Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday

We've been doing a lot of this lately . . . . .



The babies have gotten to where the love snuggling in your lap and watching Mickey Mouse. And I am happy to oblige them for the 30 minutes it lasts, these moments will soon be days of the past and I'll really miss them.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Whatchamacallit

We called it 'sassy' most of the time.

I've heard it called 'binky'
I've heard it called 'Bo-Bo'
I've heard it called 'La-la'
I've heard it called 'ga-ga'
I've heard it called 'mo-mo'
I've heard it called 'paci'

Call it what you will but you can call it 'Gone' from this household.

That's right, Friday night I decided I was going to take a leap of faith and put Finley to bed with her 'sassy.' Normally, the minute we go to walk out of her room and she doesn't have it she has a huge meltdown. But Friday night was different. She laid in there and groaned and grunted and talked but never once cried until she fell asleep about 20 minutes later. And didn't roll over or make a sound until her normal time of about 9:30ish the next morning.

So, no turning back now. It's 'gone'!! And the transition was a billion times easier than I could've ever imagined. Baby girl, you are growing up to fast but I'm so proud of how easily you adapt to change and each new stage in your life! Mommy loves you!!

Now if we can just break Landry from sucking his thumb as easily!


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Back the first of June we took the babies to their first minor leagues baseball game. I couldn't find where I had previously blogged about it and I ran across the pictures today and they were to cute not to share. Of course, they could've really cared less about the game! Dalyn and I LOVE baseball. Since we first started dating we've always lived around a minor league baseball team, so we've always spent summers going to the games. It was so fun to go now as a family of 4. 

on the way to the game

on the way to the game

self-pic

cheese!


at the park

at the park

with our buddy elly

having fun!



stealing ice cream





finley & landry {twelve-fourteen month recap}

Like my creative title? LoL! I haven't updated on the babies recently or well in two months so while they were napping and while I had some time I wanted to catch up on some blogging. They are doing so much and have changed so much since the last recap I feel like I don't even know where to begin really. 

finley marie
 at fourteen months:

{weight} you weight about 21 1/2lbs
{height} i have no clue but I'm guessing around 28" I could be way off on that too!
{diapers} size 4
{clothes} 12 mos and some 18 mos
{sleep} you are sleeping about 13 hours at night and taking a 3 hour nap during the day
{teeth} you have 10 teeth, including all 8 front teeth and two top molars
{food/milk/etc} you are drinking about 12-16 oz of whole milk. your favorite food right now is probably hot dogs or corn. But your ultimate favorite is still blueberries! You are eating 3-4 meals and 2-3 snacks. Sometimes our schedule gets messed up and I offer you an additional lunch or dinner meal
{sippie/cup} you are using either Tommee Tippiee straw sippie or drinking cup. We usually do the straw for juice/water and the drinking cup for milk. you love water and drink out of a plastic water bottle like a champ!
{walking} you are running!! EVERYWHERE! you absolutely love you new independence! you are extremely picky about the shoes you will wear. Little DIVA! haha I got you the cutest little pink converse and from the second they go on your feet you scream! Your favorite shoes are your pink rainbow flip flops. 
{talking} you are a chatter box. you talk non-stop and although most of it is un-reconizable you do have something things that we definitely understand. I may forget some but here we go, all done, i love you (which sounds like i ya ya, but you will repeat those some words every time we ask), dog, that, go, bye-bye, mama, dada, allie (our dog), juice, hi, shoe. Um, I know there are a couple more. You will sign 'all done.' It's funny because you think 'all done' and 'all gone' mean the same thing, so if something is 'all gone' you will sign 'all done' to me. 
{other stuff} you have what I feel like it the most amazing understanding on commands and such. For example, the other day I asked you to go get Landry's snack trap and take it to him. You walked across the kitchen got his trap and carried it all the way in the living room to him, without thinking twice. When we ask you to put something back or pick it up you understand and follow. You will close the door when we ask you to. When we ask you if your ready for a bath, you'll go to the bathroom door. When we ask if your ready for bed, you go round up your lovies (if your ready that is!). It just amazes me the stuff you understand. You have also starting pointing at EVERYTHING. If you want it, you point. If you want to watch tv, you point. If you want your milk, you point. If you don't know what something is but are curious, you point. Let me think what else. Oh, we turned your carseats around forward facing this weekend. I'll include that in my "week in review pics." 


landry knox
at fourteen months:



{weight} you weight about 20 1/2lbs
{height} i have no clue but I'm guessing around 29"
{diapers} size 4
{clothes} 12 mos and some of those can be baggy
{sleep} you are sleeping about 13 hours at night and taking a 3 hour nap during the day
{teeth} you have 7 teeth, including 4 front top teeth and three front bottom teeth
{food/milk/etc} you are drinking about 12-16 oz of whole milk. your favorite food right now is cheese eggs. I think you would eat them for every meal. You are eating 3-4 meals and 2-3 snacks. Sometimes our schedule gets messed up and I offer you an additional lunch or dinner meal
{sippie/cup} you are using either Tommee Tippiee straw sippie or drinking cup. We usually do the straw for juice/water and the drinking cup for milk. you love water and drink out of a plastic water bottle like a champ!
{walking} you are running!! EVERYWHERE! Although your not often as thrilled with your new independence as your sister is. Sometimes you'd just as soon be carried. 
{talking} you are a chatter box, too. you what I think is the sweetest little voice and way of saying things and talking. You say a lot of the same things as your sister but here is your list, all done, hey, dog, that, go, bye-bye, mama, dada, juice, shoe, down, ball, balloon (in your vocab it's pronounced 'booon'), papi. That's all I can think of for now for you. You will sign 'all done.' 
{other stuff} you also have a pretty amazing understanding of commands, too! Once of the most impressive things that you do I think is, we have Mickey book that has several dogs in it. When you ask you to get your book and show the dogs, you go find that book and can point out the dogs. Your a pointer, too. You have started to get a little bit of temper when you don't get your way and we've started to discipline for that so you understand what is the right way to act. Oh, you LOVE LOVE LOVE a balloon! The second we walk into the grocery store you look for the balloons because you know exactly where they are. We never leave the store without one (luckily our store gives out free ones to kids). 


You are truly growing into a little girl and boy and are not babies anymore. It amazes me from month to month what you both are doing and how fast you are changing. You are both such a job to be around! You both tend to have happy, free-loving, easy-going personalities. It's so hard to believe that we're starting to celebrate 'second' holidays now with you two in our lives. God could not have blessed me with two more perfect little babies!! I am so thankful for both of you!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What to Feed 'Em {part iii}

My kids seriously cannot get enough of this casserole. They eat it the night it's fixed and are happy to eat it as leftovers as often as I want to fix it for them. Its super quick and easy and we love it too!

Cheesy Beef Spirals

Ingredients:

  • 1 box uncooked spiral pasta
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) Hunt’s® Spaghetti Sauce Traditional*
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed **
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
*I ususally use Ragu Chunky Mushroom, so use whatever you'd like
**I ususally used sliced (American) cheese instead. And it normally takes about 6 slices. It's just what I always have on-hand

Directions:

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook the beef, onions and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and mushrooms; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.


2. Drain pasta; place half the noodles in bottom of a greased shallow 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Top with 1/2 of the meat sauce. Top with sliced cheese or Velveeta cheese. Then spread with sour cream. Top with remaining noodles, then meat sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top. 


3. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Deserted!

that's how I feel about my blog! haha We have had so much going on the last few weeks that I don't even know where to start. 

I've been interviewing like mad for jobs. Dalyn and I have a year left here in Greenville and we decided it would be best for our future if I went back to work. It would allow us to save up a good deal of money before our year is over and hopefully put us in a better situation to purchase a practice. I can't even count how many interviews I've been on at this point but I've only been offered one and the pay was so low I wouldn't even break even with daycare costs. Nevertheless, I know something great is out there for me so I'll continue to march on despite all the rejection! haha

I've been working on a few side things to help us earn some money also. I've been selling stuff like mad on eBay. I've made some pretty good bank selling stuff on there. Even though I have to pay additional fees I feel like I get a much better and more serious response from my stuff off eBay than Craigslist. I have also been sewing non-stop in my free time. I have a lot of stuff piling up that I'm thinking about starting a etsy store. I also potentially have another business venture in the works.

The big really crappy news is that our renter that was leasing our house in Nashville, TN decided to stop paying his rent. He had started getting a really bad payment history going and since November its just gotten worse. We had decided we had, had enough and were about to proceed with eviction proceeding when he informed us he would be moving out. With all the back rent and late fees he owes us somewhere in the neighborhood of $4k!! So needless to say we had to hire a lawyer anyways because I'm gonna do everything I can to re-coup that money. I asked him(the tenant) before he moved out if the carpets needed to be cleaned or lawn mowed or what needed to be done to the house. His response was nothing, the house is in tip-top shape. We hired a property manager to take over leasing this house from this point forward because from 14 hours away it's just not possible. I over-nighted her keys Friday and she went into the house Sunday. And of course you might know, he hadn't moved all his stuff out!!! And the house was a filthy mess!!! I'm not sure pigs would have inhabited that place. Makes me so sad to see. That was our first house as a married couple. That was where we started out marriage. We had some AMAZING memories in that house!! So his idea of tip-top shape, turned into a $1k cleaning job later. UGH!! So I've been dealing with that for about the last 3 weeks. Hopefully, we're on the up side and it will be re-rented in no time! 

What else. . . . hum. I've been busy with doing stuff for my local multiples group! We're in the midst of selling cookbooks! And trying to do all types of planning, etc to help out group grow and prosper. If you are a member of a multiples group out there, I'd love to pick your brain on some stuff if you'd be willing to email with me! 

I know there is probably lots I"m forgetting in our daily lives that have been going on but I"m hoping to get a couple of other posts up in the next few days, including a post about the babies (since they turned 14 mos, yesterday) and also a post on what to feed 'em!

Hope you all are having a great hump day!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 4th {Then & Now}

July 4th, 2010
Babies were almost 2 months old in this picture. 
 July 4th, 2011

Almost 14 months old. It's amazing what a difference a year makes!