I Made a Boo-Boo....

Hi Everyone!

In my haste to update the blog, I forgot to copy and paste my BlogRoll before that widget was deleted. Yikes!!

So here's your chance!

If you want to be super cool and awesome, give me your blog address and I'll add you to my NEW, AMAZING BlogRoll!! :)

Just kidding. You are all super cool anyway.

::but I want to blog-stalk you:: heeheehee

So leave it in the comments section or on the new ChatBox. (Or do both! I'm anxious to see how this ChatBox thing works!)

I know I could just go to the blogs I somehow remember, look at their lists, copy those blogs down, add them to my list and blah blah blah. But why go to all that trouble when you guys could do the work for me?? ; )

Thanks for helping me correct my mistake!

Have a great day!



New Year=New Blog

(Even though 2009 is not so new anymore. Where did January go? Can anyone tell me???)

The girls are another year older and it's about time to update the blog background and header. I've been working on this for a year off and on, but just haven't gotten it right--until now! SO---I'm unveiling the "new" blog! Although, don't get your heart set on anything fantastic. I am just really slow. :/

I've decided to try and update the header with more recent pics as the year goes on...maybe with the change of seasons. No promises, because blogging has to take a back seat to my crazy life more often than not. But I'm gonna try!

I've also started a personal blog "I'm No Expert" so please check that whenever you feel you have the time! It will be my crafty (or not so crafty-depending on the situation), creative and other miscellaneous postings blog. (I will still post about our kids and our family on this blog but everything else will be on the other one. Clear as mud, right?)

I don't know how I'm going to keep TWO blogs updated when I haven't been able to keep up with ONE, but I'm going to make it a goal! Let me know what you think! I'm excited for this fresh new start in a brand new year!


Chatty Kathys

I started this post back in October. Here is what I wrote back then:

"It's almost like someone just flipped a switch. ---Literally--- yesterday my girls were not very verbal and used a series of annoying 'grunts' and 'whines' and all manner of chalkboard-scratching-like noises. But all of the sudden--they are saying words! Not just 'mama' and 'dada' and 'night-night'. Things like 'blanket' (bin-tet or binty), 'box', 'open' (ope-ee), 'stuck' and other seriously cute things, some of which we had no idea they even knew. Jordyn is still quite behind and just doesn't know how to form her words yet, but she does try. Avery's voice is the absolute most adorable little tiny high-pitched pixie voice. Even though she says 'ope-ee' a bazillion times, over and over again, the sound she makes is so cute we just have to laugh. My favorite thing is when they say each others' names. Or rather, *attempt* to say each others names. Oh man. That is so cute. And their names are not that easy to say."

Obviously, things have changed IMMENSELY since then. I wish I would have been able to finish it but I will continue it and update it! They are all talking soooo much. I just love hearing it. Even if some words don't come out--how should I say---PG rated??

Avery has got a bad potty mouth problem, except she doesn't know it. Poor baby. I'm afraid she will have to stay home from church until she can learn to say certain words like "FROG" or "FINGER" or "FATHER". Which are all pretty commonly used words. I'm sure you can just imagine my little two year old running around repeating over and over again "#$%#", "%&%^&", "#$%*&"!!! I promise, we are working on it. Another Avery issue is that many words are the same. Such as: "cracker" and "tractor" are both 'track-too'. Or purple, paper and pillow are all 'pah-poo'. She is so funny. A lot of things she says have an "uh" before it. Like, "uh--dada!", when she sees Tony or when one of us comes back from somewhere, it's "uh--back!". Always said in an exclamatory tone. The other day she tripped and fell on her back and yelled at the top of her lungs "I fall!!" It was so funny that that was her first sentence. Tony asked her if she was ok and she said "NO!" :) It's so fun to hear them actually conversing with us and each other. They are growing up, there is no denying it now! For a long time everything that she couldn't move, including herself when she was in her car seat or highchair, was "Stuck!" We explained to her that when she is in her car seat she is supposed to be stuck. I don't think she gets that yet...

Ashleigh is our "sentence" maker. I put sentence with " " marks because she just puts a long string of nearly all the words she knows together like, "mamadadasissyback". Or she will even make up a string of sounds, then add a 'real' word on the end like "Ahda baba doda, dadda!" She totally knows what she means to say....it's just up to the rest of us to figure it out! She has the funniest personality and the most hilarious, guttural, old man laugh. I need to figure out how to get that on here before she stops doing it because it is something that I need to document. It will seriously brighten your day. I wish I could make it my cell phone ring tone. I have yet to figure that out as well.

Jordyn, as I mentioned before, was a slow talker. I was days away from having her in speech therapy. Honestly. Then, out of the blue, she just began talking! Granted, she has a tough time actually forming her words, but she is trying. It has been so great to hear her funny little lisp-y voice. Her favorite thing to eat is anything adult and non baby-y. Sandwiches have been her favorite thing FOREVER. When she was tiny and not even on solid food yet, she would stare at every bite of a sandwich we would take. One day, when I was sitting down to eat a sandwich (with her, of course) she said "Sammy!!" It was so adorable we just laughed. We never told her to say that. She just came up with it all on her own. She also loves to point out everything she can name and yell it out over and over again until you acknowledge her smartness. "ball!" "ball!" "ball!" We have to say "Yes Jordyn! That's a ball!" before she will stop. It's so funny. And I think she feels so happy to be able to say words now and can't help but practice as often as she can. UPDATE: I forgot to mention that when she drops anything or trips (which happens quite often) she says "Oh Dear!" The other day she was standing on a bucket and began to lean trying to reach something and the bucket tipped and she fell flat on her tummy. Instead of crying or saying "owie" she exclaimed, "Oh DEAR!" Makes me laugh SO hard. I have no idea where she heard that, but she's picked it up and made it a regular part of her speech.

It's interesting that there are some certain words that each of them say differently. For example, Avery says "diaper" like "ah-boo". Asheligh says it like "bah-poo" and Jordyn says it like "bopper". Or, another funny one is "garbage". Jordyn says it like "sah-bay" (like she's french or something, lol). Avery says it like "darby" (which, incidentally, is the name of the girl's camp I went to as a teenager) and Ashleigh says it like "sobby" or dobby" which is kind of a combination of her sister's versions. It just is one of the many ways I receive confirmation that they are, indeed, different people! They may have been born at the same time, but they are surely very unique from each other. And I LOVE that.

But then there are words that one or two of them may have said correctly to begin with, but because one of her sisters couldn't say it, it would be copied with the 'incorrect' version. "Cup" is a prime example of that. Avery and Jordyn both could say it correctly. But Ashleigh could only say "tup" so now they all say "tup". And "cookie" is "tootie" for everyone now.

So, sometimes, they influence each other for good. But most of the time, they influence each other for bad. HAHA! Isn't that kind of a metaphor for life? I think most people are more easily influence to the 'bad' side than the good. But the good influence does happen and that fact makes it seem even more triumphant when it actually does occur. I don't mean that to sound pessimistic. Quite the opposite, really. We all just have to try harder to influence each other in positive ways rather than allowing ourselves to be so easily swayed by negative influences that seem to be all around us. I'll *try* to tell my kids that....wish me luck!! :)


The Festivities

n. pl. fes·tiv·i·ties
1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.
2. The pleasure, joy, and gaiety of a festival or celebration.
3. festivities The proceedings or events of a festival.
1. happy celebration: a spirit of joy and festivity

That pretty much sums up our holidays perfectly!

It all started with an all day Christmas Eve cheesy Lifetime movie marathon (for me); then once the girls were in bed for the night, I changed into my warm 'star' fleece pj's, curled up with a blanket and enjoyed a glass of (milk-diluted) eggnog complete with whipped cream and nutmeg sprinkled on top. Tony and I watched a couple more Christmas movies together and I just looked at him and said "This is the perfect Christmas Eve." I was so content and happy. And it was so good to feel that way. We didn't have to GO anywhere and we didn't have to DO anything. Sometimes, especially around the 'Holidays', we get overwhelmed with what we feel we have to do and forget to just enjoy the Season altogether.

I truly believe that the reason for my content-ed-ness this year was because I simplified everything. Nat reminded me of a saying I learned a long time ago: K.I.S.S. "Keep It Simple Stupid". That's exactly what I did! I put up minimal Christmas decorations, which is way different for me---my most favorite thing is to decorate for Christmas--my house is quite bare otherwise. We don't have room for a tree and even if we did, it would have been knocked down in 3 minutes flat and the decorations that I would have spent countless OCD hours hanging would be misplaced or worse--broken forever. We didn't put up any lights outside and we didn't do many gifts. I didn't really do neighbor gifts either. I appreciate so many people and there is just no way I can do something for everyone. I was stressing all month about it and just decided that the extra stress was not necessary. I did make a wreath for the front door and I put the three crucial parts of my Nativity up next to a mosaic mirror table top tree and that was it. Truly nothing else was needed.

Here are my sad, yet perfectly adequate, decorations:

Christmas day was spent at Tony's parents house. The girls really enjoyed opening presents this year. They even assisted others in the opening.....

So Helpful.....

Serious Concentration....

No one went overboard and we even got them some extremely practical gifts, as evidenced in these pictures:

My Future "Merry Maids" The Haul:
The Aftermath:

Just as we were recovering from this fun day, we had another fun day of celebration----The Girl's Second Birthday on the 27th!!!!
We went over to Tony's parents house again and played all day then opened presents and had cake. Here are the pictures from their special day:
I decided to do cupcakes this year and put them on a platter in the shape of a '2'. They were strawberry flavored white cupcakes with strawberry frosting and some were topped with a strawberry flavored meringue cookie in the shape of flowers or butterflies.
They tasted absolutely divine.

They actually ate their cupcakes this year!

In order of Birth:
(Miss Priss asking for a towel because she got frosting on her finger)

(removing all of her frosting)
Nana and Papa got the girls hats and gloves....
Ashleigh decided that the hat must go on her toes........and they will probably be able to wear these until college!
Strike a pose.

They wore them for the rest of the night!

Then Grandma and Grandpa sent some presents and the girls had a ball opening them and playing in the one-foot-deep pile of wrapping!

What a fantastic and lovely Holiday we had. Thank you everyone!!

I am so grateful for everyone who thinks of us, helps us out, supports us and is just there for us in case we need them. It's been such an awesome year full of growth, challenges and accomplishments. I can't wait for this next year--- 2009 is going to be an interesting and exciting year for us!

Stay tuned!