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little things i’m loving this week

If last week flew by, then this one moved at a glacial pace.  The husband has still been swamped at work, which has meant long, late nights and lots of working lunches.  Not my favorite, but such is life.

Thankfully, it’s finally Friday!  And also finally time for this weeks installment of the little things I’m loving this week.

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First, I absolutely adore this post by Kacie on positive parenting.  Aside from a couple of personal sides to her story, I literally could have written it myself.  I’ll be the first one to get super gung ho about everyone being different, and I totally get that we all have different feelings about being a parent.  But, honestly it was just nice to hear from someone who feels almost exactly like I do.  Especially being a parent of twins, you wouldn’t believe the amount of negative comments that are said, even directly to my face.

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Have you heard of this app?  There is a high possibility that I am the last one on the AnyList train, but it has changed my world.  Gone are the days of jotting down grocery items here and there and then running to the store with 6 scraps of paper, piecing them together to make sure everything is there.  I almost always have my phone nearby, so I can easily grab it and add to the list the second something pops into my mind.  And best of all, the husband and I can share a list, and it updates real time.  So, if I’m at the store and he thinks of something, he can add it and it will instantly pop up in front of me.  So easy and convenient!

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I have a small obsession with Essie nail polish.  It’s honestly kind of scary.  But with two babies it’s not exactly every day that I can run and get a manicure (okay, I haven’t gone in over 7 months), so I figure I’m still saving money by buying polish and doing it myself.  For the last couple of months I’ve been really loving this orangey red.

Happy Friday!!  What little things are you loving this week?

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christmas in january

As you can tell from the last post, I am really backed up on the blog!  And even though it’s not super timely at this point, I will catch up if it kills me.

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Like many of you I’m sure, we had about fourteen Christmases.  While it was crazy trying to get around to see everyone everywhere…it was such fun watching the twins experience it over and over.  And I especially loved seeing them encounter traditions from all different parts of our family.

Overall, my favorite moment was when we spent time, just the four of us, in our home with the tree shining and the fire on.  We let Linc and Viv open their gift from us – a piggy bank that we will save coins in throughout the year.  And every year at Christmas we’ll pick someone who could use a little help.  It won’t be much, but my hope is that it will be one way we can show the twins what it is to give.

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 Around the second week of December, along with Jon’s brother, sister-in-law and nephew, we visited Jon’s parents.  Usually we make food and go caroling as we deliver it to friends around town.  But times are changing as the family is getting filled with babies, so we laid low this year, just relaxing around the house, eating lots of good food, playing games and opening gifts.

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It wasn’t until the weekend after Christmas that we got to have one last celebration with my mom, step-dad and sister.  We even got to see my grandparents as they stopped by for a few hours.  It makes me so happy to see the twins with all their grandparents….they are lucky little babies.  We had such a great time just relaxing around the house and trying to figure out what in the world we did before the babies.

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And that’s a wrap on the holiday season.  Super busy…but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Obviously it’s sort of ridiculous that I’m posting this in the middle of January…such is life!

 

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a perfect pair

sooooo, i was just browsing through some old posts when I realized that I wrote about the twins’ first halloween, but i never posted it.  how does that happen??  anyway, so this is extremely random, but i’m posting it anyway….

halloween was the most fun this year that it has been since we were little kids all dressed up and on a sugar high. the twins of course had absolutely no idea what was going on, but they were such good sports anyway!  we debated and debated what they should be, but in the end we went with simple, somewhat homemade, and super cute.  get ready for photo overload.

i had a little mini photoshoot in the morning because linc and viv were wearing the halloween outfits their gramma and papa mccoy got them.  i’m telling ya – getting good photos of two babies this age is not easy!

but first we woke up in our halloween pajamas from aunt karen and grammy.

sissy is in a phase (or not) where her hands are constantly in her mouth.  and i really mean constantly.

then of course we changed into costumes later that night.

grandma mary stopped by and joined in the fun:)

even thought they didn’t get any candy this year, i think they still enjoyed their first halloween.  until the end, that is.  vivi might have hit her breaking point with the photoshoot by the end of the night.

during our college years, jon and i always dressed up as inanimate objects – a fork and spoon, iPods, and lamps.  wonder how many years we’ll be able to carry on the tradition through the babies before they start wanting to be action figures and princesses?

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last night’s dinner

As usual, last night’s dinner was quick and easy.  I had planned on making an asian tofu stir-fry, but when the husband came home and I asked him what he wanted, mexican was his genre of choice.  So, mexican it was.

I pan fried some onions and peppers in olive oil alongside a huge pile of collard greens and spinach.  Being constantly paranoid about my milk supply, I’m always willing to do anything (wives tale or not!) that I think might help mine increase.  Part of that includes eating oatmeal every morning, which has consequently taken the place of green smoothies.  Without my green smoothies my spinach consumption has dwindled to almost nothing, so I’ve been trying to get more in whenever possible.  I love pretty much any kind of cooked greens, so I figured why not just have them as a side?  Cooked in garlic infused olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, they were delicious!

As the veggies were cooking I heated up a can of black beans and refried beans as well as pulled out some shredded cheese and of course, Louisiana Hot Sauce (my current obsession).

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And dinner was followed by our usual…

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These Super Charge Me Cookies are the husband’s absolute favorite.  And I don’t mind keeping a stash in the cookie jar pretty much 24/7 because they’re really healthy and filling.  I’ve made them for friends who later claimed they were a favorite, and they even passed the test of my brother-in-law.  You should make them.  Like, right now.

I love spending time in the kitchen, and especially as the twins get older I really want to make cooking dinner a family activity that they can feel a part of.  But for now, as their favorite evening activity involves chilling out in mama and daddy’s laps, dinners like these are a must!

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What’s your favorite go-to dinner on busy nights?

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