The Munchkins

Life with identical twins

Easter?

Easter was a little bit of a bust this year? We were in California until just before and while I ordered a few math brainteaser books on Amazon, I did not pull together the whole shebang. I think part of the problem is that we don’t have a solid Easter morning tradition. Some years we’d be at my parents, some years home, some years I hid eggs, some years I hid Cadbury creme eggs. This year they got Easter baskets, but the one time I was able to go to Target to pick up candy Caden came with me, so that jig is up as well.

But! We did go to the Club for their Easter brunch. The food was fabulous, although none of us ate much? I’m not sure what happened there. There was snow on the ground for the Easter egg hunt which definitely put a damper on that one, but the face painter was phenomenal (she didn’t even have a book, you just told her what you wanted and she did it!) and the petting zoo was fun but cold.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone who celebrated had a great day. Let’s start with Christmas Eve. My parents came up in the morning. We made one last trip to Target, got everything set up for dinner that night, and then realized we still had a few hours before church so we headed over to the sledding hill. It was the last day it was supposed to be even a little bit warm, so even though the snow wasn’t the best, we went for it. It was so fun! We’ve lived near this sledding hill for the last 10 plus years and have never gone sledding, so it was definitely time.

The long sled definitely worked better than the disc sleds on this hill, since it kept you going straight. The discs spun you around which Caden loved, but Delaney and I hated.

Caden could have done this ALL. DAY. LONG.

The hill wasn’t too bad to climb up, but we were all worn out by the end of our time there!

The most fun was definitely putting two in this sled. With a little more weight, you really got going!

Once home everyone warmed up and then got ready for church. The girls wanted their hair in curls. While we were all in my bathroom I told them they could wear lipstick to church. Oh my! That was 10 minutes of them opening every lipstick I own and asking if I thought that would be a good color to wear. It was the best. They finally settled on fairly neutral colors and we headed upstairs to get a quick family picture.

Dinner was roast chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and corn. It was amazingly good. I have perfected that meal! The problem was, I ate a little too much of it and a few hours later my stomach was protesting. I’ll skip the details and instead say it was a very long night with not a ton of sleep and I felt awful for most of Christmas Day. It sucked. I pulled it together and slapped a smile on my face, but I was only able to eat small bites of food all day which meant I skipped all of the fabulous meals I had planned (including my favorite salad from the golf club!). I did eat a piece of gluten free pie after skipping dinner. That gf french silk pie is so good I figured it would be worth it even if it made me sick again.

Here are the two pictures I did take Christmas morning! This year was really great. Lots of joyful present opening, so much happiness over their presents, and just lots of smiles. They picked out quite a few presents to give to other people which was really fun, and they both helped me make a few diy presents to give to our families. Their big presents were extra riding lessons, beyond that it was all small stuff. I actually kept it reasonable this year!

She was SO excited! I think she woke up at 5 and 6, then finally knew it was safe to get up at 7!

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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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