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Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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I’ve been slacking…yet again I say this…but we have just been busy enjoying this time of year.

I turned 31 on the 7th.  I went to a fun Christmas party for a bunch of ladies, which was fun since we got to hang out in our PJs.  I’ve had a few Stella & Dot trunk shows, which is nice to have the extra spending money for the holidays.  Jason has been working on the fence….SO CLOSE to being done.  In the midst of all that we have two awesome little boys keeping us entertained and busy.

Since 1999 I have DREADED the holidays.  Christmas of 1998 was 2 months TO THE DAY before my mom passed and we spent it on a Disney cruise and a trip to Florida with our entire family on my mom’s side.  It was a lot of fun but that was when my mom first got sick and missed a lot of the activities.  Since then, I’ve missed her SO much during the holidays.  She was the one who was in charge of it all…..cooking, decorating, wrapping, etc.

Our tradition was we would get to open ONE gift on Christmas Eve but the rest was for Christmas morning.  We’d sit around in our jammies, eating breakfast and opening gifts.  We tried different scenarios – go around and each open one gift at a time, each person opens all their gifts at once, etc.  Gifts would get mixed up – one year Jordan (my brother) got Mariah Carey and I got Red Hot Chili Peppers (today I can say I would MUCH rather RHCP!) and we would all laugh and enjoy the awesomeness that was that time together.

The year after my mom passed I met Jason and spent that first dreaded holiday season with his family.  At one point I had to step outside because the level of love, fun, excitement, joy and comfort was overwhelming.  In the last 12 years it has become my favorite time.

My in-laws have different traditions.  Christmas Eve we sit around and open all our gifts – going youngest to oldest.  I think one year we drew numbers to determine the order but that didn’t seem to last.  Every year we say “we are not buying gifts for everyone….let’s draw names.”  FAILS every year!  Last year we attempted to do JUST the babies and then play dirty santa but with good gifts and that was a lot of fun but did everyone end up buying everyone presents – YEP!

Last year was the boys’ first Christmas and it was also my first holiday season I looked forward to since 1998.  Having children has healed that part of me but not fully.  I don’t think it will ever be healed FULLY….just cured a bit with the grins I see when I walk in their room Christmas morning.

The boys bring so much joy to my holidays now.  Seeing everything for the first time through their eyes is truly one of the most amazing experiences one cannot even put into words.  Last Christmas they were not even one so it wasn’t much to them.  This year….totally different.  They LOVE Christmas lights and they love our tree as well.  We put all the non-breakable ornaments on the lower part of our tree this year and they haven’t managed to do any damage so that’s good.

Christmas morning is when we will do “Santa” gifts, which this year they are going to be coming downstairs to find their very own SLIDE for our house (which can be used outside as well as in our gameroom), a new workbench from Papa O and two of these:

Yes they have helmets with them!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

December 22, 2011
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Lights!

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So the boys are LOVING Christmas lights!  They like to go look out our front window at the lights in our yard and neighborhood as well as the Christmas tree lights in the living room.  They will say, “lights!” over and over and over.  Auntie Nai Nai is home from LA so we all went to Rhema to see the beautiful Christmas light display they put on every year.  It was my first time but I’m sure we will make this an annual tradition from now on.

We tried to make the boys wear hats and gloves but Fynn was NOT a fan of either.

We managed to keep the hat on the remainder of our visit but the gloves didn’t last long at all.

We went and watched the ducks for a bit while we were waiting for the lights to come on.

Fynn still wasn’t sure about what we were doing and why he had this thing on his head.

This was right when the lights came on and Sutton got so excited he grabbed Kiki’s hand and took off.  He was having such a good time the entire evening…he would grab anyone’s hand he could find to run around and at one point he was running and stopped in his tracks to just DANCE AND DANCE to the Christmas music.

Christmas is just getting better and better each year with these two!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

December 12, 2011
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Thanksgiving 2011

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This was the boys’ 2nd Thanksgiving and it was so much more fun!  Jason’s uncle Kelly and his wife Anne came to visit from Kansas City and brought their yellow lab, Moose.  Sutton was IN LOVE!!

Sutton was so sweet with Moose and just got so giddy with excitement every time he saw Moose.  He would say his name and it sounded so cute!!  I would LOVE to get the boys a dog but it will be a year or two.

On Thanksgiving day the kiddos got to play while the ladies finalized the last touches for our amazing meal!

We got to go outside and run around, which was nice since it wasn’t too cold out.

Cousin Eric giving some love to Sutton!

Elliot was enjoying the pre-meal snack of leaves and grass so Sutton was kind enough to help her find more!

Cousin Eric & Sutton wanted to watch Jason cut the ham!

This year we got to put the boys at a little table instead of high chairs!

They did really good sitting and eating their food but Sutton did end up in Kiki’s lap getting fed and his

favorite was cranberry salad.

After that HUGE meal we took a quick walk around the block!

These three look like they are up to no good.

Walking with our Kiki.

Sutton loved it when Moose gave him kisses.

After our meal was cleaned up we all kind of laid around and then started the annual family tradition of

GAME NIGHT!

We can sit and play games until the wee morning hours but this year my sister-in-law, Jenny, and Jason’s Aunt Anne decided to

brave the crazies with the holiday shopping.

We started at Wal-Mart and I’m pretty sure people were making fun of us because we had NO CLUE what was going on.

We finally caught on and scored a few things but it wasn’t as awesome as I had hoped.

From there we went to Target only to find the line WAY too long for us to stand in the cold so we headed to

Toys R Us and WHOA is all I can say!  The line inside to check out was wrapped around the entire store and SO not worth standing in.

We THEN went back to Target to see if they had opened the doors only to find out they were only letting in

50 at a time, which again was not worth it to us.

To Kohl’s we went and we found some great deals but by that point we were ready for bed and not in the mood to stand in line.

Friday the three of us went back to Kohl’s and Target to score on some more great buys!

I got MOST of our gifts purchased and we got to enjoy some shopping without children! 🙂

While we shopped Jason and his dad put up our Christmas lights!

The boys were trying to “help” but they were basically just getting in the way.

Friday night we played the game of Things, which I highly recommend for ANY group of adults!

We were all laughing so hard I almost peed my pants.

Saturday I got to do a Stella & Dot trunk show for a dear friend’s mother, which was a lot of fun.

Great holiday and now we are ready for CHRISTMAS!!!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

November 29, 2011
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Halloween 2011

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I’m a little behind yes I know…story of my life.

I was also slacking with the costumes because I kept putting it off.  I can never decide if I should dress the boys the same or different and then can’t decide what to buy.  We had finally decided to dress them as boxers but when I went to get the costume it was all out.  Then I couldn’t find two in the toddler sizes so that was frustrating.  Everywhere I went they were lacking toddler sizes!

Finally the morning of Halloween I went to Toys R Us and found nothing so I attempted Target and I found the cutest zebra and cow and went with those.  They were SO CUTE!!!

That evening we went to their preschool church carnival.

It was so fun!!  Lots of cool games for kids of all sizes, jupiter jump, face painting and candy everywhere.  Of course our boys didn’t get to eat one piece. 🙂

My sweet family.

Aunt Jenny showing fynn the playdoh.

My adorable little cow.

My loves!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

November 4, 2011
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Flashback Friday – Costumes

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Last year we struggled with what I think ever parent of multiples struggles with….do we dress them alike?  Well we waited until the last minute to get costumes because it snuck up on us so fast and these were all we could find that we liked.

My sweet Bear and Monkey.

Notice the legs aren’t long enough.  That’s because we have TALL boys.  They should be tall, I’m 6’1″ and my husband is 6’3″.  Everyone in my family is tall too.  My brother is 6’6″.

Halloween is Monday and do we have costumes yet?  NOPE.

Might need to get on that.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

 

October 28, 2011
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Pumpkins and More

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It’s October and that means I take HUNDREDS of photos.
Friday we went to celebrate GREAT Grandma’s birthday with a trip to a beautiful place with a small petting zoo, wonderful little gift shop (I scored some homemade apple butter!) and lots of pumpkins with a maze and fun games for kiddos.

Kiki checking out the goats with the boys.

Pretty sure Sutton wanted to take this donkey home as a pet.

And the horse

This boy is a total Kiki’s boy!

Cousins!

A corn maze is perfect for this little Houdini…kid LOVES to hide.

Fynn seemed to be having fun.

Perfect size for these boys.

Nope, I think Sutton found the one he wants.

This is the best picture we can get with two toddler and only two parents.

And of course they have to help Daddy!

Last year was fun but this year was better.  The only thing about last year is they weren’t walking so I could take better pictures.
Maybe not better pictures but they would sit still.
The boys last year…

I LOVE MY BOYS!  They are so fun and I’m so BLESSED to be their mama!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

October 16, 2011
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