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.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Playing in the Snow

The other weekend, we went out and took advantage of the warm (read 20 degree) weather.  The kids love the snow. 

I could not get them to look at me, they were too interested in the white stuff that was preventing them from walking...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The bed situation

So last week, while tucking in Zoey, I have turned around to see Henry out of his crib, standing on his dresser.  See blue arrow below.  I tried not to react, and simply walked over and put him back in his crib.  He didn't make a big fuss about it.  But he did it again 2 nights later.  

I am crossing all my fingers and toes that he stops this... I do not want to make the transition to beds yet... but I am scared that it is coming.   I know that the smart thing would be to move the dresser, but we have no where to put it.... this room is TINY.  

Sunday, January 19, 2014

22 Months

Zoey and Henry turned 22 months last week.  How can they be almost 2 already?!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


At the beginning of last week, it was too cold to do anything, even our daycare was closed.  The kids were getting a little stir crazy, and needed something new to play with. (Because why would they want to play in any of their new toys...that would be too easy).  So I had to get creative. I remember playing in the sink with bubbles when I was little, and thought that Henry and Zoey may like it too.

The didn't like it... they LOVED it.  Seriously.  I gave them some whisks and baster brushes (it is a good thing we have 2 of each) and they went to town.  They played so hard that their clothes were soaking wet and there was water on the floor and up the wall. 

For the next 24 hours, they would stand near the sink and ask for bubbles.  Zoey went so far as to pull the stool over as close as she could to the sink.  I could only say no for so long.  So the next day I filled up the sink again.  I think that I went a little crazy on the soap.  Because the kids went a little crazy with the soap.  Henry needed his head rinsed after this.

While this weekend felt like spring was coming, I know that this is Minnesota and we have at least 2 more months of cold weather.  So I am thinking that I will need more tricks to get us through...Anyone else getting creative with keeping their kiddos entertained in the cold? 

Friday, January 10, 2014

It's the little things: Two

1. Zoey is obsessed with coloring... or circling, as she calls it.  She could circle all day.  She even sings a little song about it... Circle me, circle me, circle me.  She likes it so much, she also likes to color on herself.

2. Lately, whenever Henry give me a hug he pats me on the back while doing it... such an adult thing to do.  So of course, I make him hug me all the time.

3. They kids played in the snow for the first time last week - when it was 30 degrees, not minus 30 like it is today.  At first they were skeptical, but soon they LOVED it.  They don't get why they can't play out there all the time.  Here Henry was about to have a melt down because I wouldn't let him go outside. In his head: shoes & shirt = fine to go outside.

4. Zoey got her first haircut right before Christmas. She sat on my lap like a champ, and then, afterwards, strutted up and down the aisle of the salon, thinking she was such big stuff.  She was so proud of her 'pretty hair'.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The evolution of our bar/playroom

 No room has changed more than the little room in our basement.  It started out as the place where all the old furniture goes to die.  Literally, anytime there was a piece of furniture that we didn't know what to do with, it was shoved in there.  We had visions of turning this into our bar area.   This plan was spurred even more when all of our grooms men gave us a bar sign for our wedding!

So Nate and I took on our first large furniture building project....

To net out with a log bar that had room for storage, a chair, and of course, what every bar needs, a place to hold all your alcohol. 

It also held a nice loveseat/chair, and some Iowa art that I made. 

It was not a perfect bar, but we liked it.  We had grand plans of adding a little TV, or maybe sending a beer tap from the laundry room (which is behind the left wall) into this bar area.  

Then we got pregnant. And 22 months after the kids were born, this is what the room looks like:

The built ins are nice to hide some toys, both ones that they are not quite old enough for (with small parts) or ones that they can not use without supervision (like paint and play-dough) and to rotate other toys.  I have found that as soon as we pull out a toy (or even move it from one side of the room to the other) they play twice as much with it as they did previously.

Truth; the alcohol and the mini fridge is still in the built ins.  Oops.  The doors are very child proof for their age right now, but it is something that we will have to deal with in the near feature.

Other truth:  The kids have way to many toys.  Grandparents like to spoil, and I cant avoid a good garage sale.  Goal for 2014:  cut back!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Having twins is hard..

Okay, time to get real.  Having twins is hard.  It has been hard at every stage, but this stage is the hardest.  Don't get me wrong, for the most part, it is great.  They are fun and entertaining, sweat and funny, loving and adorable.  But with all these things, they are still two almost 2 year olds, who are stubborn, emotional, and have no patience.

Last week I lost it.  Long story short I went to the Zoo to meet some friends- there is no way to easily control 2 kids who want to run in opposite directions, when there are hundreds of other people around.  They don't understand reasoning, and when they are tired it is much worse.  After leaving the zoo early, without getting to say goodbye to my friends, and having to carry 60lbs of kids to the car (part of the issue - was a forgotten stroller) on the coldest day of the year when they were throwing their mittens off... I got them in their car seats and sat in the car and cried.

I was having a little pity party for myself...  I just cant always do the things that my friends with one kid, or with an older kid and younger kid can do.  Having twins is hard.  And only other twin moms can truly understand it.  Yes, having one kid is hard, having two or more kids is also hard; but there are unique challenges that twin mom's face.  I think that is why I feel an automatic connection to other twin moms out there.  They have gone through or will go through exactly what I have.

Of course, after the pity party, was a guilty party... I have 2 healthy, wonderful kids.  They will soon learn to listen, and not sprint off as fast as possible.  I wont always have to carry them, because it is too cold to let them walk their speed.  I wont always be able to carry both of them.  Why was I feeling so negative now.

I just need to remember that I do have family and friends who are willing to always help out, who love Henry and Zoey as much as they love me.  I have a husband that seems to have no end in patience with them and me, and remember that this time will go way to fast.

So to leave on a high note... An adorable picture of the kiddos with my Cousin Ashley, who got engaged on New Years Eve!