Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Catching up!

Yes, it has been awhile since I've blogged, I stay pretty busy with the girls and everything that has been going on. I'll start with some pictures of things we've done.

For Labor Day we headed down to Caliente, NV (my hometown) and had a great weekend with my parents and my brother Cory, his wife Melissa, and their adorable, fun kids! We enjoyed a trip to a local reservoir and ate some hamburgers and hot dogs, we watched two parades (a night parade and a day parade), and just enjoyed the calmness of the small town! Unfortunately I kept forgetting to take pictures so I only have a couple.
We stopped at a Burger King on the way down for lunch...our two Burger "Queens"!
This was actually taken after we got home, but that is corn that my parents gave us to bring home...the girls LOVE corn on the cob!

The rest of these are just really random. This first picture was taken after a very busy day with lots of kids running through a very small space! At one point in time we had 5 adults and 7 kids all crammed in our little house, it was a good day and it was great to see some family we hadn't seen for awhile!

One day Emmalyn seemed to be having a particularly rough day, and it didn't help that Brooklyn seemed to want to pester her more than usual! At one point Jeff took her upstairs with him for a little while, he put on one of her favorite shows on his computer and put his head phones on her. She thought it was the coolest thing ever!

One Sunday we went to my cousin and her husbands house for dinner. They have a park close by that has a lot of ducks, so we took some bread down and let the girls feed the ducks. Brooklyn was really hesitant at first, but she eventually warmed up to the long as someone was holding her hand and the ducks didn't get too close!

Brooklyn and Joanna

Emmalyn wearing Joanna's shoes!

The first weekend of October (and April) the LDS church does a world wide broadcast (General Conference) and we get to listen to our prophet and his counselors and many other church leaders talk and give counsel. Thanks so Netflix, we were able to keep the girls occupied during one of the sessions so we could listen to the talks!

One night while Jeff and I were cooking dinner we turned around to see this...
Emmalyn pulled out her chair and climbed up, buckled herself in, and got comfy to watch us make dinner!

One Friday we decided to take a break from the Zoo and went to the Ogden Nature Center with our friends Allison and her kiddos. The highlight for the kids were the little black, fuzzy caterpillars that were all over on the trail. Brooklyn's favorite part was all the sticks she was able to collect and carry...I thought that was only a boy thing!!

This was just taken yesterday. The girls discovered their front pockets in their little hoodies they were wearing, I thought they looked so cute!
B-left, E-right

Some other things that have happened lately. Jeff got a job with Kelly IT services working as a documentation analyst a a company called Ceridian. It's a contract position that will go till the end of January.

A couple of months ago Emmalyn figured how to crawl into Brooklyn's crib, and shortly after out of it and into hers so we started the hunt for regular beds. We decided to skip toddler beds and go straight to twins. It took a few nights for them to get used to them, but they do fairly well in them now. Emmalyn is really starting to explore her independence and pushing every boundary she possibly can. She's very smart and quick to pick things up and surprises me day after day of things she says and does!

Brooklyn is very observant and quiet. She is very curious about everything and how things work. She's very good at taking things apart and will play for quite a long time with things that she trying to figure out. This past weekend she ended up getting croup. I ended up taking her in InstaCare and they gave her some steroids and a cold-air breathing treatment. She actually got over the croup rather quickly, but still has a cold with a normal cough (so does Emmalyn).

As for me, not a whole lot it new. I still watch our friends little girl that is two months younger than B and E Mon-Thurs. I've gotten a little brave and taken the three girls to the park for a play group some of the ladies in our ward do. As much as a love the cool weather and the holidays, I'm not looking forward to having the girls cooped up in the house! They get worse cabin fever than I do :)

So that is what our lives have been like the last couple of months, in a nutshell!

The Zoo!

What's better than having a year-long pass to the zoo that gets you and your kids and a few friends in as often as you want? A zoo pass that also lets you ride their train and carousel as many times as you want!

The past few months we have frequented the Hogle Zoo here in SLC. We've been with a few different groups of friends, but the girls and I have been quite often with a lady is our ward that also has a set of twins (who's names also start with E and B!!). The kids have a lot of fun and it's nice to be around another adult to talk to! Our trips to the zoo developed a particular pattern. First thing when we get there we ride the train! Then we go around to look at some of the animals. We make a stop at the carousel for a ride or two, look at a few more animals, stop and eat lunch, stop back at the carousel for another ride or two (or three or four), once back at the entrance we'd ride the train again! Depending on the kids' moods we'd let them play with a ball that sits on water and spins around that's right at the opening. We always have a great time and love hanging out with Allison, Brooks and Eva!!

Here are a few pictures of our trips to the zoo...these were not all taken on the same day!


                                                          Brooklyn (with Allison and her kiddos behind her)

The girls LOVE water and always have to stop to look at the fountain in front of the Zoo

The four kiddos looking at the elephants, one of Emmalyn's favorites.

I thought was such a funny/cute way that Brooklyn was riding on the carousel, she's on an elephant