Monday, September 29, 2008





Should I be concerned about her future fashion choices?

Friday, September 26, 2008

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

As I mentioned here, Sydney has a knack for finding the "interesting" places in our house. I think Jane has decided she is sick of being left behind. Sydney has discovered all of these great places to "hide," and Jane is ready for some action. Sydney decides to take her on a journey. Off they go....


Jane is thinking, "I am not so sure about this!" Sydney never looks back.


"We're gonna make it!"


"Now where?"


Sydney is proud of bringing Jane to the dark side. I have a feeling she could lead her into all kinds of trouble in the days to come!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008





No tears this morning at school drop-off!
'Atta girl!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Playing at the Park

We have been trying to make the most of the cooler weather this past week. Clare has really become a big fan of the park. Whenever we are driving and she sees a playground at a fast-food place, she says, "Let's go play at that playground!"


She is a very cautious kid by nature. However, lately she has been willing to try more stuff by herself at the park. In turn, she enjoys it more.


Jane and Sydney aren't quite ready for slides and jungle gyms yet, but they do enjoy a good swing!


Sydney really did have a good time; she just makes you work hard for a smile. Not to mention, she has at least one more tooth trying to poke through. There has been a lot of crying at our house the past few days. All the more reason to head outside!


Today marks an anniversary of sorts....one year ago today I was put on bed rest for what would become the better part of ten weeks. While it was no fun at the time, it feels like a distant memory to me now. (Those who were helping us may strongly disagree!) I am so thankful for the health of these two little ones and everybody who rallied together to get us through those ten weeks.


Come to think of it, a day or two of bed rest doesn't sound so bad right now!!!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Well, Good Morning to You Too!

This morning as I was dropping off Clare at school, I notice a set of boy/girl twins entering her class. I am pushing Jane and Sydney in the double stroller, so the other mother and I exchange hellos and comment on each other's twins.

I leave Clare and head to the car, where I begin loading the little girls. The aforementioned mother walks out and comes over to talk to me. After a bit of small talk, she says, "Everyone says twins are so cute, but I say 'Bull*$#%.' They are a lot of work."

I couldn't help but start laughing. I was totally not expecting that much bluntness at the church preschool morning drop-off.

She may have a point though.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Great Sydini

Sydney often manages to get herself into some tight spaces.


I frequently find her under the exersaucer looking for some leftover snacks.


She also loves to crawl under Clare's table in the toyroom. Too bad the only things under there are inedible....not that she hasn't tried.


Another favorite is under our end table in the den. Here I think she is going after the cords....a great toy for babies.


Almost there!


Needless to say, I have to keep a close eye on this one. There is no telling where she might end up next!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

F.D.O.S.

Today was Clare's first day of school! It was supposed to be on Tuesday, but she was sick, so today was her big debut!

I was really nervous. She is going to a place where I don't know anyone, and we had missed Meet the Teacher night because we were out of town. AND she still isn't feeling 100%


On the way to school, she said, "Mommy, will you go to school with me?" Ugh. So, we got there this morning, and sure enough, she cried her eyes out. It was hard to leave her. Really hard. I knew she would be OK and probably even like it, but it is still hard to leave your child with someone you just met.


All day long I felt like I was missing something. Even with the twins home, our house felt very quiet. I know it is good for her to be with other kids, but we have spent a lot of time together over the past two and a half years, and it will just take some getting used to.

When I went to pick her up, her teacher said she had a "typical first day." Clare was sad a lot of the day, but participated in all of the activities. Ms. Lisa said she thought that she would settle in nicely. I felt much better after talking to her teachers. When I asked Clare what she did at school, she said "I cried." Then I asked, "Just a little bit?" She said, "A whole bunch."

Since we have been home, she has been talking about her day and her teachers. I think it is going to be a good fit; it will just take some adjusting. Thankfully, she survived her first day...and so did her Mommy.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

On the Road Again

We returned home from a week in Colorado today. We went to visit LoLo and Pop along with Nathan, Megan, and my main man, Brody. We had a great time. The week consisted of lots of good food, lots of laughing, and most of all, lots of babies.

We left last Friday at 5, briefly stopped at my grandmother's and then drove through the night. We pulled up to my parents' house at 7:30 a.m. The drive went by quickly, and Casey and I took turns manning the wheel. The most discouraging comment of the night was when Clare woke up at 3 a.m. and said, "I'm all done with my nap." Guess she didn't really understand what was happening. All in all, the kids did really well. Clare woke up a few times, but the babies slept the entire way!

This was a fun year for Clare in Colorado. She enjoyed throwing rocks in the river, playing outside, riding around on the 4-wheeler, playing "paint," and just being in a new place. However, she also had her fair share of meltdowns, which I attribute partly to being two and partly to dealing with fewer hours of sleep than normal. Even if you can pinpoint the cause, the tantrums become exhausting. Mostly, she was good...but for some reason I remember the bad more vividly.

Jane and Sydney were troopers. They slept great and were generally happy. They enjoyed having another baby around...even if he is twice their size! They turned nine months old while we were away. They are officially zero....and three-quarters.

Casey played golf a couple of times and spent one morning fishing. Mom, Megan and I were able to sneak away one afternoon for lunch and a massage. The boys fared very well with all four babies. In fact, they did so well, we might have to make that an annual event!

We returned home this afternoon after spending 11 hours in the car yesterday and five today. Clare took a three hour nap when we got home. I guess she was pretty tired. I didn't take many pictures; I left that for LoLo and Megan. I'll post some when I get them. This pic is of Clare and the candy we bribed her with at the restaurant. She was thrilled with her bubble gum flavored rock candy.

I enjoyed so many things about the trip. It's always great to see Nathan and Megan. I was thrilled to be able to spend a good chunk of time with Brody. He is such a happy, smiley little guy. Last night, we spent the night at my grandmother's. It is fun to see my girls playing with their great-grandmother. And of course, it's always fun to see my parents. They were nice enough to babysit a couple of evenings so we could have some peaceful dinners out. We had a really good time. But for now, I am glad to be home.