Sunday, January 27, 2013

Children's Museum Fun

We got a pass to the Children's Museum for the boys' birthday from their grandma. We've only gone a few times, but I love it! I haven't braved going by myself yet because it makes me too worried one of them might wander too far without me seeing. But my friend Ashlyn has been able to go with us a few times, and we hope to go with some more friends in the future. They have an awesome cafeteria, but you can also bring in your own food, which is nice. So by the time we play and eat and head home, we are all pretty worn out!

We usually go to the Playscape/little kids' play area. They have a play house, complete with lawn mowers the boys love, a sand box area, a train track table, a construction vehicle they can climb in, and a "baby only" area that's separated from the other spaces. All that along with plenty of space to run around! The first time we went there was a winter wonderland type exhibit that the boys really liked. (Santa was there too, but mommy forgot to bring her camera. But it will be nice to go to the same place for pictures each year!) Other than that, we haven't yet found any other areas the boys love. But it's a big place and things change often, so I know we'll find even more to do and explore. There's a gecko exhibit open now, I think! We also checked out the carousel, but I think Holden was pretty terrified of it. Honestly, I can't really blame him, since the animal faces can look kinda creepy at first, and they're right at his eye level when someone is holding him! Henry seemed to do ok, so we'll try to ride it again next time!

Getting any good pictures is hard, since I feel dumb constantly taking pictures while the other parents are just sitting there, and it's hard to take pictures when I need to run after one or both of the boys! But I got a few I thought were decent enough to share. 

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

January Photo Shoot

I had a Groupon for a photo shoot at a local place, so I thought I'd give them a shot before the thing expired!  I didn't think the photographers were very good with the kids (the one who started actually got frustrated and made another girl finish the shoot!) I don't know what she expected with 16 month old twin boys, but they're not going to just sit still and smile at you! Lol. And I ended up paying more to get the CD with the all the images. So even though we got several good shots, I won't be going back! Can't wait to have my friend Christie do their 18 month shots in the spring. :)

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

January Randoms

Since I haven't gotten a blog up in a are a few randoms from the last month. I'll try to get back in the swing of things soon!

Mmmm...we had chicken quesadillas for dinner. :)
Too funny not to get a picture...don't remember now why both boys were crying, but Alex thought it was funny and told me to take a picture! :)
Yay! My student recital went great. Here's a group picture of most of my kiddos. 
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

2012 In Review

Well, I wasn't planning on it, but several of my blogger friends did a "year in review" type post, so it got me looking back at photos from the year. And now I'm doing a post like that, too! (Thanks, Christie and Kelly! :) I'm really glad I decided to do it, because it was pretty amazing to look back, especially the very beginning of the year. Here we go!

Not much I can remember that was too exciting. The boys were 5 months old and finally starting to laugh and show some personality. Hard to remember them being this small!!

My birthday, and the Super Bowl was in Indy. I got to go downtown and check out all the festivities, and we had my birthday party with friends at our house. Boys had their first Valentine's Day! 

Grandma's 60th birthday, and boys are 6 months old! They got to meet lots of friends and family at Grandma's birthday party.

First Easter! The boys had fun going through their baskets. We got to spend time with both families and enjoyed being outside more.

My first Mother's Day, which was a fun family day. We got a new double stroller so we could enjoy more walks. We also got our new minivan this month, which has been great! On Memorial Day, we saw the Suttner side of the family and had fun with cousins. The boys were on the move this month, as they learned to crawl!

Another busy month! Grandma and Grandpa Suttner celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary, and we took our first road trip as a family. It was a successful trip to Atlanta to see our cousin Josh turn 1. We got to play in the pool and hang with the big cousins. Mommy also went back to work 3 days a week teaching music lessons. 

Our first 4th of July! We kept it low key and didn't try to see fireworks. Instead we enjoyed eating watermelon and crawling around at Grandma's!

We started planning for our birthday celebration and took pictures for our invite. We hosted the playdate at our house, and spent lots of time outside crawling in the backyard. 

We turned ONE! We had a great time at our party and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. We tried to spend time outside and on walks. 

One of mommy's favorite months! Mom and Dad celebrated 5 years of marriage. We did lots of fun fall stuff, including hay rides and Zoo Boo and trick or treating. We were awfully cute dressed up as puppies.We also became very attached to a cardboard box that we loved to play with/ride in/sit in/climb in.

We both took our first steps this month. Holden walked a week before Thanksgiving, and Henry about a week after. We celebrated Thanksgiving in Bloomington with our Amerman cousins, and then again with the Suttners a few days later.

We had a great second Christmas. We really knew what we were doing with presents this year, and wanted to play with everything right away! We also really enjoyed Christmas lights and ornaments. We weren't so sure about sitting on Santa's lap this year. 

So it was a great year! Can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for these big boys. :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Christmas Part 3 and Snow!

So we didn't exactly have a white Christmas...but we sure got a lot of snow the week after Christmas! Alex wanted to go play in the snow one night after the boys went to bed, and I'm so glad we did! I wanted to get some cool pictures but it was hard to get any good ones. But it was so amazing, beautiful and quiet. We couldn't believe how much snow was just sitting on top of the fence and on tree branches because there was no wind. We took the boys out in it again the next morning, and they weren't so impressed this time. I think because it was so deep and their boots/pants make it hard to walk or move around. Maybe we'll get one more snow this year...who knows. Lanore definitely loves it though! 

Our friends Ben and Michelle stopped over for a visit, and Michelle always spoils the boys with more books. :) So we had a fun visit with them before heading down to the Amerman's. We had a great time chilling with cousins and eating, etc. No pictures from that night, but it's so sweet to see the boys playing with their older cousins. The big boys are so nice with them and Noah kept turning on the fan in the living room because all the toddler boys love to look up at it. 

The official "Christmas" meal was Sunday, and we opened presents after dinner. It is always crazy with so many people in the house, and it was getting late. So we didn't get a chance to get any good pictures, and we pretty much had to rush home after opening presents because the boys were getting cranky! Alex's sister took a cousin picture, so I will update when I get a copy from her. The chaos is part of the fun, though. With 10 cousins and 7 of them boys, it's pretty crazy. Alex took the group shot at the end, and it's not even everyone or all the kids! So that was Christmas 2012. The boys are very lucky to have family so close that we can easily spend time with both sides. And very spoiled by all the grandparents and aunts who want to hold and love them! :)

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