Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Just for Fun

Just wanted to post some random pictures for fun...

Natalie was so tired, she fell asleep while getting her diaper changed.

Trying out sippy cups!

Noelle got herself stuck under the exersaucer

Noelle's favorite toy is Riley's chew toy.  She tries to get it whenever she can!

One of my coworkers gave me baby Starbucks sippy cups.  The girls looked so cute drinking them!  Natalie on the left, Noelle on the right.

Some babies at a Cru get together.

First day wearing barrettes!

Bath time! 

We also just celebrated my birthday!  I have absolutely no pictures from my birthday but it was really great.  My students drew me pictures and one even brought me cupcakes!  My first grade team bought me lunch and we had cookies for dessert.  Ben brought home dinner and spoiled me with new boots, a new wallet, and Christmas pajamas.  The girls gave me a new phone case that I  had been eyeing!  My parents came up over the weekend and we had The Cheesecake Factory for dinner, complete with cheesecake for dessert!  My parents gave me some UMD things, a vest, and earrings.  We're celebrating with Ben's family over Thanksgiving and I can't wait to extend the birthday celebrations!

We have a busy Thanksgiving week coming up!  I have had parent/teacher conferences till 8pm yesterday and today, which means Ben had to pick up the girls, feed them and put them to bed!  Tomorrow, we are meeting Santa for the first time!  And then we have Thanksgiving, their 9 month pictures, our Christmas picture, and my birthday celebration.  I can't wait!

Monday, November 23, 2015

9 months!

It is hard to believe that the girls are 3/4 of the way through their first year!  And with the holidays right around the corner, their first birthday is going to be here before we know it.  Time to start planning their first birthday!

I took their 9month pictures the week before their 9 month doctor appointment so I totally guessed on their weight and height.  I posted their actual under their pictures.  Their 9 month highlights are loving to eat, saying "mama" and "dada" (though no association yet), trying to pull up, and my favorite, CRAWLING!!! (I am so excited that they're moving!)  Natalie started crawling on 11/10 and Noelle followed her on 11/11!  They also were sick again (yuck) and both girls have their top two teeth starting to come in.  Thankfully, teething seems to not be too much of a problem for them.

Waiting for their pictures

Natalie's stats are: 17lbs (37th percentile for corrected age), 27.5inches tall (60th percentile for corrected age), and 17.5 inches head circumference (77th percentile for corrected age).

Noelle's actual stats are: 16.4lbs (25th percentile for her corrected age), 27 inches tall (40th percentile for corrected age), and 17.5 inches head circumference (77th percentile for corrected age).

Noelle and Natalie

And then they decided the photo shoot was over.


This coming Saturday we have their professional 9 month picture appointment.  They were supposed to have their pictures done a few weeks ago but both girls were sick so we had to reschedule.  I can't wait to see how those turn out!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Happy (belated) Halloween!

Last week and this week was all about report cards so I was a bit MIA from life, haha!  We did manage to celebrate Halloween though! 

The week before Halloween, I took the girls to my school where the PTA was hosting a Trunk or Treat!  The girls wore their Cabbage Patch doll costumes and rode in the stroller, which I had turned into the Cabbage Patch doll box!  The event didn't start till 6:30pm so it was on the later side for them but they hung in there until about 7:45pm, at which they lost it, haha.  EVERYONE could hear the two babies crying in the hallway!  Oh well :)  One thing that really surprised me was the amount of people who came up and kept trying to take their picture.  I politely told them "No pictures please," and most of them were okay with it but some got a little snippy with me!  A few people did ask before trying to get the picture, which I did appreciate, but I was shocked that people would even try to take their picture.  Taking a picture of a stranger's kid just never would occur to me.

Our PTA also asked teachers to decorate a pumpkin for a fundraiser.  First grade did two pumpkins and one of our custodians did a pumpkin.

This is the pumpkin our custodian did...isn't he talented?!  I wanted to win this one!

This is David from the No, David! book.  We read it in the beginning of the school year and the grade has been obsessed with him since.

We also made a Creeper from Minecraft.  First grade is also obsessed with Minecraft.  This pumpkin won 3rd place!

The costumes!  A family friend made the hat part and my mom and I made the pigtails.  My mom used her machine to embroider the shirts with the Cabbage Patch logo.

The stroller!  It took me awhile to make but I had so much fun doing it.

And my little Cabbage Patch dolls!  You can see how tired they are, haha!
The Thursday before Halloween was our Word Parade at school.  It's basically when the kids get to wear their costumes to school and have our parade for the parents.  The first grade team was a set of Scrabble tiles and we spelled a message out!  I think only a few parents realized it but oh well, we had fun!

My parents, Pop pop and Grammy, came up to visit the girls on Halloween.  They brought a treat bag for each girl, filled with Puffs, Yogurt Melts, and a toy!  Next year, we will have even more fun with the treats!

After the girls got dressed, we walked down to the neighborhood across the street to say hi to one of my co-workers and her family.  Her granddaughter lives with them and happens to be one of my students!  She was so excited that we came to visit and they ooo'ed and ahh'ed over the girls and their costumes. 

After visiting, we went back to our house to set up for the trick-or-treaters.  We always sit outside to hand out candy since the constant ringing of the doorbell would drive Riley nuts.  Growing up I never really lived in a neighborhood so we would always drive to neighborhoods to trick-or-treat, meaning my parents never got to hand out candy.  My mom was pretty excited to try it for once!  We set up with our TEN pounds of candy (I'm always afraid of running out! Hasn't happened yet) and my non-candy treats, which were glow sticks!  This year I wanted to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, where you paint a pumpkin teal and sit it out so parents who have kids with food allergies know that there are non-food treats at the house.  We played with the girls and handed out candy to our visitors.  I was a little disappointed because we only had about 20-30 kids come, not a big crowd at all.  And each one took only one or two pieces of candy!  I was trying to shove more into their bags but we ended up with a lot leftover, which went to Ben's work.  My mom said it wasn't as much fun as she thought it would be.

Natalie and Grammy

Noelle and Pop Pop (I think Noelle was about to sneeze)

Even Riley got a special Halloween treat!

The next day we had a little play-date with my mom, my cousin, and my cousin's baby.  He's three months younger than the girls.  They played together and he kept staring at the two of them, looking back and forth like he was confused why there were two!  It was really cute and we kept saying how Christmas is really going to be fun this year.

Natalie, Mitch, and Noelle

All in all, we had a fun first Halloween with the girls!  I already can't wait till next year when we will get to actually take them trick-or-treating!  We saw someone towing a toddler in a wagon...that sounds perfect to me!  Hope you had a great Halloween too!