Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Randomness from the week…

Liberty Sitting Up!
She’s sitting up!  {Not crawling, though!}

Liberty Sitting Up!

Lounging Twins
Nehemiah loes to lounge on his side, propped up on an elbow!  He’s got the Uncle Wesley smile going on, too!

Lounging Twins

Peter Pan Hats
Peter Pan hats.  Nolan has been “flying” through the house so I thought he needed a hat, too. 

Peter Pan Hats

Superhero Lone Ranger
My “superhero Lone Ranger”.  Yup – Nolan graduated from Tonto to the Lone Ranger recently!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Just Doin’ Some Computer Work

Caught the twins playing with this toy computer.  Their expressions and motions cracked me up – just like me & Ben trying to do something together on the computer!  {I don’t always share very well, and Ben doesn’t always understand what I’m trying to do…}

Twins on the Computer
L: “I’m getting an error message.  I don’t know how to fix it.”

Twins on the Computer
N: “Huh?  I don’t know.  Did you try that button over there?”
L: ”I’m working on it.  Don’t interrupt!”

Twins on the Computer
N:  “Let me try.  Just do this.”
L:  “You can try, but it’s not going to work.”

Twins on the Computer
L: “See, I told you.  It’s still not working.  Let me just check this over here…”

Twins on the Computer
L: “Sometimes I just hate these machines.”

Twins on the Computer
L:  “Finally!  Got it working again!”
N:  “I told you that would work.  You don’t ever listen to me!”

Monday, November 25, 2013

Insta Monday

Since I got off Facebook for a little while, I have a little bit more time {not much, but a smidge} to spend on my blog.  I also haven’t been posting pictures for the Grandparents to enjoy, so here are a few of our Instagram shots from last week.

New Stroller
A new stroller – side by side umbrella style.  Still determining if it is the solution/next step in our stroller “problem” but we’re giving it a shot!  I have been watching Craigslist for a couple of weeks now and this one came at the right time, the right price, and it is the denim model (which I preferred, but never thought we would be able to afford!)

New Deputation Thank You Cards
Deputation thank you cards arrived today

Two Responses to Meal Time
Having trouble staying “on schedule.”  Seems like one is always getting sleepy as the other wants to play.  One is fussy and hungry when the other doesn’t have any interest in eating.

Two Responses to Meal Time

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

my {birthday}

It’s been a long week.  Last Sunday we all stayed home sick.  I actually wasn’t sick, but someone needed to take care of all the other sickies.  Last Sunday was my birthday.  It wasn’t a big deal…I don’t like to make a big deal out of my birthday.  But it was kinda a bummer.  We had planned to go out for dinner after church, and Ben even had a babysitter.

I went out first thing in the morning to get some medicine, and I stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast on the way home.  That was my little birthday celebration.  When I got home, Ben and the kids had decorated the door and made me some birthday cards, complete with chocolate.  That was my present. {I had an early birthday present when Danielle was visiting last month}.

Mommy's 31st Birthday  Mommy's 31st Birthday

Mommy's 31st Birthday
Elaine wrote her name all by herself

I had received my birthday box from Mom earlier in the week, and saved the wrapped presents to open on my birthday.  Just what I wanted – jammies and new slippers!  Moms are great like that.  {I got jammies and Starbucks from my in-laws when they came for Elaine’s birthday}.  I kinda stretched out all of my flannel pants last winter with the twin pregnancy!

I didn’t really want a cake {Ben did offer to make one}.  I had had enough of Elaine’s birthday cake.  So I made a pan of Samoa Brownies.  If you’ve never tried them, and if you like Coconut, you have to try this recipe.  My friend Erika introduced me to these brownies, proving once again that she is a true friend.  Ben added 3 red candles and 1 yellow candle to be “31”. And that was my birthday.  {And now you all know how old I am}

My birthday

My birthday

{31}
It was a nice little celebration, except for the sickness part.  Maybe we’ll be healthy next year.

Elaine’s “Real” 4th Birthday

Elaine turned 4 two weeks ago.  We have been sick almost this entire time, and I haven’t even had a moment to think about sorting through her birthday pictures. 

Her birthday is the 5th, but Grandma & Grampa Fezzie came down on the 2nd to celebrate with us.  This is all very complicated for a four year old to understand, especially when there are presents and party decorations, but its not “really” your birthday yet.  So Elaine expressed it as her “pretend” birthday when her grandparents were here, and her “real” birthday on the actual day.  It was cute.  And then, on November 6th, she woke up and asked me if she was still four.  Yes.  For a whole year, dear.

Elaine's Party Decorations
I decorated the night before her “pretend” birthday with some tissue pom-poms and the birthday banner. 

Elaine's 4th Birthday
We started off the day at Elaine’s friend Havilah’s Fall Fun Fest while waiting for Grandma & Grampa to arrive

Elaine's 4th Birthday
Since we didn’t have a party, I did get some special candles and a crown for Elaine to wear.  I got a present on her birthday, too.  Grandma & Grampa brought down this new-to-us couch to replace ours which has been molting its leather for a while.  Word to the wise – never buy a bonded leather couch!

Elaine's 4th Birthday
New princesses for her castle

Elaine's 4th Birthday
Opening play food for her “kitchen”

Elaine's 4th Birthday
We are a chocolate cake with chocolate icing kind of family.  So a little girl needs some pink sprinkles and princess candles to spice it up!

Elaine's 4th Birthday

Elaine's 4th Birthday
Nolan got a present on Elaine’s birthday too – a dragon “cape” dress-up.  First boy dress-up he has loved!  And he looks so stinkin’ cute in it!

On Elaine’s “real” birthday we were rather sick.  She had the sniffles, Nolan was coughing, and the babies were in the same boat.  We had a doctor’s appointment and got some McDonalds for lunch, to make the day seem a little special. 

McDonalds for Elaine's Real 4th Birthday  Elaine's 1st Birthday
These pictures were taken at the same McDonalds – one on Elaine’s 4th birthday, and one on her 1st birthday!

Birthday Girl at the Park   Birthday Girl at the Park
After McDonald’s we stopped at the park.  We waited in line quite a while to swing on the “big girl swings.”  Because what four year old wants to swing in the “baby swings?”

Elaine's 4th Birthday
Then Elaine got this big {!} box in the mail from my mom.  Inside?

Elaine's 4th Birthday
A twin jogging stroller!  And it was much {!} bigger than anticipated, to Elaine’s delight!  {What was Grandma thinking?  Good thing it folds up!  Love you, Mom!}  It came just in time to walk over to vote!  {We got quite a lot of looks!}

Elaine also got some money from her Great-Grandparents and her Great-Grams.  She had to put some in the offering plate – time to learn about tithing!  She put some in the bank (and got a lollipop in exchange).  And we let her use the remainder to purchase two new Berenstain Bears books.  I drove the kids to Barnes & Noble one day to make the purchase of the first book.  After the parking fiasco, we decided to order the second book on Amazon.  Elaine enjoyed getting to pay for her book by herself, but she also enjoyed opening the mail.  {And Mommy enjoyed a little bit more variety in the selection of bed time bear stories!}

Buying a Berestain Bears Book

Buying a Berestain Bears Book

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bronx Kiddos

Today we took a little trip up to the Bronx to look things over again and snap a few pictures for our video presentation.  I took a couple pics of the kids at the park.  The progression just cracked me up – this is what it takes to get four kids to all look at you at the same time!

I was a little nervous to start with – I was putting my two babies on a park bench, over a concrete sidewalk, to sit with their siblings who are only 2 and 4.  And I was the only adult available to catch them in case of catastrophe – Ben was getting the van.  And I was behind the camera, trying to take a picture.  But we survived without the feared catastrophe!

Bronx Buddies
“Nolan, stop playing with the paci!”

Bronx Buddies
“Elaine, I’ll make Libs smile.  You look at Mommy!”

Bronx Buddies
“Nolan!  Let go of the paci!”
{I remove the pacifier"}

Bronx Buddies
{I reposition both babies, who looked quite uncomfortable}

Bronx Buddies
{I wait for the dog to walk by – only Nehemiah thought I was interesting enough to watch!}

Bronx Buddies
“Nolan, you’re choking Nehemiah!”

Bronx Buddies
{okay, good enough!  Liberty doesn’t smile on command anyway}

Bronx Buddies

{but she does love her sister!"}
Elaine picked her shirt out at the store because “Liverty has one with this kind of doggy too, and then I can match her.”  How could I say no?

Bronx Buddies

{Best looking boys…except for their daddy!"}

Bronx Buddies

{my girls}

And maybe this will be our neighborhood park, sometime in the not-so-distant future!