Sunday, November 10, 2013

Always rushing

I guess updating this every 6 months is all I can handle!! Since I last posted we took our family vacation to San Diego, had a great time!We spent 4th of July at my parents cabin. We decided to sell our old home and buy a new one, 1/2 a mile down the road!  We had Halloween and Vivi insisted on dressing as her favorite food, a banana!!

The new house is bigger, better sub-division, and has a pool. Don't worry, we had a gate installed the day after we moved in.

 Kids are still in swim lessons but were traumatized in the last group. they loved their instructor Hannah, but on the last day, she was gone and her replacement was pretty rough. She dunked them, not like Hannah, but pretty aggressive. So now, Vivi just watches Roman play the games. She refuses to go in, scared the new teacher will dunk her. Roman cries most of the time. I was pretty mad the last girl screwed them up so bad. I think next summer we will just have someone come to the house and give them real swim lessons.

On Halloween night Roman was so frustrated with people thinking he was a real pirate. After a while he started telling everyone, this is Vivienne, she is in a costume. My name is Roman, I am in a costume! Then he would take off his hat and say, "see!"  It was hilarious!

The kids have been having a lot of sleep overs with my sister and our parents. They have a blast. I'm glad they don't get too scared to leave us.It's nice to have a night to ourselves and not have to worry about getting up early:)

The kids are getting SO TALL!! And, they have HUGE feet. It's so weird, watching them grow. It makes me sad, and ALMOST want to have another baby. We just had our yearly family photos done, I will post more pics soon....OK, maybe in another 6 months?? :(

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Guilt Ridden

I have put together a photo album every year since the kids were born. I just upload the years photos to Shutterfly and then have one printed.

Well, since this process takes forever, (uploading, arranging, and perhaps a touch up or 100), I decided to try and get a head start this year. I uploaded the pictures from the first half of the year. Now, I’ll be ahead of the game when the ½ off coupons come out in the new year, (that’s the plan anyway).

So, back to my point. I have no photos of Vivi from their 3rd birthday party! NONE! Granted, their birthday party was a bust and so cold, Vivi couldn’t take it and was taken home early by my parents. Afterwards, my inlaws and my parents came to the house to open presents (it was too cold to expect people to stay at the park for this activity). Even the pictures from home are of Roman, there are only a few of him.

WORST Mom everrrrrrr!!!!

Ugh, just add it to the list of things I feel guilty about since becoming a mother.

One of the 4 party pics, they are all the same shot

This was taken on their actual birthday after dinner celebration.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Quick catch up!!

 I can't believe it has been 7 months since I've updated this thing. It's so hard to just sit down and focus on anything. Several people have asked me to update the blog w/ new pics so here we go. Pics are from December to April.

The kids are almost done with Tball. Roman does pretty good, but gets tired halfway through and fades out. We're luck if Vivi plays catch with us for 5 minutes before she drops her glove, looks us in the face, and says, "I'm done."  Such a DIVA!! Next up is swimming lessons, hopefully we get better responses from the kids.

We took the kids to Flagstaff to see the North Pole Experience. I think I may have enjoyed it more than they did!
There's Roman, waiting to be the first one in.
Writing her letter to Santa

The next day we took them to play in the snow.
We played for at least 2 hours, the kids couldn't get enough. We are definitely going back this year.

This is a Saturday night in April, smore's then family movie night

Look how tall she is, and that was February!!

Just a cute pic:)

LOVE Viv in cowboy boots!!
 Gabe loves to slick Roman's hair to the side,
I prefer his curls to be wild and crazy...

First Day of Tball!

Throwing the ball like a pro!
This is how Viv spends most games:)
We started a garden, and to keep the kids from digging in it, we gave them their own.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

This year we dressed up as a family. Vivienne was little red riding hood, Roman the big bad wolf, I was grandma and Gabe  was the little remembered hunter.

It was SO hard to get a decent photo of us all together. Here's an assortment from tonight and from our party last weekend. I'm hoping to get some better photos from my sister in law later.

It took me HOURS to make Vivi's costume and just as long to convince her to wear it.

It was hard to do Roman's makeup because he wouldn't stop staring at him self and growling
I need a new camera for Christmas

After a few bloody mary's

These poor pumpkins didn't make it to Halloween....they rotted within a week...That's what happens in AZ still in the upper 90's

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Dentist

We took the kids to their 2nd dentist appointment on Friday. The first time around, we took them to a pediatric dentist. It was a horrible experience. They insisted on Xrays, and held them down to clean and floss their teeth. Keep in mind they were only 18 months old and I didn't think any of this was necessary. Today we took them to Gabe's dentist. They told us ahead of time, they just want kids to get used to the dentist chair and tools. They told us at this age, Xrays really weren't necessary. Everyone was so nice and they put cartoons on (ceiling mounted TVs) and let the kids touch everything before they used it. The pics below were taking on our way out of the door. Hats because it was raining, but Vivi is wearing sandals because I tried putting her sneakers on (a month old) and they were way too small! These kids are growing WAY too fast!

Of course, Roman was not shy and did great. Gabe had to hold Vivi in the chair and was not as easy going. It was a much nicer visit though, we were in and out and nobody was in tears this time, including me.We celebrated with some pancakes at IHOP.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Where We Are Now

It's been a while since I took the time to write in length about where the kids are now. I realized that early on this is really the only place I logged any milestones. So I figured I should update it more and maybe later on have it printed so they have some sort of baby book.

August was the official 2 1/2 year mark. Everyday I am amazed at what the kids are doing and saying.

We'll start with Vivienne, since she is the oldest by 6 hours.  If I had to describe her personality in one word it would be, sassy. That's actually what we call her a lot of the time, Sassy Pants. She will cuddle with you one minute and give you the silent treatment the next. She is such a woman, full of attitude. She's very smart and I believe she has inherited my mom and brothers artistic abilities. I have always been able to distract her with coloring. Lately, she has start drawing as well. The last few weeks, she has moved beyond the normal scribbled lines to drawing faces. At first I was like, wow, that is pretty good. But, her details are pretty outstanding for a kid her age. Ever since she was little she has loved music and I'm sure I've written about it before. But, if she hears music, she stops and listens, sometimes she'll even dance. Now, she sings along to songs as we drive down the road. If I try to change the station, she yells, "Hey! That's my song!" This girl talks all day long but is very shy when we go out. Except for once, about a month ago, we were in church and an old woman bent down to say how cute they were and Vivi exclaimed, "Hi, my name is Vivienne." Unfortunately, the old woman couldn't hear her but it was SO CUTE!

What she is saying now:

"Hey, what you guys doin'!?"
"What's goin on in here?"
"I luuv ...."
"Fine! I be right back."
"Ohhh-kay" in sad voice when I ask her to do something or stop something. 

From our road trip

Roman, my little man. He can be a bit crazy sometimes but he is really such a sweetheart. I can always count on him for a cuddle and he has the softest baby skin EVER! Sometimes, when I'm laying down he'll come over to "fix" me. He pats my face and looks at me really close and serious. I die every time he does it. I believe Roman will be our comedian. He always makes silly faces or does something to make us (or maybe just himself) laugh. He is not shy at all, over the last weekend in Pinetop, he quickly ran to the fence and made friends with the little boy next door. His new thing is growling. With us, he does it when he's in trouble. But, if he's embarrassed when we are out, he'll growl at strangers too. Sometimes he says he's a tiger other days he's a bear. Cute and also embarrassing. He is very sensitive and a huge daddy's boy, but he still lets me hold is hand when we watch a movie. Even though he is sensitive, he's all boy. Very adventurous and busy. He is constantly running from one of end of the house to the other, not to mention, jumping or climbing, no fear in him, (unless it is the opening scene from Finding Nemo). He loves to examine things. He will take his toys, and turn them over and poke at them, or take them apart. Besides fixing his mom, he is always trying to fix the stroller or fix his sister's toys. If you want to get him to do anything for you, just tell him you need his "help." That's the key word in getting him to clean up after himself.

What he's saying now:

"Daddy! What you doooo!?" usually when he's been scolded.
"What's that?"
"Uno mas"
"Be nice to Moman" (he can't quite get the R right)

Showing off his muscles
Both kids, since right before turning 2 were able to recite their ABC's, count to 12 (now 20), recognize shapes, and colors. Roman sprouted above Vivi and it lasted a couple months, but she is again the taller kid. Roman is much heavier though, but not chubby, just solid. She is very dainty and girly. They love to read books, sing songs, and hide under the blankets. Although, they are horrible hiders due to the constant giggling.

Their favorite pastime

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Quick Thought

Sometimes I watch these kids do something so cute that it makes me sad. Sad to think they will not always be so small and innocent. The other night it was listening to Vivi read me a story. So sweet, making up a story with different expressions. Then, there's Roman, telling me about his day while he cuddles with me. He's a total liar and makes most of it up but I can't get enough.

I feel like a need to record every minute of my time with them. I rarely end up doing it though. I know if I stop watching to run and get the camera, they will stop. I guess it is better to just enjoy the moment. But, I'm scared I'll forget it or I won't have anything to show the when they grow up?? Ugh, tearing up just thinking about it again. Having kids has also turned me into a weird emotional person, so not who I was before.

Monday, September 3, 2012

In Recent News...

First, let me say potty training was a success. We started on a Sunday and it was hard to say the least but by Friday afternoon something must have clicked. They just got it all of a sudden. Since the following Tuesday, no more accidents. I have to say, life is so much nicer now. We ordered this travel potty that folds down so we can use it in public restrooms. Awesome little invention.

We've spent a few weekends taking them swimming which they loved and keep asking to go back. I hate that I waited too long to sign them up for lessons earlier this summer. We signed them up for the next round, but that doesn't start until October. That may sound like torture, but seriously, its Arizona, it will likely still be 100 degrees.

I brought the kids up to Pinetop again to enjoy some cooler weather. It's nice that they can actually run around outside, all day! Yesterday, they played with the nets my mom bought them and caught bugs. Today we took them yard-selling which they were less impressed with. I was worried about driving them back and forth alone, but they actually did pretty good.Luckily we had the new traveling potty and also lucky they aren't shy about going on the side of the road.

Vivi trying on Nana's glasses

He's getting so big:(

Watching a Toy Story with Annie

They did about 20 laps around the cabin with these old sleds

Actually getting along in this pic

They were having more fun than it looks, they were just mad I made them pose