We Wasted No Time

Our family has an almost weekly tradition of going out to dinner at Cici’s Pizza. There is one right across the street from us, and kids under 3 eat free always. Plus it is super kid friendly, so we never have to worry about the girls making a mess or a lot of noise. Another thing I LOVE is that there is no waiting. We walk in and as soon as we get the girls into high chairs we can start serving up their food. And then when we are all done we don’t have to wait to pay or anything, we can just walk out the door. It is a really fun family outing for very little money. Plus it is all you can eat, which is very good during pregnancy/nursing ūüôā

We went last weekend for the last time as a family of four, and this weekend for the first time as a family of five! Yep, four days post surgery and with our little newborn in tow, we all trekked out for family dinner.

First time all together in the car!

family picture

Kylie stuffing her face

Alyssa being silly (it wasn’t even loud at all)

Wyatt hanging out


Published in: on March 6, 2012 at 8:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Happy Home-iversary Alyssa!

Since the girls share a birthday, we wanted to give them each a special day of their own to celebrate them as individuals. We chose to use their “come home day” from the hospital, since they didn’t get to come home together. It is a nice way to celebrate something that was not so fun at the time. (having to leave them in the hospital) So today is Alyssa’s 2 year home-iversary.

I have been thinking a lot about the day Alyssa came home recently. We got a new computer and have a picture slideshow as our screensaver. The slideshow always starts with pictures of us bringing Alyssa home. Why it chooses to start there I have no idea. Anyways, I’ve been looking at how tiny she was and how happy we were to bring home our first baby ever. I’ve heard a lot of parents talk about being very nervous to bring home their baby, even being surprised the hospital let them leave with this tiny little fragile life. We did NOT feel that way. We were so excited to finally have just one of our daughters home with us where she belonged. Seeing these pictures has also gotten both Russell and I excited about Sprout being born and coming home as well.

Last year we celebrated Alyssa’s home-iversary with a trip to the Oakland Zoo. This year however, with me being about to pop, and Russell having to work we weren’t able to do anything quite as exciting. Although I am trying to make the most of the LAST day that it is just me and the girls home alone. Just the three of us. After today things will never be the same! But I still wanted to do a post and take a little walk down memory lane. I hope you enjoy!

Just got home! So tiny in that little car seat!

You mean I live HERE?

About to be swaddled.

Alyssa at one year… when we lived in Santa Rosa.

Mommy and Lissie at two years. (Does she look like she is pretending to shoot herself in the head?!)

Alyssa- I love you more and more everyday. You continue to amaze me in the things you say and do. I know you’ll be able to accomplish any dreams you have. I can’t imagine my life with you and look forward to seeing you in your new role as a big sister. I love you always and am so proud of you. Thank you for everything you add to my life. You make it wonderful!

Published in: on February 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm  Comments (1)  

It’s A Date

I saw my doctor again this morning for a routine appointment and everything looks great. I am not dilated at all, and he said the baby is “miles up there”, which is just music to my ears. I couldn’t be more thrilled to hear that little Sprout is in no hurry to come out and is going to stay and cook a little longer. Not to mention things will be so much smoother if we make it to the scheduled c-section since we will have family here to help then. If Sprout decides to come early we will be in a bit of a pickle since on the 25th my brother is getting married in Malibu. And yes, that does mean we will be missing his wedding, which is a major disappointment. But sometimes life happens and things just don’t work out the way you wish they would. My brother is marrying an amazing woman who I am overjoyed to take as my sister as well. I wish them all the best on their special day and for the rest of their lives. Anyways…. at my appointment today we also set a date and time to meet our newest munchkin! It is official. March 1st, 3:30pm. You may remember reading before about our date choice, and I am sad to say the 29th was not an option for us. The hospital won’t allow us the schedule until the first day of the last week before I am due, which is March 1st. So now it is up to Sprout if he/she wants to be a leap day baby. But for now, all is well in babyland and we are getting excited to meet our little one.

Published in: on February 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm  Comments (2)  

For The Families

With Veteran’s Day just past, I wanted to send out a little message to another group of patriots who sacrifice daily for their country, but are given no day of acknowledgement.

The families.

Especially the wives (or husbands) who stay at home with young children. These people do something that many of us cannot imagine. Last night as I was reading before bed I came across a letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams in 1782, during one of their many long separations. I wanted to share one paragraph with you today.

“I will take praise to myself. I feel it is my due, for having sacrificed so large a portion of my peace and happiness to promote the welfare of my country which I hope for many years to come will reap the benefit, tho it is more than probable unmindfull of the hand that blessed them.”

Please let us all try to remember to honor, pray for, and serve these families who sacrifice something so large for their country.

Published in: on November 15, 2011 at 8:33 am  Leave a Comment  


You may have noticed I have been slacking lately in posting. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s months of Russell working 6 days a week, but we have all been feeling a little lazy around here. And to prove it here is a picture I snapped of the girls while I made dinner a few nights ago.

Too worn out to even get into trouble!

Published in: on July 17, 2011 at 9:24 am  Comments (3)  

A BIG Thank You

I want to take a moment to give a BIG thank you to all the people who treat my daughters as individuals.

Who make it a point to learn their differences.

Who ask questions about each of their likes and dislikes.

Who know them as “Alyssa” and “Kylie” … not just “the twins”.

Who study their pictures and don’t rely on Facebook tags to tell who is who.

Who love them for who they are, not what they are.

We are incredibly blessed to have so many of these people in our lives. Thank you for loving our girls like we love them.

Published in: on June 30, 2011 at 9:00 am  Comments (2)  

Top Three

The three most common phrases heard around our house are:

  • Don’t climb on that.
  • That’s not safe. (or another version of it, “dangerous”)
  • Please get down.

If you’ve ever talked to me on the phone while the girls are awake I am sure you have heard each of these at least once. So I am curious… What are your family’s top three?

Published in: on June 18, 2011 at 8:24 am  Comments (1)  

If There Is A Doggie Heaven…

… then I bet Annie and Oakley are out on a trail ride.

… maybe Annie and Dana are playing chase.

…then Annie’s tired old body is no longer holding back her playful, enthusiastic soul.

If there is a doggie heaven then one of the best, sweetest, and most loved dogs has found a new home.

There is always a sadness when you lose someone you love, and the loss of a pet is no different. But Annie lived a wonderful life in a home where she never doubted the love for her. You can’t ask for more than that. And I know she touched us all in a way that will continue to stay with us.

Play in peace forever, sweet Annie. We love you and miss you.

Published in: on June 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm  Comments (1)  

Maybe They Don’t Look Like The Mailman

I have always thought that the girls look exactly like my husband. When people tell me they think they look like me, I think they are crazy. It turns out there may be more of a family resemblance than I had thought. On our way through southern California last month, my grandmother (Nana, it’s her birthday today!) was showing us some old pictures. One of the photos was of my great grandmother (her mom) and as soon as I saw it I said “Oh my gosh, it’s Alyssa!” We pulled out a picture of Alyssa and compared the two. And well, you be the judge…

Published in: on April 25, 2011 at 8:31 am  Leave a Comment  

A New Generation

My sweet grandmother (Gram) gave all her grandchildren little rocking chairs when we were little. Even though we are all grown up now, I know for a fact some of our parents keep these chairs out on display to this day. Even though she is no longer with us, a new generation of grandbabies has begun. And as they often do in families, the tradition continues. My mom and step-dad (the girls’ Grammy and Grampy) gave them the same little rocking chairs for their first birthday. Since we were away from home on their birthday they were nice enough to wait until we were home to send the chairs. They arrived today.

And the girls enjoyed them immediately.

Thank you Mom and Steve. The girls love the chairs. And we will start saving for the inevitable trips to the hospital they will surely cause!

Published in: on April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm  Comments (1)