Thursday, September 24, 2009

Visiting the NICU.

Yes, it has been 18 months ago and yes, the girls were only there for 8 and 11 days...but it is still so, so, so important to me to go back and visit the OSU NICU to thank our nurses and let them see the girls. I know I've said it before, but they took care of my babies when I couldn't...and I'm forever grateful. The least I can do is stop in for visits and say thank you.

I also had another reason for wanting to go. After this past Spring's garage sale, I had a few preemie sleepers left and I thought instead of donating them to Goodwill like I did with the rest of the clothes, I would give them to the NICU to use on sweet little babies. I know I was so excited the first time I walked in to the NICU and our girls were wearing one of the sleepers that we had left for them. It just made it so nice that they were all snuggled and comfy.

The nurses were very grateful and I'm glad those tiny little sleepers will be keeping other little babies snug and warm too. We had a nice visit with some of our favorite nurses (sorry we missed you Katie and Joy!) and we hope to stop by again closer to the girls' 2nd birthday!


Monday, September 14, 2009

Nice Wheels!

My Uncle Dean and Aunt Paula were in town visiting friends for their college reunion weekend and we got the chance to spend Sunday evening with them along with my cousin Mark his wife Leeanne and their son Oakley. My sister, Thomas, and Austin were also there for dinner and we had a nice time chatting and playing outside with everyone.

My dad happened to have the Vet parked outside so I thought it would be fun to get a pic of the girls sitting on top. (you know...they need to start practicing their princess waves for when they ride in parades! :)

Mark and Leeanne drove their awesome motorcycle and scooter over so of course the girls had to check them out too!

Anna checking out Mark's beautiful ride....one that made daddy very jealous...in a good way! :)

The girls wanted to "ride" LeeAnn's cool scooter.

Anna and Daddy both trying to say something. :)

Daddy showing Ava how to make it go!
(A visit to Grandma and Grandma's house wouldn't be complete without rides in the golf cart, so Alexis was off getting a private ride with Aunt Paula and Thomas so I didn't get her picture on the scooter.)

It was so nice to see everyone and we had a great time playing outside! Hope the next visit can be sooner rather than later.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy Grandparent's Day!

What would we do without Grandparents? I don't know about your family, but I can say that Grandma and Grandpa are ESSENTIAL to making ours work! Thank God my parents live close and get to enjoy seeing the girls a couple times a week or at least once a week when I trot off to work for a day. And like my dad mentioned recently: "It's so nice to live close and see each other for short visits more often than have to squeeze all visits into extended visits that happen less frequently. He's so right. Like just this past week I took the girls up one afternoon to see Grandpa and he immediately took us all out on the golf cart and we drove around looking for ducks to feed. Then we came back and played in the yard and waited for Grandma to get home from work.

The girls adore my mom and dad and we're so fortunate they live close. And because I'm such a great daughter.... (HAHA)....I decided what better way for mom and dad to wake up on Grandparents day than to wake up with 3 little girls in their house! Ha! That's right. The girls had their very first sleep over at Grandma and Grandpa's house last night (while Jeff and I went to the OSU v. USC game....let's not talk about that). Everyone survived! I wasn't worried about the girls...I never do when they are with them. I was just hoping that they would be good for G&G and from what they tell me, all went great! They didn't nap in the afternoon, but they did sleep last night and were happy to see G&G bright and early this morning. "Next time" I think we should try it on a Friday night....that way, we can sleep in and not worry about getting them before church. :) But for now, I'll take the small victories (too bad I can't say the same about the Buckeyes), and be happy that the girls did fine and my parents seem willing to try it all over again sometime. Thanks Mom and Dad! We couldn't ask for better parents or grandparents! Love you!

Friday, September 11, 2009

I remember...

Today is September 11th. It's just another date in September, but obviously not just another day.
For so many this date will forever be remembered by:
those that lost loved ones,
those that live or work in NY, D.C., and PA.
those that were brave and
those that helped others climb down stairs.
those that helped save others by saying "let's roll"
those that were scared but answered the call.
those that helped in any way they could
those that were "there"
and those that were scared.

and while many will remember September 11, 2001, I'm afraid that many others have simply forgotten what it felt like on that Tuesday morning.

I haven't forgotten:
I was scared.
I was sad.
I was emotional.
I was mad.
I was confused.
I was uncertain.

But in the days, weeks, months and now years since then....I am even more proud to be an American and remember at what cost my freedom comes. I would consider both Jeff and I to be very proud and patriotic Americans. I hope we pass along the same feeling of respect, honor and privilege of being Americans to our girls. One day we will share with them all of the heroic stories that occurred on September 11, 2001 so they too can appreciate all of the brave men and women that serve our country and keep us safe. Thank you to all of our fine soldiers, police forces and fire departments and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

First tailgate of the season!

Today was the first home OSU football game which means the first tailgate of the season! The girls had a lot of fun running around with the football, being pulled in their choo choo wagon by Segway and even special rides on the Segway with Grandpa! Jeff and I had a nice time at the game and experienced a great day in Ohio Stadium. We played Navy today and through all of the nice tributes to our armed forces from the band and special videos from soldiers currently on tour, it was just an overall great feeling of pride and sportsmanship. What a great day to be a Buckeye and even better...a proud American. Thanks to all of our service men and women for making it possible for us to live in this great country!

Now on to the pictures!

April and Matt stopped by to hang out and Alexis took the opportunity to be held. That girl loves anyone who will hold her.

She doesn't look happy here, but I swear she was smiling the split second before I snapped the pic. I can never get it on camera!

April and Alexis.

Posing with Brutus in front of the RV!

Getting fun wagon rides from Grandpa on his Segway. (Super fun for both the girls and Segway rider!)

Then they got interested in the Segway.

Alexis and Anna

Anna

Today was the first time they ever saw it. Usually when we go over to my parents' house, they want to ride the golf cart or John Deere, but now I am afraid they will want to ride the Segway too. Look what Grandpa started.... :)

Anna

Ava

Alexis

And it wouldn't be tailgating without football right?

Anna

Ava

Alexis
(I didn't end up getting a pic of her with the football. She was more interested in seeing all of the nearby Brutus' and Anna and Ava kept "intercepting" the ball!)

Anna

Ava (look how long her hair is getting!)

Ball hog-Ava

Ava loving playing football with Daddy!

And to sum up our day...

Ava loves football.
Alexis loves Brutus (at least the inflatable kind....that's who she is pointing to in this picture.)
and
Anna loves Segways.

And we want to thank Grandma and Grandpa for watching the girls so we could go to the game!

GO BUCKS!




Thursday, September 3, 2009

Happy 18 months!

I'm more excited about the girls being 18 months old today than I usually am for their "monthly milestones!" Maybe because from now until closer to them turning 2 I'm just going to say they are 1 and half when people constantly ask how old. I don't have to say some crazy calculation of months and confuse all of those without young kids.

Another reason is it seems from my reading that a language explosion starts to happen between now and when they turn two and honestly, nothing would make me happier right now than hearing my girls try to repeat words and tell me stories. Of course they do alright with some words and I think they are repeating what I say (like counting), but honestly, I thought I would be hearing much more than animal sounds and "thank you" by now. They say a few words, but only things that I know what they are saying. If you came to my house today, you would have no idea that they just pointed to the dog walking by and said "dog, woof woof," but I do. The girls understand EVERYTHING or so it seems everything, I say, but they just don't tell us. I've also heard that kids who use sign language use that instead of using words, but I have to say, I don't think that is it either. They all will "say" thank you at the same time they do the sign for thank you. So really, I just want them to talk.

My mom tells me there is an old saying that "you wait 18 months for them to talk and 18 years for them to stop" so I suppose at some point, I will wish for the days without endless questions and "mommmmm!" but right now, I'm wishing for words.

Hoping to get some cute pics over the weekend. First OSU tailgate of the season on Sat. Should be a good time! Happy Labor Day everyone!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Snacks!

I recently brought the girls' picnic table (one of their birthday gifts from April and Amanda!) into the house for the girls to have color time and snack time. They love climbing all over it and under and take toys under it like it's their own little club house. Well, last week, here is one of their snack times. I just love the way it unfolds....

All have snacks and Ava thinks this is fun!

Ava is looking outside, Anna is just staring and Alexis is gobbling up her fish crackers!

Alexis has finished and Anna is thinking Ava's crackers look tastier.

Yup, I think I'll try some of hers. In the meantime, Alexis is taking the last two from Anna!

Ava, still happy and giggling. Anna eating her newly acquired crackers and Alexis making a run for it...."Did anyone see me take the extras?" :)