Tuesday, July 18, 2017

6 Years

This weekend, Mike and I also celebrated 6 years of marriage. 6 years!

All weekend, it was fun to reminisce and think back on our wedding festivities. How this night we were at our rehearsal, how at this time 6 years ago we were getting ready to walk down the aisle, etc. It was such an amazing day, filled with family and friends, love and laughter. We are still overwhelmed by the gift the Lord provided to us in such a fun celebration.

We were able to sneak away for a fun anniversary dinner at Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, and it was SO nice to just sit and talk and enjoy a good meal together. We took some time to reflect over the past 6 years and all that the Lord has done for us.

The past 6 years have been filled with more of the same from our wedding day...family and friends, love and laughter. But they have also been filled with some hard and scary times. From McKinney to Plano, church planting to infertility, health issues to embryo adoption...it has been a FULL 6 years, for sure. Mike keeps me sane, focused on Jesus, and laughing through the crazy, and I just can't imagine walking through all that we have with anyone else. 

We went into marriage with healthy expectations, but we have both been surprised by the toll that parenthood can easily take on a marriage. Babies are all-consuming {in a good, appropriate and season-of-life way}, but we are realizing how much extra work it takes to work on our marriage when we're both wiped out from parenting twins. And we're only 8.5 months in!

We are loving this new season, and having babies has unlocked another aspect of our marriage that makes me love Mike that much more. And we both agree that we make a good parenting team. But we also recognize the importance of keeping each other a priority and our relationship healthy. So as we begin to come out of some of the fog of raising newborn twins, we are committing to taking steps to keeping our marriage healthy and focused on Jesus. We're still figuring out what that looks like, but I am thankful for my sweet husband who helps keep us on track :)

So while marriage has been full of romance, fun, and adventure, as of late it has also been full of dirty diapers, feeding babies, and falling into bed exhausted to fall asleep to The Office reruns. But I wouldn't trade any of it, and I love that we get to do it all together. I love our little family, and I love our life together.

We're looking forward to another 60 years! :)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Twin Adventures :: Road Trip to San Antonio

This past weekend we packed up the babies and headed to San Antonio! My mom had come into town a few days before for a visit, so she was able to drive to San Antonio with us, and it was so nice to have the extra hands.

Babies' first trip to Buc-ee's!

While it was definitely a lot of work to road trip with babies, they did so well! They didn't sleep very much, so we had some tired babies by the time we made it to San Antonio, but overall they stayed in good moods and did really well on the drive. And it really didn't take us as long as I thought it would. We took our time and made the stops we needed, but babies were {mostly} content in their car seats.

Maddie was a huge fan of "driving" {really, she was just happy to be stretching her legs!}

One of the main reasons for the trip was to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa, of course! So there was definitely lots of play time with them. They stocked up on fun new toys for Eli and Maddie, so there were lots of new things to explore. To say that we took over their house is a slight understatement :)

Another reason for the trip was to introduce Eli and Maddie to their great grandparents. All 4 of my grandparents are still living, and so it was so special for Eli and Maddie to get to meet all of them!

Eli meeting Lito Grande

Eli LOVED Lita Grande...seriously, he snuggled up with her and gave her all kinds of love!

Maddie was a little wary of meeting new people, but my grandparents were good sports about it :)

Maddie meeting Great Grandpa

Eli meeting Great Grandpa

Eli meeting Great Grandma

Maddie meeting Great Grandma

We had a great weekend, and we are so thankful for the time with family. Overall, Eli and Maddie did really well, but we were all glad to be home in our own beds and back into our normal routine. We miss Grandma and Grandpa already, and we look forward to their next visit!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Eli + Maddie :: 8 Months

Forgive baby girl's expression...she has decided that cameras require intense scrutiny :)

Eli & Maddie, 

Your first year is flying by, and every new month brings a host of fun memories! You both have definitely entered the squirmy stage; seriously, neither of you can sit still for second! I'll just say that we're not exactly operating at maximum efficiency, since everything takes 5x as long to do...but you just have so much to explore, and you want to do it all at once. You are sitting up more on your own and are semi-mobile, so it creates new challenges for keeping you safe. Neither of you are officially crawling yet, but we're getting close! There's a lot of rolling, scooting, and reaching going on...oh, and the rocking on all fours with the baby tushes in the air is pretty darn cute :)  You have started playing with each other a little more, and watching you try to get each other's attention and then giggle together makes the hardest of days 100% worth it. My sweet loves, we love you so much, and you have brought us SO much joy that sometimes we can hardly stand it.


E L I J A H      W I N N

Stats :: 19 pounds

Loves :: your stuffed lion, being tickled, sucking on your toes

Dislikes :: having your nose wiped, sitting still

Eat :: you are eating 6 to 6.5 ounces five times a day. thankfully, your eating is back up and hasn't seemed to wane with your recent cold. we continued with our favorite fruits and veggies, but added in another meal of solids, so you are now eating solids at breakfast and dinner. on a side note, you have started burping quite a bit on your own, which is one less step for mama!

Sleep :: you're still sleeping consistently through the night, but naps are still all over the place. sometimes you nap really well, and other times, you decide naps are not for you that day. which is actually kind of hard, because you can't seem to stay awake and happy for long stretches of time. so hopefully you get back into a good nap groove soon.

Play/Development :: you are constantly exploring your little world! you are reaching for everything, and moving toward the things you want. you are doing a lot better with sitting up on your own, though you still tend to topple over if I'm not close. you aren't crawling yet, but you definitely have tried more of the forward momentum attempts; you have even managed to move backward a few times...? you are still growling all the time, and are starting to "voice" your opinions more often.

Unique to You :: sweet boy, I am convinced you are going to be our go-with-the-flow kiddo. you seem pretty content most of the time. but that laid back attitude still comes with tons of energy; you still bounce NON-STOP. you have started leaning in more for actual hugs and cuddles, and it's the absolute sweetest thing. you have started growing more hair {yay!}, and you have these random long hairs that are the makings of a fantastic comb-over :) 

M A D E L I N E      G R A C E

Stats :: 22 pounds

Loves :: your stuffed monkey, your carseat toy butterfly, back scratches

Dislikes :: having your hair brushed, sharing

Eat :: you are eating 6.5 to 7 ounces five times a day, and you didn't seem to skip a beat with your recent cold. we continued with our favorite fruits and veggies, but added in another meal of solids, so you are now eating solids at breakfast and dinner. your little pincer grasp is quickly developing, and you really enjoy feeding yourself.

Sleep :: you're still sleeping consistently through the night, though you have started waking up super early. you will just talk and play in your crib until it's time to get up for the day, so that's good...we just need to work on doing that quietly, so you don't wake your brother :)  naps are still all over the place. sometimes you nap really well, and other times, you decide naps are not for you that day. which is actually kind of hard, because you can't seem to stay awake and happy for long stretches of time. so hopefully you get back into a good nap groove soon. I have noticed that for that last nap of the day, you tend to want to be put in your crib for some quiet time. you don't actually sleep, but you seem to do better with some peace and quiet, rather than staying up to play until bedtime. I totally get it, baby girl.

Play/Development :: you are constantly exploring your little world! you are reaching for everything, and moving toward the things you want. you are completely sitting up on your own now, often sitting all by yourself all during play time. you haven't quite figured out how to get yourself into a seated position, but one step at a time :)  you aren't crawling yet, but you definitely are doing a lot of rocking back and forth. you are still working on grabbing food, but your pincer grasp is really coming along quickly. you are experimenting with the full range of your vocal chords {read: screaming}, and you are constantly blowing raspberries, growling, making some sort of noise.

Unique to You :: baby girl, you are obsessed with textures, particularly the varying textures of mama's pants, rubbing the varying fabrics for a long time. you have also started getting tickled pretty easily on your own; a lot of times you just start giggling in the back seat and just have a grand old time just laughing and babbling to yourself. you absolutely LOVE your daddy! seriously, you can be a toot all day long, but the minute he walks in the door, you are magically better. to say that you are a daddy's girl is an understatement. your little personality is passionate; you wear your little heart on your sleeve. you will be my patience builder, as you seem to express your emotions, well, expressively :)

Friday, June 30, 2017

{iPhone Rewind} :: June

When you have sick and fussy babies, you do what you have to do...we hung out in the bathroom with the hot shower running to help clear sinuses.

She wants everything I have haha {this is empty and tightly closed}

Crazy hair lady :)

I went to put Maddie in the nursery and came back to get Eli and found this...that's one way to play with the play mat!

Admiring ourselves in the mirror :)

Sasha had her yearly check up at the vet and was given a clean bill of health! Other than being a creaky old lady, she's pretty healthy!

Family lunch at Cowboy Chicken

So this is where we are this month: baby jail :)  

These 2 make my heart so happy!

Sasha is really popular around our house these days...and she is loving staying close for extra treats :)

Love my best friend :)

Play time :)

We got to hang out with Grumpz and Eli had lots of fun!

This girl has no shortage of sleeping positions...but the thumb. The thumb gets me every time. 

Eli loves hanging out with Aunt Christa on Sunday mornings.

Flowers from my love...when Daddy takes the babies to Target, Mama gets flowers. Deal.

She loves her daddy...despite her indifferent expression here :)


He was trying to focus on something above him, but just ended up looking like he was rolling his eyes.

Mama and Maddie

She LOVES her little stuffed monkey!

We sent my dad Tiff's Treats for Father's Day, and he was pretty excited about it!

These two...I love that they're starting to play more with each other!

Our little thumb sucker...

Mama and Eli

Cutie Pie! :)

Sam's carts are made for twins :)

The cutest laundry I ever did see!

The carseats have become too heavy to click in and out of the car and stroller, so we have transitioned into the actual stroller seats. They seemed to enjoy their "new" ride :)