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Mar. 18th, 2009


This blog is MOVING!

I have moved my blog to http://stephn33.wordpress.com/. If you have this site bookmarked, it will no longer be updated. You will need to save this new address! Sorry for the inconvenience, but this blog is at its limit for photos!

Mar. 9th, 2009


More photos....

We had a nice weekend with the inlaws. Yesterday, we took the boys to Dairy Queen and they had a vanilla soft serve cone (I ordered cups but whatever...) They LOVED it and didn't make too much of a mess because they didn't want to lose any!
On Thursday, we are going to Disney for a couple of days. It is free for me because it is my birthday, the boys are free because they are under 3, and CQ is free because the military gets a one time 5 day pass. We are going to the Magic Kingdom, staying the night at Shades of Green (the Disney military hotel on property) and going to the Animal Kingdom the next day. It should be TONS of fun!

The boys play room- super clean and toys picked up!

Quinn's crib. Although, E is the one that likes to carry around stuffed animals, Q demands all these in his bed.

Q playing with the cool toy on the wall that we got from IKEA for $7! I love that place!

This is Veggie Pirate Booty. Both the boys are OBSESSED with it. I let them eat as much as they want because the main ingredients are CORN, BROCCOLI, SPINACH, and KALE!!!

Mar. 6th, 2009


17 months!!!

This is a photo post of just life around here....

Meet Trouble!

You know people must have said "double trouble" a million times since the boys were born. Well, it SO fits!!! Look at them!

E is SO cute! He doesn't like to be read to, he wants to do it.

Here is a 3 photo fight sequence

And the winner is....

They are kissing! Adorable!!!

Mar. 1st, 2009


Gasparilla Race 2009

Yesterday we walked in the Gasparilla 5K Stroller Roll in Tampa. Today is the marathon and half marathon and our brother in law is running in it right now.
We started at our church and took a photo and headed to the start line. Here are some photos.

Starting out at Hyde Park UMC. The boys got the cutest shirts but they were too huge!

Hanging out at the church for the photo!

Almost done!

Quinn needs a water break! And Mommy didn't bring sunscreen! E didn't make it~ he fell asleep!

Family Pic from another passing Hyde Park member! (the shirts give us away!)

Great photo~ besides my weird skin face!

E with his medal

Comparing medals

It was a great day! It was super hot but not a cloud in the sky! Beautiful!

Feb. 24th, 2009


Almost 17 months!

The boys are doing so many new and amazing things. They pretty much understand everything I tell them now. Here are some of my faves:

1. Both boys now run. Sadly, I really have to try to catch them.
2. E walks around saying, "Quinn" "Quinn" It sounds SO adorable and I just love to hear it! He is either looking for him or tattling on him!
3. Q gives real kisses now. Great smackers!
4. At night, when I put them to bed, E now says "hi" (which is bye) and waves to me from his crib!
5. We have less biting!!! Yeah! BUT, now more hitting.
6. They dance SO adorable. I never taught them to dance and I NEVER dance around the house. Must be instinct!
7. The boys sign~ "where' "eat" "more" "all done" "bath" "milk" "puppy" and some others I can't remember at the moment.
8. Q is SO GOOFY! He makes the funniest faces and giggles. He is SO weird!
9. E prefers to read books himself than for me to read.
10. E has a great throwing arm.

I can sit on a ball if I want to!

What can I say?

For Meme: Note the socks.

I was trying to take a pic of E and Q jumped in front of the camera!

He is SUCH a ham!

E is biting everything. Two large molars on the bottom came in all of a sudden. They are huge! I don't know how any other teeth are going to fit.

I told Quinn to kiss his brother. Ean was not having it. So, he ran away.....

But Quinn's eyes were already closed and he didn't know he was gone. Leaving this photo! Hilarious!

Feb. 19th, 2009


The Croup and other things....

So, as I posted before, Quinn has/had the croup and it landed us in the ER last week. We assumed that E would get some sort of something out of this since he shares pacifiers and everything else with his bro. Plus, E is the one that always gets everything! (Here's for praying that changes) Well, oddly enough, while Q was sick he slept fine. The docs said the nites would be the worst and we would probably have to be up holding him in the bathroom filled with steam. That didn't happen. I say "oddly enough" because Q is the one who doesn't sleep well. (See all past blog entries!) Q was actually bad during the days. Not a peep at night. He sleeps better sick!  Well, E now can't breathe out of his nose~he is horribly congested. He woke up last night at 3:30! I can't remember the last time E woke up screaming and not sleeping through the night~maybe 8 or 9 months ago??? He was inconsolable. He came in the bed with me~which we also haven't done in 8 or 9 months. I didn't get much sleep after that. He tossed and turned every 20 min. or so and usually as I was falling back asleep. He also would whine, whimper, and sniffle. I gave him some Benadryl before bedtime tonight. I hope it dries up his nose. He was miserable at bedtime. I hope he doesn't wake up tonight! But thanks that he isn't wheezing! 
I feel tired and kinda crappy myself. Not surprising since the whole time the boys have been runny nosy, I have still been kissing them and getting snot all over me. Both CQ and I have never been as sick as we have been since the boys were born than in our whole lives! Oh, well. Small price! 
Off to early bed in case I am up tonight.

Feb. 17th, 2009


Late afternoon fun in the sand...

Monday afternoon on Treasure Island beach. I cherish these moments!

Q eating sand. He won't eat real food but he will eat sand?????

Showing the boys how to play in the sand.

Sunset on Indian Rocks Beach

Love this photo!

E says, "it's cold!"

More photos from the LONG weekend

Yesterday, we had a great President's Day. I will post those photos tomorrow. Here are some more from the weekend.

Chris decided to introduce the boys to chocolates on Valentine's Day. He gave them a bunch and then took off to play golf. Leaving me and Gran with 2 jacked up babies!

"E, whatcha got?"

Watching Tigger and Pooh in their chairs at Gran's

Feb. 15th, 2009


Haven't posted in a long while!

We have been very busy for the past few weeks. CQ's grandmother has been in hospice for the past month and she died last week. We spent a couple weekends visiting her and then this past weekend went for the funeral. We feel very fortunate that she got to meet and enjoy the boys. We have a very fond memory of right before Christmas, visiting them in Sebring at their house, and Granny running all over the place, chasing and playing with the boys. How many people get to meet their great grandchildren? We give thanks to God that he gave us that time and memories.
Also, after the funeral on Thursday, we had to take Q to the ER. He was wheezing and having trouble breathing. It sounded awful! As soon as they heard Q breathing they took us right in. The triage nurse even did his heart rate from across the room since she could hear every breath he took. He was quickly diagnosed with the croup. (I always put "the" in front of it!) He had 2 breathing treatments, a steroid shot, and some Motrin to bring down his fever. It is now Sunday and he is doing much better. The doc told me they get tons of the croup cases in the ER because it sounds horrible and scares the parents.
Despite all that has happened, we managed to have some fun.Here are some recent photos of the boys.

Playing at Gran and Papa Doc's

This little boy has SO many nicknames for all the trouble he gets in. "Destructo" "juvey" and "little vermin" are some of the highlights.

Trouble! (But so darn cute!)

Running on the golf course!

"Gran's got me~but I want to run free!"

my sick little boy!

More photos tomorrow...

Feb. 3rd, 2009


(no subject)

If you read this blog, you know I am living a blessed life. Just look at the photographic evidence. Be assured (or reassured) that I know that. My boys are more than I ever could have imagined for myself. Raising twins is HARD. Everyone asks me how I do it. Well, I don't know. And I doubt my abilities every day. But, I wake up every day with them as the center of my world and work 110% to get it perfect or as near to it as I can. I worry about the way I do everything cause hey, I am making it up as I go! Are they eating enough? Are they getting enough nutritional foods? Veges? Are they saying enough? Why don't they say more? What are those weird spots on E's wrist? What is Q allergic to? Why won't they sleep past 6 am? Why won't they stop biting each other? Do they watch too much PBS? I could go on.
You know what? That is all VERY overwhelming. But for once in my life I am saying~ I am doing a darn good job. I am proud of my boys and most importantly proud of myself. Yeah, I get tired, exhausted, fed up, and overwhelmed~ but I deserve those feelings! And they are miniscule in comparison to how much joy I get from the boys. (stepping down from the soap box....)

E throwing Q out of timeout.

"Thank you, I would like to be punished now." The timeout mat has come out and we are getting tons of use out of it. At first we had to put them the corner. Now they just walk over, head hung down, and plop down! So much for not understanding!

My grandmother (Meme) with the boys. LOOK at those hats she gave them. SO adorable!

My mother (the boys call her Meme like I call my grandmother Meme. Hey, keep up!) puts the boys to work when they come over!

Q LOVES the Swiffer!

E is reading the Walgreen's ad. He is also in a rush to get somewhere.

With Papa Doc and Aunt Heather. I had to take this photo and run inside. My obsessive craziness makes me not able to even watch them next to the water like that. Even when in those very capable arms.

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