Sunday, January 18, 2015

8 months

Time seems to be going by faster and faster. And now that the babies are mobile things are crazy. I remember thinking with Isaac every new phase was my favorite. Now with the girls I have to work really hard to try and enjoy every minute, it's harder this time because of the double factor but also because everything is such a blur. But we are so blessed with beautiful, wonderful, amazing kids and I can't help but soak every moment in and be thankful. Even the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad days :-)

The girls turned 8 months a week ago and are mobile as ever. They are crawling, pulling up, cruising on furniture. And we have seemed to be battling illness of some sort for almost a month. Ready for everyone to be healthy! Both girls are clapping which just started in the past week. Mary says "dada" clear as day and Emma loves making funny faces which I think is a result of her teeth coming in. Emma has two teeth, Mary doesn't have any but I think some are working their way up and we may see them in a few weeks. Sleep is getting a little better, able to nestle into more of a routine and found it best to just lay them down together and walk away, they don't do well with rocking which I think is because there are two.

These photos were from January 7th, one afternoon when we were having lunch. When it's just one parent it's easiest to just put them in their bumbo's and have them eat on the floor in the kitchen with us, while Isaac and I sit at the kitchen table. For evening dinners we all sit at our dining room table.
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I missed getting pictures on exactly Jan 10th, these were taken a few days later on the 13th. Close enough :-)
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LOVE Emma's face in this one:
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We've been spending a lot of time lounging around the house in PJs lately.
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Isaac wanted to get in on the photos too!
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Isaac started swimming lessons, which Kyle takes him to in the evening. But this last week class was cancelled due to a fecal incident earlier that day. I take all the kids to music class once a week but we missed this past week due to Emma having a fever within 24 hours prior (I think could be teeth, no one else got a fever). And we do ECFE once a week which the new session starts in two weeks so there is a break next week. We are trying to stay busy and get out of the house but this last week was rough with cancellations and illness.



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas Morning 2014

We had a lovely Christmas morning. This is the first year Isaac was into it. He was into it last year, but he doesn't remember it. I think this was the first year we are planting memories so we wanted to make it really fun.

Christmas Eve night we read the night before Christmas by the tree and left cookies and milk for Santa. We left a note telling Santa the milk was in the fridge and Isaac even signed his name! (kinda hard to read and he signed it right from left. I asked him to maybe try it again and go the other way and his response was "but I just signed it right there, look". LOL can't argue with that)
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Grainy phone selfie:
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That morning we got breakfast going and ate our traditional breakfast casserole before heading downstairs to see what Santa brought and open family presents. Once we got downstairs Isaac was excited to see Santa brought him a fox book and a Frozen book. Santa brought the girls a tea set and a 'Lamb'-in-a-box. We spent some time playing with those toys before opening presents.
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Mary was enthrolled by the wrapped boxes.
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Then we started opening presents from the grandparents.
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Mary crawling & girls playing video:


With each present we played a bit so it took us quiet a while to get them all opened which was A-Okay.

Isaac opening Grandpa Del's present video:


Uncle Josh sent the kids some cool Navy attire, you can see in this photo Emma likes the pink!
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I think Emma's favorite part was climing ON the boxes, she's gonna be trouble!
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She would plant her self up on top of a box and just superman on it while playing with something else it was so funny. She now does that on top of Mary as well while they play. They are busy busy girls.

We finished up our Jesse tree at lunch by placing the last ornament and reading the last devotion. Isaac really enjoyed the Jesse tree and putting a new ornament on each day. So sweet to see him learn about Jesus and be so excited about the true meaning of Christmas
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Quiet books

I finally (well almost one step left) finished the girls quiet books. I had made one for Isaac a while ago. Even though he is just now to the age to truly enjoy it, I'm glad I got them made. They were fun to make and I hope they enjoy them. Isaac really enjoys playing with all three books right now. 

After much pinterest stalking I found the themes I wanted to make. So figured I'd get my pages out on the Internet to inspire others like I was inspired. 

As you can tell I've gotten a little better. Isaac's is the bottom left book. The pages have become a little cleaner and better looking with the use of my Silhoette Cameo cutting machine. I was able to cut HTV (heat transfer vinyl) and iron it on instead of hand writing. I did use my machine to cut Isaac's name letters but have since gotten my machine to cut cleaner. 


The next set of pages are a dress up doll, Mr. Potato Head, & a cooking set up. The clothes for the dress up doll go in a zippered suitcase. The potato head pieces go in the barrel pocket. And the cooking page is quiet fun. There is a clear vinyl pocket for it all to store. The stove knob is a snap and spins around. The plate is sewn on but the silverware, napkin, & juice cup all snap on and off. 

This is just a simple coloring page with a notebook and slots for crayons. 

Here are the counting pages. Isaac's was a simple bead on string design. The numbers are felt. With the girls I used the HTV again for cleaner looking numbers. The cookies store in the 'jar' pocket and each cookie has a different number of chips to match up with the number on the sheet. The chips on the cookies are also made out of HTV. The cupcake tops snap into place and I hand sewed beads to correspond with the number on the base of the cupcake. 

Last is the shape and color page. Pretty simple. All shapes snap into place. My cutting machine came in handy again to cut these shapes. Isaac has a hard time taking the snaps on and off so I still have to help him with this. But he enjoys matching them and laying the corresponding shaped on top. 
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