Friday, February 26, 2010

Five times the trouble...

Garrett and Paige had a playdate today with my friend's triplets who are the same age. Five 1-year olds is a recipe for chaos, but it went relatively well. My friend even brought her booster seats, so we were able to feed them all at the same time! And Molly had a fabulous time because the triplets were enthralled with everything she did. So of course she had to show them all her dance moves. Here's the five babies getting ready for their lunch!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Showing some love...

Garrett and Paige are interacting more and more with each other. This can be a good thing, and a bad thing. This week they tag-teamed me for the first time. While I was getting dinner ready, Paige climbed onto the fireplace mantle (her new trick) and handed my magazines to Garrett one by one, which he ripped into little pieces and ate. Sigh. But they're also learning to be so sweet and affectionate with one another, which melts my heart. Check out the video below.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A visit from my Aunt and Uncle!

This weekend my Auntie Donna and Uncle Don came for a visit.  They drove down from British Columbia and we were so thrilled that they were able to stop in on their road trip!  We had a fabulous visit and it didn't take long for the kids to fall in love with them!  Molly LOVED goofing around with my uncle and the twins soaked up the snuggles from my aunt.

When the weekend was over they decided to stay an extra day, so today we took a trip to the zoo!  It was beautiful and sunny out, and we had a great lunch outside while watching the flamingos.  I forgot my camera but was able to steal the pictures from theirs!

Molly was thrilled to check out the zoo from the comfort of my uncles motorized scooter.  She'd just point what direction she wanted to go, and he would drive.  In fact when we were praying before bed tonight, she thanked God for her ride on Uncle Don's scooter.

Molly also enjoyed pointing out all her favorite animals and telling Don and Donna all about them.  And of course the kids were spoiled by their aunt and uncle. They each got Olympic t-shirts. Here's Molly sporting her shirt with Miga (one of the mascots) on it!

It was such a wonderful visit and we were sad to see them go tonight.  But we're looking forward to heading up north in July/August to see my family, so that's something to look forward to!

Friday, February 19, 2010

A trip to the zoo...

We have been trying to go to the zoo since this Monday, but were side-tracked by a round of stomach flu.  Molly and Paige were both hit, and it was NOT fun.  Needless to say, the kids all seemed fine yesterday, so today I felt it was time to get out of the house before the rain hit.  I'm so glad we did it, because it was such a nice day and a lot of the animals were out.

Paige has become a very proficient walker and while we were eating our picnic lunch I let her out of the stroller to explore.  We were sitting by the flamingo pond, and Molly was so thrilled to be able to tell Paige all about them.  It was really sweet.

Because Garrett is still primarily crawling (and putting everything he comes across in his mouth) he spent his zoo visit in the stroller.  But it was our new (to us) double jogging stroller, which he thought was pretty cool.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver...

There is something special about the 2010 Winter Olympics being in Vancouver this year. I lived in that city for 6 years and fell in love with it. So I was REALLY excited when I opened the twins' birthday present from my sister Michelle. She bought official Olympic gear for all three kids, including the awesome jackets you see above. They each also got a shirt with an Olympic mascot on them with the matching stuffed animal. I have LOVED taking the kids out in their Olympic gear and people always comment on them. And of course, there's nothing I love more than dressing my kids in coordinating outfits - hahaha! Thanks Michelle for the AWESOME gift!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is always a special time in our household because it just happens to be our wedding anniversary. This year, Steve and I have been married 6 years. These last few years have FLOWN by and as I reflect back I can't help but think that I'm the luckiest woman ever. I married the most giving, loving, kind and generous man alive. He constantly surpasses my expectations of what a husband and father should be. I love you Steve! Here we are on our wedding day. Don't we look young and energetic? Little did we know that 6 years later we'd be chasing three kids around! Ha!

Molly also got into Valentine's Day this year. Her preschool class celebrated with a Valentine's Day party, and of course she had to get all dolled up for the occasion.

Even Garrett and Paige got into it this year. I decided to take a picture of them and submit it to Twins Magazine for their Valentine's photo contest. And... I won! Their picture was posted here on their website, and will be published in their next publication. AND they are sending me a copy of the magazine with their picture on the cover. So that was pretty exciting.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day and spend a moment to tell the loved ones in your life how much they mean to you.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Birthday Party with Friends & Family

Tonight we celebrated Paige and Garrett's first birthday with close friends and family. We tried to keep the celebration as small as possible so everyone (including me) didn't feel overwhelmed. It was a "little monsters" theme and I had a fun time making cupcakes for the occasion.

Garrett got a little more into his cupcake this time and there was green icing everywhere, including Paige's ears and hair.

Molly had a great time running around with her cousins and friends. And once again she enjoyed showing Garrett and Paige how to rip into their presents.

Paige and Garrett particularly enjoyed finishing their evening with their Nani and Papa who have been here all week. We will all be sad to say goodbye to them tomorrow. The kids have LOVED spending time with them!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Paige & Garrett!

Today was Paige and Garrett 1st birthday and it was made EXTRA special because their Nani and Papa were here to celebrate with us! Unfortunately Paige and Garrett were sick for the special occasion and were diagnosed with croup this morning by their pediatrician. But despite hacking up a lung, they enjoyed the low-key festivities of the day. After dinner, they got their first taste of cupcakes. It was interesting to see their different approaches to their cupcake. Garrett preferred to carefully savor his and we were all extremely surprised by the carefulness he exhibited while eating.

Paige, on the other hand, dove in head first. That poor cupcake didn't have a chance once she got hold of it.

And then of course the sugar rush set in!

So we stripped them down, rinsed them off, and let them unwrap their gifts before bathtime. Molly was more than happy to teach them how to unwrap gifts.

There were some definite favorites out of the presents. Garrett LOVED his giant Tonka dump truck. I've never seen him so thrilled with a toy in my life, and if Paige tried to play with it he got quite upset. He spent half an hour putting balled up pieces of wrapping paper in it, dumping them out, and doing it all over again. It didn't take him long to figure it out!

And Paige's favorite was her big rubber ball. She walked around all night carrying it and showing it to everyone.

At their pediatrician's visit, we also got their new measurements. Surprisingly, since his 9-month appointment Garrett has gained 2 inches in height (now 32 1/4" tall - 98th percentile) but only 6 oz in weight (now 26 lb 7 oz - 91st percentile). So he's definitely leaning out. Paige also only gained 6 oz in weight (now 25 lb 12 oz - 97th percentile) but is only an inch taller (30 1/2" tall - 90th percentile). Garrett is already two inches taller than his sister and is definitely destined to be a big boy.

So despite the croup, it was still a great day. Happy Birthday Garrett and Paige!

Monday, February 8, 2010

A year ago today...

This was me a year ago today. I almost can't believe it. You were all so kind to me, even though someone should have informed me I was AS BIG AS A HOUSE!

A year ago today, I picked my mom up from the airport and we all went to bed knowing that when we woke up we would be going to the hospital to meet Garrett and Paige. I was so nervous about the delivery and about how Molly would do. And now I look back and am amazed what a perfectly flawless twin pregnancy and delivery we were blessed with. Here they are when they arrived. Do you know which one is Garrett and which one is Paige?

Tomorrow they will be one. I've been reflecting a lot over the last week. This birthday is definitely a celebration that we all survived the last year (including dear Molly). It was a tough year and part of me is glad it's over. But the other part of me is a little emotional with the knowledge that we're "done". Our babies are now toddlers and there will be no more babies in the van Riessen household. But at least when I look at the maternity picture above, I'm just glad I'm not carrying them around like that anymore! Yikes!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Garrett's Skills...

Well, this morning I FINALLY caught some video of Garrett walking. Whenever I brought the camera out previously, he would flop down and not want to perform. This video is for his Papa who wanted to see his new skills and couldn't wait until Monday when they fly in for their visit!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Some firsts and some slugs...

Over the last month, Garrett and Paige are becoming toddlers before our eyes. It's amazing. Last week on February 1st Garrett started walking! He's taking 3-6 steps at a time now, but I'm having a very difficult time getting it on video. He's fearless, and his attempts at walking always ends up with him sprawled out on his face. This is so different from Paige's tentative steps when she started. They've both started clapping their hands, and Paige loves to do "So Big" (see video below). And Garrett is also starting to use words. So far he says Mama, Dada and Hi. Paige is really keyed in on what things "do". She knows a phone goes up to your ear and a crown goes on your head. And if she comes across one of Molly's dress-up necklaces she puts it on and takes it off over and over again. Our babies are toddlers! Wow!

Molly's foray into the biological sciences continued today. We had a heavy rain and this morning the slugs were out on the back patio. Molly had not seen a slug before... primarily because we don't get much rain in Sacramento. She was enthralled when I told her how they don't have bones and how they travel on a layer of slime. And she was blown away when they would suck their heads and antennae into their bodies to hide from her.

She also ran a few behavioral studies and thought it was really cool that when she put her finger in their path of travel they would sense her there and veer away from her. But she never touched them... until I went in the house. And when I looked out the sliding glass door to check on her, there she was carrying one around in her hand, talking to it, and petting it like a dog. Well, I guess it's good she's not scared.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Dr. Molly

Well, my darling Molly is becoming quite the budding biologist. And of course the biologist in me is thrilled about this! Today she was pretending to be a doctor. She got all dressed up in her authentic Calgary hospital scrubs (thanks Aunt Nan) and gave me a thorough check-up. Right now she's really into knowing the names of her bones. So far we've talked about the ribs, skull, patella and femur.

And of course the naturalist in her continues to grow. She found a ladybug today and played with it for a half hour. She was so gentle and talked to it like it was a person. It was really adorable. When she tried to bring it in the house I had to draw the line. She was definitely sad when it had enough and flew away.