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4.1.18 – Easter fun!

1 Apr

First, we had our neighborhood Easter egg hunt. Oliver was a big fan of the Easter bunny. 😉

 

I also had a little naptime fun dying Easter eggs with my best girl.

 

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Then after much anticipation, the weekend finally arrived. We headed to my parents’ house for the first holiday in their new place. The boys weren’t overly interested in the egg hunt, but they enjoyed Easter dinner. Laney loved every minute and was sad when Easter was over. It was a blessed weekend with family!

 

 

3.25.18 – Snow Day (again)

25 Mar

The only plus to a snow storm at the end of March and at the beginning of spring break? The boys finally had their first snow experience (aka I finally worked up the energy to bundle them up and take them out there). They weren’t too sure what to think and had trouble standing/walking in their snow gear, but they loved sledding! Until dad dumped them face first into the snow… then it was nap time!

We also celebrated Papa’s 65th birthday yesterday! Happy birthday, Papa! We love you!

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3.19.18 – 15 months + 5 1/2

19 Mar

We officially have a 5 1/2 year old and double dose of 15 months, so I thought I would share a little bit about them and a bunch of pictures I have been meaning to post.

Laney | 5.5 years old

Loves the colors purple, blue, and pink. Wants to be a pop star princess all of the time AND an astronaut or police officer depending on the day.  She loves to pretend (probably the word she says most often besides Mom), color us pictures, tell jokes, sing/dance, and eat apples and sweets. She really is the most amazing big sister to her brothers. She is silly, sweet, kind, funny, and happy, and I secretly love that she still has some words that she mispronounces or mixes up. I really couldn’t be more proud to be her mama, and I can’t believe we registered her for kindergarten last week.

Greyson | 15 months

He is officially a walker but was surprisingly second to master it, but he wouldn’t let Oliver leave him behind long. He loves to be the center of attention and gets jealous when my focus is elsewhere. He is a stage 5 clinger, hates getting in his car seat, and can turn a tantrum on and off like nobody else. He is working hard on his climbing skills and still has an affinity for drawers and cabinets. But he is also so darn cute. He makes the best faces, has the best growl-laugh, and loves to make us laugh. He knows how to blow his nose but doesn’t usually wait for the tissue. His dance moves melt my heart every time, and he just gets so excited to be in your arms. Favorite words: “hi” “done” “dada” “mama” and the cutest babbling “dobadebadobadeba”

Oliver | 15 months

He is a walking machine. He is a sweet, happy guy until someone is playing with a toy he wants or was taken from him – then he turns into a little biting gremlin. He too loves to snuggle and likes to fight over mom’s lap at times, but he is also content being on his own. He loves playing chase with his siblings, all of the balls but especially basketball, and getting tickled. He is an imitator of everything and is starting to repeat words more and more. He loves to be silly and make us laugh, but he also really studies his toys and how they work. He blows on his food if he thinks it’s hot, and he gets so excited to greet everyone with a “hiiiee!” He hates to see others upset, and the way he pats Laney and Greyson when they are crying melts my heart every time. He is just too cute! Favorite words: “hi” “ball” “car” “bye” “Gaga (Greyson)” “Na-ne (Laney)”

The boys are sleeping in the same room again and through the night! Things have gotten easier in some ways and harder in others. They fight over toys and for our attention. Eating can be hit or miss. But we have a very consistent schedule. They are happier being able to walk. Diaper changes are usually easier. And they are really interacting now with each other and Laney, which makes it all so much fun! And they give kisses and high fives! I am so blessed to be their mama!

Our failed attempts at a selfie:

Walking!

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!