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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hodge Podge

So much has been going on around here since my last post.  This is going to be a crazy hodge podge of information, sorry, but if I don't get it all down now I don't think I ever will. 

We started the month by going to visit one of my very best friends, Casey, and her little boy, Noah.  Casey and I met at A&M and don't get to see each other nearly enough. It was so much fun to have our kids play together.  Noah is 18 days older than Ellie and Gracelyn so I am sure you can imagine how they kept us on our toes all day!!  This is the best picture I got of all three.  They were never all still at the same time. 

These next couple of pictures are of Gracelyn and Ellie eating (or in Gracelyn's case, not eating) lunch.  As you can see from Gracelyn's tray, she did not like what we were having for lunch--strawberries, grapes, bread, and shaved turkey.  I think she did end up eating the grapes and bread.

Ellie, on the other hand, cleaned her tray. 
Can you tell who my picky eater is?  Gracelyn turns her nose up at everything we put in front of her, even if she has eaten it and loved it before.  I have to quickly maneuver the spoon between her hands and to her lips just to get a little taste on them before she turns her head away.  She will either lick her lips and hesitate before taking the offered bite or she will lick her lips and then stick out her tongue in disgust.  Sometimes it is hard to keep my cool when she refuses to eat, but I know this is just part of having a toddler.  Thankfully, Ellie eats everything put in front of her in about 2.5 seconds.  No kidding.  This girl loves to try new things. She doesn't always like it, but she will try everything. 

On Saturday, Dave and I took Gracelyn and Ellie to the NICU reunion at the hospital.  I didn't really know what to expect, but we definitely wanted to say thank you to all the doctors and nurses who took such good care of our babies when they were in the NICU.  Unfortunately, we didn't see our doctor or any of our nurses while we were there.  But, we had a good time anyway. 

Dave helping Gracelyn figure out the straw. 

This is Ellie and I talking with nurse Linda.  She never took care of E or G, but she was assigned to some other babies in the same room with them towards the end of their stay.  She also taught the CPR class that Dave and I took before we brought the girls home.

Dave taking a picture while Gracelyn stuffs animal crackers in her mouth.  She did NOT stick out her tongue in disgust at her first taste of animal crackers, obviously!!

Ellie and Gracelyn in their stroller ready to go home.  They were pretty worn out by the time we left the hospital. 

Lately, anytime Ellie wakes up, first thing in the morning or from a nap, the first thing out of her mouth is "Dada, Dada, Dada."  It is the sweetest thing I have ever heard.  These girls L-O-V-E their daddy!  This morning when they got up from their nap, Dave and I were getting some lunch ready and both girls were calling for their daddy.  I said something about how much he loves them being such daddy's girls.  His response...."Yeah, why do you think I wanted to have twin girls!"

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Oh, what an Easter

Not much to say about our Easter.  No cute Easter dress photos. You wouldn't want to see them even if there were because the girls didn't get their morning nap on Sunday morning so there weren't too many smiles or happy faces.  We thought about trying to get some after church but decided it was better to feed them and put them to bed.  Ellie and Gracelyn did have a good time Sunday afternoon playing with the baskets and eggs my Granma gave them on Saturday.

Look at Gracelyn's face.  She is so excited playing with that "grass".  She was dropping it on Ellie's head and having a ball.

Saturday my parents, Gracelyn, Ellie, and I went to my grandparent's house to celebrate my Granpa's birthday.  My grandparents, 3 of my aunts, an uncle, cousin Mark and his girlfriend, my Auntie Fran and Uncle Newell and cousin Laurie were all there.  We had a good time with everyone.  My Granma had baskets and eggs for the girls.  There were little cookies hidden inside the eggs and once Ellie figured that out she became a lot more serious about finding the eggs.  You know me, no pictures because my camera stayed in the diaper bag the entire afternoon....  It was a long day but we are so thankful that we got to spend so much time with some of the people we love most!

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Wedding and an Egg Hunt

We drove to Atlanta a couple of weeks ago because Dave was in a wedding there.  We were a little worried about how Ellie and Gracelyn would do traveling that far.  They did GREAT!!  We left on a Wednesday night and drove straight through the night.  The girls slept pretty well most of the night.  But, we were ALL ready for a nap by the time we got to Dave's parent's house.  On the way home we drove a little over halfway and stopped for the night.  Thankfully, Ellie let us all sleep until about 7:30 the next morning.  While Dave was driving I read to him.  I recently bought Same Kind of Different as Me and it sounded like a story Dave would enjoy.  It sure did make the time go by so much faster!!  We got about 3/4 of the way through it before we got home.  If you haven't read it, I would recommend it.  It is a very touching story.  We had so much fun with Dave's family and friends I didn't take very many pictures.  The only shots I got were at the wedding reception and after church on Sunday.  There was an egg hunt after church so Ellie and Gracelyn had a fun time looking for eggs.  Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate so all the eggs were "hidden" inside the building. 
Gracelyn at the wedding reception

Ellie with her handsome daddy!

Me and my man

Ellie, Gracelyn, and Claire watching the beautiful bride and her groom taking pictures outside.

Gracelyn loves having her daddy hold her.

Our little family.  Both girls are doing some major teething, can ya tell?

Ellie does NOT know a stranger.  She went right to the Easter Bunny and would have let him hold her all day, but there were other kids wanting to meet him, too.

Gracelyn is much more reserved than Ellie.  She didn't seem scared of the Easter Bunny, but she didn't want him to hold her, either.



Gracelyn figured out pretty quickly what to do.  She tried to grab as many eggs as she could, but it took some time for her to figure out she had to put the eggs in her bag before she could pick up more.

Ellie and me.  She carried that one egg around for the longest time.  Once she found an egg she just held onto it and wanted to go around and see what everyone else was doing.  She is definitely a social butterfly!!

This is the only picture I got with both girls.  It isn't great, but you can definitely see how excited they are.

Gracelyn and me.  This was after the egg hunt was over and we were getting ready to leave.  I don't think she was ready to go....

We had so much fun, but it was nice to be home, too.  Nothing like sleeping in your own bed, right?!?!?!