Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lots of fun at Thanksgiving

Playing on a friend's farm close by, kids loved running around and seeing all the animals, and tried to climb all over the hay stacks which ended up covering them from head to toe. Was lots of fun before eating big! Thanksgiving was sad this year, but we kept busy with many activities and most of all the kids! We tried to turn our sadness into thankfulness as we all said a prayer of thanks to God for having a sister, aunt, and daughter in our lives for 27 years. I took the babies out to the cemetery early Thurs am, and was telling them all about their aunt Kelsey. After wiping off her grave, I looked up and saw that Kiley was taking all the flowers out of the grave next to Kelsey's. While I was putting them back, both were attempting to take the teddy bears off of another grave. I quickly realized it was time to go! I am glad I took them, b/c my tears of sadness turned into laughter, almost as if Kelsey was saying to me "do not cry Jen"
Getting a little too close to the cows for my comfort! It was funny, all the cows were very far away in the field and after playing for awhile, we looked around and they were surrounding us!

Finally getting to take Cason's place!



What a great picture this turned out to be, not sure how we got all kids to sit still and actually look at the camera, must have been the crazy faces and sounds Paul was making! Kiley is next to her favorite person of course!


So the picture of the 4 cousins did not work so well again, dad had to hold Cason to even get him to sit, and Kiley would not take her eye of her big cousin!

Cason loves to push NeNe around, although many times he gets going too fast for her!

Thank goodness for NeNe, who volunteered to supervise all 4 kids eating while the rest of us ate!


Frying the turkey, first year Hadden got to put on the big gloves and help Papa with the pot!


Kiley showing Spencer some love for once instead of Hadden, not sure Spence was too thrilled with her laying all over him!

All ready for bed! Kiley never takes her eyes off of her big cousin Hadden, who she adores, and follows around everywhere!
My aunt and uncle came through on Sat, and was great to see them again, although I am sure the beach was much more quite and relaxing for them than coming into the house with 4 wild kids!

Double Trouble! Dad found them in the laundry room with the dog food! They were both eating it!!! Kiley looked up all innocent at me and said "oh no"

Loving on aunt Carrie! It was the first time that both of the babies wanted aunt Carrie and uncle Greg over me! That was great for me though, I got to relax! (for a minute at least)

Famous dance party, music full blast and everyone dancing! Hadden will let me know quick if I have the wrong song on! Hopefully the kids will pick up on Paul's dance moves and not mine (or Greg's:))


Playing in the Barbie jeep she found in my parents garage, this was going to be a present for her 2nd bday, guess I need to hide it a little better!







Summit Christmas Lighting and Parade

Watching the fireworks with our good friends!
Eating in the big chairs at Johnny Rockets! We had a great view of the parade, which the kids all loved, especially the bands!

Cason's favorite spot to be!



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Favorite things

Instant entertainment is the toothbrushes! They love the vibration on their sore gums!
Cason loves boxes, they will entertain him for hours! So why did I spend so much money on Christmas presents?!?

Kiley's favorite snack, amazes me how she can find all the marshmallows with her eyes closed! I guess I did not give her enough in her bowl, since she managed to grab the whole box!


Also a new favorite is the dust buster! Fine with me, I am training him early!! Always remember my mom and dad making us do all the cleaning chores, I hated it but sure am going to do the same to my kids!!! I knew we had kids for a reason! (ha)



These drawers must be really strong and hope the hold out! If I leave the room, the get in these right away! I think it is so cute/funny it is hard for me to say no!


They love their table, which makes me sad b/c they refuse to sit in their highchairs anymore, another sign they are growing up:(




Putting up Christmas Decor

Finally! How cute they are I must say!! Have to take pictures very quick, have about 5 sec (if you are lucky) to get both to sit still, and that is all with me screaming, holding something over my head, and trying to take the picture! Not sure how the Christmas cards are going to turn out this year!
Trying to get them both to stand together and still for a photo, just didn't work. Cason likes to pose, Kiley wants nothing to do with it!

How far can he reach!! Kiley cheering him on in the background! We made sure to put only non breakable ornaments of the bottom, good thing since the tree is another temptation! They have been pretty good so far, and my mom gave them both several soft ornaments that they love to take off and on the tree. They also like to chase each other around the tree, which is bound to end in disaster one of the these days! The first thing we have to do every am is turn on all the different Christmas lights in the house, which of course Paul counted one night when he was complaining and turning them off, there are 7 different lights (including the tree).


I walked in and Kiley was walking around like this, it was so funny! Of course everything I got out they both thought was their new thing to destroy!




Many things could not get put out this year, the first to be put up was the snow on the snowman table. Why did I even think this would work?? Despite many no-nos, time-outs, and hand spanks, the temptation was just too great!



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Taking away Pacie

So I decided to try and take away the pacie from Kiley, she only gets it at naps and bedtime. The first night she didn't make a sound going to sleep and slept through night. I told Paul maybe it wasn't going to be so bad after all! When Paul brought her down the stairs, she had a pacie in her mouth! Apparently she had one hidden somewhere in her bed! No wonder she didn't cry!!

The next few nights she screamed, ear piercing screams I thought the neighbors would hear her, so I gave it back. My friend Laura told me to try cutting the very end off, which I did tonight. She kept crying, after looking at the monitor I saw she didn't have it, so I went up there and found it on the floor. I calmed her down and handed her back the pacie. She put it in her mouth for a sec, took it out and threw it me, shacking her head and saying no no no.....

so taking the pacie away is not going so well!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Funnies

I was in the kitchen cleaning up and noticed it was awfully quite= trouble. Look what I found! Cason must have grabbed an unopened bag of chips out of the drawer, and both ran into the closet to hide! Together they must have figured out how to open the chips! What I mess when I found them! Guilty faces!
We have been working on learning body parts, and they always want to show you their belly buttons as well as pull up everyone else's shirts to see theirs! Not everyone is show willing to show, especially in public!!

Cason giving his lil sis a hug, right before trying to steal her lucky charms!

This was the first and last time I thought I could put a snack in one cup/bowl and that they could share....that didn't last long!



Paul's 34th bday

Helping daddy open his presents! Christmas is going to be fun this year!
Night out with good friends for Paul's birthday. He thought we were only meeting one other couple; the rest were going to suprise him. However, we were rearended on the interstate and endup being 2 1/2 hours late! What luck! After 1 1/2 if sitting on the side of the interstate waiting for the cops to show up, Paul says maybe we should just go home. I then had to spoil the suprise! By the time we showed up, several people had already left!

The girls.....

Watching Barney

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I made the mistake of showing Kiley that she can watch Barney on the computer. Now all she does if run up to the computer, pointing and screaming "Bar Bar Bar" until you put it on! It reminds me of the scene in Big Daddy when the little boy always screams "Kangaroo" until you get so sick of hearing it you put it on!! So cute though to walk in on this the other morning!

Playing with friends

Watching a Barney video with good twin friends Whitney and Weston. It is nice to hang out with all the "older" twins, they are great help when it comes to holding their hands, going to "get" them when they are running off, and telling me when they are putting things in their mouth! It is also nice having good advice and lots of hand me downs from the moms!

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First Auburn Game!

We took the kids to their first Auburn game for homecoming last weekend, and we all had a blast! They got to experience all the things we love about Auburn, and it was so neat to get to see it through their eyes! Hugging Aubie, meeting the cheerleaders, clapping to the songs of the band during the pep rally, meeting up with friends for tailgating, watching the game (which they lasted about 5 minutes in the stands, those 5 minutes included me pulling all the tricks out of the bag- candy, chips, juice, suckers, and them changing places about 30 times before Paul said- ok lets go!). After the game, they passed right out in the stroller, and we walked them downtown Au for some shopping. Kiley soon woke up and realized she was missing out on the party, and found a giant leftover box of Halloween candy (oops- guess we were too busy looking at the au shirts- she walked herself right back through the "employee only" door where she found the candy). What a fun day we had!

Kiley enjoying her sucker much more than the game on daddy's lap!

Running up and down the ramps in the stadium, much preferred than the stadium seats!

Playing football before the game with daddy


Cason pushing is way through the other kids to get to hug Aubie.

Quick family photo taken by the lady in front of us in the stands! Hard to believe it was November with that warm sun!

Meeting up with our twin friends Addison and Grayson before the game! Looks like Laura has her hands full, good thing she is used to it!

Watching the Tiger Walk, both loved the band and clapped along with the songs!


Both ran right up to hug Aubie, although Kiley was a little unsure!


Getting their pictures with the cheerleaders! Cason sure didn't mind going right to these pretty girls!

The boys waiting on the girls (aka me and Kiley) to hurry up and get ready so we can go to the game!









Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Typical day with toddler twins

Up at 5:30 with ear pain for Kiley, they day begins! Today we met some friends at the library for story time. I left the house with wet hair and no shoes, since it is impossible to shower and get ready with 2 toddlers wanting your undivided attention. Rewinding Barney only works so long.

In the parking lot, I got Cason out, who was soaking wet from his sippy cup that he took the valve out of. Go to get Kiley next, immediately realizing she has major poop, thanks to the third antibiotic she is now on for her ears. Checking the bag I see that there is only 1 wipe left, I try to put Cason back in his car seat, which is like trying to strap in a mad bucking bull, so I can change Kiley with only 1 wipe.

Finally in the library! All the other kids sat quietly on their mom's lap and listened to the songs and story's...Kiley and Cason? Cason was running around the room, on the stage, taking bean bags and throwing them in the trash can (surprise), then would stop in his tracks when he heard a song he liked and start dancing and clapping. Kiley wanted to be in the center and went straight up to the teacher and sat in her lap. When the teacher started the puppet song, Kiley kept grabbing all the puppets she had behind her bag and screaming at the top of her lungs...think she was ruining the song for sure!! Sometimes I do wish they were more shy! At the end we did a craft, which was making a turkey, Kiley took the eyes off of the turkey and ate them, Cason put the whole glue stick in his mouth, and got furious when I took it out. Maybe they are not ready for story time!!

We quickly left for the park after the little girl sitting next to us (although I was the only one sitting) started throwing up! After an hour at the park, I realized the expensive light yellow outfits were the wrong color for playground equipment..thank goodness for stain remover...or my mom who usually gets the bad stained clothes to work on! Parks are still hard (what isn't with 2 toddlers?). Always times when one of them gets out of my sight, which panics me. Today Kiley ran around the little potty house and Cason was in the middle of the high equipment, couldn't reach him quickly or leave him for fear of him falling, but also couldn't see Kiley! Not sure why I put myself in these situations....

Stop by Ginger's for lunch, seeing that I forgot to pack lunch for me (one reason I stay skinny I guess), then head home. Both fall asleep in car despite all windows down, radio full blast, and suckers in their hands. The problem? Car stops and they think naps are done! Which was the case for Kiley, who never went back to sleep! So another long day for me, with no break! My defiant daughter kept climbing the outside of the staircase tonight, which is extremely dangerous, and after 4 times of getting a (light) spanking and leading her to timeout, she looked up and bit my hand. Think I am in for it with her! wow

Paul finally gets home around 6:15; has a nice dinner waiting on him; helps me feed, bathe and put then to bed by 7:30. Then says "gosh they sure are exhausting"...I am very quick to give him the evil eye!!

But the exhausting days are all worth it when they run up to hug you, when you hear them giggle, when you see the way they light up when daddy gets home, and when you are singing them to sleep and they sing with you, all cuddled up in your arms. Wouldn't trade my days with them for anything in the world!! Another day in paradise!!

Fall


Celebrating Frank and Paul's b-day, first time the kids got ice cream, was a big hit except for the sugar before bedtime!


Playing with Luke in the front yard, the kids think he is a giant pillow and also love trying to ride him like a horse. Trees in front are red, yellow, and orange, so pretty! Love fall!





Our first time playing at kids gym, they had a blast playing there with their good twin friends Addison and Grayson!

First time on a trampoline, not sure what to do but loved to climb on and off!