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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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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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Christmas…in October

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This past weekend the boys probably thought it was Christmas!  The Just Between Friends consignment sale was in town and BOY DID I SCORE!!  I consigned their winter clothes as well as volunteered so I got to shop early AND earned $5 toward any purchase I made.

Jason and I have been discussing what to get the boys for Christmas this year as well as their birthday in January.  One of the items on our list was a toy work bench with tools.  Well I found one at the consignment sale for $15!  But with my $5 volunteer gift it was $10.  WOO HOO!  I have never shopped consignment sales but the feeling of SUCCESS was awesome!  Then seeing how much fun the boys had with it made it even better.

Yes, that is a toy drill you see.

Seriously…cutest picture EVER!  Daddy teaching Sutton how to cut a fake piece of wood.
MELT MY HEART!

I’m POSITIVE with my husband for a dad, these boys will be building stuff out in the garage before I can blink.

Just hammerin’ away

He’s so focused.

Hmm, which tool will I need?

The OTHER big toys came from great grandma and grandpa.  They got the boys their first battery-powered TRUCKS!

Oh my goodness, it was SO cute watching them!

They seemed so much older to me behind the wheel of their first vehicles.

Fynn’s face in the background cracks me up!

He looks so grown up!

Check out these two studs!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

October 12, 2011
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GO POKES!!!

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Yesterday was HUGE!  HUGE I TELL YOU!  The boys went to their FIRST Oklahoma State University Football game!  This university has so much special meaning to us since it is where I graduated from as well as where I met my husband.  I actually met him the very first day I got to Stillwater before school had started.   We didn’t actually begin dating until that October of 1999.  Each turn brought back so MANY memories and I really wanted to take the boys everywhere and photograph them.

But….

We have two toddler boys and two parents so not many free hands or free time.

We left for Stillwater right after lunch in hopes they would just nap on the way.  Sutton slept for a little bit, Fynn not so much.  I was worried they wouldn’t like the crowd, the loud noises, etc.  But they did GREAT!  Granted we were prepared with lots of snacks but they were fantastic!  Our friend gave us 4 seats and they were in the perfect location….back row of the section with a concrete wall behind us to lean against with enough space to put our bag behind us and out of the way.  They were also at the very end of the row…WHEW!!  BEST PART….we were in the SHADE! 🙂

I had planned in my mind to take the boys all over campus and take a bunch of pictures but toward the end of the 2nd quarter dark clouds came rolling in and we had to head to the car.  I did not want to get stuck in a downpour with the boys.

We did snap a few at the game and one lady was nice enough to take a picture for us but it was kind of funny because her husband was trying to get the boys attention so I was trying not to laugh.  Of course the boys did not cooperate for the picture but oh well.  It was hard to manage the two boys and take photos…always bums me out!

HERE COMES BULLET!!

Daddy was trying to teach them how to roll down the hill at Library Lawn…

I think they just got grass stains on their rears instead.

(See those clouds in the back? Yep we dodged the storm barely!)

He looks so little here!

I’m hoping we can take them back often and one day MAYBE when they are older and decide to go to OSU like both their parents did, we’ll show them these pictures.

A parent can only dream…

 

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

October 9, 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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Wordless Wednesday – Reflection

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We have a mirror we got as a wedding gift in 2003 from Pottery Barn that we LOVE but since we moved into our new house we can’t decide where to hang it.  Yes, we’ve been here since March and it has moved around from room to room to store and I hope one day it has a new home on a wall SOMEWHERE in this house.

Right now it’s in our guest room where we get LOTS of light.  The boys hardly ever go in this room but the other night they loved playing in there and seeing their reflection in the mirror.

I caught this picture of Fynn.

Sutton is obsessed with grabbing anything that looks like a phone and “talking”on it…the video monitor, the regular monitor we use when we go overnight somewhere, the remote, anything.

This picture cracks me up!

These two make me laugh every day!

Go check out all the other Wordless Wednesday posts at my friend Mandy’s blog…

The Fabulous Baby Striblings

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

 

October 5, 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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People’s Choice {i heart faces}

This week’s theme is “Best Face Photo from Summer 2011.”

One specific photo came to mind because it captures the true essence of a childhood summer with water, swings, sun and fun!

I love when it is People’s Choice!  Head over to {i heart faces} and check out all the entries and VOTE for your favorite….

hopefully it’s mine. 🙂

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

September 26, 2011
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Boys & Their Toys

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Today we went to a car show with Kiki, Auntie Jenny and cousins Eric and Elliot.

There were TONS of people and some very fun, cool cars.  This was my favorite.

Fynn & Eric got to ride in the wagon and Eric kept wanting to sit with Fynn so he could see what was ahead.  So cute!

There was live music and the boys were dancing in the wagon.  Kiki was trying to get Fynn to do his signature move!

Love the smile on his face!

They had different bounce houses and one was PERFECT for the boys size!

I didn’t know if they would go in or not but once they were in and Daddy showed them what to do they were LOVING it!

Two seconds after I took this picture the girl got off and it flew back toward Sutton and he went flying back.

He laughed!  As did I. 🙂

Eric just wanted to push the wagon around.  This kid has always LOVED pushing stuff around…cars, lawnmovers, wagons, everything.

He wasn’t licking the bounce house he just always has his tongue out!

If the boys’ birthday was during warmer months I would definitely rent one of these for their party.

They LOVED it!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

 

September 26, 2011
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