Monday, November 30, 2009

A prelude to walking...

Well... we just got used to crawling and now it looks like we'll have a walker in the next month or so. Paige has been pulling up and cruising along (and between) furniture for a few weeks now. But in the last few days she has become skilled at standing on her own without any support. She just lets go and you can see the look of determination on her face as she tries to stay balanced. She wants to get walking so badly and I'm sure it won't be long.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Decks the Halls...

Every year on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), it is our family tradition to decorate our home for Christmas. And this year was no exception. We started by putting on the Christmas music and boiling spices to make the house smell "Christmasy". We didn't even change out of our jammies the entire day. Molly enjoyed it so much and took her ornament hanging very seriously.

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

Happy Thanksgiving...

What a fabulous Thanksgiving! We had a nice relaxing morning at home. Molly watched the Macy's Parade (which she was completely enthralled with) while I cooked and Steve unpacked the Christmas decorations. Then after naps, we packed up our family and went to Aunt Nancy and Uncle Fred's house to join the crowd. Here's Nancy getting some cuddles in.

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

Steve's Birthday!

Today Steve turned 36 years old. While he was at work, Molly was so excited as we got Daddy's present wrapped, put together his cards, took out the candles for his pumpkin cheesecake, and bought a HUGE mylar balloon. When he got home, Molly practically bowled him over wishing him "happy birthday". I think seeing her excitement was probably the best present she could have gotten him.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The twins first playdate...

Well... today Garrett and Paige had their first playdate. We've been over to the homes of Molly's friends, but nothing just for the twins. But today, we went to the home of my friend with triplet girls that are 6 days older than my twins. Five 9-month old crawlers is a little chaotic... but still a ton of fun.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Welcome to the insanity...

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?

Monday, November 16, 2009

First tooth...

Well, I'm happy to report that after two days of Garrett looking like this...

... he is the proud owner of his first tooth. Let's just pray that the other ones are a little easier.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Cheerio Solution...

Well, I was having a very difficult time taking some 9-month pictures of the babies together. They kept wanting to show off their crawling skills and take off on me. So... I gave them the one thing that keeps them seated for extended periods. Cheerios... and a lot of them.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

9 months old!

Well, on Monday Garrett and Paige turned 9 months old. Isn't that crazy? I was making dinner that night and Paige just crawled right on into the kitchen. She didn't crawl at all yesterday and then today she took another trek across our TV room. So I guess she's officially on the move, although she obviously doesn't feel the need to show off too much. I figure she's just happy to watch all the commotion and stay in one place. I'm okay with that. Funny thing is that she may not want to crawl much, but she's pulls up on everything and cruises around the furniture. I suppose she just prefers to walk. It's easier on the knees!

Anyway, here's the chunky monkeys. Here's Paige who weighed in at a whopping 25 lbs 6 oz at last weeks doctor's appointment. She was seeing the doctor about suspected food allergies because she keeps throwing up. The doctor said that she isn't too worried because Paige is definitely "thriving" and just happens to be off the charts for her weight.

I threw Garrett on the scales at the pediatrician's just out of curiosity. He weighed 26 lbs 4 oz so apparently he's "thriving" just like Paige.

And here's Molly at 9 months old. She obviously got the hair gene out of the three of them.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Well, this is how I found Molly the other day. She had gotten herself into the Jumperoo. I told her that it was made for babies and she needed to get out. She told me that they have to share with her because she has to share her toys. What can you say to that logic? Garrett's new crawling skills are no longer exciting for Molly. She has quickly learned that it means he can easily take her toys, which doesn't go over well. And she isn't overly thrilled with him following her around. And so we enter into a new realm of parenthood... refereeing and sharing reinforcement. I guess this is how it's going to be for the next 15 years.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Twinkle Twinkle

Well, my mom has been requesting that we post a video of Molly singing. And since Steve's mom is starting round two of her chemotherapy today, Molly thought it would be nice to sing Twinkle Twinkle to her! She knew it would make Grandma feel that much better. Sending prayers your way today Grandma! Love you!