Thursday, December 31, 2009
To be honest with you, 2009 was a pretty difficult year and I'm not too sad that it's over. Although we were blessed with two amazing sweet babies, that transition was really difficult. We had a multitude of illness in our family: my mom, Steve's mom, my sister, Steve's sister, our nephew, my uncle. We lost my grandfather. We had NO sleep and are still tired. It was the first year I was not able to make it up to Canada to be with my family AND I missed our family cruise to the Caribbean. Needless to say, it was a tough year.
BUT... I can't help but look back at 2009 and think about the blessings of the year. We've watched Molly change from a shy toddler to a confident preschooler. We've added two sweet babies to our family and watched them roll over, crawl and now Paige is walking 3-4 four steps at a time! I've fallen even MORE in love with my husband as I've watched him step up to the challenge of fathering 3 small children, and doing it with grace and love. I've been hugely blessed by our church family who were there almost every day for the first couple months of the twins life... bring food, folding laundry, changing diapers, etc. I can not overlook all those blessings.
Here's my wishes for 2010:
Health, for me and my family. We're all working on that.
Sleep. We're working on that too.
Faith. God and I are going to hang out more together.
Family. A two-week trip home to Canada is happening this summer.
Joy. Enough said.
Wishing you all of the above for 2010!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
We arrived at Steve's mom with plenty of time to open the remaining Christmas presents and enjoy a fabulous Christmas dinner! Then the next day we went to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. I've always wanted to go there, so I was pretty excited. Probably not as excited as Molly though.
Paige on the other hand was much more intense about the whole affair, and both she and Garrett were enthralled watching all the activity from the comfort of their stroller.
It was very special for the kids to get to spend the entire day with Grandma, and they couldn't have been happier about it.
The highlight of the day was definitely the Lorakeet exhibit. We purchased some "nectar" (a.k.a. bird food) and the birds flocked to us. Molly didn't want them on her, but she was more than happy enjoying them perched on Grandma.
Christmas Day started with a bang and ended with a whisper. After the gifts were all opened, we had lunch and enjoyed Jesus' birthday cake (an annual tradition). Then the entire family had naps. That was a real Christmas gift in itself. In the afternoon Molly took her new bike for a spin in the backyard... still in her pajamas. In fact, we all spent the entire day in our jammies. It couldn't have been a more perfect Christmas. Here's a couple of video clips from the rest of our day:
Friday, December 25, 2009
Yesterday (Christmas Eve) Steve worked a half-day while the kids and I made our birthday cake for Jesus. Then when he got home we packed up the family and went to an early family Christmas Service at a nearby church (since our church doesn't do a Christmas Eve service). It was such a nice service and I was SO thankful that it was only an hour long. Keeping 3 small kids engaged that long was hard enough. After that we came home and enjoyed a great ham dinner. Then we sprinkled oats and sparkles on the front lawn (thanks Aunt Nan) so that the reindeer could find their way to our house. We also put out cookies and milk for Santa. By this point Molly was pretty much vibrating, but we got her to wind down by reading her book about the First Christmas.
Then this morning the babies were up at their usual time (6:30 a.m.) and we sat around waiting for Molly to wake up. Here's the tree and Santa gifts waiting for her to arise!
Finally around 7:45 a.m. she arose and the festivities began. Here's a video showing you her reaction when she realized that Santa came, and then Garrett and Paige enjoying some of their gifts!
And here's a classic picture of Paige a little annoyed that we put a bow on her head. Molly was a great helper though, and was more than happy "helping" Garrett and Paige open up their gifts!
And here I am with my sweet babies! They enjoyed all the commotion but (as anticipated) they enjoyed the paper and boxes more than anything.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The lights were pretty amazing. Every house had a "theme" and every single house was completely decked out. One person had even converted the inside of their garage into a Christmas toy fantasy land with rotating platforms and moving figures. Another person had a light show to music. I liked the gingerbread town.
And Molly's favorite was the Grinch Who Stole Christmas complete with "roast beast".
It was a fun time for our family! And considering everyone was feeling a little under the weather, it was the perfect excuse to get bundled up and drink hot chocolate! And of course it was a great excuse for me to dress the kids in cute matching outfits! :)
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
But the highlight was definitely the children's program. Molly was SO CUTE with her little buddies. I took a video clip and unfortunately the lighting is really low so it's kinda hard to see, but you get the idea. We'll have to remember to pay more attention to the lighting next year...
And here's a shot of Molly with her buddy Keilani. These two are so stinking cute! Molly and Keilani look so much alike and I think if we were out in public people would think I have two sets of twins.
I want to send my best to Marisa (our Children's Director) and her husband Mitch (our drummer) who are leaving our church next Sunday to work with another congregation. You guys will be missed terribly, and I can't thank you enough for the love you've breathed into our church family.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
And here's her class photo. I can't imagine that posing that many 3-year olds was an easy feat! Molly's favorite friend in the class in Kate, who is in the same row as Molly, second from the end (in a black shirt with white design). You can click on the picture to see it larger.
And then a couple of weeks back we had to go to the mall and Santa was there. Molly was STOKED to sit on his lap, which is a huge milestone because it is the FIRST year that she was willing to sit with him (let alone beg to do it). I was so thrilled to have her sit and chat with Santa, and she informed him that she wanted a "big girl bike" for Christmas. She's outgrown her tricycle, so it wasn't much of a surprise to us. Hopefully Santa comes through on Christmas Day!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
The kit came with an extra gingerbread man, which I let Molly decorate and eat. She was vibrating with her sugar rush when it was all said and done.
And here's a picture that she instructed me to take... of her trying to eat the whole house at once.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Mom: We're going to go see my friend and her new baby.
Molly: Two babies?
Molly: Three babies?
Mom: No. Just one baby.
Obviously we've been hanging out too long with my friends with twins and triplets. And the conversation continued...
Mom: When we're there, you are only allowed to touch the babies feet. Okay?
Mom: Because it's a new little itty bitty baby and we don't want to give it our germs.
Molly: Itsy bitsy like a spider?
Mom: No bigger than a spider.
Molly: Spiders are awesome. I have two babies in my tummy.
Molly: Their names are Garrett and Paige.
She was totally cracking me up. Love that kid. Garrett is also one funny little boy, although his gig is more physical comedy. He'll do something totally random that he'll find funny and will fall over laughing. He's also the poster child for why you should never let you children get a hold of medicine in bottles. I just had to snap a picture before I took it away from him...
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
And here's the decked out tree, protected from the gruesome twosome with sturdy baby fencing. It's a good thing we have that fencing as Paige has tried scaling it, getting around it, and pushing it over just to get to that tree.
After the tree was up and the house decorated, we relaxed and watched some classic Christmas movies... Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph. The plan was for the kids to nap and then afterwards we would make gingerbread men. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case and plans changed abruptly when Molly woke up for her nap puking. It seems that she picked up the stomach flu. Soooo.... the rest of the day was spent disinfecting everything and everyone. Oh well. Gingerbread men will have to wait for another day.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Nancy hosted TWENTY of us for dinner, and although we all helped out here and there, she cooked TWO large turkeys. It was an absolutely outstanding meal. And for dessert we had our choice of pumpkin pie, apple pie or pumpkin cheesecake (or any combination of aforementioned desserts). YUM!
And after the meal, instead of sitting around and watching football, the men (without being asked) cleared the food, washed the dishes, and cleaned the kitchen. I was very impressed.
While the boys cleaned up, the women enjoyed the kids. Molly and Paige spent most of their time trying to grab hold of Cousin Tina's pocket dog named Gucci. He wasn't overly impressed.
And of course, getting together with the cousins always means a lot of running around, screaming and wrestling.
Before we traveled home for the night, we got the kids out of their matching holiday outfits and into their matching jammies. Did I mention how much I like to dress my kids in coordinating outfits?
What a wonderful day! It truly makes me thankful for my wonderful family and the amazing, kind and loving family I married into. Not many people are so lucky.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Life with two little crawlers tearing around has been an interesting adjustment. I love the picture above because it's like Garrett is praying, "Please God... don't let her wreck anything." Or maybe that's just what I'm praying constantly. Needless to say, they crawl VERY fast now and often are going in two different directions. So... we introduced the baby cage (a.k.a. - the play yard).
This handy dandy fencing has saved me. It had gotten to the point that I would take Garrett out of the van and sit him down in the TV room. And by the time I had gone back to the van to get Paige out he was crawling into the garage. So at least now I have somewhere safe to deposit them when I'm not in the room! But I must admit, having them crawling has actually made life easier because now they are so "self entertaining". When they get bored with one toy they just move on to the next or go terrorize Molly.
And just because they're so stinking cute, here's a few more pictures. Paige is enjoying her bath and Garrett is playing peek-a-boo with a blanket. Could they be any cuter?