Happy Easters!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

It's true what they say - kids make holidays so much more fun! I was excited to get the twins a few new goodies and toys. The looks on their faces were priceless and everything I was hoping for! The tunnel has been the biggest hit. 

Russ is pretty excited about the tunnel as well :)

We also had a fun easter egg bath session!

My mom hosted a fun Easter dinner and Easter egg hunt. I wasn't sure how the "hunt" would go with two 18 month olds, but they sure were excited about the idea of finding candy in these plastic goldmines! Clara got really into finding eggs, while Max decided to work smarter and not harder by staying in place and letting the eggs come to him! Haha! He sure is a quirky, funny boy and I love him so much.

He's walking! This is a REALLY big deal. It's still not 100%, but every time I see him walk and not shuffle on his knees my heart is so happy.

Eating candy like it's her job. "WHY have you been depriving me of this goodness?!"

Grandpa Brent has a thing for dirt bikes. Max can't wait till he can take one for a ride!

The night ended with a special visit from the Easter Bunny (aka Aunt Natty). Seriously, these babes are super lucky to have such an awesome Aunt. Clara loved it, Max was indifferent. :)

Happy Easter everyone. In all seriousness, the baskets and bunnies are nothing compare to the real reason for the holiday - celebrating our Savior and the miracle of the resurrection. I am so grateful for Him. This video is one of my favorites. Watch if you would like. 


It's Only Up From Here!

This post is not meant for "pity," more for documentation of one of the craziest/hardest months our little family has had. I am so grateful for good health, because the times when we don't have good health sure are hard. Max and Clara had little colds for about two weeks. During this time we actually suspected Max had an ear infection, but it wasn't easily detectable due to too much fluid. Then Clara started getting a really high fever one Saturday night. By Sunday morning she had a fever of 105, blue lips and was shaking. We rushed her to Urgent Care. After running a few tests they sent us home and told us to watch her fever. By Monday afternoon she was inconsolably screaming for hours at a time. At that point I was seriously concerned and my mom-tuition told me to go to the ER. We spent 5 hours there, and ran just about every test possibly - including a CAT scan. That may have been one of my least favorite moments. She was sedated, but still awake, and I hated seeing her look so checked out. The doctor's finally found pneumonia after the CAT scan. Two days later her blood tests also revealed a blood infection. After a follow up interview they also noticed her ears were healing from a double ear infection. Oh, and 4 teeth were coming in. POOR CLARA!

Meanwhile Max was getting fussier and fussier and I was nervous he also had pneumonia since they share just about everything. We went to the doctor, where to no surprise he also had a double ear infection. After 6 days of antibiotics his ears were still draining. We went BACK to the doctor and he needed a rocephin shot since the oral antibiotics were not working - so this meant going to the doctor three days in a row for three separate shots. Fun times.

7 doctor/urgent care/ER visits in the span of 10 days. 

In addition, both Russ and I did not remain unscathed. Sickness all around. On top of that Russ has had a new job position (which we are super grateful for) but has led to a lot of extra work hours, stress and all that jazz.

And that is all for now. We've had a rough 3-4 weeks, but luckily, there really is no where to go but up! :)

I am so grateful for my little family and doctors and medicine. They are my whole world, and seeing them get so sick makes my heart break. 

We have an appointment with an ENT to start the process of getting tubes for Max, so hopefully he will be much more comfortable! He is such a sweet boy. I love him so.

... and luckily this little girl of mine is back to her happy self. That smile melts me!

Finger Painting!

Friday, March 6, 2015

As Max and Clara get older I am learning that I need to find more ways to keep these crazies entertained! Obviously the colder weather doesn't help this endeavor as the chances to play outside are hit and miss. Today I got brave and attempted finger painting! Good thing that paint was washable AND non-toxic because it ended up all over their little bodies and in their mouths! Ha ha. It was a fun time, though, and we finished it up with a nice long bath! 

First craft time with my babes... check! 

They needed a little guidance on what to actually do with the paint. :)

Clara pretty much tried to eat it the whole time, and Max was just so fascinated with his hands. Oh they crack me up.

My curly Sue. 

I love that little face!

... and just in case Clara hadn't eaten enough paint, Max thought he'd help a sista' out!

Bike, Horses and Shuffles

Sunday, February 1, 2015

So many times throughout the day I am reminded that Max and Clara are two little humans with personalities, opinions and quirks just like the rest of us. Clara loves riding on these little "big wheels" that our neighbor gave us. Even though her legs can't reach the pedals, she still gets so excited to be outside on them. Good thing we've had some warm January days!

Does this pose remind anyone else of those cheesy school pictures from elementary school? 

And life is so much better now that we have this moment captured. I just love her facial expressions. Wildest baby in the west!

Clara is walking by now, but Max is still "shuffling," aka walking on his knees. We call him the Shuffler. I've always known Max is a quirky little baby, and this is just yet another confirmation of that! I have seen him walk with my own eyes, but he prefers his knees. Ya know, whatever Max. I can't force you to do anything. :) Silly boy. 

A Happy (birth) Day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This guy doesn't get near enough face time around here, but of all days to do it, it's today! He's turning 31, so be sure to tell him how old he is (wink wink) and a happy happy birthday. Without boring everyone with a confessional about how much I love him (which is a lot) and how amazing of a father he is (which is very true) and how I don't feel like I deserve him (which I don't), I will leave it at that. 

Russ got a new snowboard for his birthday, because we both agreed his board from high school has seen it's day. Now we just need to find a free day sans babies to get out there. Ha! 

Happy birthday, Russ! We all love you dearly!!

My (Not So) Babies

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I feel like I need to pinch myself lately. Multiple times a day I look down at my "babies" and a maturing face of a toddler looks back at me. These moments are so bittersweet. Their little faces melt me to the ground - a face with such wonder and innocence. The curiosity and excitement for life is palpable. The chubby, infant faces are no more, and naturally, the nostalgic side of me gets sad about that. 

But alas, I am absolutely loving this new stage. I can honestly say this is my favorite collective stage yet. Every stage has had it's perks and fun moments, however, right now we are in a bit of a blissful period. Both are sleeping great, they are so fun and love to play, eating is going better, and personalities are very apparent. Just yesterday I spent about 30 minutes in our playroom tee-pee reading books and playing with stuffed animals with Clara. Adorable! All in all I feel like I finally have *a bit* of a handle on this whole "two babies at the same time" thing (along with an absolute crazy pace of life, obviously).  If anyone thought I had it under control before was greatly deceived. :) I also recognize that this is a fleeting stage and as soon as I get comfortable some new stage will hit. Such is life, right?!

Either way, I'm ready for it. These (not so) babies are my whole heart and I love them more every day. 

Grandma and Grandpa Lewis gave Max and Clara a tupperware full of balls for Christmas, and needless to say, it's been a big hit! 

Also, please note my pillow-laden floor. We pretty much keep the pillows below the couch all day since we have two babies that think it's way too fun to dive off head-first. Silly babies. 

Clara's Room... Girlified!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

After we took Max out of the original Nursery, I wanted to make the room a little more "girly" since it was now exclusively Clara's room. We brought the bench up from the entryway which automatically girlified the wall where Max used to sleep. I blew up one of my favorite pictures of the two of them together, spray painted an old frame my mom gave me, and made a felt ball garland. 

The handmade dolls were Christmas presents from Green Stitches, a local shop that has the cutest dolls. I've been wanting to get one for Clara for a while, and was on the fence about getting a boy doll for Max. As I was going through the dolls she had sitting out, I looked down at the tag on this little boy and his name was "MAX"! It was meant to be. Right now Max could care less about the doll, so they are both residing on Clara's bench since she has already fallen in love with them. It's pretty cute. 

You may or may not recognize the polka dot pillow... I used remaining fabric from Clara's dress I made her this summer to make the pillow. 

The felt balls are from the Felt Pod on Etsy. I just strung them together with some string. Easy peasy!

So there ya go. Nothing big, just some quick updates that were pretty much free! Can't complain about that!

Christmas, and Lately.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year blog friends, if you are still out there. I hope you like the new design - a change was way past due, and no time is better to make a change than the New Year! Speaking of new things in the new year, as of last night I am now committed to running a MARATHON in May. Eek! Even one day later I'm wondering what I have gotten myself into! I never thought I would run a full marathon seeing as every time I finished a half marathon I would say out loud "there is no way I could keep running another 13 miles!" Welp, guess I'll have to get training.

Before I get all intense, let me document some of the recent highlights, first off being Christmas! We had a pretty low-key holiday. We spent Christmas Eve/Christmas at Russ's parents, and later did a late-Christmas celebration at my parents' house. We are so lucky to have both of our parents within 15 minutes of our house. 

We started the festivities with a Nativity. It was the shortest Christmas story ever told, but luckily we got some cute pictures! 

The only way our three wisemen would stay sitting was with a toy record player. Naturally. 

... and then I attempted my double reindeer picture for the second time and ended up with this. Haha! I love this picture so much. It screams "the holidays are wearing me out! I just want to go to bed!"

December was unseasonably warm, so imagine everyone's excitement when we woke up to a snowy white Christmas morning. It really was magical. We took the babies sledding, and they liked it! Those 10 minutes were a blast! (wink wink)

Russ's office shuts down for two whole weeks around Christmas and I get spoiled to have him around for so long. I'm already depressed Christmas break is over! We took the babies to their first BYU basketball game, the aquarium, swimming, to see Santa and Christmas lights, and more! It has been a fun break. 

Most classic Santa picture ever. Clara has some great photo ops, as you can tell. 


The Tree of Life is in Draper, and really is quite amazing.

My babies are not really babies anymore. Happy/sad about that.

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! Here's to 2015!