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Boys’ “First” 4th

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No, this wasn’t their first 4th of July….their 3rd actually.  But, it was their first time to experience the fireworks.  The first year they were almost 6 months old and I was more worried about the fireworks waking up my babies!  Last year we had been to the lake house all day and only saw the fireworks on our drive home, which they slept through.  So, this year we got sparklers and poppers and a few others and they LOVED them!  We went to Kiki & Pappy’s house for dinner and then let them play and it was hysterical!  Sutton would just throw the poppers on the ground one by one without even looking.  Fynn liked to put them on the driveway and then step on them.

Since Fynn can be a bit of a weeny I suggested we use the plastic cups as shields (something I saw on Pinterest) and it worked great!

After our fireworks we headed down to the river to watch the BIG fireworks!

We ended up waiting a while because we wanted to be there early when the jets flew over.  They had some airplanes at first, which the boys were glued to for at least 20 minutes and once the jets flew overhead Fynn FREAKED OUT!  Sutton loved them!  Fynn, not so much.  Well, not so much until Pappy said HE liked the jets…then of course Fynn had to announce, “I like the jets!”

Side note: Sutton has become attached to this random cover to the Toy Story 2 movie case.  It is so worn out and we somehow managed to get two of them so he always wants Fynn to carry the other.

I’ve seen countless firework shows in my 31 years of living but seeing it through my kids’ eyes for the first time was so cool.  They were mesmerized!

Hope everyone had a great 4th and THANK YOU to all our service men and women for protecting our FREEDOM!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 7, 2012
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The Bittersweet Holiday

Mother’s Day will always be bittersweet.  It’s a reminder of my mom not being here but it’s also a reminder of my two blessings.

This year we decided to do Mother’s Day weekend at the lake….there is a hammock, lots of open spaces, shoreline with lots of rocks, fishing, boating, vegging, sleeping….a great place to go relax.

It was a weekend of FIRSTS for our boys.

First kite flying experience…althought there wasn’t much wind so it didn’t last long.
First time fishing.

First boat ride.  Now this FIRST was super exciting!  Daddy is a COMPLETE BOAT person and has been wanting to take the boys for a ride since they were born.  Luckily, Fynn LOVED it.  Sutton loved the boat until it started going but eventually he calmed down and enjoyed the ride.

Sutton’s favorite part was honking the horn!
They could have played on this ramp ALL weekend.
Sutton and I went on our very own walk together.
I think it was hands down one of my all-time favorite moments with him.  He just grabbed my hand and we started walking and walking and walking.  He wanted to check out the different flowers, trees and run and play.  He also was a chatter box but with words that brought tears to my eyes…still does as I type this.  He would say, “mama, lub you” and “tank ew mama” and just look up with me and smile.  I didn’t want it to end!
I taught him to blow on the dandelions.
And it tickled!  He picked up some wild flowers at one point and said, “KIKI!”  So we delivered them to our Kiki. 
We did some swinging with Kiki.
Played on the hammock.
Threw rocks of course…wouldn’t be a trip to the lake without that.
Bonded with Daddy.
More fishin with cousin Eric.
And made our FIRST s’mores.
Sutton’s interest was short – Thomas the Choo Choo was on inside and he was exhausted.  Fynn couldn’t decide if he liked it or not.  He knew he liked the graham cracker and the chocolate but the marshmallow was throwing him off.  He kept handing it to me for me to eat then would want it back.
In the end I think he liked it.
These two bring so much joy to such a difficult day for me.
Saying I’m thankful for them is the understatement of the century.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

May 16, 2012
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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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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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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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MMMM Cupcakes!

Every week Jason’s grandma and grandpa bring us whole milk straight from the dairy farm for our boys.  It’s great knowing they are getting such pure, healthy milk every day.  Well Kiki wanted to take the boys to the actual dairy farm so we could try and see the cows.  We went but you couldn’t see much.  It was so neat seeing a family business still in action after so many years.

Since we were in town we picked up grandma and went to get cupcakes.  For those that know me well know that my children never gets sweets – no cake, no cookies, no candy – NOTHING.  The sweetest thing they get is a Cliff bar or fruit.  They had cake on their first birthday and since then they have had one cookie and a tiny bit of vanilla ice cream.  They still have not had chocolate.

Well Fynn does not like cupcakes.

He was SO not impressed.

Sutton on the other hand enjoyed his!

He seems pretty happy don’t ya think?

It’s funny because Kiki, Grandma and I were talking and on one hand I was kind of proud Fynn didn’t like the sweets but then the other part of me was wanting him to enjoy the yummyness that is CUPCAKES!

This does not mean, however, I’ll be giving sweets more often.  Maybe Halloween they can have a cookie.

I was sitting there in this sweet cupcake shop thinking how lucky my boys are to get to come on a random afternoon to sit and have a sweet snack with not only their Kiki but also their great-grandma.

I didn’t even get to know all my grandparents much less GREAT grandparents.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

 

August 29, 2011
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We Love Bathtime

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Our boys have never fought taking a bath….since their first bath in our kitchen sink that Kiki gave them, they have always gotten excited when it’s time to get in the tub.  One time Fynn even hopped in all by himself with his diaper and t-shirt still on.

Fynn loves books even in the bath!

They love it when Daddy pours water from above!

They love storytime!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 13, 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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