, carving pumpkins, dressing up and getting all that candy through the eyes of my fairy princess, little monkey and route 66.
picking pumpkins at the farm with MOPS

driving the school bus

Hay ride, hope Uncle Jerry is a good driver!






"Trick or Treat"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Yay!

Never in my life did I think...

potty training would be so difficult.

I could get that excited about poop in the potty.

life could get crazier than it already was.

working from home would translate to "working all the time".

I woud be so grateful for all the craziness.

I could complain more but this is what I wanted. Getting the kids (well at least the first two)wasn't easy but it's what I dreamed of and more. I spent the morning with other moms discussing raising girls. I spent the afternoon in the sun on a beautiful fall days with my friends and my children's friends at the park. I spent the evening relaxing with my husband(and working a little!). Feeling tired, but very blessed!

Will update with pics soon! And yes, I think I might be down to one child in diapers!!!! Woohoo!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Vacation
Harrisville, Mi
August 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Apple for the Teacher...

Last night was the first time I had to make lunches for school.



This morning was the first time I had to set the alarm to make sure we made it to school in time.




This afternoon was the first time I got to pick up two children, my babies, after a fun day at school.




After little convincing they loved it...






and just in case you were wondering, Caroline loved time with Mommy too.








Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oh the things we say...

Today I told Claire I loved her, she told me she loved ice cream. In her defense, so do I.

When asked what she likes Claire says Princesses, clouds, sunshine and ice cream. (girly girl alert!). I asked her again today what she likes and she just said Princess, so I asked what else and she said "more princesses".

Yesterday Reagan was sitting at the table having a snack and started goofing off with Caroline, it got a little out of hand so I said "Do you want me to take away your life?". Luckily his snack was Life cereal.

Today at the grocery store with Reagan and Claire we stopped to get some alcoholic beverages for Daddy but Claire asked out of the blue "That for Uncle Lance". What a great Uncle/Godfather.

One time when I was putting Reagan in his car seat he bumped his head, now EVERY TIME I got to put him in he says "Mom don't hurt me". Just what I want the people parked next to me to hear!


While riding the mechanical horse (1 penny at Meijer best bargain in town!) Reagan and Claire throw one arm the in air like they are going to lasso something and yell Giddy up! It's hilarious, I have no idea where they learn these things.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Interview with a Toddler

This morning I had a hard hitting interview with twins Reagan and Claire. They've been on the scene for over three years now and this is my first time sitting down with them...


Reagan

Favorite color- Red(oddly the same color as my pen...)
Favorite Movie- Cars
Favorite Food- Peas(asked to specify and he says he likes the crunchy baked Trader Joes kind-reporter speculates that Reagan could be a spokesperson for Trader Joes...)
Best friend-Thomas, no Henry, Thomas and Henry
Favorite Toy- A car
Lucky number- 10
Favorite animal- Tiger
Favorite place to go- library

Claire

Favorite color- purple
Favorite movie-"Princess" (she loves the free Fisher Price dvd that is 10 minutes long, she watches it over and over and over...)
Favorite food CAKE!
Best friend- Eleanor (because she can say it?)
Favorite toy- babies (last thing she played with as well)
Lucky number- 8
Favorite animal- Lion (are my kids Detroit fans or something?)
Favorite place to go- Restaurant

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Doubley Blessed

When I found out (almost four years ago...wow!) that we were pregnant with not just one but two babies I have to admit I wasn't completely excited at first. Telling people you are pregnant with twins definitely gets you a reaction and it goes two ways for the most part-





"Oh wow you are so lucky!"





or





"OH, WOW...what are you going to do?"





I most definitely started out in the "what are we going to do category". Here we are living 4 hours away from any family in a new city. I had one friend(Tara!). That's it...





Enter Northside Twins and Multiples Club. A group of ladies who get together once a month for meetings and many times a month for Mom's night out, play groups, etc etc. Once I got over the first few meeting jitters this group became a true blessing to me. I met many great people including a group of ladies who have twins close in age to mine. We get together several times a week if we can for the park, zoo, children's museum and lunch dates at each other's houses. When we are away my children go into withdrawal and so do I.





I can now say that I have plenty of friends in Indianapolis-most of them have something special in common with me that I realize IS a blessing, twins! So what if my children now think everyone comes in pairs(even Caroline), they have some amazing friends for three year olds(and a one year old).





Thanks ladies(and kids)!




and thanks for the pic again jennifer...

Monday, May 31, 2010

Red, White and Pink

We had the All-American weekend. We started it going strawberry picking on Thursday, nine pounds of strawberries later Mommy had no idea what to do with all the juicy red berries Claire and friends had picked. (Reagan and Caroline came but chose to mostly not participate). I finally ended up making strawberry topping to go with pound cake(yum), freezing some and sharing with neighbors.



Saturday we went to a parade, what's more American on Memorial weekend than that? Add to that the fact that it's the Indy 500 festival parade and you've had the recipe for a great afternoon. We enjoyed watching the floats, balloons, and drivers drive by us. We also enjoyed the mostly "D" list celebs-Florence Henderson(Hoosier native), the Pointer sisters, Ashley Judd and the Baha Men(yes, I know this doesn't even count as "d" list, but I HAD to mention it).


Reagan absolutely LOVED the parade-esp anything race car related, he's a true Hoosier!


All American Girl





We also spent time with Family. Ryan's parent came down for a visit. The kids loved it. they went to breakfast, help in the yard(woohoo!) and we all enjoyed some good grilled food thanks to Ryan.





Of course you might be wondering where the pink comes in... No it's not the outfit Caroline wore on Friday, or Claire's second favorite color(purple is first of course). No, it was the diagnosis Reagan got Monday morning at Urgent Care...pink eye. Oh the Joys of being a parent!





Monday, May 17, 2010

Stupendous!

Is that even a word? I might need to look it up, it's one of Claire's favorite things to say and I would hate to think I'm letting things like this go. Actually I let it go when she says a lot of things incorrectly, I can't help it, I'm definitely not an expert(although her father and both Aunts surely are). She miss uses "Me" and "I" on a regular basis but I won't complain, she is talking up a storm, a year ago I was worried she wasn't talking enough.

Reagan has also come a long way, especially physically. The little boy who didn't walk until 18 months can now swing from monkey bars, climb rock walls and beat his sister in a race(sometimes he can even beat Claire...).

Caroline is growing by leaps and bounds. She has a little bump on her head from climbing on top of the ottoman and falling off. She yells, literally yells, all kinds of words now(mama, dada, crackers, Claire, dog, nose, etc etc). She also brushes her teeth and partially undresses herself for bath time-she wants to be just like the twins. I can't believe my BABY is so grown up!

Enjoy some recent pictures...

My little monkey
She can"do it myself!"
Big girl eating an apple(or as she would say "APPLE!")
So Proud or herself(and I'm proud of them too, can you tell?)
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Friday, May 7, 2010

If I weren't a Mother...

I wouldn't get to go to the zoo once a week

I wouldn't get to buy tutu's and tiaras

I wouldn't blow bubbles

I wouldn't have met some of my amazing friends

I wouldn't get Mom's night outs

I would be caught up on my laundry

I wouldn't get sunburns in the middle of the week

I wouldn't get to explain why they sky is blue or grass is green

I wouldn't stay up all night holding a sick baby

I wouldn't know what Dinosaur Train or Caillou was

I wouldn't need "special" carts at the grocery store

I wouldn't be a part of the twins "club"

I wouldn't know what MOPS stood for

I wouldn't be posting this blog

And I wouldn't get to look at these faces every day...




PS Thanks for the pics Jennifer!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Kidisms

Reagan(after getting his dinner plate)-"Mom I want something else"
Me-"What would you like?"
Reagan-"I can't think"

Today at the pediatricians office-
DR to me "Do you have any questions?"
Me-"No"
Dr to the kids-"Do you guys have any questions?"
Reagan-"Dinosaurs"

Reagan talking to Ryan
"What's that" pointing to nothing
Ryan-"I don't see anything"
Reagan="What's anything"
Ryan"I don't know, it's nothing"
Reagan"What nothing"
Ryan"I don't know buddy"
Reagan"What's I don't know"

Claire's favorite things to say

"I love to dance!"
"Candy cupcakes icecream"


Caroline's favorite things to say
"Mama" "Dada" "apple" "turtle" "I want to go downstairs"?

Friday, April 2, 2010

It's a Good Friday....

The weather is beautiful, Grandma and Papa Wil and Aunt Katie are heading our way, MSU is playing the final four tomorrow and I have these three kiddos to enjoy it all with. Have a great Easter!


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Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring!

It's finally spring. To celebrate we have been spending lots and lots of time outside. We go for walks around the neighborhood, play in the backyard and a few weeks ago we went to the zoo with friends Henry and Eleanor.
Swing
Claire at the zoo
The twins loved looking at the...flowers
Caroline exhausted from the morning of fun!
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Very Bad Blogger!

I have been horrible at updating this blog lately! I would say I will get better but I don't want to lie.

I can't believe I only have one more month to say I have three kids under Three, time flies. Caroline turned one last month and we celebrated with some friends, pizza and cupcakes! It was so fun and I do have pictures to post thanks to a friend, but it won't be until later, sorry!

We picked a preschool for Reagan and Claire to start next year, I still can't believe they will heading off to school, granted it's two half days a week. Caroline and I will have lots of time to get errands done, it should be great for all of us!

And now for what you've been waiting for...




Sledding...Uncle Lance took them last Monday.




Caroline is big girl now, she has been walking for over a month




She loves fruit, including rasberries

Uncle Lance with his three favorite nieces and nephews.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Christmas in pictures...

They're a little out of order but you get the idea. I'm feeling pretty good that I uploaded them at this point!

Claire by the tree at Grandma and Grandpa Wil's house-New Years eve I believe
Claire getting into the spirit before bed...
Caroline
All the kids-don't mind the coats and pj's look, we went to look at lights before bed!
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