Jack and Leah’s Birthday

September 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m a little late on this, but I wanted to write about the actual birthday. The kids birthday was the day after we got back from Florida. Jason took the day off and we decided just to spend a quiet day as a family. We opened presents first thing. Jack got a dump truck and a color wonder clipboard with markers. Leah got a pack and play for her baby doll and a color wonder clipboard with markers. They ac tually got excited about opening presents and knew what to do this year.

We went to lunch with Grandma and Grandpa Tucker, Cousin Colin, Cousin Brittany and Brayden at Fritz’s. Jack LOVED the trains. Everytime they would come around he would say oh oh here it comes.

For dinner we had Spagetti, which is the babies favorite followed by cupcakes for desert. It was a GREAT day!

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Florida!

September 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I have been meaning to get on here and write about our trip and the kids birthday for days but it seems like there are always 12 other things to do.

We had a wonderful trip to florida. The trip down was eventful at the beginning. We were flying on September 11. I hadn’t really thought twice about flying on that day until we got there. As I was getting ready to put my bags on the x-ray machine when a TSA agent came through and ordered us all to leave as quickly as possible because there had been a security issue. It wasn’t a good feeling to have that happen when you have your two little kids with you. Everyone was sent in the hallway and we waited but no one really said what was going on. Eventually they asked that everyone move further away. As we were walking we got seperated from Jason and he just happend to hear that our flight had been moved to another gate. We got down to the other gate and through security and walked right on the plane. It wasn’t a full flight so we even got to take the car seats on the plane for the kids. I have always been a fan of Southwest but I am an even bigger fan now. As I was walking on the plane I had Jack in my arms, a backpack and the carseat. I was attempting to get down the aisle when I realized the carseat was going to have to be lifted over the seats. The pilot must have seen how flustered I was and ended up helping Jason get the car seats down the aisle into seats and buckled up! That is definetly not in his job description. The flight attendants were great too! They brought us juice before beverage service for the kids and extra snacks..they made the trip much easier. The kids did great on the plane. I had been worried about it for months and was very relieved.

The kids loved the beach. Jack’s favorite activity was digging in the sand or burrying his Dad and Uncle Stephen. Leah like throwing shells in the water. We went to an aquarium while we were down there. It was a big hit for with the kids. They loved seeing all of the big fish and even got to touch a few things. A few other highlights from the trip included taking a boat ride, playing shuffle board, going to the park, watching the muppets on Uncle Stephens computer and eating lots of salt water taffy. It was nice to have soo many extra helpers all week. Jason and I even snuck out for a couple of dinners without the kids. (THANK YOU GRANDMA!!!) I came home actually feeling a little bit rested. We can’t wait to go back. Here are some pictures from the trip.

Birthday Letter

September 20, 2011 at 7:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Jack and Leah,

Happy Birthday. I think I said his last year but I can’t believe that a year has gone by already!! You are TWO! You both continue to amaze me on a daily basis. You are both so smart, curious and loving. You have both changed so much in the last year. You have grown from babies to to kids. The way your smiles light up a room is amazing…and I am not the only one who notices this. My favorite thing in the whole world is listening to you laugh. One of the biggest changes in the past year is how much you play and interact with each other now. You both love each other soo much, but you also enjoy pushing each others buttons too. Listening to the two of you laugh and play with each other fills my heart with joy.

My Sweet Leah-

You are coming more and more out of your shell all the time. You are very mischevious and you know how to work a room…ecspecially when that room includes, Daddy, Grandpa and Uncle Stephen. You love dancing, doing your ballet movies, playing with your baby and making silly faces. You eat like you can never get full but you are still my tiny tiny girl.

You have a love for life and wake up happy everyday. You are quiet around strangers, but the life of the party around your family. You can be a bit dramatic or a bit sassy but it keeps like interesting. I feel so lucky to be your mom and I can’t wait to see what great things you will do as a two-year old.

My Buddy Jack-

I call you my buddy and now you like to call yourself buddy. You have become my little parrot and talk to me all day long. I love that I finally gt to know what you are thinking. You are a busy busy guy and love to help mommy whenever you can. I love the smile on your face when you help out or accomplish something new. You have recently learned some shapes and numbers  and you are constantly showing off your new skills, which makes mommy proud.

You are very independent and think that you are all grown up sometimes. You love new adventures and are never afraid of new things..I love that about you. While you think that you are all grown up most of the time you still find time to snuggle with your momma and I really cherish those moments. One of my favorite times of the day is putting you down for your nap. I am proud to be your mommy and can’t wait to see what great things you will do as a two-year old.

Love Mommy

Traveling with Two Year Old Twins

September 7, 2011 at 8:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I am a planner. I am a list maker. I probably over think a lot of things, ecspeically things that involve the kids. I have chilled out some and I don’t read as many articles and books as I used to about kids stuff. However, traveling with two two years is something that I felt I should be extra prepared for. I have been reading tips and lists and asking anyone I know with twins if they have any suggestions. We leave in four days and I have been working on packing for a few days now. It takes awhile with the kids. I can’t pack if they are “helping” beacause it won’t end well for anyone.

I’m not sure how all this will work out but here are some of the “tips” I have come across. Maybe this will help someone else brave enough to travel with two year old twins.

Tips

*Take an extra shirt in your carry on bag for the adults and an extra outfit for the kids.

*Put the kids shoes in your carry on bag and don’t put them on until after you get through security

*Ask for juice from the flight attendants when you first get on the plane so the kids will have it during take off

*If your kids are under two and you didn’t buy them a seat bring a copy of their birth certificate

*Stick outlet covers in your bag to use at the hotel.

*Don’t bring enough diapers for the whole trip just enough for the first day or two and then go to the store when you get there.

*Bring plenty of healthy snacks ..so the kids are sugared up.

*Rent equipment at your destination, if possible.

*Pack diapers, wipes…etc. in separate bags for each kid and each parent should carry one.

*Pack plenty of new surprises for the kids. I packed small farm animals, match box cars, crayons and notebooks, color wonder paper and markers, Light up wands, a jewelry set, a mini magna doodle, mini hair brush and mirror.

*Pack “Lovies”

*Be aware that only one lap child is allowed per row because of the oxygen masks. If it is just two adults traveling you cannot sit together.

 

 

Long Weekend.

September 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Our long weekend went by fast. Friday night we had our first “movie night” with the kids. It happened by accident. The kids were cranky and I was looking for something on the instant netflix and found Tangled. I turned it on and the kids were instantly hooked. They surprised Jason and I both and ended up watching about 80 percent of the movie. I would love to have a tradition of making pizza friday night and watching movies with the kids. I know they won’t sit that still all the time but Jason and I enjoyed it while it lasted.

Saturday the kids went to my parents and Jason and I had a night out with another couple. We went and grabbed some mexican food and then had some drinks. The other couple we went out with has twins too and it is nice to talk with them about life with twins. I know lots of other people have two kids but having two kids the same age is different and it is nice to talk with someone else who has been there done that. It is also nice to know that things will eventually get easier.

Sunday Jason and I headed up to my parents and we celebrated Jack and Leah’s birthday with my family. It is pretty early but we went sure when my sister will be back from college again and she wanted to be there. We made homemade pizza and had cupcakes. Leah got a new baby, which she has named Amy. Her other baby is also named Amy so that gets a little confusing sometimes. Jack got a train set. He isn’t sure if he loves it or is scared of it. I need to get it put together at home and see if he does better without all the people.

Monday was another busy day.. we had Jason’s niece Brittany, her husband Beau and Brayden over for dinner. THe kids had a great time playing in the back yard and it wore them out which is always good.

I wish I had lots of great pictures of all the fun things we did this weekend…but I don’t. I took pictures of the party on Saturday but they are on my moms camera and I kind of forgot the rest of the weekend. I have GOT to get better about this. I do have some pictures of the kids with their friend Lexi. Lexi came over one night last week and they had a blast. They were all sitting on the steps together and I snapped some pictures.

 

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