Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Festivities...

Well, today was a wonderful Halloween. We started the morning by making some pink pancakes, which was a recipe recommended by my friend DeAnna (check out the recipe here). Then we did a little shopping for our bathroom renovation, which is an exciting little project for Steve and I. And then we spent the afternoon and evening with our friends the Gallardos. We had a quick dinner while getting the kids ready and in their costumes. DeAnna's friend Jenn even helped out by curling Isabelle and Molly's hair!

I must say that the kids were pretty darn adorable all dressed up in their garb. Isabelle was Alice in Wonderland, and she and Molly looked quite cute together in their coordinating blue dresses.

Then we all piled into the minivans to go to the Harvest Carnival at First Baptist Church. It was a lot of fun and they had all kinds of games that the kids played for candy. The twins were also quite a hit looking all cute and chubby in their costumes. Three different people stopped me and took their pictures. I thought they must be pretty adorable for strangers to take their photo.

Then it was back to the Gallardos where Molly and Isabelle enjoyed handing out candy at the door. All in all... a great Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Here comes trouble...

Well, it was inevitable. We have a crawler. Today Garrett finally figured it out. He's been soooooo close for so long and he finally put all the pieces together. Time to break out the baby fencing. And now that Paige can watch Garrett do it, she probably won't be far behind. Let the chasing begin!

Happy Halloween!

One of the joys of motherhood for me is dressing my kids up cute so I can take pictures of them. And nothing fulfills that desire more than Halloween... at least while I still have a say what they dress up as. This year we went with the Wizard of Oz theme (hence the "vintage" photo processing).

And I just loved this picture because it's like Garrett and Paige are looking at one another and thinking "What the heck are you wearing????"

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Disney Princesses on Ice

Last night, I had the absolute pleasure to take Molly to Disney Princesses on Ice. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this evening because of the pure joy Molly had. She was practically vibrating with excitement when we were getting ready. We went with her little friends Ava and Keilani and their mommies. And of course the girls got completely decked out in their princess garb. Here they are at the restaurant before hand.

Even the mommies accessorized for the evening. I let Molly pick out my crown. She said I was the queen!

It was super fun watching the girls hold hands everywhere we went. They were so cute and SO excited!

The show was really fun! And for the full hour and half Molly was completely captivated. When a scary part would come on she would cover her mouth and gasp. When a happy part would happen she would clap. And of course she loved waving to all the characters. I literally teared up twice watching the pure joy she had on her face.

When we got home (at 10:00... late, late, late) she kept thanking me for taking her. She was just thrilled. And even this morning she did a replay of the night's events. There is nothing better than seeing that kind of joy in your child's face.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Back home and busy as ever!

We arrived home from Southern California late Saturday night, and on Sunday we were off again to Lincoln. We went up there so I could take pictures of cousin Debbie's new little boy, Hayden. Isn't he completely precious? More pictures from this session can be seen here.

Steve also took Molly "trunk or treating" with Debbie's boys at the Placer County Fair Grounds. It was a huge event hosted by a "mega-church" in Roseville and it was wall to wall people. I'm glad I just took the twins home. Anyway, here's Molly as Cinderella with her cousins. Do you like the ninja holding the baby?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bob's Big Boy...

Although we always comment on what a big boy Garrett is, we visited the original "Big Boy" while we were in Southern California. Yup... Bob's Big Boy. Those of you not from California may recognize Bob's Big Boy as the rocket ship that carried Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movie. Anyway, I was informed that it was imperative that we have a Big Boy Burger since a Bob's opened up in Temecula. And because Molly has a Big Boy piggy bank, she was more than thrilled. My assessment of the burger... two thumbs up!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hanging out in Southern California...

Steve's mom was starting her chemotherapy, so we made a quick decision to come down to Southern California to help them out. Molly, Garrett and Paige have been great medicine for Grandma, and Steve and I are so thankful we could be down here to lend a hand.

Steve took an afternoon to take the girls to a local pumpkin patch, while Garrett and I hung out with Grandma. They enjoyed a train ride, petting zoo, corn maze and of course picked up a couple of pumpkins for Grandma and Grandpa. Molly was in heaven being around all the animals. The girls had a great time with Daddy, and he even got a few pictures on his camera phone! I was surprised how good they turned out for a phone!

We'll probably be heading home on Saturday, although we wish we could stay longer. It's always hard to leave family. We ask for your continued prayers for Shirley!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Meet our new cousin...

Meet Hayden Andrew... the FOURTH son of Steve's cousin Debbie. He was born yesterday somewhere around 4:00'ish at the wee size of 6 lbs 5 oz and 19.5 inches long. I was chomping at the bit to go see him so after I put the babies down at 6:30 I jetted off to the hospital. He was born by emergency C-section, but both mommy and baby are just fine now! I just love him already!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Eight months old!

Well... Garrett and Paige are officially 8 months old. They are growing so fast and are ridiculously large. I guess it's all the 6'4" men on both sides of our family. We just make big babies. Anyway, here's Garrett:

And here's Paige:
And here's Molly at 8 months:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Paige's Belly Laugh...

Well, we have MANY videos of Garrett busting up with laughter, but not many of Paige. She's just a much more serious little baby and it takes a lot to get her to smile, let alone laugh. Steve and I can get her to give up a few chuckles, but nobody can get her to belly laugh out loud like Molly does. Paige just thinks she's hilarious!


The kids continue to grow and change every day it seems and I thought it would be good to update the blog on their latest accomplishments. Molly has mastered the "big girl" swing and has almost perfected "pumping" her legs, which is a HUGE accomplishment in my book because she can swing herself! Whoo whoo!

Paige has figured out how to get to a sitting position from laying on her tummy, and she is constantly trying to pull up on everything. This makes nap time a little more difficult because she just wants to scoot around her crib and pull up. Here she is trying to break free from Garrett's crib.

And Garrett is sooooooo close to crawling. He scoots around backwards all over the place and if left alone too long you'll find him halfway down the hall. He'll even push up onto his hands and feet in his own "downward facing dog" position. But... he can't seem to figure out crawling forward. I'm okay with that. But most of the time he's just plain loud and I'm sure he will eventually turn into quite the chatterbox (as seen in this video).

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Preschool Field Trip...

On Thursday, Molly's preschool went on a field trip to the Pumpkin Farm. Molly was REALLY looking forward to this trip... and I was completely dreading it. I was dreading it because I didn't know how I was going to get Molly and 2 babies on the hayride. And I didn't know how I was supposed to get a double stroller made for pavement through a corn maze. And I didn't know how I was going to do all this in the middle of the twins nap time (making them extra miserable). I'm amazed that I was able to take a few snaps of the day with our pocket camera. But I'm even more amazed how relatively smoothly the day went. Some of the other moms offered help, and one mom took Molly on the hayride for me while I stayed with the babies who were actually asleep in the stroller. Here's Molly and her little friends on the hayride.

And here's Molly with some of her friends and her four teachers. That's Miss Sharon (her group teacher) on the far right. Molly LOVES her teachers and was constantly trying to hold their hands. Very cute...

And here's Molly with her pumpkin from the patch. She picked out the gnarliest pumpkin you could imagine, and has carried it around with her like a baby for the last two days. That afternoon we painted the pumpkin, which was a big hit!

And here's Garrett and Paige, once again watching the world go by from the stroller. They were tired, but perfect angels the entire time!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's fall... time for Apple Hill!

Well, the weather is FINALLY starting to cool down a little around here to the mid-70's (or 20C for the Canadian contingent). The nice cool mornings were beckoning me, so I planned a trip to Apple Hill with Steve's cousin Debbie and her son Brody. Molly was thrilled to make the trip. Garrett and Paige however were indifferent.

Of course no Apple Hill trip can be complete without the requisite pony ride. And Molly and Brody were happy to comply!

And of course, time was spent climbing mountains of pumpkins.

I think this is my favorite time of year and I just can't get enough of pumpkins and hay rides and hot apple cider. I'm sure this will be the first of many trips to Apple Hill and other pumpkin patches.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The girl who cried wolf...

Well, it appears that my sweet Paige is the girl who "cried wolf". You see, Paige is a puker. If she cries too hard she pukes. If she gags on a toy or some food or a spoon she pukes. She just seems to have a very sensitive gag reflex. And over the last month she seemed to have amped things up. I didn't think much of it because she would cry and then puke, which is pretty much status quo for her. BUT over the last week it did occur to me that the crying seemed to be reasonless, and the puke (which was always all over me) was always orange. After a little experimentation it seems that sweet Paige is allergic to carrots. It's funny that Molly has food allergies, but I never even thought about Paige having an allergic response. But Molly's reaction was always hives. I just assumed the puking was from her crying and the crying was because she is VERY dramatic. And she was always sick 1-2 hours after eating (around bedtime), not immediately after. Poor little thing. And sure enough, the day after she eats carrots she has a diaper blow out of mass proportions (also something I never thought twice about). Poor Paige... she cried wolf too many times and as a result was completely ignored.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My Little Man...

Garrett is turning into such a little dude and I love it. It's interesting to me how right from birth he is such a boy and is so dramatically different from my girls. He's constantly trying to crawl, walk, and throw himself off furniture. He's definitely not as dramatic as my girls, which is already evident (and nice) but he isn't afraid to let you know when he's unhappy with something. He loves to wrestle, be thrown around, beat up his toys and splash violently in the water. And his signature is definitely the "Garrett squeal". That boy can scream. Whether he's happy or sad... he's just loud!

He melts my heart. How could I not fall in love with those dreamy eyes. And lucky for him, he inherited his father's gorgeous eyelashes. Sorry for all the pictures in this post... I just couldn't choose between them!