Thursday, January 31, 2013

Six Month Old Twins

Archer and Avonlea are now six months.  Time always flies by with children, babies especially. However with twins, time doesn't just fly by; it's more like a whirlwind tornado.  I honestly have no idea how we got to this point.  I feel like they should still be itty bitty newborns.  As much as I'd like to make time stand still, I do have to admit that they are at a super fun age right now.  They smile, laugh, talk, play.  It's great fun to have them in our lives!

Archer - Archer has got to be our stockiest baby.  All of my other children have been described as small boned by doctors.  Archer is definitely not.  His hands and feet are so much larger than Avonlea's.  Even though she looks softer and chubbier, he is definitely more solid.  He is so great natured.  He is almost always smiling and chirping away.  Sometimes we feel bad because we do not get to Archer as often as Avonlea simple because he does not demand as much attention.  On the rare occasions that he gets upset, it is usually because he is hungry.  He almost always eats more than Avonlea (bottle and baby food).  He often has bare feet because he is so active and is always kicking his socks off.  

Stats: weight - 17 lb. 1 oz (35th percentile), height - 28 1/4 inches (92nd percentile), head circumference - 14th percentile, and height to weight ratio - 1st percentile
He has learned: to transfer items between his hands and to sleep longer through the night (up to nine hours)
He likes: eating, being tickled, being sang to, his bouncer, baths, hearing himself squeal, baby toys, his big brothers (he laughs harder for Palmer and Brody than anyone else)
He dislikes: belly time, the Bumbo
Things he does/about him that make us laugh: really loud high pitched squeals, and huge smiles that come easily (unless a camera is out)

Avonlea at 6 months is already such a girly girl. She loves attention!  She lights up whenever someone tells her she is pretty.  Her cheeks are soft and always rosy.  She has such gorgeous blue eyes with eyelashes so long I had a friend compare them to butterfly wings.  She is always decked out in bows, flowers, frills and ruffles.  I just changed out the babies clothes for the next size up and Avonlea's wardrobe is darling and fit for a little princess (thanks to many generous shower gifts and a ton of hand-me-downs).  I couldn't even fit all her clothes in her dresser and made a box of hand-me-downs to pass on that she hadn't even gotten a chance to wear yet.  In comparison, all of Archer's clothes are stained and worn out, most having gone through at least three boys before him.  (I definitely need to buy baby boy some new clothes!)  This is what is going on with Avonlea at six months.

Stats: weight - 15 lb. 7 oz (38th percentile), height - 27 1/4 inches (89th percentile), head circumference - 23th percentile, and height to weight ratio - 1st percentile
She has learned: to transfer items between her hands, to sleep longer through the night (up to nine hours), to bounce herself in the bouncer
She likes: being held, getting attention, being sang to, the baby gym, baby toys (especially stuffed animals), her binkie (she has starting wanting it more often than just at naptime and bedtime), her brothers (she laughs harder for Palmer and Brody than anyone else)
She dislikes: being alone
Things she does/about her that make us laugh: she loves to be held so much that she will literally fall asleep sitting up on someone's lap because she would rather be held than go to sleep no matter how tired she is, she likes to lean in and get right in your face and will cuddle up as close to you as she possibly can

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Six Month Photo Shoot

The babies had their six month photo shoot this week. Looking back through their pictures, I realized we have never gotten a professional picture of Archer smiling. Which is odd, because anyone who knows him, knows he smiles a lot. So I went in the the studio with the goal to get a picture of Archer smiling, and made sure to tell the photographer what we were looking for. The babies were super happy until we put them in front of the camera. After a lot of work, we were able to get one picture of Archer smiling. And honestly, it's not my favorite. He has a really big open mouth smile that shows off his two bottom teeth. And the smile we caught on camera did not look like his real smile. Looks like getting his real smile will be next month's goal. Avonlea smiled in a few shots. The second picture here, where she is not smiling, is one I actually really like, because it shows her chubby chipmunk cheeks well. The cute hat she is wearing is from my friend Celeste. She made Avonlea a couple of these little caps.  I get compliments on them whenever baby girl is sporting one. The outfits in these pictures were Christmas gifts from Grandma Nancy.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

From the Mouths of Babes


A little girl kept trying to talk to Palmer in baby talk.  He couldn't understand her, and after many attempts to try and make out what she was telling him he said, "I'm sorry, I don't speak Spanish."

"Church is far away, but the car can get it."

When Auntie Rie had to wear a mask after contracting pneumonia Palmer told her it looked like she had a diaper on her face.

"Archer doesn't oink like Avonlea." (Avonlea is known to snort a lot.)


When eating rainbow sherbet, he said, "It tastes like rainbows.  I like rainbows."

He was crying and whining.  I was ignoring him.  After several minutes he wailed, "I'M WHINING!" to get my attention.

When Brody first set his eyes on the huge snowfall outside he exclaimed excitedly, "I will eat it all!"

I asked him, "Do you know how much I love you?" 
He said, "You love me all the time." 
I said, "I do love you all the time.  How much do you love me?" 
"Three minutes," Brody replied.
"You only love me three minutes?" I said in a hurt tone.
"Alright, five minutes."

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Our Eighth Anniversary

Here's to a gorgeous night, a gorgeous view and a gorgeous man!

We just celebrated our eight year anniversary.  I find it hard to believe that we have been married so long.  Eight years later, we still really, really like each other, which is very good in deed!  We celebrated grandly this year.  We got a hot stone couples massage at a local massage school and then went on to dinner at The Roof.  You can't get a date night that's much better than that!  Thanks going out to Sariah and Grandma Betty for watching our little monkeys so that we could relax, pamper ourselves and stuff our bellies with delicious food.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Kids Now a Days

If you walk into our home, this is what you are most likely to see the kids doing now a days.

Palmer is all about coloring, arts and crafts.  He usually has some paper around him and either crayons, markers or a pen.  On this particular day he created his own laptop with his art supplies.

Brody is usually playing with some group of small toys.  Either cars, play food, tools, blocks or in this case a train.  He also usually has some sort of carrying case, tote or bag so that he can take that said toy from room to room as he follows me around the house.

When the babies aren't eating or napping, they can often be found kicking and squealing in their bouncers.  Archer can really get his bouncing vigorously.  And Avonlea loves to play with the little mirror that is attached to her bouncer.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

We had a wonderful Christmas this year!  We spent Christmas Eve with both sides of the family.  We first had a traditional Christmas dinner (ham, cheesy potato casserole, salad and rolls) at Grandma Nancy's house.  I supplied one of my favorite new recipes for dessert, apple crumble pie.  We had a quick family home evening lesson by Grandma about the nativity, and then had gift exchange.

We then went straight to the Riding home for appetizers.  We provided bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and a vegetable tray.  We also had a gift exchange between the family members.

Christmas morning was great.  It's so much fun having little kids during the holidays.  Their excitement is contagious!  Santa was extra good to us this year.  It's by far been our biggest haul to date (thank you Black Friday and Freebies2deals).  When Palmer awoke to see what was under the tree, he came running into our room and said, "Mom!  Guess what!?  Santa brought me a surf board!  I didn't want it, but that's what he brought!"  And once I rolled out of bed and made my way upstairs, I found one happy four year old posed atop his sled cowabunga style.  The boys got scooters for their big gift.  Greg and I exchanged a few gifts; I received an awesome cupcake tote, boots, Big Boogle and some scrapbooking softwear, among other things, and Greg received some TV series on DVD, a couple dress shoes, restaurant gift cards, and a few other small gifts.  Santa made sure to include a few gifts for Auntie Rie too, and Sariah gifted Greg and I a bunch of giftcards for free date nights.  We had Sariah and Grandma Nancy join us for our traditional steak and kidney pie that evening.