Sunday, November 30, 2008

Crazy Thanksgiving weekend...

Hey everyone! Happy belated "American" Thanksgiving everyone. For those of you who don't know, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October up in Canada. Steve and I had a busy, but productive long weekend. Thursday morning was spent cooking sweet potato casserole and Nanaimo bars for the feast that evening at Steve's aunt & uncle's house. We joined 15 of his extended family for the holiday, and ate enough to feed a small army. Yummy!

Then on Friday, Steve and I decorated our place for Christmas. Molly had a blast playing with the nativity sets and is currently obsessed with all things having to do with Baby Jesus. It's been fun to talk to her about what Christmas is really about. Today she decided that we need a cake AND balloons on Christmas day to celebrate Jesus' birthday. But I notice that she still asks EVERY day for Santa to bring her a guitar at Christmas, so she definitely has a taste of the holidays' commercialism too! Anyway, she had a blast helping decorate the Christmas tree and it's so fun to see her get into the Christmas spirit!

On Saturday, we spent all day getting organized for the arrival of the twins. Molly officially moved into her new "fish themed" bedroom. I'll have to take some pictures to show you how cute it turned out. And we gutted the bedroom closets and organized things to make room for all the twins "stuff". It's become apparent to me that becoming a parent means getting rid of all your stuff to make room for your kids stuff... especially if you have a small house like we do. Anyway, I'm proud to say that we are relatively organized now, including going through all of Molly's old baby clothes and sorting them by size and season. Now we're ready to paint the nursery! Yay!

On a more sober note, we found out today that my grandfather (my mom's dad) passed away this weekend after a battle with congestive heart failure. It was sad news but we have peace knowing that he is no longer suffering and is with God now. Please keep my family in your prayers over the next week, particularly my mom and my Grandpa's wife Rosemary (second marriage). Although we all have peace about him moving on and not suffering anymore, it's always sad to lose a family member. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Steve!

Well, yesterday was Steve's 35th birthday! Unfortunately, he has been suffering with an allergy induced sinus infection so he wasn't in super "party mode", but we managed to make it a special evening. For dinner we went out to the restaurant of his choice... the Squeeze Inn! If you're not from the area you're probably not familar with this place, but it's been voted the "Best Dive" in Sacramento for the last 6 years by Sacramento magazine. It's also been featured on the Food Network on "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" and is best known for the "Squeeze with Cheese", a burger with a cheese "skirt" grilled right onto the bun. Mmmm... heart attack on a bun...

And as if that wasn't enough cholesteral for one day, we finished off the evening with a birthday cake from the Cheesecake Factory - Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake to be exact!

And of course Molly helped Daddy open his presents. She was also very adament that we buy him balloons as well. Because apparently in her eyes, a birthday isn't a birthday without balloons and cake.

Happy Birthday to the best husband, father and friend that a person could ask for. I love you Steve!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Girls just want to have fun...

I am starting to come to the realization that my daughter would ALREADY rather hang out with her friends than with me. Now don't get me wrong... she's still Mommy's little cling-on. But when her buddies are around I'm definitely second rate. It's interesting watching her social side come out. It's a good thing that she's getting siblings because something tells me they will all be close! Anyway, here's some cute pictures of Molly and her buddy, Isabelle. Most of the pictures of those two looked something like this (goofy, goofy girls):

At least they complied for a one particularly cute shot!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Maternity Pics...

Hey everyone! Today, our family went out with my photography buddy (DeAnna) and her family to swap photography for Christmas cards. DeAnna got some great photos and Molly was surprisingly compliant. I won't post any of the family pics because I'll save those for the Christmas cards, but DeAnna also took some maternity shots. I figured if we want to document this pregnancy, we'd better do it now before I'm overly huge!

On the baby front, we had another ultrasound this week. Being a "high risk" pregnancy, I get a full ultrasound every four weeks, which is kind of fun. The babies are measuring right on target (they take around 5 different measurements), although the femur lengths are measuring a week and a half longer. The sonogram tech said that looking at Steve it seems the babies have inherited his long legs! We thought that was pretty funny! Anyway, it's just nice to know that everyone is right on target! Yay! And it's also nice to confirm that they're still and boy and a girl.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The latest and greatest...

Hey everyone! Life here is trucking along! We are enjoying the fall weather, which for Sacramento includes warm afternoons and cool, crisp mornings & evenings - perfect weather for warm bubble baths (see photo below). We are making headways on Molly's new "fishy" bedroom (a theme that was her request). This weekend we painted the walls light yellow on top with light blue waves/water on the bottom. Very cool! I'll post some photos when it's all done.

On Friday, Molly and I made our second trip up to Apple Hill. This was our annual trek with some of Molly's church buddies. Imagine 5 minivans, 9 parents (8 moms & a dad) and 15 kids (ranging in age from a couple of months old to 5 years old) making the 45 minute trip into the foothills. It seemed like there were kids everywhere, but was made easier by the fact that all of the parents help out watch the kids and keep them in line. It was a good example of how it takes a community to raise a child! And of course, Molly not only loved being around all her little buddies (see photo below with her friend Kaya), but she got to ride the ponies yet again, which is pretty much heaven for her!

And the twins and I are doing well. At the request of my ever persistent sister (Trish), here is the latest belly picture of me at 25 weeks pregnant (see below). No laughing please...

I am indeed starting to get pretty uncomfortable. And although I'm only 25 weeks along, I could be having these babies in the next 10-12 weeks (twin gestation), which seems pretty darn fast to me. Also, when you look at the picture below of twins at 24 weeks, it explains my growing discomfort. They're each just over a foot long now and I occasionally have the horrible feeling that my abdominal muscles are being ripped apart from the inside out. Not a pleasant feeling... ouch! My muscles and skin just can't seem to keep up with the rapid rate of growth. At least it will all be worth it in the end!