Because I Am Lazy

Today you are only getting a couple pictures of my girls trying on some of their new clothes.


One of my favorite shots ever…



Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm  Comments (1)  

Sponge Shapes

Who says toys for toddlers have to be expensive? Who say learning toys for toddlers have to be expensive? Here is a super cheap, easy and fun idea to try at home.

Buy some colorful sponges at walmart or the dollar store. Cut them into different shapes. I used circle, square, heart, star, and triangle. And let your little ones play! You can talk about the different shapes as you play, or group them by color for a different learning activity. My girls love to toss them and see how the shapes bounce and roll differently. They will also enjoy watching what happens when water is added to a dry sponge.

separated by color

separated by shape

Published in: on September 28, 2011 at 9:29 am  Comments (2)  

Goodnight Womb?

While I was pregnant with the girls Russell read to them almost every night. Before they even had ears to hear. But from the very moment they could hear he wanted them to know his voice. And he was rewarded for that by the obvious comfort they received from having him with them in the NICU. I was unable to be there for them the first day and a half of their lives and it was such a blessing that the girls could recognize their Daddy during that time.

He has continued this tradition with Sprout over the past few months. One night he was reading the popular bedtime book Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, and it suddenly occurred to me how funny this actually was. Here Russell was reading about a telephone, a clock, a red balloon, socks, a mouse, a brush, mittens, etc. and our little Sprout has NO idea what any of that stuff is. He or she has no concept of anything beyond their nice little watery bubble.

So maybe we need to make up a new story, one Sprout can relate to. I think it should be called “Goodnight Womb”.

It does pose a few problems though as not much rhymes with “placenta”, “amniotic fluid”, and “umbilical cord”.

Published in: on September 27, 2011 at 8:58 am  Comments (1)  

16 Weeks. Ish.

I plan to share belly progress pictures with you as this pregnancy goes along, but I understand these types of things can make some people uncomfortable. If that is the case for you please just ignore any post titled in weeks.

There has been some conflicting data in calculating my due date, so things are a little up in the air as far as how far along I am. But you got to start somewhere, right?

So here is my 16 week (ish) picture.

According to BabyCenter, Sprout should be about the size of an avocado. 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces.

For reference, here I was at 15 weeks with the twins.

And just FYI, something I am proud of… my starting weight for this pregnancy was a full 10 pounds lighter than I was with my first pregnancy.

Published in: on September 25, 2011 at 11:05 am  Comments (3)  

Time Out Times… Three?

No, little Sprout isn’t being sent to the corner just yet. Both girls had to go yesterday simultaneously, but there was already someone else there.

Luckily Leila didn’t distract them too much, and neither did me taking a picture of the situation.

Published in: on September 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm  Comments (2)  

Introducing… Sprout!

The newest little Baby Duren we’re cooking.

The one Daddy has nicknamed “Sprout”.

The one we found out about exactly two years to the day we found out I was pregnant the first time.

The one due to join our family in early March 2012.


Published in: on September 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm  Comments (3)  

Some Rockin’ New Shoes, And Other Random Things

It was time to buy the girls some new shoes for fall/winter. Sandals won’t work year round- even in Las Vegas, plus the ones they have been using the past few months are pretty beat up (they may have been super glued back together more than once), not to mention since my girls are growing so well they barely fit in them anymore. So off to the store we went.

After trying on many pairs we finally hit the jackpot. Check out these awesome shoes!

Seriously, how Jem and the Holograms are these things?

While we are talking about some old school 80’s, check out my awesome Barbie and the Rockers lunchbox… with matching thermos.

AND my Cool Times Barbie lunchbox, which reminds me a lot of the Saved By The Bell intro.

While I was looking for my old lunchboxes I found something else interesting. Look at what I found with all my Barbie stuff.

A double stroller.

Apparently even my Barbies had twins. I guess some things are just meant to be. And leave it to Barbie… those car seats even snap in and out for added convenience.

Published in: on September 16, 2011 at 10:36 am  Comments (1)  

Ya, I’ll Give That A Try

A little while ago when Borders started going out of business my mom went over and picked up some books for us at a discounted price. One book is called The Toddler’s Busy Book, by Trish Kuffner. It has tons of ideas for activities and games to keep your toddler busy, and is designed specifically for ages 1 1/2- 3 years old. Perfect timing for our girls. I have dog eared quite a few pages in the book for things I’d like to try with the munchkins.

One entry I read last night didn’t quite make the list. It was talking about building your child’s confidence in climbing by allowing them to climb around on some pillows on the floor. Then it said this “For older toddlers*, stack the cushions up like stairs against the couch and let him practice climbing up and down.”

* For OLDER toddlers? Let me remind you this book aims activities for 1 1/2 to 3 year olds.

Secondly, building my daughters’ confidence in climbing is about the last thing I want to do. These kids are already too confident for their own good!

Let’s remember…

Alyssa @ 9 months

Kylie @ 9 months

Kylie @ one year

Alyssa @ one year

Kylie @ 13 months

Alyssa @ 16 months

Kylie @ 16 months

Alyssa @ (almost) 17 months

Alyssa @ (almost) 17 months

Girls @ 17 months

Ya… I think we may be a step or two beyond pillows and the couch.

Published in: on September 15, 2011 at 9:44 am  Comments (1)  

Maybe I Spoke Too Soon

When I said Kylie was our funny sleeper. Or maybe they are twins and are more similar than we even realize, because Alyssa has apparently found a new favorite position to sleep in, and it hardly seems comfortable.

Please notice she is wearing different pj’s and has different sheets on her bed. These photos are from two separate nights.

Published in: on September 14, 2011 at 8:46 am  Comments (2)  

Maybe Pinecones

Instead of complaining about all the problems her generation will inherit, Alyssa is already working hard to try to find solutions. As you can see, today she focused on finding an alternative source for fuel.

Published in: on September 9, 2011 at 9:27 am  Comments (1)