Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer Lovin'

Wednesday, July 30

I can't believe it's almost August! Where has our summer gone? The girls have been busy playing, eating, traveling, shopping, attending doctor's appointments, swimming, and just generally driving Mom crazy:-)

The biggest changes in our house lately have come from meal times. The girls have finally become fans of table foods. What a mess! It takes me as long to clean up their messes, as it does for them to eat. Their current favorite is macaroni and cheese. Devyn has decided that she's so grown up, she doesn't ever want to eat from a spoon again.
They love veggies (most days)! 
Devyn Marie is still our wild child! She is constantly moving. CONSTANTLY! It is amazing how quickly she can tear apart our living room. She rarely plays with toys, but rather takes them out, inspects them for a moment, throws them across the room, and then moves on to something else. Her favorite past times are: sneaking up the stairs when Mom and Dad don't close the baby gate properly, stealing her sister's toys, pushing her vehicles around the house, and bothering her sister. She is so close to won't be long! 
I designated a couple shelves in my kitchen cabinet just for Devyn. This isn't exactly what I had in mind.
I think she needs a jungle gym...

Kinley Grace is our sweet little angel. She loves to roll around and investigate her surroundings. She loves books and will look at them, or try to eat them, for long periods of time. She continues to go to physical therapy twice a week to work on building her muscle strength, flexibility, and balance. She is getting better at sitting up, but standing and walking are pretty far off in her future. She absolutely loves TV, especially her baby channel. I already have to limit her viewing time each day. She loves to sing and will chew on anything in sight.
Sweet, silly Kinley! Apparently she never wears clothes!
Love those baby blues and her sweet smile! 

Recently we took a road trip to Albuquerque to visit Grandma and Grandpa Marsh. We had so much fun! We squeezed in lots of great New Mexican food, shopping, swimming, visiting with friends, and even a trip to the zoo!
Devyn and a lizard
Visiting the polar bear
Kinley found a life-size Sophie (her favorite toy)!!!
Devyn and Grampy on the shuttle to the aquarium.
It was a long, hot day at the zoo!
A few other summer adventures:

Swimming on the 4th of July 
This is how we go get the mail!
Devyn enjoying her new water table.
After the girls' birthday party, when I was looking at old NICU photos, I noticed some of the pics of the girl's bath tubs while they were in the hospital. Since we still have the tubs, I thought it would be fun to take a more current photo with the girls. All I can say is, "Wow!" 
Above: Kinley at about 3 weeks old, weighing around 3 pounds.
Below: Kinley just after her first birthday, weighing around 17 pounds.

Above: Devyn at around 6 weeks old, weighing about 5 pounds.
Below: Devyn just over a year old, weighing around 20 pounds.
Can't believe how far these girls have come!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

First Birthday Photos

July 2, 2014

These photos were taken on June 18. Thank goodness Grandma Carol was here to be my photography assistant. It is a workout trying to get these two positioned for photos! I'm shocked that Devyn appears to be sitting in any of them....she would start crawling away about 2 seconds after I had her ready.

 Kinley was so serious this day! We only got a couple smiles from her the entire time.

 This is SO Devyn!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cupcakes and Sprinkles

June 29, 2014

We've finally recovered from the girls' first birthday party last weekend. What a wonderful celebration with friends and family! I hope Devyn and Kinley grow up knowing how many people love and care for them. And if the endless guest list and garage full of gifts weren't enough evidence, the fact that our blog has passed 40,000 views should take the cake, or rather, the cupcake!

Our 1 year old cupcakes!
Devyn (left) Kinley (right)

We hosted a cupcake-themed party at the house last Saturday. We had a house, backyard, and garage FULL of people that braved the 106 degree heat to celebrate with us. Grandma and Grandpa Marsh and the McDevitt family came all the way from New Mexico, and Grandma Carol was here from Minnesota. Thank goodness everyone was here to help!

 Cupcakes and everything SPRINKLES!

I think I used about 8 jars of sprinkles in all!
Pictures from our NICU days.
(What did non-creative people, like me, do before Pinterest???)

Clothesline of preemie outfits in the backyard

 What do the Marsh girls do on their birthday? Take a motorcycle ride!
Must take after their Grandma!
 Uncle Aaron with the birthday girls

 Kinley relaxing in the backyard

Serious business... playing bean bag toss

When it was time for cupcakes, I gave Devyn hers first and we sang "Happy Birthday" to her. Kinley was either freaked out by the noise, or she REALLY didn't like our singing! Then it was Kinley's turn. She calmed own eventually, but it took her a while to warm up to the cupcake.  Devyn, of course, dug right in! She must have a sweet tooth, just like her mommy!

 "Why does SHE get to go first?" -Kinley
 Kinley's turn for the Happy Birthday song.

 Family Photo
 Kinley's warming up to this cupcake idea....
 Complete destruction!
After dessert, it was time to open gifts. Their interest in the gifts lasted about a minute....then they preferred to eat the cards and tissue paper instead. These girls are so spoiled! They received a red wagon, swimming pool, water table, ride-on cars, singing teddy bears, clothes, activity table, and so much more!
 We just started, and Kinley is done!

 They have enough vehicles for everyone who comes over now!

"Umm...who put this together? How am I supposed to drive without a steering wheel?" -Devyn
And finally,  because you haven't seen enough are a few of my favorites from the girls' cake smash photo shoot: