November 18, 2014

So, we're heading to Seattle this weekend. Driving 14 hours each way, staying in a hotel for 4 nights with 4 kids under 4. No one can ever accuse us of being boring. Crazy, yes. Boring, no. The next several days will be spent getting maintenance done on the van, cleaning it, cleaning the house so it will be clean when we get home on thanksgiving and packing an insane amount of stuff for the 6 of us. Should be fun!

November 12, 2014

The cold has come. Bring on the fuzzy pants and cream of wheat!

And winter guard. That has come, too. It's looking like it's going to be a great season!

November 7, 2014

Another Sub Day

It was another subbing day. I quite enjoy taking Clint's classes, especially on days when it's mostly marching band kids. Which is every day. It'd be nice if we could do this a few days a month. Getting out is so nice and doing it in a way that makes money instead if spending it is even better!  Craig stayed home to take Sophie to preschool and swap kids & cars about 10:15 when there's a prep and lunch break. I came home, fed the babies, started laundry, dishes, baby stuff, made lunch, picked up Sophie from preschool and got everyone settled at home before heading back to finish the day. Came home, discussed the baby shower, fed babies, got them settled for naps, read with Sophie, made an important phone call, and took. a. nap. It wasn't long and did require encouraging Sophie to play a reading game but it happened. It's now 6:15 and we're all snuggled in my bed. The laundry isn't done, dishes aren't done, my bathroom didn't get cleaned today and dinner is in the fridge. No guilt at all. Best of all: babies will want to eat soon which means I may get another hour lounge feeding in bed. Bring on the HGTV!

Tomorrow is a much-anticipated UCGC directors meeting and clinic. I'm excited about the clinic and our season. It's already going well! :-D

November 4, 2014

Just a few notes.

-Halloween week was fun. The big girls enjoyed dressing up- An Intergalactic Ice Queen (Ambassador Troi from Star Trek TNG) and Dorothy- and the babies tolerated it. They were my flying monkeys and I was the wicked witch. Totally fitting. Sophie. Got to wear her costume to ballet class and had a ball doing that. I was in St. George for the state marching band competition on Halloween so they went to errands and had a fun evening with the cousins.

- The last competition of the season was a great one. Wasn't our best performance but the band got 1st in musical performance and 2nd in music general effect. I'm quite proud to be working with this group. Up next: winter guard 2015.

- Babies are 5 months! Still not sleeping through the night but they are cute, scooting, rolling, eating apple sauce & squash and all ours. :) Their baby cousin, Emma, still out-weighs them by at least a pound.

October 25, 2014

Oh, my gosh. I feel like I'm going to cry. Know all those delightful things "well-meaning" people tell new parents about how they're never going to sleep again? Guess what. With twins, I'm beginning to believe it's true. I'm a sleep-deprived, short-tempered, mean, demanding basket case. We're pushing 5 months of horrible sleep. When I have people ask what I need and respond simply with "a nap" I AM NOT KIDDING!! Craig does a lot of the getting out of bed at night but being awake and feeding is still killer. I am so ready to put them in their cribs tonight and leave them there all night. It won't happen, but I'm enjoying day dreaming about the long sleep.

I'm pretty nervous about going to band today. I'm not a nice person after several particularly rough nights in a row. AAAAAAAAAH!!

October 23, 2014

Thursday again :-)

It has been a week and its only Thursday. Fun how that works!

Tuesday was a fast & furious competition at Davis HS. SFHS placed 3rd again! Many people would be disappointed in a 3rd place finish but our division is huge (9-11 groups, depending on the competition) and SF hasnt placed or won any awards in at least 4 years. Clint is doing a great job with the band program. We have another comp Saturday at Pleasant Grove and then we'll be in St. George for state championships next Thursday-Saturday. It has been the best season yet and has gone really fast and slow all at the same time.

Who in the world thought producing 68 oz of milk each day would be easy? Probably only people who've never tried. Breastfeeding and producing milk for one is rough- for two? Extremely difficult and currently impossible.

Evie has discovered and fallen in love with her feet! Its pretty adorable to see her grab on and rock back and forth with them. We still dont have night sleepers. I'm still in a perpetual state of exhaustion. I really feel like i haven't had a night of decent sleep in a year. Obviously the worst of it has been in the last 5 months but wow. Sophie really spoiled us sleeping long stretches so early! I'm likely going on the band trip without children next week so maybe I can get some sleep then. (I don't think many people would consider a field trip with a bunch of teenagers a place to get some rest!) Craig left for 4 days and 3 nights, I'll be gone for less than 2 days. I'm not feeling badly about it at all! :-)

After breakfast, Sophie announced she wanted to read and wanted to know when she would learn. After lunch, she pointed out the words "go" and "dog" in a book. I guess sight words are going to be reintroduced before her 4th birthday. If she keeps going like this, I'm going to be extremely disappointed if we can't find a school that will take her next year. (She'll be 4 until December).

Olivia has become aware of letters and is loving pointing out "O" for Olivia everywhere. She's quite the little sponge who likes to ask "why" and do things all by herself. I really need to be better about encouraging the potty training since she doesn't have accidents when we're home and she doesn't have pants on. She's good about using her "practice potty" away from home, too. Maybe lazy mommy should get back on that before Olivia decides she doesn't want to use the potty.

In my act-of-defiance for the week, I decided to skip housework and sit down and rest. Too bad I waited so long! It's 2:03 and I need to get all of the girls up and to band in the next 55 minutes. I suppose I should pump for a few more minutes then get everyone going.

October 18, 2014


I'm sure someday I'll get on here through my computer and add pictures but that day likely won't come until I have a fully functional charger. For now, it's still quick posts while I'm sitting in bed feeding or pumping.

The good news: as far as I remember, the babies only woke up once between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am. The bad news: they may have been up more but only got fed and their diapers changed once. Really, though, I'd love for this to stick so we can start "sleep training" soon. Nearly 5 months in a row of extremely interrupted sleep is grinding. Especially since each awake period is twice as long with the twins.

Craig took yesterday, Friday, off with the intention of working on his class, spending time with the girls and seeing the Brent & Jen Petersons. Even though the day didn't go quite as planned, it did go!
We started at the pumpkin patch in Springville in the AM, home for lunch and then MUCH needed naps. Just not for the adults. I wish. After everyone woke up and was less grumpy, we headed to thanksgiving point to see "the girl cousins" and the farm. There were lots of Halloween type activities going on that the kids loved. We adults stood in line for the pony rides while the older kids went and did all of the other activities. Sophie & Olivia loved the animals, particularly riding the horses. I'm sure we'll be hearing about that for a long time!

Up next:
Ripping carpet out of our closet (thanks, nasty cats), Craig submitting the last assignments for his class, taking the "boy cousins" to the pumpkin patch in Springville, taking inventory of food storage and planning our meals accordingly. What can I say, it's a glamorous life ;-)