Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hunting for eggs

last week i ran past
a church
advertising a community-wide Easter egg hunt
when the girls weren't sleeping on Saturday
we decided we needed to 
head to the hunt!

there is something so thrilling yet simple
to them
when they're allowed to paint
something on their body!
(they both chose Easter eggs on their left cheeks)

then we decided it was high time for a snack
(carbo-loading for the race for eggs?)

turns out the snack was the perfect
energizing food for
jumpy castles

though Cutie Cakes decided she'd rather sit out the fun
and finish her popcorn
(who can blame her?!)

at least her sister jumped and slid enough for both of them!


right before the egg hunt, 
we snuck in some fun bubble blowing
while i tried not to think that dozens of kids
had their sweet little mouths all over the bubble pipes and wands
before my cuties got their mouths all over it...

After a prayer of blessing and thanks, 
the girls were divided into age groups
and off we went to our designated locations

it was SO interesting to watch how the girls took off
in their own way

Cutie Cakes grabbed a few eggs
and then discovered

that sidelined her for the rest of the hunt

while Cutie Face decided it was far better
to grab as many eggs as she could see

and then examine her loot with her sister

Cutie Face often blows me away with her generosity
and she voluntarily shared candy with Cutie Cakes
without any prompting!

i had so much fun hanging with these girls 
and can't wait to see them in action again next week!

Friday, March 30, 2012


when we headed to the twin's house for afternoon naps

it started out tame

but then we busted out the water table

got nekid
(as they say in the south)

and then they added good ol' Georgia clay
to make MUD 
(or hot cocoa as they told me)

and out of 75+ pictures that followed, 
these are the only G-rated ones allowed on this blog

Thursday, March 29, 2012

tales of the triple jogger

the triple has served us well these past weeks, taking us from playgrounds to the zoo and the grocers to the museum. here are a few pictures of what we did at the jogger's destination--because every triple stroller run needs a half-way stopping point if I'm going to make it back home :)

Cutie Face calls this the "rainbow"
it's an arch with rungs

Cutie Face struggles with self confidence a lot of times
I know she can do it
She just has to believe it, too
we read the Little Engine that Could awhile back
and i get her to chant "I think I can" when she starts to freak out

We also run through a few truths like:

i will keep her safe

1) that passage in 2 Timothy is referring to sharing the gospel
and i definitely don't want to take it out of context
2) we should have a healthy respect for dangerous things
and not do something careless or outright risky

i think that when we as Christians lack self-confidence we are being poor witnesses just by our attitude and our spirit. In contrast, if we are firmly rooted in God's love, confident of who we are in Him, we can embrace the life and all that He gives us (trials, joys) with the power and boldness our faith gives. That kind of attitude allows you to preach volumes without ever opening your mouth! So maybe it's a stretch but i still feel like 2 Timothy 1:7 is applicable in this situation :)


Cutie Face near flipped when she went up this rainbow arch the first time. And then I couldn't pry her off for the next 45-minutes. Her face lit up with the joy of accomplishment and it was so fun to watch!

Cutie Cakes, of course, had no issue scampering right after her sister, blissfully unaware that this was something she might fall off, etc. She is a usually quite a contemplative kiddo, sitting back to analyze a situation before she starts in on it.  Sometimes, though, she just starts doing something without thinking first and finds herself halfway through it and unsure of how to get it done--for example, she followed Cutie Face halfway up the rungs until she realized what she was doing and then had a little freakout moment herself. Such is life.

3/4 of my whole life right here:

meeting new buddies to make the playground apparatuses* 
a bit more fun
*the Latin person in me wants to say apparati!

the four of us girls miraculously
made it to the zoo (and back!) in the triple wasn't that bad...

the girls loved it, that's for sure!

especially because we rode on the Carousel

and the train

for the first time at the Zoo
(thanks to the New Jersey folks with the awesome accents for taking our photo)

we've also made it to the fountains--
come summer, i forsee at least weekly trips here!

sometimes i luck out and get some quality one-on-one time with one of the cuties and the single stroller. Last Saturday, it was Cutie Pie who was the happy recipient. Just looking at these pictures of her in our original jogger makes me smile and reminds me of the fun trips Cutie Face and I took when it was just the two of us--things have changed SO much yet the purple wonder (ie the single jogger) is still up for an adventure!

i'm seriously loving this sweet little girl more and more every day
4-months of age just might be my new favorite stage for babies

substantial enough to be cuddly
social enough to giggle and smile and coo

ahh, she's great! 

i almost want to go wake her up right now just to squeeze her
but i'll restrain for both of our sakes

because life is too short... wait around until all my photos are edited, perfected, and uploaded before i blog, I've decided to just go with photos in the raw and record the memories as we go! And so here we go

Today, Cutie Face's preschool class
Pizza, Popcorn, and Pajama Day!

she ate that up (literally and figuratively)

you should have seen all the princess pjs on the playground today.
(glad we're not the only ones...)

sweet Cutie Cakes 
(who is becoming a true 2 year old in actions, vocabulary, etc)
was sad that she was not allowed to wear her pajamas
to Bible Study

so the compromise was a Rapunzel dressup dress for naptime
(j's favorite pictures of Cutie Cakes are of her sleeping 
so those are for him!)

while her sisters slept
(for hours! SOOO nice!)
Cutie Face hung out in her house

decorating it with pictures, stickers, balloons, and nightlights

She informed me that she had her pillow, blanket and *tons* of food
in case she got hungry or tired
(food being Melissa and Doug pretend food sets)

the sisters finally awoke and we were off!
The girls and i helped cheer and direct Kilometer Kids runners
on their 1-mile race course

it was a great and active way to end our day!

until the next adventure,
here's looking at you, kid :)

Friday, March 23, 2012

twirly frilly girls

and finally a boy in sight

okay not our boy but we still get to play with a very very sweet little boy every once in a while and the girls just LOVE having him over to play

of course, what do they want to give him to play with?

flowers, of course. We're learning...

until we have one of our own, though, 
we'll wear our twirliest frilliest 
FOOTBALL dresses
and tap into our fun tomboy sides!

PS Thanks, Becca + Adam for letting us practice sometimes :)