Wednesday, January 28, 2015


On December 29th, my twins turned nine! Nine years ago, these two, tiny boys stole my heart, made me a mother, and made me complete.  I cannot even believe they are in their last year of single digits.  How did that even happen?!?
It's rough luck that their birthday is so close to Christmas, but we try to make the day special for them anyway.  
 Kade:  What can I even say about this kid?  He never ceases to amaze me.  He is so passionate about what he wants to be passionate about, and lets everything else go.  This makes him very competitive, and very focused on the things that interest him.  But because he's so focused on those things, he has very little room left for caring about things like keeping his room clean.
He is still full of so much energy, and never stops moving.  He is constantly jumping around, climbing on the couches, throwing balls around (inside the house), and I'm not sure where he gets so much energy!
The only time he stops moving is when he is reading.  He has become quite the little reader lately, and is currently in the middle of the fifth Harry Potter book.  He also likes to read easier, funny chapter books, and he will re-read the parts he likes, over and over again.  If Kade is home and not making noise/bouncing around the house, it's because he has found a book and is reading it!
I asked Kade a few questions, and these are his answers:
~What's your favorite color? Red
~What's your favorite book? Art2-D2 (This is an origami book that he just got yesterday.  This fits perfectly with what I mentioned above about his passion; because it's new and he loves it, he loves it fiercely and has no room in his head for anything else at the moment.)
~What is your favorite TV show?  Studio C (if you haven't watched this, you must!  It's BYU's version of SNL-type sketch comedy.  It's clean and hilarious! Check it out on YouTube).
~What's your favorite movie? Big Hero 6
~What's your favorite subject at school? Reading
~What is your favorite thing you did when you were 8?  Went to Grandma and Grandpa's house on vacation this summer

Ky:  This kid is awesome!  He is also super passionate about things, but he is always willing to give up something he wants if he sees that doing so will make someone else happy.  That doesn't mean that his tender heart doesn't feel sad when he doesn't get his way, just that he would rather feel disappointment himself, than watch someone else be disappointed.  He is my most selfless child by a mile!  He continues to love to create.  I often find him drawing quietly by himself.  And, he's very good at it!  He also still loves to create stories and presentations on the computer, and he recently discovered Photoshop.  I think his mind was blown when I showed him a very quick summary of the things he could do to a photo in Photoshop.  After his brief 15 minute tutorial, he was able to combine pictures, and add backgrounds, and change some things to make some pretty awesome pictures.

I asked Ky the same questions, and here are his answers:
~What's your favorite color? White
~What's your favorite book? Harry Potter #4
~What is your favorite TV show?  Lab Rats
~What's your favorite movie? Big Hero 6
~What's your favorite subject at school? Art
~What is your favorite thing you did when you were 8?  Went to Grandma and Grandpa's house on vacation this summer

The above picture is an accurate representation of their relationship--they love to tease each other, but they are still the Best. Of. Friends.
Watching these two grow up together, learning from one another, sharing inside jokes, learning how to reconcile differences, protecting each other, daring each other, making each other laugh, competing against one another, trying to define themselves as individuals, all the while remaining a solid team, is a magical gift as a mother.  No joke, sometimes it hits me all over again that I have twins (!!) and I feel so lucky to be a part of such a unique and special relationship!
Happy Birthday Kade and Ky!
These boys are hilarious, smart, fun, outgoing, happy, and oh so handsome!  I'm glad they are mine!
Their birthday was filled with fun things!  Bart took them to play laser tag in the afternoon.  They got to open a few presents, and have their special birthday dinner in the evening.  They requested homemade potstickers (again) and spaghetti squash.  After dinner, they took a friend to a local indoor sports facility that was hosting a sports night and had lots of fun running around with lots of kids their age.

We finished the night off with their birthday "cake" which, per their request, was really "plain brownies with the flaky top and no frosting" which they decorated themselves with a Minecraft Creeper.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

christmas 2014

Christmas as a mom is so completely magical!  Here are some highlights from Christmas this year:
Sitting on Santa's lap!  Krew was a bit hesitant to sit on his lap, but you would never know by looking at this picture.  He had been telling me for weeks that he was going to ask Santa for "a train that doesn't stop," but right before he saw Santa, Ky told Krew that there were remote control Hexbugs.  So, when Santa asked what he wanted this year, Krew said, "I want a remote control Hexbug, but I don't know what they are."  Silly boy!
Ky told Santa that he wasn't sure what to ask for yet, and that he would have to get back to him with his wish list later.  He later decided to ask Santa for the 7th Harry Potter book.
Kade asked Santa for the Captain America figure for Disney Infinity 2.0.  He has known that this is what he was going to ask for for months, and he didn't hesitate.
The Sunday before Christmas, Everly got all dressed up in red and green, we styled her hair curly, thought she looked like a Christmas present, so we added a bow!

Christmas Eve was spent at our friends' house, eating a delicious dinner, 

a yummy cake,
and watching the kids act out the Nativity.  It was one of the most perfect Christmas Eve Nativity pageants ever!  The kids all looked so cute, and my friend Brittany played Christmas hymns on her guitar while we all sang along.  
Joseph pulling Mary on the "donkey" was a highlight for sure!
Everly got to play baby Jesus, and look how sweet "Mary" is with the baby.  It brought tears to my eyes!

When we got home that evening, it was time for the traditional "open one present on Christmas Eve, and I wonder if it's going to be pajamas again" moment.  

It was pajamas, and I think the twins liked theirs!

My cute kids in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.

What else could I possibly have asked for when I had this under the tree?
Christmas morning with kids is crazy, loud, joyful, and magical.   

(No, Bart didn't get a KitchenAid)

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly."  ~Andy Rooney

Monday, January 12, 2015

december visitors

My parents came for a few days in the middle of December for a visit.  Mostly so that my dad could meet this little princess.  Since they were here for a few days, they also visited with us and played with our boys, but we all know there was only one thing that would bring them here in the dead of winter!

While they were here, we showed them the train museum,

 made gingerbread houses,

 went bowling, and went out to eat a few times.  My parents also took the boys shopping so they could pick out their own Christmas and birthday presents.

 We tried to get a picture of all four kids with grandma and grandpa, and while it's not a great picture, at least we have proof that they were here!
 And the thing my boys look forward to the most when they see grandpa?  Tickles!  My dad is seriously the best tickler in the whole world!  I grew up loving (and hating) when he would hold me down like this for some intense tickling.  And of course, when one child is being tickled, all the others run in for their turn. Never fails.
We are so glad they came out to see us, and so wish that we could see them more often.