Our precious boys...

Our precious boys...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

TIME OUT?

I think we may need a new discipline technique.

If the boys misbehave badly (most often as a result from biting each other), we set them in the corner for a one minute time out. We say very sternly, "no bite" and say "that hurts your brother." Usually Eli whimpers and cries. And usually Will either has no expression or just smiles.

(I'm working on trying to look and sound much more scary! I need them to fear me, I tell ya. All my dad had to do was point his index finger at us when we were kids and we froze. Ahh, I hope to have that power someday!!)

Okay, back to the story:

Last week, Will bit Elijah on the foot, smiled and laughed, then walked over and sat himself down in the corner. He looked so proud.

That little turd gave himself a time-out! It was like he had it all planned out!

But to make it even worse (or more funny actually), Elijah walked over and joined Will in the time-out. This is the point where of course, as good parents, we got the camera to take photos. :)





Will finally got up, then Elijah sat down and gave himself a time-out for no reason. I guess it looked like fun.



As you can see, Will wanted another time out and was trying to push his way back in.


Like I said, I think we may need a new discipline technique.



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Monday, February 27, 2012

PARTNERS IN CRIME

These were all taken during the month of February.

As you can tell, there's never a dull moment around here.

Partners in crime? You bet!

Best friends! No doubt!



Ummm...I guess they know how to climb!




One of their favorite spots in the morning is under the sink right by the heating vent!


Make sure you look close enough, yes, that is Will sitting on Eli's head!


My little power shoppers!


Elijah's newest, most annoying hobby ever...


What kind of smile is that, Will? He looks like a little old man!


They have become obsessed with sitting on big chairs.


Big boys sitting at the table!


Another one of their favorite spots, looking out the big front window. (Usually while standing on toys to get a better look.)


Serious reading and relaxing...


Umm!?!?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

WEARING DADDY'S 18 MONTH OUTFIT

A few years ago, Nick's mom, Carolyn, found an old outfit of Nick's when he was a boy and passed it on to us. It fit on a teddy bear we had so I had the bear wearing it, looking so adorable. Recently I took the outfit off and saw that it is an 18 month outfit. Just the perfect size now to put on boys and take some photos! I'm thankful we didn't miss the opportunity for them to wear it for a while!

Carolyn had embroidered by hand, "Nick" on the back of the sweatshirt. About 31 years later and it's still in great condition!

Close-up of embroidery. Nice work, Carolyn!


How amazing to think a tiny little Nick ran around in this adorable little outfit. And how his boys can wear it! Awwww...just melts this momma's heart!!!!

Doesn't Eli look like a little future Olympian?


Maybe he'll give up his favorite blankie before the Olympics. :)


When you look good and feel good, you can build very high towers! Will is proof!


"Enough photos already!"


A backwards wave from Will.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

SPINNING, DIZZINESS, AND FALLING

Spinning is fun! Eli and Will do this very often. And of course they love all Journey songs!! Hilarious!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

FROZEN DAYCARE

We got our bill in the mail last week from Reprotech in Minneapolis. That is where our 8 precious little embabies (embryos) are being stored until we need them. It's like frozen daycare!

It costs $400 per year to keep your embryos frozen there. At first we thought that seemed a little expensive, but then we realized that if you really think about it, it's actually a heck of a deal.

If you do the math, it costs less than 14 cents per day per baby!

WOW!

A little over $1 per day to keep our 8 babies safe for a whole 24 hours.

Pretty affordable daycare actually.

I wonder if they'd babysit Elijah and Will for a few days. :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

PRAYERS FOR ANOTHER FRIEND


My heart aches as yet another friend of mine had an early miscarriage on Monday after a round of IVF. I wish I could take away the pain for Melanie and her husband, Tom. I wish I had the answers. I pray that God gives them peace and comfort during this heartbreaking time. Give them the strength to keep moving forward and to trust in God's timing and plan for their family. As their arms are still empty, give them hope for the future. A future where they will be a mommy and daddy, full of joy with a child they can call their own.

Nestled in God’s Arms
The Lord loves little ones
And keeps them safe and warm
In a special place in Heaven
Nestled in His arms.
The Lord placed the tiny babes
To grow in a mother’s womb
And if He calls them home before their birth
He must have them a special room.
I have not yet seen Heaven
But I know our God above
Will take special care of tiny ones
And surround them with His love.
So do not fret or mourn
For the tiny soul set free
But look forward to a reunion
That will last eternally.
- Thena Smith

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

THREE HANDSOME VALENTINES

My BIG Valentine:

My LITTLE Valentines:


Happy Valentines Day! ♥

Just as I posted last year: I'm not a big Valentine's Day person. I don't really make a big deal out of it or expect anything, especially as I get older. I'd rather tell someone how much they mean to me on any other random day out of the year when it's not expected, and many more times than just once.

There are many different kinds of love and I think Valentine's Day should celebrate all of those much beyond that mushy, mushy, romantic love. So Happy Valentine's Day to everyone in my life. And even though I don't have the means or time to individually tell each one of you, please know you are loved in some form or another. And I am blessed to have you in my life!

And let's not forget the best Valentine of all: Jesus!

"But because of his great LOVE for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:4-5

I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating all of those you love!

My three handsome Valentines...


I adore these wonderful men in my life!


Will and Nick


Eli and Nick

Monday, February 13, 2012

17 MONTHS OLD

Peek-a-boo, I'm Eli and am writing this blog post today.


I know it's absolutely hard to believe, but Will and I are 17 months old today! Mommy said we're are getting old enough to start helping her out with the blog, so here's my first attempt!

We are getting bigger and learning new things every day. I weigh 23 pounds 10 ounces and Will now weighs 23 pounds 3 ounces. I think I'm bigger because I usually eat a lot more then Will. He eats nice and slow and I like to chow down fast! And I am a whole minute older than him, so I should be bigger, right? Otherwise I wouldn't be the BIG brother!

Why use two chairs when we can both cuddle together in one?


My baby brother, Will, is a big climber and is now climbing up onto everything and even moving chairs around to use to climb onto higher things. You're probably wondering why I haven't started copying him yet. Well, the jokes on you. Because even though I'm not the one climbing, I'm the one who figured it out and told Will how to do it. You can say that I'm the "thinker" and Will's the "do-er". :)

Here's a photo of Will wearing our cousin Cora's sunglasses. He loves those things!


Mommy wanted me to tell you that both Will and I are starting to say more words. We also like to make animal noises and can bark like a dog, roar like a bear, hoot like an owl, and say "oooh oooh ah ah" like a monkey! We also do sign language for "more" very often. We like to use it for any situation where we want something, so basically when we sign "more" it can mean: please, more, help, I want that, etc.

Being 17 Months old wears us out!


Well, I have to get back to playing. It's what I do best. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Love,
Elijah

Monday, February 6, 2012

NAP TIME?

Ummm...it's supposed to be nap time. But from the sounds coming out of the nursery, either monkeys have invaded or else those two little turds are speaking their top secret twin language to each other. All I know for sure is that there's not much sleeping going on in there. ;)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

WHAT YOU CAN GET DONE IN 30 MINUTES WITHOUT YOUR KIDS

Saw this on facebook tonight and busted out laughing. Like, full out SNORT laugh. FUNNY!! So true it is.

The photo wouldn't save big enough, so click on the link below:

WHAT YOU CAN GET DONE IN 30 MINUTES WITHOUT YOUR KIDS


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TWO TO LOVE

TWO years ago today, on February TWO, 2010, I knew it would either be one of the happiest days of my life...or another devastating disappointment.

But after over 3 years of waiting and praying, I heard the TWO simplest and most beautiful words I've ever heard in my life.

1. You're
2. Pregnant

Even though I had to hear it over the phone from a nurse at the Mayo Clinic, it was still all "TWO" magical.

Read more about that day in these TWO old blog posts:

Today Is The Day

The Day We've Dreamed Of


And then we'd wait 24 more days, at our first ultrasound, to see if there was one or TWO babies. :)


(Apparently there was TWO!)

"There's two to wash, There's two to dry;
There's two who argue, There's two who cry.
One's in the mud, Having a ball;
The other holds a crayon... Another marked wall.
Some days seem endless, My patience grows thin.
Why did God choose me To be a mother of twins?
The answer comes clear- At the end of the day,
As I tuck them in bed And to myself I say...
There's two to kiss, There's two to hug;
And best of all, Thank You, God, for two to love."