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Time is Flyin’ By

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Cannot believe it’s been almost TWO months since I last posted….shameful!
These goofballs have kepts us quite busy!We get a lot of smiles every day.These guys LOVE flashlights!  One of their favorite games is taking their flashlights into mommy & daddy’s room, turning off the lights and shining them on the walls.  We can hear lots of giggles when they do it!
We also made a quick trip down to OKC to see my dad and stepmom.  While we were there we ran to Kite Park.
We had some fun play dates!
We even got some snow.  It was like this for about 10 hours then it had pretty much melted by bedtime.
So glad we got to enjoy it while it lasted.

And finallly, we recently celebrated Grandpa’s 75th Birthday!
Until next post…
Which could be months obviously!

The Mamarazzi

March 20, 2013
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Hawsies & a fake duck

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Last Sunday we took the boys out to Jason’s aunt Kim and uncle Tom’s farm.  We have taken them once before and Sutton loved riding the hawsie but Fynn not so much.  As soon as they saw the hawsies Sutton tried climbing through the fence to get to them (our fearless child) but Fynn was good saying hi from a distance.

I think he rode Betty about three different times.  Even after Uncle Tom took Betty back to her closed in field he still wanted to “ride hawsie.”
Fynn was hesitant to get on the horse but once she started walking he FREAKED OUT.
They have a small fish pond with a fake duck in it, which literally entertained the boys for well over 30 minutes.  No lie.
And of course we sat watching and waiting for one of them to fall in.
Thanks Aunt Kim and Uncle Tom for having us out to play!
We will be back VERY SOON.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 17, 2012
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Christmas 2011

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Christmas has come and gone.  It goes by so fast!

We had a wonderful holiday and the boys of course were spoiled.

Our game room has barely any room left for anything else!

We got the boys a keyboard and drum set but they aren’t too annoying.  The boys LOVE both!

Papa O got them a new workbench.

Grandpa & Grandma got them ponies!  They were scared of them at first but as you can see that is no more.

They got a new table and chairs so no more highchairs for us!  YAY!

They got the new early rider bikes from my dad and Linda, which they are still trying to get the hang of.

They also got a tent with the tunnel, which is a HUGE hit!

We opened all the presents Christmas Eve but Christmas morning they got the bikes, the work bench, a slide and their shopping carts.
Christmas day we went over to Kiki & Pappy’s for Christmas dinner.

Fynn & Uncle Jordan

3 cousins on a trampoline!

Great holiday.  Ready for the NEW YEAR!!!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

December 30, 2011
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PM Photo Challenge – September Favorite

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Over at The Paper Mama is a weekly photo challenge, which I always tell myself to enter but then forget.  Not this week.

This week’s challenge is September Favorite and I already knew the set of photos I would choose from, the day we took the boys to the cemetery to see my mom, Grammie Pammie.

Since the boys were born I’ve tried to make an extra effort to keep my mom’s memory alive through photos and saying her name to the boys but it will never be enough.

I debated for a long time WHEN I would first take them to the cemetery but I couldn’t wait any longer.  It has been over 2 years since I had last been, which was to bury my grandpa, my mom’s dad.

It seems like the debate comes up often with people about cemeteries and what purpose it serves, which leads to the discussion of burial vs cremation.

Personally, I like having a special, quiet place to go “visit” my mother.  I know she is always with me and she isn’t really JUST there at the grave but having the headstone with her name and remembering the day I had to watch her casket be lowered into the ground will always have a comforting feeling to me.  After the cemetery service no one walked over the burial spot but me and my older brother.  The two of us stood there and watched the woman who raised us and was THE most influential family member in our lives be lowered into the ground.  Again, MOST people don’t care to see this but for me it was a sense of closure that she was really gone.  Throughout the last weeks of her life we were given false hope then it would be crushed and the roller coaster continued and toyed with our emotions.  This was the closure I needed to really believe she was REALLY gone and no hope was left.  I wrote my mom a letter and put it in her casket with a photo of she and I and I can still vaguely remember what I wrote in that letter.  The night before the funeral my step-dad came to me and informed me they would be closing the casket at the funeral home that evening.  The sense of urgency came over me that THAT would be my VERY LAST moment to see her body and to see the face of the woman I loved SO MUCH.  The face I looked up to for 18 years.  The face that I saw in the morning at the breakfast table, in the car on the way to school, to cheer me up when I was sad….the face that was the MOST IMPORTANT face to a daughter.  I rushed to write what I was feeling that night and grabbed the photo of us I kept in my room and hurried to get it there in time.

Most people I know don’t care to visit cemeteries or think of them as a place to “visit” their loved ones but it works for me.

My boys are only 20 months and of course they don’t understand anything about a cemetery or who this Grammie Pammie is right now but one day THEY WILL.

I often pray that my children will be old when they have to bury me, not 18.

Young children at a cemetery are not predictable so I came prepared.  We brought snacks so we could have a mini picnic.  The boys sat down in front of her stone and snacked on their raisins and did their usual babble but then they would point to her stone and babble with such intensity I like believe they were saying, “Hi Grammie Pammie!”

They then got up and walked around and Sutton leaned down and touched her stone.

Yes, I shed a few tears that afternoon but they were mixed tears.  Tears of obvious sadness.  Tears of happiness as I looked around and saw what an amazing family I had help create.  Tears of fear of raising children without my mom. Tears of hope for what my children will become.

 

My September Favorite

Head over to The Paper Mama and check out all the other entries!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

October 2, 2011
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20 Month Old Boys

Posted in Fynn, Sutton, Updates by

No longer babies really….getting used to that slowly.  Yesterday my BOYS turned 20 months old!  Seriously.

Fynn

The older Fynn gets the more ornery he gets.  He is learning what “time out” is REAL fast.  But he is also so sweet and funny and loving!  He just gets wound up and thinks “no” is funny.  We’ll see how long that lasts.

Fynn is getting GRADUALLY better about food.  He has eaten meatloaf and chicken a few times now and likes oatmeal more often than not.  He will DEVOUR some eggs and toast.  Both boys LOVE fruit and lots of it!  And both boys aren’t fans of veggies.  But today at lunch Fynn didn’t pick out ALL his veggies from his mac’n cheese.  🙂  PROGRESS!  Sunday night we had pizza and he ate some of the chicken, spinach, artichoke pizza, which made me proud.  He loves organic beef hot dogs, chicken dogs and veggies dogs as well as sweet potato fries and veggie chips.  And last night it happened….the inevitable….the boys ate CHOCOLATE!  We got Papa Murphy’s Pizza and I got some chocolate chip cookie dough from there for dessert.  Daddy and I agreed to let them taste.  BOY DID THEY LOVE IT!!!  And I have to admit it was cute seeing the smeared chocolate all over their faces.  Fynn usually doesn’t like sweets.  Recently for Miranda’s birthday we had cake and ice cream and Fynn would have NOTHING to do with it.  And when we went to have cupcakes last month he wouldn’t TOUCH them!  But chocolate he likes!

Fynn is talking more and more since he started preschool.  Not the clearest yet but I can make out what he is trying to say.  He will say mama, dadda, quack quack, dog, baby, bubba, pwease, ball, bear, down, bye bye, book, nana (banana), cheese and a few others I just can’t remember.  He will try to say Wiggles because that is his favorite show.  I have an episode on the DVR I play to keep them entertained while I make them lunch most days.  He does love the word dadda and wants to call EVERYONE that name.

He loves books.  WANTS TO READ THEM ALL DAY.  Wait, I mean he will bring them to you for you to read to him.  Fynn is a wrestler all of a sudden.  He spent 45 minutes wrestling his brother last week and I got video to prove it!  Fynn likes to push the limits with Mommy and Daddy too.  When we are downstairs he likes to try and stand on the couch, which is a big NO NO!  He will also try to stand and run around our bed, also a NO NO.  Hence where “time out” has come into play.  He does understand “time out” and gets the SADDEST face!  But he is so sweet after his time is over and I know he is understanding the concept.

Also, this boy is a DANCER!  He will get really serious, point his fingers and do a little dance in a circle when he hears music he likes.  Fynn is a big kisser as well.  Anytime we are leaving a group of people he will go around and give everyone BIG kisses!  And he will also blow kisses.  When it comes to babies, he LOVES them.

Finally, he is doing so great at preschool!  He doesn’t cry and walks right in.  He eats his lunch and his teachers keep telling me how sweet and adorable the boys are….I’m sure they tell all the parents that.  He is struggling a bit to nap well but he will get the hang of it.  I’ve put their nap mats down here at home and he will go climb into his so I know he doesn’t mind the mat.

 

Sutton

Sutton’s favorite thing to do is dump a storage bin full of toys and then one-by-one place them back in the bin.  But he will take random toys and bring them to me or Daddy and say, “thank you.”  Anytime he hands anything to anyone he says, “thank you.”  It is really sweet.

Sutton has become the PICKY eater all of a sudden.  And he LOVES the word, “no.”  But he says “no” to everything!  I’ll ask him, “Sutton, want to go watch some cartoons?”  His reply, “no” followed by him going in to watch cartoons.  He loves bananas, oatmeal, sweet potato fries, veggie dogs, cinnamon toast, strawberries and veggie chips.  Both boys LOVE LOVE LOVE Odwalla bars and Cliff bars.  Those are “treats.”  The few times we have offered the boys sweets Sutton is the one who devours it!  Loves vanilla ice cream, cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies.  He gets that from his mama! 🙂  Both boys go through phases though of liking something and then not liking it a few days later.  Typical toddler I guess.  I just keep trying to give them things over and over and hoping they eventually just eat what I put in front of them.  We are definitely trying to do the “that’s dinner” concept and it’s hard at times but after a few minutes of fussing they will sometimes just EAT IT!

Sutton is speaking so much clearer since preschool started.  He will really try so hard to repeat everything we say it’s so cute!  He says nana (banana), ball, tank ew, no, uh oh, choo choo, dadda, mama, quack quack, bubba, cheese and his favorite is to say “bye bye” with the hand movement and then blow kisses!  He will do this to everyone….even at Target.  They both will!  LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

It’s getting so fun being able to direct them…..”let’s go brush our teeth” and “let’s go eat breakfast” and “let’s go upstairs” etc. are followed by that action.  They are becoming such little BOYS!  I love it and yet I hate it because I miss the days of sweet babies snuggled up with me napping!

Sutton loves to DANCE!  He will spin and spin and flail his arms about.  He is the child that will always stop what he is doing and make sure you see him.  That grin of his is UNDENIABLE!!!  He too loves books and really likes the picture/word books where we point out something and he has to say what it is.  Loves making the animal noises like his brother!

When I take the boys to preschool I have to put them in their wagon because I have to somehow manage to get TWO TODDLERS, two nap mats, two backpacks and two lunch boxes all inside a building FULL of parents and kids.  The first few days of preschool Sutton CRIED AND CRIED when I left but drop-offs are getting easier each week.  Today I let them carry their backpacks into the room so getting them from the wagon to the classroom wasn’t so bad.  Their teachers are SO sweet!

Both boys LOVE sports.  They love basketball and Fynn loves to throw the football and kick the soccer ball.  Makes mama proud!

Some Pictures Of Course….

Fynn loves to come from behind and pull Sutton down.
Sutton doesn’t seem to be too thrilled.

Here is the storage bin with Sutton putting his toys inside right after he DUMPED them ALL out!
Such a cutie!

Playing hoops together!  Love the brotherly playtime and Sutton even has the Michael Jordan tongue action DOWN!

Who wouldn’t love that grin!?

These are the moments I am so glad I have twins!  I’m so thankful they have each other.

My heart hurts with how much I love these guys.  I can’t get enough of them!

My buddies!!!

Until next post..

The Mamarazzi

September 21, 2011
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Cousins

Posted in Cousins, Fynn, Playtime, Sutton by

Today is game day – we are Oklahoma State fans all the way.  So we sport our orange on game days!

My sister-in-law and her kids along with my father-in-law came over for dinner tonight.

It’s so fun seeing all the kids play together!  Fynn is obsessed with his baby girl cousin.  He will point to her and say “baby” over and over and over.

Cousin Eric, Fynn and Baby Elli!

Elliot doesn’t look impressed!

Sutton was a SLEEPY boy

These two look like they just got caught doing something they shouldn’t.

Game is on LATE tonight…9:00 p.m.  This mama is drinking coffee to stay awake to watch.

I. AM.GETTING.OLD.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

September 18, 2011
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We love you Auntie Nai Nai

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Jason’s youngest sister, Janai, is moving to L.A. tomorrow to follow her dreams.  I am SOOO happy for her and beyond proud of her but so sad she is leaving!

Last night was the family BBQ to say “goodbye.”

Auntie Nai Nai with my niece Elliot.

My nephew Eric being silly!

Fynn fell last week and scraped his knees leaving one with a big scab.
Last night he fell again causing the scab to come off and lots of blood to flow out.
He was NOT a happy guy.
Kiki makes it all better!

And Grandma helped…

This kid LOVES his cousin’s computer!

Nai Nai with her niece and nephews.
Fynn, Elliot, Sutton and Eric!
They LOVE HER!

Sutton wanted to keep posing.

This child will not let anyone leave ANY door open.  I can barely get in our fridge
before he comes over wanting to shut it.
He could have worse habits I guess.

And finally, we had s’mores!!!

This picture cracks me up and she may get mad I posted it but she POSED like this!

Nai Nai, life here in Oklahoma will not be the same without you!  I will miss you SO MUCH!  I will really miss our breakfast outings we have with the boys and all the times we get to just sit and talk.
You are such an AMAZING young woman and I KNOW you will do AMAZING things!

BEST OF LUCK AND WE LOVE YOU!
You better come back and visit….

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

 

September 16, 2011
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9/11

9/11 is Jason’s cousin’s birthday as well as Grandparent’s Day this year.  We had a big family gathering at Grandma & Grandpa’s house for a cookout and then went to the park.

The house was covered with balloons, which the boys LOVED!.

Sutton & Pappy

Fynn & Bear hanging on the stairs.  His first “boo boo” skinned knee.

COUSINS

Cousin Miranda – Birthday Girl!!

Sutton & Grandma – Sutton seems excited about all the cake & ice cream!

We went to feed the ducks but I think they were full.  They wouldn’t come eat our bread.

Fynn enjoyed playing with the package more than anything.

Sutton yelling for the ducks.  He loves to say, “quack!”

No ducks.  🙁

We went to the playground instead and rode the slides.

Kiki would help get the boys up the stairs…

Daddy would help the boys get down the slide..

Then Pappy would catch us at the bottom…

These boys were all covered in dirt and their clothes became different colors.

We had to stop for a water break.

Onto the next park with Kiki

Cousin Eric coming down the slide

Sutton’s turn.  This child cannot sit up straight to come down a slide!

Fynn and his tongue!

Cousin Elliot just chilled in her stroller and cheered for the boys!  It was so cute, she would just CLAP and CLAP!

We had a great day!  Besides getting completely filthy and hot it was lots of fun and I’m certain all these kiddos slept well!

I think this is the best way to remember 9/11.  Enjoying quality time with family and reminding ourselves to be thankful for each minute together.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

 

September 12, 2011
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Grammie Pammie

Posted in Fynn, Sutton, Uncategorized by

We drove to my hometown today to visit my family.  Yes it is sad to say but most of my family is at one cemetery in a small Oklahoma town.  The last time I was there was when we buried my grandfather, my mom’s dad, in May 2009.  Two weeks after we buried him I found out I was pregnant.  Such bittersweet timing.

My grandmother was buried here in 1989 and my mom in 1999.  My stepdad’s parents and sister are also buried here.  I met his mother when I was 10 and she passed in 2007.  She was such a remarkable woman.  She was feisty and loved her professional sports!  My great-grandparents on my mother’s side are also buried here as well.  Like I said, lots of family here.

I’ve wanted to take the boys but wasn’t sure what age would be appropriate but for some reason it’s been tugging at my heart to go visit.

Right after my mom passed I used to go out there often and just sit by her grave and spend some quiet time with just she and I.  Some people don’t like the idea of graves and that the person is no longer there so it really doesn’t matter but for me, personally, it’s been the place I can go and feel somewhat “connected” to her.  I feel her with me most days but this is such a peaceful setting, it’s hard to stay away.

My mom’s name is Pamela or Pam as most knew her.  We call her Grammie Pammie.

*I can’t take credit for all these photos, some were taken by my husband.

I will bring the boys here often and we will always talk about Grammie Pammie.  It’s so devastating they will never truly know her.

My mom was my best friend and raising kids without her is the most difficult task I will ever face.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

 

September 10, 2011
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Snuggles

Sutton is my SNUGGLE MONSTER!  He loves to run to me with open arms, wrap his arms around me and SQUEEZE!  I got to capture one of our evening snuggles so here is my EMBRACE THE CAMERA for today.

Fynn was snuggling with us! He’s more focused on chewing his fingers….dang molars.

 

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

August 4, 2011
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