Sunday, May 17, 2015

Life at Five


-Prefers to go by "Luke" over Lucas

-LOVES anything "Star Wars"
-Favorite Movie: Star Wars 6
-Is a total Ham, and loves to make anyone and everyone laugh

-Favorite Lovie: Bear

-Favorite Food: Macaroni

-Favorite Drink: juice

- Is incredibly agile. Has great balance and coordination, and is speedy. Such a crazy miracle considering how crooked his feet were at birth!

-Always has his tongue out while concentrating

- Very tender hearted

-Favorite Phrase: "MOMMA LOOK!"  =)

-Loves playing basketball and baseball, and is very good at both!

- Is starting to really have an appetite. The other morning he had seven pancakes for breakfast. SEVEN.

- Is super social. LOVES preschool.

- Is fiercely loyal.

- Is busy. Has always been, will always be. We were cuddling the other day in lieu of Quiet Time, and I said "we can skip Quiet Time if you guys are quiet and still and rest here with me (on my bed), and if you can't, then you can go into your own beds..." and Luke looked at me SO seriously and said in the softest voice "but Momma, sometimes it's hard for me to be still". Bless his little heart.

-Is happiest when all four of us are home together.

- Has recently really shown an interest in coloring, and really all arts and crafts in general.

Favorite Book: "Star Wars Rebels", "No No David", and "Hot Wheel Hamster"


- Loves deserts and anything sweet.

- Favorite Toy: Luke Skywalker

- Favorite Dessert: suckers

- Favorite TV Show: "Star Wars Rebels"

-Favorite Color: Green (just like Momma)

- Favorite thing to do: Fight with Daddy with Lightsabers

-Favorite thing about Preschool: Playing outside

 -Has taken to saying "Oh, dear" when something is wrong. He says it like an elderly person. It's adorable.

- Is the sweetest, most adorable, most loyal, tender-hearted, loving little boy I've ever met. I'm wicked proud to be his Momma.


-Prefers to go by "Abigail" over Abbey

- LOVES anything "How To Train Your Dragon"

-Is very sensitive to anyone feeling left out

-Favorite Food: Chicken Nuggets and Tater Tots

-Favorite Drink: Warm Milk

- Is super feisty

-Favorite Movie: Brave

- Gets a little car sick on long drives (just like her Momma)

- Has a lot to say. Often. Like, all the time. It's earned her the nickname "Fillie" around here...for Filibuster, because HomeGirl can REALLY hold the floor =)

- Loves taking baths
- Favorite Snack: goldfish crackers, Saltines, or Pirate's Booty

- Loves animals. LOVES LOVES LOVES animals. All animals. Her most requested toy is a new Stuffed Animal. And then when a new one appears, it's instantly her sidekick for the next few days, while she acclimates it to the rest of her clan =). She always sleeps close to that one on their first night in her bed.


- Favorite color: pink

-Favorite Book: "Skippy Jon Jones", "How To Train Your Dragon" and "Click, Clack, Moo"


- Does not like popcorn

- Wants her hair loose and free at all times! Does not care at all if it's in her eyes. Begrudgingly allows me to occasionally pull it back a bit.


- Loves to make her bed and is SO proud when she does

- Is very determined, we've been known to overhear her saying "come on Abigail" to herself when she's trying to learn something new.


-Still prefers jammies to clothes whenever given the choice (again, just like her Momma)


- Loves lettuce and cabbage

- Will drop pretty much anything at the chance to help me cook/bake

- Is a good sleeper, and would likely sleep much later in the morning if she didn't share a room with her brother who hates to play by himself =)


 - Would rather play with stuffed animals / lovies than any other toy.

- LOVES songs with hand motions! Takes her performance in school or Church programs VERY seriously =)

- Is the kindest, bravest, most sensitive, compassionate and silly little girl I've even known. I'm wicked proud to be her Momma.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Easter 2015

I know it was awhile back, but I want to document our Easter =)
Our Church has an "Epic Easter Egg Hunt" every year, and the name is not's Epic!!
I work Saturdays, so David took the kids to the hunt solo, and took some pictures for me too...he's a keeper =)
When you live in Oregon - or really anywhere in the Pacific NW- you get used to doing you Easter Egg Hunts in the rain...

Abbey and Luke both had a blast, and were SO excited to show me their goodies when I got home from work!

The kids made these adorable "hatching" chicks at Preschool...I love all the crafts they come home with!

Easter Sunday, the kids woke up to a jelly bean trail, just like I always did when I was growing up. Long live the Jelly Bean Trail!!!

Luke winding around the corner, following the trail to his basket...

Abbey following her trail...

We keep Easter baskets pretty simple around here. Both because that's not what we want to focus on for Easter (all though they sure are fun!) and also because the twins' birthday is always right before, and so we are inundated with new toys and such.
Each kiddo got some candy, a chocolate bunny, a new lovie/stuffed animal, and a small toy.
Luke got a brown wiener dog, which he quickly named "Chocolate Hundley" after Hundley on Curious George =)

Abigail got a white and pink unicorn, to which she offered up the original moniker of "Uni" =)

After jelly bean trails and Easter baskets, it was time to get ready for Church.
Don't they look so cute?!?
(Abbey is going through a long-sleeved shirt ONLY phase. It's rarely worth fighting her over =) )
Silly Faces.
(sorry Aunt Kay! ;) )

Once we arrived at Church I immediately had another Momma take our picture. I knew wearing white pants was pushing my luck with a pair of five year olds...

The kids put on a short performance that morning, it was precious. 
Both kids take their singing performances VERY seriously, it's adorable =).
And I was the momma in the front row waving hysterically and taking pictures.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Birthday Party fun

The day after Abbey and Luke's actual birthday, we had their party. We again were very blessed to be able to use our Church we did for birthdays one, two, three and four
Blessed I tell you!!
The same sign we made before their first birthday...=)
I had asked the kids awhile back what kind of "theme" they wanted for their birthday party, and Luke said "Star Wars" at the same time that Abbey said "How to Train Your Dragon"
It was either force them to agree on a neutral theme, or wing it with no real theme but some fun things for each in that general direction.
The latter won out =)

We set out all the toys and play equipment that our Church uses for the Indoor Play Park it hosts each week.
When we were setting up the night before, I actually worried there might not be enough to entertain that many 4-5 year olds??
Well, clearly I forgot how easily this age is to entertain ;).
Everyone rode scooters and cars, and bowled, and jumped in the ball pit, and climbed in the castle, and played basketball, and with the doll house, and colored, and just ran around together!

We've been to a few birthday parties that have had a piƱata, and Luke and Abbey go crazy for it.
I was less crazy about the idea of giving a bunch of children a BAT and telling them to swing.
But they were just so excited about the idea of it that I caved.
And everyone lived to tell about it.

Eventually, after every kiddo had a few whacks at it, it became clear we needed the Big Guns to attack it...

Then it was time for cake! 

We sang to Abigail first...

Then we sang to Luke...

 A stairwell full of cuties!

We brought the presents home to open them (so much less chaos than trying to do it at the party)...

(can you see that pile of tissue paper, bags and wrapping paper in the hallway? It was like ToysRus threw up in our house. Our kids were so blessed with so many fun new things!)
It was a super fun morning, and I was so pleased we were able to really celebrate! The gym was packed with so many friends and family, and I know Luke and Abbey felt so loved.
Another successful birthday party on the books!
Oh, and I'll leave you with a close up of the cakes David and I decorated...(and by "David and I", I mean David ;) )
 (I guess we didn't get a very detailed shot of Abs' cake. It had a "mountain" on it, with trees and dragons...just like Berk =) )
(David used a fruit roll-up to make a landing spot for Luke's action creative!)