Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: A Pictoral Review

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December

New Year's Resolutions Part II

Thanks to all of you who posted your New Year's resolutions in the previous thread - and if you haven't yet there is still time!

I decided to post mine here on the blog so that I might actually follow through with them. And so I can remember what I am resolving to do (usually by March I've totally forgotten). So here it goes, in no particular order:

1. Join a book club. I know I've always said I wanted to do this, but I've never done it. I read like a mad woman, finishing books in a day or two. But I don't ever take my time to THINK about what I'm reading. I would love to sit down with a small group of people, pick a book to study for each month, and then discuss it (possibly over some yummy munchies).

2. Make ME time. Honestly, I don't know if I combed my hair today - or yesterday even. I've got scraps of nail polish on my toes, leftover from my pedicure that my mom took me to in September. And let's not even talk about my eyebrows. I've forgotten how good it feels to do these little things. I can't tell you how many bottles of lotion, body wash and fru-fru things that are just sitting, unused, in my bathroom. So this year, I'm vowing to try and find time for me (when the girls are asleep, of course).

3. Join my local Moms of Multiples group. I can not tell you how invaluable the MoMs on my message board have been (love you girls). It is finally time for me to meet some local MoMs and form new friendships - with other women you GET what having two babies is like. I also want to get together with all of my girl friends who just had their babies, and do playdates with our children.

4. Start jogging. This one is pretty self explanitory. Once the girls get better at holding their necks up, I plan on jogging every day after work with them in their super sweet stroller.

5. Be a good mommy. This is one of my biggest fears in life. Am I reading to the girls often enough, are they being held long enough, can I make sure they are both loved equally, can I teach them the difference between right and wrong, and how to be a good, generous person. I need for them to know that I love them with every fiber, every piece of my heart.

6. Cook more. I love to cook, and I might even say I'm a pretty decent cook. But after months of bedrest, recovering from birth and having newborn twins - I've slacked off a lot in this area. Seriously, I ate crescent rolls and cheese for lunch today. I've seen a lot of bloggers do Menu Plan Monday, and I might start this as well.

Well, those are my New Year's resolutions. Hopefully I will stick to them!

Just two pictures to get you through the day. I cheated a little and did the girls' 3 month photo shoot today - only to realize that they turned out pretty bad. So I'll do it the right way and take them tomorrow. But how cute is this "out take".


And right in the middle of brunch, Audrey dropped a stink bomb. So I had to improvise - Mr. Bear held up Natalie's bottle for a moment while I changed her sister. She thought it was pretty funny and giggled while drinking her bottle.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Year's Resolutions Part I

I'm working on a post about New Year's resolutions, and I'm curious to hear yours. Please post them in the comments section!!

Butterfly Rocker!

Look at this totally adorable rocker the girls got! It's a little butterfly. Even though it is for 9+ months, I just had to try it out today.

Natalie (hehe, look at her face in the first one!):



Audrey:


And this is what happens when Auntie Diana changes your diaper - it gets put on BACKWARDS!

Monday, December 29, 2008

2008 in Review

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

Um, had two babies!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn't make any last year. I'm working on them for this year, though.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Oh wow, yes! Michelle, Lauren, Courtney and 4 co-workers.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No. My Great Uncle John did pass away earlier this year though.

5. What countries did you visit?

None :( Hopefully that will change this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

A lot less stress

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

February 16 - the day I found out I was pregnant
March 12 - TWINS!
June 19 - thought we were losing the girls
October 1 - the happiest day of my life
December 16 - one of the shittiest days of my life

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Becoming a mommy

9. What was your biggest failure?

My marriage

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Three months of morning sickness, 5 weeks total in the hospital and 16 weeks of bedrest.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Musical seahorses for the girls

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Ok, weird question - but I'm going to go with the babies :)

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Doesn't take a genius to figure this one out

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bills, babies, and bills

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Finding out the sex of the babies, and then their birth. Also, Obama winning was pretty awesome.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

Most of the songs I sing now don't have words - they play all.the.time on the girls' toys.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? slightly fatter - I just had twins
c) richer or poorer? poorer, MUCH poorer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Hung out with my friends, made "me" time

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Fight, bedrest

20. How did you spend Christmas?

I dropped the girls off at the in-laws, saw Valkyrie with my dad, and then we opened Santa presents

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

Oh yes, times two on October 1st.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

How I Met You Mother

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don't have time to hate people

24. What was the best book you read?

Oh goodness, I read SO many books this year. But I'm going to go with The Five People You Meet in Heaven

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

That I could still play the flute, which I haven't touched since 8th grade

26. What did you want and get?

Bumbleride Indie Twin stroller

27. What did you want and not get?

An uneventful pregnancy

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

Dark Knight

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Well, on my actual birthday I had to work. Bryan took me out to dinner the night before.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Winning the lottery.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Maternity - ugh

32. What kept you sane?

My family, friends, and fellow moms of multiples

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

My girl crush on Natalie Portman has not faded

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Listening to uninformed people talk about the election

35. Who did you miss?

Old friends and family members I've not seen in a long time

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Well, the girls, obviously.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

Things don't always go as planned, but that is ok

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I've dealt with my ghosts and I've faced all my demons
Finally content with a past I regret
I've found you find strength in your moments of weakness
For once I'm at peace with myself
I've been burdened with blame, trapped in the past for too long
I'm movin' on

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Bumbo Time

The girls and I went to Ruby Tuesday for dinner tonight. Natalie slept the whole time and Audrey just looked around at everyone. They were so good.

The girls are really starting to enjoy sitting in their Bumbo seats. Natalie is on the left and Audrey is on the right:

Eight Things

Eight things
Eight Shows I watch:
1. Desperate Housewives
2. Jeopardy!
3. Myth Busters
4. How I Met Your Mother
5. Big Bang Theory
6. Two and a Half Men
7. Dirty Jobs
8. Little House on the Prarie

Eight Favorite Resturants:
1. El Jalisco
2. City Range
3. Chick-Fil-A
4. Panera Bread
5. Texas Roadhouse
6. Trio's
7. Sonic
8. Melting Pot

Eight Things that Happened to Me Today:
1. Put all new batteries in the girls' toys
2. Took down the Christmas tree
3. Put away all the Christmas decorations
4. Washed bottles
5. Played with my beautiful girls and read them each a story
6. Watched some of Season Two of How I Met Your Mother
7. Washed two loads of laundry
8. Packed up some of the crap in the guest room that is turning into the girls' play room

Eight Things I Look Forward to:
1. My house finally being clean - not tripping over stuff left on the floor
2. Spending New Year's Eve with the girlies!
3. Having friends over to meet the girls for the first time
4. The girls sleeping through the night - hahahaha
5. My dad's 50th birthday
6. Spring break!
7. Summer vacation!
8. All the milestones that the girls are starting to hit

Eight Things I Wish:
1. That I could be a stay at home mommy
2. That my house was paid off
3. That I had gotten my Masters and gotten to go to Yale the past two years
4. That things had gone differently
5. That I was better at keeping in touch with family and friends who are far away
6. That life was all sunshine, rainbows and puppies
7. That the girls would stay little forever
8. I wish for a happy and healthy family because that's all that matters to me

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Girlies

Can you start to tell them apart now? And how cute are these outfits!

Natalie:





Audrey:




Both girls - they are starting to notice each other:



Our super sweet stroller, finally all put together:

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve at Grandma & Grandpa Jones' house











Christmas Day at our house











Luke 2:9-14 - An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

 
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