Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat!

Well, TOTing '11 has come and gone. And I could use a cocktail.

David had to work (shock of all shocks...) so my mom came to help me (along with my niece, Ava) get these kiddos out an about. One of are awesome neighbors invited us on their neighborhood hayride! SO cute and fun! Here are all the kiddos reado to roll! Paige was in there somewhere : ) My mom was in charge of the girls and I had the boys. We were running all over the neighborhood (good thing I busted out the jog stroller and wore some flats!) following them around.

Little bit digging for her treasures!

Trick or Treat!!

Paige was very easily distracted (of course - she is 2!) but did enjoy herself.

David still wasn't home when we got back, so I had to do baths, lotion, jammies for all three, get the milk warmed up for the boys, turn Dora on for Paige, feed Jack, feed Braley, set Jack in his crib, take Braley in Paige's room and rock him, lay him down, get Braley out of his crib, take him into Paige's room and rock him, lay him down, fix a little snack for Paige, clean up the kitchen, rock and lay Paige down, then pick up the house.

Whew. : )

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!!


My friend Tia, is the next Martha Stewart, but without all that insider trading/jail time/ankle bracelet while on house arrest dramz. She is doing the desserts for the boys' party, and she is just so crafty and creative!

She has decided to start a blog about all the fun things she does, so pop on over and discover your own inner domestic-ness! Except I don't, I just ask Tia to do it for me. : )

Sunday, October 30, 2011

More fall fun

We took our little pumpkin out to the Storybook forest today. It was great! So cute and makes me love fall even more. We had lovely weather, though it did get chilly when the sun started to go down. The grandparents were kind enough to stay with the boys so David and I could focus all our attention on our little girl.

I always remember those who desperately want children this time of year. It is SO focused on kids/family, and I know first-hand just how painful it is to wonder if you will ever get to experience this kind of thing. I can't understand why it has to be so hard for some people, and why some people (like me) get lucky and others don't.

David and I have been blessed with our lovely children, and we enjoy them that much more, knowing that they truly are a gift, not a right. We had to work for them.

And how wonderful it is to see that gift dressed up in a pumpkin tutu dress...

Sitting in the hay...

Experiencing roasting marshmallows and s'mores for the first time...

Running to jump in her daddy's arms...

Yes - we sure are enjoying our precious daughter right now! Happy Halloween!!! xoxo

Birthday party fun!

We had the pleasure of going to our sweet friend, Bailey's birthday party yesterday! It was gorgeous outside. They had a bounce house, Bailey's new trampoline set up, and a pumpkin painting station. Not to mention, lots of yummy treats! A great way to spend a Saturday morning with my family.

All these fun toys, and this girls spent most of her time with a baby and stroller, pushing it all over, taking the baby out, holding her, putting her back in, rinse and repeat...

She is such a little mommy. Very loving and nurturing.

Homegirl kept her eye on that cupcake! And bless her little heart, she loves to blow out candles, so she didn't quite understand why Bailey got to blow out the candle. I'm thinking we are going to have to let her blow the twins' candles out at their party.

The pumpkin painting was a huge hit and a great idea, for anyone whose little ones have fall birthdays.

Our finished product.

David stayed home with the boys because it was during their morning nap time, but he packed them up and came down as soon as they woke up.

We spend the rest of the day watching football and grilling out at home on our back paito (BOOMER!!!!), so it was a really great Saturday! Capped off the night with a Halloween party at a friends house. And today, we are headed to the Storybook Forest. I have heard nothing but great things about that.

I am getting excited for family pictures next weekend and the boys' party the week later. Yay for fall! Love this time of year!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Braley's tricks

I think Braley is really freaking cute. He is such a sweet little boy, and SO smart!! : ) You can see from this video, that he is mastering the "tricks." Jack, on the other hand, looks at me like I'm crazy. He is seriously minutes away from walking, so that is what he is working on. Oh, and he says, "mamamama" all day long. Sorry to be obnoxious and annoying, but I am proud of my boys who are growing up so fast!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall weather = great photo ops outside!

So this pumpkin goes everywhere with us. Paige even naps with it sometimes. She picked it out at a nursery (the flower/plants variety) and just loves it! When it starts rotting, I'll throw it out. Hopefully : /

This picture makes me LOL. This is what happens when a little boy with furry, crazy hair goes out on a windy day.

Possibly a little biased, but I think this little boy is just the cutest thing. He looks like a toy - just way too cute : )

Love my two sweet almost 1 year olds!! I mailed out the big invites today. Crazy how fast time has gone this time. Faster than with Paige, if that is even possible. And I love them more with every passing second. They were the perfect way to complete our family.

This is what a great daddy is: not too cool to get down and sidewalk chalk with his daughter. And dot the i in her name with a flower.

We have been spending a lot of time on the back patio. Love this weather! I hope it stays around for a while, but especially through the boys' party on the 13th.