Saturday, January 30, 2010

One-year old portraits!

It's hard to believe that in 10 days, Garrett and Paige are going to be ONE! So yesterday I attempted to get their 1-year portraits done. It was a HUGE challenge to do all by myself because every time I'd put one of them on the backdrop, they would walk/crawl away before I could even get back to my camera. And then came the meltdowns. So I put them down for their naps, and when they woke up they were fresh and happy. I was able to get these shots in 10 minutes flat. What a difference!

And for good measure... here's a classic Garrett outtake.

Monday, January 25, 2010

King of the castle...

Now that Garrett and Paige are getting bigger, one of my biggest joys is that all the kids are starting to play together more and more. And one of their favorite things to do is to play "King of the Castle" with the couch cushions. I had to take a video clip of it the other day because they were having so much fun.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Garrett's Dino Buddy...

Garrett has a good friend that we call his "Dino Buddy". When the twins were born, Steve's Aunt Nancy bought them identical stuffed dinosaurs. Garrett has fallen in love with his and has adopted Paige's as well. The good thing about having two Dino Buddies is that if we lose one we'd have an extra, because Garrett is fiercely attached to it. He crawls around the house dragging his dinosaur around with him, and will occasionally pause to "talk" to his dinosaur or give it kisses. When he's going to sleep he cuddles with his dinosaur and chews on its tail. And on most occasions he falls asleep with his face buried in Dino Buddy. Here's a video of Garrett and Dino Buddy.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

11 months old...

Well, I am a little late with this post, but Garrett and Paige are indeed 11 months old. I almost can't believe it... my babies are almost ONE! When did that happen? I've started planning a small birthday party for them, and we're so happy that their Nani and Papa will be here from Canada to help us celebrate!

Here's our happy Garrett. He has become such a big boy and I would estimate that he's about 2 inches taller than Paige. He cruises all over the place and stands without holding onto anything, so I'm sure it won't be long before he's walking.

Paige's little personality is just so sweet, and she has definitely become a Daddy's girl. When Steve gets home from work she lights up like a Christmas tree and if he dares to not pick her up she quickly shows him her displeasure. She's getting more and more stable with her walking, but is still a little tentative of going too far.

And here's Molly at 11 months. It's neat to see how different the kids look from one another, yet you can definitely tell they're from the same gene pool.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The face of a thief...

Does this sweet baby look like a thief to you? Well, she IS! Today we went to the mall. When our time was done we headed back to the car when I noticed that Paige was playing with something unfamiliar. When I looked at it closer, it was a pair of pants from "Children's Place" with the tags still on. The twins are getting at a "grabby" stage, and I can only assume that she grabbed them off of a shelf and they ended up wedged by her side in the stroller. The irony was that they were IN HER SIZE. Coincidence? Maybe. So back into the mall we went to return the pants to Children's Place. The woman in the store laughed, and was very thankful I hauled all the kiddos back in. But it was a good teaching moment for Molly (since obviously Paige and Garrett don't have a clue what was happening). Do they make black & white prison jumpsuits in size 18 months?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Snow fun...

Today, we went up the hill to have some fun in the snow! We went up with two other families so that Molly would have someone to play with. Molly was SO excited to have her friend Keilani with her!

The twins enjoyed their first outing to the snow too, although they spent the outing attached to our backs. Considering our double stroller doesn't traverse snow, the only way to get them around was with the backpack carriers (which we conveniently have two of). They were happy as can be having a birds-eye view of everything.

Of course the highlight of the day was the sledding. That meant a whole lot of trekking up hills, which is a lot of work when you're carrying a 27-pound baby on your back, helping a preschooler AND carrying a sled. Steve got his workout for the day.

And of course it was a little intimidating going down the hill by herself, so Molly was accompanied by Daddy AND Garrett in the backpack. If you don't believe me... check out the video below. I went down once with Paige too, but was a little scared of hurting her. Or me. Or all of us.

And here's Faye and Keilani going down together. So cute!

Some of the other snow activities included snow angels, snowball fights and of course... the making of a snowman. Molly and Keilani also enjoyed their share of eating snow.

After a fun lunch out we couldn't have had a better day. The kids were all golden and there wasn't a single melt-down. Yay! And tonight Molly already started asking when we'd be able to go again. Obviously it was a hit!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Twin love...

Up until the last couple days, Garrett and Paige haven't been too interested in one another. The extent of their interaction has been ripping toys out of each others grasps and occasionally babbling to one another through the bars of their cribs. But over the last few days I've seen glimpses of some sibling love. Whenever I feed them their bottles at the same time, Paige is always done first as she sucks it back like it's her last meal. But lately, when she finishes her bottle she throws her bottles down, looks over at Garrett, crawls over to him, and "kisses" him on the forehead. It's the sweetest thing ever. And today when she kissed him, she threw in a hug as well and Garrett flashed her the biggest smile. Melt my heart!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Paige is walking...

Well, on December 22nd Paige took three steps in a row. She was taking a step or two before that, but to me it's not really walking until there's three steps in a row. Since then I've been trying to get it on video, but every time I put the camera on her she would fall down. But tonight I got a decent video of her walking. It really shows you how much progress she's made. She's definitely a walker now!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The end of a great trip...

We're back home from Southern California and we had a fabulous trip. On New Years day, we spent most of the day either watching the Rose Bowl parade or a football game and eating mass quantities of food. Here's Molly watching football with Grandma.

And here's Grandpa trying to convince Garrett that football is better than hockey. Silly Grandpa...

The next day we packed up and headed home. Before getting into the car, Grandma and Grandpa took Molly to the park to get some energy out before hitting the road. When I looked at the picture below with Molly and her Grandma, it struck me how much they look alike!

We also were lucky enough to see Steve's dad and step-mom on the drive north. Here's Molly showing Grandpa that you can hear the ocean when you put a shell to your ear.

We arrived home at 1:30 in the morning and the kids slept like champs during the drive. When I transferred Garrett into his crib, he squealed for joy and kicked his legs like he was thrilled to be back in his bed. It's always nice to be home! Despite our exhaustion, the next day we de-Christmased the house and put all the decorations away and now we're back on our regular schedule. I love the Christmas holidays, but it's sure nice to be back to "normal" life.