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Friday, January 31, 2014

Weekend entertainment

Just thought I'd share a few videos to start your weekend off on the right foot- 2 that will make you cry and 2 that will make you laugh! Let's start with the sappy ones first:

1. The Budweiser "Puppy Love" commercial:


2. "You Made Me a Mother":


Phew, ok, sorry, let's get on with the funny ones:

3. Jimmy Fallon and the men from "Full House":


4. Jim Gaffigan disapproving of kale and weird milk fads:


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Would You Rather Wednesday

Ryan Gosling won out over Bradley Cooper last week, which is exactly as it should have been because, hello? Have you seen The Notebook? It wasn't even a fair fight.

So for this week, would you rather

only be allowed to wear clothing items in a camo print

OR

only be allowed to wear clothing items made out of the parachute material used in 1990s windsuits ?

Things to consider:

OR


Monday, January 27, 2014

Wherein I use "speaking of" as a segue three different times

I've made an observation recently (and you might have as well): Over the weekend, I can come up with all kinds of blog content for a post on Monday, but as the week rolls on, I can barely muster up enough effort to crank out a "would you rather" post for Wednesday and definitely can't get my act together enough to post anything coherent for Friday. I suppose this is par for the course for a working mom (or anyone who has full-time responsibilities outside of blogging, really).

Nonetheless, it's Monday, so I have plenty of interesting and exciting things to share with you all. (Please note that I'm using the terms "interesting" and "exciting" very loosely.)

I can literally count the number of times I have painted my fingernails on one hand (no pun intended), but after some inspiration from my sis, I decided to go a little wild this weekend and paint them with this nail polish I got from my mom for Christmas:


I'm not posting a picture of what it looks like on my nails, but I will tell you it's more of a gray purple than this picture suggests. Once again, I feel uncharacteristically trendy. 

And speaking of jumping on a bandwagon a million years after everyone else, we have never made any recipes from The Pioneer Woman before, but this weekend we went crazy and made two! In place of our normal pancakes on Sunday morning, I requested that Brian make this cinnamon toast and he kindly obliged.

Picture/recipe courtesy of thepioneerwoman..com , but can also be found on my "Breaking the Fast" board on Pinterest

It was amazing and even though I had to wait a good 10 minutes to eat it after it was ready because a certain two babies were demanding their yogurt, it was worth the wait.

And for dinner this week, we made her Sour Cream Noodle Bake. We haven't eaten it yet, but it looks tasty and wasn't hard to make, so I'm going to go ahead and recommend you try it as well.

Picture/recipe courtesy of thepioneerwoman..com , but can also be found on my "Breaking the Fast" board on Pinterest

And speaking of food, although he has made some improvement, Colby still continues to be our picky eater. And as I've probably mentioned before, his issue isn't with the way things taste (at least, I don't think it is), but rather the texture. I'm sure this is very common for babies his age, but it is also very aggravating. Homeboy turned down macaroni and cheese the other night. I considered having a maternity test done to make sure he's really my child, but opted not to.

I can't really blame him, however, because I've never had the world's most adventurous palate and have been known many a time to declare that I don't like a certain food without actually trying it. Which is why I felt a little convicted recently when I was praying for Colby not to be a picky eater… in that same prayer, I also prayed that he would not be so quick-tempered or easily frustrated. Just call me "pot" and we'll refer to my son as "kettle." 

That same son is currently sitting in his crib clapping and playing rather than napping as I- a self-proclaimed hater of taking naps- type this. Poor kid doesn't have a chance. Thank goodness Clara seems to have avoided these characteristics thus far.

Speaking of those babies, they have been a lot more interactive with each other lately and we were lucky enough to catch one of their "conversations" on video this weekend. Enjoy:


That's all for today. Feel free to toss any WYRW suggestions my way ;)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Would You Rather Wednesday

I can't say I'm all that surprised, but T-Rex arms were the winner in last week's WYRW.

This week I asked Allison to help me come up with an easy "would you rather" that was actually interesting to people (because normally my WYRW posts are the least popular ones I write!). Thankfully she came through with a winner, so here you go:

Would you rather…

spend the rest of your life with Ryan Gosling

OR

spend the rest of your life with Bradley Cooper?

Things to consider:


OR


Monday, January 20, 2014

Not the type of insights you might expect on MLK day

I feel like I should confess something to everyone: I bought deodorant on Amazon this weekend. I went to 4 different stores and couldn't find the kind I use, so I just gave up and decided to order it online. Turns out it was a genius idea because I was able to buy a 6-pack and get it in 2 days thanks to my current Amazon Prime trial membership.

You want to know what's really sad about the whole situation (minus the fact that I consider it legitimate blogging material)? I took it out of the "shopping" portion of our budget (you know, the category I usually use for buying clothes, house decor, etc.?). I didn't want to take $18 out of our grocery budget for deodorant, so that was the next best option.

And now I'm done talking about deodorant… for now.

While we're on the topic of hygiene (ok, reaching on that segue), I'm getting my hair cut on Friday and while I will most likely end up getting it cut the same way I always do, I am feeling a tiny bit tempted to do something different.

As a reference, here is what my boring hair looks like right now:


Any suggestions that would still allow me to put it back easily and that don't involve coloring it? I get my hair cut approximately twice a year, so it would also need to be relatively easy to maintain. Your input is greatly appreciated (although it may potentially be ignored).

I don't really have much else exciting to talk about considering that our weekend consisted of the same activities it always consists of: grocery shopping, a trip to Costco, and hanging out with the babies. I will, however, point out that getting samples at Costco (aka: the greatest reason for going there) has lost a bit of its appeal now that the babies take notice of the samples and scream loudly until we share with them. Sorry, twins, but I'm pretty sure chocolate peanut butter Cliff bars are not on your list of acceptable foods yet (of course, tomato bisque might not be either but you better believe I shoved a couple of sporks-full in their mouths to get them to stop screaming).

Oh, and we did watch two movies! Don't get too excited- they are old and were on Netflix/DVR because we don't really have a babysitter and have more or less resigned ourselves to the fact that movie theaters are a thing of the past for us (for now).

Anyway, I feel like I need to share my realizations about both of the movies with you in case you're considering watching them:

- On Friday night, we watched "The Five-Year Engagement," which was really funny, but also basically a lengthier and more updated version of "Down to You."

- On Saturday night, we watched "The Cider House Rules," which was basically a lengthier and more depressing version of "Elf."

I know what you're thinking, but no, I'm not going to quit my day job to become a film critic. Regardless, you're welcome for the super insightful descriptions.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Parents of the year

I don't mean to brag, but I'm pretty sure that Brian and I already have the parents-of-the-year award in the bag for 2014, and likely for every coming year for the foreseeable future. Here's why:

- The other day when we had an episode of Baby Einstein on for the babies, one of the characters said the word "Uranus," and Brian and I both started giggling.

- Clara fell off the couch on Saturday. Yes… again. You might recall that this happened when she was about 8 weeks old, so you'd think I would have learned my lesson and oh, I don't know, NOT LEAVE HER UNATTENDED ON THE COUCH EVEN FOR A SECOND, but you would be wrong. Thankfully it was really a non-event and as soon as I got her pacifier for her, all was once again right with the world.

- We let the babies eat stale Cheerios for a good 2 weeks. It was actually the first time we ever gave them Cheerios and although I knew they were stale, I figured that (a) the babies had never had regular Cheerios and wouldn't know the difference, and (b) they might be easier to dissolve that way. That's me- always looking out for my children's best interest!

- We routinely sing Colby a version of T.I.'s "Rubberband Man" (most definitely a non-baby-appropriate rap song). The original lyrics:

Who I be?
Rubber band man
Wild as the Taliban
9 in my right
45 in the other hand
Call me trouble man
always in trouble man

Our lyrics:

Who I be?
Colby Guy Man
Wild as the Taliban
Puppy in my right
and my keys in the other hand
You know me, man
I'm always in trouble, man

- Speaking of songs, Brian might not appreciate me sharing this, but when he was changing one of Clara's dirty diapers the other day, I heard him singing, "I don't wanna wait, for this poop to be over" (to the tune of Paula Cole's "I Don't Want to Wait," aka: the theme song to Dawson's Creek).

- While preparing the babies' breakfast recently, Brian declared that the blueberries we were adding to their yogurt (um, yeah, babies, you are pretty spoiled) looked like "exotic bird feces." That really isn't a reflection of our parenting, but it was too amusing not to share.

- And lastly, when it's time to get the babies ready for their bath, we are known to remove their pants and make them wear them as hats. Because we're the parents and we're in charge, that's why.

You have to admit: they make pant-hats look pretty cute, don't they?

Anyone else have credentials that rival ours in winning the parents-of-the-year award (pet parents included)?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Would You Rather Wednesday

I should have clarified last week that there was a right answer and a wrong answer, and 100 degrees was most definitely the wrong answer. I thought I knew my friends/readers better than this, but apparently more of you are nuts than I thought because 6 out of 11 of you chose hot over cold! Living somewhere with triple digit temperatures year-round? That is bananas, people. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

Moving along. This week's would you rather actually came up in a conversation with some of my co-workers at the company Christmas party. And in fact, I come up with quite a bit of my "would you rather" material over meals with co-workers, because that's totally normal lunch-time conversation, right?

Would you rather…

have really short arms (as in, your hands would be where your elbows are currently located)

OR

have really short legs (as in, your feet would be where your knees are currently located)?

Things to consider:

(This makes Baby Dinosaur sad…)

vs.


Monday, January 13, 2014

First trip to the zoo!

In a strange turn of events (ok, not that strange because it's Texas), the weather went from rainy and 25 degrees last week to sunny and 70 degrees this past weekend. I assumed we would take the babies for a walk and do some swinging in the front yard to take advantage, but my friend, Kristen, was aiming even higher and suggested we go to the zoo. So on Sunday, we packed up the babies and did just that!

Kristen got a new fancy pants camera for Christmas and shared some of her pictures with me, so if you see any below that look like they are high quality, she gets the credit ;) 

Colby and Clara didn't take long to kick back and get comfortable, did they? Their pal, Hayes, is being slightly more cooperative (as usual)- he's only 4.5 months older but I feel like he looks more like 4.5 years older than our little tiny tots!

Get excited!

1. Colby is sporting one of Brian's baseball hats and you have to admit it's pretty cute, right? 2. He stayed in the stroller for all of about 5 seconds before pitching a fit and ending up in the Baby Bjorn for the rest of the trip. Pretty sure we'll still be carrying him in that thing when he's 12.

Family pic with the elephants!

Listening intently to one of the guides, who informed us that one of the elephants is currently pregnant and that their babies normally weigh 250-300 pounds at birth. Ouch.

Colby and me with some longhorns on steroids (don't remember their actual name)

Mommies with the boys

I think I love this pic of the babies with the rhinos just as much as the one below with them actually looking!


Snack break- we take puff-eating very seriously!

Hanging with the giraffes

You can tell this was well into the trip because her headband and socks are missing and her hair is a mess! 

Daddies with the boys (Hayes is looking incredulously at Colby because he can't believe he's in a good mood for a change ;)

And this is what happens when you take your babies to the zoo during nap time 

Love these little monkeys!

Thankfully we got a picture of all 7 of us before we left!

I'm fairly certain the twins would have been just as entertained watching Noah and Buster in our own backyard, but we had fun and can't wait to take them again when they're a little older.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Would You Rather Wednesday

I'm sure you all are pretty broken up about the fact that I haven't done a WYRW post in THREE WHOLE WEEKS… except for the fact that these posts always get the lowest number of page views, so I have a feeling that in reality, you are not bothered in the least.

Regardless, it's Wednesday and I need easy post material, so here we are.

Would you rather…

live somewhere where the temperature is constantly 100 degrees

OR

live somewhere where the temperature is constantly 30 degrees?

To put it more simply: do you prefer hot weather or cold weather?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Nine months!

The twins turned 9 months old yesterday! For some reason 9 months just sounds so old to me? That means I will spend the next 3 months in denial about the fact that they are about to turn 1. Let's get on with the monthly update, shall we?

Colby's current nicknames: Colby Guy/Colby Guy Man, Buddy/Buddy Guy/Buddy Guy Man, Guy Man (this list may sound redundant, but it's accurate!)

The babies have their 9-month check-up on Friday so I'll update with weight/height stats then, but a few weeks ago he was weighing in right at 16 pounds, which still puts him below the 5th percentile. He's a little guy!


This little guy has been busy this month. He has almost no interest in crawling but loves to walk around with our help. And he is all of a sudden interested in attempting to pull up on anything he can get his hands on. Unfortunately he doesn't realize that in order to pull up, the object he's using needs to be a little higher than he is, so he often tries (unsuccessfully) to pull up on things that are low to the ground (like his sister when she's laying down next to him).

Speaking of torturing his sister, one of Colby's newest favorite activities is to steal Clara's toys. It doesn't matter how many toys he currently has or how little interest he really has in what she's given, but pretty much anything we hand her or put in front of her, he grabs and takes for himself. Let the sibling rivalry begin!


I am thankful to report that Colby has been doing great on the sleeping front! He sleeps 11 or so hours at night without making a sound, but is usually the first to wake up in the morning (on weekends- we actually wake them up on weekdays). And he is definitely not the type to babble happily in his crib once he's awake- he usually goes from sleeping to screaming fairly quickly!

Thankfully he is also doing a gazillion times better with naps. They take two naps a day now and he generally falls asleep after just a few minutes of fussing. He wakes up at the 45-minute mark during almost every nap but after 5-10 minutes of crying, will usually fall back asleep. During those 5-10 minutes, we just hold our breath and pray that he doesn't wake Clara up.


We have started offering more finger/table foods to the babies and although I anticipated Colby would be the better eater, that has not really been the case. He has a little more trouble picking up individual pieces of food (still grabs entire fists full at a time) and seems to be inconvenienced by anything that requires much chewing. So with that being the case, his favorites are still purees and yogurt, along with Cheerios and Puffs!

All in all, although Colby is still a little higher maintenance and not nearly as laid back as his sister, he is still a generally sweet and happy guy, and we often comment that he is simply misunderstood. If only we would meet his needs and ensure that he is 100% content 100% of the time, there would be no problems ;)


Colby's current favorites: looking in the mirror, playing with the sit-to-stand walker, banging toys together, swinging, shaking his head "no," the "shapes song" video, playing with water bottles/paper plates/packaging, taking off his socks, playing with this monkey and giraffe (aka: "Flat Monk" and "Raffie"), and riding on Daddy's shoulders

Clara's current nicknames: Littlest, Misses, Baby Girl, Messy Misses

Clara is continuing to gain on big brother and a few weeks ago was weighing in just 6 ounces behind him at 15 pounds, 10 ounces. Based on how much of a hungry hippo she is, I wouldn't be surprised if she has caught up to him by now, but we'll see.


Speaking of which, Clara loves her some food! She doesn't really care about what form it comes in, if it's edible (and even sometimes if it's not- i.e.: paper), she probably likes it. She is especially fond of Cheerios and makes "mmm" sounds and flaps her arms excitedly even if she sees the container they come in. We are taking advantage of this obsession and trying to use them to motivate her to crawl! She is getting pretty close, but still only scooting backwards so far.

Unlike Colby, Clara has little interest in standing/walking and is still a little floppy. She does, however, love to bounce and thinks that's what she's supposed to do most any time she's in the standing position.


Clara has continued to be a great little sleeper and usually gets closer to 12 hours of sleep at night since she falls asleep earlier than her brother. She usually does well with both naps, too, and in the event that she does wake up early, will typically play happily in her crib for a bit before demanding to be rescued.

The best way to describe this little girl is happy-go-lucky. She is pretty much always smiling and it takes a lot to ruffle her feathers, although she does get her feelings hurt sometimes when Colby steals her toys or we leave her alone to go in another room. She, like her mama, enjoys attention and is greatly offended when she feels like she's been ditched or ignored. 


Clara's current favorites: bouncing in the jumperoo, bath time, "talking" to the dogs, food, playing with tags, swinging, her Wubbanub pacifiers ("Pink Ellie" and "Green Froggy" are her best pals), watching anything that's on TV, sticking her hands in her mouth while eating, taking off her socks, yelling like a crazy person when she's excited, and spitting up on Daddy's work clothes in the morning

And here come the joint pics:


The stickers started to cause problems, so we took them away… and then this happened:


All better!




Just a little play time in Clara's crib while Mommy and Daddy cleaned up the room after the photo session… believe it or not, trying to get 2 babies to cooperate/smile for these monthly pictures can cause quite a mess!

Rather than break down eating/sleeping, I'm just going to share their normal (at-home) schedule with you:
7:15 am - wake up and nurse
9 am - nap (usually 1 hour)
10:30 am - nurse
11 am - solids (usually yogurt or fruit + cereal)
1:30 pm - nurse
1:45 pm - nap (usually 1.5 hours)
4 pm - nurse
4:30 pm - solids (usually veggies)
7 pm - bedtime routine
7:15 pm - nurse
8 pm - both babies are asleep!

And as a reward to those of you that read this entire post, I now have two videos for your viewing pleasure:

(For comparison, be sure to check out the video of them at 2 months!)

And here's one of them during play time, which all went downhill when I had the audacity to wipe Colby's nose:

Happy 9 months, sweet babies!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Starting the year off right

Happy 2014, my friends! Hope the first 1/365th of your year was wonderful.

We rang in the new year with the Olivers (shocking, I know), and actually got to spend part of NYE with the Scibas as well. With one toddler and four babies in tow, it was about as glamorous as you might imagine- multiple diaper changes, playing on the floor, and shoveling bites of pizza in our mouths while bouncing and carrying babies- and I am being 100% honest when I say we wouldn't have it any other way!

We left the Scibas' house in time to put the babies to bed and watch the A&M game. And by "watch the A&M game," I mean that Brian and Wade stayed glued to the screen while Allison and I got crafty and made some bow holders for Clara and Avery. I am not a new year's resolution-ist and am already pretty organized, but I always get an itch after the holidays are over to showcase my OCD tendencies get even more organized, so this project suited me well:


Thanks, Brian, for serving as my hand model. 

(Allison posted a link to the website that served as our inspiration, so be sure to check it out.)

By some small miracle, we actually stayed awake until midnight (probably fueled by the adrenaline that kicks in after spending some quality time with ribbons, scrap paper, and a hot glue gun), which is about 2 hours later than we normally go to sleep. Colby and Clara took no pity on us, however, and woke up like clockwork at 7:15 am. I will not complain though, because (a) the fireworks thankfully did not wake them up at all and (b) my sweet little niece, Avery, kept her parents up several times that night… oops.

We spent the first day of 2014 cleaning up the house and entertaining the babies, nothing too crazy since today meant back to work/daycare for all of us for the first time in a couple of weeks. We did make a dinner recipe that's worth sharing due to one of its main ingredients: black-eyed peas!

Brian is not a huge black-eyed pea fan but thankfully understands the importance of eating them so that my dad won’t give us a hard time for good luck at the start of the new year, and since they are mixed in with plenty of other ingredients that he enjoys, this ended up being a hit:

Picture/recipe courtesy of recipegirl.com, but can also be found on my "Dinner Time" board on Pinterest.

Hope everyone else is enjoying this strange Thursday-that-feels-like-a-Monday!