Friday, June 28, 2013

Eleven Month Photo Shoot

Since we moved recently we changed from going to the usual JC Penney photo studio we have frequented to the nearby one.  We couldn't be happier with the photographer at JC Penney portrait studio in The District.  She really worked with the babies (mostly Archer) to get some good smiles.  I think they turned out darling.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013


It's been a little while since I checked in here.  Mostly because we sold our home and it has been crazy busy packing and moving.  The last time we moved it was just Greg and I from a one bedroom apartment.  This time was a VERY different experience.  The whole ordeal was a beast!  It made for good motivation for us to make sure our next home is the home we are prepared to stay in, because I do not want to do that again.

Funny story - we had the house on the market a little over a month.  It was a buyer's market, it was priced right, it was looking good.  Our realtor had no idea why it was not under contract.  We passed the deadline for when we needed the house to be under contract to sell in time to keep the lot we had reserved.  Greg and I came to the conclusion that we were not supposed to move where we had originally thought even though at the time it felt like the right place.  We humbled ourselves to our Heavenly Father's will and prayed that we would be lead where we were meant to go.  A little while later we received an offer on the house for the exact amount we needed to pay everything off, as well as make back what we had spent of our down payment getting the house ready to sell.  We accepted and as we were filling out the paperwork, we noticed the buyer was Greg's coworker.  The home he was going to buy fell through on the day of closing.  They went house hunting the next day and found our home and made an offer, not knowing it was our home.  Their paperwork was all ready to go from the previous house and they wanted to close in 2 1/2 weeks, which met our deadline on our lot with a couple days to spare.  I really feel they were meant to live in our home and in our ward and that's why everything worked out the way it did. 

We are currently living with Greg's mom who has kindly opened her home to us while we build our next house.  We already miss our friends back home.  But, we knew it was time to move on, and we feel really good about the future.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Eleven Month Old Twins

The twins turned eleven months on the 24th of June.  It's crazy to me that they are almost a year.  Time passes much too quickly in the first year of life, but it has proven to be even more rapid with twins.  They keep us busy and on our toes and the busier you are, the faster time goes by.  They bring the family so much joy.  We all love to play with them, talk to them, and snuggle with them.  This is what is going on with Archer and Avonlea at eleven months old.

Archer is still his easy going self.  However, when he does have something to say, he is LOUD!  His cries of happiness, anger and sadness are all ear piercing.  He has been sick and has for the first time really been enjoying being held and cuddles.  He is a strong little guy.  If he wants something and anything is in his way (usually Avonlea) he just plows on through.  He is getting quite a bit of hair now and it's frizzy and curls up at the edges, which looks pretty darn cute in my opinion.  Here is a little trivia about Archer at eleven months of age.

he has learned: to crawl (started with an army crawl and is now on all fours and all over the place)
he likes: baths, eating, playing with toys, electronics, being held, walks in the stroller
he dislikes: having his nose wiped or face cleaned, men with facial hair
things he does/about him that make us laugh: dances to music, loud squeals, big goofy smiles and hearty chuckles

Avonlea has also been sick for quite a while and has been very needy, whiny and has been a horrible sleeper.  She's been waking up at least once every night for about a month.  I have taken her into the doctor a few times checking for ear infections, and every time her ears have been just fine.  When she gets sick it is always more severe than Archer and she is very dramatic, so her viruses make for some long days and nights.  She has had a few teeth come in the past month and now has seven teeth.  This is what Avonlea is all about at eleven months.

she has learned: to crawl (a couple days before Archer, she also army crawled first), to say "mum," to shake her head no when she doesn't want something, and to drink from a sippy cup
she likes: being held, getting attention, pacifiers, eating, baths, electronics, walks in the stroller
she dislikes: wearing hairbows (but I still put them on her when we leave the house, and put them back on again and again as she pulls them off), being alone
things she does/about her that make us laugh: how dramatic she is about everything, her baby babbles, huge smiles and cute giggles