It’s so fun looking back at pictures of when my children were babies! I remember giving Jacob his first bath and being so worried about how fragile he was. Nowadays I have to worry about the boys jumping around in the tub and not hurting themselves as they giggle with each other! What a difference a few years make
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The boys had a blast at their Disney Cars themed birthday party.
Below are some of the Cars decorations, treats, and fun themed activities we did:
Find a similar rug here: Disney Pixar Cars Racing Interactive Game Rug
Here is a similar wall mural: Disney Pixar The World of Cars Giant Decorating Kit
Here is a similar Trophy Set- Great for Goody Bags
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Overall it was a great party!
Jacob had his first day of preschool on Friday so I wanted to share about it
We started a “night before school” tradition where the kids get to pick the restaurant they want to go to. Jacob chose pizza so we headed to a local pizza place. After dinner we came home and the boys had baths and we read some books about going to school for the first time.
The next morning I woke up earlier than everyone else and started getting ready for the day. Daddy had taken the morning off work too so he could watch his oldest son go to his first day of school. He helped get the kids ready. Outfits had been picked out the night before which helped save time in the morning. Sinisa made the boys a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs and nutella on toast which they enjoyed. The backpack was filled with school supplies and ready to go. Before we left the house I took a picture of Jacob standing by the front door, something I remember doing every single year growing up on the first day of school.
We drove to Jacob’s school and got there pretty early. We aren’t allowed to bring the kids in to the school which I was kind of bummed about. Teacher assistants come get them and bring them inside to sit outside of their classrooms until school starts at 8am. When the teacher came and opened his door, Jacob seemed leery about going with someone he didn’t know and he didn’t want to wear his backpack but after a minute or so he let the teacher lead him away from the car.
When we came back two and a half hours later we waited in a long line as we watched children come out of the building and get into their parent’s cars. We spotted Jacob before he saw us and I tried to get another picture of him but couldn’t because other cars were in the way. When we finally got closer he saw our car and his face lit up.
As soon as he got in the car I was wanting to know about his day. He said he played with playdough and read books. He seems very excited to return so we shall see how drop off goes today!
Has your child started school yet? How did the first day go?
These pictures were all taken at JCPenney Portraits Studio.
(Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post!)
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Jacob turned three years old this past Saturday. Here are some of my favorite pictures:
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Though my children are only toddlers I already feel like I’m being buried under tons of art collages, finger paintings, and other artwork. I know as they get older it’s just going to get worse so I decided to create a “brag book” of Jacob’s artwork from his toddler years. I went to The UPS Store with pictures of his artwork on a flash drive and they bound it into a book for me. To see how this was done you can view my whrrl story:
Once I brought my book home it was pretty plain so I wanted to decorate it. I gathered all of my supplies and got to work.
I wanted to first make a new cover for the brag book. I chose a piece of card stock and a couple pictures. I looked through my scrap-booking cabinet and found some fun polka dot frames for the pictures.
I used my X-ACTO knife to cut the pictures down to the size of the frames.
I used my Elmer’s dot runner around the edge of the frame and used it to attach the frame to the picture.
I then used adhesive squares to stick the framed picture to my cardstock.
Once the pictures were on I added a title to my book. I could have been done here but I wanted to add a little more. I chose to add some squiggles with paper and some art-themed stickers.
I attached my cardstock sheet to the old cover page with the Elmer’s craft bond adhesive squares and liked that I had the clear plastic cover over it to keep the photos safe.
Along with adding a cover I also wanted to label the artwork so I would know when Jacob created each piece. I cut squares out of cardstock and used the adhesive squares to stick one on to the back of each artwork print.
I then wrote a date on each one. Here’s the label for the picture of the hearts Jacob painted on Valentine’s Day:
Here are some before and after pictures:
I’m #LovinLogistics and #GlueNGlitter
(Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias. All thoughts are my own.)
Here’s the boys’ newest picture taken at JcPenney Portraits. We moved in November so when we had to switch studios I was disappointed because I loved our photographers. I think the photographer at this new studio did a great job with my two little wiggle worms and actually got shots of them both sitting together so I was very happy!
*Please note: This post is NOT sponsored. I just really, really love JcPenney’s studios!*
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Love, love, love this picture of Jacob and Lucas!
And notice the hoodies they are wearing? Part of the Splendid Littles For Target collection that I just did a review on. (Becky H. was the winner by the way… if you didn’t win, check Target.com or your local Target. I saw a whole endcap featuring the collection while I was shopping at my local Target today!)
I recently worked with Hershey’s (yes, THAT Hershey’s) on their Summer Celebrations Campaign. I was asked to visit Walmart, take a look at their Hershey’s product selection, create a yummy 4th of July themed snack, and then share my experience on Whrrl. Here is my story on how to make a 4th of July toddler sized sundae. Jacob had a great time and I really hope your child will enjoy making these sundaes, too!
(Disclosure: I was compensated for my purchase and time by Collective Bias on behalf of Hershey’s.)
Jacob and Lucas recently had a playdate with their cousins, Camden and Maddie. They spent most of the time outside in the sun.
As you can see, all four children are very fair skinned. It’s really important for them to wear sunscreen when they are in the sun like that. Usually we just use a child lotion sunscreen and my boys fight with me to put it on and wiggle around so I end up missing spots or they walk around looking like ghosts because I don’t rub it in all the way. That won’t be a problem anymore with this new sunscreen we received.
KINeSYS sent me some sunscreen to review. I used it the other day and love it. The sunscreen that they make is easy to apply because it can be sprayed on. It comes either unscented or scented (the one I tried was mango scented- yummy).
Here’s a little bit more about the sunscreen from the flyer that came with it:
- UVA/UVB protection with Parsol 1789
- Oil-free/ Alcohol-free/PABA-free
- Very water-resistant and sweat-resistant
- Hypoallergenic/ Non-comedogenic
- Over 700 sprays per bottle
One winner will receive a bottle of KINeSYS Kids SPF 30 sunscreen.
Leave a comment telling me your favorite outside activity. That’s it! (Of course if you want to subscribe to this blog that would be great, too, but not required.)
This giveaway ends July 7, 2010 at 11:59pm. Good luck!
(Disclosure: I was provided two bottles of sunscreen in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.)
Jacob turned two years old on Friday, June 4th. We celebrated his birthday by spending the morning playing at home and after nap went to an indoor play place and a train themed restaurant for dinner. Jacob and Lucas had a lot of fun and I wanted to share some pictures from the day.
Tell me “seasoned” moms… what did you think of this age? Would you call them the “Terrific Twos” or “Terrible Twos”? Jacob has tons of energy and is pretty rambunctious but I am thinking this year is going to be terrific anyways
On Wednesday Jacob had some of his friends over for a birthday playdate. Here are some pictures of Jacob from the celebration:
See the cute shirt he was wearing at the playdate? Mimi from Mimi’s Babies Etsy shop made it just for him. To customize the shirt I was able to choose what fabric I wanted, what number I wanted, and the name I wanted on the shirt. I loved having a special shirt for him to wear and it will make a great keepsake.
I’ve spotlighted Mimi’s Babies Etsy shop before and I am doing it again because I absolutely LOVE their handmade items. You can order one of these shirts from their shop or enter to win one here. I’m excited that Mimi’s Babies will be giving one lucky winner a customized birthday shirt of your choice.
Mandatory entry: To have a chance at winning you must leave a comment below letting me know one other item you love from their shop.
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This giveaway will end on July 5, 2010 at 11:59pm. Please make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.
(Disclosure: I was provided a birthday shirt by Mimi’s Babies Etsy Shop. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Mimi’s Babies will send Birthday shirt directly to the winner.)
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Do you notice that both my boys aren’t looking at the camera? Typical…
As I sit here and think about all the things that I have to do this weekend I have been hearing “slow down”. Maybe it’s God’s voice. Maybe it’s my brain telling me that if I overload it with one more thing it will explode. Maybe it’s my body telling me it needs to relax….
Whatever it is, I’m listening and I’m obeying the voice.
I will not hurry to go anywhere.
I will not do a load of the laundry that’s piling up.
I will not get online and work on blogging.
I will not talk with friends on twitter or facebook.
I will not notice that dust bunny under the hall table.
I will not clean up the boys room while they play.
What will I do?
I will spend all morning playing with and loving my boys.
I will spend all morning cherishing every smile and giggle.
I will spend all morning watching my oldest attempt to count his fingers and my youngest as he starts to walk.
I will spend all morning thanking God for the wonderful gifts He has given me.
What will you spend the morning doing?
This post is linked up to Amy’s Finer Things “Finer Things Friday” because slowing down is a finer thing
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5 Minutes for Mom ~ Go Graham Go! ~ Jolly Mom ~ Look What Mom Found… ~ Mom of 3 Girls ~
Momspective ~ MomStart ~ Robyn’s Online World ~ Run DMT ~ Two of a Kind… ~ Frosted Fingers
and I am also entering this picture in the April contest over at I Heart Faces
I lost a child during pregnancy in 2007. Avery was one of two babies that I was carrying, and is my son Jacob’s twin. According to the doctor what happened was called “vanishing twin syndrome” and was “normal”. To me, the mom of twins that was going through this, it wasn’t normal. It wasn’t just “any baby”, a part of a statistic that my doctor could rattle off… it was my baby.
What follows is a writing that I found online years ago. I don’t know who the author is but when I read it I thought “wow, that is how I feel”. This person put into words what I could not so I wanted to share it with you.
“One twin”–it seems like a contradiction in terms…It was not something we ever would have imagined at the time of learning that we were expecting twin babies, and everything became “twos”. Yet for so many of us, because of the high risks in pregnancy and birth, it is the way it turned out: we have one to care for and raise while missing and mourning for his or her twin. We experience all the realities of becoming a parent at the very same time as all the realities of becoming a bereaved parent, and all in one package. Not this year and next year, but all at once now, and “my twins”. We grieve for our baby and for our twins being together, and we worry about the impacts on our survivor. It is often a deeply sad, confusing, and physically and emotionally exhausting time. We’re the last ones who need to be told to be grateful when a baby lives–yet finding joy in our survivor can be a huge challenge, for so many reasons, even though we need and want to all the more, and want our child to be happy.
As if this weren’t enough, many of us experience feeling like we don’t fit in anywhere, and that no one understands what we are having to go through and cope with. We also usually receive comments by others who may mean well but aren’t trying to “get it”, urging us to downplay or even deny our loss. (Like we want to hurt so much–but it hurts more to act like this baby was the only one or that our other child didn’t matter.) With all the attention paid to living multiples, and little shown of the risks and realities, it is also easy to feel that we truly are the only one and are much more unique than (sadly) we actually are.
Just when others think we are or should be doing fine, is often when we need the most support. Later also there are pressures from others and from within ourselves to be “fine”, to be coping, to not expect to spend much time thinking about our baby who died or doing what we need to do in relation to him or her. Sometimes we get used to putting our grief to the side and then it can seem scary to get in touch with it when we do have the opportunity or the need.
But–we have the same amount of grief as anyone who loses a baby, plus the grief for “my twins” and the concern for our survivor, and so it gets stretched out over a fairly long period of time–longer, not shorter because of having a survivor, and complicated, not “easier”. Besides our sheer feelings of losing our baby, we have a great deal to re-live and process emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and even physically about what happened, “why” it happened, and how to somehow integrate it all into our ongoing life. While all that is going on, we are dealing with a birthday which is also the birthday, and then the anniversary, of our twin who died…other landmarks and day-to-day reminders…issues about talking to our survivor and about what they may be feeling.
*I love and miss you, Avery*
If you have gone through a pregnancy loss, or are currently going through one, please know that I am here for you if you need somebody to talk to. I can’t say that I understand exactly what you are going through but I can listen and pray for you.
(If you are the author of this writing please let me know so I can thank you and name you as the creator of this work.)