Posts filed under Holidays & Parties

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

It's been quite awhile since I posted and I apologize! As always, life has been crazy busy. Since my last post, we celebrated Thanksgiving, went on a 5 day cruise, celebrated Christmas and New Years on top of the every day hustle and bustle. 

Thanksgiving and Christmas were wonderful. Something about having kids makes the holidays a bit more special and I cherish all the memories we make while spending extra time with family and friends. Santa stayed up until 2:00 am building an awesome Kid Kraft red vintage kitchen for A & S, which has got to be the best toy they've ever received. It occupies them for several minutes at a time, multiple times a day. We live and learn... in following years we will begin the building process a few days or weeks early at the grandparents house. 

The cruise will be a separate post as I have a lot to share!

New Years Eve was an experience this year. My husband had mentioned several times that he didn't want to just stay home on NYE, so we spent the day at the Science Museum.  A & S have both been sick with what we believed was a virus but they woke up feeling more energetic and figured we'd get them out of the house. Then, much to our surprise Silas took a turn for the worse around 5:00pm and we ended up at the after hours clinic at our pedi's office. He tested negative for the flu and we were sent to our local hospital for a chest x-ray at which time it was determined he has pneumonia. Poor guy! Parents of the year...taking them to play, not knowing his illness was worse than the doctor originally suspected. So glad we decided to take him back in. He's now on an antibiotic and feeling much better. 

As for the New Year... there are some exciting things coming to the blog this year. I'm working on creating a new design, posting much more frequently and hope to work with fellow bloggers and family friendly manufacturers that I support. The possibilities are endless. 

I am passionate about writing and blogging. Each of my fans and followers hold a special place in my life, it takes a village! But, let's be real... life is hectic. I'm no superwoman and by the end of the day my energy level plummets and I am in need of a good night's sleep. Wait... what IS a good night's sleep? I truly have no idea these days. Our bedtime routine is a mess, which in turn results in our morning routine also being messy. Therefore, the only other "free" time I have is nap time and I spend it doing housework and other necessary to-do's. We're working on establishing a better bedtime routine and once we are successful I will be much more present! I miss you all and can't wait to get back to chatting with you. 

I hope your Christmas was full of peace, love and family and I hope 2015 treats you well my friends! 

Posted on January 3, 2015 and filed under Holidays & Parties.

Happy Halloween Y'all!

I can't believe it's Halloween already, the year is flying by! We have had warmer than average temperatures here in Oklahoma so we ((don't let me fool you, my Mimi)) decided to make fabulous costumes for A & S that would fair well with warm weather and guess what?!? It's cold today! Highs in the 50's... I know, I know that's warm compared to many parts of the country but our costumes are meant to be worn in warm weather! Looks like we'll be adding some under layers and hoping for the best.  In the meantime, we were able to wear them as they are to a Halloween party last week and let me tell you, they rocked them! 

                                                   

                                                   

Halloween isn't one of my favorite holidays. After all, I'm not a fan of trick or treating or scary things but oh my goodness picking out costumes for little ones, especially twins, is so much fun! I am taking full advantage of the few years I have to choose their costumes and coordinate them without any opposition. It also helps when someone in the family has pretty sweet sewing skills and can make one of a kind costumes for a great price. A big shout out to my wonderful Mimi for making their costumes this year! 

Mom of the year here, I didn't realize until last night that I completely forgot to get A & S a bag or bucket for their goodies, a Target bag will have to do. That's what happens when you don't let your kids eat candy at this age. But, HELLO... daddy needs a few treats and fingers crossed somebody hands out something other than candy. If not, the grandparents have already given them a few non-food treats and don't worry they are completely satisfied with that... who doesn't love a Halloween themed Hello Kitty stuffed animal, a cute Halloween spider and fabulous Halloween pillows?!

Hope you all have a safe, sweet, scary and fun-filled Halloween! I would love to see all of your awesome costumes so head on over to my Facebook page and show em' off! I promise to post a few more pictures from our evening as well. 

Be on the look out for an awesome new recipe later today too!

Posted on October 31, 2014 and filed under Holidays & Parties, Twins.

Happy Father's Day!

Some days it's completely unreal that we are parents, especially to twins. I think this mostly stems from us knowing each other since we were 15 & 17. Who would have thought that 10 years down the road we would have a perfect family?

I can't even begin to tell you what an amazing father he is. I knew he was a perfect husband but I never imagined he could be any more perfect, until he became a father. His unlimited patience, positive attitude, high energy, sense of humor, intelligence, hard work and dedication to our family is breath taking.

It all began the evening of August 9, 2012 as he stood outside our bathroom door waiting for  the results of the pregnancy test. His face had shock written all over it and he says "I don't know about you but I'm pumped", because that's him. That's the husband I married, a husband who is always so excited about the future and always has a positive attitude even in times of shock and surprise.

Then the next surprise, when I was 12 weeks pregnant and we were sitting in the ultrasound room waiting to see our sweet baby. Much to our surprise we were staring at not only our sweet baby but our sweet BABIES. His reaction? Smiles and laughter, all while sitting there in shock.

All throughout my pregnancy he made me feel beautiful, rubbed my feet and back, painted my toenails, went with me to most doctor appointments, spent hours upon hours planning for their arrival, helped with housework and anything else he could do to be a supportive husband.

At 35 weeks 1 day when I was admitted to the hospital unexpectedly he stayed calm, rushed home to grab our bags and rushed back to be by my side. The next morning when we were told we would be having a c-section in a few hours he kept my nerves calm. As he entered the operating room he came to my side and held my hand until they delivered Silas.

As they whisked Andley & Silas to the NICU he was there with them. He was there to comfort me after delivery when I was grieving over our babies being in the NICU and when the emotions hit like a ton of bricks every single time I had to leave their side. One occasion in particular, our last night at the hospital before being discharged without them as he sat on the hospital bed with me at 3:00A.M. bawling because I didn't want to leave them.

A week later when we were so excited to bring them home and suddenly Silas wasn't breathing properly as we were walking to the car, the trip back into the NICU if only for 30 minutes was emotionally taxing and he was there for me to cry on.

He was there to support and encourage me for 13.5 months of pumping so that I could provide A & S with the best nourishment possible. He's been there to clean diapers, wipe snot with his bare hands, wear spit up, clean bottles, feed, bathe, change and simply care for A & S.

He's been there... always. He always has and always will because that's the man I married.

From the moment he walks in the door every evening until the moment we go to bed, he's playing with, reading to, cuddling with, loving on and caring for A & S. In his eyes, they are everything he's ever dreamed of and more and little does he know, he's just that to them as well. His love for them is incredibly astounding. There's absolutely nothing he won't do for them. I look forward to them being able to truly admire the kind of man he is, I know they'll always be proud to call him Daddy.

Happy Father's Day to an amazing man who I'm honored to call my husband.

This Father's Day, I want to wish all you loving daddy's a very happy day. Know your dedication to your family doesn't go unnoticed and your appreciated more than you'll ever know. To those who have suffered a loss or infertility, I wish I could wrap my arms around you and give you a great big hug and tell you how strong you are.  I wish I could tell you how important you are to so many people in your life and I send my thoughts and prayers your way. To the single moms who play Mrs. Dad, the single dads who are doing it alone, the step dads who have taken their step children as their own and the grandparents who never get to be grandparents but rather parents again, you rock! Since becoming a mom, I have a new-found respect and admiration for you all... Happy Father's Day.

Finally, Happy Father's Day to my (step) dad who has always been there for us and took us in as his own and continues to maintain that awesomeness as a Papa for A & S. We love you!

Posted on June 15, 2014 and filed under Holidays & Parties, Twins.