Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Picture

Believe it or not, we actually got a pretty good picture of all 3 kids for our Christmas card this year!  We had them wear the traditional Santa hats and crossed our fingers that when they sat next to each other we would have smiles and not grumpy faces! It only took 5 shots and this is what we have.......

Thanks to Renee at Busy Bee Paperie for the wonderful selection of Christmas cards!  I loved ours this year and will definitely be ordering again next year.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Crib Free!!!!!

After a little over 5 years, (long pause) I am proud to say our house is CRIB FREE!  Reese and Will's new "big kid" furniture arrived yesterday and I couldn't be more excited. They seem to love their beds, and knock on wood, haven't dared to get out of them!  Here are a couple of pictures from their rooms.

Reese doesn't have a theme yet for her room and Will's room has a pirate theme.  Decorating their rooms will now be easier since they have permanent furniture.  Hopefully soon I can share pictures of their completed bedrooms!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Elfie's not for everyone!

So this is Elfie our house Elf! He is one of Santa's elves who will be calling our house home for the month of December. Santa sent him to watch over the kids and report back every night on if they have been naughty or nice.  Elfie has strict orders not to talk to us but we can talk to him.  Also, we cannot touch him or else he'll loose his Christmas magic and won't be able to return to the North Pole every night to talk to Santa.

All of the kids love Elfie.  They love finding his new hiding spot every morning and Olivia especially loves talking to Elfie - telling him all the things Reese and Will have done wrong!  It's nice too because I talk to Elfie telling him bits of information to take back to Santa.  I tell him good things the kids have done but also he hears when they aren't being very good!  You better believe Olivia and Will shape up if I tell Elfie of their "naughty" behavior!!

Reese on the other hand is a different story.  She loves the idea of having Elfie around the house.  She loves finding him in the morning and talks about him occasionally throughout the day.  The problem is, she isn't fazed by the fact that he is telling Santa how she has acted for the day!  She'll be talking mean to Will or not playing nice with Olivia and I'll say in a most dramatic voice, "Oh, boy Elfie, I would hate for Santa to find out that Reese isn't sharing with her sister."  Reese will just look at me like I'm the crazy one and continue on with what she was doing!  I give up!

I guess Elfie's not for everyone!

Monday, November 23, 2009

No No No!

Walked up the stairs and saw this!

In case you can't read this it says,
"No Reese
and Will
No tuch
No No No"!

My kindergartner is learning to write her brother and sister notes!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My little Cherub Singers

Last year Olivia was in the Cherub Choir at church.  It was the cutest thing EVER seeing her belt out her church songs as loud as she could.  I couldn't wait for this year to come so Reese and Will could join Olivia up on stage to sing their little hearts out too.  

They've been practicing the same two songs for 2 months now every Wednesday night.  I have been lucky enough to sit out in the hall to listen to them practicing and everything was going great.  We sang our songs at home and to everyone we knew.  I thought, "Yes - they are ready!" 

This past Sunday was the moment of truth - Olivia, being the old pro she was, had no problem getting her robe on and ran right in to get ready.  Reese and Will seemed a little hesitant and really wanted nothing to do with their robes. The one thing that was working was their "bribe"!  

Let me back up - before we left for church we told the kids that if they were really good listeners and sang really well in church, they could pick out 2 pieces of candy from their trick-or-treat bags!!  We even brought their candy bags in the car so they could pick something out as soon as church was over. :)

Anyways, we dropped them off after trying to take a few pictures and waited for them to enter the sanctuary.  To our surprise, in they walked as quiet as could be and stood perfectly in their rows.  They all three sang great and looked so adorable!  I was so proud of them.  Of course the first thing they said when we picked them up was, "Do we get our candy now?!".

I blocked out all of the faces except Olivia, Reese, and Will.  Olivia and Reese are in the top row right in the middle and Will is in the bottom row, far right!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Not your typical Disney pictures!

I would like to start off by saying we had a FANTASTIC time at Disney World! 

I mean, who wouldn't??  

It is the most magical place in the world! Am I right?  

I am finding myself already planning our next trip in my head and we've only been home a couple of weeks!  Going through all of our pictures I found the traditional "character" pictures - which are great this time since Reese wasn't scared and is actually smiling!  But I also had many other great moment pictures.  I have decided to post some of those off-hand pictures so you can see what else we were up to - besides hanging out with Mickey and the gang.

Dessert always tastes better when it is shaped like a mouse!

We love hanging out at the Beach Club.  Playing in the sand is so much fun.

I love this picture not only for Cinderella's Castle, but wow - it really isn't that crowded! Olivia is dressed up as Mulan!

Since we took it easy on this trip, we had plenty of time for the carousel! 

The highlight of the trip was finding out that Olivia was tall enough to ride the Rockin' Roller Coaster!  She loved it and rode it twice.  (That's my girl!)

Reese and Olivia LOVED dressing up together at the parks.  

Every time we visit Disney, Olivia gets her hair wrapped!  Reese wanted to as well but I think I saw that you had to be 5! *wink*

We were so lucky for warm weather.  Not only were we able to go to the water park one day, we were able to have fun at the hotel pool as well!

Who doesn't like eating chocolate covered ice cream on a hot day!

I love this picture!  Will looks like he was caught doing something he shouldn't have been doing!  He was watching a lady make funnel cakes at the Boardwalk!

OK, so I had to put one character picture in the bunch!  Here is Olivia with Mulan.


The teacups were a favorite of all 3!  We went super fast every time.

Even waiting for a parade to start the kids had games to play!  Everyone's always happy at Disney.

Well, until next trip........

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween Fun

We had so much fun this Halloween with several opportunities to dress up in our favorite costumes. The first was the annual twins club Halloween party which is always a hit. There were many fun crafts, a cookie decorating table (which was Will's FAVORITE!), a snack table, and some awesome goody bags. We met up with our friends Michael, Logan, and Aiden who looked smashing in their costumes. For this party Will choose to be a football player and for everything else he was Buzz Light Year.

Olivia's school had a Kindergarten party where the kids were able to dress up, play games, do crafts, and watch an animal show put on by Silly Safaris. Again, another fun evening had by the kids!

And the night we were all waiting for, Halloween. Tonight, Olivia wanted her face painted like Mulan does in the movie and she looked stunning! We walked around with our friends and my niece came over to walk around with us as well. She looked adorable as a ladybug and guarded her bag like it was worth a million dollars! All of the kids did great Trick-or-Treating despite the chilly weather and came home with a TON of candy. Luckily the demand for candy is dropping more and more each day just as I am sneaking candy out of their bags to make it look like they have eaten it! (Ok, so maybe I've been eating a little here and there!!)

Monday, November 2, 2009

We're 3!

"Hey everyone, We're 3!"

Reese and Will had a great 3rd birthday with 2 fantastic parties. (Yes, I know I am a little more than a month behind in posting this!!) The first one was a carnival themed party with their friends during lunch. We had it in the basement since it was rainy and the backyard was wet. All the kids had a blast eating popcorn, bouncing in the bounce house, playing carnival games and just hanging out together. After they were done playing it was time to go upstairs and eat lunch. We had hot dogs from the grill and afterwards, it was time to sing Happy Birthday and eat cupcakes! They loved opening their presents and playing for a little while longer before it was time for their friends to leave. Luckily for me, when everyone left, it was nap time!!

After nap, it was time for party number 2! This was a fun cookout with all of our family. Reese and Will loved having cake and ice cream and opening even more presents. The weather turned out to be a little bit better so they were able to play outside with their cousins. :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I'm a football player!

For a month now Will has been saying that he wants to be a football player for Halloween. No amount of persuading towards costumes he already has in our closet (Buzz Lightyear, skeleton pirate, Mickey Jedi) did the trick.

"I'm a football player!" he says.

Well, thanks to Grandma Debbi - who found a cool football outfit (ehh, uniform/outfit/costume? insert manly/boyish title)- Will is in football heaven! He won't take his outfit off and when I do pry it off of him, he carries it around!

Now all I need are some burly shoulder pads and some wicked black paint for under his eyes and he's set! **insert Tim the Toolman Taylor's manly grunt here!**

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Soccer anyone?

I guess it's fitting that I write my soccer post after Olivia is finished with her fall season! She really had a great time playing on her co-ed Kindergarten team. It was nice that she had someone on her team from her class and that she knew at least one person from every other team she played. After her last game, all of the kids received a trophy. Boy was she excited!! We are displaying it proudly on our mantle.

Shortly after Olivia started playing, we signed Will up to play as well. He wasn't quite old enough to play on his own so he is in a parent - toddler class with Greg. He ABSOLUTELY loves playing. The uniforms that they gave the kids are adorable too! Luckily with his soccer he can continue to play through the winter since it is indoors.

Just realized as I was about to upload pictures of Will that I really don't have any good pictures to share! Hmmm, that makes for a good blog post! Here he is from the back! He is number 2.