Monday, July 21, 2014

A Conversation with Zoey

Tonight at the dinner table...

Nate: [Pointing to his nose] "What's this?"
Zoey: "A booger!"

Then she put on her own PJs.

I love my little weirdo :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More Chicago....

Of course while we were in Chicago we had to visit the Shedd.  The kids had been talking about it for a while.  "Whales and Fishies, whales and fishies...."  They were pretty excited. 

 I didn't get any pictures during the show... but the looks on their faces when the dolphins would jump was priceless!  After, Grandma and Grandpa spoiled the kids in the gift shop, we headed outside for some Chicago Dogs

 And then, they discovered how fun it was to chase the birds....

It was such a fun morning....

Monday, June 23, 2014

Millennium Park

Henry and Zoey enjoyed the reflection pool in Millennium Park.  To them, it was a giant puddle that I was okay with them splashing in....

It was all fun and games until they saw a little girl get 'spit on' by the fountain... then they were not having any of it...

Oh to be on vacation again.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ashley's Chicago Wedding

A few weekends ago we had our first family vacation out of state.  We went to Chicago for Nate's cousin's wedding.  We went a few days early to enjoy Chicago - more pictures of that later... 

I had more fun picking out what Henry and Zoey were going to wear than what I was going to wear... so of course we needed a family picture. 

Yeah - like that was going to be easy...

We did manage to get a someone decent one.... Henry takes after his dad... cant put the drink down long enough for a picture... Kidding :)

 Ashley was beautiful, and I think that Zoey thought that she was a princess - she went right up to her for a picture!

 The kids tore up the dance floor... it was too funny.  This one melted my heart!  

I think that Henry was off flirting with the bridesmaids.....

Congrats to Ashley and Mike!!  It was such a wonderful wedding. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Back at it...

Okay, so here is the thing about writing this blog... it takes time.  And Henry and Zoey are so busy now that they take time too.... so I didn't write for a while....clearly.

But then, I realized I hadn't even looked at pictures I had taken, that they were still sitting on my camera.  And that made me sad.  That putting pictures on this blog made me remember things, and write about them, and laugh.  So I am going to start again... I will try to blog more.

So with that... I give you the 23 and 24 month pictures...

23 Months

24 Months

We're 2!

This was the last monthly picture I took.... I think that I will do yearly from now on...

Friday, March 7, 2014


Happy Birthday Zoey and Henry!!

Z & H are officially entering the "terrible" 2's! My babies are 2! Man that went fast. I can't express how much I love you guys. My cuddle and snuggle time may be diminishing but goodbye kisses and BIG hugs make up for that. I can't wait for the snow to melt so we can get to the park and act like crazies again. LOVE YOU!

My little babies (Zoey left, Henry right) are growing up too fast.

Happy Birthday to the Twinados!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

So this happened:

On and off for a week or so, Henry has been asking to sleep in the big boy bed in our guest room.  I would put in in bed when we were hanging out, and he would just lay there. But, when it came time for bed time, we would just put them in their cribs, no matter what they asked. 

Here is the thing.  They are really good sleepers all around.  Not perfect, but good.  Lately, they have been staying awake a little longer than normal, talking to each other from one crib to another, but not fussing or crying.  So we didn't want to ruin that.  

Plus, while I think about how I am going decorate their big kid room, I haven't really 'thought' about them sleeping in beds.  We weren't in a rush.  There will be no more babies that need the cribs.  They haven't really started getting out (besides crawling on to the dresser a few times)... so why make the change?

Last night Nate and I were brave enough to let them try it.  During the day, we cleared out things on the book shelf that they might get into.  Put a monitor in the room, and laid pillows all around the bed.  We agreed that we would give them 30 minutes to fall asleep... and one time putting them back in bed.  As we were putting them in bed, we told them that this was a trial, and if they were good, they could sleep there all night... otherwise they would have to go back into their cribs.  They both said 'no' to that, so I made the assumption they were on board. 

After tucking them in, and watching the monitor like hawks, we were surprised how well they did.  I had to go put Henry back in bed once (after he fell out reaching for his puppy) and Zoey climbed out once to get her nuk - and cried when she couldn't get back in.  We did have to go in a few times and tell them to be quite and that it was time to go to sleep... since they were a little excited about sleeping together.  But then, about an hour later, they were both out.  (Yes, I said an hour... even though we agreed on a half hour.  In reality, that's only a little bit longer than when they are in their cribs lately).  They slept all night... And called for us in the morning without getting out of bed.  I was very impressed with them!  Now, we will see if they keep doing this well or if it is back to the cribs for a while. 

Any tips out there for getting kids (especially twins or kids sharing a room) to sleep in big kid beds?! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Life Lately

Even though we have been trapped mainly inside this cold winter, we are still keeping busy... Henry and Zoey are really starting to become best friend... looking around the house for each other, talking to each other, and  actually playing together.  Of course they still get in fights, but we are working on sharing, and not hitting, you know - the usual. Some of you may have seen some of these pictures on instagram, but if not, below is what we have been up to lately.

What... you don't dance around in a diaper and hats... and maybe shoes?  Well, in this house it is pretty common. 

Pretending it is summer.. 

Making faces while at himself in the camera, while I try to give him a kiss

 The kids tried to sleep together the a few weeks ago.  It was really sweet for a few minutes, and then they were playing too much, and we had to separate them.  

Henry got a hair cut... bye bye curls... 

Zoey continues to be the best eater ever...

When we go to the indoor park by our house, Henry spends 90% of his time in the basketball court.... he is getting really good- for a 2 year old.  Yet, he refuses to use the small basketballs, and always gets hit in the face at least once.