Long Overdue Catch Up Post

I am slacking!  Life has been B.U.S.Y.  which will likely make this one of those long posts.  I don't share or publish this blog, but I hope to have it made into a book for Grayson and Hallie one day, or at the very least, someplace for them to come and read about our life as they get older. 

We had the BEST summer, full of vacations, THREE year old birthday celebrations and a visit from our Washington family.  Sadly, our big vacation was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, but we were just thankful not to be one of those affected by all of this seasons terrible storms.  We have prayed heavily over these areas.  Sadly, these tragedies, like in Houston and Puerto Rico, are reminders of how lucky and blessed we are. 

Lots of exciting milestones this summer!  Turning three, potty training, moving to big beds and starting pre-k!

I/we survived potty training twins and am thankful to never have to do it again!  Overall, they did great, but there were lots of accidents, tears and frustration.  We had to be trained in time to start Pre-K and waited until the very last minuted and I mean the very last...  Hallie showed interested several months back, but didn't want to commit, and Grayson was completely freaked out by having to control his little body in ways he never had.  We did the '3 day' method.  I'm using the word 3 very loosely.... but here we are in October with only a few accidents and a little more independence.  We did it!

We celebrated their birthdays at Great Wolf Lodge - so much fun, yet so exhausting!  We also had a small family party at Mom's house.  It was perfect.  No stress, no entertaining and I was able to focus my attention on the sweet birthday girl and boy.  This was their first year to get really excited and tear into their gifts.  They were showered with love, princesses and superheroes, and we enjoyed every second celebrating our gifts.  Daddy and Mommy secretly re-did their rooms and surprised them with big kid beds in princess and superhero themes.  So much fun for us and for them.  Bye cribs!

PreSchool has officially started and I am happy to report they love it.  It helps that their two friends, Kingston and Channing are in their same class.  They are attending Preschool on the Creek (Rush Creek's pre-k program) on Tuesday's and Thursday's.  Miss Cindy is a wonderful, cheery teacher who clearly has a special heart for our children.  Miss Grace is the teacher assistant and is equally lovable.  Their first day was exciting and nerve racking all at once, but they did really well (despite a potty accident - oops!)  Hallie seems to be more excited about going, but Grayson walks in to class with a smile and is always happy after class despite being exhausted.   Neither care to nap at school.



Mother's Day 2017

Every year on Mother's Day I am overwhelmed when I look at the beautiful women I am surrounded by.  I'll never take for granted the cards and flowers I get to buy for these special women or the calls I get to make to say thank you for being a blessing and role model to me.  This has been a season of ups and down for the health of our family.  It seems to be one of those seasons where one there is one thing after another to worry about, but in the midst of it all, I find myself thankful.  Thankful for each one of the special bonds and relationships I share with the men and women in our family, whether they are near or far.  I realize not everyone has a support system like our family does.  Not everyone has an army of people to worry about, love and be loved by.  So today, I choose to rest my worry in the arms of Jesus just like He asks us to.  I will instead, focus on being thankful and present.

As for being a mom myself, I still can't get over how blessed I am to be Grayson and Hallie's mother.  Being their mom is the greatest gift I could ever ask for.  God has granted me with more than I deserve.  Nothing can prepare you for the love of a child.  That love grows everyday, just when I think I can't fall deeper in love, I do.  It's the little things, the joy, the cuddles, it's the hard days.  Motherhood is my greatest honor and the best job in the world.

Hallie and I kicked off MD with her first mani/pedi.  She chose a light pink shade with sparkles.  I was so proud of her as she sat perfectly still in the chair admiring her newly painted hands and toes.  Her face during the mini-massage was priceless, I am not sure if it was bewilderment or disgust, but it was pretty hilarious.  She didn't know what to think of the sugar scrub being rubbed over her cute little feet.  Grayson melted my heart later in the afternoon when I came in the door and he ran to me with his arms outstretched, yelling, "Mommy!  We got a surprise for you!"  He was tickled to have a present for me.  Daddy helped pick out a study bible that I have been wanting and Hallie picked out yellow daisy's.  I love my family.

For Grayson and Hallie

Grayson and Hallie,

In life, we are constantly reminded that we are not promised tomorrow.  We are, however, promised as believers of Jesus to spend eternity together.  I rest easy at that thought.  If I were to leave this world early there are so many things I would want you to know.  Most importantly, I would want you to know that you have brought me more happiness and joy than I ever knew possible.  I loved my life before having you.  I had a fulfilling career, your Dad as my best friend, our faith and church family and an army of loving friends and family.  You could say we had it all.  We did, but then you two came along.  There is a common saying that once you have a child or children you know what it feels like to have your heart live outside of your body.  That's what loving you feels like.  My heart lives inside of you and your daddy, and of course with the Lord.  The love is so big that it is hard to put into words.  I can't begin to tell you how many times a day I stop and look into Grayson's big blue eyes or at his joyful grin and think, how lucky am I?  Hallie gives me a kiss on the cheek, puts her head next to mine and closes her eyes and says, 'ahhh, I love you Mommy.'  It's heaven on earth, you two.  You melt my heart time and time again.  You were perfectly made by our Creator and I am in awe of His creations.  If ever I doubted my faith in God, all I have to do is look at my family and know, science can't explain this love or these beautiful souls who have captured my heart.  I want you to know that I will love you no matter what, under all circumstances and forever & ever.  You and Daddy are the greatest gifts I'll ever know.  I am far from perfect, and will make mistakes along the way, but you will never have to doubt my love for you.

Watching you grow is nothing short of amazing.  You are both so smart, thoughtful and so much fun to be around.  I love to watch Grayson use his big imagination in the world of superheroes.  There is a lot of discussion around Batman, Superman, Spider-man and occasionally the Hulk, too.  You're giggle and smile melt my heart everyday.  A few days ago while Hallie was sick you crouched down, put your little hands on your knees and said, 'how ya doing, Little Lady?'  You absorb everything around you and even when we think you aren't paying attention, you are!  Lately, you haven't wanted to eat what we serve you, unless it's fruit or something sweet.  We are seeing your stubborn side!

Hallie, you are sweet and smart as can be.  We have enjoyed watching your 'performances' as you sing "Let it Go' and make up your own songs standing on the fireplace.  Princesses and dollhouses are your cup of tea these days.  You're independent and catch on quickly.  This week you spelled your name for Dr. Prater and she asked if you were really just two, rather than 3 or 4.  You impressed her and were so good for her.  I laughed when you asked to go back to the doctor later in the day.

Day in and day out, you fill my heart and life with love and joy.Being a mom is special, and being a mom of twins is something I am so proud of and thankful for.




Texas Rangers Family Commercial

Last night was a blast!  Our family shot a commercial for the Texas Rangers that will air all throughout the season.  Josh and his brother Joey, are now working for Fox and asked us to be in it.  Grayson, Johnny and Aaron played baseball while the rest of the family, including Grandpa and Grandma Thomas, grilled out.  We made such special memories as a family.  I can't wait to see it and have a copy to share years down the line.  Josh said he boss was thrilled with the footage and is sending as all to a Ranger game!  The twins have't been yet.  We can't wait!

 Here are some photos of our special night.


Happy 37th My Love!

I should be writing about our exciting night out on the patio at Joe T's with friends, but I came down with a tummy bug instead.  I told him to go anyway, but he didn't want to go without me.  Sweet, right?  We traded margaritas for a movie.  I can't say enough about Fences.  It wasn't exactly a feel good movie, but it was a great movie.  Denzel and Viola were fantastic.   The kids were at mom's so we went to bed early and slept until the last minute.  Sleep isn't a bad birthday present, especially, when he shares it with me!

As I was saying my prayers before bedtime, thanking God for Aaron and praying over our year ahead, I realized how much easier life has become.  A year ago we were head over heals in love with our new-ish family, and often at our wits end.  It was messy, exhausting, hard on us and on our relationship.  Giving all you have to two tiny people over time took it's toll on us.  We weren't in a bad marriage, we didn't hate each other, but we were more than likely not as patient or loving towards each other as we had before becoming parents.  We took a couple adult vacations and quickly relaxed and were reminded that we really do like each other!  In all seriousness, it was a good reminder that we hadn't changed, but our lives had.

I can't tell you how many times we have run into other twins parents who told us, it gets easier, we promise!  And it really has.  We have settled into our groove and life is super sweet.  I am so thankful that we didn't lose ourselves in the craziness, we just put 'us' on the back burner for a bit.  Isn't that what all parents do?  It's worth it and it has made us stronger.  We have more love and respect for each other than ever before.  We are so in love with our family and our life; at times I think it's too good to be true.  I wouldn't change those two years for the world and I know Aaron wouldn't either.  Today, when I see a frazzled mom with two babies or young toddlers, I look them straight in the eye and say, IT WILL GET EASIER.  I promise.  I know their pain, but I also know this twin parenting gig is a very special club that we are so proud to be a part of.

As usual, this has turned into a post about our precious boy and girl, but life ahead only seems to get sweeter.  I can't end this post without bragging on Aaron.  He is such a loving and involved Dad.  I am so lucky to have him as my partner through life and Grayson and Hallie couldn't ask for a more loving man as their father.

Happy Birthday, Aaron!  You are so loved by us!


Broken Bow 2017

We took a last minute trip to Broken Bow.  It was cold, but we still had a great time.  As always, we can't wait to get back!