Monday, November 16, 2009






















What can I say, but that I have the cutest kids in the world! Sophie is seriously like the perfect kid. It almost worries me because she is too willing to help, too willing to eat healthy food instead of candy, and loves to teach her brother and sister all kinds of things. I hope she doesn't feel like she has to grow up too fast. She is so wonderful, though. I guess she does have one downfall; she gets in trouble a couple times a week for talking to her friends! I probably should be mad, but she is just such a social butterfly. Everyone in her class loves her. Don't worry, I talk to her about it and tell her she needs to be quiet when the teacher is talking, but at least she isn't doing anything mean. Oh, yeah, and this morning she came and got in bed with me and said, "Mom, I don't want to be a princess when I grow up now. I want to be a ballerina or a fireman. Those are my only choices." "Why do you want to be a fireman?" "Because I think it would be fun to spray the hose. Yeah, a fireman is a really good choice."

Penelope is definitely her own person. She hates to be told what to do. For instance, every day she comes home from school and wants to do homework (which she rarely has) when Sophie does hers. Well, tonight she actually had homework. So, I get all excited and tell her it is time to do her homework and she threw the biggest fit and refused to do it! Gosh, it was a number matching game.... I finally had to wait until it became her idea to do it. I love her smile. She can light up a room.

Gabe is toying with the idea of potty-training. I know he could do it if I really worked hard with him, but I just don't know if I can handle it right now. He asks to wear underwear almost every morning and usually tells me a few times when he needs to go. But as soon as he has an accident he wants a diaper again. I should probably tell him no more diapers, because now is probably a better time than after the babies are born, but still..... Gabe has also become quite a little singer. He has pretty good pitch and loves to sing all kinds of songs. He is adorable. (I don't have pictures, but he is suffering from a bit of an awkward haircut right now. I wish I weren't so cheap that I had to do it myself.)

Other than that, life is just moving on. Dallas is busy with auditions for summer programs and then rehearsals. I feel a little bit like a single mom, but I know he is just trying to do his best to take care of us. I am thankful for him and all the sacrafices he makes for us.

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This is last week- 23 weeks




















So, for all you who want to see how freaking huge I am getting, here is your picture. The scary thing is that I still have 3 months to go! I am gaining weight at an alarming weight. (I gained 10 lbs in 4 weeks!) I feel bigger than I think I look. Overall I am feeling well. Mostly tired and uncomfortable, but I guess I am going to have to get used to that! I had another ultrasound last Wednesday and everything still looks good. Baby A (the girl) is still breech, so that is a little disapointing, though she still has some time to flip. She weighs 1 lb 2 oz right now and is in the 37th%. Baby B (boy) is a little bit bigger, weighing in at 1 lb 5 oz. As far as I can tell from the pictures, they both look a little like creepy aliens still. They also measured my cervix and said it was very long (4 cm) which is a good sign that these little kids are going to stay put for a while.

I am switching docs due to a nasty OB that I saw two weeks ago. I am hoping this new practice is a little more willing to let me do a vaginal delivery if both babies are head-down come delivery time. I am okay with a c-section as long as it is because of me or the babies, not some lousy doctor's preference to deliver all twins c-section. We will just have to wait and see what happens. I have an appointment on Friday with the same practice, but a new doctor, but then starting in December I will switch to the new practice.

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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Penelope's first field trip























Penelope got to go on a super fun (in theory) field trip back in October. I know, I know, I am way behind on my posts. But anyhow, she honestly didn't seem to enjoy herself all that much. The bunnies were definitely her favorite. She could have milked a cow, fed the goats from her hand, petted the sheep, and other things, but grouchily refused to do it all. Still, I had fun, and she seemed to enjoy it enough to rub it into Sophie's face for a few days that she got to go on a field trip.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

An Update




















Life is moving right along for us. We have been here for close to two months and I am really feeling settled. Dallas is doing really well in school. He really likes his teachers and is learning a lot. I miss him being home more like he was over the summer, but I am coping. He is applying to a few different Summer programs for young artists. We are hoping he can get into something good that will help us maybe find a job. He is working so hard to balance everything, and still finds time to enjoy hotdogs.

I had a birthday a few weeks ago. I am 27, which suddenly doesn't seem so old to me! Dallas and the kids went all out for my birthday, and it was definitely the best I have ever had. They got me a personalized Hello Kitty cake, which was a first for me. The kids picked it out. They originally chose a Bratz cake but sadly the bakery didn't have it in stock. The kids cleaned up their room and the toy room twice for me! Dallas also took some pictures, which are probably great, but they are on our old camera, which seems to have died. I am going to have to get the pictures off some other way.

Sophie is doing a lot better with school. She is learning to read so fast! She and Penny had fall break last week, so this week has been an adjustment again. She loves to play school with Gabe and Penny. Sophie is having a hard time with germs. She stresses about them and becoming sick all the time. She washes her hands constantly and even wakes up worrying about germs. We are hoping it is just a stage. Other than that, she has become such a wonderful little helper. She is ALWAYS so quick to obey. Sometimes I wish Gabe were in school instead of Sophie!

Penelope is still loving school. We are excited to go on a field trip this Thursday to a farm. She is a very independant and capable girl. She hates being told what to do and I have learned that it is just easier to let her pick her clothes the night before and negotiate then. She is a little nick-name-giver. She calls Misha Mr. Mish, McDonalds McDonnies, etc.

And then there is Gabe. He is really into building. He loves to make forts with all the blankets in the house. He has been constantly asking "What happened to the gips?" since we went to the farm and they didn't have any pigs. Okay, so I gotta run. All in all we are doing great.

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The Pumpkin Patch























Last Saturday, Dallas and I took the kids to a farm in a nearby town. It had a free petting farm and a pumpkin patch that you could go see if you paid to go on a hayride. Being the cheapo's that we are, we opted to just look at the animals. First of all, it was freezing! It looked all sunny out when we were getting ready to go, so I even considered not bringing jackets. Most of the other kids there had winter coats and hats and mittens! Still we had a good time and enjoyed some of the beautiful fall sights and the free apple cider! This area is seriously so gorgeous this time of year! I need to take some pictures of all the trees that are changing.

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The goats were fun because they would eat right out of your hand. Gabe thought it was so funny. I don't know if I have ever seen a horse as small as that one, but Dallas said they used to have miniature horses. It was cute.

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Painting Pumpkins
















Last Friday was our ward's playgroup. I was really excited because we were going to paint pumpkins and I am finally starting to get to know the ladies in my ward. It was at Emily Hamilton's house, which was about 20 minutes away. So, I write out all the directions and set out with the kids and pumpkins. I get to her street when I realize that I had forgotten to write her house number down! Grr! The kids were super disapointed, so the next morning as soon as we ate breakfast, the kids painted their pumpkins. I had imagined them to do something more like paint faces, and even told them to do that, but pretty much everyone's pumpkin ended up a greenish color with some hints here and there of purple and yellow. Oh well, they had fun and didn't even make too much of a mess.

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Halloween Cookies






















We made some cookies the other day, and the kids had a great time helping. I am pretty sad because we really wanted to make bat cookies, but Walmart doesn't sell decent bat cutters. The pumpkins were still a hit. Penny had the great idea of putting marshmallows on hers and obviously it was pretty popular. Gross, if you ask me. And, you may ask, why is Penny in pajamas? Good question. She changes at least 3 or 4 times a day and sometimes she ends up in pj's.

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20 weeks




















So, here I am halfway (or more!) done with my last pregnancy. It is a relief to know that I will never have to have horrible morning sickness again. (Knock on wood, right? I have heard of people who get sick in their last trimester and stuff like that. But it has been close to two weeks since I have thrown up, and really about 7 weeks since I felt the constant need to puke, so I am hoping I am in the clear.) I am feeling the babies move a lot more now. I am gaining weight like crazy; people are always telling me that I am looking very pregnant now. Sorry I look grouchy in the picture. I tell you, this was the best one. I am looking for ways to add more protein to my diet. I am supposed to eat 130 grams! I was feeling good about myself yesterday because I thought I was eating so much protein, but I added it up and it was only 65 grams. Did anyone eat protein shakes while they were pregnant? I have got to step it up. I don't love meat, but I am eating it more than ever. Cheese is okay, but only with something. I drink a glass of milk with every meal. I guess maybe I am going to have to start snacking on beans instead of candy. Wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, would it?

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Big Reveal....

So, for those of you who haven't heard yet, we are going to have a Boy and a girl in March (well, probably February...)!! We are excited, and though Dallas thinks he has the names picked out, I am open for any suggestions. Everything looks good as far as the health of the babies. The girl is baby A and is breach right now, so I am just praying she turns so everything will be in my favor to avoid a c-section if at all possible. I am feeling them move all the time now. It is still so unreal to me that we are having twins, but now after 3 ultrasounds and hearing the heartbeats, I am pretty sure I am going to have twins!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Any guesses?

So, we found out what the babies are! I am giving you guys a chance to guess if you want. Good luck. You can either leave a comment, or vote on the poll to the right. If you don't know and don't want to guess, let me know and I will call you.

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Sunday, October 04, 2009














Here is Dallas with our reel mower. We got it off Craigslist for $5. It works good enough to get the job done. We love having a yard. It has been pretty rainy here, which is really fun. Dallas started school a few weeks ago. He is really enjoying it and really likes his teachers. We are excited for the opportunities that await us. Dallas has also been quite busy with WOW. Yes, he has more skills than just the piano. He is pretty good at what he does!

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The kids.

















The kids seem to be adjusting well to our new lives here in Kentucky. Penelope loves preschool. Her friend Aubrey Pew is in her class as well as in Sun Beams with her, so that is nice. Sophie likes some parts of school, but is pretty overwhelmed with being gone all day and then having homework every evening. She is learning so fast, though. She tries to read books by herself (though she usually picks hard books that she can't get through) and she loves copying words from books. She still has a hard time every time I drop her off at school, but it isn't quite as bad as before. Gabe gets pretty bored with only me in the mornings. He loves when his sisters get home from school. In the pictures, he is wearing his 'pirate' hat. He usually has a pirate patch and a wand with it. Often he even clunks around in some princess heels. He is pretty funny. He also started stuttering all of the sudden. That coupled with his monotone robot-voice and chronic whispering make him a pretty interesting conversationalist. They are all growing up so fast. They all love to ride bikes and play outside. For the most part, they get along so great. They have so much fun together and are always laughing together. I love it. They are all getting so independant. I think I am going to be in for a shock when I have two new babies. I feel so out of the baby loop.

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18 weeks




















So, yeah, I am pretty much really big all of the sudden. I tried to take some more 'flex-those-babies-in" shots, but in the end I just looked thick-waisted, so I didn't post them. I am feeling a lot of movement, though I can't tell if I feel both babies or not. When I mentioned to Penelope's preschool teacher that I was pregnant, she said she thought I was. I am finally going to my new Dr. here in Kentucky on Wednesday, so I am excited about that. I hope they schedule an ultrasound at this appointment. I want to make sure everything is okay, and I really can't wait to find out what these babies are! Any guesses? Dallas and Sophie think boy/girl. Penelope thinks two girls. Gabe still thinks it is Spiderman, and I am totally undecided. I don't usually get intuition about these sorts of things.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Happy Birthday Penelope!!!!





















Penelope turned 4 years old on Monday! I can't believe it! Poor kid got kind of a sucky birthday as we were still trying to get settled. Luckily, on Sunday, some friends of ours, the Pews (who live here in Erlanger) had us over for dinner and made her a real birthday cake. They even took some pictures, which I will have to steal. I took her to the store and we looked through the cake book, but in the end, she wanted these cupcakes. She is a great kid. She is going to start preschool on Monday, and is super excited to go to school like Sophie. She is very into playing pretend. She also loves collecting anything small. I am always finding various pouches and baskets full of anything she finds that is sparkly or small. Oh, gosh I love Penny!

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The handful of pics I took while in AZ

















Dallas and the kids made an amazing tower. I love my family. It is a good thing we get to go together everywhere. I don't know what I would do without them! (Oh, don't mind the un-brushed, un-bathed looking kids. Packing and getting ready to leave AZ meant the kids had to fend for themselves a bit more than usual.)

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