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Friday, April 29, 2016

Answers to your "would you rather...?" questions

Like I said, I was totally impressed with everyone's willingness to provide questions and most of them were legitimately hard for me to answer, so props to you all! Here we go:

Allison asked: Would you rather legally change your last name to Hitler OR never eat chocolate again? Guess I better change this blog to "Meet the Hitlers" because the latter would be a fate worse than death.  

Brittnie asked: Would you rather be forced to sleep in a tent in your backyard for a year or be forced to sleep on your tile/wood floor for a year? I'm going to go with sleep on the tile/wood floor because literally anything would be better than attempting to sleep outside in Houston in July/August.

Nancie asked: Would you rather be the first to die among your close friends or the last? I'm going to go with first, so I don't have to go through the sadness of losing the others. How selfless of me, I know.

Karen asked: Would you rather only talk to one person for the rest of your life or never talk to the same person twice? Eek, this one is hard. I guess I'm going to go with only talking to one person but I'm not going to like it!

Lauren asked: Would you rather lose your sense of hearing or sight? I'm not going to be happy about this one either, but I'm going to go with sight. I feel like not being able to hear would make me feel very isolated and I'm not sure I could handle that.

Amanda asked: Would you rather live one life that lasts 1,000 years or live 10 lives that last 100 years each? One life that lasts 1,000 years! I'm sure it would get old, but having to start over every 100 years would be pretty exhausting. And besides, think about how wise I would be!

Natasha asked: Would you rather eat only your least favourite Blizzard flavour for the rest of your life or never eat Blizzards again? (She's Canadian, hence the funky spelling ;) Regrettably, I'm going to have to say never eat Blizzards again. There are a few flavors that would make my "least favorite" list (pumpkin pie, banana split, etc.) and I would pick a new dessert spot before eating those!

Erika asked: Would you rather wear a snow suit in the desert or be naked in Antarctica? So basically Erika is asking whether I would prefer to die or die. I'm going to choose naked in Antarctica because I really despise being hot!

Brandy asked: Would you rather go to HEB every day with both of your kids or go to a children's playscape every day without your kids? This one made me laugh! I think I'm going to pick going to HEB every day with the kids because at least it's productive and I wouldn't look like a creepy child predator. Though the music and food options at Majest-kids are pretty sweet so that might cause me to reconsider...

Katie asked: Would you rather eat all your meals from the scraps off the floor at Chick-fil-A for a month or have to feed 10 toddlers at once every meal for a month? Ugh. Also a difficult choice. I'm going to go with feeding 10 toddlers at once every meal because I'm going to imagine it's in a daycare setting where children all magically behave a million times better and cooperate for things like mealtime.

Allena asked: Would you rather never eat blizzards again or never eat chips & queso again? BLASPHEMY. I'll stop eating blizzards since I can replace them with other dessert options. Chips and queso simply cannot be replaced!

Alissa asked: Would you rather pump forever or be pregnant forever? Pregnant forever! Although I would want to specify which part of pregnancy... if it's second trimester pregnancy forever, then yes, sign me up. If it's 36-weeks-along-with-twins pregnancy, then I might change my tune... but probably not, because I really did not enjoy pumping.

Brittany asked: Would you rather not wash your hair for a month or not brush your teeth for a month? Yuck. I guess I would not wash my hair for a month and invest heavily in cute hats. I could not handle a month of slimy teeth and bad breath, not even with gum!

My SIL, Shannon, was apparently extra motivated because even though she did not actually enter the giveaway, she provided maybe a dozen question options. I trimmed it down to a few favorites to answer: Would you rather have to talk like a baby for the rest of your life or talk like a pirate for the rest of your life? Baby. My pediatrician has a baby voice and look where it got her. Would you rather sing everything you say or prance everywhere you go? Prance. Would you rather have someone do your hair for you every day or have someone do your makeup for you every day? Hair. Would you rather C&C pick out your outfit every day or Brian do your hair and makeup every day? Brian, because C&C would likely pick out the same pair of pajamas along with my red peep-toed wedge shoes every single day.

Jess asked: Would you rather have honey-covered hands or flour-covered feet permanently? Flour-covered feet! Honey-covered hands would not work well with an iphone ;)

Emily asked: Would you rather eat a live snake's beating heart (this is a real thing) or never eat chips & queso again? This is terrible. I would have to bid my beloved chips and queso farewell.

Julia asked: Would you rather only be able to whisper or only be able to shout? Apparently I already talk somewhat loudly and I don't like having to repeat myself so I'll say shout!

Lynnc asked: Would you rather give up internet for a month or books for 3 months? This is not going to make me sound very intelligent, but I can very easily say books. I sadly do not make time for reading these days, whereas that much time without internet would likely send me into some kind of drug-withdrawal-like coma.

Kayla asked: Would you rather have a permanent unibrow or a permanent mullet? Mullet!

Thanks again for playing, everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone that entered the DQ gift card giveaway! The top choice for blizzard flavors was, unsurprisingly, Oreo. The "would you rather?" questions were hilarious, and I was really impressed to receive as many questions as I did! I plan on doing a separate post to answer them all, so don't worry, you'll all get your 5 minutes of fame ;)

Onto the news you've all been anxiously waiting for: there were a total of 41 entries, and the random number generator chose the number 24, which belonged to:

Brandy K.

Congrats, Brandy! I know there's a DQ very close to your house, so I'm sure this will be put to good use. Also, feel free to invite me along and I will happily keep you company while you cash it in ;) 

Thanks again for entering, friends, and stay tuned for the "would you rather?" special in the near future!

Monday, April 25, 2016

It's giveaway time!

Hey! So we did some stuff this weekend. Did yardwork, celebrated 3 birthdays, and went to the Infertility Walk of Hope. Here are two pictures as proof:

Also, I took a look at my 25 before 33 list, and considering I have only 5 weeks before that milestone arrives, I figured I should get to work on the remaining 7 items. I thought to myself, "Self, what's the easiest one to cross off your list this weekend?" And then myself responded to myself, "A blog giveaway, that's what!" And here we are.

When I first included this task on my list, I had visions of giving away something cute/interesting/unique. Those visions got lazy, however, and instead I set my eyes on something more achievable: an item I could purchase at HEB during my weekly grocery trip. And thus, this giveaway was born!

That's right, my friends, I'm giving away one $15 gift card to Dairy Queen, because what represents the spirit of "Meet the Joiners" better than free DQ blizzards?? 

Here's how you can enter to win this bad boy:
1 entry: Leave a comment with your favorite blizzard flavor.
1 entry: Leave a comment with a "would you rather?" question (can be included with first comment).
1 entry: Share this amazing giveaway on facebook (and let me know you did it).

All entries are due by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, April 27th. I'll draw one random name and announce the winner on Thursday, April 28th.

Don't delay... because procrastination is one of my biggest pet peeves. Oh, and sorry to say that this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (are there even Dairy Queens outside of the U.S., by the way?).

Best of luck, my friends!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Scenes from the past week

There has been a lot going on with us in the past week, not the least of which was the crazy weather that hit the Houston area a few days ago. Thankfully, other than throwing off our routine, the weather did not otherwise impact us. Let's take a look back, shall we?

Last Friday, I headed to La Grange with a few co-workers to volunteer for my company's MS150 team. Brian graciously held down the fort with the twins at home while I kept busy setting up/cleaning up for the event.

On Saturday, it was more of the same but the highlight was getting to play the part of our talk show host for the evening's entertainment:

Ladies and gents, allow me to introduce you to my alter-ego, Manny.

On Sunday, I was running on fumes from a tiring weekend and minimal sleep, so basically I was a zombie... or should I say mombie? I spent the day in and out of consciousness and went to bed at 8:30 pm, but not after tucking in my favorite little superheroes.

On Monday, the skies opened up and resulted in historic flooding which I'm sure everyone has heard about at this point. Our offices were closed and so was the daycare, so we were hunkered down at home and did our best to combat cabin fever with the Olivers.

On Tuesday, our offices were open but daycare was still closed, so after some frantic early morning schedule shuffling, we shuttled the twins over to Mimi and Granddaddy's house (lifesavers!) to hang out until we were off work.

As usual, they received no attention and had no fun ;)

On Wednesday, we finally had a normal day. Apparently all of the early week's chaos had caught up to us, however, because by the end of the day, it was clear that Colby and I were both a little under the weather. The only scene to share from you that day is this one:

That would be the twins' underwear that I accidentally brought into work with me. #workingmomprobs

On Thursday, this mom called in sick to work, but as everyone knows, there's no such thing as a true day off for moms, so I spent the morning helping drop the kids off at daycare and then taking Colby to the pediatrician in the pouring rain. Thankfully he was well enough to go to school so I was able to spend the rest of the day coughing and being worthless on the couch recovering. 

Trying unsuccessfully to wait out the downpour

Which brings us to today! We have another full weekend ahead, but hopefully we'll have plenty of time to rest so that we'll be back in our normal groove next week. Happy weekend, my friends!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Some firsts

In addition to turning another year old, the twins experienced a few firsts in the past week that are worth sharing. Also, I experienced a first yesterday when I realized at lunch time that I had worn my underwear backwards all morning. Not inside out, but backwards. And Brian experienced a first yesterday when he had to clean explosive diarrhea out of the dogs' kennel. We've cleaned up dog messes before, but this took things to a whole new level.

Now that I've grossed you out, let's shift gears.

Clara's first haircut
We figured after 3 years that it was time to check this off the list. I pumped her up and told her we were going to get a princess haircut and that she would get a a sucker and that I just knew she was going to be a big, brave girl and not cry and on and on it went. She was all smiles until we walked in the door and she was asked to sit in the chair while "Tangled" played on the screen a few feet away. I know, sounds pretty painful, right?

She refused to respond to the stylist and instead opted to gnaw on her hand and cry the whole time. And by "the whole time," I mean for the 3-4 minutes that the process took. I told the lady I wanted a trim, but a decent one (meaning an inch or two). She said something I couldn't completely discern amongst the wailing about just wanting to even out the length so her hair could fill out more. I didn't argue because my ears were bleeding.

Once the torture was over, Clara got a lollipop, had her picture taken for her 1st haircut certificate, and generally acted as if nothing had ever been wrong. Standard.

First time "fishing"
Brian's parents' house backs up to a pond/manmade lake/some type of body of water and has a perfect pier for fishing! They bought the twins these cute little poles with fake fish on the ends and with a little help from Granddaddy, they were in business. Clara was more patient and cooperative about the whole process whereas Colby wanted to do it his way, even if that meant getting tangled up in his line and almost falling in the water 800 times. Looking forward to more time on this pier as I know it will be a favorite spot for them!

And last, but certainly not least...

First time in big boy/big girl beds
I had been dreading this one for a while. Honestly, we have never had any issues with the twins in their cribs. They never tried to escape and it was of great comfort to me that they were contained and could not escape or destroy their rooms.

But alas, all good things must come to an end and so over the past couple of months, we've been acquiring bed frames and mattresses and sheets and bedspreads and night stands and OH MY GOSH BUYING EVERYTHING TIMES TWO IS EXPENSIVE. Anyway, we finally checked everything off the list on Friday, and on Saturday, their room transformed from this...

(old picture, as evidenced by 1.5-year-old Clara in the pic)

into this:

Colby and Clara were excited about the whole thing and did really well the first night. No escapes, no crying, and no falls. They did their normal chattering before bed, but once they fell asleep, we didn't hear a peep! Meanwhile, as I admitted on facebook, I was weeping outside of their bedroom. Being a mom is fun.

Same story for naps the next day, which was also a big relief. Once night #2 rolled around, Clara started crying inconsolably and when I went upstairs to ask what was wrong, Colby told me, "Cwara doesn't want her big girl bed. Her misses her crib." I asked Clara if that's why she was crying and she nodded pitifully through her tears. Cue my heart breaking into 1,000 pieces.

She finally went to sleep, but did wake up crying a few hours later when she fell out of the bed. She fell out again the next morning, but thankfully there have been no other falls since. There has, however, been a mini-meltdown at each consecutive bedtime and even Colby joined in on the "we want our cribs back" campaign last night.

All in all, it has actually gone much better than I expected and I'm hopeful that soon enough, they will have forgotten about their cribs and embraced the wonderful world of big kid beds. I'm also hopeful that they never figure out that they're able to get out of said big kid beds without Mommy or Daddy's permission... one can dream, right?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Celebrating #3 (continued)

So I got this feeling that you all were wanting to hear even more about the twins' 3rd birthday, so after a little breather, I'm back with more :) 

Brian and I took off work on their actual birthday and though I know they would have had lots of fun hanging out with their friends at school, I'm glad we did it, because it was a pretty great day!

We kicked it off by letting the twins (and us) sleep in, and then they were greeted by a birthday banner and balloons at breakfast. In true Detective Colby fashion, he was quick to ask in an accusatory tone, "Who put those balloons there?"

We spent the majority of the morning at a new indoor play place nearby called Ma-Jest-Kids and I really can't say enough great things about it or about our experience there. I'm sure part of what made it so great was that it was a random Tuesday morning and therefore we had almost the whole place to ourselves. Other working parents recognize what a rare treat that is!

If you can't tell, the twins had a lot of fun playing, and if that didn't make the outing successful on its own, the deal was definitely sealed when the sweet people working there surprised them each with a cupcake, goody bag, and balloon, and gathered everyone up to sing "Happy Birthday" to them! We will definitely be coming back to this place.

After we somehow pried them away, we made a stop at Target to let them pick out birthday presents for each other. This started off sweetly enough, but as soon as we separated them and started helping them try to pick something out, they instantly lost interest and only wanted to find toys for themselves. Shocking.

In the end, these are the gifts that won out:

After lunch at home and naps, we took advantage of the perfect weather and headed out to one of our favorite parks nearby. Once again, it was nice not to have to compete with a weekend crowd!

We then met up with the Olivers for dinner at one of our favorite spots (Chuy's), where the twins were once again the recipients of a round of the "Happy Birthday" song, this time complete with complimentary sopapillas!

This picture is to serve as proof that I was present since I didn't manage to make it into any of the other pictures. It's also to serve as proof that I was sporting my awesome #twinmom shirt to celebrate the occasion:

Before bath and bedtime, we decided to watch the twins' birth announcement video. When I was trying to take a picture to document the activity, I couldn't stop laughing at this cameo that was made courtesy of Colby (who was sitting in my lap). Just how every super hero wants to spend his free time, no doubt...

And with that, the celebration of the twins' 3rd birthday was complete. With both of us working full-time and the weekends being so full as well, we sadly don't get a lot of full free days to spend with our favorite little people, so it's safe to say this was a treat for all 4 of us. For the millionth and last time, happy 3rd birthday, Colby and Clara!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Colby and Clara are 3!

It's true, my favorite little people are now 3-year-olds, which in my mind means they might as well be full-grown adults. I know I updated you about their personalities just over a month ago, so for today, I'll keep it brief (for once) and post a few (more) of my favorite pictures from this past weekend of the birthday boy and girl, along with their answers to one of those birthday surveys I've been dying to do since they were wee little babes!

Colby Wayne, Age 3

Anyone else notice a theme about playing and the Avengers?

Clara Lane, Age 3

I love her high aspirations to one day be "a girl" and that she's proud of her nap time abilities!

Happy birthday, Colby and Clara! Your daddy and I love you so much and couldn't be more proud of the loving, persistent, inquisitive, and highly entertaining little people that you've both come to be!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Colby & Clara's 3rd Birthday Party

Colby and Clara turn 3 TOMORROW and so we celebrated on Saturday morning with a Princess and Pirate-themed party! They were talking about it for weeks and we were all excited when the day finally arrived. Much fun and many donuts were had by all :) Enjoy the photo dump:

Photo shopping credit goes to my talented older brother!

And that's a wrap!

Thanks to all that helped us celebrate and make Colby and Clara feel so loved!!