The Munchkins

Life with identical twins

Santa Brunch 2017

Picture overload! This was our second year at the Santa Brunch at the golf club. They do a really good job at all of their events. The food is amazing, and we always love the crafts. And it’s nice to get dressed up as a family and do something for the holiday.

Also, the girls are always open to fancy hair do’s when they get dressed up which is fun for me.

Crafts this year were frosting cupcakes and squirting paint into ornaments. The girls loved both, but along the way we lost Delaney’s ornament and her cupcake and that did not go over well.

Caden was all in for talking to Santa, Delaney not so much. Luckily it was short and sweet and as last year, Santa and Mrs. Claus were really amazing.

Thank you Taylor for taking another great family photo for us!

Last but not least, the reindeer sleigh ride. They had to stop so one of the reindeer could pee and Delaney thought that was the funniest thing ever.

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Bake Day

Oh man. This has to be the first time I’ve ever skipped posting Monday and Tuesday! I meant to post yesterday, but here’s what went down that threw our night.

Monday afternoon I was walking out of work when my phone rang. It was Caden. She said “Delaney didn’t get off the bus and Annie’s kennel wasn’t locked!” At least she prioritized? Apparently Delaney was reading her book when the bus came to our stop and she just kept on reading. I got off the phone with Caden and immediately started trying to figure out where Delaney would be. Did she get off at the next stop? I started calling neighbors trying to brainstorm what to do. One of my lovely neighbors ran outside to see if she could see her walking back to our house. Nothing. She recommended I call the bus company, but of course I don’t have their number saved and by this time I’m in the car. Thank you Hey Siri! Hands free searching and dialing. In between, I’d also called Caden to confirm that Delaney had not come home. The bus company was amazing, and after I explained the situation they put me on hold, called the bus, and came back and told me that she was on the bus and they were bringing her back to our bus stop.

Luckily traffic was light and I made it to the bus stop just as the bus did. I knew she was likely safe, but the whole not knowing where she was or if she would attempt to get off the bus and walk home was crazy making. I think Caden and I were more frantic about the whole situation than Delaney was! My adrenaline crashed about 6:00 and I was ready for bed by 7:00pm. Caden will now drag her sister off the bus if need be, and hopefully we never go through this again.

Bake Day!! We were a little late because of piano lessons, but we rallied to catch up. Everyone brought three recipes. Ours were peanut butter cups, chocolate peanut butter cookies, and chocolate crinkle cookies. The girls were continuously asking for something to do, so they went from station to station helping people out. They mixed, they frosted, they rolled out dough, they were troopers. We didn’t have any crazy difficult cookies this year, and the only ones that bombed a bit were my chocolate peanut butter cookies (dry). When we got all of the cookies on the table so people could take them home, I realized we had baked A LOT of cookies. I bought three tupperware containers and we filled all of them! The girls definitely have their favorites (which are now gone).

Thank you Lisa for hosting! It doesn’t feel like Christmas until we have Bake Day!

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Halloween 2017

Yesterday afternoon I was in a bit of Halloween panic since it was going to be cold out. I was worried we’d freeze to death and that I’d want to head in way before the girls would want to, but it all worked out! We trick or treated with our old neighbors which was so fabulous and honestly, trick or treating is perfect for seeing everyone. We made it back in time to trick or treat our new neighborhood with our neighbors. One of the houses carved a ton of really cool pumpkins. I was so impressed! The carvings were really intricate and so well done. But by that time I was cold and so were the girls so we headed back.

Lots of pictures because I can’t choose. Also, two guesses as to who was cooperative and who wasn’t. Also, better pictures of Caden’s hair in the light!

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Halloween Eve

We had a lot going on this weekend! Social engagements Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It was more than we usually do, but also made it so I needed to be productive with my time which I kind of liked. Sometimes being under the gun is helpful when you need to clean!

Friday. Halloween party at the golf club. The girls invited their friend over for the party and a sleepover. This worked really well for me since having an extra person in the mix lessened the fighting. The party at the club was awesome as usual. Amazing food, fun treats, a balloon lady, a haunted house, and a DJ so we could dance. We had fun, but didn’t stay super long since they wanted to get home. They hung out in the basement watching Halloween movies on Netflix and doing crafts and I watched my tv upstairs. Win for everyone.

Saturday. Neighborhood Halloween party! They asked if there would be kids their age there and I said yes even though I knew there probably wouldn’t be, but I wanted to connect with this group of neighborhood moms so I lied a little. Before I forget, they are Hogwarts students. We went real vague this year, we didn’t even shoot for Hermione or Harry. They do have wands, but ditched those within 5 minutes. Back to the party, it was super fun! There was an arts and crafts table and fun fake fingers and teeth. Caden held the record for the bean bag toss into the monster’s mouth game, and I got to meet new people.

Sunday. I had a Cabi party with my work bestie. I do love their clothes and always wish I had an unlimited budget. I restrained myself, but it was difficult. We also got in some leaf raking, finished up the last of the house cleaning and organizing, and made risotto for dinner.

I love summer, but we’re gone a lot and it’s always hard to keep up with the house. I hate cold weather, but at least my house is clean? I don’t know. I’m not one of those moms who does well with a dirty, messy house. I’ve actually been cleaning my windows and mirrors because I love my new norwex cloth and it’s just nice to look around and not keep thinking “I need to clean that and I need to clean that” but not have time to do it.

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Back it up

We spent Fourth of July weekend up at Jeff & Sheila’s house, as we’ve done for the last few years. It’s a tradition we all really look forward to. We sleep in a tent, play tons of yard games (I think the girls can legitimately enter all of the tournaments next year), and hang out with family for the weekend.

The girls see my extended family three or four times a year. They used to be shy around them but no more! It’s fun to watch them socialize and run around without a care in the world where I am. Thank you Jeff & Sheila for everything you do to make the holiday special!

They went tubing. Once. They hate tubing but they give it a go every year.

Played water volleyball with whomever would play with them, went on boat rides, and helped light the little fireworks. We stayed through Sunday night fireworks, then headed to my parent’s cabin for the rest of the week.

The weather has been gorgeous! My mom bought them this unicorn floatie and it’s huge! Perfect for two or three kids to play on.

Lots more boat rides (always with pudding for some reason?). Some boat rides are happy hour themed, some are fishing, some are swimming. We’re trying to get in a little of everything this week! Luckily the fish are biting and we have plenty of snacks and drinks!

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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

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Easter Crafts

Throwback to Easter! The Saturday before Easter we headed out to my aunt’s house for the annual Easter celebration. Per the usual, our day started out with a craft. I feel like our crafts get more elaborate every year? This year was no exception. Lisa had a bunch of little pots and a bunch of succulents. She also had paint, rocks, and other things we could decorate with. I took the easy road out and picked a pretty white milkglass dish to plant my succulent in. No decorating needed! The girls got super into it though. They each decorated two or three pots? I’d have to count how many plants are in the dining room.

They each painted their pots, and luckily, the paint dried quickly. Then they had Lisa make their name into a sticker (using her Crickut?). So pretty! As soon as their first pot was finished, they were reaching for another.
All of the colors they used were bright which was perfect. They add a definite pop of color to our dining room!

Post craft we colored eggs and had an egg hunt, then we ate. Standard fare. And we toasted to Lisa and Stan’s 25th wedding anniversary! I do love these family gatherings. They give the girls a broader sense of family and with only one parent, I feel like they need that.

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Happy Easter! 

The second half of this Easter post will have to wait until Friday since I forgot my camera at my Aunt Lisa’s house. It was a super fun afternoon as usual though!

My parents came up Sunday morning and went to church with us. It was such a gorgeous morning we were able to walk to church which started the morning off perfectly. We sat in the balcony next to the organ which maybe wasn’t the best spot, but the service was very nice. Almost forgot about the Easter bunny! He hid eggs all over the house, and brought baskets full of candy. The girls were very happy.

After church we headed over to the Golf club. I remember when we were thinking about joining, a neighbor told me that they did a fabulous job with every holiday event and they really do. The food is top notch, there is a huge variety, the atmosphere is perfect, and they always go above and beyond for the kids. Next year I need to class it up a bit and wear a dress though!

My dad took the girls to get their faces painted while my mom and I enjoyed a cup of coffee and one of each flavor of macarons. I’m guessing it was the same face painter as the Santa brunch and she’s fabulous. Very creative and even better, speedy.

We headed out to the petting zoo next. They had teeny tiny goats! And a few pregnant mama goats. And clearly a giant dog, ducks, a llama, an alpaca, and a cow. All of the animals were very friendly and sweet.

Family picture! We were waiting for the egg hunt and my mom asked to take a picture of us. Thanks Mom!

So the egg hunt. They had tons of toys, eggs filled with candy, kites, balls, punching balloons, and all sorts of prizes spread out over the lawn. I told my girls they needed to run all the way to the end and skip the prizes at the front so the little kids could get those. That strategy worked well, the little kids were able to get stuff and so were the older kids. The candy they came back with was the good stuff! I was very impressed.

After, my mom and I hung out on the patio while my dad fixed a few things around the house, then the rest of the day looked like this. Lots of doggie naps, and lots of humans reading books in the sun.

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Sledding into the New Year

We headed up to my aunt and uncle’s house for New Year’s Eve. They live on a lake and have snowmobiles so the girls were hoping to FINALLY get in some sledding. The one thing they wanted to do over winter break was go sledding, but it has been cold and windy and rainy and I just couldn’t make it happen. But Uncle Jeff made it happen!



A few years ago we sledded down the hill. We tried again this year, but for some reason, we were in a much steeper spot. It was too much of a drop off so they put their feet down so they wouldn’t go over the edge.


While the snowmobiles were elsewhere, they took turns pulling each other on the sleds. I tried pulling both of them but they’re heavy!


It was COLD out. In past years it’s been around 30 degrees and we were able to stay out there most of the day. This year we lasted an hour, with most of the people heading in after 30 minutes. It’s always the wind that gets you! Once everyone else headed in, Jeff pulled them behind the snowmobile. There wasn’t much snow so he went really slow. They loved it and could not stop grinning.



Every year Jeff gets rockets to set off. This year he had the Big Daddy! With the wind we had no idea where the rocket would end up, so the first few times they set it off they took it farther onto the lake.


The last time he brought it in close and let the girls push the button. It must have caught the wind just right because of course it blew over the neighbor’s house and broke a fin. I feel like we break the rocket every year though. Sorry Jeff!

After our outside time we headed into the house for games and food. Growing up, every family gathering involved either dice or card games for money. I loved sitting in on these games and listening to everyone talk smack. This year my girls got to sit on my lap while we played dice and cards and talked a little smack. It was so fun! After the drive and the cold weather, I was exhausted by 10:30pm, so we celebrated the New Year with the east coast ball drop and then headed back to the hotel. I think next year I need to hit the caffeine because I heard things got crazy after we left.

Thanks Jeff and Sheila for hosting!!

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Christmas Wrap Up

I took approximately four pictures of the Christmas weekend. Oops? I’m awful at taking pictures of present opening so that wasn’t a surprise, but usually I do better!

Christmas Eve Eve

Since we were picking up a pie from Nadia Cakes, we also picked up four pupcakes. We had missed Midas’ pupcake, and Lark’s birthday is on Thursday, so we celebrated all at once. I thought it would be sweet and picture worthy, but as soon as they came out all the dogs started going crazy. Annie and Demi ate theirs in one gulp, and Lark and Midas ran off to their corners to eat theirs slowly.

Christmas Eve
This year my parents came up to our house for Christmas Eve. They came up in the morning and while my dad and the girls shopped, my mom and I finishing prepping things. There wasn’t a ton to do, but I realized I am low on serving dishes so we hunted around until we found enough dishes. This is what happens when you don’t get married.

Church was at 4:00. As we were walking out the door I realized we hadn’t taken a family picture (again). I never seem to get that shot! Church was very nice, although next year we need to get there a little earlier. For dinner we had roast chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, and dinner rolls with creme brulee for dessert. It was delicious!

Christmas Day
I was ready for a 6am wake up. The girls have been so excited for Christmas I was sure they would be up early! But no, they didn’t get up until 7:30 and that was only because Delaney heard me letting the dogs out. She woke up Caden who maybe wasn’t really ready to get up. Our morning had a bit of a rough start but we rallied.


Here’s the one picture I got of present opening! Please note Caden’s crazy hair. She’s confused because she got hot chocolate k-cups in her stocking, but we don’t have a keurig. Or do we??? That was our family gift from my parents. I’ve avoided them for years because I like my drip coffee and I have no room in my kitchen, but Caden loved it so much when we were in Arizona, I caved but only if my mom could find a small one.

The girls were very excited about all of their gifts. They got a lot of Legos, books, and some clothes. Delaney got a few science type things, and they also got some new board games. Overall, solid gifts and nothing that will end up in the garbage in a month.


We made reindeer pancakes for breakfast which were a big hit! Breakfast was a teeny bit crazy with everyone opening up boxes and putting things together and in the kitchen, but that’s our life most of the time anyway. Caden loved doing the whip cream and the dogs loved the extra bacon.

After lunch we headed out to my brother’s house to celebrate with him and his family, and my grandpa. The weather was crazy! Torrential rain, thunder, super high winds. Luckily it was above freezing or it would have been a nightmare. We had hoped to go sledding and maybe have an outdoor bonfire, but those plans were shot. Instead we opened presents, the girls had some dance parties, and the younger cousins did a little piano recital for us. It was a really nice day ending with an amazing dinner! The french silk (gluten free!) pie from Nadia Cakes was the perfect dessert.

Boxing Day

The day after Christmas everyone slept in. I let the girls stay in their pajamas until just before my parents got to our house. Mostly the girls played Legos while I took down all of the Christmas decorations. I love the holiday spirit, but I was ready to get my house back.

Since my parents had an early flight out Tuesday morning, they stayed with us Monday night. I have not done any decorating beyond what we did when we moved in, so we headed to Home Goods to find a few things. We had great luck and found some cute prints for the girls’ bathroom, as well as a few things for my bedroom. I still need more things, but I feel like after a year, I can finally visualize how I want things here. I’ve also decided to tear out the carpet in the basement and put in laminate flooring. I hate carpet and even more than that, I hate continuously replacing it. With foster dogs and everything else, it makes sense to do laminate and even better – it’s cheaper than carpet! We spent some time in Home Depot looking at their selection. Caden has a lot of opinions about the flooring. It was cute watching her hunt down the cheapest option (it’s the basement!) in the color I want.

And now here we are, it’s already Wednesday. How awesome is that?

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