Saturday, August 18, 2012

Just like riding a bike

I just realized it has been probably over 12 years since I've ridden a bike. The last time I remember riding bikes was when I was maybe 16. I may have ridden a couple times since then (because it's hard to believe anyone can go that long without riding a bike once?!) but I don't remember. I don't even own a bike, and neither does Hubby. Jason and Jakey have bikes but that's it. One of these days we need to get us all bikes so we can go on rides. We'd probably need to look on cracksandracks.com for car bike racks for the van too. I'm pretty sure I'd still be able to ride a bike after all these years, right?!

More cuteness

Here's another little video of my cute kiddos. Now that Caleb is on his feet more, Isaac likes to go over and give him hugs, but because Caleb is still a little wobbly usually one or both of them end up falling over lol. Now that Caleb is understanding the word "hug" he is starting to do it too.

Getting into it

When I was watching football a few days ago I noticed that they don't really treat the preseason games like they do regular season. The players didn't seem as into the game and neither did the announcers. It sounded more like college press box talk instead of pros, with more random chatter and sometimes they ignored the game altogether. It's more exciting when the players and announcers are more into the games. I've gotten used to the Sunday Night guys and their knowledge of the game and great commentary.

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!

A few days ago Jakey decided to teach the babies how to play Ring-Around-The-Rosies and it was just so dang cute! They loved it and were laughing their heads off. They were pretty worn out though by the time I pulled the camera out, but got a few rounds recorded. :)

Safety first

This year when we have gone to busy public outings, like the park on the 4th of July and Lagoon themepark, we have made sure to put contact info on them. A few years ago on the 4th we lost Jakey and it was the most terrifying 15 minutes of my life. So I got some labels, kind of like ul labels, that go inside the children's shoes with our contact info, as well as put some bracelet type things on their wrist or leg with our phone number. Luckily nobody got lost but it was a relief to know that if somebody found them (and we talked about them looking for a police officer or nice mommy with kids to ask for help if they got lost) that they would be able to quickly reach us.

My sweeties

These little boys make me so happy. :) And they definitely are going to be great friends. Now that Caleb is walking around more it is so much fun to watch them run around after each other. And Caleb is just so proud of himself for finally getting it. So glad to have my adorable, cuddly boys in my life.

Blog-splosion

When I first started blogging (almost 6 years ago!) most blogs were just like personal journals. Places to update about family life, kids, hobbies, etc. The majority are still like that, but you can also find many other types of sites using blogs. There's businesses, like raleigh wedding photographers, church groups using them to post about meetings, and many devoted entirely to posting about great deals and coupons. It's quite amazing how much the blogging community has grown in the last few years. Of course this comes from someone who just today was reminiscing about my families first computer that ran on MS-DOS prompts.

Pretty pink


I finally finished my sister's baby blanket today. By the time I was done I was having major cramps in my hands and could barely crochet, but I really wanted to get it done. They were over here visiting so I was trying to get it done before they left but they had somewhere to be. I did finish it about 10 minutes after they left though, and they will be coming over for dinner tomorrow so I can give it to her then. I joked that with my last 3 kids I went into labor within a few days of finishing their blankets, so hopefully the magic extends to her baby too lol.

Evolution of phones

Over the last 9 years Hubby and I have gone through a variety of phones. We started out with one of those indestructible Nokias, and have since moved from flip phones, to slide phones, to smart phones, and now have our awesome iPhones. We have most of our old phones lying around somewhere too. The kids love to use them to play with. Whenever we clean up the playroom we find motorola batteries, random antennae, and mostly flip phones. I'm not sure what happened to our first Nokia, it must have been tossed during one of our moves, so it's probably sitting in a landfill in one indestructible piece lol.

Are you ready for some football?

One thing I love about this time of year, is the start of football season! Of course right now they are still doing pre-season games, but at least it's football! We love spending Sundays laying on the couch watching games, rooting for the Patriots, and eating junk. The boys are even excited. They came inside the other day and saw us watching a game and said, "Is that football?!" and sat down to watch. It's nice that we can enjoy it together. :)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Trucks

The other day I was driving and saw a big truck jacked up so high the bottom of the truck was about level with the top of our car. How do you even get into a truck that high?! Ladder? It's usually teen guys I see pimping out their trucks with jacked up suspension, roll bars, and all that. I admit that I do like trucks, but just regular sized ones are good enough for me lol. Hubby would love to get a truck one of these days, nothing fancy, but just something that he can use for hauling stuff and looking macho and all that. :)

Bedtime

Ever since the boys started this new school year we've been trying to be better about regular bedtimes, but haven't been doing so good. Here it is 9pm and Jason and Jakey are still up. It's hard to remember how late it's getting when it is still so light outside. When we go to put Nathan to bed at 8 he starts to cry if it's still "sunny time". And I end up staying up too late too once we do finally get them all in bed. Hopefully as the days get dark sooner we'll be better about getting everyone to bed at a decent hour.

Tanless

Because this summer has been so hot I've been avoiding going outside, which means that I haven't gotten very tan. Which is ok, just sad compared to last summer when I was nice and tan from the light treatments for my psoriasis lol. Wish I had my own tanning booth. A fake tan would probably be a bit healthier though, and something convenient like a van with mobile spray tanning equipment would be nice. My arms are a little tan, just from regular light, but my legs are so so white lol. Not that anyone ever sees my legs since I always wear pants.

No spare

Half of this week I did not have a vehicle to get around. When we went up to Idaho last weekend Hubby accidentally left the car keys there, which meant he had to take the van to work while we waited for his mom to mail us the car keys. Luckily I usually don't have anywhere to go during the day, I only missed a moms of twins club meeting. We really need to get extra keys made for the vehicles since we only have 1 for each, but we'd have to get them special ordered from the dealerships which is expensive. We are planning to upgrade to a larger vehicle some time next year, and I think when we do we will make sure there's at least 1 extra key included lol.

Upcoming semester

My next college semester starts next Wednesday. I'm a little nervous because of my calculus class, from reading reviews of the teacher, he is very hard. I really hope I can manage to at least pass the class. I'm also taking 2 computer classes. One class is from a teacher I've had before, which is a relief but also worries me because he's not the best teacher all the time lol. Hopefully I'll at least know some students from my previous computer classes. I don't know most of their names since we don't have desk name plates or anything, but a lot of us have been in the same classes for similar majors. Class is always more fun when you know a few other students.

This makes me sound like an old lady

I'd forgotten how much crocheting makes my wrists and fingers ache lol. I haven't really done any crochet since before the twins were born. The other day I started making a blanket for my sister's baby girl that will be arriving any day now. It's getting close to done, but my hands are starting to complain about it. I was hoping to finish it tonight, but just typing this is hurting my right wrist so I think I'll have to work on it tomorrow. I really want to have it done before the baby is born.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Anniversary gifts

For our anniversary this year we really didn't do much. It was our 9th anniversary. We didn't really do anything on the actual day, but the following Saturday my brother came over and babysat the kids while Hubby and I went to the temple and then to lunch at Olive Garden. Maybe next year I will think of a fun gift for Hubby and he can find mom wedding anniversary gifts. We've talked about doing a cruise for our 10th, so we'll see if that happens. Just getting a little time alone is a great gift for us.

Fun at the park

While we were in Idaho Saturday we went to a local splash park. The kids loved cooling off and getting wet. Well, most of them. Caleb was not that excited about it and only got a little wet before deciding he was done. Isaac loved it and Hubby's little cousin Alexa was sweet enough to take him down the little water slide a few times, which he really enjoyed. Then mother-in-law bought some tickets for the kids to ride the carousel at the park, and then she bought them all cotton candy. The twins loved their first taste of cotton candy and were soon pink sticky messes as the gobbled it down as fast as they could. Here are a few pics from the fun:

Much needed time off

This last weekend we took a trip up to Idaho. My friend was having her baby blessed Sunday so we went up Friday night to stay with my inlaws. The kids adore my mother-in-law (because she spoils them rotten lol) so they always love to go see them, but the twins sleep horrible anywhere when we don't have 2 cribs for them. Friday night was awful with them, but we were lucky enough to talk my mother-in-law into watching all the kids Saturday night so Hubby and I could have a night away, oru first night with no kids in over 2 years. I always worry about leaving all the kids overnight, because they are a lot of work, and because of sneaky little Nathan who has no fear of running into busy roads. I almost wish I had some spy gadgets, like video cameras on each kid that I can check from my phone or computer lol. But all went well and Hubby and I enjoyed some much needed alone time.

Waiting impatiently

My little sister is due with a baby girl in a few weeks. She has been miserable this pregnancy, especially with the awful heat. She dealt with a little preterm labor problems too, and now is very anxious to have her little girl. I admit I am also very excited to see my new niece. I really hope that she is born soon, for my sister's sake. I've made her a few cute little dresses and shoes, and I can't wait to see her in them. It's going to be so nice having a new baby to love on. And my sister-in-law is also having a baby in a few months, a boy due in November. I love new babies!

Time

I was cleaning up my bathroom drawer the other day and found my old watch. It's not a TAG Heuer FORMULA I, but it's special because Hubby gave it to me for Christmas when we were dating. Its very pretty but I haven't worn it in years. It needs a new battery though because it's been dead for a long time. One of these days I will remember to bring it to the store and get a new battery put in.

Too hot!

The weather lately has been soooo hot! I think we had the hottest July on record. I've been avoiding going outside as much as possible, and letting the boys play out in the water more. I am really looking forward to the weather cooling down. Fall is my favorite season because of the cooler weather and the changing leaves. It will be so nice to be able to go out more.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Home decor

I've been seeing so many cute home decor ideas on Pinterest. I love the playroom ideas for kids, like a slide going into the playroom (not possible with our layout unfortunately) or reading corners with large bean bags for chairs. And I LOVE looking at kitchen ideas. Even though I know I'll never get around to using most of the ideas it is so fun to see the creative ways people organize and layout and decorate their living spaces. Maybe if I look at the ideas enough some of the craftiness and creativity will rub off on me lol.