Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Also at Thanksgiving, we got the six VanHorn granddaughters together for a picture for the first time! It was so fun to pick out their coordinating outfits and go to the portrait place. The three in the striped sweaters are the new owners of Willow! I see lots of tea parties in her future.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
What a year it has been ... endless doctor's appointments, getting two of everything, generous baby showers, bed rest for five weeks, finishing my employment from the couch, waking up to my water breaking six weeks early, giving birth both ways, two weeks in the NICU, eight weeks on oxygen, breastfeeding exclusively, sleepless nights, screaming car rides, first smiles, first giggles, thinking "I can't do this!" and "I am so blessed!" within minutes of each other on several occasions ...
And I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
I wrote about the moment when Tony and I found out earlier this year, so I won't repeat myself, but if you haven't had a chance to read that posting, click here.
Also, I've had my blog for a year now. If you're bored, go back and start from the beginning ... see how my belly grew, check out ultrasound photos, and see how big the twins have gotten!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
The BIG news this week is that I'm getting back into the workforce! Starting tomorrow, I'll be event planning the National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C., which is on the first Thursday of May. The organization has used me for the last two years through Focus on the Family, and has generously offered to let me work part-time from home to do the job this year! I'm so, so excited to do the two things I love the most without sacrificing much: being a mommy and being an event planner!
There are plenty of other things for me to share with you, but I'll save those for another day. And, since I don't like to leave without pictures, here's a couple from a brisk fall walk recently. We took the girls out in their front packs and adorable pink stocking caps. :)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
And here's Leila, really really excited that she gets to hold hands with sister!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
- I subscribe to the Sunday edition of the local paper (and I'm thinking about getting Denver's paper on Sundays, too).
- I label the coupons from the paper with the date and stick them in clear page protectors in a 3-ring binder.
- I read springsbargains.com and decide what my family needs for the week, or what we should stock up on for the future. Stockpiling when the price is good is a major rule!
- I use hotcouponworld.com to find exactly what date a particular coupon came out in the newspaper.
- Sometimes I print coupons from coupons.com or groceryguide.com if they have something that my insert coupons don't.
- Cha-ching! My favorite grocery store also puts how much you saved at the bottom of the receipt, so I don't sit around adding up how much I saved, just so you know. :)
For those of you who don't live in my town, maybe there's a local blog for your city. There's lots of good stuff out there on the internet if you look for it!
On another note, I dropped our camera a couple of days ago -- which isn't surprising, considering I was trying to take a picture of one baby while nursing another baby. :) Thankfully, we had planned on getting a new one since ours was 4 years old, and we actually already had some money set aside for it! However, that means you might not get some new photos for a little while. Sorry! I guess that means you'll have to look through my archives to see just how far we've come. Happy reminiscing!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Also, I have to brag on myself a little bit. Combining coupons and sales at the grocery store, I spent $60 and saved $110 this week! Definitely my best grocery week yet. It was so exhilarating! :)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Leila has always concentrated really hard on what she's doing, even since birth. I got a classic picture the other day and thought I would give you a few of "Leila's Looks".
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I was laying on the couch with one leg hanging off. My hair was damp from being washed but never dried or styled. I was wearing purple and orange argyle socks, blue capri sweatpants, and a gray t-shirt. I had covered myself using the nearest pink baby blanket, and for a pillow I was using the Boppy. Next to my head was a pile of clean clothes that I've been meaning to put away.
Ah, the life of a stay-at-home mom. Let's hope the girls start sleeping through the night soon!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
So, here's to Tony -- the man of my dreams who lets me dream. :)
Tony and Hadley in the hospital
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
On another note, we put the girls into their own cribs for the first time last night. They also slept worse than they have in weeks. I'm starting to think they missed each other!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Here's Leila Elaine with Great-Grandma Myrna Elaine (Tony's grandma). Elaine means "bright light", which we think is perfectly fitting for both of them, and we hope that Leila will have her great-grandma's love for life, which everyone around can see. (Happy 60th anniversary, Max and Myrna! We enjoyed getting to spend time with you!)
Hadley Luella, on the other hand, got to meet her Grandma Mary Luella (my mom) on the day after she was born. Luella means "female warrior" or "famous elf" ... and even though we know Hadley is our more dominant baby, those are not the traits we wanted to pass on to her! Instead, we hope she takes after her grandma's patient spirit and thoughtful heart.