Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mama's Listening

I have been a fan of Sarah McLachlan since I can remember. I am so excited because after 7 LONG years, she's finally put out a new album, Laws of Illusion. If you have never listened to her before, she is chill, puts a smile on your face and it is the perfect blend of music. Her unique voice is haunting and simply beautiful.

If you are planning on only downloading one song or two from this album you would be mistaken. The entire album is beautiful and perfectly Sarah!

I am absolutely in love with the Song "Awakenings" and "Forgiveness" Her emotions are raw and out there in her music and you can tell a lot of it is based on the emotions she would have recently gone through with her divorce.

Here is a little listening pleasure!

If you are a Sarah fan.. what is favourite Sarah song????

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

We are Sewing... daily sewing..

Well maybe I am not daily sewing, but I wish I had the time to daily sew. I will admit that I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination, but I do enjoy sewing and I have made more baby blankets and burp cloths than I can count. I have made wool pants from old sweaters for the girls over their cloth diapers, but really I have not made any clothes for the girls... until NOW!

I found this do it yourself over at PRUDENT BABY BLOG (which I love and honestly has something for anyone to be able to do) and I decided that if I could actually do it, I could make the twins some cute dresses that would not cost a lot and I might not care if they destroyed. I went to fabricville yesterday and purchased some really cute material and then some more on super sale material which will make cute dresses for playing around outside.

So, here is my first finished product! I have the same material in red to make Ruby's dress but I have not finished it yet. The girls are sleeping (hence being able to sew and blog) so I will try it on her after and hope it fits.

What have you sewn lately (and send me the links if it is online... I love looking at new patterns!)????

Friday, June 18, 2010

These Boots were Made for Walking

The Girls are walking....Charlotte has been trying for a while and making a lot of progress.  Ruby has not really been trying but all of a sudden she figured it out.  Perhaps it was all the watching of Charlotte, but they are having fun walking around the house...

Here are a couple of videos of the girls walking around...
Sorry for the terrible camera job, I thought the screen would turn sideways when I turned the camera sideways - guess I was wrong!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

20 minute workout - Constantly

I KNEW that having children was going to be a lot of work, and that I would do a lot of running around after them.  What I did NOT know, was that I was going to be running after twins!  The girls are on the move.  Charlotte tries to walk everywhere, which in itself is extra work because she does not grasp the concept of walking around in our living room is not quite the same as taking off down the paved driveway. (Her knees tell the story though)

As most of you already know, my girls LOVE being outside.  When I say love, I mean it in the passionate way that I love ice-cream.  If it is there, I want it!  Thankfully for me, ice-cream is not always available, but the great outdoors is.  730 in the morning the girls are crying at the front door wanting to go outside!

I can't make it through the entire day if we spend it all outside!  We have a large property (which I love) but no need for a fence around it, and well I have to keep my eyes on them constantly.  Between the many things they can get into, it is a constant work out running after them now that they are even faster on the move.  It was WONDERFUL when we could all go outside, spread a blanket and they would sit and play for hours and not wonder what it would be like to eat dirt, grass, mommies plants, leaves, twigs, bugs, and whatever else they manage to find on the ground!

Now this is what my day consists of!
I have even taken to bringing their high chairs outside for lunch in the shade because dragging those outside is a lot easier than dragging them both inside kicking and screaming because they do not want to come inside.  I cannot blame them really, it is beautiful outside and I honestly love eating my lunch outside on the deck, so I do not mind, and think it is quite cute!

So here is a peek at a couple of hours outside with the girls today...

LUNCH



A bit of story time after cleaning up from lunch! (as much time as I can get out of the chairs!)



Looking at mommies flower bed




Eating Mommies flower bed (I have tried many times to stop them.. I let them get a taste now hoping that they will figure out it is nasty and stop.. The more I try to stop them, the more they want to eat!)



Charlotte pondering the taste of DIRT!



Whoever said that premie babies do not get chubby - um well look at them now!! Ruby just crawling through the flower bed while Charlotte munches on a stick!


Charlotte in her very colourful outfit (yeah I know it does not all match) eating the leaves from the tree!




Can you tell which one is my trouble maker already???  Where I found Charlotte when I turned my back for a minute to stop Ruby from climbing up and standing on our deck chairs.. That is the look she gave me when I told her to get down... I did not quite catch the bottom lip hanging down.  The girls are at the age now where they are understanding that mommy or daddy is NOT happy about something they are doing and you should see the lips they give us... CUTE - but not so cute!


SO that is about 2 hours of time during my day with the twins....
For all you mothers of multiples or little children close to age, what are some of your outdoor activities that you find keep them entertained and how do you keep them from running all over the neighbourhood???

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Teaching them Early

My twins LOVE going to Indigo Books to play and to read books in the "Teacup"! We also thought it was wise to teach the girls that grocery shopping is fun...That way maybe the fits will be minimal when they get older :)

Here is a little of both!



Please forgive the poor quality - these were on my IPhone!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Never Heard That Before

So tonight my in laws (who are next door) were trying out their new fire pit for the first time and we had an invitation to come over and roast some marsh mellows and sit around the fire.. Which of course we took up! As I am writing this quick note I am basking in the scent of camp fire, and loving it.

So Jazzy (my step daughter) who will be 4 in October and our neighbour friend Gracie were playing hide-and-go-seek while we adults sat around the fire. The girls came back for round two of roasting and I noticed Jazzy looked like she might have peed her pants (which she never does). When we asked her if she had she of course was embarrassed but then quickly added the reason why she peed her pants, and I quote...

"I couldn't go in an pee, we were playing hide-and-go-seek and I had a really great hiding spot and I did not want Gracie to find me"

I think she might have her Fathers Competitive nature!!





The sun was right in our faces but I had to post a photo of the girls first "bon fire"

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Overly Cautious

We did not want the twins scared of the stairs, nor did we want to be nervous every time the girls went near the three steps between our dining room and living room. So, from a very early age we helped teach them to turn around and go down the stairs. Ruby I guess is going to be our overly cautious child...

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I guess our camera has a great microphone on it because the TV sounds like it is screaming at me, and you can hear my stuffed up breathing as well... Please ignore!

Monday, June 07, 2010

I Can No Longer...

"At the end of the day faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don't really expect it. It's like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it's not so important happy ever after, just that its happy right now. See once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you , and once in a while people may even take your breath away."  (Grey's Anatomy)


My life takes my breath away everyday... Not always because of the best reasons, but always because my life has true meaning and reason!

I am not sure if it is simply the fact that I now am a mother, or that being pregnant royally messed up my hormones, but I can no longer watch just about any movie, or show without crying.  During my pregnancy that is typical, but I really truly thought that it would change once my beautiful babies were safely in our world, but it has not!  Every emotion is heightened and that is not always a good thing.  I seem to have higher happy and lower lows!  I even cried while re-reading Eclipse!  Which brings me to my post today...

Things I can no longer do since having children

- I can no longer pee in private
- I can no longer read "I'll Love you Forever" without crying
- I can no longer fit in my favourite jeans
- I can no longer go the entire day with clean clothes
- I can no longer sleep in
- I can no longer plan more than a couple days ahead
- I can no longer hear and pay attention to most of church meetings


Finally


- I can no longer imagine my life ANY OTHER WAY!



Thursday, June 03, 2010

Top Ten Thursday


Top Ten Reasons I love my Husband (this week)

1. He knows how to deal with me
2. He tells me how great of a mother I am with the girls
3. He tries extra hard in the morning to be quiet not to wake the house when he goes to work so I might get those extra 15-30 minutes sleep before the girls wake up
4. He works really hard
5. He has such a kind and loving soul (not just for his family)
6. He is not a picky eater and will eat the same thing for dinner/lunch a few days in a row!
7. He is SO good with his daughters - and they love him so much
8. He supports and helps me find time to work out
9. He is supportive of my SCENTSY venture
10. My number one reason this week... the flowers he got me with the little note... and I quote!
"20ish team members (on my Scentsy team)!!!"
"20ish pounds lost!!"
"20ish days until I join you at home for the summer"
"20ish year I've been looking for someone like you"

I love you

What are some of the reasons you LOVE your significant other this week??

(I will post them in my Friday follow up next week and link to your blog)

Check back tomorrow for the Follow up Friday for last weeks Question