Thursday, July 9, 2015

Stars and Stripes

Thursday, July 9

4th of July
Wish we could have been in Minnesota to celebrate our Nana's 90th birthday!
 
What a difference a year can make!
2014 (above) 2015 (below)

Everyone tells you to enjoy this parenthood journey because it goes by so quickly. I admit there are times when I am perfectly ok with that! For example... when Devyn pooped in her closet after bath time, or when all four girls are screaming simultaneously for seemingly no reason at all. During those times, I'd be ok with hitting the fast forward button. But, of course, those times are few and far between. And when I look at the photos in this blog, I can see how time is flying by!

Time is such a funny thing. It seems like ages ago we spent 82 days straight visiting the girls in the hospital, and yet, it seems like just yesterday that I spent so many days snuggling them at home on the couch during my maternity leave.

Here are the annual bathtub photos of Devyn and Kinley. These are the tubs we gave them their baths in during their NICU stay.
 
About 3 weeks old
1 year old                                 2 years old

About 6 weeks old
                                                one year old                                   two years old

Our baby girls are over three months old already! Brylee and Ellison are doing great! They are such wonderful babies. They are good eaters and very good sleepers, which make Mommy and Daddy very happy! They are growing like weeds! I can barely get Ellie's size 1 diapers on her anymore. And she's only been wearing the 3-month size clothing for about a month, and they're tight on her already.
3 Months Old
(June 27, 2015)
 
Guess Who!
Ellie (left) Brylee (right)
 
 Last weekend we took the girls to the Springs Preserve. The girls enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit the most.
Brylee won the staring contest, but Ellie looks like she lost her battle with the T-Rex.
 
Dino-Devyn is obsessed with coloring lately!
 
Kinley and Daddy getting a ride!

Devyn and Kinley are still taking Gymboree class on Saturday mornings. Kinley enjoys circle time where they play with bubbles, sing songs, and play with a parachute. Devyn prefers to run around the entire time and play on the equipment.
 Gymboree
 
 
And just because I love this pic...
 
 Love her smile!
Devyn has decided that she enjoys sitting in the water table.

Friday, June 26, 2015

TWOs

Thursday, June 25

We officially have two 2-year-olds and two 2-month-olds. Wow! The big girls turned two last week and we celebrated with a beach themed party on Friday.

We had lots of friends and family join us for the celebration. It was HOT! The little ones enjoyed the kiddie pool, splash pad, and water table. The rest of us did the best we could to not die of heat stroke.

 Kinley relaxing in the pool and Devyn enjoying the splash pad.
 
 Devyn and Elle
 
 Sandcastle Fruit salad or Seashell Chicken Pasta Salad anyone? 
 
Kinley knows how to stay cool! 
 
Kinley playing in the water table...while Devyn tries to get in!
 
I'd rather play than eat Mom!   -Kinley
 
Our big girls!
 
Look who's two!
 
Kinley is our quiet and calm girl. Well, at least when compared to Devyn.   She prefers to play by herself, especially with puzzles. She is such a sweetie. She rarely gets into trouble, unlike Devyn, so when she is told, "No!" she gives you the saddest face you've ever seen and cries. If she keeps that up, she'll get away with murder as she gets older!
 
Kinley continues to make progress with her therapy. She's a hardworking girl getting on average three, sometimes more, sessions a week from either PT, OT, and/or ST. She is still army crawling to get where she wants, but she loves to stand and walk with our assistance.
 
Kinley fun facts:
Hobbies: listening to songs, counting, stacking things, watching the Baby First channel
Favorite Words: more, counting to 10 but skipping 6 and 7 (the "s" sound is too hard!), yay!
Weight: 24 lbs
Favorite Foods: hot dogs, pasta, blueberries, bananas
Dislikes: when Devyn steals her toys
 
 

Mmm..this is pretty good!  -Devyn
 
Devyn is a big helper!
 
Devyn is, and probably always will be, our wild child! She rarely stops moving. She is mischievous and stubborn (surely she takes after her daddy!), and also loving and creative. She is very interested in her little sisters, and likes to "help" with them. She is often seen shoving a pacifier into one of their mouths.... especially when they're already sleeping. But she gives them plenty of hugs and kisses too... again, usually when they're sleeping.
 
Devyn Fun Facts:
Hobbies: drawing, coloring, playing outside, watching the Baby First channel
Favorite Words: No, Momma, all done, purple (every color is purple)  
Weight: 28 lbs
Favorite Foods: hot dogs, French fries, carrots, scrambled eggs
Dislikes: bananas, being patient, picking up her toys


 
Co and her "Fab Four"
 
June has been a very busy month! We've had lots of visitors...which means we could actually leave the house! Aunt Deb, cousin Courtney, and finally Grandma Carol have all come and gone, as well as Grandma and Grandpa Marsh who came for the birthday party.

We've been on all sorts of adventures the past couple weeks! Courtney and I took Devyn and Kinley on a zoo trip with a number of my coworkers and their children. They weren't too impressed with most of the animals, but they did seem to enjoy feeding the camels. We took our second trip to the Discovery museum with the Hinton family as well. The girls absolutely love the water room there!

 Coloring with Co at the Discovery museum.
 
The water room! 

Devyn feeding the camel at Roos N More zoo 

 Kinley feeding the camel

The monkey really liked me....however, the feeling wasn't exactly mutual.
 

Many of the parks here have splash pads with big water fountains and sprayers. We took the girls one evening, thinking it would be better than being there in the midday heat. Turns out, it was a little too cool to be playing in the cold water, but we got in a little bit of splashing before they froze.



 

 
 I signed Devyn and Kinley up to take a few classes through the Park and Rec centers in town. Both girls are taking a Gymboree class on Saturday mornings, and Kinley is taking a music class on Mondays. Next month, Devyn is enrolled in a tumbling class and both girls will be taking swimming lessons.
                      Devyn catching bubbles.                       Kinley was not in the mood to climb the mat.                                               
Gymboree class is a two person job! Miss Lily came the first week.
 
Don't forget about us! Brylee on left, Ellie's smile on right.
 
Godzilla....I mean, Devyn attacks again! Brylee is under there somewhere too!
 
Just chillin'
 
Kinley figured out that sunglasses are a MUST outside!
 
Devyn getting some alone time.