Being home all the time is really driving me crazy, so I have been trying to get away more now that all of Ethan's sports are done for a bit. With the twins it is hard to get away, and I feel like a huge burden where ever I go, they are soooooooo much work. I know I am always welcome at my parents and they don't mind the craziness that comes with our visits, so we pack up and head west 110 miles. The packing sucks, the drive sucks more, but it is so worth it to have a little help and company, oh and be less than 10 miles from a gorgeous lake! I have been going to that lake my entire life and love it, I love sharing the beauties of it with my boys and hope that they grow and appreciate it as I have. I always say I can't wait until I have to get four camp sites, one for us and one for each of our boys and their families, oh I hope that is how it all works out for us!!! Well a typical day for us while we are there is go in and out all day and swim, run through the sprinkler, and play in the yard, then in the evening load up and head out to the lake and play in the sand and splash in the lake. I have a huge addiction to taking photographs, and I always scared I am going to sit my camera down and miss the cutest shot, but sometimes I justhave to put the camera down and have fun and play. Each time I go I come home with 300 to 500 photographs to sort through, I can't help myself they are such cuties *laugh*. I couldn't pick just one or two pictures to share on my blog so I made a slide show of a few of my favorites. I can't wait for our next trip there in a week and a half. YEAH our big camping trip of the year, a week all together!!! This will be our first trip of the year and I am a bit nervous on how this is going to work out with the twins sleeping without their cribs. I know they will have fun, they love it there, they even got to the point that as soon as they see the beach and water they squirm and want down to take of and run and play. They have it all figured out now!!! I have so much planned and I can't even imagine the amount of photos I will come home with after this trip!
I have thought about changing the name of this blog so many times, because really at times it just doesn't seem to fit, All About Us... and the things we love to do together. Then I think it is about "us", we are just aren't always able to all the things "we love to do together" like we use to. Jeff and I had a wonderful opportunity to go do something that we love to do together on our aanniversary, we took a night to camp and fish just us, with no kids. It was the most fun I have had for what seems like forever, it was so nice just to relax and fish and spend some time together like we use to. We even got to watch a thunderstorm roll in and I got my shots of lightening I have been wanting to get, it was an amazing time and it was great to enjoy taking some pictures and having Jeff there with me too. I definitely think this is something we need to do more of, I am thinking at least once a month we need to get out just us and do something to get our minds off the craziness of having three kids, and Jeff's schedule that leaves him tired, and me on my own way to much and one step from insanity!!! I know how lucky we are to be blesses with such a great and healthy family, but there are times you just need a break and get back to the basics of "just us". We have a week long camping trip planned coming up in August and I am looking forward to spending a night fishing and enjoying some one on one time, I will be counting the days.
Finally we got daddy's car out and went for a cruise! The boys are now 15-months-old, and this was their very first time in the Nova, and they loved it. The last two years have been busy, for obvious reasons, so we have not even had the car out, but it was time. Daddy stayed up late the night before getting it all ready and even though it was HOT HOT HOT out we rolled down the windows and let the wind cool them babies, they weren't missing out on the fun. The wind was blowing their fuzzy hair and they were all smiles, and man did they jam out to Fuel (Metallica) when daddy turned the stereo on. (Got that cute moment on video if I could ever figure out how to share the video off my new camera on my blog Grrrrrr totally drives me up the wall just load damn it!!!) Here they are at the end of their trip playing in the drivers seat, and looking pretty comfortable there, better watch out daddy with three boys you might wanna hide those keys. Ashton had figured out where the keys were and how to honk the horn within minutes, and Dylan watched and learned. MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO!! To bad it was so darn hot I really wanted to get some better pictures of my boys and daddy with the car, well that will be left for another day I guess. But I did get thinking hmmm three boys and only two hot rods to be passed down...for now. Grandpa's goes to Ethan, and then the Nova for one of the twins...somebody better get building. Having three boys is awesome, but I can see all sorts of craziness and stress coming in the future, and daddy better have a big garage I can sense lots of repairs will be needed. Having three boys ROCKS!!! I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us.
There are moments that may seem so trivial to some, but to a mother are monumental and totally unforgettable. Just a few hours ago I had one of those precious moments with the twins, I was preparing to dress them for the day just as I do each day, lay out the outfits and say "which one you want" and watch them come and grab an outfit. Really it is just funny because here they are 14 months old and I am asking which one they want *laugh*, well basically I started doing this because I couldn't decide who should wear what, silly I know, but it stuck and they seem to like it and they usually pick the same outfits each time so they apparently do have a preference, and amazingly enough they rarely pick the same so we have little arguments, but it is a first come first served type of thing :) So here I am sitting on the floor with a blue outfit with airplanes and a orange outfit with race cars in front of me and I say "which one you want" and here comes my Mr. Dylan all smiles (he has the most precious smile and voice) and he looks right at me and says "mama" then gives me a hug, then sits on my lap and grabbed for the blue top with the airplanes on it and just sits there so sweetly. Just as Dylan has chosen his outfit here comes my Ashton Cole with is cute little facial expressions and his hot shot walk (he has this walk he does when he is trying to be cute, as if he has to "try") and he plops down on my lap and leans his head onto my shoulder and reached for the orange top with the race cars. So here I sit two lil' boys sitting on my lap snuggling me up and giving me love. And what is so funny about the choice of outfits was that Ashton is my crazy run all over boy so race cars are rather fitting for him, and Dylan is my thinker. Wow if that wasn't enough to just make my day, and even now after 14 months there are times where it is still like REALLY there are TWO of them!!! It is a crazy feeling that I can't begin to explain, just a special feeling to have twins. And we can't forget about Ethan, he has his moments too. There are so many times that he walks up to me, out of the blue, and gives me a hug and says, "you are the best mom in the whole world". AWW for a boy that is nearly 11 to do that, I must have done something right he is such a sweet boy sometimes. Then there are the moments I hear him playing with his brothers, tickling and hugging them saying "why you got to be so cute brothers". How sweet is that???!!! Then there is the time that just cracked me up, he said to me, mom you know how some people think their babies are cute...but ....they aren't really, well my brothers ARE really cute right?!?! It was so damn funny the way he said it like he didn't want to be rude and say babies aren't cute but like he really was genuinely wandering. Got to love the questions kids come up with. He is such a great big brother!!! I LOVE ALL MY BOYS!!! And even though there are times I feel like I could very well go crazy, I know I am so blessed to have them all, and such a great hubby to go with it!
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Pine Cone Painting
Dylan and Ashton
Buzz and Woody
Well when you have twins, you don't have to choose!
18 Month Celebration!
Our last "half' birthday bash.
Frosting on the puppy too
Dylan and Ashton
Celebrating 18 months!
Dylan's new dino
Both boys have found a new interest in dinosuars, but Dylan is especially into them. He sees them on TV and says Di....blabble.....saur ROAR, Ashton tries to say it too, it is adorable!
Time for winter decor!
Fall has been mellow and unusually warm, but I am ready to jump into winter!!! I bought my first new winter decor for the season (if I wasn't so lazy I would load the picture I have of it and post it) and it got me all in the mood for snowflakes and sledding!!! Now on my to do list is to put all my other winter stuff out this weekend and wait for the snow to fly. Last year I couldn't wait for it to snow, so the boys could see and play in it for the first time, I am more eager this year. They will be able to run and jump and be so darn cute playing in the white fluff. I am looking forward to a snowman build by my three boys standing in my yard. And this year we will go sledding for real, not just daddy pulling them around in the yard. We are talking packing the hot chocolate and finding some hillls to zoom down.
Why I love photography...
Because I love to capture lifes littlest precious moments. A picture is worth a 1000 words, but to me my photographs are priceless recordings of my memories to be past down to my boys!
So I have been trying to do a little photography here and there...okay more like every chance I get! I have been trying to remember my camera most everywhere I go, just in case I see "that great shot", well so far I have captured lightening, a dragonfly, flowers, sand, and so many other great shots in which I am proud of. Not sure why, but it just give me that great feeling of accomplishment, maybe because that is the one constant in my life, the love of photography and the dream of actually being a photographer. So it is merely a hobby but still I can dream right?? *shrug* Here are just a few of my lates favorites!!!
Goal: Make mama run her butt off chasing us out of things we ARE NOT supposed to be in to.
The twins have now began to push their limits and see just what they can get away with. They look and smile when you tell them no, they run around just looking for things to get in to.
I am so far behind...
I take so many photographs, then have no time to sort through them, edit, and post them. Here is my quick attempt to catch up. There are so many I would love to share but here are a few of my favorites.
Summer fun with puppy at grandma and grandpa's.
What a cutie.
First slushy. We went and had a fun family day at Pizza Machine, and got lots of treats!
First slushy. Pizza Machine fun day!
First haircut. He was NOT happy. Poor Dylan ended up with a bad haircut too.
First haircut. He was not enjoying this one bit!
I can't believe I timed it so perfect.
All my boys...
Another great moment caught by mama's camera.
Back at the beach...
Lots and lots of sand fun this weekend.
Goofy big brother.
A day at the rose garden...
I can't wait to go back when daddy is there to help me chase my babies so they don't grab a thorn.
Loven' the buppy (puppy)
Awesome big brother moment...
Ethan is such a good big brother.
My favorite place with my favorite boys...
They are always making me laugh.
Dylan and Ashton
Now this is just to cute. Gotta love the huggies shots.
Ready to take on the big slide.
All My Handsome Boys...
My whole world here in one photograph.
Every time we are out he has to have a hold of Kong's leash.
The first time the twins were at the lake and could actually play!!! They were just itty bitty babies last time we took them.
No matter if it is dirt or sand...Mr. Dylan is trying to eat it. What a silly boy.
Oh Mr. Ashton Cole always has some silly lil' face to make.
All three boys...
Climbing and copying big brother!
Daddy walking his babies...
Toys are ignored, there is dirt to be dug in!
Take the time...
I notice the beauty around me where ever I am, and I hope my boys do as well. Even in the ugliest surroundings there is something to be found worth taking a second look, or snaping a picture of. Just what I need to do...take more pictures. I have so many pictures that I can't even begin to remeber taking half of them, here it is the 19th of May, and I am on 718 pictures in my May folder. Crazy I know, but I just can't help myself, I love taking pictures of the boys, and I have started to take pictures of simple things around me. As soon as I get all my pictures sorted I am going to start to get a little deeper in editing photographs so I figure the more photos to play with the better *laugh*. No really I want a variety to choose from, and I have no idea as of yet what I want to do so will all the photos I am taking I should be able to get some inspiration. And wether my boys take a picture or just take the time to take a second look and put some thought into their surroundings makes no matter to me, as long as they take the time to do it. I want them to grow and appriciate the little things that surround them, and see the beauty in simple things.
Took the time to stop and smell the roses, and pick one. He reached right out and grabed it and the petals fell apart in his fingers. He just studied the one petal that didn't fall to the ground with such attention.
Without even seeing his face, he is still a excellent little model. I can imagine his little face and how he looked at everything with such wonder in this new place, surrounded but nothing but nature.
I Have It All...
This morning I got up early and got all my boys ready to head off to soccer, twins go to grandma's and then Ethan and I are on our way. It gives us about a hour or more in the car just him and I, and a great time to catch up on the week or just chit chat. We talk about many things from soccer, school, to his friends. Today we talked about when he gets older and things he will do that will drive me crazy with worry; oh man I dred the day he gets to drive, or heads off on a date or to a party. We just talked about the usual, say no to drugs, never drink and drive, and ALWAYS call home for help if you need it. I know he is only 10, well almost 11, but still time flies and I can't imagine my little boy, a teenager who thinks he is invisable to all danger out in this world that is full of craziness. I see just how fast time goes, and I just try to stress to him to talk to me, and come to me for help without being scared of getting into trouble or being embarrised, I am so hopeful he gets how much I love him and that I will always be there, and daddy too!! I am so proud of him, he is a great boy, so polite and respectful, and he is always telling me "mom, you are the best mom in the entire world". Awww melts my heart, he tells me this almost every single day (and today on our way to soccer), and I am so glad he feels this way, and at times I feel like I don't deserve those great comments. There are times I am grumpy, stressed, and have a hundred things to get done at once, and am short with him and I push him so hard to get excellent grades and put his all into everything he does. I just love him so much and want his future to be bright, and I want him to have endless opportunities to be whatever he wants. Awww if kids only understood how trivial the friends that they have now are, and how in the big picture it is about good grades and going to college...then life starts! I think I am doing a good job and I think he does get it, I hope it just sticks with him in his teen years when he needs it the most. We are down to one more soccer game, and I am going to miss our road trips to the practices and games together, we will have to find a new reason to hang out just him and me. I am so lucky to have my three wonderful sons, and the best husband to go along with it. I really do have it all!!!
Happy Birthday Boys...
Today was the day, the big 1st Birthday. I ordered this banner months ago, I thought it was so neat. Well here it is hanging in the dining room behind the boys because I forgot to hang it at the party and wanted to see it hung somewhere. So I had daddy hang in and they have sat and ate in front of it for the last 2 days!!!
10 More Days...
Only 10 more days until the big day... the twins turn 1. Wow is that hard to believe, crazy how time flies when you are sleep deprived and running you butt off after 2 lil' monsters, and keeping Ethan going in all his stuff as well. The big day falls on a Tuesday, oh bummer dad has to work that day, so we are doing the party on the Saturday before. I have been planning the party for nearly 6 months now, oh and I am still not done. I wanted to do something big and fun, for the entire family. I think it is sad that families don't get together enough so why not use this day to celebrate the big day as well as get everybody together to catch up and have a day of fun. I am hoping after all the work and planning I have done that the day is fun for everbody especially my boys... all three of them!!! We have came so far this last year and now it is time to say bye-bye babies....hello toddlers. YIKES the terrible 2s times 2! ugh what a ride this will be. :)
As a mom of 3 boys...
For 9 years it was just Ethan and everything was so simple, we could pick up and go camping, fishing, or to Ethan's practices and games with such ease. No I get all frazzled just thinking of how I am going to accomplish getting Ethan to practices, games, and coach his soccer team all while taking care of the twins as well!!! As it so happens most of these events happen while daddy is at work so here I am just me, myself, and I to get it all figured out. It has been such a change for Ethan having 2 little brothers, I am trying my hardest to keep things "normal", and trying to not have him miss out on things just becuase it is more difficult for me to take him places and to events. So I sit here and think wow I am crazy busy now, what happens in 4 years when the twins start baseball, soccer, football.....ugh no this could get even crazier before it gets easier. I am so lucky to be able to be home all day with the boys and not miss a thing, or not to miss any of Ethan's things but contrary to somes beliefs I do not sit and watch soaps all day it is a full time job, I just don't get breaks, or vacation time, but I guess you could say the pay is GREAT if you consider hugs, kisses, and lots of love pay *smile* So when I am out at the store or somewhere I get stopped lots, and they say all sorts of things, ask many questions, and make some funny comments about the twins, and I have heard so many times from people that have no clue who I even am... man you have your hands full, and I must say with 3 boys, YES I DO, and I LOVE it!!!
Soccer has officially started!!! This is Ethan's 7th year playing soccer, and he is my lil' soccer star. Dad got him started and I was a bit reluctant all that rain and cold weather in the spring *YUK*. But now I am hooked, and am even coaching his team. I was so bummed I didn't think I was going to be able to help this year, I had nowhere for the twins to go. But they signed me up to help without calling and checking with me so I had to make it work. I am glad it is a great way for me and Ethan to have some time alone without little brothers and do something fun just him and I, he needs that and so do I. Last year I was worried I wasn't going to be able to help either but I did, I am sure I was one hell of a site being preggers with the twins and all *laugh* but I made it and only missed the last week because I was in the hospital, or I would have been there!!! So I am looking forward to our season and will be positng some AWSOME soccer pictures soon.
The twins loved the swings, they would giggle at each other as they saw each other swing past them.
Twins are learning to climb, and show it off at park with daddy.
We have teeth!!!
2 bottom teeth each for the twins, and they are starting to use them and feed themselves some yummy real food.
recently discovered books and really likes them ALOT!
At the zoo...
Dylan (brown) Ashton (gray). Mommy got a new camara that takes sweet close ups. Thanks daddy!!!
Ethan's new drum...
He is Ethan playing his new drum. He is really good, we thought we would stick to just the snare for now. If he sticks with it a entire drum set is on his birthday list. shhhh don't tell!!!
You stack em' up I will knock em' down.
Oh how fun
Big brother sharing his old Thomas track.
Let me get that for ya...
Dylan picking on Ashton in the tub. It is always one of them after the other.
Kong wanders around the boys all day and there are times he gets captured *laugh*. Dylan got him good here, good boy Kong just sit there and take it.
Look what we found...
We went to Grandma and Grandpa Bells for Thanksgiving and after some digging we found some of Ethan's old toys. These blocks were among them and the twins LOVE them.
Since learning to sit this is where we spend most of our day sitting on the floor playing with toys. And at times Mr. Dylan makes a go for the Christmas tree; he always goes for the same big snowflake.
Let me get a closer look at ya...
Ashton chasing his rubber ducky around the bath. He finally caught him and no way he was giving him up.
Dylan just relaxing in the tub with his ducky.
Ashton going after Dylan.
Well Ashton is a bit more mobile so now he is getting Dylan back for stealing all his toys for the last few months.
Ashton and his first Christmas ornament
Dylan and his first Christmas ornament
All my boys
All 3 of my boys!!!
Little Ashton being a goof as usual, Dylan blinded by the flash as usual, and Ethan holding them wishing mom would stop taking pictures.
Not such a happy camper!!!
I Love my Tiger
Look at that smile
And this is how it ends.....
Ashton has it crashed down on top of him, and Dylan has flipped around!!
This is how the twins start out in their Merry Monkey Gyms...
Dylan & Ashton in their Birthday Boy hats
Dylan blinded by the flash, and Ashton with his big ole grin!!!
Dylan & Ashton
Get this off!!!
Dylan is keeping a close eye on his tigers!
"We mean business"
Wow such serious looks.
Where's the babies?????
All camoed out and no where to go!
I'm rocking on my big brothers drums!!!
Counting down the days.....
Only 5 more days until the twins are 6 months old. I can't believe it time has went so fast for us. But I must say it has been a rough 6 months for this family. It was a big adjustment for us all, but we are managing. Ethan having to adjust to not being the only child, and not getting to do as much with mom and dad because we are often busy with babies. Poor Ethan, he has been really good about it though. He loves his little brothers but is looking forward to them getting a bit older so he can play with them more. And mom and dad...... well we have had to adjust back to baby mode, and doing it with little to no sleep most of the times. I am hoping that the last 6 months of their first year is a bit easier, and I HOPE THEY START TO SLEEP at some point this year!!!
Rolly Polly Olies
Dylan and Ashton have been scooting all over the floor lately, and Ashton has even got up in the crawling positions a few times. But yesturday Ashton rolled over!!! He was moving all about on the floor chasing toys and over he went. I think that he suprised himself because he was not happy about it at all. Then today Dylan rolled over. Dylan was happier about it and stayed on his tummy and played. The twins have also been try to sit up. They can sit but still need just a little help, but it won't be long and they will be sitting on their own. Dylan tries to sit from the laying postion it is just so funny, he tries SO hard. It is so hard to believe that they are days away from being 6 months old, they are getting so big so fast. Ethan is doing great on the drums he is really seeming to like it. He has decided he want to play the snare drum. Today he was practicing and Kong hates it, he tried to bite the drum sticks. He is a dorky dog! Dylan liked it he even got a hold of a drumstick and drummed a bit too, Ashton was sleeping and missed out on drum practice for the night. Guess we will be buying drums for all for Christmas!!!
Ashton and his first Snickers. He sucked the choclate off!!
Dylan's first Milky Way. He smashed that thing and slurpped it up!!!!
I am speachless on this one. *laugh*
Yeah I am rocking this wig!!!
What in the......????
No I am not being a clown!
What to be for Halloween?!?!?!?
Dylan eating a cracker.
Dylan & Ashton
Dylan is more serious and is a toy hog. Ashton gives up all the toys, but he is a sassy and goofy little thing. Ashton also rarely is quiet he jabbers and squaks, while Dylan just sits and looks at him like "what you talking about silly," Funny how different they both can be.
Dylan always takes all the toys from poor little Ashon Cole.
All my boys
Ashton, Dylan, & mom
Ashton(front) and Dylan with their pumpkins.
On the trail at the pumpkin patch.
Ethan and mom in the treehouse at the pumpkin patch.
Nobody told mom that there was a slide at the end to get down. Nice.
Ethan going down the slide at the pumpkin patch.
Dylan & Ashton
All my boys
Can't belive it has been almost 6 months.
Holy cow Asthon got up and I thought he was going to crawl today!! Bring out the baby leashes and gates!!! Won't be long and I will be needing two of these. *laugh*
Ashton & Dylan with mama
How very precious
Look at those beautiful blue eyes!
Dylan & Ashton
Twin totem pole
Ethan my little drummer boy
New today is that Ethan has decided to start playing the drums in band. This will start next week, oh no EARPLUGS. *laugh* He is really excited and can't wait until band class next Friday.