Sunday, May 29, 2011

Weather

I've been thinking about the weather lately. I have a unique view, as my Dad is a meteorologist, and has been for over 30 years. No, not "the guy on TV". He's the real deal who works for the National Weather Service...that is, until July 1st when he will retire (woo-hoo!).
So, I've had the privilege of getting to know, through my whole life, how it really works and exactly what weathermen do. It's amazing to me that so many people don't realize it's not an exact science and that it's completely in God's hands. They can look at charts and graphs and do the math and look at air pressure, and flow and temperatures, and see what the ocean is doing and what the skies are doing and make an extremely educated forecast. But in reality, things change. And they can change on a dime. And one person's interpretation isn't always the other's. My Dad is extremely good. He rarely misses a forecast. He's been the guy out on wildfires helping them fight against the wind and keeping them safe. He's the guy they go to when things look like they might flood, because he's darn good. Anyways, weather. It's unpredictable, it's not a constant.

I'm thinking a lot about weather because there have been some crazy happenings in the weather of late. Earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes. All over the world. Now, many Bible believing Christians will say that this points to the "end time" the Bible speaks of. And I'm not saying it doesn't. But I am thinking that this kind of weather has been happening for hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years.

The differences are that now we have instant media. The moment a huge weather phenomenon happens it's plastered all over the news, twitter, facebook and blogs. There are pictures and videos and we are much more aware of what is happening around us. Go back just even several decades ago and this was not the case. Go back a bit further and things could happen and weeks could go by without someone in another country finding out...and by then, the "shock" of it all has worn off and there is no "buzz".

Take these for example:

Avalanches. Two very deadly ones hit within 3 days of each other.

Earthquakes starting in 1831 BC. Notably, in December of 856 over 45,000 people were killed and aftershocks continued for a year. One earthquake in August of 1157 is said to have "thousands and thousands" of fatalities. Do you think these people thought the end of the world was near? Or that their "global warming" caused it? In July of 365, an earthquake in Crete created a tsunami that devastated Alexandria in Egypt and the fatalities are estimated around 10,000.

Remember the volcano that erupted and buried the city of Pompeii alive?

Floods. The Huang He (Yellow River) in China floods particularly often. The Great Flood of 1931 caused between 800,000 and 4,000,000 deaths. Wow.
What about the great flood of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers in 1993? This was most costly flood in U.S. history.

Tsunami's. Japan is the nation with the most recorded tsunamis in the world. The number of tsunamis in Japan totals 195 over a 1,313 year period (thru 1997), averaging one event every 6.73 years, the highest rate of occurrence in the world.

Tornadoes. In 1989 a tornado ripped through Daultipur and Salturia of Bangladesh and killed 1,300 people while injuring over a thousand. Seven years later the same country saw another tornado that killed 700 people. In 1936 the US saw two deadly tornadoes only a day apart. On April 5th in Tupelo, MS a tornado killed over 200 people. The next day in Gainsville, GA a tornado again killed over 200 people.

Epidemics
In 1918 the Spanish flu killed over 50 million people worldwide, 50 years later the Asian flu killed an estimated 1 million people.

Do you  see my point? The world is more populated than it was back then, so even the small natural disasters are taking more lives because there are more lives to take. That coupled with the media frenzy and it's understandable why people think things are "so much worse" now.
These facts and dates are only a handful of what is out there. I'm not an expert, nor do I claim to know much. But this is just my observation.

Another thing about weather. We've had a pretty rainy and often cold May in Southern Oregon this year. We are usually home to some beautiful sunny weather that gets into the 80's. This year has been quite different and the reality is that a lot of people have been complaining about it. Now, I love the rain. But after awhile it does get old. I'd love some sunny days to take my boys to the park...and those days will come. But after seeing the devastation in Jopin and other towns because of tornadoes and flooding....I dont' think anyone has the right to complain about "rainy weather". Here in Southern Oregon, we don't get extreme weather. So we have no clue what it is like and we should all be grateful for it.

Happy Sunday!

Camden and Christian in the gorgeous vests my Mom made!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lovely Photo Wednesday

I just love this picture of the twins. Christian's face cracks me up, and Camden looks like an angel. I love them so much!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Update on Camden

Camden did great today! It was quick and easy and he was already crying so hard from just having Trev hold his little head still, he didn't cry any more when they clipped it. He barely bled and latched on right away. I didn't notice anything too different right away, but our LC said it could take a bit. Plus he was super tired and upset. He has slept a lot this afternoon/evening, but it looks perfect! Best part is it was all covered except our $20 co-pay! YAY :)

So thank you for your prayers.

On another note, I am putting together our packing list for our week long vacation...how in the WORLD is everything going to fit?!?! Any tips out there?!! :)

Just a couple things....

So, today Camden is getting his little tongue clipped, at 1:30pm. I am so ready for it, but I am nervous too. I know that sometimes you don't notice a difference for awhile, that it might take him a bit to change how he does things...but I just really hope it helps.

So, I started my boot camp videos last night (Lindsay Brin's program) But it was AFTER the workout that I realized that my abs are still separated from the pregnancy (diastasis recti). So I have to get those back together before I can do the more intense core workouts. It feels really weird.....
I really like her as an instructor, so I'm excited to do this program. Like I said before, I am not a patient person...so knowing this is a long process is daunting. But I will just take it one day at a time :)

Anyhoo....I will post later to let you know how things go with Mr. Cam!

Monday, May 23, 2011

My latest addiction....

So, this salad is my latest addiction. I can't get enough of it. It's a simple salad, but the dressing is to die for!

It's called Blueberry Salad, but I used strawberries instead since they are in season!

Blueberry Salad
(from our church cookbook, DeAnn Winter)

Lettuce ( I used spinach)
Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
1/4 cup pecans, toasted
1 cup blueberries (or strawberries)
red onion, diced to taste
red pepper, diced to taste ( I left this out)

Dressing:
1 small onion, minced (can use dried onion)
1 1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups oil
2-3 TBSP poppy seeds

Wash and drain lettuce. Place in a large salad bowl. In a blender, puree dressing ingredients. This will make a LARGE amount. Sprinkle cheese, pecans, berries and red onion and pepper over lettuce. Drizzle with dressing, toss and serve!


It makes a serious amount of dressing, so just know that :)
But it's soooo good. YUM!!



Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wonderful Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend, it was filled with so much! On Thursday we took Jack on a date, just Mommy, Daddy and Jack. We went to a late breakfast and he was fabulous. He got "special cocoa" with whip cream and sprinkles and he was in heaven. We had forgotten how nice it was just be out just the 3 of us, and we miss those times. So, we are going to be doing that more often! :)

On Friday my sweetie and I celebrated 10 years since we got together and we took our a friend's convertible (it was gloriously sunny and warm) and grabbed a coffee and bagel at one of our favorite shops and sat and visited and were sappy. Then we took a nice drive.

On Saturday we took the Jack to an event called "Touch a Truck". It's every little boy's dream....semi's, tractors, dump-trucks, garbage trucks, tow trucks, buses, monster trucks, SWAT cars, bomb squad hummers, fire trucks, etc. Everywhere. And you could get in them, honk the horns, press buttons, pretty much anything you'd like. He was so overwhelmed he didn't know where to go first! He didn't care to get in any of them, he was content to stand and stare in awe. Our friends met up with us for a bit, and they got in a couple tractor's together. The constant blaring horns were a bit much and he'd ask us to 'hold him' when it got loud :) But he ran around from truck to truck so darn excited! And then there was a rock wall. He walked right up and asked to do it. I laughed, not my timid guy. But he insisted....so Trev took him. And then before my very eyes, he was harnessed up and ready to go! I couldn't believe it. He totally climbed on it! And he did pretty darn good for 2 1/2! Such a proud Mommy moment!!
Then he had his first taste of cotton candy, which he said was "soft and sticky"...

Later that day we had a birthday party to attend.....it became apparent that the twins thrive on their schedule because that afternoon/evening was rough. So, we won't be doing a full day like that again for awhile. But it was a great day, and Jack can't stop talking about it!

I love to plan ahead, so I've been making plans for his 3rd birthday which is in August, and I can't even believe it. This next week is full of play-dates and getting ready for our trip. And on Tuesday Camden is getting his tongue clipped (prayers appreciated!)

So, enough blabbing....I will leave you with some adorable pictures!
"Mommy hold Jack?" Anytime baby...

Jack and his buddy Christopher

He loves his tractors!


Getting ready!


Go Jack Go!


So proud :)

YUM!

Getting so big!

Christian cracks me up! And look at my precious Camden...


Friday, May 20, 2011

10 Years Ago....

May 17th 2001. We hugged goodnight like we always did. Only this hug lasted a big longer and he held me a bit tighter. And I got butterflies in my stomach. He left and I floated on in to my Mom. "I like him, I know I do".

We texted for the next 3 days while he was away on a Six Flags trip. I kept mentioning that hug.....


June 2001
Three days later, May 20th, he came home and brought me a froggy he won. A really nice quality frog that has Velcro on it's hands and feet....so it can hug you :) He asked to hold my hand. I said yes. I knew that day I was going to marry him.

This morning I woke up to a box with a little wind up froggy, froggy earrings, froggy gummies. And Tommy Girl. The perfume I wore in high school. I sprayed it on and wow....talk about flashback. I love that scents do that.

These past 10 years have been more incredible and amazing than I could have ever imagined. We've been through a lot
church drama

friends leaving

friends abandoning

family drama

family hurts

surgeries

sickness

loss of grandparents

loss of a dear friend

job changes

our firstborn

loss of our baby

the twins

And we are closer than ever, we communicate better than ever, we love each other more than ever and I cannot wait for the next 10 years....there is no one I would rather be spending my life with. I am so thankful he rescued me. He still gives me those butterflies......


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wishing...

Wishing that I had a big huge garden with all sorts of veggies and fruit. But I'm not good at that. Maybe I could pay someone to be my gardener. Well, I could only pay them by letting them have some food...I'm not sure anyone would sign up for that.

Wishing that my friends knew how much I loved them. I love you. :)

Wishing that I could blink my eyes and my house would be clean!

Wishing I could block specific people from reading my blog, without making my entire blog private.

That's all :)

Randomness

1. It's sunny. Yes. My sweets and I are taking Jack out for a little "brunch" date, just the 3 of us. Thanks Mom. The little dude has been having a rough go lately....I think he finally realized his new brother's weren't going anywhere.

2. I am dying to get back in shape. Like pre-JACK shape. I want to work out so hard I hurt. I miss those days. I know it's going to be slow going, my abdomen is STILL tender :/ I got a couple sweet workout DVD's coming in the mail and I am determined to do this. It will be a slow process and not a "see results quickly" thing since I'm feeding two babies, and that will be hard for someone like me who wants instant results. But better for my milk supply. I have my sister's wedding to look good for! 6 1/2 months should give me time :)

3. I wish I didn't love carbs so much.

4. My BEST FRIEND is coming soon for an extended visit before heading off on her BIG mission trip! I cannot wait to spend several hours in the coffee shop, laughing and talking and drinking coffee and being silly and stupid. I love her.

5. At Christmas Jack got quite a bit of stuff from the family. We opened most of it up and let him have it right away. But we hid several things, knowing that kiddos get bored with their things and instead of buying new stuff, last night we hid a bunch of the stuff he hasn't been playing with and busted out the "new" toys for him. He woke up and they were in the living room...and then we told him they were from Camden and Christian :)
He's pretty excited.

6. We're kind of dorks, and we have a healthy obsession with Disneyland. And the NEW Star Tours ride is opening in Disneyworld tomorrow and in Disneyland on June 4th. We've been watching all the behind the scenes footage. We are pretty stoked. It looks like Jack will make the cut-off for most rides by the time we go in November! I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Thursday. It's my favorite day because tomorrow is my hubby's one full day off, so it's always exciting to realize once he is off, we have some time together! I adore him. :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Miscellany Monday



1. Thinking about "seasons" lately. How we have seasons of friendships and for no particular reason, that season of friendship ends. No fight was had or argument between you. Life just moved...for both of you.
And that's okay. Sometimes it's hard to accept and you wonder why. I am an extremely loyal person. If I invest in you, I don't just move on. Other's do. It's hard sometimes. Learning to accept that is hard too.

2. Thinking about forgiveness (don't worry, this whole post won't be so heavy). Thinking about forgiving others. And how hard that can be. I'm at a place right now (totally being vulnerable) where I know I need to do some forgiving, but I am struggling with it. At least I am acknowledging it....that's the first step I guess. I told Jesus and He's gonna have to get me to the next step, whatever and whenever that is. Forgiving is hard. Especially when it's not just "one thing" that needs to be forgiven. Especially when the person probably doesn't realize you haven't forgiven them. And especially when you are pretty sure this person has no clue they need to be forgiven. And even more...when it's family.

3. Pacifiers. See, told you it wouldn't all be heavy stuff. I have never been a big fan, but I know that they can be helpful for babies who like to suck and are soothed by it, but don't need to be sucking on you all day long. Jack liked his for about 5 months, but didn't need it for sleep. And then one day he was done. I thought, "oh, easy..." Well, enter Camden. Camden needs his pacifier. The sucking and swallowing of saliva is actually proven to be good for reflux. That's great, I don't mind that at all. What I do mind is that it falls out of his mouth all the time. And if he was asleep it wakes him up. And I end up having to pop it back in his mouth about 10 times a night. Ugh. I'm over it. Our pediatrician said it was still a bit too early to just let him cry (and I agree) But I am so exhausted from getting up to feed them still in the night, and then on top of that these little "rescues" are killing me! So I am thankful it soothes him, but blast it all.

4. I continue to realize that unless you have twins, you don't get it. And even more so twins and a toddler. You don't get why it's hard to get out, even with help. You don't get why we haven't "emerged" from the crypt yet. And that's okay, I don't expect you to. But be gracious and patient :) It isn't easy being stuck at home all day long.

5. Weekends are my favorite. The hubby and I take the boys out, at least to the grocery store and it's so nice to feel a bit normal. This last weekend we went to a restaurant for the first time as a whole clan. It felt good. It was a big deal. We took Jack when he was small out to restaurants. Again, unless you have twins you won't get that this is a big deal. :)

6. The twins are 3 months. I am still exclusively breastfeeding them. They get an occasional bottle of breast milk if we are on a date. Other than that...it's all me. I'm going to take this time to pat myself on the back. At this point with Jack my supply had dwindled and I was pumping and supplementing with formula for another month before it all dried up. And here I am, with twins no less, and still going strong. I was most afraid of breastfeeding twins. I was not too confident that I could do it. I made a goal of 3 months, and here we are. SO...my next goal is 6 months. I am pretty proud of myself :)

7. Tongue-Tied. We knew Camden was from the beginning, and knew most of his latch issues were related to this. We wanted to wait and see if it would stretch out on it's own. It hasn't. So we are getting it clipped in the coming weeks. I'm looking forward to things not hurting so bad when he breastfeeds! Although it sounds awful, it's a totally common procedure and there are little to no nerves in that area. Just a quick lil snip and we're done! :)

8. Vacation is coming. 2 weeks away....so ready for a change of pace and scenery. Praying the weather is good.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

3 Months!!

Three Months. It's definitely a milestone. I remember with Jack things easing up a bit now, although it didn't become even easier until the 6 month mark. I remember thinking, "oh my goodness, I'm still alive and they haven't committed me yet"...and here I am, thinking the same thing again!

I feel so privileged to be their Mommy, and still wonder why on earth God thinks I can do this. :) I know it's only because of Him!

These little boogers were dedicated at church on Mother's Day. It was a special time, and it wouldn't have been complete without Camden puking while up in front of hundreds of people. Luckily, the pastor had already handed him off to Trev and he handled it well. During the prayer portion Christian's pacifier shot across the stage and down the steps, he wasn't going to be upstaged by his brother. :)

Our days are pretty much the same, we have a nice little routine going now and it makes the day go quickly. They wake up between 6:00-6:30am ready to eat and then they go down about an hour after being awake for a nice nap. Each nap-time, they get swaddled and put to bed slightly awake. They are eating every 3 hours still, and we do eat, awake, sleep all day long. They usually go back to sleep around an hour and a half of being awake. Then at night we do one more feeding before bed which is between 8:30-9:30pm. They usually sleep until 2:00-3:00am and then eat again. I am SO ready for them to sleep through the night. Jack started at about 4 months, so I am hoping and praying they will follow suit!

The are cooing and jabbering all over the place now. Camden is the quickest smiler ever! Christian is a bit tougher to crack, but once you do he will talk and talk and talk! They are growing so much. This Friday is a DR check-up and I am excited to see what they weigh!

Randomly we have come across some breastfeeding issues. Camden's, I believe, are partially reflux related, so he is on Zantac now. But I can't tell you if it's even working. I have no clue what's up with Christian. I am thinking that I have overactive let-down, but I'm not sure why now all of the sudden they are being affected by it since they are older. Lots of squirming, pulling on and off, refusing to re-latch etc. They are on for like 8-9 minutes and then seem to be done. But then sometimes they start crying when I put them down, like maybe they ARE still hungry?! Camden is acting like he did in the beginning, like he can't latch at all and gets all frantic.
It's really frustrating and I have to say, I have been darn close to throwing in the towel. I'd love some advice, tips, suggestions?!?! I dont' want to give this up, but it is exhausting breastfeeding twins when all is dandy, let alone these issues.
Oh, and I feed them one at a time, one side to each boy per 24 hours. I welcome any suggestions! :0) My supply seems to be fine, as when I pump for them I get 4-6oz on each side.

Camden loves tummy time, Christian isn't a fan. They are both still rolling over off their tummy onto their backs, which makes Camden mad and Christian happy haha.

They are seeing Jack and smiling at him, and for the first time the other day Christian saw Camden and smiled and cooed at him, and he cooed back. It was so cool!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Featured Guest Post on I Heart Maternity

Good morning! Today I am a featured as a guest blogger over at I Heart Maternity! Go ahead and follow the link posted here!

And if you are visiting from I Heart Maternity, welcome! I hope you enjoy :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

I love my Mommy more than words can say. She is who I strive to be like. She is beautiful and wonderful and amazing. Happy Mother's Day :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Park Pics

Tomorrow is a very special day. It's Mother's Day. My first Mother's Day with the twins, and being a Mommy to 3. And to make it even more special, the twins are getting dedicated at church! Couldn't be a better day :)

Here are some pictures from this past week!



Monday, May 2, 2011

The Vintage Pearl- MEGA Mom Giveaway!

The Vintage Pearl is doing a MEGA MOM Giveaway! That alone is totally awesome, so go on over and nominate a Mommy!
The other cool thing?!? My picture (taken by Catching Memories Photography) is on their BLOG! :) :)

Go check it out!

The Vintage Pearl

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Jack Moments

It is finally oh so sunny here and it's much appreciated. I love the rain, but my little man wants to get outside and be a boy and my man wants to get the yard in shape and I need to get a walkin' so I can get a runnin'....my body is not my own right now and I am so ready to get it back to where it needs to be.

Jack has been saying some pretty funny/cute stuff lately. Here are just a couple things:

I asked Jack to give Camden his pacifier since he was crying and so Jack went over, put the pacifier in Camden's mouth and said, "shh shh shh, it's okay Candem" (yes..he calls him Candem and it's so cute) melts my heart

Another time he covered Camden up with a blanket and said, "it's okay sweetie" so precious

We were watching the Royal Wedding after taping it and he asked what it was and I said that the Prince was getting married just like Mommy and Daddy got married and he said, "Jack get married?" Ah yes...I guess that will happen someday won't it? :(

The choir at the wedding started singing and I asked Jack, "What are they going to sing?" and he replied, "Zaccheaus" oh you make me smile

He is loving identifying shapes all over the house "that is a rectangle" and "there is a circle" or "that is a triangle" he is so observant! He can draw a circle and does a triangle sometimes as well.

He counts to 20 like a champ and he can actually count things, not just repeat the numbers by memory.

He says his alphabet and can identify all of the letters as well, although sometimes he forgets so we practice often to keep it fresh.
His favorite color is green and his favorite number is 3 :)

He's so funny, he has never gotten out of his twin bed since we got it for him before he even turned 2 and he won't be 3 for another 3 months! He still calls for us to come and say it's okay to get up. Lately he has been getting up in the morning, turning on his turtle night-light and then getting back into bed and calling for us. I keep telling him it's okay to come out on his own, but nope :)
Okay, I'm done being the braggy Mommy for now...hope you have an amazing Sunday! Next Sunday is Mother's Day and we are dedicating the twins!!! SO EXCITED :)