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Today my loves…

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Today marks 9 years I have been married to your daddy.  Nine years of marriage that have flown by too fast!

Daddy and I met the very first day I arrived at Oklahoma State University in August 1999…wow I feel old typing that!  We didn’t technically start dating until that October but I knew the night I met him, he was someone special.  We never exchanged numbers or anything but happened to run into each other at a party that October night.  I saw your dad across the group of people and we made eye contact.  A few minutes later he walked up to me and told me I was beautiful.  We spent the entire evening talking and laughing.  We went with some friends to Wal-mart (I know, romantic right?) and we played in the toy aisle forever!  I still have my Star Wars toy we bought that night.  We went to Whataburger and ate with friends and then watched the sun come up at the lake.  As our friends dropped me off I didn’t know if I would see him again.  I knew we were meant to be together so on my way to class that morning I left a note on his Jeep.  And the rest is history!

We were young and in love but we also spent a lot of time talking about things….politics, religion, family, kids, careers, etc.  We had SO much fun together!  Your daddy was not only my boyfriend at the time but he became my best friend.  I met your dad shortly after my mom passed away and he was such a gift from God and I believe put in my life at that time for a reason.  He truly helped me grieve my mother’s death and was such a pillar of strength for me.  For the first time in a long time I felt I had someone protecting me.

Over the past 12.5 years we have endured a lot of sad times as well as happy times.  We have experienced deaths….some so sudden the shock still stings and some not so sudden yet equally painful.  We have suffered a miscarriage as well as the trials of infertility.  We have celebrated mommy’s graduation from Oklahoma State University and Daddy’s graduation from Cleveland Chiropractic College.  Most importantly, we were abundantly blessed with your arrival.  We prayed for years for a baby and we got such an amazing double blessing.

Through all the ups and downs your daddy has been my strength and my comfort.  He loves me unconditionally.  He tells me I’m beautiful, stunning, awesome, incredible all the time.  He is truly the best Daddy!  You boys adore your daddy and rightfully so.  He is always bragging about you and telling everyone what new things you are learning and funny things you might be doing at the time.  He wrestles, takes you on your balance bikes, tickles you, teaches you new things and most of all he loves you with every ounce of his heart.  When I met your daddy I knew he would be the best father to our children!  I was right.

As I look back on 9 years of marriage I think about how I felt when I married your dad and how I thought I couldn’t love him more but I honestly fall more in love with him with each day that comes.  I pray for you boys to one day feel this way about your wives.  I pray you love unconditionally.  I pray you find yourself in relationships that allow you to be yourself, that allow you to grow and evolve, that make you enjoy life and that you find someone you fall deeper in love with over the days and years that pass.  I hope you look to your daddy on how to be a husband and father.  He is the best role model around!

So today my loves know that I love your daddy with all my heart.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

June 14, 2012
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Wordless Wednesday – HAPPY BOYS!

The boys’ preschool teacher said to me, “they are just the happiest little guys.”
I have to agree!
I know I am biased but I really think we were blessed with such easy, happy babies.  They started sleeping through the night at 4 months and have handled teething like champs.  Sure they have their occasional fit and they have been picky eaters at times but for the most part they have been such wonderful babies. (I still call them babies…weird huh?)  And for the most part, you direct them to do something and they do it….”let’s go brush our teeth,” “let’s go take a nap,” “let’s go bye bye.”  And yes they still sleep from 8/8:30 p.m. until 8-9:00 a.m.  Everyone has said it will pass but they are great sleepers and I’m just going to cherish these days until they do change, if they do.

They will be 21 months (HOLY COW DID I JUST TYPE 21 MONTHS!? Insert SAD FACE!) and they have had one very short stomach bug but other than that and the occasional allergy runny nose they haven’t been sick.  No colic, no ear infections, nothing.  And where do I give credit…..to chiropractic!  Our boys have been getting adjusted since BIRTH and I FIRMLY believe it has been our lifesaver.  If you haven’t looked into chiropractic, DO IT NOW!  Have an open mind and see what it can do for you!

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October 13, 2011
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A-Z of ME

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A little bit about me on your Thursday! I saw this over at my friend Many’s blog, The Fabulous Baby Striblings and wanted to do it as well.
A. Age: 30 and it seems like 31 is coming faster this year! At least I married a man who will always be a little older than me. 🙂

B. Bed size: KING!  FINALLY!  I’m 6’1″ and my husband is 6’3″ and we have always had a queen until this year.  We finally have a bedroom big enough for a king.  I LOVE IT!

C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning toilets.  UGH!  I’m starting to hate doing the dishes because with four of us eating at home a lot, I feel like I’m always doing them!

D. Dogs: LOVE DOGS!  Total dog person but don’t have any right now.  We had a St. Bernard for 12 years who passed last November from lymphoma (we got her RIGHT after we started dating so she was our baby) and we had a toy yorkie but with all the changes (babies joining our family, moving to OK, moving into our house in OK, etc. she wasn’t getting any attention and was miserable so a friend has her.)  Once the boys can help take care of a pet we will probably get a goldendoodle.

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee.  HAVE TO HAVE IT!

F. Favorite color: Green to wear but love my Oklahoma State Cowboys so ORANGE POWER BABY!

G. Gold or Silver: Depends on the outfit. I’m loving gold more and more.  Working with Stella & Dot (see “My Shop” above) their gold jewelry is addicting!

H. Height: 6’1″. I’m tall:)

I. Instruments you play: hmmm, none really.  Almost took up piano when I was younger but considered the recorder my main focus at the time.  See how well that panned out for me.

J. Job title: Domestic-Bliss-Keeper at Schluter House, Chiropractic Assistant for about 10 hours a week and Stylist for Stella & Dot.

K. Kids: my two BOYS who were completely worth the wait, Fynn & Sutton born January 19, 2010.  Seriously still to this day so amazed I GET to be their mommy!

L. Live: Tulsa, OK in the heartland of America!

M. Mother’s name: Pam, see posts about Grammie Pammie who passed when I was 18.

N. Nicknames: The husband calls me “babe” and boys call me “mama” GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME! 🙂

O. Overnight hospital stays: when I was 17 and in a HORRIBLE highway car accident and when the boys were born

P. Pet peeves: when people aren’t nice.  Seriously though.  How hard is it to JUST BE NICE?!  When I’m in line at the store and I have a ton of stuff but the person behind me has only a few things, I let them go ahead of me.  When I’m driving and someone is trying to pull out in front of me but can’t because of traffic, I stop and let them go.  IT’S NOT THAT HARD PEOPLE!

Q. Quote from a movie: “I invented Post-Its.” 🙂

R. Right or left handed: Right!

S. Siblings: Older half-brother, Brad. My big brother Uncle Jordan is 18 months older and I have two sisters-in-law who I consider sisters, Jenny who is only a few months older than me and Janai who is 17, almost 18.

T. Time you wake up: MWF I get up and go to my gym classes at 5 but come back home and sleep until the boys wake up at about 8-9.  On Thursdays I have to wake up before them to get ready since I have to take them to MDO.

U. Underwear: VS

V. Vegetable you hate: Onions. Will make my husband cut his own for chili and tacos.

W. What makes you run late: REALLY? I have 20-month-old twins, what more of a reason do I need?

X. X-Rays you’ve had: teeth, body (from a car accident) and back and neck (chiropractor) and my knee since I’ve had 4 surgeries from the car accident.

Y. Yummy food that you make: I’ve never been good in the kitchen, that is the reason I married my husband but I can make a good red beans & rice or chili.

Z. Zoo animal: Monkeys!  LOVE MONKEYS!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

October 6, 2011
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Labor Day Weekend Part II

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More pics from Kiki & Pappy’s house!

The boys and their cousin, Eric, are exactly 12 weeks apart – TO THE DAY!

All three of them were wrestling like crazy this weekend.

Cousin Eric and Sutton wrestling!  So funny!

Saturday also marked the beginning of college football.  We are HUGE Oklahoma State University fans.  I graduated from there and Jason went there before chiropractic college.

We bleed ORANGE!!!

For the game on Saturday we went to the Darrows’ house to play with some friends.  It was ALL GIRLS.  We had a 9-month old, 2 1/2 year-old, 3 1/2 year-old twin girls and a 4 1/2 year-old.  Again, ALL GIRLS.

Sweet Avery going down the slide!

Baby Cam!

Sutton playing soccer

Going to guess and say this is Ava!?  LOL!  These twin girls look SO much alike to me!  They both have such gorgeous hair and they are so funny and sweet!

If that’s Ava then this one is of Addie.  🙂 LOL!

Aubrey is SUPER excited about something!  Must be our COWBOYS! 🙂

When it was time for dinner we had a big picnic on the floor and all the kids did so well!  Aside from Avery bonking her head REALLY hard on the table they did well.

OSU won, kids played and had a blast, all the mommies and daddies got to catch up and everyone had a great time!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

September 7, 2011
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Labor Day Weekend

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Yay for a holiday weekend!  We need a long weekend to recover from our first day of preschool.

The boys got report cards for their first day.

Fynn

Fynn had a good day, not wonderful and didn’t like the lunch I packed.  Picky eater!!  And we suffered the consequences of no nap for the rest of the day!

Sutton

Sutton had a tough day, loved his lunch (little piggie!) and also didn’t take a nap.  Thankfully he pooped at school and not at home. 🙂

When I went in to pick them up I took the wagon!  LIFE SAVER!  The halls are INSANE CHAOS!  Luckily both boys were ready and excited to go for a wagon ride to the car.

When I first saw them they had their mouse (Sutton) and bear (Fynn) and both boys had pacifiers in their mouths.  The teacher said they pulled them out in the morning to help soothe the boys but I am not a fan of letting them have their pacifiers all day.  They are 19.5 months and only get them in their cribs for nap and bedtime.  I understand it was maybe needed for first day anxiety but I won’t let this become a habit.

Fynn was sound asleep in his carseat before I could even pull out of the parking lot.  They were BEYOND exhausted!  I tried to lay them down for a late nap when we got home but Sutton wouldn’t sleep and Fynn only slept about 20 minutes.  Made for an AWESOME evening.  (Where is the sarcasm font when you need it?)

Overall I think they will grow to love it and hopefully grow to love napping on their nap mats.

I spent the day trying to figure out what to do.  I haven’t had free time like that in…well I can’t remember!  I’ve worked since college and up until just a few weeks before the boys were born.  Those few weeks of freedom at home before their birth was spent resting and trying to breath with two babies in my belly.

Within one hour of my freedom I had grocery shopped and was sitting at home staring at the wall trying to figure out what to do.  I kept listening for a baby monitor and trying to be quiet but kept realizing I didn’t have to do that.  I got the rest of the laundry done, vacuumed, cleaned up, worked on my Stella & Dot business, blogged, went to Akins and ate lunch.

I kept looking at the clock and then at their schedule thinking about what the boys were doing at that exact moment.  I texted my husband when they were outside and said, “The boys are outside playing right now.”  He texted back, “Did you drive by?”  Haaaa!  He would think that I would do something like that.  But nope no drive-by.

I was so excited to see them though and it made my time with them MUCH more important.  I just can’t wait for them to be able to explain to me what they did at school.

Their class is made up of 8 kids – 4 boys and 4 girls.  My twins and my nephew (who is 12 weeks older to the day) make up 3 out of the 4 boys.  There is another set of twins – boy/girl twins in the class.  It will be fun to see them make friends with their classmates.  Maybe they will get a girlfriend! 😉

Overall, tough day but SO worth it and I can REALLY get used to having that time.  They go two mornings a week but one morning I will go help out in my husband’s chiropractic office and the other I get ALL TO MYSELF!

It truly is MOTHER’S DAY OUT!

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

September 2, 2011
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CHOO CHOO

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The other night we were lucky enough to go experience an awesome train village.  There is a couple who have been patients at the chiropractic clinic for years and they set up this amazing train village once a year for people to come see but we couldn’t make it this year.  They had family coming into town so they set it all up and invited us to come see the other night.  THE BOYS WERE IN HEAVEN!  Sutton was running around saying, “CHOO CHOO” and doing the arm movement with it.  They were so excited I knew they would sleep well that night and they did.  Thanks to the B family for allowing us to experience this AMAZING set up!



Such a fun time!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

August 10, 2011
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Chiropractic Babies

Our boys are PURE chiropractic babies!  They have been getting adjusted since birth and it has truly helped with their overall health as well as Sutton’s hip dysplasia.  They are 18 months old and have only had ONE very MINOR cold with a 100 degree temperature for only a day.  I give all the credit to chiropractic and of course GOD.  Thankfully we have a chiropractor for a Daddy.

Once every couple of weeks I take the boys in to get adjusted and they are now at the age where they just walk right up to the adjusting chair and climb in.  They LOVE it! 🙂

Fynn usually jumps in the seat first.

 

Sutton’s turn!

Sutton getting adjusted on the table and he usually gets his hips checked just to be sure everything is still doing good.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 23, 2011
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July 19 Part II – 18 Months Old

**I’ve had technical difficulties so this post has taken a few days to get up!

I have 1 1/2 year olds!!!!!  So crazy to think about how fast it has all gone by!

At 18 months old my boys are pretty much AMAZING!  They are sooo adorable, fun, smart, sweet, funny and too many things to capture into one sentence.  They are so smart….or at least we think so.  You show them how to do something once they pick it up.  That might be a bad thing down the road.  They say mama, dada, banana (nana), ball (baw) and Sutton just learned “no” and Fynn learned “dirty.”  They do a LOT of jibber jabber and “twin talk,” which is hysterical to watch.  They get so serious and you can tell one will be telling the other something very important.

Fynn or Fynnie or Fynnie Boy is my sweet, sensitive, calm child.  He has always been a little studious one.  He LOVES books and figuring out objects and spaces and how everything works.  When I make a “fish face” at him he spends the next few minutes REALLY trying hard to figure out how to do it.

He still loves to play with balls….basketballs, soccer balls, bouncy balls, any balls he likes.  He loves to pick one up and say “baw” all loud and proud.

Most of the time he goes RIGHT to sleep when he gets in his crib for nap or bedtime.  He loves to brush his teeth and pick up stuff off the floor to help mommy clean.  Sutton enjoys emptying the ball pit in the game room and Fynn will start putting them back in right away.  He is working on his 2nd molars and just now has started to fuss a bit.  He hasn’t fussed a bit through 18 months of teething!  This boy LOVES cartoons.  It is scary how focused he gets when they are on.  He likes music and will dance with a serious face.  It’s comical from my point of view.  He had become a bit less picky with food….this boy would not TOUCH meat or veggies and was very picky about everything once we went to finger foods.  He has started eating organic all beef hot dogs, meatloaf, strawberries, oranges and more.  He even ate broccoli!

He likes to point and talk but I just wish I could understand what he was trying to tell me.  I can tell him to go pick up something and bring it to me and he will.  He still has the craziest hair!  Those two cowlicks in the back will sure frustrate any hairdresser in the future.  Fynn is the more independent child and does not need a lot of affection, even though we smother him with loving!  He could be content just running around on his own.  He is overall mostly calm yet sometimes he gets a spark and will RUN and RUN and LAUGH!!  And he loves to give “high-fives!”

Sutton or Sutty or Bubba is my passionate child.  He smiles and laughs straight from the gut!  He will do something good like fit a puzzle piece in its spot and will look up at you as if he is saying, “Did you see?”  I am always watching for these looks to give him that reinforcement he needs.

He is definitely more cuddly and affectionate.  He will chase his brother around trying to give him hugs and kisses.  He will OPEN MOUTH kiss too and it’s hysterical because he won’t give just one kiss, he has to give multiple.    He LOVES to turn things over and make a mess!  His favorite thing is to flip the ball pit over and then run around in the balls laughing!

He tends to throw tantrums, which we are working on but this kid is mild compared to some so I won’t complain too much about them.  He too hasn’t fussed much at all in 18 months of teething!  He loves to just chew on his hand or try and bite everything….toys, books, spoons, etc.  Sutton is GREAT at sharing….for the most part!  If his brother does not have a toy like he does, he will pick it up and bring it to him even if Fynn wasn’t looking for it.  He makes sure Fynn has his bear every time Sutton has his mouse.  He loves to walk around the game room and pick up toys and bring them to me with a big grin on his face.  And he loves to bring you SHOES!  He will literally pick each one up and bring it to you.

And this kid is CHATTY!  He will just jibber jabber ALL DAY LONG….in his crib, at breakfast, in the car, before bed.  ALL THE TIME!  He even softly hums when we put him down for bed, as if he hasn’t been able to get out all he is trying to say during the day.  He too loves to dance and really loves to do the “fist pump” especially in the car.  He is sooo goofy he makes us laugh every day.

The boys are on a great schedule now.  We moved to one nap a day a month or so ago.  They wake at about 8/8:30 and I make their breakfast while they talk in their cribs and entertain themselves.  Once I bring them down and we eat breakfast, we will either go run errands or go play or if they are still a little cranky and tired we’ll cuddle up and watch some Sprout.  If we run errands it is kind of limited to only place with double carts or places where our double stroller will fit.  We will also go see Daddy at the chiropractic office and get adjusted!  They eat lunch around noon and then go down for a nap around 12:45/1 and will usually sleep anywhere from 2-3.5 hours.  When they wake from their nap they get a snack and a TINY bit of juice diluted with water.  Then we either run errands (if we didn’t in the morning) or we play, sometimes outside.  We have a sand/water table, bubbles, a lawnmower, sidewalk chalk, etc.  It’s been SO HOT outside we don’t last long out there or we just wait until before bed.  THEY LOVE THE WATER HOSE!!!

We’ve also been going to the splash park and our neighborhood pool.  The neighborhood pool is AWESOME for toddlers because the entry to the water is like a ramp so they can walk and play in the water without a parents having to hold them the entire time.

Life is getting more and more fun with these two.  They are my little buddies that is for sure!

Until next post..

The Mamarazzi

July 21, 2011
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Our Kiki

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Mother's Day 2011

What would we do without our Kiki?!!!  Jason’s mom is “kiki” to our boys and cannot be called “grandma” because she looks way too young for that name.  She has been there since Day One.  Literally.  She drove up the SECOND she got the call the boys were coming that she didn’t even wait for Jason’s dad, she just hit the road.  She stayed with us for 3 weeks and I cried ALL.DAY.LONG when she had to leave.  She went to all the doctor’s appointments with me since Jason was still finishing up chiropractic school.  All the nurses thought she was my sister, not the Kiki.

Kiki

She was a LIFE SAVER!  I honestly can say we would have gone crazy without her.  Not having my own mother around I knew so little and was so scared of even the simplist thing.  She gave them their first bath at home, she would suck the HUGE boogies out of Fynn’s nose, she would make sure we ate and slept and when Jason got sick she camped out in the living room and did all the feedings with me.  She would calm my nerves when we had to take Sutton in for his heart murmur and hip dysplasia.  When I would just cry for no reason other than pure exhaustion she would calmly tell me that everything would be okay.  When I was so sad about Sutton’s inability to latch and nurse she reassured me he would be just find drinking from a bottle.  Kiki made everything feel like it would all be okay.  And it was.

First Bath

I was utterly exhausted and trying to heal from a c-section and Kiki saved me!  As soon as the boys finished their first bottles she would take them in the living room and tell me to go back to sleep.  It was the best gift anyone could offer at that moment.  I would get up and come into the living room and she would be covered in babies.  When it was getting closer to her leaving I was terrified to be alone with the twins and handle feedings, etc. on my own.  Fynn was nursing but Sutton had to have a bottle because of his latching problems so doing a simultaneous feeding was daunting.  Kiki went to Target and gave me the opportunity to do a “trial run” and when she walked in I had Fynn latched nursing with a bottle in Sutton’s mouth.  I had never felt so accomplished in my entire life.  Those few weeks were so amazing and I will always look back and be thankful for the bonding we got to experience.  A new mom without her mom is a horribly sad situation.  My mom’s death REALLY hit home once the boys were born.  It continues to get harder at times with each new day realizing everything my mom is missing.  She would have truly enjoyed being around my babies!

Kiki

I’m just so thankful my kids have ONE amazing Kiki.  Grandmas are special to all children and I remember both mine fondly.  I remember our rituals and loving moments.  I am so happy my boys will grow up with such an involved Kiki.

KikiKiki

The boys get to spend every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon with their Kiki so I can go work with Jason at the clinic.  We live 2 miles from Jason’s parents so we are together often.  Pappy, Jason’s dad, and Kiki have been so involved with babysitting and spending time with our kids, sometimes they go running for them instead of Mommy and Daddy.

Kiki & Pappy

It is so important for kids to have parents AND grandparents who are not just involved but who are PRESENT.  I’ve learned so much growing up that it isn’t about the gifts or the trips or any of the material things….I remember the moments when I looked up and saw my family PRESENT in what was going on around us.  They were PRESENT in the moment of putting together my Barbie house or rocking in a chair or reading a book…..that was what mattered.  The eye contact.  The embraces.  Showing up when it counts.  The physical act of showing someone you are PRESENT and you LOVE them.  I want my children to be surrounded with that type of love every single day.

Kiki

We Love You Kiki!

July 7, 2011
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