Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Twins' 8 month photo shoot

We got the babies' 8 month pictures taken last night and we, of course, think they turned out adorable. Leah showed her true colors during the shoot and had a few melt downs, but she was super happy at the beginning and we took most of her pictures first while she was all smiles. She was quite the ham before the tears came. She is one emotional little girl- either all smiles or crocodile tears! Lexi was super sweet the whole time- she always looks very pleasant, but harder to coax the cheesy grins out of, like we get often from Leah.

Be warned- there are LOTS of pictures- with two beautiful babies, I had to put up more than just a few (ok, 35 to be exact).

I didn't realize until this photo shoot that Lexi has no neck- just a pumpkin head sitting right on her shoulders...

We could not get Lexi to stop eating the grass and dirt. She was drooling mud after a few minutes into the shoot. We gave her this flower as a prop and she, of course, ate it!

As emotional as this little princess is, we sure love her. Her little grin just melts my heart.

This is where she was being really cheesy- sure made for some cute pictures.

Our little Leah is very photogenic

Our next photo shoot will be at one year- this summer will go by too fast, I know, and they will be big girls. I wish I could stop time in this moment- they are so fun right now. Thank goodness for cameras and video cameras so I can at least capture some of the magic these two babies bring into our home. A picture really is worth a thousand words- 2 thousand words when you have twins!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Look Mom, no hands!

Dinner time is the most hectic and stressful time at my house. Ben is often not home when we eat which leaves me to often deal with my "it's almost bedtime and we are wound up and demanding" children by myself. Everyone needs something at this 5:00 hour and I cannot physically dish up dinner to 2 children and spoon feed 2 babies at the same time. I have tried, believe me, and it is physically impossible. So either the big kids' dinner is delayed while I frantically feed both babies (either separately or simultaneously) or I dish up the big kids and the 2 babies are cranky and/or screaming during our dinner. Needless to say, I am eagerly anticipating the time when the twins can feed themselves. We have been practicing lately with small finger foods in their high chairs. Most often they can both get the food in their hands, but struggle with knowing how to get the food to their mouth after that. Most of the time the food ends up on the floor. We keep practicing though, knowing that practice makes perfect.

Today, Leah came up with a new trick to cut out the battle with getting the food from hand to mouth. Pretty ingenious, I think. And good entertainment, too. Just cut out the middle man!

Food in front, ready for action

Going in for the kill....

A no hands approach

Victory! She got it!

Be sure to notice (how can you not?) the twitching of hands and wrists at the end. Leah loves to ride her imaginary motorcycle all day long. Lexi has learned from sister and now rides her motorcycle often during the day as well. Yes, I even let them ride them in the house...

(All pictures and footage are of Leah).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to our favorite 2 year old nephew/cousin! We love you! Wish we could be there to celebrate with you (and we really wish our hair would have been combed when we made this video!)