A Year In Photos- Kylie

Last year I did a post of pictures of the girls together each month. You can check it out here. This year I decided to do separate posts for each girl. I love getting to watch the girls grow and change over the months! Here are Kylie’s pictures.

Happy New Year everyone!

Published in: on December 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm  Comments (1)  

A Year In Photos- Alyssa

Last year I did a post of pictures of the girls together each month. You can check it out here. This year I decided to do separate posts for each girl. Here are some of my favorite pictures of Alyssa throughout the year.

Wishing you a happy and safe new year!

Published in: on December 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Busy And A Book

The past couple of weeks have been very hectic around our house. Russell has been working some extra hours, making him miss pretty much all of the girls’ days. I am now 7 months pregnant and don’t get around as easily as I did a few months ago. Also, there was Christmas, which even though it was low key kept me quite busy. This mostly included sewing, wrapping and cookie baking. But along the way I did discover a cool thing out there on the world wide web. (Remember when people actually called it that? I think I am going to bring that term back!) I was really looking for something maybe on Etsy like a blank cookbook where I could write in all my favorite recipes. I have those recipe cards, but they get mixed up and lost very easily. What I stumbled upon instead was a free site with templates and everything for you to create your own book. Not necessarily cookbooks, but also baby books, family history books, wedding albums, etc. You can upload pictures, info and more, format and finally order it. They say it prints bookstore quality books, and it is relatively cheap. I have been working on my cookbook nearly everyday since I found the site. It will probably be a long time before I actually order one since I like my cookbooks to have pictures of each dish attached, and it will take a while before I getting around to making each recipe. But seriously, how cool would that be to give to our girls someday. A cookbook filled with all the recipes their mom used while they were growing up? A “Just Like Mom” cookbook. Anyways, I thought it was very cool and decided to share the website with you. Check it out by clicking here. And if you make a book, let me know! I’d love to hear what you made!

Published in: on December 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm  Comments (1)  

The Wedding Slideshow

Have you ever taken a picture and flashed forward to the day it will be a part of your child’s graduation or wedding slideshow?

I took just such a picture of Alyssa on Christmas Day.

This just makes me smile.

Published in: on December 28, 2011 at 8:33 am  Leave a Comment  


We thought you said to have a BERRY Christmas….

Our mistake.

Published in: on December 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Merry Christmas AND 29 Weeks.

Merry Christmas to everyone out there in bloggy land. I hope you are all enjoying some good food, quality time and maybe some presents with the people you love. I hope you are not so lame that the only thing you have to do on Christmas Day is check my blog for updates. But in case you are that lame, or you read this tomorrow, I have a new (and an old) photo to share with you.

Me at 29 weeks!

Now, I almost didn’t share this picture because it is so weird. First my belly looks really pointy and that bugs me. I went through the same phase the last time, I guess I am just a pointy pregnant lady. That is my lot in life. Second, because it appears I am on a ship or something that is possible sinking. Why am I all lean-y?? Who knows. Anyways, if you can get past those two things maybe you can enjoy this new picture of my belly bump. And since I mentioned an old one too…

Here is me at 27 weeks with the twins. Wearing the same shirt.

I guess that second baby really makes a difference! Notice how in the twin one my shirt is already starting to tip up, and in the Sprout one I have more than enough shirt left to grow? Anyways… I thought you might enjoy that.

Here is also a little babycenter update on Sprout’s progress:

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

So that’s it for now! Merry Christmas!

Published in: on December 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

WHOOO Is Ready For Christmas?

In case you were wondering what I made the girls for Christmas… here it is!

Owl pillows for their big girl beds, in their big girl room!

Who knew Santa could sew?

I made them with the pattern found here.

Side note: How many more times do you think I can make and wrap their presents right in front of them without them having any idea what is going on?

Published in: on December 24, 2011 at 7:55 am  Comments (1)  

Two Words

A few weeks ago Alyssa used two words together for the first time. They were “more ice” followed immediately by “please ice”. She has continued using a whole collection of two word phrases since. Just a couple nights ago Kylie put two words together too. Hers were “Mama butt”. The girls were in the bath together and Alyssa’s butt was in Kylie’s face. So she said “butt. butt.” And I said “yes, that is Alyssa’s butt.” Then she pointed to my butt and said “Mama butt!” Good job Kylie. That’s one for the baby book. 🙂 Since then she has also been using more phrases including “more please”. I am so proud of my little girls for being so smart and polite!

Published in: on December 23, 2011 at 8:45 am  Comments (1)  

Everything I Need To Know

Thanks Facebook for keeping me on track. You never let me forget the birthdays of my friends, and you sum up a lot of important details into very few words for me.


Tonight as I was navigating my way to Russell’s profile I found everything I need to know simply put in two words.

Russell Duren. “Husband. Baylor.”

Published in: on December 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

More Tips for Cloth Diapers

This is my third blog on cloth diapers. To check out reasons why to use cloth click here, and for a suggested starter list and basic laundering click here. Today’s post is more tips for the current user. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me!

Diaper Rash Creams

Please be careful about what types of diaper rash cream you use with your cloth diapers! Many of the most common brands like A&D and Desitin will react very poorly with cloth.

I just heard wonderful things about coconut oil as a diaper rash cream, and am so excited to give it a try. Our girls little butts are very sensitive to certain foods (tomato and citrus especially) and are prone to irritation. Coconut oil is supposed to work wonders and wash completely out with no changes to your laundry routine. I will be picking some up this weekend and will let you know how it goes.


If you are getting stains on your diapers try laying them flat to dry in the sun. The sun naturally bleaches and sanitizes! If you have set in stains, try sprinkling a little lemon juice on the diapers and then lay them in the sun.

Stripping cloth diapers

If you use cloth diapers for any real length of time, chances are they are going to need to be stripped every now and then. You’ll be able to tell if your diapers need to be stripped if they are still stinky after washing. The most common reason for stinky diapers is detergent buildup. Cloth diapers only need about 1/4 the amount of soap recommended for regular use. Buildup of detergent is easy to check for. Simply run the diapers through the wash with NO detergent and open the lid part way through the cycle. If you’ve got suds you have been using too much detergent.

It could be possible you aren’t using enough detergent also, but I would recommend washing with no soap and checking for suds before jumping to adding more detergent. If you have been using too little though, that is an easy fix. Simply start adding more (in small increments!)

Now, down to actually stripping. I use the baking soda method and have been very happy with. I add 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda to clean diapers and wash on hottest setting until there are no more suds. (I turn up our water heater when stripping to get the hottest possible water – but make sure to turn it back down when you’re done!) Simple as that! It leaves my diapers smelling brand new.

If you are curious about any other part of cloth diapering please let me know! I am always happy to answer questions.

Published in: on December 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm  Comments (1)  
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