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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Life lately, as dictated by my iPhone

Believe it or not, there are actually some pictures I take with my phone that don't end up on facebook or Instagram. And here's proof:

When Clara was first born, we often referred to her as "Ducky" because she was constantly making a duck face with her lips. She has since dropped that habit, but in its place, she tends to hold items together with her lips, still resembling a duck bill. Behold her approach to eating a cracker at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago:

In the summer of 2012, my parents moved out of their house and as a result, unloaded several boxes of my childhood belongings (read: junk) at my house. Not surprisingly, one of those boxes was full of stuffed animals, so I went through it and decided to keep some for future children and give the rest away.

Brian, however, jokingly rescued 2 of the stuffed cats from the giveaway pile and insisted that Baby Dinosaur wanted to keep them as pets since we didn't have a real cat to play with. They were promptly named "Mittens" and "Scruffles" and became permanent residents in our home, despite my wishes otherwise.

When the twins were born, we occasionally tried to get them to play with "Scruffs and Mitts," but they never took much interest. At some point, Scruffs ended up in Colby's crib, and from there, a friendship flourished.

It is not uncommon for us to look into the monitor at nap time now and see Colby flailing Scruffs in the air or clapping his arms together, and even though I didn't use to be Scruffs's biggest fan, I changed my tune once I realized how much Colby seemed to like him.

So just imagine how much my love for Scruffs grew when we found Colby asleep in his crib like this a couple of weeks ago...

And speaking of pets, I loved this (blurry) action shot of our 4 little ones playing together:

This was Brian after we put the twins to bed the night before their birthday, assembling their Cozy Coupes and tricycles. My parents lovingly pointed out that we better get ready because this is what Christmas Eve will look like at our house for many years to come! Good thing Brian likes that kind of thing ;)

Took the twins to their one-year check-up on Friday and Colby took great interest in the fish tank:

Loved this picture of mine and Clara's shoes together. Why are they on the coffee table, you ask? Because if we leave them on the floor, that gives the twins full permission to use them as chew toys.

And lastly, after we took pictures with the Easter Bunny last weekend, Clara could not take her eyes off of that bunny. She was clapping, giggling, and waving at him while he was taking pictures with other kids. This picture doesn't do her enthusiasm justice, but I do like the fact that you can see the Easter Bunny taking a break to put his face in front of the fan- I don't blame him, it was toasty in there even without having a rabbit suit on!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring has sprung

9 days later and I think we have finally recovered from the twins' birthday! I think I was mostly running on fumes and leftover birthday cupcakes last week, which might explain why I slept for 9.5 hours on Saturday night and still had a hard time rolling out of bed the next morning.

Before I move on to new topics, it is worth mentioning that for the first (and probably last) time ever, a reader asked where my outfit that I wore at the birthday party was from. I couldn't e-mail her directly and I didn't want to deny the rest of you this important information, so here goes:

*What's funny is that my mom bought these for me… so technically they are her daughter's jeans.

Moving along, it was nice to have a "free" weekend that did not consist of cutting out banner flags, painting wooden letters, or bundling pieces of chalk together. Those of you who know me, however, will not be surprised to learn that I took advantage of said "free" weekend by crossing off as many items on my ridiculous-but-necessary to do list as possible. 

Ridiculous-but-necessary To Do List:
- update baby books with latest milestones & monthly updates (Relatedly, does anyone else feel like they need to be an actual dentist in order to fill out the chart of when each tooth comes in? How the crap am I supposed to know the difference between a central incisor and a cuspid?!)
- take pictures of the babies in the bluebonnets
- visit the Easter Bunny
- upload the 800 thousand pictures we've taken in the past month onto Shutterfly

Thankfully the bluebonnet pictures went well, minus the fact that the ugly brown towel we brought for them to sit on showed up in every picture:

This was the first pic we took and it ended up being the best! Just love these smiley little nuggets.

In a rare turn of events, Colby was actually being the more enthusiastic of the two...

I wish arm fat rolls were that cute on adults!

Just wanted to showcase Clara's special wispy hair here.

Our friends, the Cruikshanks, joined us and even took some family pics for us:

Can you tell it was bright outside?

Unfortunately the twins' best buddy, Hayes, was not as excited about cooperating for pictures as they were (which is rare, because this is the most easygoing kid you will ever meet):

Love this pic of my little guy standing with his daddy:

Clara looking like a disheveled mess, as usual:

And had to share this shot of Hayes after he jacked Clara's snack cup and had basically given up on life for the morning:

To maintain the weekend's theme of cliche Spring activities, we decided to take a visit to the Easter Bunny on Sunday, which ended up being about as unenjoyable as expected one week before Easter (long line, slow service, antsy babies). Nonetheless, we persevered and ended up with this gem:

Happy (?) Easter from Colby & Clara!

Monday, April 7, 2014

First birthday party

Yes, it's true, I'm now officially the mom of two one-year-olds! The party went off without a hitch on Saturday and we had a great day celebrating, so it's safe to say the twins' first birthday was a success. It's also safe to say that all 4 of us are a special kind of exhausted, but I suppose that's to be expected.

A big thanks (as always) to Allison for playing photographer so that I didn't have to mess with taking pictures. 

We started off the morning by giving them the presents we got them: cozy coupes! So far they have only tested them out in the house, but they seem to like them:

My parents were staying with us so we went ahead and gave Colby and Clara their presents from them as well: Radio Flyer 4-in-1 trikes! I think these are pretty cool and kind of want one for myself... think Brian would mind pushing all 3 of us on our way to the park?

After breakfast (special french toast made by their sweet daddy) and their morning naps, it was party time!

The theme for the party was the letter 'c' and the colors were pink, blue, and yellow. 

Birthday banners from this etsy shop

And of course, all the food started with the letter 'c,' as well!

chicken nuggets

(mini) corn dogs

cheese & crackers + carrots, cauliflower, celery, & cherry tomatoes (courtesy of my MIL!)
(you can also see the vase full of Cheerios in the background- those were the centerpieces on the rest of the tables along with painted wooden letter 'c's)

cookies (the greatest ones ever that my mom brought from this place in Dallas)

cupcakes (courtesy of Allison!)

cherry limeade (recipe here)

and of course, "cold" water and capri suns... in a cooler - the 'c's just keep coming!

The party favors (amidst their gifts!) were chalk (which Colby actually tried to eat at one point).

And the only organized activity was corn hole - Brian actually made the boards himself and I made the bean bags. Thank you, pinterest!

We had the party at a pavilion in our neighborhood that is thankfully right next to the playground, so there was plenty of this going on as well:

set-up for the guests of honor

And speaking of those guests, Colby & Clara arrived in their chariot and were clearly very thrilled to get the party started :) My mother-in-law made their cute outfits and I was so happy with how they turned out!

Family pic

Hard to believe these two both fit in my tummy together just one short year ago!

One of my best pals, Kristen, and I were matching almost perfectly, completely on accident! 

Allison and Avery, aka: my hired (free)

Franny (my mom), Clara, and her ducky :)

Mimi (Brian's mom), Aunt Shannon, and Franny

Pop Pop (my dad) and my grandparents

Colby & Clara with Brian's grandparents- these 2 are pretty fortunate to have 5 living great grandparents!

Two of my sweet co-workers, Megan (with her daughter, Kate) and Heather, with me and the birthday girl

In the middle of the party, Colby stood unsupported for the first time, totally out of nowhere! Unfortunately he would not repeat the trick for the camera, but you get the idea.

Brittany, Georgia Kate, Clara, and me - Georgia Kate and Clara are going to be roommates and pledge sisters at A&M :)

And then it was time to sing!

Cute bibs from this etsy shop; cute babies from my womb 

In the middle of singing- love how Colby has his hands over his ears here!

They both sat and stared at the cupcakes (banana foster flavor) for a second and then Colby grabbed his with both hands and shoved it right in his face. He then (over a period of about 20 minutes) proceeded to polish off every last bite of it, and was even holding it in his mouth and sucking on it at one point. I think it's safe to say he liked it :)

Sweet Clara was not so interested. She had maybe one bite and then melted down until we removed her from the situation!

See what I mean? Homeboy loved that thing.

Hanging out with their best buddy, Hayes, while we cleaned up- guess he didn't get the memo about going shirtless in the wagon ;)

After the party, we headed home and put the babies down for a nap. Clara went to sleep but a certain someone was on a bit of a sugar high and spent the entire 1.5 hours playing in his crib. Fortunately, the lack of sleeping did not damper his spirits for the remainder of the day!

My family and Brian's family stuck around to watch the babies open presents- it is safe to say these are two very loved and very spoiled little babies!

Miraculously Aunt Shannon caught all 4 of us smiling in this one!

My friend, Kristen, got Clara this book called Clara, the Cookie Fairy!

Colby was very interested in Clara's baby doll stroller

So much to see and play with...

Peekaboo, I see you!

Trying to figure out the whole puzzle concept

And then apparently Clara gave up and just decided to treat the puzzle piece like a pacifier.

Thought this one was cute of them sitting back-to-back and scoping out their loot.

We ended the day with dinner out with Brian's parents/sister and my parents. The babies were in good moods and we managed to go the entire day without any major meltdowns or disasters, which is a very rare thing indeed when two one-year-olds are involved!

A big thank you to everyone that helped make Colby and Clara (and their parents) feel so special on Saturday- we are so very thankful that so many people love these babies so much!