1/27/19 - 11 months old!
Happy first New Year! I rang in NYE with Grammy and Pops while Mommy and Daddy spent a few days in Asheville. Then we headed home for the first time in weeks and played with all our new toys. We tried a bunch of new foods and love peanut butter, eggs (are back!), bread and yogurt. We also absolutely love to pull up on everything. We are big fans of standing up! We also both learned how to clap!! Gammy and Granddaddy came for a visit while Daddy was out of town- we love having visitors! We also celebrated Mommy's birthday!
12/27/18 - 10 months old!
We celebrated our first Christmas! We spent a lot of time on the road this month - first we spent a quick weekend up iin DC again. We got to see some holiday markets, eat at a mexican restaurant, and saw the Obama portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. Then we headed South and were at Gammy and Granddaddy's in Raleigh. We met some of Mommy's friends, and then went on to Wilmington for Granddaddy's family xmas. Saw lots of people and it was a little overwhelming - but we got some super fun toys! Then we got to visit Santa!! He was funny looking and we didn't know how to react- but we didn't cry! We also got to play in a jeep- beep beep! Then it was christmas morning where we spent time with ALL of our family. It was a lot of fun
11/27/18 - 9 months old!
This month we celebrated two big holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving! G went as a Lil' Devil and L went as a Pumpkin. We were very cute and took fun photos for Mommy. We also went on a halloween stroller ride to see the neighborhood and all the other kids dressed up. We tried avocado and we hated it :( back to purees for us! Our newborn photographer was doing xmas mini shoots so we all went and had some fun holiday photos taken for christmas cards. Then it was time for Thanksgiving! We headed to the mountains to stay with Grammy and Pops. We had two big thanksgivings - one with all of mommy's extended family and one with all of daddy's extended family. Lots of new people!
10/27/18 - 8 months old!
This month we traveled to Raleigh twice! The first time was to watch Mommy run a half marathon, and the second was to stay with Gammy and Granddaddy while Mommy and Daddy went to Charleston for a wedding. Both times were lots of fun! We also visited the pumpkin patch near our home in Virginia. It was pretty cold that day but we got some fun photos. We bundled up for some winter stroller rides and tried out our fancy hats from Cassie. And finally we went out to eat at the Farmhouse restaurant and then cheered on Michigan to win!
9/27/18 - 7 months old!
Another big month! We tried solid food for the first time - green beans - and absolutely LOVED it. More, more, more please! We like our high chairs too - and sometimes even fall asleep in them. We traveled to Waynesville to spend time with Daddy's family and have a special blessing on the knoll. We also moved into our own room and started sleeping in our own cribs. Plus football kicked off so we got to start cheering for our Tarheels, Wolverines, and Colts! And last but not least we got jumpers this month- the best things EVER!!
8/27/18 - 6 months old!
We started figuring out how to hold our own bottles this month! Free hands for mommy and daddy!! We like our new home a lot and have spent many hours playing on the floor with Mommy and Loki. We also got our own room! We're really getting the hang of tummy time! We love to laugh and wish we could do it all the time. We traveled to Raleigh toward the end of the month and got baptized! We spent time with lots of family- it was a special affair.
7/27/18 - 5 months old!
This was a big month! We attended our first wedding in cute sailor suits from our Great Nana. Congrats to cousin Brennan and Daniel! We also celebrated our first 4th of July and went swimming for the first time! G loved his float and chilling in the water, L was not a big fan of the float but was ok when Mommy was holding him. We also got to go visit Aunt Jordan at work and play on the microphones at her radio station. We met our Sophie giraffes this month and are BIG FANS. Oh- and we moved away from our first home (mommy and daddy's Blacksburg apartment) to a bigger, better townhouse in Christiansburg.
July 12, 2018 - Asheville, NC
We weren't sure we'd be able to take time away from the twins to celebrate but thanks to my wonderful in-laws and some milk stash, Jon and I were able to get some time to ourselves for an afternoon away.
We headed to Asheville to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Biltmore first. [And I pumped in the car on the way there- a total first for me] Well, first we actually stopped by the winery on the property to start the celebrations :) After a lovely wine tasting we headed back to the main grounds to wander around. The exhibition was mainly outside - so after lots of walking (and sweating) we were happy to head into the house to see a few pieces there as well. It was beautiful! I had always heard how amazing Chihuly's work is but had only seen a ceiling in a Vegas casino. It was really nice to see more of his work.
We had a really nice time at Biltmore but dragged our sweaty selves back to the car for another pumping session for me before we headed to our dinner at Curate. Now- we had heard wonderful things about this restaurant and I was able to get us an early dinner session (4:30!) so we could make it back to get the twins into bed. We started with a nice red wine and bruschetta and manchego cheese. Delish. Then on to the Patatas Bravas (a MUST for me at tapas places) and a giant prawn for Jon. He then had muscles while I had a nice salad. (Got get some greens in!) And then we had the pièce de résistance - Iberico Skirt Steak. AMAZING. So worth it. I forgot to take a photo it was so good. :D And then of course to close we had to get dessert so we got two :) a cheesecake and a chocolate torte. Both were delightful- I think the cheesecake won. It was a wonderful meal!! And then our server surprised us with chocolate covered cherry popsicles. YES.
A wonderful 4th Anniversary with the only person I can imagine going through this life with. Love you J.
June 29, 2018 - Blacksburg, VA
Our apartment complex has a pretty nice pool so when it was finally warm enough we decided we'd take the twins for a swim! We knew we might swim while in NC over the 4th so we thought we should probably give it a try before then. I picked up some cheap swim shirts and swim diapers at the store and we dressed them in those as well as their sun hats and sunglasses. We also found some small floats that we can use for the next couple of years and Jon was tasked with blowing them up while I took each twin in one at a time.
Graham loved it. He was like 'cool. water like bath time. I'm in.' Luke on the other hand was not having it. The water felt cold, he didn't want to sit in his float, he did not like it. I ended up holding him and that was a little better. We let them float around for about 30mins before heading back for naptime. Overall I think their reactions were positive :) hopefully as it gets warmer we'll have a couple more opportunities to swim before we move.
Needless to say they were super cute! Enjoy the photos below. :)
6/27/18 - 4 months old!
We took a trip to NC to meet our great-grandmothers! First we went to Wilmington and met all of Granddaddy's family (aunts, uncles, cousins galore!) and met Great-Nana. Then we spent time in Raleigh visiting with GG (Great-Gammy). We also met Uncle Jeremy! We took our first ride in Mommy's fancy running stroller- so nice to not be strapped into carseats! Lastly we celebrated Daddy's first father's day with a trip to Roanoke for a nice lunch out.