Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What we do...

This is about the extent of the twins' day. They sit, roll, and now try to crawl around and explore all their toys. It wont be long before they are mobile and running around the house, and that is when the real fun will start, oh my not sure if I am ready for that. They also run, and I do mean run, in their walkers now. They run around the dining room and kitchen, they are now grabbing at stuff, trying to open cupboards, and run over anything or anybody in their way, and that includes the poor dog. They chase him down and corner him, poor poor puppy if he only knew it is about to get worse.

Any minute now they will be crawling. They are trying so hard and Ashton has about got it down, and Dylan is not far behind him. Today I thought Ashton was going to crawl right over the pillow to the Christmas tree, he got half way over and then saw something else and rolled down the pillow. Yup he is my lil' goof. Can't believe they are almost crawling already, milestone are going to just fly by now.
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Can we help???

It was the last weekend before Christmas and I had lots and lots of cookies to bake. Good thing I had helpers. Yeah I think it took me twice as long this year.
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First trip to see Santa...

They didn't make a sound, they just stared at him and pulled his beard, and looked at him like wow who are you. Daddy told him what they wanted, and what mommy wanted, a nanny. *chuckle* The twins want Thomas the train track to add to their big brothers old collection, push toys, and things that make noise and light up. We will see it they have been naughty or nice and get it all or not.
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Visit to Santa

Ethan standing as promise *laugh*.
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For my brothers...

Well obviously Ethan knows the real story about Santa, but he will play along for his little brothers. It was so cute when we were talking about going to see Santa, Ethan said I am not sitting on his lap but I will stand next to him so you can get a picture. So funny he knows me so well to know of course mom will want a picture...to funny. He also don't say anything about... ya know the secret about Santa in front of the twins, as if they would understand, how considerate of him. I am so proud of him, there are times he drives me bonkers with his attitude, but overall he has such a big heart and is so considerate and polite to others. Ethan mommy is so very proud of all you are, and all you will be, even though I know I don't tell you nearly enough!!!
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Christmas concert...


This is Ethan right before his Christmas concert, how handsome is this?!?! Me and my twin brain had the dates mixed up and so Jeff at the last minute did get off work, thank goodness for more than one reason. I would of hated for him to miss it, he has never missed one yet, and this was the first time that we got to see Ethan play the drum. He has a practice pad, but me having the twins is not as on the ball as I once was. There was a day he would have had his drum bought months ago, but when I get out I usually have to rush home, and I forget half the stuff I need, let alone remember extra stuff. *Shhhhhhh don't tell there is a drum under the tree for him. I can't wait to see his face when he opens it.* Oh and the second reason I was so glad Jeff got off work should be obvious, I was not looking forward to taking the twins on my own. Good thing to we sat there for 2 hours and they were tired and crabby, but did okay because Jeff and one and I had the other, they would have never made it through without us holding them in our laps.

I look at this picture and and can't believe how big Ethan has gotten, and that he is already 10. Where did the time go?? Before we know it the twins will be standing in front of the tree for a picture for there school concerts, and Ethan well he will be 20 and off to college, wow if that don't make a person feel old *laugh*
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Finally...


Dylan and Ashton out to play in the snow. First I put them in the stroller, yeah good idea we kept getting stuck, then daddy got out the sled and weeeeeeeeeee away they went. Ashton did a half face plant and got a forehead and one eye full of snow, but he was a trooper and kept on sledding. Dad pulled them for awhile, then he had an idea... hook the sled up to the dog *laugh* This was funny Kong actually pulled them up and down the alley. We got 14 inches of snow on Monday and Tuesday and it has been to cold to go out or windy. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Today wasn't to bad, and daddy has to work all weekend long *darn it* so we got out to play just a bit. Big brother Ethan missed out he had school, hopefully we will all get out to play together before it melts away. Hopefully the snow will stick around long enough, or we get lots more, I want a white Christmas this year!!!

Snow angels

Mom couldn't wait to get a picture of the twins making snow angels, but twins didn't want to lay down and make them. Oh well, they are cute little sitting snow angels.
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Sled dog...

Kong likes to get out and play in the snow too. He is just making himself useful pulling the twins in the sled.
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We got stuck...

The Duo Glider LX in not a all terrain rig we just discovers. Daddy had to scoop a path and we still got stuck!!!
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Now it feels like winter...

All this warm weather was making it very hard to believe that Christmas was near. Well after today there is no doubt it is December, at least 8 inches on the ground and still falling. It is so pretty out, it is such a fluffy snow, and it is blowing and swirling around. I am hoping that it isn't to cold so we can get out and play in it tomorrow. Yeah sledding!!! I love the snow, and I love sledding, but we won't be enjoying it much until tomorrow when daddy gets home safe and sound from work to play in it with us. Oh and Yeah for snow days at school, Ethan home today and tomorrow for sure, we can only hope for Thursday too, yeah that might be a stretch. *laugh* HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!!

Almost time...

I am always eager for Christmas to come, especially this year for the twins' first Christmas. It is so adorable watching them play in front of the tree each night. I couldn't wait to put the tree up just to see it sparkle in their little eyes. They are good little boys when it comes to the tree, sometimes Dylan will go for this one ornament, a big snowflake, but that is it. And Ethan is the only one who rummages in my perfectly organized and wrapped presents, but I am glad to see it, this is the first year he seems to care. I think it is because he is a spoiled child and knows whatever he asked for is under there somewhere. Well it is almost time to open all those presents.
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Just to cute not to share...

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All 3 of my boys...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Not one but two...

That is what Jeff and I said to each other all through my pregnancy. It still is amazing when I sit and watch them to think wow "not one but two". Each day they have learned something new, or have a cute thing they get stuck on and do all day, they are growing from babies into little boys so quickly. We have had many rough patches with no sleep, the fussiness, the reflux, and the formula issues, but it is all worth it to see moments like this, as they sit and play with each other. It is so amazing to see how they are discovering each other and learning to play with each other, and to see their SO VERY different personalities shine through. Ashton by far is the more aggressive give it or I will take it type, and Dylan sits back and investigates each toy so patiently and when Ashton takes it from him, he moves on to the next toy. They are truely amazing little people that are so precious and we are truely blessed to have not one, but two precious little boys. Having two babies does come with many challenges to overcome and I am day by day trying to tackle them; the lack of sleep is a killer, to get up every hour or two then have to function to take care of them and deal with the crazy schedule of having twins is so hard. Also everything has changed so much, we were so used to just going and doing what we wanted like packing up and enjoying a nice day of fishing just Jeff and I, oh how I miss those days, or deciding at the last minute to pack up the camper and take Ethan camping for the night, or something as simple as sitting to watch a movie together. All of these things seemed so trivial, but now it's just hard to get packed up to head to the store. Two babies are far from twice as hard as one, it is balancing all of the things that need to be done times two but not having a spare moment to get things done because not always do they decide they want to nap or be content without you at the same time, oh and not just having to feed two screaming fussy babies but to do it at the same time. I would be lying to say it has all been pleasant, and that I don't really miss the time we all used to have together and the things we could do, and how we always rush and hurry just to get everything done and just seem to get through the day really sucks at times, and never getting a moment to myself or to just kick back and relax with Jeff, but I wouldn't change a thing even if I could. We will get through all this hectic stuff and be doing those things together again and it will be three times the fun with our three boys to enjoy it with.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thomas is back in the house...


Awwww I remember when Ethan played with his trains all of the time, and Thomas was on TV daily (really after all these years I still know the theme song laugh*) We had Thomas birthday parties, Thomas bedding, Thomas toys for birthday, Christmas, and of course just because. Jeff and I used to go into the store with Ethan and watching him go crazy over all the Thomas things he wanted to add to his collection. I could never bring myself to get rid of his trains, they are the wood ones (a bit expensive I may add), figured someday he could do what ever he wanted with them. Who would have thought we would have two more lil' Thomas fans in the house to put them to good use. They already watch Thomas on the TV and they smile (here we go again round #2 and #3 for Thomas in this house), I can see already that this Thomas collection will be growing more. One question remains who will keep the track when they get older, who will claim it as theirs. Hmmm???? Really it just brought back so many memories seeing it set up, little blond Ethan awwwww so cute he was, now all grown into a handsome double digit as he calls it (10 year old). And see the crane in the picture Ethan wanted that sooooooo bad, it is Cranky the crane he was a cute but "cranky" character Ethan just had to have for his collection. I am excited to start the Thomas phase all over again. Shhh don't tell but Thomas was always my favorite phase.
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Monday, November 30, 2009

What's new...

The twins are growing and changing so fast it is so hard to believe. They are sitting on their own, interacting with each other, walking in their walkers. Oh the walkers are soooo very cute they just scoot and scoot all over. Watch out they will run you over, not to mention the poor puppy. And today Ashton started to babble "dada dada dada". Before we know it we will be hearing "dad" and "mom" awwwww how cute it will be. I am so waiting for the day they reach out for a hug. Such cute little boys we have. And Ethan wow he is changing so too. Big brother Ethan is already getting all geared up for soccer. He is planning on starting to play Spring and Fall, and possibly starting club soccer in the Summer. GO Ethan!!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Oh no, not again...

Ashton and Dylan have really discovered their puppy Kong. Here you can see I don't think that Kong is always so thrilled about that. Ashton is playing/pulling him. I don't think Kong minds that much he usually sits there and takes it, and rarely moves. He also is a good babysitter, when the boys are crying and I am not right by them Kong sits by them and howls at me as if to say HELLO come and help these little ones. Such a smart little doggy. He also hears them stir around in their crib and runs in to check on them, I can tell when they are awake before I even hear them, thank to Kong.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas tree is up....

We have put the tree up!!! I have been waiting to see the twinkle of Christmas lights in the twins' eyes for soooooo long. It was adorable to see their little faces light up. Dylan and Ashton didn't make it to see the tree being decorated, they were to tired. We got the tree up, lights on, and the twins put their first ornaments on, and then it was bedtime for them cranksters. This year it took ALL day to put it up will all the interruptions *2 little interruptions named Dylan and Ashton*, but we got it done. I started at 9 am in the morning and we put the star at the top at 10 pm. And wrapped presents until 1:30 am because there has to be presents under the tree the next morning you know. I have my way of doing things when it comes to putting the tree up, and everybody else just go along with it and at least act like you are enjoying it please. There has to be plenty lights, ornaments hung just so, star put on by Ethan, and present wrapped and place under tree right away to make it just right, and mom likes it done with a smile *laugh*. I know at times I go a bit overboard but I love doing this, and it makes it so special to be doing it as a family, just my way of creating wonderful family memories, someday everybody will look back and remember decorating the tree and that it what makes it all worth spending ALL day doing it. Oh and of course lots and lots of pictures need to be taken also!!!
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving is near....

Well November has pasted it's halfway mark and Thanksgiving will already be here next week. Wow how fast that went by, it doesn't even feel like fall has started with our warm weather. Well we have lots to be thankful for here in the Merry family. We have went from a family of three to a family of five with our two new additions, and they are a handful, or more like two hand fulls, but we have to be thankful that all has went well with them and the twins are two healthy, thriving, growing little boys, and Ethan is growing so fast and before we know it he will be a teenager *oh no*. I am so thankful for all my boys, and for Jeff for being the wonderful hubby and father that he is, and all he does for his family. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Puppy love

Dylan and Ashton are really starting to want to play with their puppy, Kong. They love to pet and talk to him, but often they will get a hold of his hair or collar on not let go, Kong doesn't seem to mind he just lays there and takes it.
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Look who is sitting...

Ashton started to sit on his very own yesterday!!! Dylan started to sit by himself today!!! It is so cute watching them sit and play and babble at each other. When they sit facing each other they often giggle at each other.
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Mr. Serious and Mr. Smiley goof

This is the usual picture, Dylan being serious and curiously inspecting everthing; then you have Ashton smiling away being goofy.
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Merry Monkey Gym

Dylan and Ashton playing in there Merry Monkey Gyms, and yes that is what they are really called. *laugh* The boys have really started to enjoy them lately. Dylan's favorite part is the mirror that rattles, Ashton just likes to wreck it all and knock it over on himself. Ashton is a crazy little monkey!!!
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Our Twin journey....



A little over a year ago we decide that maybe our family could use one more member. Well daddy and big brother have thought this all along but mom just started to agree.*laugh* About 4 weeks after deciding to expand our family, it was a sure thing, there was baby on the way! That was exciting new in itself we couldn't wait to share the news. And best of all was knowing everybody would be SOOOOOOOO shocked to hear that we had decided to have a little one. The reactions was to funny everybody was huh, no, really. Then there were a few things that made unsure all was ok so in to doctor for a early ultrasound to find the heartbeat. I was so nervous then laying there the doctor kept telling me two hearts, he said it 3 times. I said I didn't hear anything. The nurse finally pointed and said two hearts, there are two babies. ( I didn't hear anything... DUH they were saying they SAW to heartbeats on the ultrasound) I don't really remeber being shocked just relieved that everything was okay, well doubley okay. I went by myself I could not get home fast enough I just had to tell Jeff. I woke him and showed him the picture I said there is a baby, and there is another baby. He looked at me and said no way. We called my parents to tell them, but his mom well she had to be told in person. She had always said you will be the ones, you will have twins. Which was funny because for the last 9 years I swore no more kids. Well she showed us I would say.
So all was good just a few minor problems with preterm labor, but all went well and the twins made it to 36 weeks, which is great for twins. And 6 months later we have 2 beautiful baby boys. I guess somebody thought that just one more wasn't enough for us. So now we have 3 handsome boys. Before we found out that they were boys I secretly hoped they would both be boys. HEHEHEHEH

HAPPY 1/2 BIRTHDAY


6 MONTHS OLD TODAY!!! I can't believe it, it went so fast. Mom had a big plan of a party, cute pics, and laughs! Well two little boys had doctors appointments today, and them bad old nurses gave them shots. Awwww poor babies. Well we had cute outfits on but we took them off to eat, then, got cranky so mom didn't want to make it worse so we just stayed in jammies. As the cake was baking the mood went from cranky to totally ticked!! So there was a quick minute decorating job on the cake, hats thrown on and a quick tune, and a picture. Oh and they were so mad they didn't even enjoy the frosting until mommy and daddy picked them up to put them to bed. Then they decided to take a few breaks in between sobs to lick some sweetness. So babies were off to bed early and missed out on the party, but they can try again tomorrow, mommy didn't let anybody touch the cake.

Hmm what do we have here??

Awww little Ashton is wanting to dig in the toy basket and pick his own toys out. And you know what will happen then.....Dylan will take them from him!!!
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Soccer Pro



Last night Ethan and I were just talking about sports and things him and his friends play. They have been on a football kick lately. Him and a big group play everyday after school for at least 2 hours. I say yeah, no video games. Anyways Ethan informed me that he like football but he really likes soccer, and he said he want to play pro soccer. I thought that was so cute. He is such a cute little soccer player too!!!