Thursday, June 30, 2011

Friday Confessions

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I confess that I am ready for our vacation.
I confess that I am not looking forward to the 20 hour (one way) drive with two 1 year olds.
If anyone has any tips for traveling please pass it on....as long as it doesn't involve telling me I need to buy a DVD player for them. My kids don't care for TV, so that won't cut it.
 
I confess that I finally made it to my pre-pregnancy/ goal weight and I still am not completely content and don't look like I did when I weighed this last time.



 
I confess that I celebrated meeting my goal by buying a pint of this tasty new flavor of Blue Bell ice cream..
 

...and I do not regret it.
I also confess that I feel sorry for you if you live in a part of the country that does not have Blue Bell.

I confess that it is very annoying when people think that the weight just fell off without any work. I did some very insane (quite literally) workouts that took a lot of perseverance. This post I made in February is prove of that.

I confess that I am not meant to sleep a full night's sleep. I went to bed the other night at 11 (which is very rare) and I wake up at 1:30 and not able to go back to bed until around 4. Back to my old bedtime of 2 am.

TIDWTFT

Grant loves to pretend to talk on the phone. He is straight business while doing so too.

They both love to "cook" and will pretend to bring me food while doing so.

We went to the doctor for their 18 month check up and they both weigh 23 lbs 8 oz. Gabe is 32 in and Grant is 31.5 in. They had a first at the doctor's office, instead of bringing the stroller in they walked. Still not sure if that was a good idea, it was a long walk for the babies and Grant doesn't like to hold my hand but it was nice not to have to navigate my big stroller through the tiny rooms.





Monday, June 27, 2011

June 27, 2011

What's special about June 27, 2011? My boys are now closer to 2 than they are to 1. What?! How did this happen? I don't normally do monthly updates on the boys but since yesterday was their half birthday and I have been slacking on the TIDWTFT(Things I Don't Want To Forget Thursday) I decided I would do a post about all the exciting things they have been doing.

-Grant started saying "dog". He says it with a long o sound instead of a short o sound and sometimes he calls his brother a "dog" but I am just happy he is learning some new words.

- Gabe makes motor sounds when playing with his cars.

- Grant will NOT take a blue sippy cup. Now you have prbably heard me talk about how I color-coordinate the boys stuff. When there is the option, Grant gets green and Gabe gets blue. Well now I have ruined my child and he will only take green. If you are wondering whether Gabe will take a green cup, Gabe says he will drink his milk out of a cup, out of bowl, off the floor. He is not picky when it comes to food.


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-Gabe does not like people he doesn't know very well to change his diaper. The lady in the church nursery yesterday said Gabe flipped out when she tried to change his diaper. He did the same thing when he was in the nursery at my mom's church. They both love the nursery besides that and often want to continue playing even when we come to pick them up.

-Grant loves to bring his puppy to breakfast. He feeds him cheerios and gives him milk.


-Gabe started puckering up his lips when he wants a kiss. Grant will let you kiss him but he doesn't pucker up his lips yet.

It's been a rough week here for us and the boys definitely helped by keeping my mind off things with all the new things they have learned.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Grandpas In Their Life

We love Scooter (my dad) because he sneaks us Blue Bell.

We love Papa G (my stepdad) because he sings us the silliest songs.

Kevin's family lives far away so we don't get to see them much. Because of that it usually takes some warming up for the boys to go to them but not PaPa Hunter( Kevin's Dad). They go to him before anyone else.

They love PaPa Leon (my maternal grandpa), he does whatever he can to make them laugh.

PaPa Paul (my paternal grandpa) passed away when I was very young so I don't remember much about him. Mostly what I heard in stories and trust me there is LOTS of them. They are all entertaining to say the least. There is some that I have heard a hundred times and they are still as funny as the first time I heard them. One of the things that I do remember is his voice, there was no mistaking it, it was very distinct and like no other I have ever heard. For that reason when I hear the song " If Heaven wasn't so far away" I think of him. It has a line "If Heaven wasn't so far away I'd pack up the kids and go for the day. Introduce them to their grandpa, watch them laugh at the way he talks."
You can watch the music video here:

To all the Dads out there, Happy Father's Day!

The Man They Call "DaDa"

We love to wear your shoes Daddy,
As you can clearly see.
Pretending we’re as big as you,
For soon that day will be.
We hope to be like you someday,
Strong, Patient, full of love.
You’re the greatest Dad on earth,
With quite the shoes to fill.


Grant and Gabe at 2 months, trying to fill their daddy's shoes.





Somethings you should know about their "DaDa":

1. He doesn't like pictures taken of him. So you won't see many here.

2. He can get the boys to go to sleep better than I can, especially when we are away from home. Last summer, we stayed at a resort for the weekend and they were crying and not wanting to go to sleep. He goes in there and comes back maybe five minutes later and they are out. He still is not giving up his secret.

3. They love to nap with their "dada".
This was taken last week when my Grant man was sick :(

4. When going to take professional pictures, we must take the "DaDa" with us. He will make a fool out of himself to make them laugh.

5.  "DaDa" can't wait for them to play sports. He reminds me all the time I need to be stretching with them to get them ready. I roll my eyes and continue whatever I am doing. It looks like he might get his wish because the boys seem to love baseball.
6.  The boys cry when "DaDa" walks in another room, leaves for work, or goes outside. When he comes home they squeal with delight like they haven't seen him in years.

Happy Father's Day! We love you!

I will leave with a song that always make me think of my husband and sons. "Anything Like Me" by Brad Paisley


Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Confessions

I confess that I hate odd numbers. My wedding date is a odd number that husband talked me into and it was the day before are dating anniversary and the Saturday closest to it but it still kinda bugs me. When I went into labor with the boys we arrived at the hospital around 9:30 and found out they were doing the emergency c-section and I immediately asked how long it would take for the doctor to get started. I was relieved when she said in an hour because that meant they would be born on an even day. Yup I am pretty sure this confession makes me look crazy.

I confess that this...
....in my living room is not the kind of chaos I like. I prefer the kids-climbing-all-over-the furniture-and-hanging-on-my-leg-while-I-am-trying-to-get-stuff-done kinda chaos. Wait.... did I really just say I like that? Compared to the can't-find-anything-undoing-boxes-because-I- realized- I-still-need-something, it sounds great.

I confess that I am already packing for our trip that is a month away. Partly because I know all our boxes will not be unpacked by the time we leave and I might not be able to find some things. The only reason I can do this is because we are going to Colorado and I am pretty sure we will be wearing spring clothes instead of the summer stuff we are wearing here in Texas.

I confess that this commercial makes me teary-eyed.






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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Well the Truth is...

 
 
So the Multiples and More Question of the Week is:
What are some of your favorite parenting myths?
So this got me thinking about all the stuff people tell me.
One that I hear alot is "It will get easier when {insert stage of a child}"
I have found out that it will never get easier, it just changes.
Their WILL be good and bad to every stage.
 
When they are newborns their is the midnight wake ups but if you need to go to the bathroom you can place that baby somewhere and when you come back, guess what? That baby will be in the same place.
When they sleep through the night and you think all is good, then they will decide they don't need two naps afterall.

Then they learn how to feed themselves and you think that is 20 minutes of freedom because you aren't holing a bottle or spoon feeding, then you have huge messes every meal and are on standby to fish the 30 cheerios they stuffed in their mouth .

Then they learn how to walk and you think your back will be saved from carrying them and then they learn to run and your legs hurt from chasing them.

Then they will learn how to talk and you will be so excited when they understand the meaning of certain words until that word they are saying is no and they say it while doing whatever they aren't suppose to be doing .

But one thing is true, you will love and cherish something about every stage. And always remember "this too shall pass".




Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Confessional

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I confess that I make to do list and I always add in a few things that I have already done that day just so I can have the satisfaction of crossing it off my list. It makes me feel  accomplished.

I confess that I can not stand when someone uses the pillows of my couch to sleep on. Um those are for decoration, not drool and not to be flattened by your head. By the way I found a super easy requires no sewing way to cover pillows that I will be trying out soon which is what made me think of this.

I confess that it irks my every nerve when I go to the bathroom and someone has flipped the toilet paper where it going under instead of over. Don't you think I would have put it that way if I wanted it that way. Seriously who does that when they are at someone else's house and this happens all the time.

I confess that I really want my house to be a shoe free house but I can't get my husband on board with it. Maybe we can start fresh in the new house but I am not getting my hopes up.

I confess that I should really be packing up all our stuff because we move in a week and instead I am sitting here doing this.

And finally I confess that some of this stuff is really petty and some of these things haven't happened in months but since this is my first friday confessional  I am playing catchup ;)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

TIDWTFT

First off I will apologize for the lack of post, but packing our house has kind of consumed every minute of extra time.




Both babies love to sweep and this momma is NOT complaining. Sorry ladies, they can't date until they are AT LEAST 25 :)


On Sunday at naptime we heard a lot more crying than usual and so we went to see what was up and Grant was just walking around the room. And get this he wasn't the one crying, it was Gabe. I guess he was mad he wasn't free from the crib. We think Grant crawled up on his dresser and eased his way off the dresser and avoided a big fall. So to outsmart him, we turned his crib backwards since the back is higher than the front and he has stayed put ever since.

We had left Gabe's crib the way it was because he showed no interest. Well fast forward to Tuesday and I hear them awake after nap and I go in there and Gabe is laying on the ledge of his crib (the part that is closest to the wall in the picture below) with his arms and legs wrapped around like a monkey hugging a tree. I have no idea if he had just gotten up there or he had been up there awhile and was too scared to get down. Sadly I don't have a picture of this because I didn't wanna risk him falling while I went to get a camera.


Here is the pic of him once we turned his crib around.