Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Then (&Then) & Now

March 27th, 2010

March 27th, 2011

March 27th, 2012

Happy Birthday Lucas & Abigail!!! We love you!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Why I am late to Church every Sunday...

...when I came around the corner and found my dental floss completely unraveled and spread all over the living room, I asked "Luke! What did you do?"

He replied, as calm as ever "Made mess."

Yup. You sure did.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Then & Now

June 2011

March 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The best $4.99 I ever spent...

This gigantic roll of drawing paper at IKEA was $5.

We use some of it every single day.

I can't believe how long my kids will sit/lay and color when they get to do it on the floor like this! Especially Abbey, she will stay there contentedly coloring for the longest time.

Hours of entertainment + $5 = AWESOME.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Two things...

First - this is my son's new favorite book:

He seriously loves it. He requests it every single night before bed.

Second - it's my birthday tomorrow. The big 3-1. Confession: I used to be a total child about my birthday. And not just the day, the whole week. I've been known to make grandiose statements like "I can't unload the dishwasher --- it's my birthday week!".

While I still pretty much behave like an 8 year old about my birthday, since the twins have come I miraculously care a whole lot less about my birthday and a whole lot more about theirs! It's exactly two weeks after mine, and I've had a ridiculous amount of fun planning their party.

Besides, I pretty much got the best birthday gift ever two years ago, when our twins hit the 36 week mark safely. It doesn't get much better than that!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Going International

For the day, that is =).

Last weekend we took the twins to the International Fair at the college David works at. Since he works in that department, it was so fun to meet so many of his colleagues and students, not to mention sample food from tons of different countries!

Of course, anywhere with Balloons is an instant hit with our kids...

And anywhere with yummy food is a hit with us...

They had live music that Luke and Abbey LOVED. They made themselves right at home on the dance floor!

And we even got to take home their names written in Arabic for their doors...

Pretty cool, huh?

I love getting the opportunity to expose them to different cultures.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

For the love of Luke

It seems like several of my posts recently have revolved around Abbeygirl, so I thought I'd do a little post dedicated to the Mister.

Where to begin? Here: I adore that boy.

I am sure every Momma thinks this about their son, but I swear he is the smartest, sweetest, funniest little boy in the world!

He is so sensitive. I feel like his ability to empathize is great for being barely two years old. He is the first to line up to give kisses when anyone has an owie. He is also prone to giving unprompted kisses, and hugs too.

98% of the time he is very sweet to Sister. Sure, he's been known to get angry at her or jealous, but even though he's got like 5 pounds on her, he is never rough with her. If she takes something from him, he'll either make known his displeasure in a non-physical way, or often even just let her have it =).

Most of the time he refers to himself as "La-ler" (brother). He knows his name is Luke, and he will answer to Luke, but whenever referencing himself, it's La-ler. Earlier this week, after accomplishing a difficult task, he threw one arm up in jubilation and exclaimed "LA-LER DID IT!!"

We can hardly take him anywhere with out someone commenting on how much he looks like his Daddy...

He has had a serious verbal explosion lately, and he is dead-on with adult like inflection and tone. The other night at bedtime, David asked him if he was done with his milk, to which he replied "not yet", then took a side-long glance at his sippy cup and added "almost".

He LOVES to be a helper. He will drop just about anything to help Daddy or I, or anyone else for that matter with a task. I love that quality =).

He's been doing this really funny wide-eyed expression lately...he knows he's funny =)

He loves, loves, LOVES all things transportation. He can hear a helicopter or airplane a good 30 seconds before any of the rest of us do. He loves firetrucks, and is insistent that firetrucks and ambulances always go together.

(his two favorite articles of clothing: his firetruck jacket and his boots)

He is the most observant kid EVER. I was making eggs for breakfast the other morning, and he wanted to help, so I let him try and sprinkle the salt and pepper...he picked up the salt, held it over the pan, and tapped it gently with his finger to make the salt come out sparingly. Neither one of us had showed him this, he just had watched us do it.

This picture quality is pretty dark, but it makes me laugh...check out the expression on Luke's face! Luke is All Boy in so many ways, but he's not real big on getting his hands messy. This was our first attempt with finger paints:

He is also pretty logical, and we are able to reason with him a decent amount. I feel like he has a pretty impressive comprehension of logic for a two year old, so much so that when he does end up in a tantrum over something, I have to remind myself to be patient, because he is in fact only two!

Up until just recently, he's been able to strike the perfect balance between being super-curious, and yet cautious-enough. He seems to know his limits pretty well. There is a park right down the street, and it's only been the last few visits there that he's started to make us nervous on the giant climbing structure. He's been exploring it since he was able to walk and climb, but he's always been cautious. Now he's getting a little too brave for Momma =).

And lastly, this boy is a total Ladies Man. He especially loves his aunties...

Lucas, you are one loved little man!!!