I love Easter

3/26/2015

Easter cookies

I spent the afternoon baking a big ol’ batch of these babies with my boys, I look forward to them every Easter. (They’re really that good.) The boys and I spent the afternoon delivering them to a few friends and neighbors, including Ledger’s primary teachers’ , I haven’t seen him that excited in ages. “Thank you for being my teacher!” He then proceeded to tell her which cookie she could eat, (I quickly learned he thought we were all going to sit down and eat them together.

But he was still excited as he hopped all the way back to the car.

I love this time of year, mainly because I love Easter. I love everything that it stands for, and feel blessed to be able to celebrate it.

I feel like Ledger is finally old enough to start some fun traditions, just wondering what traditions you look forward to each year? Religious or more Easter Bunny themed, I’d love to hear what makes your Easter special.

Cookie recipe {here}
Easter Inspiration {here}

Uncle Jimmy

3/20/2015

Dear Sledgehammer,

Sometimes I wish I could stop time. And continually bask in days like today.

As a three year old, you are continually working on adding words to your vocabulary, and come up with some of the funniest things. You still adore me, and continually ask me if one day you can marry me. You are incredibly affectionate, you love receiving hugs, and just today, made it a point to jump off your scooter and plant a quick kiss on my cheek and yell out “I love you, Mom!” multiple times.

We played hard, you scooted around town, and my heart is incredibly full.

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And just because you haven’t stopped talking about our treat today…we’re big Jimmy Fallon fans in our house. You have an Uncle Jamie and used to get Jimmy and Jamie mixed up, so somehow Jimmy Fallon became Uncle Jimmy. (Got that?) Anyway, after collapsing on the grass, and exclaiming, “I’m so tired!” I grabbed two spoons, some ice cream, (The Tonight Dough is amazing!) sat down on our front steps and we dug in. You were squealing with delight over the fact we were eating out of the carton, and suddenly asked: 

L:Where did you get this?
A:Broulims (local grocery store)
L:Uncle Jimmy mailed it to Broulims for us?
A:Yep.
L: Uncle Jimmy is the best!

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I never want to forget my TMNT lover, scooter ridin’, uncle jimmy lovin’ three year old little boy.

Love,
             Momma

Twenty Month Old Stinkers

3/16/2015

identical twins

Twins Most kids at this age aren’t too aware of other kids. They tend to parallel play, but don’t have a lot of interaction with kids their age. But Cannon and Cruiz play all day with each other. That part makes life easier, they don’t tend to get bored and follow me around. I love that they are usually genuinely happy for one another. They are starting to share without me coaxing them to do so. They love giving each other kisses and hugs (along with punches) And when an adult makes the other laugh, the other is incredibly happy for their brother and then will line up thinking it’s his turn. Don’t get me wrong, they fight, quite a bit, but they certainly love each other. Just today I caught them holding hands while in their cribs :)

twin boys

Schedule
Wake up 7:30 – 8:30 AM,
Play/destroy,
Lunch at 12:00 PM,
Afternoon nap
Wake up 2:30-3:00 PM
Dinner at 5:30 PM (They fall apart at 5:00 without food, I’m slowly moving dinner back)
Bathtime after dinner when dad can help
Bedtime 7:00 PM

twins scheduleThese boys are by far the neediest in the morning. There’s just not enough of me to go three ways. So I’ve started throwing them into bed with me, turning on a show and cuddling for a few minutes. Seems to help.

Sleep – Bedtime in our home is 7:00 PM. (Usually sleep until 7:30 – 8:00) We have three boys sleeping in one room and it’s usually a party for about an hour after being put to bed. (It’s annoying, but I secretly love it, being the only girl I never shared a room) Ledger usually falls asleep first, and then the boys tend to switch off. One boy will usually fall asleep quite quickly, and then the other will stay up and let out a scream that means, “Wake up brother!” Last week it was Cannon staying up, and this week it’s Cruiz, they usually tend to switch.  Cannon is a crazy wild sleeper and wakes himself up multiple times a night, due to sleeping horizontally in his bed, and can’t stretch out. He cries until we come flip him the other way. Cruiz on the other hand is a champ, pulls his blanket over his head every single night and sleeps about 13-14 hours straight.

twins schedule

Teeth – Both boys have their four front top and bottom, and molars. It seems like the rest are breaking through together which will finish off their teeth.

identical twin boys

Big Boys – They still haven’t been in for their 18 month check up, it’s scheduled at the end of this week. But the last time we checked, they both weighed 25 pounds. They are wearing 2T clothing, and 3T shirts aren’t all that big. They are solid boys, and have the biggest, thickest feet. I have trouble getting their chubby feet into most of their shoes, where Ledger’s feet are so narrow they rarely stay on. We keep telling Ledger he needs to be nice, because two big boys against one skinny little thing might be rough. Good thing Ledge is fast :)

twins schedule Discipline—I remember being a kid and getting in trouble with my brothers was always sooo much better than getting in trouble by myself. Having my brothers next to me, taking 1/2 or even 2/3’s of my mother’s wrath always made it seem less scary. Can you relate? Well this is why I’ve decided Cannon and Cruiz are so naughty! Haha We love them, but they love to push us to our limits. Think about it, since day one, they have done everything together and always get in trouble together. So I’ve been doing my best to discipline them by themselves, but lets be honest, disciplining one, and letting the other one wait doesn’t work too well. So recently, while they go to timeout, I’ve been putting one in their crib and the other in my room in their booster. Cannon looks thrilled up above, doesn’t he?

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Cruiz, Cannon 

Diapers – They’ve been in size 5 diapers for nearly a year now, and will usually fill their diaper within 10 minutes of each other. When I change a messy diaper, the boys hate it. So the other brother (the one not getting his diaper changed) runs to find a toy to give to the other, hands it to them, then slaps their belly and tries to say the word, “Belly button!” which comes out more like “ba ba.”  I love it. After trying all the diapers out there, my favorite brand after the newborn stage is Target, a question I’m asked quite frequently.

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Clockwise, Ledger, Cruiz, Cannon
My attempt to have them take their energy out on my kitchenware, rather than each other!

Destructive Human Beings – I’ve been told having twins is like having 5 kids at a time, I didn’t understand until a few months ago. but they are so destructive! They work together to destroy whatever is in sight in a total of about two minutes. It took about one minute for them to find a grocery bag filled with toiletry items. One boy shredded the toothpaste box and squeezed it all over the kitchen, while the other was opening the shampoo as I walked in. They climb book shelves, one grabs the books throws them to the other, and that kid bends them at the spine, then puts his teeth on it and tears the spine right off. (It’s the weirdest thing, and makes me incredibly made :) They’ve broken more items that have been placed “Out of reach” than you can imagine. The moral of the story, nothing is safe in our home.

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Ledger and Cruiz.
Ledger is soo nice to both his brothers, we’ve had to tell him it’s okay to give it back to them every once in awhile :)

Personalities

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Cannon – Is by far my most independent child and likes to push the limits. He is curious, and has taken on the term “seek and destroy” all by himself. Cannon loves to eat! He loves food, eats almost anything, and loves being in the kitchen while I cook. He struggles being in public by himself without his brothers, he doesn’t like when people focus on him (He lets Cruiz play it up). He’s always on the go, but at least one time each day, he’ll climb on my lap and grab my hands and place them around his little belly. If I move them, he grabs them again, and puts them back where they were. He doesn’t usually sit very long, but those few minutes have easily become my favorite of every day.

Cannon currently says: Mama, Dada, yes, no-no! banana, hi, bye, and vroom-vroom.

twins scheduleCruiz – Has recently decided he likes TV, though it isn’t usually for very long, it helps!  He went through a stage where didn’t eat very well, unless I fed him, but he’s starting to come out of that. He gets major anxiety in public right now, especially when he is without his brother. (I’m trying to separate them more, to help them become more of an individual). He started out the slower speaker, which was normal due to have tubes put in his ears, but suddenly has taken off.

Cruiz currently says: Mama, Dada, Ledger, Can Can, Grandma, car, night night, kitty, tree, banana.

 


Boys, we sure do love you!
Thank you for keeping us on our toes.

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March 2015

3/08/2015

PatrickGrief BlogSuper dad. Night owl. Spends his time searching for jobs. Church baller.
Currently serving as a substitute teacher in our ward.

Ashley
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Recently discovered Gilmore Girls. Hummus lover. Nightly sessions at the gym keep her sane.
Smoothie maker. Just made Chairman of the Publications Committee at church.

Preslee
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Angel. Has a curious three year old brother who asks questions about every aspect of her life. Teacher.
Continues to be her parent’s “anchor in heaven.”

Ledger

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Sunbeam. Obsessed with Ninja Turtles, Avengers, and Transformers. Begs to wear one of his three TMNT shirts every. single. day. Loves taking hot showers all by himself, and begs for Family Home Evening every.single.night.

Cannon
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Mr. Independent. Loves to climb and finds a way onto a chair every time mom cooks. Instigator.
Somehow manages to steal anybody's hat that he comes in contact with.

Cruiz
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Music lover. Banana eater. Spends his time climbing on top of the couch, looking out the window for “Kitty kitty,” aka animals. Recently discovered TV. (Hallelujah!)

 Pog
Pug

Pillow hog. TV watcher. Went to the vet, and was told she was a little a lot overweight, but extremely healthy. As the vet gushed on and on explaining why she was so healthy, Pat became extremely proud, and Ashley became a little disappointed - realizing she might have a shedding dog forever. But a new goal was set to walk the dog, which happens…occasionally :)

Favorite Things Party + Free Printable

3/06/2015

For a couple years now, I’ve watched my SIL Cara throw a “Favorite Things” Party with her friends. I finally decided I wanted to throw one myself. 

Favorite Things Party

 How it Works: The whole point to the party is to learn what products other people love. Usually, the person hosting the party sends out invites, sets a price limit, and explains how many gifts to bring, along with their favorite treat.

Well, my house isn’t nearly big enough, and along with my New Years Resolution: To Simplify! I decided to hold the party at Pizza Pie Cafe. I booked their events room and it turned out perfect. All you can eat pizza, salad, and pasta. No cleaning, prepping, cooking, or stressing. It was just grab your gifts and get out of the house as fast as you can kind of night!

I asked the girls to bring two gifts, each costing $10, so $20 total. (Pick any price range your friends can afford, many pick 3 gifts at $5 a piece) Upon arriving, I asked each girl to write their name on two pieces of paper, fold it, and put them into a bowl. We later used the names to draw for who would get each gift.

We then grabbed food, and chatted for awhile.

Favorite Things ideas 

We then went around the room and explained each gift and why it is our favorite. Then we went around the room and drew two names, and those people received our gift.

It was fun to see what people love, and I discovered quite a few new products.

Favorite Things Party

We all had so much fun we decided to make it an annual party. As the host, I also added another drawing, where two girls went home with a caramel apple from the Carmel Tree, which is a local little shop in Rigby.
Their caramel apples are to die for!

Favorite Things ideas

I went home with Wackee Six and kitchen cleaner, gloves, and spoons.
Since then I’ve bought the baby lips chapstick and am obsessed!

Free Printable
I made these gift tags up for the party, and thought why not share them?
Click here to download my “Favorite Things” gift tags.

Favorite Things Gift Tag

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