2.14.18 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you all have a day filled with lots of love!

 

1.22.18 – January Kiddo Update

23 Jan

The boys are 13 months now and it’s been awhile since I’ve done a Laney update. I figured now is a good time to do one. But first…for the last several years I have done a photo project. A 365 with Laney, 2 52-week projects, and a weekly belly bump photo when I was preggo with the twins. Last year, I did a monthly family video. I decided to take a break from it all this year – to just let myself capture moments when I felt like it. I decided to have just one goal: get in at least one photo per month with at least one of the kids.

As the resident memory-keeper of the family, I am usually the one behind the camera. Plus, I think we tend to put ourselves down when we see ourselves on pictures and video (I know I do). But I’m trying really hard not to do that (both mentally and verbally), so I can make sure my kids know that I was there too. I was there snuggling, playing, reading, singing, dancing right along with them.

My remote trigger for my camera broke, so I was going to attempt my tripod and timer (what a pain!). I got my camera out the other day to capture a few milestones for the boys, and Laney asked if she could try. I gave her a quick lesson, did the settings for her, and she snapped away. I was so impressed with her captures, and it was so fun to show her the photos and how much they meant to me. These boys LOVE climbing around on the couch with me, and I will be able to look back on these photos and remember those moments. I was able to meet my goal for the month and have a special memory with my girl. Bonus! Sorry, Kyle, but our five-year-old is a better photographer than you. 😉

On to the kiddos.

Laney: Almost 5 1/2. She loves her brothers fiercely and can’t stand to hear them cry. She loves animals, super heroes, basketball, dance parties, music, unicorns, books, games, seashells, TV, and creating. You will often find her creating little worlds or homes for her toys with random things found around the house. She calls babies “little sweeties” and still mispronounces remote (gemote), fruit snacks (snoot snacks), Alexa (Galexa), and she always skips the number 13 when counting. She asks Alexa to tell her jokes and words in Spanish daily and is always asking what letter words start with. Mac n cheese, pizza, and sweets are her favorite foods. She is a little anxious about starting kindergarten next year because she will miss me and her teachers so much, but she can’t wait to bring her lunch in her lunchbox. Her favorite colors are pink, purple, and blue. She wants to be a pop star when she grows up. She seems so tall to me all of a sudden, and I can’t believe how grown up she is these days. Luckily, she still loves to snuggle.

Greyson: Determined, strong, snuggly, clingy, and adorable. If you ask him, “Where’s your belly?” he will show you. If you say, “Hello?” he will hold his hand up to his ear. He loves to stick his finger in your mouth or in the hole of a book. He also has ripped several of our flap books. He LOVES to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Busy Baby Trucks. He still loves chasing things that roll, emptying drawers, containers, and cabinets, climbing the stairs, getting into the refrigerator or dishwasher (getting into anything really), and clapping. More of a bull in a china shop personality. He loves to throw himself on the ground in a tantrum if he doesn’t get his way. He could walk if he wanted to but is being a bit stubborn on that front. Most of the time, you will find him stealing from his brother, getting into something, chasing a ball, or sitting on my lap or in my arms (<–75% this).

Oliver: Sweet, snuggly, easy-going, curious, and also adorable. If you say, “Hello?” he will also hold his hand up to his ear, and he also loves to stick his finger in your mouth or in the hole of a book. He has learned how to blow kisses and loves to clap. He also has started saying “Yeah” or “yes” and does a little alien babble. He only throws a tantrum if Greyson is taking something he was playing with. He knows when Grey is coming and tries to block him by spinning and scooting away on his booty. He loves playing with our stack of coasters, putting things in and out of containers, playing basketball, and walking with the walker. He is persistent and really studies different objects. He also loves to lay his head down on the floor or pillow or lay down on your lap – so sweet. He still loves to be tickled and to read lift-the-flap books. You will often find him up on one knee – I think he could also walk or at least stand, but he only does so when he doesn’t realize you’ve let go.

Both boys love to crawl with an object in one hand, roll around on the couches, pull up on all of the things, and climb on us. They love all fruits, pasta and eating pouches by themselves. THEY BOTH HAVE BEEN SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!! (said in a shout whisper while knocking on all of the wood) AND WE PUT AWAY THE BOTTLES!!! We decided to go cold turkey on the bottles and after four miserable days – no formula, no bottles, no Baby Brezza. You guys… this is a big deal. A big weight has been lifted, and it is GLORIOUS!

A couple fun videos before I end this lengthy post.

 

 

 

1.15.18 – Annie Visit

15 Jan

Happy Monday! We had a bonus overnight visit with my sister, and I decided to actually get my camera out today and capture a few moments of fun. It was her first overnight visit without my parents, and we had a great time all around.

The girls went sledding three times.

The boys and I stayed inside.

Proof that a picture can make a moment look totally different than reality. Captured these in the only 10 seconds these two weren’t fighting over the toy. 🙂 AKA Greyson ripping the toy away from Oliver and making him cry.

12.27.17 – Christmas Recap

27 Dec

It’s hard to believe Christmas has come and gone and the new year is fast approaching. We have enjoyed having Daddy home this week and have started a little purge/cleanup process while still finding lots of time to relax and unwind after a very busy December. But before we rush into another year, here’s a little recap of our holiday:

Kyle enjoyed a trip to Las Vegas with the Wagner boys to celebrate Jacob’s 21st birthday. The Wagner girls plus Logan hung with us all week, which was a lot of fun. We went to Indiana later in the week to reunite with Kyle have Christmas with the rest of the Wagner crew. It was our last time staying in Mimi and Grandpa’s house – the house of most of childhood. Very bittersweet!

We left early Christmas Eve, and our drive home ended up being quite eventful. We ended up in the ditch in rural Indiana. The tow truck ended up getting stuck trying to get us out, so we were there over two hours before finally continuing on our drive.

Not exactly the Christmas Eve we had planned, but certainly one to remember. The kids were troopers, and most importantly, we were very thankful to arrive home safe and sound 8 hours later.

After an eventful Christmas Eve, we enjoyed a nice, quiet day at home. Laney and I went sledding in the afternoon, which was so much fun. She declared it, “The best day EVER!” while we were hiking back up the hill, and that was all I needed to make my holiday complete after the hustle and bustle of the weeks prior.

We hope your Christmas was just as merry! Happy birthday, Jesus!

12.19.17 – 12 Months!

19 Dec

The boys are ONE! It was by far the fastest year of our lives. Challenging, exhausting, joy-filled, and fun all rolled into one! We love these two boys so much and can’t wait for the exciting milestones ahead.

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Dear Greyson,

I can’t believe you are ONE. I swear, you were just a little 6 lb baby with chubby cheeks yesterday. I blinked, and here we are. You are fiercely determined but surprisingly timid to try walking without support. You are so strong but snuggly (when you want to be). You have a bit of a temper when you don’t get what you want and sometimes laugh inappropriately when one of your siblings is upset. You will fight hard for a toy or your mama’s attention. No one else can be on my lap when you are, and you aren’t afraid to intimidate or throw an elbow. You make the best noises. Your old man laugh is my favorite, and your growl makes us chuckle. The way you “talk” to me like you know what you’re telling me melts my heart. You shake your head when you are happy/excited or busting a move to a song, but you also do it when you are getting upset. Your favorite pastime is tossing a ball or round object in front of you and chasing after it like a cat. You also love dropping objects from a height (especially food from your highchair), slapping surfaces, climbing anything, shaking toys, and clicking your tongue. “Mama,” “dada,” “hi,” “bye-bye,” and “all done” are your most frequently spoken words right now, and you still love to wave and clap. You pretty much always sleep through the night now (knock on wood) and eat pretty much anything I offer. You crawl at lightning speed toward any open gate or door – especially the freezer or dishwasher, and climbing the stairs and bath time brings you great joy. Mama leaving the room or not picking you up when you want it brings instant tears, and you hate being contained in any kind of seat. You pull your hair and spin in circles in our lap when you’re tired, but you like to fight going to sleep. You are our tippy-toed, belly laughing, ornery but sweet little guy. You wear us out but bring us so much joy. Happy birthday, sweet boy! I couldn’t love you more!

xoxo,

Mama

 

Dear Oliver,

My sweet, smiley little peanut. You have changed so much in the last couple of weeks, and I can hardly believe my tiny little guy is ONE! You may be the first to walk yet! It’s all you want to do, and you won’t put up with being left behind anymore. You’ve started pulling up on everything, but you get stuck as you haven’t mastered getting down from standing yet. You are a speed demon on your walker. You come sit on my lap and try and grab my fingers to get me to walk you around, and you get so excited when we practice climbing the stairs. You love to chase your siblings around but also like to go off and do your own thing at times. You spin in circles on your booty when Greyson tries to take something from you, and you look to me when he is successful. But you are quick to steal things from him too. Your latest pastime is putting objects into other objects, and you also have an affinity for balls. You are getting pretty good at playing catch with us. You also love carrying an object with you as you do your one-legged, one-armed crawl around the house. You shake your head no when you are doing something you know you aren’t supposed to but can’t help yourself anyway. “Go, go, go,” “mama,” “dada,” “no-no,” and “bye-bye” are your most frequent words, but your favorite sound to make currently is a squeal/screech (usually in delight). You love when we make silly sounds at you, tickle you, and play peek-a-boo. Your sweet giggle is my favorite. You whine when you are fighting for mama’s attention or if Grey steals your toy. You are my shy little guy as you usually hide from strangers and sometimes cry when they talk to you. You are happy almost all of the time – unless you are hurt, tired, or hungry. Unfortunately, you’ve learned the art of rolling out of diaper changes and fighting being strapped into seats from your brother. You are definitely a finicky, picky eater, but you love all the fruits and your sippy cup. You are still getting up once or twice a night (yawn), but you go to sleep easily and love to snuggle when you’re tired. The way you hold my finger when you drink your bottle and curl into me when your done drinking melts my heart. You are our happy, silly, sweet little man. We wish you slept better at night, but you bring us so much much joy. I couldn’t love you more!

xoxo,

Mama

12.17.17 – First Birthday Bash!

17 Dec

We had a fun birthday brunch celebrating our sweet boys turning ONE (a couple of days early). We so appreciated our family coming from near and far helping make our boys’ day so special. They did so well with the party, and I know they had so much fun.

We did a little “party animal” black-and-white theme. Laney and I had fun making the animals’ party hats. Here are a few pictures of the decor:

The boys were a little overwhelmed by the crowd and “Happy Birthday” song. Oliver was not a fan of the cake – although he took a couple of open-mouthed dives towards it. He shuttered with every bite and then refused to eat any more. Greyson didn’t want to eat it at first but after a couple of tastes he decided it was pretty tasty!

The boys were not too interested in opening gifts – especially after a package of balls were opened. But the big girls at the party had fun taking turns opening the rest of the packages for them.

A couple of days later we celebrated their actual birthday with a little early morning birthday donut (again Oliver was not interested and Greyson was a fan). They opened a couple of gifts from us and got to take Mimi, Aunt Kyla, and Logan to their music class. It was a fun, low-key day.

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since these two boys joined our family. We love them so much!

12.2.17 – Santa Visit

2 Dec

We shockingly had no tears today at our annual Santa visit despite our time slot being well past nap time. Kyle gave Santa’s beard a good tug on accident when he picked Greyson up of Santa’s lap. Good thing his beard was secure. 🙂

Added a couple more kiddos to the photo this year! ❤

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