Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The good, the bad, and the ugly!

Some of these pictures are from weeks ago, just wanting to play catch up a little...

Mom was putting away the winter clothes and Tana thought they made for some good dress up clothes

A quick trip outside to see daddy work. Watching from a safe distance. 

All about dressing up again! 

Thankful for a wonderful grandma who is kind enough to help me out. I always know who to call when I have a painting project! 

Baby room is all painted! 

And again! Such a sweet little thing! I think daddy helped her a little with this one! 

This past Thursday the girls were having a rough day so dry cereal for lunch and vegitales while mommy got a few things accomplished. 

Where is Tana? 

there she is!!! 
Oh the things I have to do just so I can get dressed and look presentable in the mornings. 

This past Friday we decided to have a fun little family get away. We packed up and left around 2ish in the afternoon. Ran a farm errand and then headed to Springfield to meet up with my dad. His work was having a kids day on Saturday and our goal was to enjoy a night out with him and then join in on the fun on Saturday. 
After the kids day we planned to pack up and head to mom and dads for testimonies. Spend the night and enjoy baptisms and some family time as my uncle was back from Oregon for the baptisms..... 

Our weekend commenced as follows.... 

The car ride want great... Out to eat want normal... The girls are bored quickly and I wasn't too surprised that they neither ate much. And swimming was hit. The girls aren't scared of a thing and would walk straight into the pool without a blink. They loved to splash and jump off the stairs into our arms. 
Splash, splash

We finished swimming around 8:30 and headed up to bed. The girls were loving the elevator and our room and even enjoyed a quick bath. Then we tried bed time. Haha!
TrIED being the key word. 
The girls just screamed in their pack n plays. Screamed and screamed. Two car rides later, bottles after bottles, rocking and singing, anything we could to get them to sleep. Finally four hours later we packed up our bags and began the 2 hour drive home at 1am. 

We got home around 3 in the morning and thankfully the girls slept till 9:30. So did their parents! That saturday commenced much the same as the night.  The girls weren't eating and just all around fussy. And I finally decided it might be something more than just their teeth trying to pop through, 

I want to testimonies while my sweet hubby stayed home with the girls and by Sunday morning we decided prompt care was our best plan. 

Poor girl! 
Mommy hates sick girlies. 

Tana was definitely the worst so while I took her to prompt care Colin kept Kynli out of the waiting room by taking her to Krispy cremes. 

And the Dx for poor Montana....  Double ear infection, strep, and tonsillitis. Yup! If that doesn't make you feel like a terrible mother I'm not sure what does. But at that point I was just grateful that something was wrong and we could get on the mend. 
Since the girls share everything we started them both on antibiotics and finally we are all doing better! 

And I mean seriously doing so much better! Today was one of my most 
favorite days in weeks! 

And by all the pictures I took today it's fairly easy to see that we are on the mend. 

Why yes mom, I would like to give myself my own medicine! 

Helping mommy get things ready for garage sales = climbing onto the bed and then the stacked tubs to look for "daddy"! Atleast they are feeling better I guess. 

Helping daddy get the planter all ready 
Couldn't be happier than when they are right up in his business. 

And the highlight of the day!!! 

KITTIES!!! You should see the excitement on their faces! Makes all the pain and frustration from this past weekend quickly vanish! 

Thankful for the many lessons that being a mommy teaches me. But truly hoping we never have to have a weekend like that again! (I can hope right)

Thanks for reading! 
God bless

Thursday, March 26, 2015

One Hour

I had seen this idea on another moms blog and had tried to file away a memory to do it someday with the girls. "The one hour challenge" The mom took about an hour and snapped a picture of her kiddos every 5-10 minutes. I thought it was such a fun idea and would be a good way to capture just a sneak peak of what it looks like in our house with the girls....
so here ya go.....
This morning I snapped the first picture of the girls cause they were being so sweet and innocent. Giggling on the stairs as they would go in to kiss each other. I had no sooner put a picture on Instagram and walked out of the room when I heard some more giggles....
Five minutes later I'm snapping this second picture to send to my mother n law.  The girls think they are big stuff now that they can master the two small stairs at our front door. Apparently Kynli thought it would be a great idea to give her mother a heart attack by trying it on the big stairs. And Montana was right behind her just a giggling....
So the idea hit me... two pictures in five minutes... sounds like a great day to do the 1 hour challenge.

This is where I found Kynli a few minute later. She wasn't very impressed with the camera I think I interrupted some serious business going on inside that box... if you know what I mean... Pe hew!

And then we hit our annual snack time. And of course both girls want to wait on their stools while mom got their fruit snacks.

Oh dear... here comes that silly camera again. I'm pretty sure I better hurry up and get down before I get a swat.

Putting our Magnets from the front of the dishwasher into the bowls we just apprehended from the Tupperware drawer. Makynli was very organized and had hers all nicely placed.

Can you see the extended hand. That would be a fight over those nicely organized magnets getting thrown all over the floor by her sweet sister.

And yes can you believe it...  we are 15 minutes into playing with the very same magnets (I told you they are a phenomenon at this house. But now instead of being strewn all over the entry way... they are all placed delicately inside the boots that had previously been on the drying mat.

Whoops.. mom was doing laundry and the time elapsed a little... But never fear...  Montana is still on the magnet kick.. thankfully those ducts are magnetic!

And it wouldn't be an appropriate hour without a mention of "Daddy" So I had to smile when I want to find them for their last picture. The quietness had me a bit worrisome. But no big deal... Just up on their new favorite ledge watching "daddy" (pretty sure it was someone else entirely) work on the sprayer. Either way it made their day.

Thanks for reading. I was a little nervous that the girls would disappoint when I started the challenge. I feel like all I ever do is share how busy they are and how little I accomplish around this house. But I guess who can expect me to get much done when I'm walking around the house taking pictures for an entire hour.

anyway... I think they showed their true colors pretty well.

Hope you enjoyed and all you other mommy bloggers... I challenge you! It really is pretty fun!

God Bless!

Monday, March 23, 2015


We have had a bit of a rough week. My mother laughs at me because I blame everything on their teeth. I think this past week can be attributed to the redness surrounding their "I/eye" teeth. But it could also be because of the cold weather, busy daddy(because mommy is never as fun), or the runny noses that they have. Either way I'm looking forward to better days.

But in the meantime I have captured a few moments from inside the life of motherhood. The inside scoop where my kiddo's aren't dolled up with bows in their hair or pants on their legs. The inside scoop where I haven't pushed all the toys out of the way to capture a pretty picture to share on instagram or Facebook. Just the plain Jane Steidinger household full of toys and chaos...

Like the chaos of three humans in one crib. So much for trying to solve the problem of them both wanting to cuddle. It turned into war fairly quick! Makynli was all about it.. so much so that the thought of a cuddly nap had alluded her, Montana on the other hand was NOT impressed that Makynli was invading her quality time with mom let alone that we were all in HER crib.

Because it's a pretty rare day that my house isn't already torn to shreds by 10:00am. When the girls were really little the toys always stayed in their toy room. And most of the nights I could shove it all in one box and call it good. Add a kitchen set, Legos, magnets, and puzzles pieces and it's fair to say you can find a little piece of my children in each room... or in each of Colin's boots.
and I thought we were done with the toilet paper battle. They hadn't touched it in months.... but hey... they were quiet for a few moments anyway.
Colin had sent me a picture one evening while I was away of the play room all organized and cleaned up. Isn't he just Great!!! I thinks so.  So the next morning I proudly sent him a picture the playroom he had so graciously cleaned shortly after the girls woke up. Hey....  here's to hoping that one day a man will understand just how easily our houses gets destroyed and that I REALLY did do something today despite my floors speaking otherwise.

But it is all worth it in the tiny little moments of silence as the girls play with their toys.

An occasionally I can get in a few minutes to organize cupboards before baby #3 arrives.

And the magnets. Oh let me explain the magnet situation at our household. I never knew just how many everyday objects are magnetic. Did you know the bottom base of the toilet is magnetic. My washer and dryer are both magnetic. The very bottom lip of my oven is magnetic. The handles on one of our dressers is magnetic. The inside of the vents are magnetic.... and those are just to name a few.

oh and if you wonder why my pictures are always of my children undressed its because typically the girls and I aren't ready to see company before 10:00am. I don't know if any of you other mothers of small children have the same battle. It just seems that by the time we eat, change diapers, clean up the kitchen, attend to arguments, and finally get ready it's close to late morning before the girls are presentable. I could probably fix this if I set my alarm to wake up before  the girls start chattering upstairs but I figure enjoy the extra sleep while I can... right?
and then moving away from the chaotic mess of our home and onto another moment of motherhood that creates stress in my life. And it is.... you guessed it, church!

However in defense of my children it does seem a bit unrealistic for me to imagine that my busy little girls can endure such a long time of quietness and sitting. Especially as their typical 11:30 naptime changes into a 1:30 naptime. They don't like the church cribs and frankly I like that they wait till after church as I am just as exhausted and ready for a nap as they are.

Plus it just is not their nature to sit still and I'm coming to terms with it. I have learned that comparing my children with the other children is not realistic and causes me to become pretty discouraged. Instead I enjoy the little moments as they have started to sing along and move to the rythym of the songs. The little moments they squeeze their eyes shut and fold their hands and look at mommy for my approval during the prayers. It's those little moments that give me a glimmer of hope that they are learning

and in the two seconds it takes to maneuver out of the church parking lot and onto the highway the girls are fast asleep and as always mommy and daddy quickly remember just how beautiful parenting really is!

But their are still sometimes you have to scrap it all. You have to just wake up... ignore the messy house, forget about the broken dryer and the loads of laundry piling on the floors, forget about healthy breakfast rules and clean clothes. You just load up the van, grab a veggie tales movie and some donuts and take off on a farm errand with dad.

I hope you enjoyed a small peak inside our home. Some of things I document probably seem pretty silly to some of you. I apologies for my random blurps  but a lot of my blogging is so that I can look back and smile at the small things that seemed to occupy such a big piece of our lives and smile and thank God for this ride we call parenthood.

Have a great day all!
God Bless


(Kynli has been dying on my lap to touch the kets so I hadnto  let her)

Saturday, March 14, 2015


The girls just can't get enough of the great out doors. I new the past few months had been getting rough in regards to their fighting but I didn't realize just how bad until it suddenly disapeared when we could finally go outside. 

All the sudden they became the best of friends again. Just trotting all over the place (Montana even mastered the entire 1/4 mile lane) not scared of a thing. Except the mud on their fingers as they refer to it as "stinkies"

So far this week we have managed to get outside for atleast an hour or more each day after nap time. it's  amazing how much faster the afternoon goes and how much cleaner my house stays. 

So far so good. I'm a little worried for the first rainy/cold day that comes our way. I'm not sure how the girls will handle being cooped up again. 

But in the meantime, we will enjoy the moments before baby #3 comes and we aren't quite as free as we feel right now. 

Enjoy the few pictures. It's been a great week and a great day to be with daddy on this gorgeous Saturday afternoon/evening. 

Happy Spring! 

No longer do they enjoy just sitting in their seats. 

So fun to wait while daddy grills 

Helping daddy

Lunch in our wagon

Long walks on open country roads 

Fun at the park

Not scared a bit

Fun to play in the rocks 

Walks with daddy

Thankful for our blessings! God is good!! 

Monday, March 9, 2015

It's getting warmer

Yay for warmer weather! The girls are so sick of being in the house and honestly so am I. 

I try hard to keep them away from technology, I don't want them to be used to sitting in front of a screen especially since I wasn't raised that way and I look forward to watching their imaginations grow. But if I'm completely honest there are days where it would be so much easier to let the computer pass the time. 

And there are moments... Moments when I let them watch the wiggles and get their dance on... It's adorable! Seriously I always laugh.  And their expressions as they watch the singers is my favorite! I love having a front row seat to new experiences

And I love that they always have their Dolly's in hand. And the cutest thing is when they can get their hands on both dollies it's sweet to see that their natural instinct is to take care if two babies at once. 

They had the sweetest daddy on valentines day! Two tulips for two little girls

Passing the time by coloring and eating. Seems they enjoy some of the same past times as their mommy. 

I also made the worst mistake ever when I started letting them help in the kitchen. Now it's a constant battle of keeping control of kiddos while on the countertop. 

Yeah... No worries.. They are no longer allowed on the side if the countertop that the stove is on... It gives me scary dreams just looking at this picture. 

The best 18 month picture this momma could grab this past Friday! Crazy that we have made it this far. 

I am introducing the girls to their potties.
No we are not potty training! I'm not that crazy yet. But since they like to tell me when they go stinkies. I thought we might as well get use to the idea and work on their fear of the toilet. 

Naps with daddy! I'm in love.!

Just a little cousin day. I think it's bonkers that these kids are getting so big.

Colin and I had a weekend away this past week and my parents kept the girls...more of those pictures to come soon. We had a wonderful time! 

Daddy time! Ahhhh seriously The Lord has been so good to me.

Baby #3. With short little limbs, a big head and big belly I think it's safe to say this baby is definitely ours! 

And the glory of the great outdoors. Today was spent moving rocks from the sidewalk and into their proper place. 2 hours later and I still had to deal with fussy little ladies when it was time to head in. 

Sorry for the pause button on the blogs. But it is busy and my app was messed up on my phone so it was more complicated to get pictures uploaded, have a wonderful day and enjoy the warm weather. 

God Bless