Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Programs

Cali has been in two Christmas Programs this season.  This past Sunday the preschoolers sang at church.  It was adorable!  Cali did great during the practice but was a little shy during the actual program.  Maw Maw was able to come see Cali sing.




Our three blessings all dressed up at church

On Thursday her playschool had a Christmas program.  Her class sang 4 sounds and recited a bible verse.  They were absolutely adorable and Cali was much more confident during this program.  She did a very good job of signing loudly and doing most of the motions.  For this program Nana was able to come.

Here is a video of them singing.
video


Friday, December 21, 2012

Red Table

After the kids finish their afternoon naps it is snack time.  The twins have made some progression from floor picnics to red table snack time.  It is so cute to see them be big boys and girls at the table.  We also have play time the at red table.
Picnic snack time

Table snack time

Play time at the table

As a side note the red table is what I call a "Legacy Toy".  Meaning it was a toy that my sister and I had when were where young.   My dad brought it to our house for Cali to play with shortly before he passed.

Cali eats all of her meals on it, uses it for craft time and play dough time.   When we had the twins mom bought us two more chairs so all the kids could sit together.

It will be so fun to have all three kids sitting together eating on it one day!  We tried lunch today at the table but Henry is too busy to eat a meal not strapped in!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

10 Years

Friday was Nick and my 10 year wedding anniversary!  Wow what a 10 years it has been!  Lots of craziness with jobs, buying a house, MBA, owning a business, having 3 kids and getting back into the ministry.  The good news it we survived and are stronger now than ever!  It is truly amazing how we can love each other more everyday.  Nick is my best friend and I'm so blessed to walk through life with him.

We were so lucky to be able to take 2 anniversary trips.  The first one was through my work for a four day three night trip to Cancun Mexico before Thanksgiving.  It was amazing!  The resort was beautiful and we had so much fun together.
Relaxing my the pool

About to go repealing and zip lining

At Tulum - Mayan ruins


This past weekend we ran away to Winston-Salem, NC for a night away.  We stayed at the Inn that used to be a cotton mill - love the old atmosphere.   We enjoyed yummy food and some quality time without the kiddos.

Us after dinner.  The roses behind us were a surprise from Nick!
 For our anniversary I also got a ring upgrade!!!  Nick is too good to me!


Here's to the next 10!  May they be better than the last!


Saturday, December 15, 2012

13 Month Twin Update


Henry and Hannah are 13 months old!  It is so fun to see them discover new things.  Hannah is really doing well walking.  She isn't walking full time but she is getting more confident each day.  She is also growing in her vocabulary.  Her main words are: Momma, Dada, Uh oh, and she tries to say Cali.

Hannah 13 months
Henry 13 months

Henry is an explorer.  He is constantly trying to climb on something, crawl under something or open something.  He keeps us on our toes!  If it ever gets quiet and we don't see Henry we know he is up to something!  He is also growing in his vocabular with: Momma, Dada, and ball.  The boy loves to bounce and throw balls.


The twins just adore Cali!  They love to play together and laugh at her often.

It will be a while till we can get a picture of all 3 looking AND smiling at a camera
MONTHLY UPDATE:
Food - They drink whole milk and water.  They eat three meals a day and get one snack.  The main foods they like are chicken, green beans, broccoli, potatoes, ground beef, noodles, dried apples, crackers, pancakes and french toast sticks.  Henry will eat almost anything you put in front of him and he eats a lot of food!  Hannah is more picky with her food so it can take a while to find something to fill her up.  
Sleep - They take a morning nap and an afternoon nap.  They nap at 10am and 3pm.  They go to bed at 8pm and wake up around 7:00am.  The naps are 45 minutes to 2 hours long.
Clothes - Hannah is in 9-12 and some 12 month.  Henry is in 12 month size.
Weight -  Hannah 18 lbs 1 oz Henry 24 lbs 6 oz   Yes Henry is huge compared to Hannah!
Height - Hannah 29 inches Henry ? inches  
Diapers - Pampers size 3
Health - Hannah's Hemangioma is doing well but when we stopped her meds it became red again.  So we are back on meds for another 3 months at that point we will re-evaluate and see if any further treatment is needed.
Fun Facts - Henry loves to stand up with a ball in his hands and throw it while standing.  Hannah loves to play with the big legos and blocks.  Her favorite thing is to knock down towers that others build.  Both babies learned how to wave bye-bye this week.

Monday, December 3, 2012

It's December

And I can't believe it!  For a number of reasons it does not seem like December and that Christmas is in 22 days!  First today it is 73 degrees outside but mostly this year has been a blur.  If I didn't have this blog to look back on I would forget everything we have done.  So in an attempt to remember fun things down the road here is what we have been up to.

Saturday was Cali's first friend from play school's birthday party.  Most all of the kids from her class were there and it was just adorable to see them all playing together.  Many of them have been together for three years!  They spent most of the time running around outside playing.  Cali had a blast!
Cali with her BFF Morgan

Sack race - check out Cali's face!

7 kids eating smores on 1 bale of wheat straw

Sunday afternoon we meet up with Maw Maw for shoe shopping and dinner.  Trying to get the twins sized for shoes, trying on shoes, keeping Cali from trying on every shoe she could find, and then buying shoes was chaos.  But we did walk out with shoes for the twins!  They are still getting used to them and Henry has even figured out how to take them off in the car!   We had a fun dinner at Jason's Deli that included ice cream cones for the twins and ice cream for Cali and Maw Maw.  

Maw Maw teaching Cali how to lick up the drips

Hannah 

Henry

Since it was 73 degrees today I took the kids to a local park.  It was the first time the twins got to get down and "play" at this park.  The swings where the highlight!   
Twins sharing a swing

All 3 kids on the swings

Henry

Hannah
Oh the fun with 3 kids!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hannah on the move

Hannah learned a new trick this week- walking! Every day she gets braver and will take a few more steps. It is only a matter of time before Henry catches on and we have 3 kids running in 3 different directions!

video

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012


We were blessed to have two Thanksgiving events this year with family!  The first was at Grannie's house (Nick's grandma).  It was a smaller group than at Christmas so we all fit in her house.  We had a great time catching up with family and even got to see a few cousins we hadn't seen in years.  The twins did great and ate a ton of food.  This is the first Thanksgiving where they got to enjoy the yummy food.  Cali had a blast playing with cousins and running around.

Grannie and Cali

Feeding the kids

Hannah with cousin Quinn

Henry and cousin Charity

On Friday we even got our tree up and decorated!  Cali did the bottom half and was so proud of it!  We'll see if we can keep the twins from knocking it over between now and Christmas!




The second celebration was at our house on Saturday.  This was with my side of the family to include my mom and my sister and her family.  This worked out great because we had a wonderful meal, took a trip to the park to play and the twins stayed on schedule!
Hannah, Aunt Mary, Henry and Nana

Cousin play time with legos!

They big cousins had a great time at the park together!  They played tag, when down the slide and even played in the dirt.  What more could you want for your Thanksgiving memories?!





Wednesday, November 14, 2012

One Year Twin Update

Happy 1st Birthday to Henry and Hannah!!!
Today the twins turn one and we celebrate surviving the first year of their lives and look forward to the many years to come!


We are so blessed to have three healthy children to fill us with such joy!  Every day is something new and we are so proud of each of them.
Henry One Year Old

Hannah One Year Old


MONTHLY UPDATE:
Food - Four bottles a day of formula (we plan to stop this in the next couple weeks) and three solid food meals.  They love to feed themselves.  Their favorite foods are pancakes, green beans, puffs, veggie chips and chicken. 
Sleep - They are still sleeping through the night!  They go down at 8pm and up at 7am.  They nap at 10am and 3pm.  
Clothes - Hannah is in 6-9 and some 12 month.  Henry is in 12 month size.
Weight -  Hannah 17 lbs 4 oz Henry 21 lbs 6 oz  Henry looks huge next to Hannah!
Height - Hannah 27.5 inches Henry 29 inches  
Diapers - Pampers size 3
Health - Hannah's Hemangioma looks so good and we are done with medicine at this point!
Fun Facts - Both babies can stand on their own and Hannah has even taken a few steps!  Henry has four teeth and Hannah has two.  Henry likes to cuddle, especially after a nap.  Hannah is our talker.  The only words we recognize are Momma and Dada.

They have come a long way in a year!
Hannah and Henry just born

Hannah and Henry a few days old

Monday, November 12, 2012

Twin's Mickey and Minnie 1st Birthday Party

Saturday we celebrated the twins turning one!  Praise the Lord we survived the first year.  We were so blessed to be able to invite a small group of family and friends to a party.  Cali decided it needed to be a Mickey and Minnie party which we thought was a perfect fit for boy/girl twins.

Mickey Cupcakes

The food was all kid friendly.  Chicken nuggets, apple sauce, chips, juice boxes, veggies and dip, and cupcakes.

After lunch we had present time.  I helped Hannah open hers and Nick helped Henry.  They got lots of toys and adorable clothes.



Hannah decided to show off her standing skills for everyone.
 Henry is starting to look like such a big boy these days.

This is the best picture I could get off all three kids.   I got them matching Mickey and Minnie shirts.  The twins shirts have a number 1 and their names.  Cali's had a Minnie face and her name.

We did the smash cakes for the twins.  We tied ballons to their chair which turned out to be very entertaining for them.  We actually had to hide the ballons so they would focus on the cake.


Henry went to town right away and it took Hannah a few minute to realize it tasted good.

We had a ton of fun and are just so blessed to have wonderful people in our lives.