Monday, February 27, 2017

Microblog Monday: Hiking

I love hiking and exploring new places. It's something I've always enjoyed but have rarely done. Tony and I both would like to be more active with our kids. This last weekend we decided to take them on a little hike. It wasn't a major hike and was actually right in the middle of downtown Eugene at Skinners Butte, a little hill with an easy hike to the top, approximately 1 mile and 262 feet up.

I think it was perfect for our first hiking adventure as a family. The kids did amazing! Rylee asked us to hold her a few times, but she actually asks us to do that all the time at home too. We just told her what a good little hiker she was and she kept going, without us packing her. Ayden was running going up the trail at one point, and he tripped and fell. He had a good cry about that. It was pretty cold, so I'm sure it stung his hands. That and he doesn't like when his hands are dirty, which is funny since he likes to eat applesauce with his fingers instead of a spoon. Go figure! Once he got over that, he was off and running again. They had so much fun, that once we got back down the hill, they immediately wanted to walk back up again! We didn't do it again, but told them we for sure would another day.

Family selfie at the summit.

Checking out the view from the top.

They were such amazing little hikers!

One of the main reasons we chose this spot for our first hike is because there is a really nice playground there as well. The kids had a blast playing at the park after our hike.

It was such a great day!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Microblog Monday: Pampered

Last Thursday was Rylee and Ayden's first overnight with the grandparents. MIL picked the kids up around 4:00 and then I had the other set of twins that I do daycare for until 5:00. Then we had the whole night to ourselves! It was weird, but glorious at the same time. We did nothing. Haha!

Friday began a weekend of pampering for myself. I got my hair trimmed and colored for the first time in over 3 months! I was REALLY turning grey, so it was nice to finally get that covered up.

On Saturday, I finally used my spa gift certificate that Tony gave me TWO Christmases ago! My feet have never been the same since pregnancy. I swear that gaining that extra 26 lbs in fluid during my last week of pregnancy ruined my feet forever! My heels get so dry that they actually tear holes in my socks regularly. No foot care that I do seems to really help. It was sooooo nice to finally get in and have a big time pedicure done and get my feet scrubbed! I wish I had the money to do that more often. It was the best Christmas gift ever, even though it took me so long to actually use it!

Sunday, Tony took the kids to visit his grandpa (who is not doing well) and to go see my sister and her family. I was able to stay home by myself and work on getting stuff together for the upcoming consignment sale in March. It was so nice to be able to work uninterrupted!

It was so nice to be able to do things for myself over the weekend. It was perfect.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pregnancy Memory

I just finished reading Julia's weekly pregnancy post at My Life in Transition about her upcoming ultrasound and hopefully finding out the sex of their surprise baby #4. I smiled all while reading her post because, 1) I love her family, 2) it made me think of how my own pregnancy was, and 3) the post just made me feel all warm and fuzzy. When I read her words about how excited she is to find out the sex (in just 2 days!), I was completely taken back to the moment we found out the sex of our twins.

"I love finding out at the ultrasound so, so much."  Julia Goolia

I had ultrasounds with MFM (maternal fetal medicine) every four weeks. At our 16 week ultrasound, the technician was pretty sure that Baby B was a boy, and *guessed* Baby A was a girl but couldn't say for sure at that point. We went into the appointment not knowing if we would be able to find out at that point, knowing it still might be too early. We didn't let ourselves settle into the idea of knowing what we were having either way. We didn't even tell anybody we had a pretty good guess. We just weren't going to go there, because really, at that point we still barely believed we were even having babies! I didn't even say anything when I wrote the blog post about our 16 week anatomy scan! We wanted to know for SURE first.

I can remember very clearly what it was like laying on the table for the ultrasound. At 20 weeks pregnant, I was huge and it was uncomfortable. The appointments lasted forever, because it took almost a full hour for each baby. The technician was super nice and knew we were excited to find out the sex, so she looked for that right after checking the chambers of the heart first. Baby A wasn't very cooperative in showing her profile or getting in the right position for measurements, but she at least cooperated enough to see that she was a GIRL! I remember Tony crying when he heard those words. It was such a sweet moment. Baby B was confirmed to still be a boy.

I asked the tech if she was SURE, and she answered that the only way to know with 100% certainty is to give birth (lol), but she was pretty sure she was right. 

Tony didn't stay for the entire appointment since he had to get to work. I remember falling asleep several times throughout the rest of the appointment. Remember, I said they took forever? It was always so warm in the room, and I was so sleep deprived throughout my whole pregnancy. I always seemed to fall asleep easily during the day, but could never sleep at night.

Life's been crazy and pretty stressful lately, but it was so nice to take this trip down memory lane. I can now go to bed feeling all the warm and fuzzies. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Disneyland Recap

 If you're friends with me on Facebook, you've seen most of these pictures already. Sorry for the repeat, but there's just too much cuteness not to share here too!

Last Tuesday, Ayden and Rylee got to experience their first airplane ride on the way to Disneyland.

Very excited to board that plane!

He really wanted to help with the luggage.

The first night we were there, we went to Downtown Disney for dinner and window shopping. Their mind was blown and they were in toddler heaven with all the stuffed animals!

He was soooo excited and couldn't decide which was his favorite! (He was looking at more stuffed animals)

Day 1: California Adventure

Getting ready to start the day with their cousins!

Doc McStuffins was the very first character we got to see!

One of my favorite parts of the whole trip was going to the Disney Junior Live show. It was so much fun watching how excited Ayden and Rylee (and all the other little kids) got. Seeing them clapping and jumping up and down dancing actually brought tears to my eyes. It was amazing to experience the joy that this brought them!

Waiting for the show to start.

Mickey Mouse!

Our first family picture of the trip.

Day 2: Disneyland

This trip was made possible for us because Tony's parents are amazing. They took us, along with Tony's brother and family, to Disneyland with them to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

Grandma Faffy and Grandpa C with their grandkids.

Ayden was able to go on a lot of the big kid rides because he (just barely) made the 40" height requirement. Poor Rylee fell a couple inches short of that. Fortunately, she's still young enough that she didn't know what she was missing out on. While most everyone in our group went on one ride, someone always stayed back and took Rylee on something else. She definitely still had fun, just missed out going on a few of the bigger rides. No matter what ride we went on, big or small, both Ayden and Rylee ALWAYS asked to do it again!

Waiting to go on the Star Wars ride.

Tony and Ayden on Splash Mountain. Tony was terrified of Ayden falling out because they weren't buckled in on that ride!

Getting to meet Minnie Mouse in person was a MUST for Rylee, otherwise she may very well have disowned us and moved out of the house. She was sooooo excited to see Minnie Mouse!

Day 3: California Adventure

We lucked out right at the beginning of the day, being in the right place at the right time to meet Donald, Daisy, and Pluto. Rylee repeatedly said she wanted to "pet Pluto" the day before, so she was super excited that she got her chance! She even got to pull on his whiskers, and Ayden and Rylee both got to honk his nose. lol

While we all had a super fabulous time, it did not come without meltdowns. Is it even possible to take a toddler to Disneyland without a meltdown? Ha! Actually, Rylee did pretty good for the most part, but Ayden had a hard time when it came time to get off a ride. He wanted to go again, not get off! He didn't understand that we had to take turns with other people. If  he was on a ride or meeting a character, he was perfectly fine and having fun. But any other time, he was usually whining or crying about something or other. Combine being on the go and lack of sleep with all the excitement of Disneyland, and it made for a cranky toddler.

He had been completely bent over with his arms dangling down, but I missed getting that perfect shot of this meltdown. It was actually pretty funny.

My absolute favorite part of the entire trip was meeting Anna and Elsa! We almost didn't do it, but I'm so glad we did because Ayden and Rylee's reactions made it so worth waiting in line for! Rylee was so nervous and excited that she could hardly contain herself. She was completely star-struck and didn't want me to put her down. Tony caught the very start of our visit with Anna and Elsa on video, which I'm sharing below. Ayden was beyond adorable, encouraging Rylee to go forward and meet the princesses. And then he was a little shy and bashful himself! I can hardly handle how cute they were!

Anna told Rylee they were twins, wearing the same dress!

Rylee asked Elsa where her gloves were. Esla said she didn't need them anymore!

We had such a great time. Tony and I feel beyond lucky that we got to experience taking our own kids to Disneyland. To witness the magic of it all through them is pretty much the best thing ever. I'm so incredibly grateful to my in-laws for making this trip possible, because there's no way we could have afforded it otherwise. At least not right now.

When we got home and I was unpacking, I found a little surprise in Tony's suitcase. Apparently one of the kids (I suspect Ayden) loaded the front pockets with dinosaurs and trucks! We had no idea these had made the trip with us! Hahaha!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Microblog Monday: Disneyland!

We spent a fabulous 3.5 days at Disneyland last week! My in-laws took us and Tony's brother and family there to celebrate their 40th anniversary. We had so much fun! Ayden and Rylee got to experience their first bus ride, airplane ride, roller coaster, and met lots of their favorite Disney characters.

We got to take my oldest niece to Disneyland with us five years ago (thanks to Tony's parents then, too) and it was pretty dang amazing, but nothing can compare to being able to experience it with our own kids. It's something we never thought would be a reality for us. Dreams really do come true...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Right Now

My friend Risa at recently posted a "Right Now" post. She got the idea from another blogger, who also got the idea from another blogger. So... I'm stealing the idea from Risa, who stole it from someone else, who stole it from someone else. lol. I thought it would be kinda fun to do a post like this every once in awhile.

Right now I am:

Reading: only blogs, and even that's been pretty sporadic. I did actually read a book a real book a few weeks ago, but I also managed to prove why I can't do that right now. I stayed up till 4:00am reading that stupid book. I've always been like that. If I start a book, I. Must. Finish. It. So, reading blog posts here and there is all the reading I do, because they are short and I can be on my way when I need to be.

Watching: This is Us. I'm in LOVE with this show! I also currently watch Outdaughtered. And of course Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a daily morning ritual.

Listening: "Let It Go music," as the kids call it. It's a daily request. And no, I can't just play the Frozen soundtrack. It has to be the actual Let It Go song, on repeat...

Drinking: Water and Cascade Ice sparkling water.

Eating: We had Annie's Shells and White Cheddar macaroni and cheese tonight for dinner. I was going to make a nice steak dinner, until I realized that I started the marinade too late. So now it's steak and potatoes tomorrow instead and it was simple mac and cheese tonight.

Wearing: Pj bottoms and a feeling lucky, Lucky Charms shirt.

Loving: The sunny weather we've had the last few days! It's been so nice to let the kids play outside again without freezing to death. It's still cold, but in the 40's at least!

Anticipating: We leave for Disneyland a week from today!

Hoping: That the kids sleep until at least 7:00 in the morning. Rylee usually does most days, and Ayden does sometimes, but usually he wakes up any time between 5:45 and 6:30. We had a busy day though, and he didn't take a nap, so fingers are crossed!

Following: It's kind of hard to avoid all of the political stuff right now. I was looking forward to the election being over so we could move on to more fluffy topics on Facebook and Instagram, but then came the inauguration. And then the next day was the Women's March. I realize it's important, but I'd really like everyone to just go back to being friends. I'm tired of the arguing.

Wondering: Will there ever come a point that parenting gets easier???? I thought the tough phases would ebb and flow a bit, but it kind of feels like we just go from one hard phase to the next. Don't get me wrong. There's lots of fantastic moments in there too, but not easy. I can't say there's been an easy phase yet.

Trying: To figure out when I'm actually going to sit down and write Ayden and Rylee's birthday post. It's been a month now...

Worrying: Always about money. Christmas and a 3rd birthday made things tight enough, but then we unexpectedly had to put four new tires on my car. I only went in to get a new battery, but ended up with over $1000 out of pocket instead. Then we've also been hit with close to $1000 in doctor bills this past month too. If I'd known it was going to cost me $200 when I went to the doc in October for my cough that wouldn't go away, I would have sucked it up and toughed it out. We also got a hefty bill for Rylee's eye appointment (that turned out to be unnecessary. Sigh.), and Tony's racked up a few doctor bills as well. Oy.

Planning: To really work on sticking to a budget so we can quit dipping into our savings account, which is supposed to be our down payment to buy a house.

Contemplating: Whether or not to let Ayden and Rylee spend the night at their grandparents next month. MIL has asked for that to happen. This would be their first overnight without at least one of us with them. I'm pretty sure we are ready to let that happen, but our biggest hesitation is that their house is not child proofed. We can't have one of them waking up in the middle of the night or early morning and having free reign in the house. Chemicals under the sinks; furniture not secured... We'll see.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Day in the Life: Winter 2017

I have exactly 1:26 minutes left to get this post done before the deadline! Aaacckkk! I'm joining Julia from My Life in Transition for her quarterly DITL link up. I'd invite you to join as well, but yeah, it's a little late for that. However, you can still do one and post anyway! These DITL posts are some of my favorite to read. I love the sneak peak into everyone's daily life/routines.

I've always wanted to do pick a weekend day for this, but they always end up way to hectic for me to keep track and log throughout the day. I managed to do it this time, although it might be a bit boring as there's barely any family time involved. That's right. I had almost an entire day all to myself. Today was not a typical day...

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tony: 44 years old (as of yesterday!)
Me: 42 years old
Rylee: 3 years
Ayden: 3 years

I actually got to bed last night at a decent hour and was asleep by 10pm. Unheard of.

4:30am - Tony wakes me up with his snoring. I nudge him a few times and ask him to roll over (he was laying flat on his back), but he didn't budge. I finally decided to just get up, go potty, and go out to the couch so I could go back to sleep.

5:57 - Ayden wakes up crying really hard. I go in and hold him, and ask if he had a bad dream. He says yes, although I'm not really sure he even know what it means to have a bad dream. I take him into the bathroom to go potty and take his pull-up off. Then I take him out to the couch with me, hoping we can go back to sleep for the half hour before my alarm is set to go off. I thought a few times that he actually did go back to sleep, but then he would move and change position, so I knew he was still awake. Which means I was still awake too...

6:30 - I hear Tony awake in the bedroom. Ayden starts to stir and he's ready to get up. I send him in to say good morning to his daddy.

6:44 - I lay my clothes out for the day and jump in the shower. I shave my one leg that I didn't get to do yesterday because Tony took a shower before me and there wasn't enough hot water left! haha

I hurry through the shower, get dressed, and hurried out to tell the kids good bye. I see that Rylee is wearing different pj pants than she went to bed in and ask if she had wet the bed. Tony answered that she had wet her pants, but he wasn't sure about the bed. I rolled my eyes and went in to clear the bed off and put the sheets and blankets in the laundry room. I threw a new mattress protector and sheet on the bed for Tony to make later. Then I gave each of the kids hugs and kisses, grabbed my purse, water bottle, and a Luna bar and headed out the door.

7:25 - got my car started, but ran back into the house to grab the mints I had left on the counter. I always make sure I have mints in the car, because if I ever get sleepy while driving, chewing on them helps keep me awake. I say my goodbyes one more time, jump in the car, and I'm on my way.

Today I'm meeting up with a group of friends from college. I haven't seen them in over 5 years! There's a few that have kept in close contact and see each other regularly. Otherwise, most of us just keep in touch via Facebook and an occasional get together like today.

About 10 minutes down the road, I realize that I haven't taken a picture yet to document the day. I quickly snap a selfie while sitting at a stoplight, hoping nobody sees me taking pictures of myself. Thank goodness it's early and not very many people are on the road yet.

8:40 - I meet up with three of the girls to carpool the rest of the way. I'm so glad I didn't have to drive the whole way by myself, and we had this extra time to visit even more. I've been friends with one of these girls since freshman year of high school.

9:40 - we arrive at our destination, La Provence & Petite Provence, a boulangerie and patisserie. If you're like me, I had to look up what those words even mean. Basically it was a bakery/pastry restaurant type place. We are 20 minutes early, but the place is very busy, which allowed us to put our name in and get a table at our designated meeting time.

10:00 - one more girlfriend from college joins us. We have a lovely time visiting, catching up on our current lives and reminiscing our college days. There are three more girls from our group of friends that aren't able to join us today, that we hope will be able to come to the next get together. We start making plans to meet up on the WOU (Western Oregon University) campus this spring. We joke about how we need to dig out our old roller blades and take a tour of our old stomping grounds. Of course, nobody still has there roller blades, so we'll just take a walking tour instead. Wink, wink. We are so old now that the name of the college has even changed since we went to school there! It was formerly known as WOSC (Western Oregon State College). And actually, if we go back even further before our time, it used to be called Oregon College of Education. And before that, it was the Oregon Normal School. A little history lesson...

11:30 - We all say our goodbyes. Not too far down the road, I realize we didn't all take a picture together! We talked about all of us finding our old pictures and bringing them next time, but we failed to take a current picture. Sigh.

12:25pm - We get back to our meeting point and each get in our own cars. I decide to run into Old Navy real quick, since it's just right across the road. Old Navy is awesome about giving away their hangers, and I need to restock so that I can get ready for the upcoming consignment sale in March. I never feel like I should ask for hangers if I'm not buying anything, so I find a few items on clearance that happened to also be an additional 30% off. When I ask if they have any extra hangers to give away, I'm given a huge bag full!

1:20 - I leave Old Navy and head to visit my mom. She had some pretty severe health issues last week that ended up with her in the hospital. She's now at the Salem Transitional Center to rehab a broken ankle and recover from the back surgery she had a few weeks ago.

1:45 - When I arrive to her room, I find my mom asleep. As soon as I move around the room to sit in a chair, she wakes up. She's doing so much better today! She's convinced she's going to be able to go home by next weekend. Time will tell...

With my mom.
3:20 - Leave my visit with my mom. Before jumping back on the freeway to head toward home, I stop and get a milkshake. I'd like to grab something light and quick to eat, but I don't want fast food, so I settle for a milkshake instead.

4:40 - Pull into Walmart to pick up groceries. I have to remember to pick up some black shoe polish for Tony! Walmart is always packed and it takes me way too long to get all the groceries. While standing in line to check out, I scroll Facebook. I have a friend doing an online LulaRoe party, so I snap a picture real quick of my LLR outfit that I happen to have on and post it, making a joke about being the best dressed person at Walmart.

6:30 - Finally done shopping and head home.

6:50 - Pull into the driveway and unload the groceries from the car. Tony just finished giving the kids their bath and is putting their pj's on. Rylee and Ayden are super excited to see me. Awwww, so nice to be so loved! Tony is feeling DONE from the day and goes into the bedroom for a break and some alone time.

I help the kids pick up their toys. We give each other lots of hugs and have fun taking a few selfies. I can't end the day without a picture or two of my kids, right???

My babies

Making faces
I comb Rylee's hair and we get both of their teeth brushed. Then they pick a book (Beauty and the Beast) and we sit down on the couch to read it together. Part way through the book, Tony comes out of the bedroom and joins us for story time. After we finish that book, they get the truck trader magazines that their Grandpa brought yesterday. I'm not sure why they are so intrigued with "reading" them, but we count the different colored trucks and point out all the dump trucks.

7:25 - They aren't happy when I say it's time to go potty and go to bed, but we somehow manage to get them into the bathroom without too much whining. After saying our bedtime prayers in Rylee's room, they wrestle around for a few minutes instead of giving the hugs and kisses they are supposed to be giving each other. Finally I get Ayden in his room to tuck him in and say goodnight, while Tony tucks Rylee in. Then we switch. Rylee always requires more time from me to give squeezy hugs, let her "do my hair," and sing songs.

7:40 - Leave Rylee's room and start going through all of the toys and books I'll be selling at the consignment sale, and making a list so I can enter them into the computer. Tony starts playing a game of Risk on his old school PlayStation.

7:50 - Both kids are hollering. Tony takes Ayden potty and goes in to see Rylee, but it's me they both want to see. I go in and tuck Ayden in one more time, and then take Rylee potty and tuck her in again. Once that's done, I go back to work on my consignment sale stuff. If I get 30 items entered into the computer tonight, I go into a drawing to possibly earn a higher commission off the stuff I sell at the sale. During this time, I also plug my phone into the computer so I can download my pictures.

9:23 - I finish entering my items into the computer and then go take a shower. I talk with Tony for a bit when I get out. He sounds horrible. He's managed to catch the kids' colds. While we're talking, I discover an entire pile of dirty laundry on our bedroom floor that is soaking wet. Apparently while Tony was indisposed in the bathroom (taking a grumpy) today, Ayden and Rylee had fun in the other bathroom "making pancakes" from the sink, resulting in a ton of wet clothes and towels. I moved the clothes into the laundry room and off our bedroom carpet. Men! Eye roll...

10:25 - I toast myself a bagel and then sit down at the computer to type this up.

It is now 12:37am. Ugh. This has taken MUCH longer to put together than I thought it would! It was a fairly simple day and considerably shorter than ANY other DITL post I've ever done, but it's still taken me hours. It's time for me to hit the tab to publish this post and try to submit it, even though I'm now past the deadline. And then I've GOT to go to bed!