Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Card

So Dan and I worked like crazy this weekend and got good enough pictures to make our Christmas card- check it out! A special thanks to Shutterfly for making our Christmas card so special.

Check out Shutterfly for your holiday cards!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Turkey Day pictures



We got to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday with my family and Friday with Dan's family and Josh and Emma loved it! They both ate turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish and some mandarin oranges. My sister even gave Emma a taste of whipped cream! Here are some of our pics:


Me, Emma and Josh


With daddy

Josh trying to walk


Emma all dressed up


Josh and Emma in their PJs with Dan and my dad

With my mom

Josh

Josh with daddy

Emma with me and my sister


Emma and me

Emma showing off her walking skills


Josh and Emma

Thursday, November 25, 2010

TIDWTFT- the Thankful version

I always have so much to be thankful for. Life is not perfect and there are people I wish were still here to be a part of my life but I am blessed to be able to get up every day in my warm house, pour myself a cup of coffee and then hear the laughter of my sweet babies.

I am thankful for the way that Josh loves when I tickle his back. He will lay his head on my lap and then stay still while I run my finger up his back and arms. He will let me do it for so long and he just smiles.

I am thankful for the way that Emma crawls (or sometimes now runs) away when we try to get her. We might just be playing or I might be trying to grab the remote or phone from her but when I do, she just picks up speed and tries to get away- laughing the entire time.

I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving- God is good!


Joshua with his singing bear

Emma in her diaper

Josh playing with my grandparents


Emma with my grandpa

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Through their eyes

I just realized one of the things I love most about being a mom. I love looking at the world through Emma and Josh's eyes. They are amazed at the tiniest thing and the find joy in just about everything.

The other day, I was holding Josh and walked into our bedroom. He looked up at the ceiling fan and just stared. So I turned it on and he continued to stare. And then he laughed. Im not talking about a small laugh. He busted into the biggest fit of laughter and clapped his hands, waved his arms and wiggled in my arms. Over a ceiling fan. It made my day.

Another thing that makes my day is how Emma and Josh love me, no matter what. I might not have showered, have a big zit on my cheek and morning breath but they are ready and willing to reach their arms up to me and nuzzle against my face. To them, nothing else matters but being loved by their mama.

Here are some of the 11 month pictures we took of them, enjoy!












Sunday, November 21, 2010

11 months






Emma and Josh have been 11 months for 4 days now and its not that I forgot about the post, its just that I had to find the time to write it.

The morning of their 11 month birthday, Dan and I were walking down the hall to wake them up and I said "Next time we wake them up like this, they will be ONE YEAR old" and I stopped in my tracks. A year. Craziness!


Emma:


- Eats 3 bottles per day, 6 oz a bottle
- Wears size 3 diapers during the day and size 4 at night
- Wears 12 month clothes but can still fit in her 9 month
- Is trying to walk all the time. She took 12 consecutive steps the other day!
- Loves oatmeal, toast, noodles and yogurt
- Can do "So Big" and loves to mimic sounds
- Has the giggles a lot lately
- Does not like to sit still, its impossible to change her diaper
- Screams like crazy when I dress her. Can't nobody hold her down...

Joshua:


- Eats 3 bottles per day, 6 oz a bottle. Also loves his sippy cup!
- Loves all food. He can eat a plate of noodles and veggies quicker than me. Not a huge fan of yogurt though.
- Wears size 3 diapers during the day and size 4 at night
- Wears 12 month clothes and some 18 month, too. Although he is long, he is thin so his pants are always falling down
- Loves to walk while holding our hands but has not tried to step on his own
- Keeps leaning his head back while sitting and doing a slow fall to the ground
- Likes to wave "bye-bye"
- Also screams like crazy when I dress him.


The best part of having two babies at once is watching them together. Im serious, they love to wrestle. Love it. They roll around with one another and the only time I break it up is when Josh pulls Emma's hair. Or bites her. We need to work on both of those, he can be kind of rough!

I can't believe that in a couple weeks, I will have two toddlers at my house. Where did this last year go?!

Emma wrestling with Josh



"What Mom, you said no biting or pulling hair and Im not doing THAT"

Emma is not always a fan of the wrestling

Holiday Cards

This year brings some excitement in picking out holiday cards because of Emma and Josh. Last year, they were only 8 days old on Christmas so we didn't incorporate them into our holiday card. This year is a whole other story. I've been searching websites for the cutest holiday cards and was happy to see that Shutterfly has many to choose from.

My favorite holiday cards are the ones that are colorful, stylish and allow you to incorporate your family photos and Shutterfly's cards fit the bill. I used them when I did Emma and Josh's birth announcement and I was not disappointed. The photo paper was high quality and they had many layouts to choose from. I love using photo cards because its a way to let your friends and family actually see the changes that have occurred in your family over the past year. It brings the people that you don't see very often that much closer to you.

When I ordered from Shutterfly last time, their website was easy to use and their prices were great. I couldn't believe how quickly my announcements came and I was really excited to send them out. I look forward to ordering several products from Shutterly this year including:



1. Holiday Photo Cards- http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-cards

2. Photo Calendars: http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars

3. Photo Canvas (I want to get a big one of these to hang on our mantle!) http://www.shutterfly.com/home-decor/canvas-wall-art


If you are looking for great quality photo items, check out Shutterfly. And remember, Bloggers can get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly: http://bit.ly/sfly2010


Can't wait to share with you my Shutterfly Photo Card!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

TIDWTFT








Oh boy, its been a long week over here. I've been doing day trips for work and Josh has been under the weather. I am so glad its Thursday, I don' think I can handle more than one more day of this week!


Emma:





1. She has become such a mimic. She loves to make this "mmmm, ahhhh" sound (the sound you'd make if you were drinking something) and she does it after you drink, whether you make the noise or not. Its precious. She also loves to take her finger and run it over her lips and make a "brbrbrbrb" sound.

2. She spits out food when we try to feed her. She does eventually eat but she has to spit it out a couple times before she chews and swallows it. She does this with almost everything- cheese, noodles, bread, chicken. Doesn't matter.

Joshua:






1. He loves when Dan holds him in this funny way he made up, I included a picture of it. I don't know how Dan thought of this but as soon as he did it with Josh, he laughed so hard and then cried when he put him down. So now he has to do it all the time!

2. We had our first encounter with sickness last weekend and this week with Josh. In short, he had a fever and was fussy last weekend and really looked like he was teething. He got a couple doses of Ibuprofen (generic, of course) but still looked miserable. I left early Tuesday morning for Columbus and didn't get to see either of them before I left. Later that morning, he developed a horrible rash and the pediatrician asked me to bring him in that night. So at 5 pm, I was finally able to get him in and the pediatrician determined the rash was the result of the illness he had over the weekend and it should go away on its own. (3 days later and its 90% gone) It was just so sad to see him so miserable, I don't know how I am going to handle anymore sickness- I could barely get through a minor virus and rash!


Hope everyone is having a good week!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TIDWTFT

I used to keep a notebook around so I could write down things about Emma and Josh during the week for my TIDWTFT (Things I Don't Want To Forget Thursday.) I need to find that notebook again because each Thursday I sit here, eyes barely open because its so early, trying to remember what I wanted to post about them.


Both:

1. We have started dropping ounces from their bottles. They are down to three 6 oz bottles. My goal is to drop their lunch time bottle by the end of the month. I think it will be easy to do since both of them are pretty good with the sippy cup. (Josh is really good, he loves that thing!)

2. They love to wrestle with one another or with Dan and me. They will throw their bodies on top of the person that is near them and roll around and laugh. I always think they will hurt one another but it hasn't happened yet. Instead, they laugh hysterically and try to roll again.


Emma:



1. She has been trying to walk a lot more. She can almost stand up from a sitting position (she makes her body into a bridge and then pushes up) but she is letting go all the time and then talking 2-4 running steps. Its only a matter of time now...


Josh:



1. He loves to eat. Loves it. The other night, I cut up some cheese, noodles, carrots and whole wheat toast and put some on his tray and some on Emma's. I proceeded to start washing bottles and turn around and he has polished off everything. Now I had to fish some of it out of his mouth because he had put too much in but he wanted more! He tried green peppers the other day too and those were a hit.

Hope everyone is having a good week. Also, I know there is always tons of voting for stuff (TMB, Photo contents, etc) but I got an email that someone nominated my blog on The Bump. I checked it out and I am in last place (Gasp!) So if you get a chance, can you hook me and the peas up with some votes?

Best Multiples Blog

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Baby Games

Dan and I have found many new ways to entertain ourselves since Emma and Joshua were born. We sometimes enjoy their toys more then they do. We also laugh endlessly when we put one of them in a blanket and pull them down the hall. We compete to see who can throw one of their balls the highest towards our vaulted living room ceiling. The newest way we entertain ourselves is called "Baby Curling" We put one of the kids in the Step 2 Car and each stand at one end of the hallway. The person at the end closest to the living room pushes the car towards the person at the end of the hall and tries to get the car closest to the door without hitting it. (Are you following all of this?!) And of course, Emma and Joshua take turns sitting in the car because most of the fun is listening to them squeal with laughter as they roll down the hall (belted in, of course) They love it. We love it. Everyone's happy.

Do you play any fun games like this?


Joshua

Emma

Notice Emma crying because Josh is in the car

She was clearly not happy to be pulled out of the car

Friday, November 5, 2010

If I...I Will

I was contacted by RedCouch PR to participate in a Virtual Book Tour for If I…I Will by Debbie Sutton Covington. After reading the synopsis of the book, I knew I wanted to participate by sharing my own Mark 5 Story. Thank you for stopping by to learn more about this book and to read my story. Please leave a comment if you’d like a copy of the book. I would love to send one lucky commenter my copy of the book.


The book If I…I will is an insightful look at the suffering woman in Mark 5 whom Jesus healed. Debbie reminds us that just like that suffering woman, we must step past our suffering, the words we may hear, our own thoughts, and the crowds around us to reach for Jesus. What if we reach Jesus? Will He change our lives forever? Will He heal us? Yes, indeed! Maybe Jesus won’t follow the way we envision the healing or the change to happen, but faith in Jesus will forever change us. So, step out and reach for Jesus’ hand, and begin the adventure of a lifetime.



Here is my Mark 5 Story. When I graduated from the sixth grade, I got my first job babysitting for a couple neighborhood children. I remember how much I enjoyed planning activities and spending time with them. I poured my heart into what some people considered a way to make a couple bucks an hour. But for me, it was so much more. It was preparing me for what I felt would be the greatest honor of my life. To be a mother.

I am a planner and I planned when I wanted to get pregnant. My husband and I wanted to be married 5 years before we had a child and I could not bear the thought of being pregnant while in graduate school, so we waited until the time was right. In June of 2007, just days after I finished school, we started a journey that would forever change our lives.

The first few months of trying to get pregnant were filled with excitement and anticipation. After the first year, I began to worry. As I neared the second year, I was filled with a sense of dread. Through my journey to have a child I struggled with despair, hopelessness and pain. It was not until I turned over my pain to God that I began to feel peace with the journey.

I remember a conversation I had with my mom as I left the doctor’s office after almost two years of trying to get pregnant. At that appointment, my husband and I had decided to move onto Intra-uterine Insemination (IUI.) I told my mom that I was scared. I was scared that I would put myself out there and that the procedure would not work. I asked my mom “What if it doesn’t work.” My mom’s answer was simple. She said “And what if it does?”

In the book If I…I Will Debbie Covington illustrates a woman in the bible that wrestled with the "What Ifs" in her life She struggled with her suffering and with her pain. But because she stepped out and reached for Jesus, she found healing. She moved past what was holding her back, outside of her comfort level and found comfort in Jesus.

The story in Mark 5 reminds me of the trust I put in God during my journey to become a mother. Through prayer, scripture and lots of tears, I realized that God's plan for me was greater than anything I could every understand. The trust I put in God continues to be at the forefront of my life as a wife, daughter, sister and as a mother.


So What If you trust him with whatever is troubling you in your life?



Debbie Sutton Covington writes and speaks on women in the church. She is also the founder of Journey of Sisters, a ministry that encourages women in their walk in faith through weekly devotionals, monthly newsletters, and fellowship opportunities. Debbie and her husband Kenny and their dogs live in Shreveport, Louisiana. You can purchase her book on Amazon.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

TIDWTFT





Emma:



1. She has been letting me hold her and snuggle with her for longer periods of time. Before, she would just squirm out of my (or anyone's arms) and try to move around. Yesterday, I was holding her and I started rubbing my nose against hers and she laughed. And I don't mean just a giggle either. She started laughing hysterically and each time I rubbed my nose on hers, she squealed with laughter which in turn made me laugh which just made her laugh that much harder. This went on for a couple minutes and I don't think I will ever forget the sound of that laughter.


Joshua:



1. He has a different approach when I put my face up to his. He immediately tries to bite my nose and pull my hair, he is such a boy! The entire he is trying to do it, he laughs. Of course this makes me laugh which just encourages him and I end up moving away from him and then he chases me. He is so goofy and is always making us smile.

Both:

1. They love to chew on things and their new favorite chew toy is fruit rind. Yep, like the peel of the orange or the end of the watermelon. They love it. The pictures in the post are from when I gave them the end of the watermelon. And I wish I could have taken a picture of Josh the other night when I gave him the peel of the orange that still had some orange on it. He sucked on that thing for a good 10 minutes and would not let it go. I had to chase him down for it.

2. Teeth- The current count is:
Emma: 5
Josh: 8


Tomorrow, I am participating on a Blog Book Tour for the Book "If I...I Will" I was asked to share my "Mark 5" story (more on that tomorrow) and in doing so, it brought back so many memories of TTC and the journey that I took to be a mother. In remembering the journey, I thought of the people that are still on the journey, especially those whose story I have followed for a long time. I want you to know that I still think of you and you are always in my prayers.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Trick or Treat



We took Emma and Joshua trick-or-treating last night. We also took them to both grandparents' houses on Saturday. I think they liked that better, not so cold!

Last night, we bundled them up and took them to 6 houses in our neighborhood. Josh sat in the front seat of the double stroller and he screamed bloody murder at each house. Not too great when you're trying to get people to give you candy. Emma sat in the back seat of the stroller and looked cute. And bored. So yeah, we made it to 6 houses and then came home and fed them. And Dan and I ate some candy- not such a bad night!

Emma and Josh looked so cute, here are some pictures:



Hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend!