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6.18.17 – Father’s Day

18 Jun

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads and father-like figures out there! We sure are thankful for you and hope you have a day as special as you are!

First, our annual Pinterest-y D-A-D photos. 🙂

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Our favorite dad isn’t big on social media PDA, but we have to give him a little shout out anyway. He is the kind of dad who chooses to take several weeks off of work when our babies are born; helps in the middle of the night without complaint; jumps on the trampoline or plays “chase” as soon as he gets home from work; and gives our babies a million fun nicknames. He never forgets a hug and kiss goodbye or to tell us how much we are loved. And most importantly he leads us by example. An example of how to continually strive to be better. To push oneself to be better physically, mentally, and spiritually. And to be a better friend, a harder worker, and a more loving, helpful member of our family. We couldn’t be more proud to call him ours! We love you!

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Photo by: Kennedy Crissinger Photography

And of course we have some amazing dads in our lives – both near and far, and we wish we could spend this day with all of you! Know that you are thought of and loved today and every day! Happy Father’s Day!

5.22.17 – Sweet babies

22 May

Time is going so fast, and I often find myself in a mental tug-of-war between “I have to capture this moment!” and “Just enjoy the moment!” I’m afraid I’ll forget. But the days are so busy, and I try to enjoy the moments when I can. Oliver found his toes last week, and watching him play with them is just the cutest. Greyson is getting more teeth and dancing his feet so much he wiggles himself across the floor. Laney just loves her baby brothers, and they just adore her right back. I just love listening to her talk to them – often repeating the things we say to them. And their mutual giggles are a dream come true. I decided to spend a few minutes capturing this current phase one afternoon in our empty former dining room that will soon be their play room, and I’m so glad I did.

Love them so!!

5.17.17 – Last Day of Preschool

17 May

Today was Laney’s last day of preschool for the year. I really can’t believe it, but she had such an awesome year! She can write her name so well now in both upper and lower case and learned so many new things. But most importantly, she made some great new friends and had so much fun!

Here is a look back at the beginning of the year:

And here is our big girl now and a photo with her awesome teachers:

I really can’t even believe how much she’s grown and matured this year. Maybe it’s the big sister gig or maybe it’s the fact she is now closer to FIVE than four, but she seems so grown up all of a sudden. She is still SUPER inquisitive – asking me what words mean and how things work constantly. But she is still my baby girl, and I love how she still mispronounces some words. (gemote – remote; mudders – mother’s; backpack – packpack) Love her so much and love that she loves school. Can’t wait to see her continue to grow and learn next year, but for now it’s time for some summer fun!!

 

4.30.17 – Boys’ Baptism

30 Apr

Apparently, we cannot have a baptism without some major weather event. There was a snow storm for Laney’s baptism four years ago at the end of March, so we decided to schedule the boys’ baptism for the end of April in hopes of avoiding any icy conditions. Instead we had flooding. But luckily, we didn’t need to build an ark. Despite the dreary weather outside, we had a really beautiful day celebrating the baptism of our boys with family and friends. God is good, and we are so thankful for His abundant blessings.

Here are some snapshots from the day. The boys did so well during the ceremony and slept for the rest of the service. I didn’t ensure my external flash batteries were charged before the event, and Oliver woke up quite hungry. Therefore, the church photos weren’t what I envisioned, but such is life. The pictures don’t have to be perfect when the memories were.

Thank you to our family and friends who travel to support us and share in our joys! 🙂

4.19.17 – 4 Months Old

19 Apr

The boys are another month older. It feels like it flew by and we barely survived all at the same time. We definitely have periods (like last week) of “we got this.” The sleep improves, we start to get into the groove of a schedule, and we have a morale boost. Then there are still tougher periods (like the last couple days). As I have told several people, the hardest part (for me) about twins is seeing and recognizing the progress. It’s slow. Their bad days don’t always coincide – making them seem more abundant. But if we stop and think, things are getting easier.

Of course, in the middle of all of the exhaustion, frustration, and tears there is so much joy. These boys are as sweet as can be. They are very curious now and don’t sleep much on-the-go anymore. They have started paying attention to each other a bit more – even smiling at each other. They are changing and growing so quickly. I know things are only going to get more fun and exciting, and that is what gets me through the tougher moments. I love them so and am so, so thankful to be their mama.

Greyson
Weight: 16 lb 7 oz (70%)
Height: 23 3/4 in (4%)
Head: 17 1/2 in (98%)

Dear Greyson,

I can hardly believe how fast you are growing and changing. You are quickly growing out of 3-6 month clothes and size 2 diapers already. You seem to be the mover and shaker of the family. I have a feeling you’ll be keeping me on my toes in no time. You are really working on twisting and have rolled from belly to back a couple of times. You are also getting really good with your hands – grasping your toys and pulling them to your mouth. Sometimes you can even stand when we are holding you. You love to be naked and just giggle and pump your legs as soon as we start to change your clothes. Blowing bubbles and smacking your lips are also new developments in the last couple of days. You still love chewing on your thumb and are usually a fan of your paci to help calm yourself to sleep. You are still loud with a smile and laugh that takes up your whole face. We seem to be getting your reflux thing figured out, which means you are way happier after eating. Playing with toys and on your play mat is still your favorite, but you have become more social and are “talking” a lot more now. You always giggle when we blow bubbles on or “eat” your cheeks. I love the way you dance your legs when you are excited, and I love seeing your little personality develop. I couldn’t be luckier to call you mine.

XOXO,

Mama

Oliver
Weight: 14 lb 8 oz (19%)
Height: 24 in (7%)
Head: 17 in (89%)

Dear Oliver,

You melt our hearts with your sweet, shy smile. I have an inkling you are a sensitive little soul. You are sensitive to noise and light and getting off your sleep schedule. You seem to know exactly what you are saying when you are “talking” to us. You love to stare into our faces and are a little fearful of new people. You still love to give your signature concerned face – the eyebrows really make it. You have a sweet little giggle and are quite ticklish. You love to be snuggled. We are going to have to break you of your bad habit of waiting to eat until it’s time to sleep, and you do wait us out. Mostly because you struggle with being woken with gas, and eating right before sleeping sure doesn’t help that issue. You also are getting pretty good with your hands. You love to pull our fingers to your mouth and have a knack for grabbing onto your sister’s hair. You really love to babble and have the sweetest sigh sounds. We instantly know when you are ready for a nap because you still close your eyes and softly whine, but you still don’t love to fall asleep on your own (another habit we have to work on). You are perfectly content being held and taking it all in rather than “playing.” But in a surprise event you rolled from your back to your belly in your crib last night. We didn’t think you’d roll first! You weren’t a fan, so Daddy had to roll you back. I love the way you hold my fingers when you eat and the way you pick up both feet and slam them down when you’re excited. I’m so lucky to be your mama.

XOXO,

Mama

Mama notes:

Most (good) nights the boys go down between 6:30-7:30, wake somewhere between 10-12 and 2-4, and get up for the day around 6:45. Still taking 4 naps a day (try to make them at least an hour each) and staying awake 60-90 minutes at a time. Their schedule makes it a challenge to do much else, which is hard on me and Laney. Tried to sleep train them a bit but decided to work on the eat/wake/sleep cycle first and will try again in a couple weeks. Taking Greyson to the chiropractor weekly has seemed help his reflux issue but he has his first cold now. Oliver still wakes with gas, but it’s getting better. Trying to keep them rested while taking Laney to her activities is a challenge at this point, so I am looking forward to summer.

4.16.17 – Easter Weekend

16 Apr

We had a great Easter weekend – the boys’ first Easter!

First, Laney had her class Easter party. She enjoyed hunting for eggs and tossing them around on the big parachute with her classmates. She made a super cute bunny bag.

On Saturday, our neighborhood had its annual Easter egg hunt, and we had some beautiful weather! Laney said she wasn’t scared of the Easter bunny this year and walked right up for a photo op.

Saturday night my parents, Jacob, and Annie arrived. Kyle’s parents joined us Sunday morning. We had a fun egg hunt in the morning followed by church and a yummy lunch. We attempted to get a family photo, but they boys in our family have very sensitive eyes. 🙂

Laney found her first toad of the year too. 🙂 The weekend went by in a blur, but it was a blessing to spend it together with family. Hope you all had a blessed weekend!

4.3.17 – Peace out, March!

3 Apr

March was a tough month for us – especially mentally. Take a bunch of sleepless nights add in a million rainy days and throw in some baby gas/reflux issues and you have a pair of parents who are feeling as gloomy as the weather. We were thankful when Mimi, Grandpa, and Annie decided to spend their spring break with us. The extra hands and fun new memories led to some happier hearts.

But March wasn’t all bad.  We wore our Sunday best (even if we weren’t excited about it).

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Got in some exercise.

Had lots of snuggle time.

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Had a fun St. Patty’s Day party with friends.

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And we even had a few laughs. (be still my heart – the laughs were probably the best part of the month)

The first few days of April has brought us a moral boost and a sign of promise.

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Something I read this month really spoke to me: “…how often we too are childish rather than childlike. How grateful we can be that God has set our little child in our midst, to demonstrate the simple virtues of innocence, meekness, trust, forgiveness, and love.”*

I am beyond grateful for these babies – they are a daily lesson in the virtues I hope to possess. I am especially thankful for my girl who shows me unending grace when my exhaustion brings out the worst version of me. They are of course worth a trillion sleepless nights and hardest days. I couldn’t love them more.

As we move into April, we are cautiously optimistic for more sleep and sunnier days. We feel like we are least headed in the right direction anyway. Here’s to twinning AND winning in April!

A few other snapshots:

*Meditations for the New Mother By: Helen Good Brenneman