Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Eve!

2010 has been quite the year for our family!

We bought a new house, we found out we were pregnant with baby number 2, then we found out we were actually pregnant with baby number 2 AND 3 :)

Our big girl turned one, we bought a new car, and we met our precious new twin baby girls, born September 7th!

I have loved everything about this year!

I'm excited for all the new possibilities that come with 2011.

This will be my first New Year's Eve at home, since I was probably 12 :)

No parties, crazy drinking, or dancing the night away for us. Not this year.

I'm thinking, a pot of chili on the stove, me in my jammies and comfy slippers snuggled up on the couch with they hubs, watching the coverage of the ball-drop on tv, perfecting my New Year's Resolution, and enjoying a big glass of red wine.

Enjoying New Year's Eve at home with my husband, with a big girl fast asleep upstairs in her bed and the twins fast asleep in their swings....sounds pretty amazing to me!

Hope everyone has a safe and fantastic New Years!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Back to the grind...

I hope everyone else's Holiday Season was as memorable and special as ours!

As a young family, we are still figuring out our own traditions, and as a mom I am trying to come up with fun ways to make the season feel as magical for my children as my mom made it feel for me!

Believe it or not, this was the FIRST Christmas morning I woke up in my own home, not my parent's!

Yes, even last Christmas, when we were just a family of three, me, the hubs, and BG packed up and headed to my parents for Christmas Eve, spent the night and woke up the next morning to Santa's surprises!

This year though, with our now huge family, it was time to stay at our home. I was worried I would be sad, or that it wouldn't feel much like Christmas, but I was so wrong!

We still headed to my parents house Christmas Eve for all the yummy food and to see aunts and uncles and my grandmother. But we headed home around 8, put all the girls to sleep and me and the hubs waited up for Santa!

Christmas takes on a whole new meaning when you are a parent! I still couldn't sleep a wink all night, because I was so excited to see the Big Girl's face when she saw all of her presents!

This year, we kept with some of our old traditions, like Christmas cookie making and decorating, and the Christmas Eve gathering at my parent's house, but this year we also started a few of our own traditions!

Christmas Eve presents!!! Last year, I started out giving BG special Christmas PJ's to wear Christmas Eve. We kept with that tradition this year, but also added ornaments! I LOVE this idea! Every Christmas Eve, the girls will get their Christmas PJ's and an ornament. When they are older and have their own homes and families, all the ornaments they received through the years will go with them.

These are their ornaments this year! Last year, BG got a skiing hippo ornament because her lovey that she sleeps with every night is a hippo. This year she got the mickey mouse because she is OBSESSED with Mickey Mouse! Tinkerbelle belongs to Annabelle because we tend to call her tink from time to time, and the care bear is Gabby Girl's because her lovey is a bear!

Santa Came! Santa doesn't wrap at our house!

Christmas PJ's for the twins...pretty darn cute huh?

3 kids under the age of 2! Quite a hectic, but PERFECT Christmas Day!

It's a Christmas Miracle!! An amazing picture of ALL 3 girls :) I got this gem, Christmas morning! The girls are hanging out in my bed, while dad made sure that Santa had come!

the Big Girl got a guitar, and she loves it, and played it all day. I'm thinking, the next Taylor Swift??

Dad broke his guitar out as well...if we could get the twins some bells, and if I could carry a tune, we'd be the new Partridge Family!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Big Christmas Post

I love Christmas!

It's hands-down the best time of year! I was worried I wouldn't be able to get everything done this year, but this season has truly been amazing!

I'm happy to report the twins are sleeping through the night :)

They seem to be falling into a routine during the day, and the big girl has been going to daycare a few mornings a week, which has been a little break for me.

Some how, I actually found time to decorate my house, do some shopping (although I'm not done yet), have the twins 3 month portraits done, decorate Christmas cookies, wrap presents, make presents (more to come on that), get Santa pictures done, and even get our Christmas cards made, ordered, delivered, and sent!

I didn't have the energy to try and get a picture of the three kids, I knew it would have been madness trying to get the big girl to stand still so my husband and I hopped in and decided to make our Christmas card a family photo...

I think it turned out pretty awesome! We ordered our cards through Tiny Prints. If you've never ordered anything through their website, check it out! It's incredibly user-friendly, it's easy to personalize, I use them every year for our Christmas card, I've used them for my kids birth announcements, baptism and birthday invitations, even party invitations..they are simply amazing!

Here's a shot of our stockings. I am in love. I ordered these from Land Of Nod. They are HUGE, the quality is sturdy and you can get them personalized. They were $25 bucks each, and I didn't realize how much of a steal that was until they arrived on my doorstep! They are seriously such high-quality, I know we will be able to use these forever!

Our pretty mantle!

Our beautiful tree!

Remember this post?? This is our ornament for the twins, from Light of Mine Designs!

Here's the Big Girl's ornament! These ornaments are hand-painted and absolutely fabulous, check them out!

Finally, in the spirit of our Christmas card photo, we all had to hop in on the Santa picture as well. At least by doing so, we overted a complete meltdown from the big girl. Why do all kids go through the "scared of Santa" phase?

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Too little points, too much time

I started weight watchers on Tuesday.


I have to admit it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. The points aren't too bad to keep track of, and you really can eat anything you want as long as you keep track of your points.

However, I'm still hungry.

I'm a snacker, a grazer, whatever you want to call it. I'm not big on the 3 meal concept, I pretty much like to munch and crunch all day long. Since my days are always busy, my snacking has diminished a bit, I seem to eat when I remember to eat!

We will see next Tuesday if I've lost any weight this week (fingers crossed).

Happy Thursday!

I'll just be munching on some cucumbers over here :)