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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Moving on up

It's only Wednesday but we've had a fairly eventful week so far! The twins (finally!) started their transition to the Toddler room at daycare on Monday. Yes, this of course has an impact on them, but if we're going to be honest, the biggest and most exciting change resulting from this transition is that we don't have to prepare/pack/send food with them anymore!!!!

Seriously, there are not enough exclamation points to sufficiently express my our excitement about this. Ever since they started eating solids on a regular basis (6 months), we have packed 4+ beverages, 4 snacks, 2 lunches, and 2 breakfasts every.single.weeknight. That also means we have unpacked and cleaned as many containers, bottles, sippy cups, etc. every.single.weeknight. That also means I have had to plan ahead and grocery shop for portable (and nut-free!) snacks and meals on a weekly basis.

Ok I'll stop ranting about my (majorly first world working mom) problem, but being able to drop the twins off at school with just a sippy cup and breakfast feels a little bit like winning the lottery. We tried giving them their breakfast before leaving for the day, but it took too long and made too much of a mess to deal with before leaving the house at 6:55 am, as evidenced by this yogurt-fiend:

Notice the pitch black darkness in the background.

In an effort to simplify meal-planning in general, we have also decided to just start making extra servings of whatever we make for dinner for the week and giving the same meal to the twins. This was the plan all along, but until they started being able to use utensils pretty well, it wasn't always feasible because we eat a lot of casseroles that aren't necessarily easy to pick up with little fingers… especially when those little fingers belong to hungry, impatient little toddlers after a long day at school! So this week we have all been eating this sour cream noodle bake and I'm happy to report it has been a hit with the wee ones as well… victory!

All this to say, the transition is going well for all 4 of us but all of the excitement seems to be exhausting the twins a tad, particularly our littlest girl. For the past 2 evenings, she has been (extra) manic and majorly clingy.

This is how we spent most of Monday evening between dinner and bedtime.

And here she is on Tuesday after a particularly impressive tantrum. Please note the tired eyes.

So that's what's going on in our world. Also important to note: Brian and I have both been working on the cookie butter and haven't polished it off entirely yet. If that's not self-control, I don't know what is.

Oh, and even more important to note: the Olivers will be here as RESIDENTS in 9 days. EEEEK! 

Happy October! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Some "important" things you need to know

1. This guy is the cutest bunny there ever was.

2. This girl has figured out how to brush her hair.

3. These two now have their own outdoor dining arrangement.

4. I went to a baby shower on Saturday and came home to find this special set-up. That would be a television propped up in our dining room in order for Brian to watch the A&M game while "watching" our children in the TV-less playroom. (Note to self: give in and get a TV for the playroom.)

5. Relatedly, the Aggies won this weekend. I'm sure many of you can relate, but when I root for the Aggies to win every weekend, I'm in no small part rooting for my husband to stay in a good mood for another week :)

6. Colby tumbled headfirst out of the shopping cart at Whole Foods yesterday. He reached for a box of cookies and although I was no more than a foot or two away (pushing the cart), I couldn't reach out in time to catch him. It scared him and it scared me, but thankfully he was a-ok and stopped crying as soon as we got outside and he saw the fountain. Clara, however, kept screaming while Brian carried her through the check-out line. It's a toss up as to whether she was concerned for her brother or just upset that I left her view.

I would love to say that we'll never make that mistake again by letting them ride together in the basket, but I don't know how else we're supposed to push them both around in one cart (if there aren't any double seated ones available). Moms of 2+ kids: suggestions welcome!

7. You should all watch this video for a good laugh:

Thursday, September 25, 2014


I decided to share a "currently" post with my own twist…

Watching: Football. Lots and lots of football. And by "watching," I mean that I peruse Facebook and read entertaining lists on Buzzfeed (like this one) while Brian watches the games.

Listening: Who isn't listening to this jam these days (besides me, when I'm listening to this jam instead)?

Eating: THIS for the first time (thanks, Brian)! My verdict is that it tastes like ground up animal crackers, which is interesting, because right now all we have to dip in it (besides our fingers) is the twins' graham crackers. I'm thinking I'd like to try dipping pretzels in it. Any other suggestions?

Wanting to marry: this weather. And the fact that our new house is in an older neighborhood means that we have older trees, so leaves are actually starting to fall! It's almost like we live in a region that experiences actual seasons… almost.

Trying not to obsess about: the fact that our old house still hasn't sold. We're still getting consistent showings, and we even had feedback last weekend from a realtor stating that his client was intending to make an offer, but sadly that never transpired. I'm still doing a decent job of not losing my mind over it, but when I pay both of our mortgages and utility bills in the next week or so, I'll be temporarily singing a different tune.

So ridiculously excited about: the fact that the Olivers are moving here in almost 2 weeks. EEK. I seriously almost can't handle it.

Wanting: these maroon Kendra Scott earrings (whoop)!

Monday, September 22, 2014

We survived!

My trip went by fairly quickly, but you'll all be a little disappointed to learn that during my short stint in Chicago, the only places I went were the airport, my hotel, and the conference center. I'm independent and resourceful enough to travel to a big city alone and get where I need to be, but not enough to socialize and explore on my own. At least I know my limitations, right?

Relatedly, the purpose of the training I was attending was to become certified to interpret the results of one of the personality assessments we administer to our new hires at work. As a bonus, I got to re-take the assessment myself and see a very in-depth profile explaining my results. Some of them were mildly concerning (and I quote, "she may personalize discussion and dissent, so that her hostility is directed away from the issue and toward those who disagree with her.") while others were amusing, if not completely obvious, especially to all of you ("She is probably very comfortable revealing personal information to a wide range of people.")

Nonetheless, it was an interesting exercise and probably some much-needed time for introspection, even if it did leave me feeling like a high-strung, over-sharing mess :)

As expected, Brian handled solo twin duty like a champ, and was kind enough to FaceTime me for bedtime, bath time, and wake-ups. The twins honestly didn't seem to notice I was gone, and while they were happy to see me on FaceTime, I think they could have gone the entire 3 days without seeing my face and been just fine. Nice to know you're dispensable, right?

Chatting after dinner one evening

Here's the only picture I took while in Chicago… this was during my 3-hour wait at the airport before my flight home on Friday. Don't I look excited?

I didn't get home until 11 pm on Friday and was pleasantly surprised to find out that the Olivers had decided to come in town early and were waiting for me when I got home (and by waiting, I mean dancing in the driveway when I pulled in, because what else would they be doing?). They had some last minute items to tend to before the big move (just a few weeks away!!!!!!!!!!), so we got to enjoy some more quality time together while they were here.

I entertained Davis on Saturday while the twins slept and Allison, Wade, and Avery met the painters at the new house. (Also, you should know that I actually got turned around (which is a nice way of saying I GOT LOST) during the .7-mile drive home from their new house. I'm really awesome with directions, if you didn't know.)

Our friend, Michael, turned 3 on Saturday afternoon and the twins had a great time at his party, which was actually held at the church where Davis will be going to preschool. Indoor playscape + fish tanks everywhere = we will be going back for sure!

And my favorite (courtesy of Allison)…

After naps, Mexican food, and a few more errands, it was bedtime for the kiddos (aka: football time for Brian and Wade and Target time for Allison and Amanda). Brian was able to get a pic of all 4 of the littles during story time before bed on Saturday - can't wait for them to get to do this much more often! 

The Olivers hit the road yesterday and we spent the rest of the day doing the usual - recovering from the weekend and preparing for the week ahead. I am also happy to report that Colby actually napped! We put them down around 11:45 am, which seemed to be early enough to where they weren't over-tired, but late enough to where they don't need another nap before bed. They were, however, both pretty sleepy by around 6 pm. We obliged with another 6:30 pm bedtime… such selfless parents, aren't we?

Can you tell someone was already getting a little tired?

Looking forward to a low-key week and no traveling!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Work trip

So you know what's really exciting? I get to leave on a work trip to Chicago this afternoon and will be gone until late Friday night.

I get to fly on an airplane alone, during which time I will be able to read actual books.

I get to sleep in a quiet hotel room alone with no video monitor next to my bed.

I get to eat several meals in a row without having to pick up any sippy cups or wipe down any high chairs.

I get to sleep in until 7 am and the only person I have to get dressed and out the door is myself.

I will change zero diapers.

I will clean out zero food containers.

I will not have to load anyone in/out of a car seat.

I will not have to pick up any Cheerios off the floor.

I will not have to clean up any toys before I go to bed.

And I know all of this should make me really excited because- hello? - what mom doesn't want a break every now and then? But - cliche sappy mom alert - I'm also a little bummed about the whole thing. This is the longest I've ever been away from the twins, and even the longest I've been away from Brian in multiple years.

I will miss 3 bedtimes and 2 wake-ups.

I won't have anyone to sing to and rock before bed.

I won't have anyone to smile and run toward me when I get off of work.

I won't have anyone climbing into my lap every time I sit down (or at least I hope not, because that would be kind of awkward at a training session full of strangers).

I won't have anyone trying to share their snack with me (half-chewed Cheerios included).

There won't be anyone grinning at me from across the dinner table.

No one will cry when I leave to go to work in the morning.

I won't get to tuck anyone in before I go to sleep.

I know it will fly by, and I'll do my best to make the most of it, but I'm going to miss my babies and their daddy.

(Oh, and speaking of their daddy, best of luck to Brian in handling solo parenting for a couple of days. I know he is more than capable of handling it, but I also know he will be exhausted and ready for me to return!)