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Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Birthday "Giveaway"

Happy 35th Birthday to me June 7th! Not going to lie....being half the way to 70 is kind-of depressing! I need the help of my bloggy friends to bring me out of my rut. What better way than a giveaway?!?! Wait let's do even better with 4 giveaways in June. I am posting about the the 1st giveaway today with the winner being drawn on Friday the 3rd. You will have until 7 p.m. CST to enter each Friday. I will post the next giveaway that evening that will be drawn the following Friday and so forth until the last Friday in June which is the 24th. This is not only celebrating my birthday, but celebrating you! I cherish my blogging buddies. 

The first give-away is for a $25.00 Target gift card. Not to fancy, but I love me some Target retail shopping. How about you?!?!  :-)


A required entry is to be a GFC follower (hopefully it is working). I know you can still follow by clicking follow at the very top of the page, but you have to be sign into your google account for the follow button to show up. For a 2nd entry leave an additional comment telling me what (hopefully for yourself,but not mandatory :)) you would use the gift card on. Please remember to leave 2 separate comments. Good luck! 

If your email address is not connected to your profile name please add it in your comments. Thanks! 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Summer Fun!!!

Molly and Luke had a ball today at Nannie and Granddad's. I wish a little plastic pool still made me this happy! Throw in bubbles and a sand table they get CRAZY excited! :-)



They even ate dinner at their picnic table. We are loving all this summer FUN!


I think we might top the holiday weekend off by going to the children petting zoo tomorrow. I hope all of you have a great family day too.

Very appreciative!!!

First things first I have to apologize to Melissa over @ Mame Musing for taking so long to accept this bloggy award! Thanks so much for extending it on to me Melissa....it means a lot!!



She awarded me the Versatile Blogger award! Please click here to read her acceptance post because it is great!! :)


Now I need to share 7 things about boring old me!! :-)

1) I pay into a lottery pool every week at work! Yes, a girl can dream, hope and wish, Right?

2) If I followed all the blogs that I happen upon my google reader would be so overwhelming that I would have major anxiety. There are many out there that I stalk every now and than when I have extra time. ;-)

3) I have been pet free for over 6 months, so I am starting to crave another furry baby! Would love to get a white Persian kitty, but after seeing the price tag I might need to save for a while. Hoping Hubby may surprise me sometime! (Are you reading this Todd)

4) I am getting really nervous about my babies starting summer preschool June 30th! I am so very excited for them to make and play with friends! So excited for them to start learning outside of the house. I am afraid they will fight the different structure schedule....so hoping they catch on quickly and love going! :-)

5) I sometimes laugh when Molly and Luke start fighting because it is so darn funny seeing the same sibling rivalry in them as I had with mine!! Does that make me a bad mommy?!?!

I hope Melissa won't want to take this back since I am stopping at 5, but I am already running out of time!

I love getting these bloggy awards but hate choosing only a few. I think all the blogs I follow are more than deserving of this award!! :):) Now to pass it on....Below are some blogs that I love and happened upon recently. Enjoy it girls!!

1) Onesie Mommy

2) Our Life Unrehearsed

3) Jennerally Speaking / Actually not too recently, but very excited to be able to finally pass one on to her too! Plus she more than deserves it!

4) From two to Four

5) This Crazy Life / Not too recent either, Amy is a rockstar Mommy!

6) Ella and Zoe

7) Baker Twins

Saturday, May 28, 2011

ME challenge - Week 21

Dollimama took the week off, so I am linking up with the lovely MandyE! Thanks Mandy for hosting this week!! I hope dollimama and her sweet baby girls are partying it up right now!! What? You only turn ONE once!


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This was not a great week for ME time. I have had an emotionally draining week do to all the tornado devastation around me. No, none of it hit me on a personal level, but still is weighing heavily on my heart. I really wish financially I could help more. So very sad!

As I mentioned in a previous post Todd was out of town when OK got hit hard Tuesday. He was actually only supposed to be gone 1 night, but due to weather his flight was postponed 1 day. This made me have to take one afternoon off work early to relieve my Mom, so I am claiming that as my ME time this week! It was a beautiful day, so I played with my kids outside. So much fun!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Who needs a bed...

When you have a perfectly good box!! This is how I found Molly this afternoon in their playroom! Silly girl wore herself out trying to keep the box from her brother! ;-)

Luke was pressing all of Molly's buttons earlier, so at one point I asked Molly if she wanting to throw Bubby in the trash.....Her eyes got really big and she said NO....put Bubby in the corner!! I guess she does love him after all.




Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tornado Tuesday & Wordless Wednesday

Not sure if you saw the news last night, but Oklahoma had a tornado breakout!!! Todd is out of town on business, so I had the sole duty of keeping my babies safe! Thank goodness my Mom has a shelter, so I went over there after work. We were very lucky that our side of town was spared. There are so many others that I can't say the same about. It has weighed heavily on my mind today. The house of a pregnant Mom with her 3 kids took a direct hit. The mom and 5 year old are in critical condition. While the 15 month old was killed and the 3 year old is still missing. So very sad!! My co-worker's hometown is Joplin, Missouri. That poor town looks like a bomb went off! Thank God his family members are fine, but they loss everything!

Below is 2 pictures I took down in the shelter. 1st pic - My brother Scott, my niece Kayla, Molly and a portion of my Mom. 2nd pic - Luke playing on the floor between all our legs. Granddad and me are behind the camera. The sirens went off for probably 30 minutes straight. Hopefully this will be our last trip down there for a while.







The next pictures are my Wordless Wednesday post. Nannie, Kayla, Molly and Luke played outside in the pool and sand table all afternoon. Kayla was sweet enough to share these pictures with me. Fun times!
















Sunday, May 22, 2011

Makes My Monday - Baby Elephant

Linking up with Twinfatuation! Thanks so much Cheryl for letting me play along!



We went to the OKC Zoo this past Saturday with Nannie and Kayla (my niece). Todd was at the fire station so he didn't make it. I blogged about the new baby elephant being born here, but this is the first time we where able to see her. I read in other blogs that people were actually waiting in line for 2 hours to get a glimpse of this sweet baby girl. Sorry, but no thank you my patience would have got the best of me. I am pretty sure I would have seen way too many meltdowns from other kids plus mine! Now I realize she is growing fast and has already gained probably close to 100 pounds, but next to her mother and aunt she still is so very tiny! She way playing and squealing (or whatever a baby elephant does). It was so darn cute. We first viewed the 3 on foot, but before we left took the tram (train to Luke) around the zoo to see her one last time.




My son the snake tamer. Daddy is so mad I bought Luke 2 of these snakes.....let's just say snakes freak him out a little! :):)



I got the best smiles in the gift shop....imagine that?!?!



Kayla and Molly on the tram! :)


Needless to say we had a fantastic time! The kids were worn out by the time we left! Can't wait to go again! We love the zoo!


Oh I have to give a shout out to the OKC Thunder playing the 4 game in the 3Rd round of the playoffs Monday night! GO OKC!! They need this home game win!!! Here is a link to a funny clip from the Ellen show!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GCOKA7PvCM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

In Molly words....I like him!!

Also wanted to thank my family and friends (both IRL and bloggy) that have taken the time to vote for my blog in the Top 25 Mom of multiples. It means a lot! We still have 1 more week to go, so if you are so inclined please click here and vote!

Friday, May 20, 2011

ME Challenge -Week 20

Linking up with the fabulous dollimama for the 52 week challenge! I look forward to this link up every week! She has really helped me realize I deserve special time and pretty things....guiltlessly! Yes, a lot of the times I find a way to share that special time or extra money on my 2 favorite people, but neverless it's about ME!!



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Hubby and I decided to get a new family vehicle for our New Years gift this year. As most of you know most SUV's come with the back windows factory tinted, but the driver and passenger window are clear. Finally , yes, Finally hubby got those two windows tinted for me!! I know to most this may seem trivial, but to a hand talker it means everything! Yes, I use my bluetooth to make my phone calls in the car, but that doesn't mean I can't express myself with my hands. So to know I will now have a little privacy is the best ME present ever! I am sure the people at stop lights will miss the show, but so sorry folks you need to take your staring someplace else! The show is over!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Way Back When-esday - One of my favs

Linking up with Twinfatuation Way Back When-esday. Thanks Cheryl for letting me play along!





This is one of my all time favorite pictures. It was taken on May 15th 2008, so Luke was 3 months old. Those were the days that if we had a chance to nap with them it was a very good day! I think they look a lot alike in this photo. What do you think?






If you are so inclined please click here and vote!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Makes My Monday - Go OKC Thunder

Linking up with Twinfatuation! Thanks so much Cheryl for letting me play along!





Sunday afternoon we took Miss Priss to her first professional basketball game. It was game 7 of the 2nd round in the playoff's between OKC Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies. Luke hung out with Granddad. We knew he wouldn't last the whole game. Molly really did awesome! She loved the thunder cheerleaders (i'm sure daddy did too) and Rumble the bison (OKC mascot). It really was fun times! Thunder pulled out a victory, so they will move on to round 3. Not sure if we will make any more games this season, so hopefully Luke will join us next season.


Spending this special time with Molly and hubby totally make my Monday!



Yes, I let Miss Priss chew sugar free gum because she spits it out when she is done. Hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

ME Challenge - Week 19

Linking up with the lovely dollimama for this week of the 52 week ME Challenge. Thanks Amber for hosting such a great link up!


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Like Amber the whole blogger situation made me a little off. As blogger was restoring lost posts it really made my google reader a mess! I was lucky enough not to lose any posts, but I did lose 3 comments from my last post. No, usually I am not such a freak to know exactly how many comments I have...It is just those 3 comments were made the day of the outage, so I remember them (Jenner, Mandy & Rebecca). I read that they are working on restoring them. Did anyone else lose comments? I love getting comments (they mean a lot to me), so I am not a fan of them disappearing! :(


Now on to my ME time! I had myself some more retail therapy! As everyone knows Kohl's always has the most awesome sales that you can team with a coupon for an additional 15, 20 or 30 % off. Usually the flyers I get in the mail come with an additional 15% off, so those go straight to the trash! I don't give them a second thought. Every now and then I get that prized 30% off! If I team that with their awesome sale that is already 25 to 50 percent off it makes me a little excited! Plus for every 50 you spend you get 10 in Kolh's cash! I got a few pairs of capris and tops! :) I also found a few outfits for Molly and Luke on clearance (60%off)! Yay, pair that with my 30% coupon and I got a great deal!

Great deal = Excited Mommy
Excited Mommy = Happy Daddy


I hope everyone else spent a little time on themselves this past week!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Way Back When-esday - Molly's Homecoming

Linking up with Twinfatuation Way Back When-esday. Thanks Cheryl for letting me play along!





Miss Priss came home on 4/22/08 after 68 long days in the NICU. You can read little more of her NICU story here. Molly pretty much was my trouble maker between the two. She gave me the most scares even up to the very last week before her release. The doctors first told me Luke and Molly would be going home together, but Molly decided differently. She wanted her Mommy to have one last scare! The very same day that we were told the good news the daytime nurse saw blood in Molly's poo. This called for immediate action. They took x-rays & blood to run tests. They even collected a sample of her poo to run cultures. Their main concern was NEC. Come to find out it was just an infection that could be treated with an antibiotic, regardless this granted sister another week in the NICU.



Of course I had to share a picture of me cuddling her at home like Luke's pic last week.




Awww...A Daddy snuggle with both her first night.


In her own bed for the first time!


This was taken the next morning after a night of tears from Mommy! I will never forget that first night with both! I even made Todd call the NICU that night. Molly's oxygen needs kept needing to be turned up. I was beside myself thinking they released her too early. Amanda talked to Todd and said a lot of babies do that when they leave the hospital until they become accustomed to their new surroundings. Sure enough...her oxygen started going back down the next day. I won't lie and say from that point on it was all roses because it wasn't. I call Molly Miss Priss for a reason. She was very high maintenance & still is! :) Very sensitive to everything.



My turn to double cuddle! I needed this bliss after the night before! Once again you can see that crazy look on my face.



Best Friends for life!!



Than the fun times began!

Monday, May 9, 2011

If you are so inclined......

Hey friends! I was just notified that I was nominated to the Top 25 Parents with Multiples list on Circle of Moms. If you are so inclined...please vote for me. You can vote once a day every day until May 30. I just checked out who else was nominated and it includes alot of my bloggy friends...Yay!



Take care and THANKS!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Makes My Monday - One on One Time

Linking up with Twinfatuation! Thanks so much Cheryl for letting me play along!




Miss Priss and I left the guys this weekend for a little mothers day shopping. We stopped at chick-fil-a for a bite to eat. I love that I can get fresh fruit and 100% juice there and Molly does too! I am a true believer that each child needs this individual time whether they are twins or not.

I feel like Molly is more mature than Luke, so it is a lot easier to take her with me when I go shopping. Luke gets bored and impatience really fast, so this makes for a unenjoyable trip. Everybody tells me that boys mature slower and have shorter attention spans, but it is hard taking only Molly on these trips. I feel so guilty, but he hates shopping. What man doesn't, right? Well...unless they are shopping for something they want! ;-) Does anyone else have this issue? Do you only take one to certain places, while taking the other somewhere else?


Having this one on one time with my baby girl totally makes my Monday! Sorry, I took this picture without the flash, so it is dark.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mothers Day

I wanted to wish Happy Mothers Day to the 3 Moms in my life. I am ashamed to say I had to go far back in my photo album to find pictures I could use. I have made a mental note to take more pictures of these 3 this year! Shame on me.

Dearest Nannie, Nana and Grandma,

Thank you for all you do for my family! We love you all very much!

Nannie (My Mom)


Nana (Todd's Mom)


Grandma (My Stepmom)



I also want to wish all my bloggy friends a very Happy Mothers Day too! I hope you have a blessed day with lots of hugs and kisses!