Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ravioli's anyone?

The girls were initiated today in a food that all American children get to eat. Chef Boyardee Raviolis. It was great. Maddie dove in full force. She hardly even made a mess on her tray. Well, that is compared to Izzie's tray. Maddie picked up her ravioli and it went straight in her mouth and she was happy. On the way to her mouth, the tomato sauce did get painted across her face, but that was to be expected. Izzie enjoyed her raviolis in a much different way. First she painted her tray with the tomato sauce expressing her creativity. Then she put the raviolis in her mouth, sucked off the tomato sauce and spit the ravioli out. She had no clue that if she were to bite into the pasta that another tasty treat would be trapped inside. So, of course, I had to show her. I took one of her ravioli's (I did not think about the fact that she had already sucked the sauce off until later...) and bit it. "Yum Yum!" I told her and then I offered her the other half. She cautiously tasted it again and was sold. She cleaned her plate too. Maddie was just waiting for Izzie to not like hers. She said she would glady finish her sisters portion. So the Raviolis were a big hit.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pajama day


"Giddy Up! Zebra!" (Izzie)


Izzie


Maddie


Future Computer Engineer (Maddie)


Today has been a pajama day for our family. Well, except John, he had to get dressed to run to the store and buy me some more cold medicine. I'm still not feeling well. Just a head cold, but it's a pain. I'm actually motivated to clean my house, but everytime I stand up to do something I get overheated and miserable.

So, we've just been hanging out, not doing too much. Playing with the girls. We've been focused on trying to keep Izzie happy. Somethings not right with her. We don't know if it's teeth or tummy. She doesn't appear to have my cold. She's perfectly happy one minute and then she's crying out in pain. She wants to be cuddled and then she wants down. We don't know what to make of it. Maddie's just been happy as a little clam today.

Friday, November 28, 2008

To The Dump

Today was a field trip day! I like calling my outings field trips, it sounds so much more fun. Yes, we went to the Dump. No, it's not what you are thinking. There is a furniture store here in Dallas called The Dump. It basically is an overstock store for furniture. They typically have great prices because everything is overstock from other name brand stores. We are searching for bedroom furniture. I'm SO excited. We've been married for about 5.5 years. We bought a mattress when we first got married, but somehow a head board and other bedroom furniture kept getting knocked down the list. So, we are finally going to purchase some furniture. We'll feel so grown up. (Not that having a house and two kids didn't do that for us already!)

Well our adventure today was only a half success. We found out that indeed we can agree on a piece of furniture! We've been arguing the style of bed for almost the whole time we've been married. But, they sales lady wouldn't break up the set and I didn't want the dresser that came with the bed. The girls had fun in the furniture store. They are always fascinated with new stores. They were looking everywhere.

Other than that, it's just been a laid back, rainy and gloomy day. A big thanks to John's dad who braved Walmart at 5 am to buy us a TV for our bedroom! Today, being Black Friday, Walmart had a good sale on a new TV and Tom was willing to fight the crowds for us.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Lots of Thanksgiving Pictures

We had a wonderful time, eating a wonderful meal. Here are some of our moments:

Just hanging out. Here's John, Izzie, Maddie and Sabrina. Sabrina was chasing Maddie.


Jackie was trying to get a picture of all her grandchildren for Christmas cards. This was not easy to get 3 babies and a 4 year old to look at the camera and smile. I was standing on the side so I didn't even get them to look at me. But they all looked adorable in their Christmas dresses!


This is what Julie, Jackie, Grandma and Chris look liked while they were trying to get the kids to look and smile.


Maddie and Me.


Grandma and Jackie enjoying the big meal.


Here's Cody and Dana.


Aw, isn't Julie and Chris SO cute.


Maddie and Izzie's very first Thanksgiving meal. They ate some turkey, greenbeans, cauliflower and a roll. Yummy!


Okay, this is for Lynn. All the kids were dressed in their USC outfits. Here is Sammy, Izzie, Maddie and Sabrina.


Grandpa getting all the love from the "triplets." (Maddie, Sabrina & Izzie)

Happy Turkey Day!

May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
And your pies take the prize'
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
(I received this in an email from John's cousin Brad Schmid yesterday, and thought it was hilarious.)

Hey Pepaw- "GOBBLE GOBBLE!!!!!"

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It's Pre-Thanksgiving Day

Well, I did my part of the Thanksgiving dinner. I baked some sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top and made some southern cornbread dressing. I grew the sweet potatoes this summer. I like to grow them for their pretty foliage, but they yield a terrific crop. As for the difference between stuffing and dressing, it goes like this: Stuffing goes in the bird, Dressing on the other hand is a side dish, that dresses up the plate. Often times in southern families it's more important than the bird! In my family we always make sure we have enough leftovers of the dressing. Any turkey that's leftover gets shredded up and added to the dressing leftovers. Then we eat it as a meal.

This morning I woke up not feeling that great. As the day progressed I felt worse and worse. I'm not sure if it's a mild head cold or an ear infection. It feels more like an ear infection. I laid down a lot today and I'm feeling a bit better this evening.

I'm looking forward to Turkey Day, as we call it. John and Chris conspired to have the girls wear football onesies tomorrow. So, Maddie, Izzie and Sabrina will be wearing USC "Jerseys" that Lynn, John's cousin gave them. I guess Thanksgiving and football are supposed to go together. So, Lynn... this one's for you! (As everyone knows, I am NOT a fan of football!)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

PAMOM Buddy


Here is Izzie with my Buddy Sarah. They were pals by the end of the meal.

I am so excited that I finally got matched with a buddy in my PAMOM group. So, now I'm a mentor to a mom who is expecting twins. My buddies name is Sarah and she's currently 15 weeks pregnant with twins. She doesn't find out the sex for a few more weeks though. We've talked on the phone a few times, but I finally was able to meet her for lunch today. I took the girls with me and we met at Olive Garden. I was being brave, it was the first time I took the girls out to eat without another family member to help me. Sarah was able to help a lot though. Luckily Izzie let her hold her without any tears. They are getting so much better about letting other people hold them.

The girls were terrific. Although I thought they were going to explode. They ate all their baby food, a pear and a stick of cheese. Plus probably half a cup of cheerios. I just keep giving them little bits of food to keep them happy while we were visiting. They were very patient. I had a great time visiting with Sarah, I think we really hit it off!

Monday, November 24, 2008

The cutest thing EVER

Okay, I wonder how many times I'm going to want to use that title in my future. But seriously, Maddie did the cutest thing ever today. We were all sitting on the couch watching tv. Well, John and I were watching tv and the girls were playing. I gave Maddie a big kiss. Then she reached over to Izzie and gave Izzie a big kiss. Izzie thought that was the funniest thing ever, so she started laughing and gave Maddie a kiss back. Then they both kissed me. Poor John, was missing in on the fun, so then they gave Daddy a kiss. We were all in stiches laughing by this point. It was just one of those moments I hope to never ever forget.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Muenster


Me and Izzie going down the slide.


Sabrina and Uncle Cody.


Maddie at Dana's house.


Maddie, Sabrina and Izzie having a discussion. (And playing patty cakes)


Sabrina and Izzie having another "discussion."


Sammy having a blast.


Maddie


Izzie


Sabrina, Izzie, Maddie and Sammy at Dana's house.


We went to Muenster, Texas today to visit Dana and Cody. It was Muenster's annual Thanksgiving Feast. It's a HUGE turnout. The whole town gets together and there is a huge feast, a silent auction and games for the kids. They really go all out. It was good to get to visit with Dana and Cody too. Dana is about 19 weeks pregnant. She is getting a sonogram on Tuesday, but doesn't want to know the sex of her baby. I guess I'll just HAVE to wait. I love finding out what people are having as soon as possible.

I've always been like that. It's not that I don't like surprises, I do. I just don't like suspense. So if I'm going to have a surprise I want it NOW. I hate when someone tells me that I will have a surprise in two weeks or whatever. It nearly drove me crazy that I had to wait until 20 weeks to find out the sexes of my babies. I don't know how people can stand it. But... that's just me.

Back to Muenster. We had a great time. Maddie, Izzie and Sabrina got to crawl around in the grass. It seriously looked like they were playing patty cakes with each other and talking. Sammy had a blast playing on the playground. The day was fun, but tiring. The girls got naps in the car. They were overtired when we got home but I think they were hungry. After we fed them dinner they fussed for about 10-15 minutes and then they were super happy until bedtime. It was actually hard to get them down, because they got some extra burst of energy.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Adventures in the night

I hardly remember those days back before my pregnancy when I would lay my head down on the pillow at night and sleep until morning. It's such a foreign concept now days. last night was particularily interesting. At Mema's house the girls proved that they could sleep from 7p-7a. They did it two nights in a row. I did have to rock a baby to sleep both nights, but they didn't cry until I nursed them, proving they weren't hungry. So last night, I decided to see if the same would hold now that they were back in their own beds. Izzie woke up at 3:30. I laid with her on the couch for about 15 minutes, just cuddling her. She went back to sleep and I put her back in her crib. Maddie did the same thing at 6am. I actually thought that she was up for the day, but I was so tired, that I laid on the couch with her and we both almost fell asleep! I was debating whether or not to just nurse her or to wake up Izzie and nurse both of them. I hate nursing them at different times. But before I could decide she fell asleep and I put her in her crib. I crawled back in bed. John woke me up at 7:30 to ask if I had nursed them in the middle of the night. They slept all the way to 8:30 this morning!

Today they've been a bit fussy, but they miss their Mema and all the excitement of travel. On the other hand they are enjoying the toys that my Aunt Tanya and Uncle Jim gave them. Their daughter Taylor, was finished with some, so we got to take them home. Their favorite so far is the balls that are a part of another toy.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Home sweet home

We are back home today. What a fun trip we had. I of course already miss Mema and Pepaw. I miss them as soon as we are pulling out of the driveway. Goodbyes went really fast this morning because it was COLD outside. So instead of lingering in the driveway with long goodbyes it was "bye, love ya!" and into the warm van. The girls did pretty good with the drive. We made it about an hour and half before we had to stop and let them out. It worked out pretty well because it was about thier lunch time (and ours.) We stopped at a Dairy Queen. I always think of Grandma Bettie and Grandpa Jimmy when I stop at a DQ. When Rhonda and I were little they would always take us to one when we went to visit.

Maddie and Izzie had such a wonderful time. Mema is tireless. She plays and plays and plays with the girls. By bedtime they were worn out each night. When we got back to Dallas, I dropped Rhonda off at my Mom's house where her car was. The girls had had enough of the car too, so we got out and visited for a bit. Then back home to see Dada! They were very excited to see their Daddy. He was also very excited to see all of us!

I took 188 photos this week. Yes, even I was surprised at the amount. Sometimes I took multiple pics of the same scene to try and get a good one. Here are all of my pictures! Click HERE to see the album online.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Meeting Santa

Today was a very special day for the girls. Maddie and Izzie got to meet Santa for the very first time. It went so good too! They were a bit weary of him at first, but they both warmed up pretty quickly. We went to Unka D's photography studio and had pictures taken with Santa. We got a ton of cute poses.

We also saw my cousin Lisa and her boy AJ this afternoon. Lisa has only gotten to see the girls for about five minutes since they were born. The first time I came to Bryan, AJ was sick, so she didn't want to stay too long. The second time, I ran out of visiting time, and never got to hook up with her. So she and AJ came over to Mema's house and we hung out for awhile. AJ has gotten so big! He's 3.5 years old, but it seems like yesterday that Lisa told me she was having a baby boy.

The girls are having so much fun with Mema. I wish I could be as creative as she is. Every other minute she is coming up with a new activity to keep the girls entertained. When I get back to Dallas it's going to be rough! They are getting used to their Mema very fast.

Rhonda has been indispensable. I could not have done the studio without her that's for sure. That and just keeping the girls rounded up here at Mema's house. They are really fast and love to get into everything. Rhonda has so much patience with little kids.

There is so much more to say, but I'm exhausted and a bit brain dead. It's been a very long day. The girls are asleep and I get a few minutes to visit with Mema before I have to head to bed, so we can have more adventures in the morning.

(I'm taking tons of pictures, I'll have to add them later)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Getting ready for travel

I'm leaving tomorrow with the girls to go visit my Mema and Pepaw. My sister is coming with me but John is staying home to work. I'm both excited and pre-exhausted. You know... just exhausted thinking about what you have to do to get ready. One reason we are going this week, in the middle of the week is Santa Claus is coming to my uncle's photography studio for pictures. I spent yesterday shopping with (and without) the girls trying to find some outfits for Christmas pictures. I found some adorable pj's. Darrin has one scene that looks like the girls just got out of bed for Christmas morning. And then I bought some adorable red dresses. Along with the Christmas dresses that their Grandma bought them, we have it made.

Now, for the packing. It takes a lot to go somewhere with twins. It's also hard find the time to pack when you've got twins. We are only going for a few days, so it won't be too bad. I borrowed two pack and plays. Those are portable cribs. The tent I bought for the girls was great when they were not mobile and it'll be great to play in when they are a bit older, but right now, I don't think zipping them in a tent would go over too well! I have two booster seats. Now that they are eating solids, I need a way to feed them at Mema's house. Oh, have to bring babyfood. And then the toys. Lots of toys. And clothes. Diapering needs, bathtime supplies... the list goes on and on.

We've been fighting a horrible diaper rash in this household. Friday night Izzie was up multiple times during the night in some serious pain with it. I almost called the doc Saturday morning, but it had started to look a little better (and she wasn't in pain). So we decided to wait and see how it looked today. Well, today it looks much much much better. It's almost cleared up. I felt so bad for her on Friday night. I think another day or two of diaper cream and it will be cleared up.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cute hats


Maddie and Izzie at lunch. They were having their own conversation.


Izzie getting ready for lunch and shopping. It was chilly outside today!


Maddie in her hat.


Maddie and Izzie


Maddie and Izzie

Storytime


Maddie, Momma and Izzie reading "Three Billy Goats Gruff."

Both Maddie and Izzie love the story "Three Billy Goats Gruff." I read it to them almost every single day, sometimes twice a day. The troll in the story is named, Sid, and I always read the story with a funny voice for Sid. It makes the girls laugh. Now, they like to touch Sid when they see him on the page. They like listening to other stories, but for Billy Goats Gruff, they climb in my lap and really get into the story.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Our first Zoo Trip

We went to the Dallas Zoo today! We are actually bigger fans of the Fort Worth Zoo, but a co-worker told John that half of the FW Zoo was under construction. Since it's so much farther away, we decided we'd go to the Dallas Zoo this year and then next spring when the FW Zoo opens their remodeled exhibits we'd take the girls there. I love zoos. I always have. I guess because growing up we lived close to the Houston Zoo which is also a very nice zoo.

The girls were of course to young to really understand where we were, but they still had a good time. I think they enjoyed watching all of the elementary students there on field trip more than most of the animals. But then again, a class of elementary students IS more exciting than some of the animals at the zoo. They whoop and holler and run around alot. We got to get up REALLY close to a gorilla. As a matter of fact, when he moved, I jumped back scared. They also noticed the elephant. But mostly they enjoyed watching all of the other kids, being pushed in their stroller and lunch time. They always like lunch time.


Gorilla


Momma and Izzie


Izzie, Maddie and Daddy


Izzie, Maddie and Momma


Momma and Maddie


Momma, Maddie and Izzie.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Daddy Jungle-gym

The girls have a favorite new toy. It's called Daddy. Personally, I think it's a pretty high maintanence toy... you've got to feed it all the time. But other than that, it works pretty good. John lays down on the floor in the play room and the girls crawl all over him. It's so fun to watch. And since this model of toy doesn't have glasses or hair, there is less to grab on to.

Maddie and Daddy


Izzie and Daddy


Daddy, Maddie and Izzie


Also, I got my haircut today. It really, really needed it!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

November PAMOM

Last night's PAMOM (Plano area mom's of multiples) meeting was fun. We had our breakout sessions like normal. We meet and go over questions that each of us are facing as parents of mulitples. A lot of the topics focus on 1) How to get more sleep 2) How to handle gassy babies and 3) How to get out and about with multiples. Last night was interesting to me with girls that are almost 11 months old, talking with mom's who's twins are closer to 3 months old. I remember thinking those mom's with older babies had it together! Now, I know they just had different issues.

After the breakout sessions we headed into the general meeting. Tonight was the launch for the advertisement of the PAMOM Gala Event. It's our big fundraising event of the year. This year's theme is Vegas night. So the Gala Committee wanted to do a preview. They brought in strobe lights and balloons and other Vegas decorations. We had a finger food buffet and club music while we were eating. They went a long way to turn the cafeteria we have our meeting in, into a fun party. And this was just their "preview."

Our guest speaker last night was Brenda Teele. She came to talk about being a working mom with multiples. Since I'm not a working mom, I wasn't sure I would stay for the speaker. But she was a fun lady and a great guest speaker. It was just so casual and she was open and honest about her life with multiples and an older sibling. I guess it makes sense that she would be a great public speaker since she is an anchor on Dallas' WFAA Good Morning Texas news show. Overall the night was fun.

John didn't have too hard of a time with the girls either from what I hear. I nursed them right before heading out the door and he gave them some yummy puree right before bed so they wouldn't have to go to bed on empty. He gave them a splish splash fun bath. And put them to bed. He said they cried for awhile, but he managed to get them down without too much upset. He did something right because they slept all the way until 7:45 this morning. (With one night nursing around 5am.)

This morning they've been pretty happy. Playing and "helping" me clean a little. They weren't so sure about me putting up all their toys so I could run the vacuum over their play area floor. They watched me like little hawks. But they relaxed when their toys came back down.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Storytime


I caught this cute moment in a picture. Izzie is reading Maddie a story. She was babbling along and Maddie was sitting there listening. (Right before she grabbed the book from Izzie...) I love these cute nightgowns I got at the Twin garage sale a few weekends ago!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Visiting Nana and Grandma & Grandpa


Maddie at Grandma's house.


Izzie


Sabrina


Maddie stealing Sabrina's pacifier. Sabrina fits right in with the girls, they treat her the same as they treat each other.


Sabrina, not afraid to jump right in. She's Kissing Izzie.


Today was visiting day. I was going to take both girls over to Nana's house for lunch, but they were on complete opposite schedules this morning. Maddie slept through lunch. So, she had to stay home with John and Izzie and I went out to eat with my Mom. It was so weird only having one baby with us at the restaurant! We really missed having Maddie with us. But it gave Izzie some special time. Maddie got some alone time with Daddy when she woke up from her nap.

Yeah, it was pretty weird this morning. The girls saw each other in passing. When one was up the other was sleeping it seemed like. Hopefully they will be back on schedule tomorrow.

After lunch, we headed over to Grandma and Grandpa's house. Chris, Julie, Sammy and Sabrina came over too. The cousins all looked SO cute hanging out playing toys together. You can tell Sabrina has an older brother because she kept grabbing the girls and giving them kisses. She was pretty aggressive about it, but Izzie and Maddie didn't seem to mind. It was cute to see her loving on the girls so much. Then of course, Maddie and Izzie both tried to steal Sabrina's paci. Oh, and Sabrina was watching the girls crawl and she got mad when she couldn't figure out how to do it too! She'd get up on all fours and rock and rock and let out a little squeal of frustration.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Dallas Arboretum

This morning John and I took the girls to the Dallas Arboretum. We've been wanting to go ever since they could sit up to get some good photos. As it was, we didn't end up getting the best photos, but we did have a good time. We met other families from Plano Area Mom's of Multiples when we got there. Basically we got together, took a group photo and then dispersed. We met up at noon for a picnic and another group photo. We met up with Kim, Marc and their twins Cambry and Sebestian. We strolled around the gardens with them for a while, took some pics and then went and ate a picnic. The weather was great and the gardens were pretty. I think the girls had fun, but they mostly kept looking around like, "Where are we?"

The rest of the day has been pretty laid back and relaxed. We needed that after this last week! John is reading Brisingr by: Christopher Paolini. It's the third in the series. I just finished rereading Eragon the first book in the series. The girls played in their toy room for a long time. Although I have a feeling that bedtime is going to be a bit early tonight. We spent a long day in the sun and didn't have an afternoon nap.


PAMOM group. More families showed up after this photo.


Cambry, Sebastian, Maddie and Izzie.


Maddie and Izzie

Momma, Izzie, Daddy and Maddie.