Here is Kolton and Karter's version of the gingerbread house.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Here is Kolton and Karter's version of the gingerbread house.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Please do not notice how I have my eyes closed in the beginning and ending of the video. The wind was whipping around me and it was cold as I stupidly tried to take the video not only without a coat but without shoes as well. Okie dokie.
Merry Christmas to all my bloggie friends. I hope each of you get to spend time with those you love. Eat good food, laugh often, enjoy life for there are those out there who are not fortunate to have any or all the above.
P.S. The boys may be enjoying snow later on. It will be their first white Christmas, hopefully the weather won't be too bad and we will be able to travel to our families house later on.
P.S.S I am just now noticing that I have been using 's on our cards for a year or so. After much research I think it's actually just an s. This is not the card I sent to everyone on that one I did put just an s. Someone who is not grammatically challenged can you tell me the correct usage? The hubby and I discussed this at large a few days ago.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Our nice Chinese neighbor who is very fond of the boys, and telling us we forgot to put out the trash, gave the boys a Christmas gift. You never know what you're going to get from from the nice Chinese lady.
These are the boxes that the gift came in.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Remember this cat?
Hmm... I began to wonder if he somehow got in that open door and more importantly how did the door get open. Then it happened again in the daytime, however I still didn't see how the door got open. So that set me out on a quest to see if he was somehow opening the door.
This is what I found.
Please ignore the ghetto pool, that we have yet to drag into the garage. It's been there for a month or so, but pretend you don't see it mmkay.
Also, that's Wow Wow Wubbzy on in the background.
Look at Sparky(the dog) he's all what the hell?
Sunday, December 06, 2009
We've been in our small town for a little over a year now, and we are still finding things we didn't know about. As I've mentioned before we live in a rural community that basically has a few stores and most people live on an acre or a little less but the lots are still pretty big.
Not far from our house is the little pond I referred to in this post. On that visit to the pond we discovered the little park with old equipment. We went back recently and because there were not flying, stinging insects there this time we could enjoy the equipment.
I really like this park and will probably go back there this spring and summer to take pictures.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm of course thankful for all the normal things, my family and friends. However, I'm also thankful that I am able to have a home over my head and food on our table and no major worries. Some cannot say the same this holiday.
I'm also thankful for this cake recipe, which I'm going to share with you. It is very, very yummy!
Chocolate Thunder Cake
1 box German Chocolate cake mix
1 14 oz. Eagle Brand Low Fat Sweetened condensed milk
1 16 oz. Cool whip(can use low fat or no fat, it's still good)
2 8oz. Heath or Hershey Candy bars crushed
1 8oz. jar fudge ice cream topping
Bake cake in 9x13 pan as directed on the package. Let cool 25-30 mins. Poke hole in cake with wooden spoon handle. Pour sweetened condensed milk: spread evenly. Wait 5 mins. Spread fudge topping over that. Wait 5 mins. Spread cool whip over the cake then sprinkle with crushed candy bars. Chill thoroughly before serving
Makes 16 servings.
This is what I'm taking to the family dinner tomorrow. I don't have to cool anything else this year, just eat.
Have A Safe and Happy Holiday!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
My son, Kolton reminded me of one of my all time favorite shows today. While digging around in daddy's stuff one of the boys came across this headband light(not sure what it's really called). Kolton rediscovered it today and put it on. When I looked up at him I immediately thought of Farmer Ted, from Sixteen Candles and his nerdy sidekicks Bryce and Cliff.
There is a scene in the movie, to which I can not find a image of, where Farmer Ted goes by his friends house late at night to have his picture taken with the blond and the Rolls Royce. If I remember correctly Cliff has a headband light on his head.
While we are on the subject of Sixteen Candles I have to address two things.
Firstly, was this not the best scene ever? Sam runs into the church to retrieve her drugged up sister's wedding veil thinking everyone is waiting for her. However, when she returns almost everyone is gone, until she see him. Jake Ryan, Lord have mercy I has the biggest crush on him when I was young and I LOVED that car. I'm a car girl. When the last car, full of her family is loading she see's him. He mouths "hey you" and Sam looks behind her, totally something I would do too.
I still get a giddy stupid grin on my face when I watch it, like totally.
Secondly, this scene always stressed me out. I'm not sure I would do this no matter how romantic it is. I might have to opt for the floor or the chairs. I've always worried every since I was young that that stupid glass table is going to break or Jake or Sam are going to catch on fire or smash the cake. Mostly I worried about the table. Still love the scene though.
And of course, Jake says "make a wish" and Sam says "it already came true."
And last but not least here is a picture of Karter because he said "hey you forgot to take a picture of me."
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Some memories fade and some remain fresh forever. June 26th and July 17th 2006 will forever be fresh in my memory. June 26th was the day that I went into preterm labor. Being pregnant with twins I knew that it was a possibility, but I was hoping I would be one of those who carried to term. My babies were only 26wks 6days old, way too soon to be born. I was sent to my local hospital, one who tried to stop my preterm labor, but one that was not equipped to handle infants that young. I was medi flighted to a hospital 30 mins away that had all the capabilities to handle infants 26wks and younger.On July 17th after a month of hospitalized bed rest and many medications to stop contractions my babies still came early 10 weeks early.
This is me at 26wks, just days before I went into preterm labor. This is also only one of a few photo's I have of me pregnant. After this point my mind and efforts were focused on keeping my two boys inside and safe.
Kolton day 3
The fear, the worry, the uncertainty. No one will every know how it feels, unless you have been there yourself. Your children very small, on all kinds machines, the sounds, the the beeping of machines the swoosh sound of the oxygen, the crying parents, the silent sick babies.
The March of Dimes is near and dear to my heart. For the March of Dimes is just one element that helped my babies live.
Our family was honored to be the Ambassador Family for our towns Walk for Babies in September 2007.
Each year after we have participated and raised money to continue the March of Dimes research and to educate those who do not know of prematurity.
Allow me to share the speech I prepared and gave as the Ambassador mom to two preemie boys.
Before the boys came along, I had heard of the March of Dimes I knew they helped babies, however I didn’t know to what extent they helped them or all the research they have done. Unfortunately, I would find out the hard way. In January 2006 my husband Jimmy and I found out we were pregnant, we were excited and scared. We experienced all the normal feelings a couple feels when they learn they are to become parents. On February 28, 2006 on my first doctors visit, we found out we were having twins; we were shocked and very excited. Although, we had not thought of twins we where very happy to welcome two little ones to our family. My pregnancy progressed normally with no problems until June 23, 2006. I had been really tired that day and was feeling what I thought was the babies “balling or bunching” up. I know now that they were contractions. Fortunately, I worked in my OB’s office so I was able to be seen right away. I found out that I was in fact dilating. My greatest fear had come true. I was in pre-term labor. At 26 weeks and 3 days I knew it was way too soon for my little guys to enter the world. Sure I was excited and anxious to meet them, but I wanted to do so under better circumstances. I was immediately sent to the hospital and started on medications to stop my contractions. When it was thought that the medications might not work, I was medi-flighted to a hospital that had the capabilities and equipment to handle infants that are born pre-term. After an intense 4 days on all kinds of medications to stop contractions and labor, it appeared that the doctors and the medicine had succeeded. I was however told to expect to stay on hospitalized bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. After 10 days in the hospital it seemed that all had calmed down and it was decided that I would be sent home with strict instructions to rest and not move around much. I did this for two days, and then I noticed that one of the babies was not moving around as much. I called my OB office and was told to come in. At that visit it was found that one of the babies was very low in the birth canal and it was best to be sent back to the hospital. There I stayed for 6 more days and then again was sent home for two days on strict bed rest. On July 17, 2006 one day shy of 30 weeks, my water broke at 5:00am I was rushed to the hospital once again that was equipped for pre-term births. I was once again given medications to stop my contractions, however since my water had broken, the doctors felt it best, for my labor to continue if the medications did not work. At 10:50 that morning the contractions intensified and I was rushed to the OR to deliver. At 11:30am Kolton Wayne, twin A was born by natural delivery. Twenty-seven minuets later at 11:57 Karter James twin b was born by c-section. I did not even get to see Kolton, but they held Karter up for me to see for a few seconds before he was whisked away to do life saving procedures on him. Jimmy and I were so scared. We knew they were small but didn’t know at that point how small. Once everything calmed down and I was recovering in my room we were told that Kolton weighted 3lbs 1oz and Karter 2lb 11oz. I was unable to see them until very late that night.
After all numbing medications wore off and I was able to stand on my own I was allowed to go by wheelchair to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU to see my babies. When we arrived it was very late, we were required to remove all jewelry and scrub our hands up to our elbows with soap and hot water for 1 minute. We would have to do this each time we entered the NICU. The first baby I saw was Karter. He was very small and pink. He had a tiny diaper on him. As I looked him over I noticed that the cartilage in his ears were not completely formed yet, I had read about this in one of my many books about babies and what to expect about their growth at 30 weeks. He was hooked up to the ventilator which was breathing for him because his lungs where not yet developed enough to breath on his own. He had wires and tubes all over him and he was hooked up to a machine that would alarm if his heart rate went too low or too high, if his breathing slowed too much or if his oxygen saturation was too low or too high. Through all the tubes and wires I saw a beautiful baby boy that I was so in love with. Next I was taken to see Kolton who was in another room. He was tiny as well, but a bit bigger than his brother. He had dark hair and lots of it for such a tiny baby. I remember wondering how much he would have had, had he been born full term. He too was hooked up to a ventilator, due to his immature lungs, he also had tubes and wires all over him, but he had one thing different that Karter did not have. He also had the addition of a big lamp that was know as a bililight. This was being used because he was jaundice. He would have the light for a week or more. While on the light he had to wear goggles to protect his immature eyes. Because he was on the light for so long I rarely got to see his tiny little face for the first few weeks. Even though he was a strange blue color due to the lights, and even though he was hooked up to all the same machines as Karter I feel in love with him too. We began to affectionately call him our little monkey.
It was the next day that the doctors began to tell us of all the medications they were on and what to expect in terms of their care while in the NICU. On that day July 18, 2006 I heard of surfactant for the first time. The doctors explained to us what the medication was and how it worked and that our boys would more than likely be getting two doses of this. Later when we had the chance we researched exactly what surfactant was and what it was used for. That is when I found the March of Dimes website. I learned that surfactant, which is a soapy substance found in lungs is already present in full term babies and that when they take their first breath their lungs open up and the alveoli or tiny little air sacs stay open afterwards and are ready to receive each breath, however in pre-term infants, when they take their first breath their lungs open but with each exhale their alveoli or air sacs collapse making breathing harder and harder. This is also known as Respiratory Distress Syndrome or RDS. Both Kolton and Karter had this due to their prematurity. What surfactant did for my boys and for many, many preterm infants is it allowed their lungs to balance the pressure on the outside with the pressure on the inside of their lungs and remain open to incoming air. According to the March of Dimes website, surfactant began to be used in the 1980’s developed by Dr. T. Allen Merritt. Since its use the number of babies that die from RDS, has gone from 10,000 per year to less than 1,000. My boys fit into this statistic. My boys where saved not only by the doctors, but also by this wonderful discovery of surfactant, it literally allowed my boys to breath another day.
As the days went on we began to learn the ins and outs of the NICU. You are told up front that it is going to be an emotional roller coaster, and it is. Everyday is different, one day things are going good and the next something is not right. You began to think of each day as one step closer to going home. Karter spent 3 days on the Ventilator, Kolton spent two, and the next step after the ventilator is CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP does not breathe for you like the ventilator but it does create enough pressure when you inhale to keep your airway open. Kolton spent 2 days on CPAP and Kater spent 4 days on it. After CPAP is the nasal cannula. The nasal cannula is used to provide supplemental oxygen to a patient. Kolton spent 5 days with the cannula and at 11 days old was breathing room air on his own. Karter would stay on the cannula until he came home and after being home for one month he was able to breathe room air on his own. The boys spent 48 days in the NICU, while there both received many medications to help their heart rate regulate, head ultrasounds to check for brain bleeds, many X-rays to check their heart and other organs, blood transfusions due to low blood counts and the inability of their little bodies to keep up. Light therapy for Jaundice, heel sticks to check their blood gasses. Numerous IV’s in the head, legs and arms and a scar for each of those sticks.
This has all been as described to us by the nurses in the NICU, a rollercoaster of a ride, but the end result are two beautiful boys, that to this date have no lasting effects from their prematurity, they are healthy and thriving and we are so thankful, thankful to the March of Dimes for all their research, thankful for the Doctors and nurses that played a part in their survival and thankful to you, those who donate and volunteer in the quest to save babies.
Thank you again.
Aside from slight asthma for Kolton and an undiagnosed PDA for Karter that was closed in March 2009 my story ends well, many do not.
Please consider supporting the March of Dimes.
Kolton (Baby A) at 3 years old.
Karter (Baby B) at 3 years old.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Fight For Preemies // Bloggers Unite
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Since I didn't participate in the Walk for Babies this year, I decided to join the Fight for Preemies by writing a post along with hundreds of others on November 17th telling our story and what the March of Dimes has meant to us. I know most of you have heard it before however it's an important cause and one that is near and dear to my heart. Feel free to visit were you are likely to see photo's of the boys in the hospital and pictures of them now in all there three year old glory.
Friday, November 06, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
As tempting as that sounded, Kolton wanted to trick or treat, and I wanted him to have fun, so I just told Karter he didn't have to dress up and he could stay in the car with me if he wanted, but that he would not be getting Kolton's candy.
He thought about this for a week or more and then one day he just decided he wanted to go too.
Thankfully I had bought two costumes, fire fighters, Kolton choose them.
We looked for a chicken costume, and I supposed I could have made one, but I procrastinated and didn't give myself enough time. When he saw the fire fighter get up he was all for it.
Halloween night Karter began to get a little scared and told us he didn't want to go, he said he was afraid someone might steal him. Daddy told him he would be with him at all times and he could sit in the car with me if he wanted. He decided to be brave and go on. That's all it took once he figured out you ring the door bell and get candy, he was literally running from house to house.
The both said they had so much fun and are already excited for next year.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This video was taken about a month ago on our way to see Nana in a town about an hour and a half away.
Ignore the trash in the car.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
since I last wrote hasn't it. I'm not sure why I don't have much to say, but I suppose after 3 years, things have began to slow down and thankfully not much is going on.
The boys have been saying some insanely funny stuff lately. If you follow me on facebook you have read some of those things. If you don't follow me on facebook you should, cause that's where I'm usually at.
I hated facebook at first but now I find it much easier to give quicker updates and follow my friends and family and basically I'm addicted to Farmville on there which is a stupid, but fun little computer game were you are the farmer.
It's been raining a lot here lately and our backyard is a pit of red mud so we try to stay out of it if it's wet, but that makes for some LONG days in doors watching WAY too much TV and getting stir crazy.
I've not taken any pictures in awhile, but I need too because it's very pretty outside with the trees changing and all. I have taken some video but have been too lazy to upload it. It's just sitting there on my little Flip camera waiting on me.
Oh I gotta tell you I LOVE my Flip camera. I got it for my birthday and it's so easy to use and very easy to upload, unless of course you are lazy like me, then you don't upload it like you should. Anyway it's very awesome and has come a long way in the two years I've been eyeballing them. Glad I waited because they really do have much better video quality now.
So that's what's been going on around here. I have ideas during the day of things I want to post on but when I sit down to do it, I find other things on the computer to do or I forget what I wanted to say.
Oh and can I just say the whining that goes on in this house on a daily basis is INSANE. It's Kolton really, Karter rarely whines he just does stuff like pester the cats until they scratch him.
Ok time to go it's too quiet in the living room I need to go see what mischief the boys are in.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Today while in walmart I reached into my purse to find something to put my chewed gum in. It was starting to irritate me, the gum that is. Does anyone else know what I mean? You know, you chew it until all the flavor is gone and then you chew it some more and then it starts to get hard to chew and then it gets on your nerves. Anyway, while looking for something to put it in I discovered a taco in my purse. Yes a taco. The taco has evidently been in my purse since Sunday when we visited my mother and Jimmy put it in my purse for Karter. Eww an old dried up taco. Wonder what else is in there?
Saturday, October 03, 2009
I found this article and thought it was interesting.
It's title is When Miracle Babies Grow Up. And it's about micro-preemies and how they are doing now.
Monday, September 28, 2009
We've been slowly getting out of sorts around here lately. You know what I mean right? When you realize that you and your kids have been eating way too much sugar, staying up too late, and getting sassy with each other. The boys have had attitudes lately and I"m sure it's just an age thing, but holy moly!
I've been busy as usual, and all my extra free time is taken by laundry, TV,my DVR is running over time too many good shows on at one time. And lastly a silly little game on Facebook that is taking up way too much of my time, but alas I really like it. Have you tried it? It's Farmville and up until about a week ago I just ignored all the invites, but one day I clicked on it. HELLO time waster! I mean it's fun but really it does take up my time that I could be doing something else.
So, all that and I've been in a block slump for a couple of months now. I suppose that's good cause there for awhile WAY too much was going on.
Hopefully it won't be another week before you hear from me and hopefully I'll have some pictures to post next time.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
After all that stress and emotion I chose not to participate in the stress and emotion of fund-raising and remembering just why my children needed the March of Dimes. With all that said I still support them and I still suggest that you drop by their website to see just what it is they do.
The walk I usually participate in is on September 26, the boys actual due date, the date it's been on every year since I started. We won't be there physically this year, but I'll be thinking about it on that day.
I would like to leave you with the a link to the past two years I participated with the March of Dimes. The first year 2007, we were the Ambassador family for our town, and I wrote this speech. The second year 2008, we just fund raised and walked.
Will I do it next year? I don't know we will have to see what next year brings.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Well, I'm 41 today! I'm not really that much into celebrating birthdays, one thing I do though at each birthday is look back and evaluate my life for the previous year. I also take some time to think about how good life is.
This year I thought I'd like to post some of those thoughts now..
Overall, pretty happy with the previous year, my life is nice, I have a beautiful family, make plenty of money, have a job that on most days I can't wait to get to, everyone is healthy and pretty happy. Raising twin 3 year old boys can be a challenge, but for the most part, I adore each second of it, and I miss each second that has left forever.
My lovely wife Brandy is awesome, this coming year, I think I need to tell her how great she is a little more often. She's amazing really, I think she has one of the hardest jobs on earth, but she does it with almost no complaining, she ALWAYS puts others before herself, and she juggles a lot and she manages to keep all the balls up in the air..absolutely amazing. All the while taking really good care of a pretty goofy husband. I'm so glad to have her as my wife, I doubt there is a better wife anywhere in the world.
My two beautiful children, I'm amazed by their antics and by how their little 3 year old brains come up with things. I can see why the duggars have 27 kids (or something like that), they're each a little world within themselves. I think we'll stick with two though. I can't wait for each new day with them and on some level, I grieve each day that has went passed, they're each magical in their own way.
My parents of course can't be left out. My mother is a saint, truly a saintly women. You look up christian in the dictionary, and her picture is there. My dad, he's come such a long way over the years, he's always been a great dad, willing to do whatever it took to keep the food on the table, even if he had to work his fingers to the bone to do it. You look up "work ethic" in the dictionary, and there is his picture. Without my parents, I doubt I would be where I am today.
Oh well, maybe I will post again next year..
Posted by Twin-Daddy at 10:58 PM
Sunday, September 06, 2009
We bought this little tripod at everythings a dollar about 6 months ago. We tried using it a few times but our camera is just too bulky and it just wasn't working out.
We left the little tripod on the table today and Kolton found it, 5 minutes later he showed us what we were doing wrong..
Neither Brandy or I had ever thought to pull the legs out (the silver part you see here, we thought the legs were the white part and that was it)....
Posted by Twin-Daddy at 8:20 PM
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Busy I tell ya! That's where I've been lately. Sorry for the lack of updates, just been BUSY!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thanks but no thanks I'll stick to my American veggies, like the okra and green beans she gave us the same day. Yummy and not GROSS.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
We've not had a mosquito problem this year so far. However, we've had lots of rain in the past few weeks with the rain came the mosquito's. With the mosquitoes came mosquito's bites. With the bites came horns for Karter. This happened once before and I called the doctor, who told me to give him and antihistamine. I did that yesterday after the picture and today and they look A LOT better.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I've been in a blog slump for about a month now. I don't have much to say and I've been super busy. Three year olds defiantly keep you on your toes! The house it the pits, I've not found proper time or energy get it all done. The laundry is piling up. The boys are fighting and eating and eating and eating. We have been spending lots of time outside, which is why I get nothing done, but being cooped up with two fighting bored children does not allow me the time to get it done either. So, blog friends I'm here, just busy and hopefully I'll have something to say soon.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Kolton loves his boots. His Papa had gotten both he and Karter boots for their birthday last year, Kolton wore them a lot, but outgrew them quickly. Karter never showed as much interest in them as Kolton but did wear his some.
When Kolton outgrew his boots he was sad. He tried to cram his foot in the too small ones and would cry when it didn't work.
Finally, I got the poor boy some more boots and he's worn them every day since.
When Kolton found out we were going to look at boots he was so excited. Karter not so much. Karter does have a sore on his foot and he kept saying he didn't want to try them on because they hurt his owie. I asked him a billion times if he wanted a pair and each time he said no. I asked him the day after and he said he would just wear his tennis shoes. So he's happy with not having any and Kolton's ecstatic to have some.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Our town is a rural community with some pretty neat things in it. We have splash pads literally down the street from us and a pond were you can fish, have a picnic or feed the ducks. Or let two crazy and wild three year olds run until their hearts are content and they are properly worn out.
The park even has some old school play ground equipment. I haven't seen a merry go ground like this since I was a kid. Although the playground was neat it did house several families of red hornets. Needless to say we didn't stay on the equipment long.