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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed ...

 


Grateful, Thankful, Blessed is the theme for the past week at our house. It was a busy week! It was Holy week and we enjoyed a quiet Easter at our home this year. Combine all of that, plus the overall busy day to day responsibilities of having two newborns and a toddler... and life can feel a little overwhelming at times. My husband found out last week that he was accepted into several Law Schools for the 2014 Fall school year! We are so excited and we are trusting in God for His guidance as to which school Rich will choose to attend
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  I had originally started this post last week, on April 11th, when my sweet little twins turned one month old! Funny, because although we have had them here with us for the past month, their actual due date was April 7th...
... which means they would only just now be a little over one week old.

One Month Old


We love you Joey and Jake and we are so very Grateful, Thankful and oh so Blessed to be your parents! It is my life's work and greatest joy to be your Mommy! I love you two and your big brother Robbie more than words could ever describe! You both have adorable little smiles, big bright eyes and the sweetest little spirits!  You are both wearing newborn size diapers, ( and oh boy, do you go through so many of those diapers each day). On a daily basis I would say we go through 20 to 22 diapers between the two of you! You are nursing so well these days, bit still supplementing with formula! You are wearing newborn size clothes. Joey, I would guess you are around 8lbs now and Jake, I would say you are just over 7 1/2 lbs.
Happy one month boys! :)



Thank you Debbie and Gary for the wonderful USC Trojan football outfits!! Fight on!!!

Good Friends
 
 
I've said it before and I will say it again... God is SO good and he truly has blessed us with wonderful friends!

Last week, our dear friends, the Adams brought us dinner and gifts and excellent company and fellowship! Amanda is another sweet and genuine lady that I met in high school. Amanda, her husband Richard and their adorable little girl Paige all came for a visit. Amanda is expecting their second child this October and I couldn't be more thrilled for them!
 
Amanda and Richard showered us with a wonderful Italian dinner, diapers, wipes, baby clothes and more. They also gave me a Mommy spa package full of candles, bath salts and scrubs and lotion along with a Magna Doodle for Robbie.
 
I loved watching Amanda hold the babies. Paige held our little Jacob and was so gentle and tender.
 
 
Last weekend, the boys had a few other dear friends come by for a visit. Our dear friends, The Harts came over one afternoon. It was so nice catching-up with them.  Debbie and Gary brought the boys these adorable USC ( University of Southern California .... Fight On!!!) onesies as pictured above! They also brought the most adorable little tag blankies for each of them and a wonderful children's book for Robbie. So kind of you to think of us Debbie and Gary! We love you both!
 
 
 
The boys also enjoyed a visit from our dear friend Vickie and Auntie Summer !
 
Hunting For Easter Eggs 
 
On Saturday morning, we took Robbie to an Easter egg hunt held at one of our local parks. Robbie, Daddy and I dropped the twins off at Gigi's and went to the hunt.
 

Empty Egg basket before the egg hunt.

 
 Daddy and Robbie choosing the best egg gathering strategy!
 
 
 and their off...
 
 
 Yay!! Look at all those eggs!!
 
 
Robbie was so excited to see the firemen!!

 
 So much fun!
 
 
 I will put try to post pictures from our Easter tomorrow. :)
 
Blessings,
 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sleepless Night Thoughts From A Weary Mama

 
Have you heard this saying before? Wow... does this ring true for me this week! I am exhausted!!! I'm really not a coffee drinker at all. On occasion, I will enjoy a coffee from Starbucks. Boy oh boy do I need something to keep me awake these days! We have had a few sleepless nights around here lately. In fact, I am up now blogging at 3:45 in the morning  because I am now just too wide awake to fall back to sleep. My blog could easily be re-titled, The late night thoughts of a weary mama. :)
 I'm not blaming anyone or naming names, but our lack of sleep might have a little something to do with these two little cuties...
 
 
Here is a picture from our morning mat time. Tummy time and mat time with big brother is a blast. :)
 
Getting Back To Routine
 
 
We are making time for each other as we slowly get back into our routine.
 

 
 
We took Robbie to the park yesterday and as always he had the best time just running around, climbing and being a boy!
 
Laundry
 
 
I never seem to be caught up with laundry these days!
 Oh my goodness... laundry is a FULL TIME JOB with two babies, a toddler and one hubby!!!
 
 
 The pile of baby laundry above is just from the last twenty four hours!!! I guess this is why I have been wearing Yoga pants and a comfy shirt for days now. :)
 
 
Good Friends
 A Visit From The Rose Family
 
Have I mentioned before how blessed Rich and I have been with such truly wonderful family and friends? We have some of the best friends a family could ask for!
 
Vanessa and her boys holding our little Jacob. They have a Jacob as well!
 
 
Last night, my dear friend Vanessa and her sweet family came by with a wonderful dinner for The Christensen Five! Vanessa and I met in high school and have been friends ever since. Vanessa also introduced me to Rich during our senior year of high school. :) Robbie had the best time romping around with the Rose boys! The boys all played hide and seek and tag in our front yard! When they left, during bath time, Robbie commented, " Mommy, wasn't that so nice of our new friends to come over and visit?" I smiled and said, " yes, it was!" We now live only two miles from the Rose family.
 I can't wait to enjoy many more play dates! Vanessa was so kind to think of us and bring dinner. Vanessa brought a delicious chicken soup with warm crusty bread and fresh cold fruit!
So yummy and healthy too!
 
 
While the boys played and Vanessa's kind and patient husband, (Jeremy) played with the boys. Vanessa and I chatted about motherhood, ministry and life. Vanessa's husband is a music and worship pastor at one of the big local churches in Pasadena. A few years back, Jeremy performed Robbie's Baby Dedication ceremony.
 
 
Below is a photo of Jeremy, Vanessa and our boys who are only a month apart.
 
Vanessa shared the name of a book with me called; "Parenting In The Pew" by Robbie Castleman
 
 
Last night, as soon as all of my boys were in bed, and I knew I had a three hour window of time before the twins would be awake for their next feeding. I purchased this book on my Kindle. I am loving it and just can't seem to put it down!
If you are interested, here is a short review of the book.
 
... Reviewed by Susan E. Richardson
Why do you go to church on Sunday morning? What do you expect your children to receive from worship? How did you learn to worship? Perhaps your parents only taught you to be good and be quiet as their parents taught them. Robbie Castleman’s book Parenting in the Pew will help you answer these questions so you can begin teaching your children how to worship.
Castleman shows that entering into worship is something children can learn, growing in their understanding as they mature. She includes suggestions on preparing before Sunday, both physically and spiritually. Home preparation is the key to a worshipful Sunday. She then gives age specific guidance for approaching issues like proper dress and money for the offering.
Once at church, parents begin the process of helping children pay attention to what is happening during the service. Again, the author offers practical tips for guiding children at various ages into being involved. She also addresses the question of children with challenges like hyperactivity.
Having established the basis, Castleman discusses the elements of a worship service one at a time with comments on how different ages can participate and how this may look in churches with varying worship styles. Discussion and reflection questions complete the book.
Castleman offers a beautiful vision of what worship can be like for both parents and children. In short, as the author says, worship for parents can become a process of saying, “Daddy, I’d like you to meet my children.” Highly recommended.
 
We love you Rose Family and thank you for your friendship and wisdom!
 
Well friends, I am going to try and get a few hours of sleep, here are my two little ones this evening all ready for bed! :)
 

 
 Blessings,
 
 
 
 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Visitors On A Saturday Afternoon

 
Once again, it is a little after 5:00 a.m on Sunday morning and I find myself awake and blogging. It takes a little time to feed/nurse, diaper and then settle down each baby. We try to wake-up and feed both babies at the same time. Whenever one wakes-up, we usually try to force the other baby awake to nurse or bottle feed. This way we avoid feeding one and then settling the whole house back to sleep and being awakened an hour later by the second baby. Feeding and caring for twins in the wee hours of the morning, truly is a two person job! Now that my boys have settled back to dreamland, I am a bit restless and can't sleep... so I will blog!
 
 My boys seem to be very popular these days. We have been so richly rewarded with the company of good friends and family these first few weeks of the boy's lives!
 Good friends and family truly are a blessing!
 
Today, the twins had several guests pay them a visit. Our good friends, Liz and Aimee came over in the afternoon and showered us with gifts!
 

Aimee, Liz and Aimee's two adorable children graciously gave Joey and Jake this wonderful diaper bag from the company Thirty One ! I love the cute little saying on the front!! They filled the bag with tons of diapers, matching outfits, soap, lotion, wipes and so much more! They also gave Robbie a set of great Disney Cd's to listen to in the car. To top it all off, they brought two restaurant gift cards for Rich and me.
 
 
Here are some of the receiving blankets from Aimee.
 
 
Grandpa Ken and Grandma Carla came by for a visit as well!
 

It was so nice to watch them hold both babies! They also brought us loads of diapers and baby clothes! Thank you so much!
 
 
 In Other News...

I purchased this twin Snap and Go Car seat stroller for the twins on Amazon the other day. Today it arrived! I LOVE it and just know it will make life so much easier on us!!
 


The boys had their first official, real bath on Friday! Below is a comparison photo of all three of my boys at around one month old during their first baths.



 
Joey
 
 
 
Jake
 

Big Brother Robbie helping with the bath .
 
 
The twins had their 2 week/ 3 week Well Baby Check-Up on Friday. Joseph now weighs 7 lbs. 13 oz. and Jacob weighs 7 lbs. 2.5 oz! Both of them were 20.5 inches long and the Doc says they look like strong healthy boys!
 
 That's all for today friends!
 
 
 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Date Night With The Three Amigos

 
Well it is 5:00 a.m on Saturday morning and my little Joey has been up for the past hour or so feeding, cooing and just looking around... did I mention that I have changed three diapers and two outfits since he has been awake? ha ha... well I am trying to stay awake by blogging because I know that just as I lay down to go back to sleep, little brother Jake will be up and ready to eat. Thus starting the whole process over again. Ahh, life with twins! :)
 
Since having the twins, Rich and I have started taking Robbie out once a week, (on Friday evenings) on his very own special date night. Robbie loves this special time alone with just mommy and daddy each week! We love the time together with our little man.


 When Friday comes around, we give Robbie the choice of where he would like to go for his date night. We have been offering him choices like going to the pet store to look at all of the animals followed by dinner at one of his favorite spots like Chick-fil- A or Sonic. One of his absolute favorite things to do it to ride the amazing two story carousel at our local mall! For tonight's date night, Robbie chose to go ride the carousel at the mall...


 
 Robbie loves to ride in the spinning tea cup. It gets mommy pretty dizzy!

 
 Sorry for the poor picture quality, I took these with my phone while being spun around in a tea cup by a very excited two year old and a silly Daddy!


 

After our spinning fun on the carousel, Robbie decided he wanted to go to the Disney store to look at all of the fun toys!
 
 

We told him he could choose one small item to buy and take home. He chose a pretend camera from the movie Cars. :)
 


After the Disney store, it was time to get our milkshake! So we made a quick stop to the Dairy Queen before picking-up dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Yep... a milk shake before dinner, because why not? It's FRIDAY!!!
 

 
I love this little man so much! Yummy strawberry milkshakes!

 
Gigi, Grandpa and Aunt Becky stayed at home tonight to babysit the twins. We decided to bring back dinner to thank them. We went to Clearman's Galley, also know to the locals around here as,
 "The Boat"! They have the BEST Blue Cheese salad and cheese bread!!! :) Yum!
 
 
 

The end to another great Friday night date night with my two wonderful guys! We will see where we end up next week! :)
 
Happy Saturday!