Saturday, May 26, 2018

Clean up-

Today I made a cbj cake. That's chocolate butter jelly cake. Mostly I did it because Charles does not like fruit with his chocolate cake and I can't eat peanut butter. So I made this cake halfsies. It is so sweet, but I liked it.  

 This is a couple of babies lounging. People love when they put their feet up. They comment on that and on their blue eyes. Last week at Institute, Cordelia spewed orange baby food all over Charles. She also threw up on a girl holding her a little earlier that night, but we thought it was a fluke. Like when they spit up randomly. Luckily we found out it wasn't a fluke...on Charles.. instead of on one of our friends. Thanks for that. It did come out in the wash.
 We found out after a couple of fevers and a visit to the doctor's office, that we had gathered up sicknesses like mommy's rose bouquet from Mother's Day. Cordelia and Bruce both had hand foot mouth disease, Bruce had a bad sore throat and cough, Cordy had an ear infection and a bacterial infection on her nose, and they both had terrible yeast infections. It was a rough week, but we are getting better.
 Feeding times are fun to do. Bruce and Cordelia are expressing more independence in their food choices. Bruce refuses to eat baby food from a spoon- his favorite expression of displeasure is hitting the spoon and knocking food everywhere. Mommy loves that trick.
 Cordelia loves giving us the fishy face and shakes her head when we offer her food. She also wants to feed herself, but refuses to eat anything lumpy. That limits her options for consumption. She will eat cheese. Besides that, we are hit and miss on foods. Surprisingly, she and Bruce are also gradually losing interest in nursing. Maybe that will push them on to trying new foods.
 This is the lovely red skittle slurpee at Taco Bell. If you get it between 2-5 pm, it costs $1. Yum, drinking red skittles is de best. Especially when the babies are asleep.
 Speaking of sleeping babies, this happened one morning when Bruce wouldn't go back to sleep after nursing. He played with Daddy and then fell asleep in his high chair while Daddy was dancing for him.
 Thanks for a wonderful Mother's Day Charles! He made me a wishing machine and got me roses and chocolate. He made me breakfast and lunch. He made me lemon cookies and let me sleep in. Well, the babies were pounding on the door and screaming, but he did his best.

 This picture is a little fuzzy, but makes me think of a mad scientist. I love it. Cordy pulls out her hair if I don't pull it back during meal times. Recently she's been pulling off the hat, but barrettes still work.
 Sunday clothes.. right before we stripped these babies down and fed them lunch

Friday, May 11, 2018

Calling all Hairpins-

You ladies know all about this. I am missing some hair bands and pins. Where do they go? Who knows- besides the hair supply dragon who lives in the wind, the one responsible for eating them.

I should admit that it's actually been a while since I invested in hair articles, but they have dwindled down to three or so.

Cordelia needs big barrettes for her beautiful bangs these days, or they go straight into her eyes. She used to wear a food hat for meals, so her hair didn't get gooped but recently she has been de-capitating herself during meal times. Luckily, it's just her cap and not her actual head.

Bruce has been feeding himself or shunning the spoon and gooping the floor. Thanks Bruce. It's not my favorite habit, but I should be used to it by now. Instead of spooning food into his mouth, I have been chopping up kids bits and letting him feed himself. Tonight, he dropped one morsel into his chair. Somehow, he got every other piece into his mouth. He's very advanced. Obviously.

Both of my precious cherubs charge doorways and open baby gates. They love eating paper and toes. Neither one can stand alone for long, but they both can do it. They still do better out and about, but lately it has become more difficult taking them to un-babyproofed places. Exhibit A: Book club- with a giant magazine table. Exhibit B: Play dates with fridge magnets. Exhibit C: Enrichment with random food or paper bits on the floor.

Charles finished his master's thesis today. We are excited to see more of Daddy. I myself have been packing a couple of boxes a week. We have reserved an apartment in Tucson, AZ and hope to move around June 30th.

No, our new apartment does not have laundry in the unit. At least we do have it on-site though. We will hopefully last like that a little longer until we can buy a house. Thankfully, the cost of living in Tucson is lower than here in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Turns out we eat a lot of Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies. We have been trying to get through our food storage before we move.

Posting a post

 Cordelia has been holding herself up on all sorts of things these days. It is weird to see her so independent and yet still tiny.
 This was the second time sister pooped, flipped over, peed on the changing table, and then smeared poo all over her leg. So she had a bath. She is currently adverse to being changed on her back. So is Bruce. It makes changing their diapers rather
 This is what I woke up to on the last morning of our week of house sitting for our friends the Mays. Their dog Charlie ate some chocolate coins and apparently didn't unwrap them all the way first. So it all came back up.
 Bruce is holding his older sister Sherry with love.
Cordy loves her sister too. I had planned to take a picture with her and Sherry when she was born, but I kept forgetting. Oops.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

It's been a bit-

My babies are a week away from being 7 months. How in the world did that happen? We are doing well and trying to declutter our house before our move to Tucson, AZ in July. I am also supposed to be researching apartments in the area, but I just make food and watch babies all day.

Bruce is a smiley guy at home and shy in public. He can sit up by himself now and still loves nursing all day every day. He's 18 lbs, jibber jabbers all over the place, and loves to cuddle his mommy.

Cordelia is smiley too and doesn't hold back for anybody. She has tons of hair and the longest eyelashes around. She can almost crawl and is all sorts of spry. She's always contorting herself and every once in a while gets stuck or face plants.

October I spent every spare moment watercolor painting for the craft fair I've done the last couple of years with my friends Holly, Sarah, and Kiwi. We also did body scrubs and hair bows. Mostly we sold body scrubs, but it was nice to have painting practice to air out my creativity. I also painted a couple of things for my brother Grant's Christmas present and my Dad.

The babies came with me to the craft fair and were extremely well behaved. They are usually like that when we go out. They do very well, then they crash at home. It is a good alternative to crashing while we're still out.

Thanksgiving was fun for us. We went down to the LA area to see Charles' brother Paul's family and my friend Peggi. It has been a long time and it was awesome to meet her charming husband and see her super cool house. Those were the best of times. The worst of times were the 6.5 or so hours it took to drive in pre-Thanksgiving traffic. Our babies did not do well on their first long car trip. We had screaming babies for most of it. It was also a time when we reflected often on the importance of acquiring baby car mirrors.

Christmas was another fun time to see Paul and family. We also saw my cousin Caryn and her family. We had loads of good food and had some fantastic conversations.

We flew to Houston after a couple of days and the flights were uneventful. In the airport, we did have some serious delays because of airport security and got to the gate as everyone was boarding. We even got there 2 hours before the flight was scheduled to leave. It turns out if you get stuck in a line where preferred passengers cut, you do not get processed in a timely manner.

I almost lost my cool a couple of times, but the worst was when the lady hand-inspecting our carry-on bags went on a 10 minute break midway through checking our stuff after 6 groups of preferred flyers had cut and my babies were starting to fuss. We just stood there.. for like 30 minutes. It was the ultimate in ridiculous situations.

The silliest part was the guy who checked our id at the beginning changed stations multiple times and was there to help us take apart all our baggage to go through the x-ray machine. He then finally changed stations again, after the lady took her 10 minute break, and hand-inspected our baggage. Thank goodness we didn't miss our flight.

When we got to Houston, our babies had fevers. We took them separately to the emergency room and got ear infection and flu medicine for them both. We would have taken them together, but Bruce didn't have a high temperature until the morning after we took Cordy. So that was fun. Poor Cordelia, she was still dealing with acid reflux issues and teething, so she had a pretty miserable vacation. Bruce had cold rags on his head for a couple of days, but he also sleeps more than his sweet sister.

We watched many movies and played fun family games. We had a rootbeer judging contest. These babies are now eating mashed food and almost crawling. I might've cried yesterday because Bruce was cuddling next to me and it was so sweet.

Netflix original movie review

True Memoirs of an International Assassin- So good. It was about an author who got kidnapped because of a book he wrote.

Bright- So bad. I got an hour into the movie and had to turn it off. It was a thinly veiled movie completely about racism. Not an interesting plot. Acting blah. It has Will Smith, so I was expecting a more interesting watch.

Other movies

Stonehurst Asylum- I don't like scary or gory movies. This wasn't either, just suspenseful. The ending was unexpected in a great way.

Think Like a Man- A funny and silly romantic comedy about how to make different types of men commit.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

To two too cute cuties and the handsome one

I just delved into my phone. It turns out someone took a million pictures of my babies with it. So I posted some of those pictures. We have Breanna and Stacy here currently holding babies. It's loads of fun. We've have a lot of help before and since these babies were born. Our ward has visited, brought meals, done our laundry twice a week, and just dropped by to help. We've also had family here constantly since these babies arrived and it has made all the difference.

 I have recently experienced the joys of spit up. See below for an artistic rendition of love by regurgitation.

 Skinny jeans never looked so good.
 I don't want to brag, since it was such a hard road to get there. However, I started at 155 lbs, weighed in at 174 lbs right before birthing these babies, and am currently at 138 lbs. That's what constant heartburn and twin cramming does to you. Here I am at 2 months post partum.

 Boxing lessons anyone?

 My Dad, taking care of babies for 3 weeks.
 Cookie, holding babies all week and loving it.
 Epic Christmas part deaux 2015 never before seen pictures.

 Charles and I recently celebrated our 4 year anniversary. Charles and I have the same anniversary as the sister/brother-in-law pictured here. This year, he was in Tucson for our anniversary and his birthday. Since my sister was in town, and since we share a wedding anniversary, we went to see Valerian. It was actually pretty good, even though everyone who we told hadn't liked it. Thanks for letting us see an alien movie and celebrate our anniversary without you Charles!

 St. Patrick's Day is a great day to slaughter muppets. Delicious eats. Charles is a great cook and a thoughtful husband. These pictures are from 2 years ago, but he is as wonderful as ever. Thanks for cooking for me my whole pregnancy, even when I couldn't eat anything you made Charles. Also, thanks for finishing my breakfasts when you cooked me one egg and I couldn't fit it all in my shrunken stomach. You are a pregnant lady's dream!

 These are the before and after pictures from when I donated my hair in 2014. Charles was shocked and appalled by my haircut. He now texts my hairdressers and pretends to be me. In those texts he tells them not to let me do any drastic cuts. Thanks for watching out for me and keeping me from making silly decisions Charles.

 This is a picture from when I visited my friend Emily for my other friend/mission companion Astrid's wedding. We had so much fun and I had an awesome visit. Thanks for letting me visit Utah without you for 4 days Charles. I know it was hard for you to sleep without me shoving you to the edge of our queen-sized bed.

 Charles is an expert waffle making machine and makes them for all our guests. They are fluffy, freeze well, and taste divine. Thanks for being such a handsome waffle maker for your sweet wife and visitors.
 This was the time I got a wax. It was spectacular and totally worth it. I will one day do that again. My friends are supreme weirdos, just like me. Thanks for being weird with me Charles.

 My sisters and I had the opportunity to paint together one day. It was the best. Charles has always been supportive of me, my family, my artistic development, and all other aspects of my development. Thanks for letting me grow Charles!
 When I was cleaning a Cutco spreader in our sink our first year of marriage, I cut my finger. Charles no longer lets me open cans, clean knives, cut large items, or grate cheese. Thanks for protecting my appendages Charles! I love you and have kept the rest of my fingers because of you!
Happy 4 years and 2 babies to us my sweet husband! I love you so much and can't wait to pick you up and take you home on Saturday. Woot! Love you my little Reeses addict! Oots poots!