The Paper Mama Photo Challenge: Best Buddies

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This week's theme: Best Buddies

Well, this one is pretty obvious. I have two little boys with built in best buddies:

Holy Beatbox.

UM, I can't stop watching this guy. 

and I was just thinking yesterday how cool it would be to learn how to beat box...guess I have some competition. 

Oh well, maybe in my next life.

Happy Birthday, Taryn!

Today is the birthday of someone very special to of my best friends, Taryn. She's been through more in the past few years than most people have been through in a lifetime. Her strength and courage inspire me.

No matter the amount of time we've spent apart, we've always been able to pick right up to where we left off.

I've missed her so much over the past year and I wish I could have been there for her when she needed me, like she was always there for me when I needed her.

This is for you, Taryn. Happy Birthday Girly :) 

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Fix-It Friday #64

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to spank or not?

I'm watching an episode of Tyra right now and everyone is arguing about spanking. I was spanked when I was little. That was just what you did. I'm not a messed up, bad person because of it. Do I plan on spanking the boys? No. Here's my reasoning, based purely off of my own experience with being spanked:
  • You teach your children not to hit, yet you hit them? I feel it just sends mixed signals. Telling them that only mommies and daddies can just kind of confuses me and how are they supposed to differentiate?
  • When the boys get older, I think taking things away is a better form of punishment. Kids have so much stuff to entertain them, if you don't follow the rules, you get something taken away. Sometimes that has a much greater impact than a spanking. 
  • When they're little, I like the idea of having them talk to you about what they did. Children need to learn the ability to reason through things and tell you what they did wrong. Along those lines, I also like the idea of them brainstorming different ways they could have behaved that would have been better.
  • I understand in times where the child could have put him/herself in danger calls for a little more authority. I'm not against a strong and firm voice but I won't yell. I got yelled at a lot when I was young. I'm over yelling. 
  • A lot of spanking I feel, is out of anger. Many parents spank in the heat of the moment when they're frustrated with the kid. There isn't any talk of what they did wrong, the kid doesn't know exactly what he did or have the tools to learn a different way to act in the future. He just doesn't do it out of fear. I don't really want my kids to be scared of me. 
So what about you, did you get spanked? What are you doing or going to do with your kids? I'm not intending for a debate. Just wanting to see how people feel on the subject. I do know that spanking DOES work. I know kids can grow up to be well behaved, normal, functioning's just a matter of personal preference and your own parenting style. 

180 Day

Since I had such a pissy post this morning I thought I'd tell you the day has definitely gotten better. 

The ant guy came and this time it was a different guy. He gave me 15 minutes to get the boys ready to go. I was so relieved. I'm tired of stinkin ants! Because we had to be out of the apartment for a minimum of two hours I walked to the mall a couple of blocks away with the boys. 

What a great trip! It's beautiful outside and it was good for me to get a little fresh air. Both boys were awake and quiet the entire two hours. Two hours with content, happy, 4 1/2 month old twin boys. I don't know what I did in a former life to deserve such well behaved kids but honestly, they are some of the most laid back and happy babies I've ever seen. 

We walked around the mall for awhile and parked the stroller by the carousel while I ate my Subway and they watched the carousel go round 'n round. We stopped in Barnes and Noble where I found a little kit about learning to play guitar on clearance. Chikezie got me a guitar for Christmas and I was too fat to play. My belly stuck out too far and I couldn't hold the guitar. Now I'm going to learn.

While in Barnes and Noble a lady asked me about the double stroller and her mom proceeded to baby talk to the boys. Julian just stared at her like she was an absolute idiot. Isaiah on the other hand, obliged her smiles and babbled a little and flashed her his sweet toothless grin. My little boys are so different :) I love it. 

Then we stopped at Old Navy where I found these and couldn't pass them up:

You know their Daddy has a thing about lions so I couldn't pass this up. 
(If you didn't know, go here to get a little taste of his obsession.)

And what's even cuter...I didn't notice they have stuff on the back:)

Not such a bad day after all. 
Thank you, Dudes. Thank you, Ant guy. Thank you, Old Navy.


Dear Irvine Company (the people who own our apt complex and half of Orange County), The Park (my complex) and Ants (the #%@^@ing cause of this problem),

I hate you. All of you. Irvine Company, you don't give a crap about your residents or the facilities you build. Oh, you disagree? Let me give you a little example of the FAILS you've had since we've moved into this BRAND NEW apartment facility in May. 
  1. We have little to no cell phone service in our apartment. This is 2010. I should be able to make phone calls from my cell phone here. Anyone who comes here has no service either, no matter who the carrier may be. Your solution to the problem? (After you sold us the apartment without notifying us of this problem you knew all too well about) Buy an expensive adapter for our place that would help us with service. Or get a land line. @%@!%!^!!!!!
  2. Oh, and if we want a land line, internet or cable, our only option is using Cox Cable, the company that has formed a monopoly over this state. For some reason, our AT&T internet that worked ONE BLOCK AWAY, doesn't work here at this apartment and is out of service area for AT&T. Didn't happen to think about that one when you were building these apartments? Or did you know about it and then strike a deal with Cox to give them all your business because that's all we could get. 
    For all you Iowa people, Cox is the California version of Mediacom, the devil. 
  3. Last week when we had visitors here, the hot tub was the same temperature of the pool and nobody was around to help with the problem. And then when the kids wanted to go swim, there was a dead rat in the bottom of the pool. REALLY?
  4. Ants. ANTS. We complained of ants a few weeks ago. You said you'd have someone come spray at our apartment. The first time the guy game I had no idea I needed to clean out all my cupboards and do 100 different things to prepare for him. So he left. Came back 2 days later and I wasn't ready, I have two infants! I can't just have everything ready at the drop of a hat. He proceeded to come back two more times without giving me ANY warning whatsoever, and then wouldn't wait as I got my kids ready to be out of the apartment for two hours. We've had to throw away food, live out of bags (while company was here) and have our lives completely upturned because your stupid people can't get it together. 
    So, today I'm just sitting here waiting. He's supposed to come between 9-12. I need to be out of the apartment for at least 2 hours afterward .If this guy doesn't wait for me to get my kids ready to go I'm going to FLIP OUT. I've gotten everything ready. Every cupboard in my kitchen below counter top level is cleared out. My pantry is cleared out. Everything off my counter. Everything off my bathroom counters and out from under the sinks. My bedroom has everything away from the walls and half the apartment is covered with sheets. I'm about to freak out.
  5. The girls that work in the office are total beotches. They treat me like an idiot every time I'm there. 
In conclusion, you guys all FAIL big time. I would never recommend anyone live here and I'm so annoyed by all of you. Sucky service, sucky people, you sucky suck suck.


In other news, my dudes are cute.


So I'm doing my research on wedding/reception locations in Des Moines. I've found some really cute stuff! 

Here's a few places I'm considering...tell me what you think! Keep in mind, it's going to be fall. I was thinking September but we're obsessed pretty serious Hawkeye football fans. There's a bye week on November 12 so that might be the weekend. Probably Friday the 11th. Nothing is for sure though. 

These are in no specific order: (click on the name to go to the facility website)
  • Des Moines Science Center I know the pictures are small but it looks pretty sweet! How cool is the Star Theater?
  • Des Moines Botanical Center We've thought about this one for quite awhile but really would end up being a little more pricey than some of the other places because you have to use their caterer.
  • The Capitol Room I've been leaning toward this place lately. I like it's vintage feel and it's located in the East Village. For all of you non-Des Moinians, the East Village is a trendy little area close to the capitol in downtown Des Moines.
So, what do you guys think? Anybody have any other suggestions that aren't too pricey. And just a reminder, I'm working to keep expenses low, so nothing too outlandish.

Yellow House Photo Challenge: Urban

While Chikezie and I lived in Des Moines, we liked to walk around downtown and take pictures of cool stuff. We loved downtown Des Moines and is one of the reasons we miss Iowa! This picture was from one of those shoots:

little brother

Because I talk about the boys a lot as a pair, sometimes I feel like I'm missing out on the individuality of each boy. I know I don't think of them as a pair and try not to refer to them as "the twins" very often, much like I try not to refer to my brothers and sister as "the triplets". I know they are all separate and their identities are not defined by their multiple-ness. 

I'm not a big fan of writing letters to my children and then posting them online. For some reason I feel like if I'm going to write them a letter, I will WRITE them a letter. Seems a little more personal and for them only. So this post will just be all the things I notice and love about Isaiah, and what makes him...him!

  • Isaiah is going to be a go-getter. He has such a big personality for such a young boy. He's very outgoing and noisy. Lordy, is he noisy.
  • Isaiah has found his thumb. He loves sucking it; when he can find it. Julian is all about the first finger, but Isaiah loves the taste of his thumb. 
  • He's a cat-napper. He really has too much to do during his day to spend it sleeping. He needs to be awake so he can get to work!
  • Isaiah definitely lets you know what he wants when he wants it. No need sitting around uncomfortable if you can just yell at Mama to fix it!
  • This may be hard to believe, but Isaiah can already walk:
{I told you}

  • He loves to cuddle with Mama. I secretly think he still wakes up at night because he knows he'll get to cuddle with me for the rest of the night. He sleeps so much better by me anyways.
  • As I've mentioned in the past. Isaiah has a man voice. He uses it to really get his point across. Especially to his toys. I think he's just scolding them half the time. 
  • He's a total rough-house. He loves being held high in the air and dropped really fast. He loves when you drop him down fast and jump him around. I have a feeling when he learns how to move he's going to have lots of bumps and bruises.
  • His hair is wild! It's all starting to form ringlets that curl back on themselves. I can't wait to see it grow!
  • Isaiah is a total ham...his smile lights up his face and gives me a reason to smile every day. He has this energy and spunk that reminds me a lot of myself. He holds a special place in Mama's heart and I can't wait to see what he has in store for us.
{I love you, Isaiah. You have no idea.}

Mila's Daydreams

This Mama is AMAZINGLY creative.

Check her out-and all the awesome stuff she thinks up!

{photo courtesey of}

it's the climb

So I found this picture yesterday:

Why do I look so out of breath? Oh, I don't know. I was climbing the stairs of 801 Grand, the tallest building in Iowa. No biggie. I was participating in the American Lung Association's 801 Grand Power Climb a couple of years ago, which raises money for the ALA. I seriously didn't think it was going to be too hard. I was semi-in shape. I did cardio. I knew climbing 45 stories would be kind of a challenge, but I had no idea it was going to hit me like it did. 

I started a slow but steady semi-jog up the first few floors. By the time I got to the 3rd floor my quads were already burning and I was starting to lose my breath. I would spend the next 42 floors trying to catch my breath. Even though it was only around 10 minutes of my life, it was hell! I was breathing so hard from about floor 20 on I felt like I was going to pass out! I've NEVER been that out of breath. And I was walking up the stairs. 

The cold, dry, February air didn't help breathing at all. And to think, before I started climbing, there was a class of people who went for a straight hour to the top as many times as they could. There was a fireman in full gear who did the climb multiple times. And a blind man! 

By the time I got to the top I was barely conscious, fully expecting to pass out.  They handed me a medal and I immediately looked for somewhere to sit. I could hear everyone hacking around me as if they'd been life long smokers. Thank you, American Lung Association for tearing apart my lungs. Thankfully, I've never smoked a thing in my life and have a very good set. 

Why am I even writing about this? Because it was a kick-ass accomplishment, that's why. I went outside of my comfort zone and tried something new and challenging. It kicked my butt but I can say I did it. And I raised a bunch of money for a good cause. 

You see that tall building in the skyline? Yeah I've been to the top. And not in an elevator. 

  • What have you done to push yourself recently?
  • Is there something big you've always wanted to accomplish but haven't been brave enough to try?
  • Name a time you did something challenging for a good cause.

Handmade Weddings:In the Moment

I found this on the Etsy blog...

I'm. In. Love.


Best. Week. Ever.

Hey guys! Julian and Isaiah here. (You're darn right we know how to type. Obviously we're genius.) Our Mama is resting after our busy week with lots of visitors and fun. We decided to give her a hand and tell you what we did last week. We haven't been around for all too long, but we think last week was one of our best weeks EVER. 

Our Uncle Chic and Aunt Ellie came to visit us. We missed them so much! They came to see us right after we were born but 4 months is a long time! We had lots of fun playing with them all week. I think they like us... 

And let me tell you, we LOVE our Uncle Chic.

And while they were here we got to go swimming for the first time! We are really starting to feel like big boys. I mean, how cute do we look in our swimming gear? And by the way, we loved the water.

We were sad they had to leave after a few days but we had MORE visitors coming! We finally got to meet our Uncles Josh and Bryce, our Aunt Kristen and our Sir Hatler! (He doesn't wan't us to call him Papa so we call him sir...silly!)

One night while they were here, we hung out by the pool and got to watch everyone eat yummy grilled food. We stayed up WAY past our bedtime. We were working hard to keep our eyes open...

We had so much fun with Sir and our Aunt and Uncles...and Daddy, too.

And oh yeah, Mama was there too :) 

Speaking of Mama, we better go keep her entertained. She just seems to want to eat, sleep and feed us all the time. Sheesh she needs a lot of attention! 

Photo Challenges

This week's challenge: Purple

Spring in Orange County, CA. 

The Paper Mama

This week's challenge: Absolute Favorite

Isaiah's first bath. It was very hard to pick a favorite but there's just something I love about this picture. He's so small and wasn't quite sure what to think. I love all his little wrinkles and rolls. But my absolute favorite is his little chin and nose! :)

Get Excited!

Holy. Cows. Everybody.
We did SO much fun stuff this week! We can't wait to tell you everything we did! 
Stay tuned-for tomorrow-our Mama is going to tell you all about it.



Ok ya'll ... it's time for mama to take a little blogcation. We have visitors here at hour house all week and I really want to just enjoy my time with everyone and relax a little. 

Stay tuned for next week! There will be lots of updates ... :)

For now, I'll leave you all with this lil nugget of happiness

Have a good week friends!

Over My Head

This week's photo challenge theme: Over my head

Here's what I got:

Paper Mama Photo Challenge: Action!

This week is about catching your baby in an action shot. Well we have lots of them at this house. Especially with two babies. However, THIS is my favorite action shot of Isaiah and Daddy.

This picture is so funny. I was laughing so hard I couldn't hold the camera still. I was sitting on the couch and looked to my right and Chikezie and Isaiah popped their heads up over the edge. Creepers! 

rollin' rollin' rollin'

Woo hoo! This morning I found Julian sleeping in the crib on his tummy! What's so special about that you ask? Oh well he was swaddled and put to bed lying on his BACK. He managed to get out of his swaddle and wiggle all the way to the corner of the crib with his head in the corner...on his belly!

Both boys rolled from tummy to back at 4 weeks (which is pretty easy because their heads are so big). But this rolling to your tummy business is pretty tough when your head is the size of your torso. I suspected Julian was really close yesterday and I watched him squirm and talk in his crib for about 15 minutes thinking I'd see him do it. Isaiah and I watched him squirm all over the living room last night in hopes we'd see him roll but nothing. Then I find him rolled over this morning and was a little sad I didn't get to see it! I swear this kid wiggles so much. I put him on his play mat on the floor in one position and find him halfway across the room. 

Meanwhile, Isaiah has no interest in moving anywhere by rolling. He thinks he needs to stand or sit. So, I foresee a sitting announcement for him quite soon. But for now, let's all congratulate Julian on this huge milestone! 
Yay Julian!!! You can roll!
Thanks guys! I try. 

Make Me Laugh

The Paper Mama

This week's photo challenge: Make Me Laugh.

Welp. This picture just makes me laugh.

Fix-It Friday #62

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