Friday, July 31, 2009

Update on the kiddos...

Life is pretty "status quo" around here. I've been busy in my spare time trying to work out some details in my new business. Steve has been busy putting out fires at work on a few difficult projects. And the kids have been busy being kids! When Molly broke her thumb a month ago, she was forced to abruptly get over her bandaid phobia. Well, now she has flip flopped and has joined the ranks of children who demand a bandaid on every little teeny owie. Check out the bandaids she was sporting the other day. If it just takes a few bandaids to make her happy with life, who am I to argue?

On most days, Garrett can be found laying around playing with his feet. It is definitely one of his favorite past times. Every day I can't help but be amazed by how much he looks like me and my side of the family. But he definitely got Steve's long gorgeous eyelashes (lucky boy).

And Paige is happy to sit around and watch the world. I'm pretty certain that she's an introvert, and it takes a lot to get her to smile and laugh. But she has the sweetest little "Mona Lisa" smile that just melts my heart. It makes me want to just hold her tight.

I just love these kids so much. And as exhausting as it is being a Mommy... I wouldn't change it for the world!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Images from Amy...

Well, I've been feeling lately that it's time to start reclaiming some of the things I enjoy in life as my entire being lately has been "motherhood and home maker". I love my job as a mom, but started to feel that I needed a little something for myself! As government contracts have been drying up so has my environmental consulting business, so I made the decision to do something I love while trying to make a little income from it... Photography! So today I officially launch "Images from Amy". Thanks to my fellow photog buddies who have been so loving and supportive! Check out the website and blog here.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Just sitting around...

Well, Paige has been sitting up for several weeks now. She simply refused to let the world pass her by while she was laying down, so she was going to sit up if it killed her. So last week I tried to get some cute pics of her wearing Molly's fluffy skirt.

And this picture cracked me up, because it's like she's saying, "Don't look at me! I'm not wearing a shirt!"

But her baby brother however has been much too laid back to even want to try and sit... until today. Today was the first day that he had the slightest interest in staying upright. He can stay up for about a minute now... long enough for me to break out the camera! And could he be any cuter?

Friday, July 24, 2009


Last night Steve and I were laughing about how different the twins are, even in the way they play. Paige will pick up a toy and finger it carefully and probably put it in her mouth to check it out. Garrett will pick up the same toy, smash it a few times and then throw it. Even their jumping styles in the Jumperoo are different. Paige prefers the two footed hop. Garrett prefers to lunge from foot to foot like he's trying to run forward. They crack me up!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Molly the Entertainer...

Molly has entered into a "silly stage" and she just cracks all of us up. She loves silly faces, silly noises, silly words and pretty much anything that will make her brother and sister laugh and smile. She's the most entertaining thing the babies have ever seen, and they adore her!

This week Molly also had her 3 year check up. She's 38.75 inches tall (81%) and 36.75 pounds (92%). The doctor also checked out her broken thumb and declared that it was "good". The nail will probably still fall off, but in the meantime it's providing a nice shelter while the new one grows underneath. The hilarious part was when the doctor asked Molly how her thumb was, she declared, "Jesus healed my thumb all better!" I totally cracked up.

Yesterday when I was cleaning up the breakfast mess, Molly asked me what I was doing. I said I was cleaning up because that's my job. I told her that Daddy goes to work and that's his job, and that I take care of the house and the kids because that's my job. And when I asked her what her job was she quickly replied, "I feed the bears." I couldn't help but laugh, which prompted her to explain that she feeds the bears at the zoo that her teacher Miss Kristina took her to and that it's a scary job because the bears are very hungry and they bite. Love that kid!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

We have a roller!

Well, we officially have a roller. Two days ago (on Friday), Paige started rolling from her tummy to her back. I think it was basically because she hated tummy time so much that she figured it was her only choice. Below is a sequence of photos highlighting her new skill. Look at her expressions in each photo. You can almost hear the thoughts going through her brain...

"I'm on my tummy and I'm not amused."

"Maybe if a just lean a little this way..."
"Yes, being on my back is a much more comfortable position."


Last night, my friend DeAnna invited me to go on a "photography field trip". Her photography professor was taking some students on a late night session to shoot fireworks. So she invited me to go along... and I learned a lot from her and her fabulous teacher! We got there a bit early to shoot some sunset shots of the buildings along the river. Here's the same building at different light levels.

And then the fireworks! I love that the Ziggerat building and Delta King paddle boat were all lit up as well! It made for a fun evening of photography!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Beat the heat...

Well, things are heating up here in the Sacramento Valley and will be over 100F this entire week. So we've been pretty purposeful trying to get outside in the morning to burn off some "preschooler energy". The fun thing about getting out in the morning is that we get to share our backyard with the local birds and wildlife. We caught this little guy stealing figs off our tree!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Family Resemblance

Alrighty... my dad scanned in an old photo of my cousin Cameron when he was a baby and emailed it to me tonight. It looked so much like Garrett. The funny thing is we keep saying that Garrett looks like a Sexton (my Dad's side of the family). Ironically, my cousin Cameron is from my Mom's side of the family. So here's Garrett...

And here's my cousin Cameron...
Coincidence? I think not.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Five months old!

Well, Garrett and Paige turned 5 months old a few days ago. It's so much fun seeing them grow and turn into such different little people. Here's Paige...

And here's Garrett...
And here's Molly at 5 months. I love how she's like a cross between Garrett and Paige.
We also started them on rice cereal today. We're weaning them from night time feedings and figured we could compensate for those lost calories this way. We'll see if it helps them sleep any better. I doubt it. Anyway, here's a video of their first feeding. Please excuse the shaky camera work... I was feeding and recording at the same time.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Nani and Papa...

For the last five days we have been enjoying a visit from my parents, also known as Nani and Papa. It is the first time my dad has met Garrett and Paige, and it's been so special to see him with the babies. He and Garrett have been buddies the entire time. It was particularly nice that they were able to be here and celebrate Molly's 3rd birthday! We'll be sad to see them go tomorrow, but I think we've worn them out. They've been very generous with their time and energy and it's been much appreciated. They even bought us cans of formula and boxes of diapers! Now that's a gift we truly need! Thanks guys!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday Molly!

Well, today my sweet Molly turned 3 years old. I can't believe how quickly three years have flown by. She is such a joy to have in our life! We had a nice mellow day comprised of baking cupcakes and playing with her Nani and Papa. She requested blue cupcakes with blue icing and I'm sure she just wanted to make sure they matched the Cinderella decorations left up from her party!

We invited her friend Isabelle and her family to celebrate with us, particularly because Isabelle was unable to come to her party two weeks ago because she was sick. Isabelle and Molly had a fabulous time chasing each other around and playing with all of Molly's new toys, including a great dress-up doctor's outfit! I think her Grandpa and Grandma van Riessen were suggesting a career path for Molly with this gift!

And from Mommy and Daddy, Molly got a Disney Princess castle complete with a variety of Princesses and Princes. It was definitely a hit!

And Isabelle's little sister, Calista, loved the box. We thought we could sell her in it as a "life-like doll". What do you think?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Quick update...

Well, not much news around here lately, but thought I'd post a quick update on the twins. They're growing in leaps and bounds. Paige is so strong and can sit up on her own now. She also loves to stand and can easily support herself holding on to your fingers (she's been doing that for a month now). She can often be found sucking on her first two fingers.

Garrett is simply huge. He's easily over the 20 pound mark now and we need to transition him out of his carrier. He's growing faster than his muscles can catch up so he's not sitting yet. And neither baby rolls over yet, which is probably a result of Mommy's lack of dedication to tummy time and their fast growth. Sigh... Garrett's definitely teething already, and has become a drool machine. We're also strugging with his eczema so if anyone has any good solutions to help the poor guy, I'd welcome your input.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Celebrating Independence Day

Well, we had a fabulous Independence Day. Steve and I started off the day by having our first kid-free "date" since the babies were born. We went out for a nice crepe breakfast while our generous friends DeAnna and Freddie watched all five kids under the age of four (our three and their two). Thanks you guys... it was greatly appreciated!

The we went up to Steve's cousins house for their neighborhood celebration. They live on a cul-de-sac, and all their neighbors are young families with small children. They close off the street and have a huge potluck with and inflatable waterslide, games and fireworks. It was really fun. And all the kids decorate their bikes and ride in a parade! Here's Molly and Broday on their bikes. You'll notice how pathetic Molly's bike decorations are. We ran out of time.

And all the kids that participated got a bag of candy at the end. Molly's favorite was the ring pop!

As usual Paige spent part of the evening passed out in the carrier. She doesn't like to sleep in her car seat when we're out in case she misses something. And if you try and put her down... she wakes with a scream. Garrett, on the other hand, prefers to sleep somewhere completely removed from the craziness.

As exhausted as they were, Molly and her cousin Brody stayed up to watch the fireworks. Molly was scared at first but quickly got over it. Brody enjoyed it but couldn't make it to the end and passed out in his Daddy's arms!

Molly also enjoyed playing with the sparklers! And I enjoyed playing with my camera and tripod to capture the light!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

An early 4th of July celebration!

Yesterday, we celebrated Independence Day early with some friends at their neighborhood clubhouse. It was a fabulous time, complete with a pool-side cabana, potluck BBQ, live Cajun-style music, and pools suitable for both adults and kids. Even though it was hectic keeping track of the three kiddies and keeping everyone happy, it was seriously the most fun I've had in a while! And Molly had such a fun time I had to bribe her with a chocolate chip cookie to get her to leave without a meltdown. Here she is with some of her friends in the kids pool (photos taken by my friend DeAnna). She was hesitant to get in the pool because of her multiple owies on her thumb and toe, but eventually decided she could at least get her toe wet.

Paige and Garrett loved being able to watch all the commotion, but Paige preferred to watch things while attached to me. But she eventually tuckered out and I spent half the evening with a sleeping baby hanging on me!

And of course, the mommies and daddies got to visit in spurts amidst chasing our children around. Here's the mommies watching the kids by the pool.