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.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Helmet Hair

December 14, 2015

Happy belated Thanksgiving from two of our turkeys!
(Brylee on left, Ellie on right) 

We had a wonderful holiday and were lucky to have Grandma Carol here to celebrate (and cook) with us. We stuck with our usual Thanksgiving traditions: turkey, football, and shopping! As always, we have much to be thankful for, but most of all, we are thankful for our four beautiful girls and amazingly supportive friends and families. 

Ellie and Brylee are growing like weeds! They were fitted for helmets to correct their head shape last month, and received them just before Thanksgiving. We were worried about how they would respond to them, but have been pleasantly surprised that they don't seem to mind them much at all! They'll probably have to wear them for 2-3 more months. The helmets should correct Ellie's flattened spot on the back of her head, and Brylee's uneven head shape due to favoring one side while sleeping.

Their most recent accomplishment is sitting up by themselves. They scoot, wiggle, and slither all over the place; and push up into a crawling position, although they have yet to actually crawl.

Brylee Quinn is still our runt. They haven't been weighed lately, but I'd say she's at least 2-3 pounds lighter than Ellie.

Pajama parties on Fridays when the girls are home with Daddy.

All About Devyn:
New words/phrases: I love you, excuse me, I don't know
Favorite movie: Frozen, Ice Age
Favorite books: Green Eggs and Ham, Spooky Riddles, and Dr. Seuss' ABCs
Favorite foods: chicken and french fries
Hobbies: playing catch with Dad from the top of the stairs, reading, coloring

All About Kinley:
New words/phrases: Where are you?, What happened?, Oh no!
Favorite movie: Frozen, Preschool DVD: Colors
Favorite books: I Love You Baby, Dr. Seuss' ABCs
Favorite foods: hot dogs, oranges, bananas
Hobbies: singing, watching TV, reading

  Brylee hanging with Daddy.                     Ellie reading with Grampy. 

Two more ZTA legacies!

Target makes carts just for the Marsh family. 

Pretty in Pink

Toddler beds have arrived on Kabuki Avenue thanks to Grandpa and Grandma Marsh! I realized as Dad starting putting them together, however, that I never took photos of the big girls' room once it was finished earlier this year. For the second time in two years, my girlfriend (and unofficial interior designer) Nichole came to visit and spent the weekend painting, crafting, and decorating. She is amazing! She takes the things I pin on Pinterest, and turns them into reality. I also have to give credit to Grandma Carol for making the crib skirts, and to Dad for his work on refurbishing the cribs. I LOVE their room!

The banner reads, "sisters." I think it's the only piece of the room that I made all by myself:-)

Their one-year-old photos and keepsake boxes from our NICU days. Can you spot their footprints? Look in Kinley's box for the preemie-size diaper that was HUGE on them when they were born!

Eight months old already!
They're getting so big! 
(Ellie in yellow, Brylee in green)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Six, Seven, Ape!

Monday, November 2nd

So much to little time! I've been ignoring the blog, so it's time to get back on track! Where do I begin? Since the last post, we've celebrated the 6th and 7th month milestones for the little ones, and we've even added a couple monkeys into the mix!

Our biggest celebration from the last couple of months....Brylee and Ellison turned 6 months old on September 27th! Mom is always looking for an excuse to eat sweets. Devyn and I may have helped them eat their cupcakes!
Happy 1/2 Birthday!!!
Brylee (left) and Ellie (right)
September 27, 2015

Flashback: Kinley & Devyn, 1/2 Birthday
December 17, 2013 

 Ellie is the chunkier baby....can you guess who is who?
Ellie: 15 lbs, 13 oz, 26 inches
Brylee: 13 lbs, 8.5 oz, 25 inches 

Overall, the girls are doing great! Brylee had some bloodwork done which determined her iron levels are too low, so she's taking iron drops for that. Ellie needs to have her head shape checked to make sure it's not too flat...otherwise she'll need to wear a helmet to reshape it. In true Marshmallow fashion....there's always SOME kind of followup appointment needed every time we visit the pediatrician, but major concerns. We'll take it!

Both girls are finally starting to enjoy solid foods. As you can see...Ellie is quite the eater:-) Brylee is a bit pickier. They like Mom's homemade oatmeal with fruit the most.

                        Brylee is ready for her license!                   Ellie is pretty good at sitting up!

We love these onesies from ZTA sister, Aimee! 
(Just for the record.....there is NOTHING free about the second one. NOTHING!)

Auntie Nichole sent the girls these adorable Big Sis and Lil' Sis shirts. Now, if we can just get them to sit still and look at the camera at the same time....
Attempt #1 
Just like a teenager...give her a cell phone and she'll be content for the moment. 
 Attempt #2
Kinley is disgusted by Devyn's behavior!
Attempt #3 
Good enough!

Auntie Kim came to visit us in October! I think we kept her pretty busy between doctor appointments and diaper changes! Devyn still looks at her picture and says, "Keeem!"
She has her arms full!
 We took the girls to a splash pad one afternoon!

 And just like that...another month has passed. Seven months old already!
October 27, 2015
                                            Ellison Mae                                Brylee Quinn

The big finale of the month....Halloween! We spent two evenings at a local Halloween festival at the Springs Preserve last weekend, made a trip to a local pumpkin patch, then of course went trick-or-treating on Halloween night, and finished off the festivities carving pumpkins.
Springs Preserve

 Pumpkin Patch

Kinley loved the big slide!

Brylee is ready for the big night!
 Devyn was ready to GO! She heard the word "walk" and wanted nothing to do with photos.  
 No one likes their costume...
                     Even Miss Lily didn't want to miss out!                     Grumpy monkey!
We hate Halloween!
Devyn leading the way!
 Pumpkin time!
 Kinley prefers to observe the mess, while Devyn jumps right in!

 Who needs a pumpkin when you have newspaper to eat, and fight over!

 Our disastrous attempt at Halloween photos. 
(Mom and Dad were not supposed to be in the photo.)

The one and only successful photo:-)

 This wasn't part of the plan...but it never is! This is our life:-)