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
December 6-8, 2018 - Washington, DC
It is weird to put a travel header on a DC post but it's also crazy to me that it's been 5 years since I lived in the city!!! It's insane sometimes how fast time travels by.
Anyway, Jon had to be at University of Maryland for a concert - so we loaded up the whole gang (Jon's parents included) and headed up to the DMV. Even Loki came along.
It was a quick trip- we arrived on Thursday with enough time to feed the babies and then Jon left for rehearsal. His parents arrived around the same time we did (thankfully helped with unloading and the twins) and then we all went for a walk in the nearby park. We spent awhile out there before it was time to stop by UMD for a quick visit and meet Jon's colleagues and then head back to the hotel to get the twins ready for bed. We just ordered from a nearby spot for dinner and relaxed the rest of the evening.
Friday morning we headed back to the park- Jon's mom pushed the stroller, while the rest of us went for a run. I'm still turtle pacing over here so the guys left me behind but overall a nice run in the park! After that we headed back to the hotel to let the twins rest while we got ready. Then it was lunch time at Lauriol Plaza!! We brought the babies food so they got to eat and then play while we ate. It was super yummy as always. Really miss living around the corner from a place like this.
After we finished up lunch we loaded back into the car to head to the DC holiday market downtown. They have lots of cute vendors and what we were really there for: MINI DONUTS. YES!!!! So good. We also took a couple of pictures with the fun toy soldiers out on display.
Our last stop was the National Portrait Gallery to see the Obama portraits. They had been installed after I moved away so it was really nice to see those in person. :) Then we jumped back in the car and headed back to our hotel so Jon could change and head to his concert. We fed the babies dinner, did bathtime and got them asleep (phew) and then relaxed until Jon came home late from his concert.
Saturday morning we got on the road pretty early to get back as bad weather was expected. It was a really quick trip but despite all the crazy schedule maneuvers we still had a good time and got to experience a little bit of the city at the holidays.
Thanks DC for the whirlwind weekend!
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!
November 22, 2018 - NC Mountains
I just love first holidays for babies. Can't wait til we get to xmas but first Thanksgiving!
Now we're only starting on the solids game so the twins didn't get to have any turkey day goodies but they did get to meet a lot of family! We were staying at Jon's parents (since that was easiest) but we spent part of Wednesday and Thursday over at the Christmount retreat where my mom's side of the family has a reunion every other year. The twins got to meet lots of 2nd and 3rd cousins and Luke even did a little crawling for everyone.
We ate Thanksgiving lunch in shifts so they could eat and then we could. They had sweet potatoes and apples - close as I could get to a Thanksgiving meal haha. After a little more visiting we said goodbye and headed back to Waynesville for Thanksgiving #2!
More cousins galore to play with before some photos and then dinner. Similar to lunch but still keeping to the theme. :) And then a little bedtime story and these kiddos were out cold.
Another solid holiday this year!
October 31, 2018
Twins first halloween!!
Originally I hadn't planned to do much as they are too young for trick or treating but then my mom unearthed some of my old costumes. She found a pumpkin and a devil - both that she made for me 34 years ago! So of course I had to use those and boy did the little guys turn out super cute.
Luke was a lil' pumpkin and Graham was a lil' devil. :) We took some fun photos - even got Loki dressed in his old Love devil costume - and then loaded up in the stroller for a walk around the neighborhood. We took in all the dressed kids and decorations before heading home for our usual bedtime routine.
Excited for years to come! And all the trick or treating fun!!
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!
October 13, 2018 - Sinkland Farms - Christiansburg, VA
One of the best parts about little kids is you have an excuse to do all the fun things you enjoyed as a kid. :)
Enter the pumpkin patch. We have a pretty nice one not too far from our place in Christiansburg. I had heard only good things so between feedings and naps I thought we could get the twins out for a little visit and some photos.
It's a little pricey- especially since we weren't there for very long. We loaded the twins into their carriers- Jon had Luke and I had Graham. After paying their fee and getting our stamps we headed over to the hay bale ride to get to the pumpkin patch area. It was a little chilly that day so the twins were kind of cold :\. We found a cute spot among the pumpkins and sat them down for some photos. Afterwards we wandered around the grounds, took a few more photos, and got a nice family shot! and then headed back to the car (because it was really really cold for the babies).
Enjoy their cute photos!
October 6, 2018 - Raleigh, NC
First race after babies. I had to use a credit with the race series so at 7 months postpartum I took on a half marathon.
I was not up to racing shape but was looking to prove that I was able to do it. I worked with my coach on a plan that would get me to a good place to complete the race. Of course she had more faith in me than I did- giving me paces for the race that were really scary.
Race morning dawned hot and humid (my nemeses). The race started out on a downhill so I started with the paces Becki prescribed for me. I felt fine for the first few miles but once we hit the greenway section we were shrouded with trees and there was absolutely no air flow. It was like running with a warm blanket on. In that moment I made the decision to slow down and just enjoy being able to run this far again.
It wasn't a super interesting course- a lot on the local greenways. And had it not been 99% humidity I think it would have been really nice. But I kept going knowing I was capable AND that my babies would be at the finish waiting for me. :)
The remaining miles weren't my prettiest but I got through them and pushed on to the finish. And when I was reaching the final turn I saw my parents each holding a twin and cheering for me! It totally made me cry.
But I DID IT. I completed a half marathon at 7 months postpartum. My babies got to see me do something really hard. I was so proud of my body. I'm looking forward at what I can really do with an entire training cycle behind me.
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!!