Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tis the season

For holiday fun! 
I can't believe how fast December is flying by! There is so much more to do yet only 13 days until Christmas! Ahh!! 

A little holiday fun we've had in the past week... 
 A cute little event downtown with real snow, crafts, hay rides, food, etc. The lines were way too long so we didn't do much but it was something to experience one time! 

 Not a holiday event but something fun with all of our neighbors! MaLena's b-day party! Since it's cold outside now we don't see anyone. It was so fun to hang out with our Hughes Lane crew! 

Gingerbread house decorating! Bailey had so much fun!

This is not a good pic but the only one I took at the Military kids Christmas gift giveaway! It was on Tuesday morning so Bailey was in school but the baby girls and I went and it was so nice. They each got a bag of books and puzzles.


Just a fun little photo sesh in super cute Christmas shirts! :-) 

 Reindeer footprints! We did these today. I LOVE how it turned out! 

The little girls woke up with runny noses this morning and we pretty cranky most of the day. I am so hoping this is a quick little cold and they start feeling better by the weekend! All the kids ended up in ER last Christmas (On Christmas day) with RSV. We don't want a repeat! 


Saturday, December 6, 2014

15 month update

As I said the other day, the baby girls are 15 months now! They are growing up so much and really turning into little toddlers now. We're enjoying it! Patrick realized yesterday that he missed Bailey at this age. He deployed soon after she turned 1 and missed the next few months. Bailey was always a huge mama's girl and spent little quality time with just Dad but Peyton and Brooke are definitely not that way at all! They love Daddy time! They get soo excited when he comes home from work! It's adorable! 


Peyton Abigail is so girly! I love how she loves headbands, and bracelets! And she loves to have her picture taken! She sees my phone pointed near her direction and says cheeeese! 

She is understanding everything so well now. I can ask her to go get a diaper, wipes, blankie, etc and she does! I can ask her where things/people are and she can usually point to them. She also points to what she wants or what she is trying to communicate about and keeps at it until we get what shes trying to say! 

She LOVES her blankie! The aiden and anais ones from Target. Doesn't have to be one specifically but just one of that kind. She's started taking it with us when we leave the house sometimes now. 

The NC weather is so crazy this time of year, it will be in the 30's then jump up to the 70's so we've been playing outside some days when it's warm enough and the girls walk around playing like the big kids do now! It's crazy! They get so mad when I make them come in. Especially Peyton! 

Peyton is still the loud one in the group! She whines a lot when she is tired or wants something she can't have, can't figure out how to communicate something, etc. 

She has really mastered 'MORE' in sign language and uses the sign correctly when she wants more food! She always wants more food! haha. She also figured out which cabinet the baby snacks are in and goes to it and tried to open it when she's hungry!

Speaking of food, the faves are still pretty much the same as the last update I believe. Breakfast foods like pancakes, french toast sticks, etc. Fruit, pasta with alfredo & cheese sandwiches. Some newer faves are PB&J sandwiches, and beans. She also loved the stuffing at Thanksgiving!

And Capri Sun! We were outside at a neighbors a few weeks back and she got her hands on one of the other kid's capri sun and she LOVED it! I don't give it to them but when we're somewhere and they have them she HAS to have one!

This pic is blurry but I just love it!

Brooke Lynn is such a busy bee, she is always moving. She rarely sits/stands in one spot for long! From one thing to the next to the next, she's always on the go! She has just this past week learned how to "twirl" from big sis and the two of them practice ballet together! It's adorable! She is always so proud of herself and of course we clap and yay for her! She also this week learned a new word.. "baby"! She picks up a baby doll and says "baby".  Shes saying similar words also like "bobby", "boppy". Not sure that Bobby means anything but boppies are the pillows we still use for them to lay back and drink milk and she knows that! She talks all the time. A lot of babble but it's so cute. She always says "AaDo", "AaaaDo" over and over when we're riding in the car. No idea what she means if anything but she loves when we repeat it back to her! 

She has become quite a snuggler recently! She wants to be held and sit in my lap a lot now. So sweet. 
Like sissy, she loves her blankie (maybe not quite as much as Peyton though.) and has started carrying it around more. She is also understanding things a lot more and can do a lot of things I ask her to. 
Yesterday she figured out how to climb up onto the couch! Mommy's not loving this new trick! Peyton figured it out shortly after. They did it over and over again until nap time which I may have made a little earlier because I was tired of removing them from the couch! I only really worry because the lower couch that they can get on is the one not against the wall so I worry about them flipping over the back! 
Food wise, she shares most of the same faves as Peyton but she will eat a little more variety! Brooke will eat chicken, tuna and meats, Peyton won't. Brooke didn't used to like fruits that much but lately she is eating them up! It's always funny to watch what they eat when I fix plates with more than a couple options. Tonight for instance, I fixed the babies left over lasagna and put some oranges on their plates too. Brooke dove right into the lasagna and ate it all where as Peyton ate all the oranges and kept asking for more until they were gone, ate a few bites of lasagna and then whined until I gave her some of Bailey's mac n cheese (we had ordered BWW to go)! Brooke got the rest of Peyton's lasagna and Peyton got Brooke's oranges! They will trade foods with each other and always give the other some when they run out! Sometimes we help with this process but most of the time they do it on their own. 
I honestly don't know know weight and height right now. I will have to put them on our home scale to see but I am guessing around 22 lbs. They're still in 18 month clothes and size 4 diapers. They're wearing size 4 shoes. 
These girls are so sweet and so full of life. Although our days are BUSY and I am always exhausted I wouldn't trade a minute. The days are really flying by. I am always shocked when I look at the clock and it's 4-5pm already! Where did my day go! 
A little of this past week..
Their 15 month pic! 
 So much of the time, Peyton and Bailey play together. They will fight over toys but they will also spend long periods sitting and playing with the same toy. Brooke is always off on her own, moving from toy to toy. She will play with them some but seems to get bored quicker.
 Lasagna face!!

 Love my little reindeer! I also love the $1 section at Target where I got these cute antlers and so many other cute things!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


We went to see Santa today!

 It's a picture of a picture but I love it! The girls wouldn't smile but I was so happy they didn't scream!

The only thing Bailey told Santa she wants an American Girl Doll..  I only thought I was done shopping for her! 

The baby girls are 15 months today! I will do an update on them soon! I am so sleepy and just cleaned for hours so thinking I'm going to cut this short and head to bed! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Our Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of lots of food and family. Patrick's family was here with us! It has become a tradition. We love having them here for our Thanksgiving weekend festivities!
Wednesday for me was spent baking with my littles!
Those bowls and spoons kept them busy for a while! They did all take a turn actually stirring the pumpkin bread!
Growing up, we always made rice krispie treats the night before Thanksgiving so since Bailey was born I've kept that tradition going.

 She likes the marshmellows more than the actual rice krispie treats!
On Thanksgiving Day we watched the parade which Bailey loved this year! The babies really paid attention some also which was cute, I cooked off and on all day (of course!), we got outside and took a few pics of the girls, and we ATE a lot of yummy food!
 This is not a great picture but the only one of all 5 of us on Thanksgiving :-)  
 The girls just stared at their plates for a minute not knowing where to start!They don't usually have that many choices on one plate at the same time!

Look at my little beauties! I made these little dresses quickly during nap on Wednesday. I had hoped to embellish with some embroidery or flower or something but no time!

They rocked them! I love these sweet faces more than anything.
After the kids went to bed, Patrick, Priscila and I headed out for a little Black Friday shopping. We weren't very successful and came home empty handed but we had fun!
Black Friday for us was Christmas tree day!!

We found a gorgeous tree! It is up and decorated but only has ornaments on the top half since we have two little sets of hands to pull them off! I considered putting a gate up around the tree but so didn't want to do that so I went with the half decorate tree instead! It's still beautiful! I'm blogging by the light of the tree now :-)
In other news, Elfie is back! He returned a day late this year but returned with a bang! He brought donuts, Christmas plates and cups and a couple goodies for the girls!
They were super excited!!
Speaking of Elfie....
it's about that time and then bed!
Goodnight all!  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The past week..

I honestly can't remember the day by day happenings of the last week but it involved our new sitter starting, some crafting, two birthday parties, and a couple Mommy/Bailey dates to run errands. 

We'll start with what I do remember.. Our sitter, Jamie started on Thursday! She did great! The girls knew I was leaving and were a little fussy so I got some fruit snacks out to distract them while I left and she said they were fine after that. They even napped for her! While they were sleeping she unloaded the dishwasher, washed what was in the sink, cleaned the stainless steal, made Bailey's bed and dusted! How lovely! I got a good start on Christmas shopping while Bailey was in school! 

That face of Peyton's cracks me up! Bailey used to do that when she was younger! 
Later that day, the kids and I went over to Candace's for a surprise b-day party for Marta! It was fun to hang out with some of the girls! Patrick came and picked up the little girls so Bailey and I could stay a little later. 

Earlier in the week on Tuesday, Veteran's Day, we had a craft night at our house! Patrick had picked up some canvas' on sale for Bailey one day so they painted on those and I started a project for Bailey's room! We also did all the kids hand prints for Thanksgiving turkey's! 

That's my kind of night!! I definitely stayed up until 1:30 am finishing up those letters. I was pretty sleepy the next day! 

Either Monday or Tuesday we all went to "the new" Walmart. It's really not new anymore but around here that's how everyone refers to it! It's farther from our house so we don't go often but they have the big carts so we may start going more! 

The girls had fun in the cart! 

It's the little things! 

On Friday I have no memory at the moment of what we did during the day but as soon as the babies went to bed that night Bailey and I took off for the mall! Children's Place was having sales and I didn't want to wait! We flew around to a few stores and had so much fun! My girl loves to shop! :-) She brought quarters from home for the ride and of course we had to get a cookie! We were back home and she was in bed by 9 so it wasn't too late of a night. 

Modeling her "Elfie" pj's and one of her new headbands. She's such a pris! 

Saturday morning was Aaden's 6th Birthday party! It was at Chuck-E-Cheese! MaKayla and (little) Aiden rode with Bailey and I. Patrick stayed home with the little girls as it was nap time for them so we didn't think they'd have much fun. The big kids had lots of fun!! 

One of the sales I ran to the mall for was these little hats for $1! 

How cute are these littles trying them on!? Brooke got hers off and then went after Peyton's! Little skunk. Peyton liked hers! We napped and were lazy most of the rest of the day Saturday. Bailey and I ran out in the evening to pick up dinner, Pancho Villa! Yum!! 

Today :-) 

Sunday (today), started out lazy but then Bailey and I headed out to grocery shop in the afternoon then after dinner we all went out to Target and Lowes. I took down the last of the baby gates in the living room today! With the exception of the ones guarding the end table but those are up against the couch and don't take up any extra living space which is the part that drives me crazy! I glued the shelves on the book case so they can't be pulled out and at lowes we bought straps to attach the shelf to the wall so with all that being done it will be child proof. 

I will be strapping the kids dressers and cube shelves to their walls too! I am always a nervous wreck when they're playing in their rooms and guard the shelves as they play! It will be nice to not be as worried! I always play with them in there but won't feel like I need to sit in front of the dresser anymore. 

A little side note for me~ Peyton and Brooke started with sippy cups tonight for their milk and did well with them so we're going to give no bottles a shot! 

Off to bed I go! I am hoping to get a few projects done this week so hopefully I'll have something to share soon! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Marines!

 Today is the Marine Corps 239th Birthday. I am very proud to be married to one of the few, the proud. 

I have definitely had a love/hate relationship with the Marine Corps over the last 8 years but it has provided a good life for us and I have made some of the most amazing friends.
Us at our first Birthday Ball in 2007

  One of my favorite ball photos of us. (2010). I was 5 1/2 months pregnant with Bailey at this ball!

Our most recent ball, a couple weeks ago. 


And one of my faves from his first deployment
Iraq '09

It's after midnight now, I am off to bed!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

4 day weekend!

My little beauties are getting good use out of their matching coats! 
Here's a little of yesterday.. 

 We all played in Bailey's room most of the morning. The girls had so much fun and were so silly! 

 In the afternoon we went on a family outing to Sam's and Walmart for groceries.
 We played outside in the evening for a while, came in for dinner then played until bedtime. I made homemade crunch wraps for dinner. They were SO yummy! A new fave in our house!! 

Once the kids were in bed I went out to Kohls and Target for a little me time :-) and stayed up too late when I got home as usual so I was super sleepy again this morning when Brooke woke up at 5:50! Why?!?! 

Today Patrick went hunting for the first time with our neighbor. They stayed out until after noon but no luck. The girls and I snuggled and played at home all morning.

We sat like this in the recliner for quite a while watching Disney Jr. They were snugglier {probably not a word. ha.} than usual this morning! No complaints here. After they napped we were getting ready to head out for a bit when Patrick walked in. Bailey wanted to stay home with Daddy so I went out alone. I enjoy taking the girls out with me but it is definitely easier to run in lots of places when I'm by myself! I go to places like Pier 1 and Kirklands. I never take the kids with me to those places, I am always afraid they will knock something over and I'll have to buy it! Plus the stroller, even the umbrella one doesn't maneuver around well. I found some great sales! I was so excited with my purchases today! The last exciting purchase of the day is one I have been waiting for. lol. I know they've been out in Orlando a while but now they're here!! 

Are you ready?.....

 Whaaaat! They are so delish! 

Later this evening we played outside and had a little family photo sesh before the girls went to bed. 

I am now relaxing with a glass of wine and The Walking Dead is coming on so I'm out! Goodnight :-)