Saturday, March 30, 2013

Strawberries and Family Ties

Avonlea has a strawberry hemangioma like Brody.  I asked our pediatrician if they are hereditary since half of our children have one.  She told me they are not.  It's just a coincidence.

No one notices what's left of Brody's hemangioma anymore since his hair covers it.  The only time it's slightly visible is right after a haircut.  But he definitely got a lot of attention over it as a baby.

Avonlea's hemangioma is quite small and flat against her skin. and it won't get any bigger from here on out.  It's located on a part of her head that is often covered with a headband, so hers hardly  ever gets noticed.  When people do spot it they usually ask if it's a mole.

It's kind of a bit funny to me that Brody and Avonlea had this in common.  I've noticed she tends to take after Brody with a lot of things and Archer seems to take after Palmer.  Avonlea and Brody are always cold, like to be coddled and snuggled, seem to get sick more often and more intensely, and both have tempers.  Palmer and Archer are usually warm, like their space, are very healthy and able bodied, are very active, and have more mellow personalities.  Maybe it's a good thing that our twins aren't the ones who are so much alike.  They are going to have to be together a lot, and everyone knows, opposites attract.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Eight Month Photo Shoot

The twins had their eight month photo shoot at JC Penney.  This time there was a different photographer working and they seemed to respond to her much better than the girl who usually shoots them.  Grandma Nancy accompanied us to the session since Daddy was working on a home improvement project at the time.  It's a lot of work to take two babies (along with two toddlers) to get their pictures taken.  I'm pretty good at handling all the kids on my own, but this is one situation where another set of hands is needed.  Thanks to a helpful Grandma and a patient photographer, I think the picture turned out really cute this month.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Eight Month Old Twins

The babies are at such a fun age right now.  They are so playful!  They love to hold and examine and play with any item the can get a hold of.  Often that items ends up being a body part of their twin; which is always cute to watch.  They continue to grow well and are the biggest babies in our ward for their age, even with the other babies being single births.  They are long like all our kids have been but they also have lots of cute soft rolls, so they are just big all over.  This is what is going on with the twins at eight months of age.

Archer continues to grow like a weed.  He is such a big, solid baby.  We always joke he is going to be our football player.  He has been teething a lot lately and just had his fifth tooth break through.  He is still very pleasant natured and mellow unless he is talking and then he is loud.  Here is what is up with Archer at eight months old.
He has learned: to sit for a few seconds
He likes: his bouncer, eating, toys, crinkling paper, his siblings, being sang to, and his older brothers
playing with him
He dislikes: pacifiers
Things he does/about him that make us laugh: he bounces in his bouncer with his whole body - head bobbing, feet pumping, and even his chest and neck convulsing, loud squeals, his spacey Goofy looking front teeth, gives love pats when he's happy, giggles, and big toothy smiles
Avonlea is charms wherever she goes.  She is always good for big smiles when given attention from just about anyone.  She is also a little needy though.  She cries when I step out of sight or when she sees an extended family member she knows will pick her up if she throws a fit.  While Archer is mellow, she is dramatic.  She get really happy, really excited, really sad and really hurt.  Her emotions are intense and change quickly and often.  She makes life a lot of fun.  She got her first tooth earlier this month and still only has the one, but is drooling a lot.  So we think another is soon to follow.  Here is what is up with Avonlea at eight months old.
She has learned: to sit for a few seconds, a little longer than Archer
She likes: attention, being held, toys, crinkling paper, her brothers, watching television, being talked to, and playing on the floor
She dislikes: being alone
Things she does/about her that make us laugh: She uses her whole body to smile - her cheeks jut out, her eyes light up, she exhales happily, and her whole body shakes, she snorts often, she will take Archer's toys when she can, giggles and easy smiles

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Smart Phones

I fought it for a long time, but I finally gave in and joined the smart phone club like everyone else.  Greg's had a Blackberry or iPhone from work for a few years now, but his job change he lost his company sponsored cellphone and we had to get him his own.  Of course he wanted a smart phone after having had grown accostumed to their bells and whistles.  I was due for an upgrade and there was a great deal on a pair of Galaxy Nexus phones, so we both got one.

I must admit, it's very nice to have access to my e-mail, Facebook and internet when I am out and about.  Navigation while I'm driving it awesome!  I really have no sense of direction, so it has saved me a lot of wrong turns and stress.  I also have a very convient gaming system with me at all times to distract little boys in doctor's waiting offices or restaurants.  And I must admit to liking some of the games myself such as: Scramble with Friends, Hanging with Friends and Candy Crush Saga.  So count me a fan.  Now that I've had a taste of life with a smart phone, it would be hard to go back.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Recipe - Raspberry Butter

There are two wonderful women in my neighborhood who kindly take Palmer to and from preschool three times a week for which I am extremely grateful.  The twins are often eating when preschool starts and ends, so my hands are usually very full during those times.  I don't know that Palmer would be able to attend preschool were it not for these kind women.  As a small token of my appreciation I make them a treat each month.  This past month I made homemade bread and raspberry butter.  This was the first time I made raspberry butter and it definitely won't be the last.  It is delicious!  Palmer and I ate way too much of it.

Raspberry Butter

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
Dash lemon juice
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers. Yields about 3/4 cup.