Friday, August 22, 2014

11 Months

 Only a month left until the girls are a year... well actually only two more weeks by the time I got to actually publishing this blog. Just a few pictures and a recap of our past month.
How's it Going?
This past month has been the best we have EVER had! Better even than their first two weeks on earth when all they did was sleep. The girls have become best friends and each other's entertainers. I have finally found myself having free time even while the girls are awake and playing. I even took a shower while they were awake and playing in the bathroom. (First time ever with just us three at home)  
The girls love to eat. They aren't very picky and seem to be bottomless pits. At this point it looks as though they have their father metabolism! Yay... An example of a single lunch for the girls would include splitting both a cheeseburger and a quesadilla followed with finished off their basket of fries. And yet they still took their bottle 20 minutes later before nap time.
Still getting better. They continue to wake up once a night or early in the morning for a bottle but no complaints from this mother! It's pretty good for now. We sometimes take two naps a day but I think they are slowly transitioning into just an afternoon one.
Towards the end of 10 months we had to visit the doctor when the girls had a fever and symptoms of a sore throat. They weighed in at 19.28 (Montana) and 19.26 (Makynli)! Crazy how insanely close their weights are! Still in the 20th percentile
Both girls had their bottom teeth at 11 months. Montana has since gotten two more but that will have to be marked down in her 1 year blog post
I'm going to go ahead and combine the girls for this one. Mostly because as I reflect on their previous months posts I laugh at how much the girls switch back and forth. Both can be the aggressor or the agitator. Both can be mellow.. both are go getters... both are snugglers... both are ornery... both can be little stinkers... both can make mommy want to scream... both can make mommy giggle....  Both have mommy's heart! I say this because a lot of twin moms will easily point out their kiddo's differences. And while yes... the girls are independent of themselves they do tend to be very similar in most things at this point. Making me excited and nervous for our future!

God Bless!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bake 350

Bake 350
My newest adventure.

I have always had a passion for art. I took it all through high school and even considered possibly being an art teacher for awhile. I also love baking. I did it often when I younger.. (my mother can account for it as she usually had to deal with the mess afterwards as I was never too good at getting everything all cleaned up)

After I got married I would make cupcakes every now and then and always loved coming up with new ideas and spent far too long looking up new recipes and creations. It's been a dream of mine to have a little coffee shop/bakery someday but I didn't really think about it being possible. Then after I had the girls and realized that with two little ones I probably wouldn't be able to have a job outside of the home for several years I started to contemplate different things to do from my house.

First I thought of painting for people, but realized I like it far too much as a hobby and didn't want to ruin the joy by making it a "job." It wasn't until I made cupcakes recently for a shower that it hit me how enjoyable I find it. Why not? So I brought it up to Colin and without a single hesitation he encouraged me to "go for it" So here I go....

Within days after Colin told me I should try it out I received a call from my aunt who wanted to know if I would be "interested" in making cupcakes for a baby shower. Little did she know that that was the final push from God... just that extra spark of encouragement that I'm not crazy for trying to take this on.

Each and every time I sit down to bake or decorate the cupcakes I find myself falling in love with my newest creation and accomplishment. And while I love being a stay-at-home mom it's wonderful to have something different to fulfill that need of accomplishment that I'm actually "doing something"

My plan isn't to make this blog into an advertisement so every now and then I will show my most recent cupcakes but I don't plan to blog often about this endeavor. But as a reference if you would ever want me to bake cupcakes for you give me a call or email. 1-815-419-8239 or

Enjoy the pictures to follow! I had way to much fun creating all of them!

For a Baby Shower
 Chocolate Cream Cheese
 Pink Lemonade
 Cookie Dough Surprise
A special 1st Birthday
Snickers Delight and Cookie Dough Surprise

 And a perfect smash cupcake for the special guy!

Thanks for stopping by!
God Bless!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bathtub fun

This week has been really really good. Granite we have yet to actually go anywhere for more than an hour but the girls have been so cooperative during the day. The mornings are always the best for us. The girls are super happy and generally occupy themselves until nap time. Afternoon is usually the struggle but this week the girls have been content with me just being in the room. We recently moved our office desk back up to the play room so I can be with the girls and be getting work done... and blogs! yay!!!

But enough with the ramblings what I actually wanted to share with everyone was the sweet pictures that Elsie Koch (Signature Photos) took of my girls. If you are interested in her work you can go to the blogs that I follow and you will find her under there. She does great work!

Keep in mind these aren't edited yet but I wanted a few pictures of them in the bathtub to eventual hang in the room. Plus who doesn't love those cute little bathtub pictures that our parents snapped of our siblings and us in our bathtubs with soap bubbles up to our necks?




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Busy Girls

Not many people get the pleasure of watching two little girls become best friends right in front of them and I have been enjoying watching their friendship bud before my eye's. this past month. I just have to remember that when we are sitting walking out of church every Sunday.
Two sick little girls watching Clifford. Some of you may have read the post about my sweet friend Grace about two months ago. Well recently Graces mother graciously allowed me to take a few of Graces favorite movies for the girls to enjoy as they get older. We have a lot of "The Wiggles" and "Clifford" to keep them occupied on sick days!

This past month has been beyond busy. Both a good busy and a bad busy. The girls are getting more and more independent everyday which is helpful because they tend to go off together while I'm busy. But it also means that while they are off on their own they are finding new things to get into daily.

Let's see if I can remember everything the two of them have found together lately.
1. Toilets... yuck! while ones holds the lid the other splashes in the water
2. How to remove their own diaper... resulting in poop all over Makynli's sheets, pillows, stuffed lamb, quilt, white crib, and curtains!
3. I keep all our towels in a trunk. The lid was down so I'm assuming one held it up while the other successfully removed each towel and wash cloth one by one.
4. A leftover paint brush from doing the kitchen remodel (got it out of the garbage) and painted all over my wood floor
5. How to pull the knobs off of my coffee table and either put them in their mouths or hide them.
6. How to pull the drain on the bathtub. Once they do it once bath time is pretty much over as they tend to have a one track mind.
7. How to push all their food off their trays when they are done eating
8. That their are a lot of wet wipes in a BRAND NEW package.

9. How to climb. I have found Montana on top of more things than I can count. I'm thankful God lets me find her before she falls each time.
10. Showing off. It's gotten kind of bad and makes me worried for our future!
11. Talking..... the girls babble to each other all day long and I absolutely love it!

I have such a love hate relationship with having twins. Love usually win... but not when it comes to running errands!!!!!!   Every time I get the grand idea that I can handle it we always end up driving home in the same manner.... Both mom and the girls in tears. What a sight we are!!!!

Time number 1.
First time I took them to Bloomington (for more than an hour) by myself they were close to 10 months. We did great in Target I just needed to grab a phone charge. But then we needed to go to Meijer's. The easiest way to go is to take the double stroller as most stores don't have carts that fit two babies in the front. So I pushed the double stroller and grabbed a cart to pull behind me. We didn't even make it 5 minutes before I ditched the cart because both girls were screaming. I decided it was a bust so I want to just check out with what I had already grabbed and go on my own some other time..... That was dumb! Should have chucked it all and left because the girls were beside themselves by this time and the line took forever. Needless to say we made it to the vehicle. We were barrowing my parents vehicle for the week so I got them buckled in and put the stroller in the back. Hit the button for the back door to close and got in and drove away. Between still screaming children I was a good 5 minutes away from the store before I even realized that the back door was wide open in the air. The door stops shutting once the vehicle is put into drive.....

Time number 2.
Just this past week I really needed to get some groceries from the store. Usually I go in the evenings, but we were having a good day at home so I figured we would try it again. County market has the big carts with the car on the front that allows for two babies to sit in the very front basket so I figured we might be able to handle it. I got into the store... walked over to the produce and by the time we had hit the grapes section I realized I was in over my head again. So while Montana played with sunglasses (that I had to end up buying) Makynli was clinging to me while I lugged her on my hip... all while pushing a massive cart around the store.

Thus.... it will be at least another month before I try it again.

But even though I can struggle that I was thrust into a crazy first motherhood experience I wouldn't trade it for the world. We are having so much fun! It's just easier to remember those hard times and laugh about them... even if it's only a few days later. The girls have started to make each other laugh and that's so much fun to watch!!! I wish I could get videos to load easier on this blog that way I could share some of them but alas it doesn't work the best so pictures will have to suffice.

You all have a wonderful day and for you mother's who have grown children or well behaved... enjoy those quiet grocery trips for me..   (big smile)

A few pictures that the wonderfully talented Elsie Koch  snapped of us while she was over because the lighting was just perfect

 A perfect portrayal of my life in just a few pictures!! But I love it.. every hard, crazy, busy, wonderful second of it!!
 God Bless

Monday, August 4, 2014

Kitchen Makeover

I have a tiny kitchen, but I really don't mind the smallness. It's easy to navigate especially when two  little girls are clinging to your legs. I can move a pan from the stove top to the opposite counter without taking a step. And while I wouldn't have picked orange counter tops I was a little partial to the antique feel. That is until I read a blog and discovered that I could cover up those sparking orange countertops with a very minimal cost. And then as I was at Menards discovering this wonderful product I came upon a cabinet makeover kit in which I wouldn't have to sand down all my countertops. And I was sold... and thus the kitchen makeover began.
I had the kits bought and waiting in the garage. I figured it would be a perfect winter job for Colin and I as he has quite a busy summer and what appears to be a busy fall approaching. However the girls have been sick this past week so when Saturday approached and Colin mentioned doing the countertops on Saturday afternoon I jumped on it, and even talked him into doing the cabinets while we already had a mess going on.
So the following proceeded to take place on Saturday afternoon and on into the evening.
 Beginning product. Both the kits that we used are found at Menards. They worked wonderful!!
 Sanding down the counter tops
 After deglossing the cabinets we added a white coat overtop
 I worked on the frames while Colin did the doors
 After two coats of white paint a decorative glaze was added (optional) to give them an antique look

 Then we finished the countertops. I didn't take many pictures because you have a time limit to get all the paint and chips on before it's too dry to work with. First you painted a base coat of charcoal paint and then you had a little chip sprayer and sprayed chips all over.
The chips made such a mess
 Waiting for the chips to dry. Once the chips were dry we sanded them off and added a glossy finish.
 8 Hours later and we have our finished product!!!
I love it!

 a peek at all the cabinets
 Close up of the finished countertop
There are a few minor area's where you can see our mistakes but overall I am so in love with the finished product. It gives my kitchen a whole knew feel. It feels bigger and also a lot brighter. For a total of $200 dollars I would say it was a job well done! And it's done just in time for my newest adventure.
I have decided to start a new cupcake business from home. "Bake 350" is officially official... but that's for another blog post.
God Bless

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Camping and Family

This blog is in great need of an update of how our summer has been going. The title is somewhat misleading as we never actually camped overnight but merely visited mom and dad twice while they were. Thankfully both campsites that they want to were close enough that we could go enjoy the evening but then return to our home. We can't wait to be a camping family in the future but for now it's been nice to get the girls home and keep them on schedule.
 The girls exploring the camper
 lounging and drinking our bottles before heading home for the evening
 Eating lunch with grandma and grandpa, looking at these pictures really makes me sad as I realize just how big our girls are getting.
 Grandpa spoiling Kynli with nummies
 Montana is a little more hesitant when she eats... however I cannot complain. Both girls are excellent eaters. Just this past week they shared a 4 piece chicken strip basket from DQ and finished it off entirely.
 a wonderful group of people want camping and it is always fun to catch up with cousins and friends from back home.
 all tuckered out! Thanks to grandpa for putting us to sleep. He is a magic worker that man. When the girls get tired they get cranky and mom just doesn't fit the bill, grandpa on the other hand is a much better pillow and has yet to fail at getting them to fall asleep on his shoulder.
Daniel and Larissa were also able to have their little foster boy back for a visit. It was wonderful to see "Z" again and to overlook just how far he has progressed with his grandparents. He joined us for the afternoon as well at Clinton and the joy on his face as he saw the girls again was priceless. Miss that sweet boy but so thankful for how God is providing in his life.
We celebrated Larissa's birthday a little while back. Just a fun evening at mom and dad's playing out door games and enjoying each other
 Colin playing catch with his girls
 Montana thinking she is too big to sit in the stroller and Jesse (the doggy) thinking he is king of the castle. Poor little doggy, in the beginning the girls were scared of him so we locked him up most time, now he tends to end up in his kennel by his own will as an easy escape from the many flocking fingers that grab at his fur.
 teenage boys and their phones
 love candid shots
 just melts my heart
 And to think when we first announced it was two girls the boys were slightly disappointed. These girls have their uncles wrapped tightly around their little fingers
 So thankful for my wonderful parents and their love they offer as grandparents. God has blessed my girls abundantly in the grandparent department!!!

We are busy busy busy but having a lot of fun at our house these days. As always I will try to post more often but we all know how that ends up!

God Bless...