Today is my birthday, and as I begin the journey into this new decade I honestly have no ill feelings. I have so many joys in my life, and am pretty much right where I would have expected to be at this point. I have a husband who I love very much, three children who challenge and inspire me daily, a home that we can continue  to make memories in, family that supports me no matter what, and amazing friends that I am so thankful to have in my life. Seriously, how could I not be thrilled with life as it is? Two bonuses are that we have absolutely zero debt (outside of our house and a small loan on our car) and that I get to be the President of a fabulous group of Multilples Mamas.

I mentioned I have awesome friends, and here is what I mean. Two of my absolute favorite people in the world are coming to Vegas to help me celebrate my birthday. Robin and Erin have been there for me for over 10 years. I found a couple old pictures to share with you, because everyone knows I love embarrassing pictures 🙂

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And check them out years ago with their little babies!


Remember how I said they were awesome? Those two little girls both started kindergarten this week! And their mamas are still taking time to come visit me for my birthday. I love you ladies!

Published in: on August 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Goodbye, Old Friend

Last night we sold our Pathfinder.

It is a huge blessing to us, even more so because we got so close to our asking price. The car (which Russell bought almost a decade ago) had many, many miles on it, no AC and only two doors. It was not a reasonable car for either of us to be driving, so it sat. Unregistered, uninsured, and not driven for over a year. It was time to part ways.

On the other hand, it was hard to let go. Both Russell and I had a deep love for that car. He got it just months after we started dating, and it has taken us from California to Texas to Colorado to Nevada, and on countless adventures in between. I remember in our early months/years of dating looking into the backseat and imagining our future children sitting back there someday. It was a good car will be missed.

New Mexico BLM trip, 2008

Colorado 4WD adventure

Baby me being silly in the pathfinder (and my brother-in-law in the background)

Baby Russell telling me how he really feels

Fulfilling my dream of seeing our kids in the backseat.

Published in: on February 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm  Comments (1)  

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)  

Thanksgiving in March

I have been MIA for quite some time now, and have actually been procrastinating this post for a few days. I thought about doing a “thankful” post while on our drive home, but have been feeling overwhelmed with the amount of things I am thankful for. Not something to complain about – I know! Anyways, I am just going to get started and add over the next few days if I need too.

I am thankful…

… that when we drive to Vegas from LA we are going against the traffic. I do not envy the people going the other way!

… to my family who DO drive the other way about once a month to come visit us.

… our house felt just as good as I had imagined it feeling when we got home.

… for the case of Durango Wheat Beer I rediscovered in the guest room closet, brought to us by our friends the Collins.

… that I am done nursing and can enjoy said wheat beer. (I just opened one!)

… that I was able to exclusively pump for over a year and give our girls what I believe to be the best start possible.

… for the connections I have made through my Mothers of Multiples groups.

… to Holly and Allison for providing me support and encouragement, for being friends.

… for the various people who have lent/gifted us money, resources, and time during this unstable period in our lives.

… to Russell’s parents who covered our airfare to TX and made it possible for us to attend Brad and Jessica’s wedding, and introduce the girls to more of their family- including 3 great grandparents!

… for all our family and friends who made time to come visit us as we made our way down CA and back to Las Vegas.

… to my very best friends Robin and Erin. They have been with me through so much and are always there when I need love, advice, laughter and even criticism.

… for my parents.

I cannot begin to explain how thankful I am to the amazing people I have guiding me in my life. They always make me feel loved. I know that they are behind me even if they disagree with my choices. (When I wanted to move to TX when I was just 19 to follow some guy?) <— Didn’t turn out too bad since I ended up marrying him! I know they would be there at the drop of a hat if I needed them. They give me feedback, council, and truck loads of encouragement. They adore my husband and treat him just like he was their own son. When I am crying and need someone to talk to, when we needed help moving in and out, when I feel like I have no where else to turn – my parents are there. And you can tell, whether it is some sodas for the road or an envelope full of cash, it brings them so much joy to be there for us. So Mom & Steve, Dad & Joanne – I love you all so much. Thank you for being exactly what I need and the best parents I can imagine!

… for my daughters.

I am not ignorant. I know the risks and statistics for a pregnancy like mine. I have read too many stories about families losing one or both babies. I look at those girls and feel joy and thanks EVERY day. They blow my mind how healthy, smart, sweet and brave they are. I feel so lucky I get to spend every day with them and I look forward to getting to know them more and more as time goes on.

… for my amazing husband.

I am choosing to keep this one short and sweet. Some things I would like to keep special just for us. But I will tell you I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life by his side.

Published in: on March 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm  Comments (3)  

A Good Kind Of Day

Today is turning out to be fabulous so far. Russell is (mostly) off and we began our day with a fun family outing to celebrate Kylie’s come home day. It is actually tomorrow, but the thing we wanted to do to celebrate wasn’t available tomorrow. Stay tuned to see what her special outing was, and of course see pictures! We had a lot of fun and so did the girls- they made their Mama so proud!

Anyways, when we got home I found out I won a Starbucks giftcard thanks to my friend over @ TwingleMommy. Woohoo! I think a yummy apple cider might be in my near future. Stop on by and check out her blog. She has boy/girl twins just a little older than my girls- plus a 3 year old daughter! Her daughter likes to climb and be crazy like our girls, so she always has something entertaining going on over there.

I got a package with two adorable hats that my step mom made to match these beautiful dresses she did for their birthday. We put them on the girls and they just knew they were cute! I don’t have a picture with the hats yet, but you can expect one sometime in the future.

I also have the early makings of some Buckeyes in my fridge. These terrible and delicious treats are a new-found favorite of mine, and since we have had to cut back our ice cream budget, Russell and I are both aching for some yummy peanut butter and chocolate goodness.

Hopefully the rest of the day turns out as well as this first part has gone. Happy weekend everyone!

Published in: on March 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm  Comments (1)  

Special Delivery!

This morning the girls received a special package from a friend of my parents. This woman, Delia, has not only hand-made this beautiful quilt as a wedding present,

coordinating quilts for the girls when they were born,

but she decided to make them a Christmas present too. This is a woman I have met maybe twice, my husband and girls have never met. She signed the card “Aunt Delia & Uncle Rich”. Can you imagine the love and generosity? I feel so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life who have such beautiful hearts. She made the girls a giant stuffed turtle.

At first, of course, the girls were much more interested in the box it came in.



But soon they discovered how much fun it is to bounce, jump and climb on Mr. Turtle.

What a great gift for their age group! I see this poor turtle taking quite a beating over the next few years, but at least he will be loved. Thanks so much Delia!!!

Published in: on December 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm  Comments (5)  


This evening I am feeling very thankful to have the wonderful family I do. I am totally in love with my husband and my baby girls, but I also feel so thankful for our extended families. Recently we have been blessed in a number of ways, by a number of people. I won’t go into how each person has blessed us, but if they are reading this post they know who they are. We are surrounded by such selfless, generous, joyful-giving people and I never want to take any of them for granted. So to everyone who has touched our lives, this post is for you. I Love You, and Thank you!

Published in: on September 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

LV MOM’s Fall Picnic

Today was the Las Vegas Mothers of Multiples fall picnic. It was the second event our whole family has gone to since I joined the club. I had such a good time. Russell, the girls and his parents were all there too, but I don’t think they enjoyed it quite as much as I did.

Being around other twin parents is so much fun because we can share stories from early births, to NICU stays, to twin behavior, to stupid questions people ask us. And it is so nice to be in a place where having twins is the norm and for me to not feel like we are on display. I am very thankful to have found this group, and that it has so many wonderful ladies in it for me to get to know better.

Published in: on September 20, 2010 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Welcome to the world!

I’d like to introduce to you one of the newest little people out there… Desmond Hellar. He is the son of Erin and Shaun and the little brother to big sister Aubrey. He was born Sept. 11, 2010 at 12:37pm. He was 8lb 8oz and 20.5 inches. Congrats to the whole family, and welcome to the world Des!

here is a pic of Aubrey, just because she’s so cute!

Published in: on September 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm  Comments (1)