30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 30!

Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days.

The past 365 days have surely had their up and their downs. A high-risk pregnancy and bed-rest. The birth of our beautiful, amazing little girls. A heartbreaking NICU stay. The day all four of us were home for the FIRST TIME. The day the girls were dedicated to God. The first smiles. The loss of Russell’s job. The beginning of crawling. Managing to survive on unemployment for months. New friends. The first “Mama” and “Dada”. Russell getting accepted into Ranger Academy. An exhausting move. First steps.

It has been a big year. I can tell you there have been no shortages of tears or loud voices, of smiles or laughter. And plenty of photos to remember it all.

Sleep, on the other hand seems to have gotten neglected these past 365 days…

As for the next year of my life I look forward to many new adventures. Russell’s completion of his program and hopefully an exciting new job for him. Returning to our lives and friends in Las Vegas. It would be nice to start making deposits into our savings account rather than withdrawals. ūüôā Maybe Russell and I will be able to spend a night (or even a weekend- gasp!) away from the girls. I look forward to deepening relationships with the people around us. We might start making some more improvements around our house. Maybe we will have to change the guest room into a room for the girls, and maybe we will begin thinking about bringing a new baby home to occupy the nursery. We will probably have to get another second car (our one now has over 250,000 miles on it!). Maybe we will even get a new puppy!

But most of all I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Kylie and Alyssa. They have changed and grown SO much this past year, I cannot even imagine where they will be a year from now. What will they like, what won’t the like, who will have broken any bones? These are all things I wonder about their future. I do hope they always, always, always feel safe and loved. I want them to never doubt the love Russell and I have for them, or for each other. I hope to be a great example of a woman, a wife, a mother and a human being to my daughters.¬† I want them to be brave enough to try new things on their own, and humble enough to know when they need help. I want them to be strong and independent and compassionate. I want them to be thankful for what they do have in life, and sympathetic to those who are less fortunate. Maybe it’s a little too ambitious to expect that from two year olds, but the root of it is I want to be the mom that can help my girls be all these things.

So come on, stick it out with us and let’s see what the future has in store for all of us at Twinfinite Fun.

Published in: on February 4, 2011 at 8:30 am  Comments (2)  

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 29!

A person I love.

No surprise here, the person I love most in the whole world is my wonderful husband.

He loves adventure,

and coffee,

and his puppy.

He is sometimes extra hairy,

and can almost always make me laugh.

He is the father of my children,

my best friend,

my husband.

I love you so much, Russell. Thank you for working so hard for our family… we are ALL proud of you.

Published in: on February 3, 2011 at 8:49 am  Comments (2)  

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 28!

A place I love.

These are very easy at then end! One of my favorite places in all the world is my family’s cabin in Big Bear, Ca. It is like stepping back in time when you walk in. Literally, most of the furniture, appliances and sometimes even food are more than 30 years old. I am not joking. I once found a package of Jell-Well (jell-o) that expired in 1974.

There is just one bathroom and three bedrooms, although we have been known to cram quite a few people into that little cabin. Every room has more than one bed, and the couches and floor can always accommodate people as well. One room is called “the arctic” because it is around the corner from the only heater and is always cold. There are closets filled with fabulously old winter clothes in about every size imaginable. I can’t wait to take the girls up there and dress them in snow bibs, mittens and anything else we can find.

Thank you to my cousin Krista for providing these pictures!

Published in: on February 2, 2011 at 10:21 am  Comments (1)  

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 27!

A child I love.

O.k. this one is the easiest ever. There is no child I love more than my two little girls.

Here is our first picture together. Kylie Paige on the left and Alyssa Grace on the right… well, that’s me on the far right.

Published in: on February 1, 2011 at 7:34 am  Comments (1)  

30 Blog Challenge, Day 26!

A funny (true) story.

I have put this one off for a while. To be honest, unless a post is of a serious nature, I usually try to be pretty funny. While that might not always work out like I want, at least I am trying. So today’s post feels very open ended. I guess I will mention something I thought was funny this morning.

We have a book for the girls. Actually we have quite a few books for them, but we only brought a handful with us on our move. One of those books in called “My Little Word Book” and it has lots of pictures of things they might see and the word that goes along with it. Truck, Sun, Ball, Man, etc. As you might be able to imagine, with two nearly one year olds (yikes! is their birthday really less than 10 days away!?!) things like books -even those made for kids- can get destroyed fairly easily. Such is the case with this book. In fact yesterday Russell had mentioned maybe we only let the girls “read” books with adult supervision. I argued that while they might be rough on them, the girls absolutely LOVE looking at their books and really study them, so we decided to let them be. Well… as it turns out the girls might not be the only ones to blame for the destruction of their books. Today I caught our cat Leila chewing on said book. And wait for it… here is the part that made me use it for the funny story. The part she was chewing on was the picture of the cat.

Published in: on January 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm  Comments (1)  

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 25!

A Favorite Photo.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought we already did this one back on day 7. And of course, I added a few pictures then because I am indecisive.

Well, since I have a second opportunity to choose a favorite photo, I am going to pick a couple of my favorites from when the girls were first born.

Kylie has always been bursting with personality.

And my sweet Alyssa has always been a tiny little princess.

Published in: on January 29, 2011 at 9:44 am  Comments (1)  

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 24!

A Travel Story.

On our recent move to California, my dad, Russell, the girls and I stopped at a place called Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner. It is a diner in the middle of nowhere (actually a town called Yermo) between Las Vegas and LA. Let me also mention, Russell has ALWAYS made fun of this place every time we made the drive. Not only does he not like the whole 50’s scene, but Peggy Sue’s has an obnoxious amount of signs for miles and miles. Well, it turns out that anytime my family (usually my dad, step-mom and grandmother) drive out to see us they LOVE to stop at Peggy Sue’s. So since my dad came out to help us move and all, when he wanted to stop there on the way back Russell had to oblige. To make things even better we took pictures of Russell with every life size statue they had. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.

Is he pointing at her butt???

I can attest, that is how Russell normally dances.

I said every statue, didn’t I?

And here is one of me with Betty Boop.

We all had such a good time. The atmosphere is so fun, the people are very friendly (although my dad’s favorite waitress was not there that day) and the food was delicious. I had the very yummy “Mickey Mouse Club Sandwich”. I think we will have many more Peggy Sue’s visits in our future.

Published in: on January 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm  Comments (2)  

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 23!

A Favorite Video.

This is just one of many times I wish I had digital copies of old videos I have made. We can go way back in time to when my brother and I created a show called “Air Time”. I actually can’t remember the show at all, except that the intro involved us pointing the camera at the TV creating weird bars of colors all over the place. We filmed this of course, with a camera that had to be plugged into the VCR, which then had to be carried around where ever you wanted to film. There were, however, some amazing commercial breaks during Air Time. I could describe them, but only seeing them would do them justice.

From my high school days with my best friend Robin, I would also post “A Day in the Life of Professor Cone”. And the lesser known, but still awesome sequel, “Professor Cone Falls in Love”. (Professor Cone being a traffic cone we stole. Who also made an appearance here) The first video included a dirty traffic cone checking into a hotel, taking a shower, saluting a flag and hot tubing with tourists. In the sequel the cone is in a car accident, which leads him to find his true love “Nurse Cone-ita”.

The “You Give Love a Bad Name” music video would have to be included as well. The set, costumes, hair extensions and hospital room scene are complimented by an extremely talented cast, many of whom also appeared in the “Behind the Music: Bon Jovi” video we also made.

But sadly, I do not have digital copies of any of these fabulous videos. So I am forced to post something mediocre that I am sure everyone in the world has already seen, but it does make me laugh every time.

Click here to watch.

Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 22!

A Favorite Joke.

I must be super boring, because I do not have a favorite joke. Actually, I don’t know who does have favorite jokes… maybe comedians, but that is probably about it. Since I have no answer for today’s topic I am going to do something similar.

A Favorite Prank.

I actually love pranks, as long as they are not on me : ) I have been known to put saran wrap over a toilet seat or two in my time. But my favorite prank I ever pulled was with my partner in crime and best friend, Robin. We went to our favorite english teacher’s house one night, and tied his front door to his porch railing. Thus, keeping the door (which should open inward) from being able to open. We left just enough slack in the rope to allow the door to be opened enough to see a traffic cone dressed as a pirate, holding the remainder of the rope. We did not leave enough slack that scissors¬† or a knife could be used to cut the rope. We were nice enough to do this during summer vacation, so he wouldn’t have to deal with it when he tried to leave for work. We, however, did not account for the fact that his wife had to be at work. Anyways, a certain teacher had to climb out his bedroom window to untie his front door, and a certain wife said if we ever did anything to their house again she would call the police.

Next time I’ll tell you about the stuff we started doing to his car.

Published in: on January 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm  Comments (2)  

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 21!

A Favorite Recipe.

Today I am going to share our family’s new favorite (hopefully not secret!) recipe for Mac & Cheese, given to me by my fabulous Aunt Lynn. This is a woman after my own heart, a very cheesy mac & cheese!

3 cups elbow macaroni (barilla)

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 cup flour

3 1/3 cups whole milk

1 1/2 lb Extra sharp cheddar

Cook macaroni (aldente).

Combine butter, onion, salt and pepper and cook over low heat, until mixture is smooth & bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in flour and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil 1 min; remove from heat. Stir in 1 lb of cheese until melted.

Place macaroni in un-greased 9×13 pan. Stir in sauce mixture, top with remaining cheese. Cook uncovered 30 min @375.

Published in: on January 20, 2011 at 11:13 am  Comments (2)