Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ellie & Brylee turn ONE!

Sunday, May 1

The little girls are 13 months old now, so I guess it's about time I get around to the birthday post! The Marshes have been busy for the past couple months.

We had plenty of visitors in March. Grandma Carol came to visit over Spring Break and stayed to celebrate Easter and the 1st birthday of Brylee and Ellison (which fell on the same day this year). Grandparents Marsh came for the party as well. And to top it off, Auntie Kim and cousin Noah came to visit too at the end of the month!

We've officially survived one full year with TWO sets of twins. I can't believe Brylee and Ellie are one now. We had a Minnie Mouse party (they're fans only because big sisters watch the TV show) for the girls and celebrated with a few friends and family.

Happy Birthday girls!
Ice Cream Cake!
 Birthday cake time!
Ellie (above) Brylee (below)

Brylee Quinn 

Brylee 1-Year Fun Facts:
Weight: 16 lbs 15 oz.
Height: 28.5 inches
Teeth: four
Hobbies: crawling up the stairs, giving hugs, crawling into the dishwasher, stealing toys, shredding paper

Ellison Mae
Ellie 1-Year Fun Facts:
Weight: 19 lbs
Height: 28.5 inches
Teeth: two
Hobbies: crawling up the stairs, pinching people, throwing dishes out of the cupboards

Devyn is my happiness and frustration all bundled up into one 2.5 year-old tornado. She cracks me up and makes me lose my temper every single day. She insists on being involved in everything around her, which is not an easy task in our house! One minute she is kissing her baby sisters and protecting them from danger, and the next minute she's running them over with a toy motorcycle.

Devyn Marie
Devyn Fun Facts:
Hobbies: shopping, digging in the rocks and dirt in the backyard, going to the park
Fears: garbage trucks
Favorite movies: Shrek, Monsters Inc., Inside Out, Open Season, Bee Movie
Drives Mom crazy by: dumping out toys (or anything else) everywhere

Kinley is our sweet, loving, stubborn "big" girl. The NICU doctors called her the fighter and she's been fighting ever since. This strong little girl spends hours every week in therapy (OT, PT, speech, and behavior). She now has an official diagnosis of cerebral palsy which both breaks my heart and yet makes it a little easier to explain why she can't walk or do so many other things children her age should be doing. She is being evaluated by the school district to see if she will start PreK classes in the fall so that she can continue getting intervention services since the state's services end at age 3. She prefers to play by herself and still barely acknowledges her baby sisters, but if you want to get her attention, all you have to do is sing! Her favorites are Twinkle Little Star, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and the ABCs. She knows so many words but still struggles to communicate and express herself.  

 Kinley Grace

Kinley Fun Facts:
Hobbies: playing outside in the water table, watching TV, singing, swinging at the park
Accomplishments: can (almost) count to 20; knows her shapes, colors, and ABCs
Favorite movies: Frozen, Shapes or Colors Preschool DVDs
Drives Mom crazy by: splashing water all over the bathroom as she happily says, "No Splashing!"

Easter 2016
Pajama Easter Egg Hunt
 Brylee found a worm in her egg!
 Family photo session in the park
 Grammy and Grampy's turn

 Grandma Carol with her grand-babies

 Look what we got...a quad stroller! I can actually take them to the park by myself now!

Cowabunga Bay with Kim and Noah
 Noah and Brylee are BFFs!

Daddy and the Big Girls
I thought Devyn would have a blast at the water park! But a few minutes in she got dumped on by a big bucket of water and was terrified the rest of the day!

And a few more random pics:
 Enjoying a little painting on a lazy weekend.

 Devyn is taking Brylee for a ride!

Does anyone wear clothes in this house!?!
And does anyone want to come potty train some toddlers for me? Anyone?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

10 Months Old!

February 25, 2016
10 months old already!
January 27, 2016

Our baby girls are getting so big! They are crawling around everywhere, pulling up to everything, and getting really good at making messes! 

Big sisters taught Ellie how to empty all the toys.

Ellie Mae
  • Loves to empty the dishwasher!
  • Still no teeth
  • Has officially graduated from wearing her helmet!
  • Turns off the Direct TV box while Dad's watching TV.  

      Minnie Mouse, aka Brylee

Brylee Quinn
  • Brylee gives the best hugs!
  • Is still so tiny, even though she eats just as much as her sister.
  • Two teeth!
  • Still wears her helmet at night.
  • Is the feisty sister! If you've got something she out!

The Marsh family celebrated Valentine's Day at Bonnie Springs Ranch. We had a blast walking around their Wild West town, meeting the animals in their small zoo, and riding the train. 
"I'll save you Kinley!"  -Devyn
(Kinley didn't even notice the peacock, but it made Devyn nervous.)
 The animals just walk around freely!
 Ride 'em cowgirl!
Kinley, Daddy, Donkey

Devyn didn't care about the ducks. She just wanted to swim.

     Our train ride

This is why I'm often late to work. Well...this, and Starbucks.

Mom forgot to close the dishwasher. Let's empty it before she gets back!

Sweet Kinley Grace loves to read!

Devyn is not always a good influence on her sisters.
Photo 1: Here we go! First attempt at the stairs.
Photo 2: Ellie didn't make it pass the first step, and she's not happy about it. Brylee, on the other hand, had no trouble!
Mom and Dad's bed is the best!
(Just ask Devyn....she makes her way into it in the middle of the night).

Our Bloop and Loop.
(Ellie in white, Brylee in red)
TV addiction runs in the family.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho!

February 7, 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho!
Christmas 2015

Well, it's almost Valentine's Day, so I guess that means I had better get around to finishing the blog post from December! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season, just like we did! We had lots of visitors during December and January. We hosted Christmas at our house this year. What a blessing to spend time with the entire Marsh family, Aunt Judy, and Aunt Shannon's parents as well. It was a full house to say the least!
Grammy and Grampy Marsh with the babies (Ellie on right)

Brylee and her Christmas Tree                      Brylee with Aunt Judy      

Sadly, the girls didn't get ANY presents. I guess they must not have been very good girls this year.
"But I didn't WANT pajamas!"  -Ellie
"This is much better!" -Ellie

After opening all of their wonderful gifts, Devyn and Kinley pulled out their favorite book (Dr. Seuss' ABCs) and started "reading." Proud reading teacher mommy!

9 Months Old
December 27, 2015

9 Month Stats:
Ellie: 17lbs, 7.5 oz., 27.5 inches
          Brylee: 15 lbs, 7.5 oz., 26.25 inches

Big sisters have done a great job teaching these two how to destroy the living room by emptying out toy bins and dumping puzzles!

In December we said goodbye to our very own Mary Poppins, our nanny Lily. She began her last semester of college and is now student teaching, so she had to "retire." It brings tears to my eyes to think of how lucky we are to have had her with us. She loves our girls and takes such amazing care of them (and us). Of course, we still get to see her from time to time.

Christmas PJ Photo

One of Lily's last (official) days
You can tell that Lily dressed them when they all look super cute!

And one more of our Lily, because...why not?

Grandma Carol bought the girls matching Christmas PJs and thought we should get their photos taken wearing them. And we all know how well that goes with these four, right? To be fair, they were set up for failure because when we arrived for our scheduled session, they were running at least an hour behind. I get grumpy when I'm hungry too! The photo below is the ONLY one with all four where someone wasn't crying. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but that's ok.

Don't they look thrilled?

Brylee (above) and Ellison (below) were much more photogenic!

After the Marsh family left, Grandma and Grandpa Ferson came to visit for the New Year! They met Brylee and Ellie and hung out in our crazy house for a few days. Brave souls! It was so nice to spend time with them!
Grandpa and Grandma Ferson
Devyn was NOT cooperative:-)

Later in January, Grandma and Grandpa Bjerke came to visit and brought along Nana. We had a great visit with them! They even watched the girls for a week once school started. I'm sure they were eager to escape!
Getting ready for a "Four Generations" photo again (minus me) 
We had them professionally taken too, so more to come in the next blog.

And because you can never include enough random photos in a blog post...

Ellie loves bath time!

All four playing together....NEVER happens. Never.

When the high chairs are taken, you have a picnic on the kitchen floor.

Devyn at work with Mom

Mommy's helper on our way to the park.