Saturday, April 25, 2009

Cheese Cloth...

So there's this trend in baby photography where they wrap infants up in cheesecloth and take their photos. Well, today I tried wrapping mine up and taking some pictures. I quickly learned that this is really only viable for sleepy and curly little newborns, not huge babies like mine that like to stretch and flail. My vision was a bust. But I got a cute picture of Paige!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cute Babies...

As Paige and Garrett are getting more and more awake during the day, it's been so much fun to see their desire to interact with us. Here's a little video of the munchkins:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My life in a nutshell...

This weekend I had a moment that I felt epitomized life right now. At one point I was sitting cross legged on the floor with Garrett in the crook of one knee eating a bottle. I had Paige draped over the other leg and I was burping her, while Molly was behind me with both arms wrapped around my neck while trying to climb my back. That moment just seemed to sum things up perfectly. It's not surprising I'm exhausted.

Molly is doing great, and has made some big strides with the potty training and hasn't had any accidents the last two days. She's also made a new friend... an imaginary friend. Her name is Laura and she and Molly chat on the phone fairly regularly. It cracks me up.

And the babies are as cute as can be! Garrett is seriously turning into a chunky monkey and they're both interacting with us more and more which is fun. The sleep at night "thing" still isn't very ideal, but we're seeing some glimpses of hope with the occassional 4 hour stretch between night-time feedings. I just keep reminding myself that it won't always be like this and one day we'll get sleep! But when you look at the sweet faces below, it's a reminder that it's totally worth it!

Monday, April 20, 2009


Molly cracks me up. Her language skills are getting better and better and it's so nice to be having conversations with her now! She's also developing a little sense of humor. Yesterday at the dinner table she was being so good and I said "Molly, I love you". She looked at me, and with the same tone I used said, "Mommy, I love apple juice"... and then proceeded to completely crack up with laughter.

She's also become quite the "wanna be" computer gamer. She loves playing Curious George games on and I have to restrict her to hopping online a couple of days a week. I can't believe that my two and a half year old knows how to use the mouse, click, and drag & drop!

Anyway, I caught a cute video of her that totally portrays her relationship with her siblings. It's total adoration with a dash of "exuberant" love.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Our Easter Festivities...

Well, our Easter was fabulous! Molly woke up in the morning to discover that the Easter Bunny had indeed come to our house, eaten the carrots we left him, left baskets for all the kids, and hid eggs in our living room. The excitement didn't impress the twins much, but Molly was thrilled. We let her enjoy some chocolate eggs before I made a special breakfast for the family. You can just see the sugar high in that chocolately smile below...

Then we went to church and enjoyed the Easter service which include a cute children's presentation of the Easter story. After church Molly enjoyed her second egg hunt. Even the babies received stuffed bunnies from the Children's Ministry staff!

Afterwards, we had lunch and relaxed for a couple of hours before heading over to Aunt Nancy and Uncle Fred's house. Only in California is it warm enough to swim on Easter Sunday, so Steve and Molly took a dip in the pool to mark the beginning of pool season!

Molly had a fabulous time playing with her little cousins, and as always she and Brody bonded!

After a fabulous meal, the "big kids" put together ANOTHER egg hunt for the little ones. After three egg hunts Molly is now an expert. And the first thing she wanted when she woke up the next day? Chocolate eggs. We've created a monster.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter...

One of the highlights of having three children is that I get to dress them similarly for holidays! Some of you may think that this is odd, but I remember many Easter and Christmas photos with my sisters and I all dressed the same. The problem was that being the youngest daughter, I got all the hand-me-downs. This meant I often had the same holiday outfit for way too many years because I got it in three different sizes. Now obviously because I have a boy, having matching outfits is a little more difficult. But I did it! Here's the kids decked out in matching gingham!

But as much as I enjoy torturing my children with matching outfits, let's not forget the true reason for the season! And no... it's not because we need a reason to eat chocolate bunnies...

"You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations..." (Luke 24:46)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Celebrating TWO months!

Well, Paige and Garrett are officially two months old. Every day I remind myself to stop and enjoy these moments because they grow so fast and we know that these are our last babies. They had their 2-month check up and were deemed healthy and happy. They also got their immunizations, and we were blessed with a wonderful nurse who helped me soothe them both afterward. I was a little worried about how I was going to calm two screaming babies so I was so thankful for that sweet, kind nurse. Kaiser is now doing the immunizations in the check-up room, which is SOOOOO nice because I didn't have to dress them and truck them both over to the immunization clinic.

Garrett has literally doubled in size since birth, which is pretty amazing. He was in the 13th-percentile for weight at 2 weeks old, and is now in the 90th-percentile at 13 lbs 10 oz and 23.5 inches long. But I suppose considering his father and grandpas are all 6'4", he was bound to be a big boy. And even Paige (my little bean) has grown in leaps and bounds considering she was in the 5th-percentile at two weeks old and is now 11 lb 6 oz and 22 inches long (66th-percentile).

And of course, here's the two month photos. Here's Paige...

...and here's Garrett...

... and here's Molly when she was 2 months old!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Some more firsts...

Well, last week ended a little rough in the van Riessen household when I had to go to the E.R. last Thursday night for a kidney infection. Thankfully Steve was able to take Friday off because I was knocked out all day until the antibiotics kicked in that evening. Not fun... let me tell you.

But I perked up over the weekend and was ready to take on a new week. I think I must have been feeling a little cocky as I have gotten more confident in my parenting ability of all three kids. I went out for the first time ever with all three kids without any help (solo mission). I just HAD to get out of the house. It took me until 11:00 a.m. to get out the door, but I did it! We went to the mall to pick up a few things, get Molly's hair trimmed and have lunch. And then today we celebrated another "first" when I invited one of Molly's little friends over to play. Keilani's daddy had surgery yesterday and I figured not only would it be nice for them to have one less child in the house, it would be great for Molly to have someone to play with. And I'm happy to report that it went really smoothly, considering I had two babies and two 2.5-year olds to manage. The babies slept and the girls had a blast blowing bubbles in the backyard. Here's Molly and her bubbles...

...and here's Keilani and her bubbles! Don't you think Keilani and Molly could be sisters?

The other "first" this week was that Garrett started smiling. I caught the tail end of one of those smiles in the photo below. There's nothing like the smile of a son to melt a mother's heart! He's a handsome dude!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Nani!

Well, today is my mom's birthday! Happy birthday Mom! I tried to email her a birthday video but their server won't accept the big file. So instead it's getting posted here so you can all enjoy our kidlets wishing her all the best. Enjoy!