Thursday, April 10, 2014

Life

I know Brandon hates these marathon posts (sorry Bran) but it's all I can do right now. I don't find time to blog more often than this and so when I finally get on, there are just a lot of pictures I can't resist posting. I love love love looking back on my blog and that is the main reason I still do it, so anyway, if this post is too long for you, feel free to skip it.
 
Tyler and Kallie painting.
 
Tyler isn't super into wearing big shoes, but when he does, he usually chooses Dad's shoes. This kid is all boy! I love that he is walking around in them backwards here.
 
Just a super cute picture of these guys the first day they wore summer clothes this year.
 
Someone remind me about how easy pipe cleaners are for crazy hair day when Mckinley is old enough for that in school. She loved this!!
 
We've made a few trips to Macey's for ice cream cones lately and the kids love it! After we bought the smallest size for Tyler and Kallie we saw someone else come and get a tiny baby kiddie cone for their kid that would have been perfect for them! Next time...
 
This was the same day as the pipe cleaner hair and Mckinley loved wearing her pipe cleaner ring. :) This girl is so easy to please and has such a wonderful imagination.
 
I love Kallie's bath time Mohawk.
 
I took Kallie and Mckinley to a neighbor's birthday party one day and Brandon took Tyler to the spring practice football thingo at BYU.
 
I just love this picture!!!
 
So, this is the second time this happened! Earlier in the year at a family baby blessing Shellee and I had accidentally dressed our girls the exact same and then at another family baby blessing a few months later, it happened again. Totally random and crazy.
 
So excited about popcorn popping in the hallway.
 
These guys are so cute when we start saying family prayers. Of course this lasts all of two seconds and then they are running around the room the rest of the prayer.
 
I couldn't get him to kneel for the picture.
 
Had to document this. Kallie's latest thing is pulling the vents out and walking around with them. It drives us nuts!
 
Ha ha, I love when she squeezes her own cheeks.
 
Mckinley's thing lately is to draw pictures, cut them out, and then tape them on the windows or wall or even on herself. She is in full Easter mode these days and was drawing Easter eggs and other things for Easter.
 
Mckinley still wants to wear a skirt every day so I usually let her until we need to go somewhere. I told her to go put on pants. A few seconds later I was watching her walk around in these capris wondering what they were because she doesn't have any capris. Then I realized they were Kallie's jeans. She thought they were her shorts. I can't believe she squeezed into 18 month clothes! And didn't realize it.
 
Kristen has been helping me split the twins up and it has been wonderful. Sadly, they both do really well without each other. This was on a day when she had Tyler and it was just the girls hanging out together. We have been loving going to the park on warm days.
 
Kallie and Tyler both go down the tallest slides all on their own which is so surprising to me because Mckinley was not that way at all.
 
I sure hope these two grow up to be best friends!
 
I love this picture. Mckinley wears her dance shoes backpack on dance days for like an hour before we even leave. And of course she has to get as much coloring in as possible. She looks so cute just sitting at her desk.
 
This was from today. We went to the park by Heidi's house and said hello to the horses.
 
Tyler tickling Kallie's feet before bedtime. He is really into tickling everyone right now and makes the cutest tickle tickle tickle noise when he does it.
 
Tyler and Kallie are starting to talk! They really are growing up so fast and we keep thinking we should stop calling them "the babies" but old habits die hard. We can't seem to stop. Anyway, for some awesome videos of them talking, click here and here.
 
 
 

10 Year Mission Reunion

I really don't like getting old. Most of the time I still feel like I'm a little kid and I'm just playing pretend taking care of babies and living in my very own house, but when I really think about how old I am, I don't like it.
 
Ten years ago I was in the Philippines serving a mission. We haven't had a mission reunion for five years. One of the AP's from when I was there put together a reunion this year with catered Filipino food and everything. It was great. I didn't take very many pictures while I was there but I had a great time seeing everyone and I was so glad Brandon came with me!
 
Me and Camile.
 
 With the Hopkins.
 
With the Biddulph's. I really had the best mission president in the world!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Can't Resist

Here are some pictures I just can't resist posting.
 
 
Kallie, my one and only salad eater.
 
She climbed up there all by herself.
 
Tyler did this all himself.
 
Kallie in daddy's boots. These are such classic pictures.
 
 
Kristen watched Kallie for me for an entire day on Monday to split up the twins. Sadly, Tyler was so happy the entire day and seemed o really enjoy not having competition.
 
Looking out the window waiting for Dad to come home from work. He was saying "daddy, daddy" over and over. We were playing dress ups in the hand me downs we have that are still too big for him. This kid is one handsome boy.
 

Spring

Spring has got to be my favorite time of year. You just appreciate those warm days so much more since you've just been through a long winter of being stuck inside.
 
Here are some pictures of the kids enjoying the nice weather and fun toys outside at my mom's house.
 
 
 
Tyler and Kallie totally just climb their way up to the tallest slide and go down all on their own. I was completely shocked at this since just last summer we had to trick Mckinley into going down on her own. And it is still hit or miss with her whether she's scared or not. But Tyler and Kallie have no fear. I am so much more excited to go to the park this summer now knowing how independent they are.
 

Cabin

My whole life I have spent every summer going up to Fairvew canyon to the cabin my grandpa built like 45 years ago. It was tiny and very primitive but we loved it. When my grandma died a few years ago the cabin was split between my mom and two of her siblings. It was getting really hard to maintain it and my mom was doing most of the repairs so she decided to sell her portion and she bought a time share into another cabin that is in the same canyon.
 
My good friends growing up also have a time share in this cabin so I had actually been there once as a teenager. Anyway, we took our first trip into the cabin as a family a few weeks ago. We had a blast!!!
 
Here is the cabin from far away. Looks tiny but it is much bigger than our old one.
 
We were going to snow shoe in for about a mile and a half but the weather was so great and the snow was already packed down so we just hiked in.
 
Amy and her fiancé Adam who we had never met before flew in from Arizona so they were able to join us on the trip.
 
Sadly, Brandon decided not to come last minute. We had a babysitter lined up for the kids and everything. He still has yet to spend a night away from the twins. I was a loner but I still had a really good time.
 
We spent a lot of time inside playing games and we also had a lot of fun outside sledding down the hill right out the back of the cabin. I am so excited to be able to go stay at the cabin multiple times every year. It was such a nice weekend away.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Twins

Having twins has been such an incredible journey. There have definitely been ups and downs, but I can always remind myself how amazing this is and how lucky we are to have them.
 
Tyler and Kallie really do pretty much do everything together. They fight a lot, but they are always following each other around the house, basically doing the same thing.
 
They love to play in the bathtub in my bathroom and have now figured out how to climb into it by themselves. They have yet to turn the water on while they are in there fully clothed, but I know it is bound to happen.
 
Kallie has been loving the sticker book Mckinley got for Christmas. She pulls the stickers off and puts them on her face and on Tyler's face and everywhere else in the house.
 
 
Tonight these two were playing side by side with the toy kitchen downstairs in the playroom. Tyler was running a car all around the kitchen sink and stove, and Kallie was working on putting a toy carrot in the oven. Ha ha ha, I love it!
 
Having two kids the same age is not easy. Always two diapers to change, two sets of teeth to brush, two babies to get up in their high chairs, feed them, and then two babies to clean up (I really dislike feeding my children). But then when you get two of them laughing together, or playing peek-a-boo together, or chasing each other around the house, you remember that twins are special and amazing and awesome. I hope they will always be there for each other growing up. I am so glad that they will have no memories of when they were this little and their mom was going crazy just trying to keep them alive and happy every day. I'm not gonna lie, it hasn't been pretty, but I am proud of myself for surviving this long, and I feel like things are just going to get better the older they get. They have the best big sister in the entire world and I am so lucky to be their mom.

Staycation

Last week my brother and his wife went to Hawaii for a week. I ended up taking my kids over to their house three different days that week to hang out with my mom or Kristen, who were babysitting. It seriously felt like a vacation! It was so fun to leave my house behind and just go somewhere else for the entire day.
 
We had some good weather and the kids had a blast playing outside in the yard. How I wish I had a fun, fenced-in yard for my kids to play in.