Saturday, December 31, 2011

happy new year! :)

we hope you had a
Merry Christmas
and we wish you a
Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

{wishing you many...}


{evan, reagan, gavin & jabin}

andy :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

what i like to do wednesday {LOAD podcasts}


what i like to do...

{while i feed the babies}
is listen to past episodes of 

they are fun and inspiring.
maybe a little tooooo inspiring 
cuz all i want to do is run away to my stamp room 
and scrapbook every chance i get! lol :)

i have scrapped a few pages,
ordered over 1,000 pictures,
have gotten an idea of how i'm going to "scrap" 4 baby boy albums
AND ordered most of the supplies,
all in the past month! 

{now~ to get the albums done or at least started!}

looks like i need a retreat weekend 
...in my own stamp room!!

andy :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy thanksgiving :)


today was a great day here at home.
we have lots to be thankful for.
especially thankful for the boys and the baby boys!

we fooled evan & jabin with this turkey filled with popcorn.
{they LOVED it!}
got the idea from *here*. 
i had gone to my mom's and she is the one who actually made the turkey!
heaven forbid i touch a turkey. real or fake! lol

greg got a 20 pound turkey from work. 
so we cooked that with all the fixings for our family of 6. 
that's a lot of food since the babies don't even eat yet! 

we made the pumpkin pie yesterday with grandma audrey.

we had some family over tonight and it was fun to visit.

by the end of the night we were all tired.
jabin & reagan even fell asleep together in the chair. 

i'm off to bed too.
i won't be out shopping tomorrow... 
i just made my list and i am sending 
greg to menards for me since 
he is going to work anyway. 
{what a nice guy! :)}

hope you all had a fabulous day!!

andy :) 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

our {turkey} family

i seen this idea at 
and LOVED it!!
so we made our hand print turkeys.
we even traced gavin & reagan's little hands and 
evan & jabin colored them in.
{...and it's not easy to trace the hands of 10 week olds!}

it is so cute displayed in our messy kitchen.

andy :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

{ around here }



{ around here }

  • we've had a broken dinner plate 
  • pee on the carpet
  • poop on my favorite sweatshirt
  • warm baby spit-up down the front of my shirt
  • babies with snot noses
  • big boys getting ready for their drama rama competition
  • a tired mama
  • happy boys, sad boys, mad boys and silly boys
  • happy babies, crying babies, screaming babies and smiling babies
  • a lumber-jacking daddy
  • weekend family movie nights with popcorn
  • we have pets {if you want to count dust bunnies as pets}
  • jabin's basketball practices
  • lego building
  • homework
  • scrapbooking
  • laundry {lots of laundry ...and dishes}
  • a daddy that's been working lots of overtime
  • a shopping trip with all 6 of us and we went out to eat
  • a tired daddy
  • we have each other and that my friends is worth it all!  
just keeping it real
andy :)  

Monday, October 31, 2011

happy halloween! :)

gavin & reagan
the babies are almost 2 months old.

evan & jabin in 2003! :)

 evan the knight

 make way for king jabin!

i am having so may issues with my blog it's not even funny! 
like e & j's side ways pictures! at least the loaded.  i have tried for weeks to post pictures. i spend time uploading them and then nothing! so i am trying to blog i just can't seem to get it to work right. 

andy : /

Thursday, October 6, 2011

pumpkin pickers

on saturday october 1st
we went to pick the pumpkins we planted in
win & jane's garden.

it was a quick trip in between feedings,
and the babies never got out of the van.

the big boys had enough time to climb the ladder and pick apples,
pick pumpkins & gourds and dig up some carrots!

{gavin}


 {jabin}


 {reagan}


{evan}


thanks win & jane!!

andy :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

i'll try it...

Bite-sized Scrapbooking


what the heck i'll give it a try!
we all need a little help sometimes...

andy :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

we {love} lucy!

Here are Evan & Jabin on August 17th 2003 in the front entrance of St. John's Hospital with Lucy. This was the day Evan came home.

Fast forward 8 years to September 18th 2011 and here are Evan & Jabin with Gavin & Reagan on the day Gavin came home from the hospital!


We could not wait to take this final picture at the hospital with all four boys before we ALL headed HOME!

 andy :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

around here...

Jabin won a poster contest at school. The prize: $20!!  Here he is with his poster and THE BIG CHECK!

 Evan lost a tooth. That earned him $1. The {silly} tooth fairy left his tooth though!


The babies are HOME!! Reagan came home on Friday Sept 16th. Gavin came home on Sept 18th. Greg was home all last week. It was SO nice to have the babies home and to have him here! He went back to work Monday and they are SUPER busy so he will be working a ton of overtime. :( {Yes, we are SO thankful he has a job and can work overtime, the money is nice ...but he would like to see all of us too!}

On our way home from the hospital.
I sat in the way back with the BIG boys, so I could keep an eye on the little boys. :)

Around here E & J take turns reading to the babies.
i {LOVE} that!

We are all adjusting to life with two new babies.  I am tired. Thankgoodness for helpers! We've waited SO long for this, so I am just tring to take it day by day and enjoy every minuet of it too!

andy :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

my 4 boys {together}

evan & reagan and jabin & gavin


{ together }

Friday, September 9, 2011

g & r {one week old}

our family minus little gavin who was behind grandma kc who took the picture. :(

soon, very soon, we will get a {real} family picture!



{gavin & reagan}

our little babies are one week old!

tonight was the first time we had the chance to take a picture of them side-by-side!!



reagan is an eating machine!

he is off the iv's and in a crib now.

they told us today to get ready because he will be home before we know it!


gavin continues to improve each day!

he is off his breathing tubes and is slowly working on bottle feedings.

{you can do it buddy!}



i am slowly recovering myself.

we are very thankful for our family and friends who have been helping us this week.


it is hard to leave your babies at the hospital that is *almost* and hour away.

we are also very thankful for the nurses and doctors taking care of gavin & reagan!

some of the nurses remember taking care of evan & jabin and can't believe they are taking care of their new twin brothers 8 years later!! :)


andy :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

what i like to do wednesday {babies}



welcome to

what i like to do wednesday
today we are going to talk
{babies}

when it comes to babies
“what i like to do”
is have two at a time!


jabin & evan

born on july 28th 2003


and today i would like to introduce to you these two,

born friday september 2nd, 2011...

{6 weeks early!}

meet baby a:


Gavin Drake

born at 7:24 pm

4 pounds 2 oz

17 1/2 inches long





meet baby b:


Reagan Douglas

born at 7:25 pm

4 pounds 6 oz

17 3/4 inches long






these two have some pretty proud BIG brothers!!


i came home from the hospital on monday.


it was so hard to leave the babies there,

but i know that is the best place for them!


they continue to do well every day.

we look forward to the day when we can bring them home!!


andy :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

the first day of {third} grade



jabin & evan.


third grade.

Third Grade.

THIRD GRADE!!

sorry, i just don't know if it has hit me yet that we have third graders! :)










they both are SUPER excited for their new adventure, they start at a new school, no more elementary school for them! it's now the intermediate school!


i am glad that i got to see them go off on the bus today. **

greg even went in to work a little late so he could get them on the bus with me.


and after school our tradition of chocolate chip cookies will continue.


** NOT that i am glad they are off to school, i'm just glad that i was home to see them go off to school and to make them cookies today! it has been one of those things that i didn't want to miss by being in the hospital! :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

today...

...we are so {happy} we made it to this point!



what i like to do wednesday {printing wallet sized photos}


welcome to
what i like to do wednesday
{printing wallet sized photos}




i {love} working with wallet sized photos. but let's face it they can be a little expensive at your favorite photo printer. i came across this site and FREE program one day... and i am hooked!!








i like that i can quickly create 2 wallet sized photos on a 4x6 print, up-load or take the picture file to the printer and WHAAAAAW... 2 wallets for around 13 cents! {or however much a 4x6 print is.}




this past weekend the boys went to stay with grandpa doug and grandma linda. they did all sorts of fun things and my dad kept me up-dated by sending me pictures from his phone. {LOVED THAT!}




if i wanted to print the pictures as a 4x6 they would not turn out very good. {yep-i've tested that before!} so my solution... to use PhotoSheet to make wallet sized photos and print them out!!




here is evan the limo driver:




here is evan the limo driver times 2!



...it is hard to tell but there is a white boarder around the two wallet pictures to make a 4x6 picture.



and here we have jabin the limo driver:



and jabin the limo driver times 2!



AND the BEST part {for me anyway} is that you can pick two different images for the wallet sized, 4x6 print combo....




i print LOTS of photos that way for our project life album. since sometimes i can't just pick one picture for the day! also, i print lots of wallets for scrapbook pages since you can add so many to a one or two page layout!



i hope you will try it!



andy :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

{oh babies}



i'll start off by saying {NO} the babies have not arrived... yet!

i have made three trips to the hospital already to stop contractions.

once @ 26 6/7 weeks,

@ 28 3/7 weeks

and again at 32 weeks.


i doesn't take much to go from this...

...trying to get some cleaning and work done in my stamp room on tuesday 8/16.


to this...


...ending up at the hospital wednesday 8/17 for an over-nighter...


...and coming home and being put on bedrest. :(


on wednesday 8/24 i will be 33 weeks along.


{BTW~evan and jabin were born at 33 weeks!}


we are trying to get past 34 weeks this time around.


so i don't have any fun stamping projects to share with you.


...and i had just received my order of new holiday mini items! {darn it!} i had wanted to make a few things and post them, but that isn't going to happen. sorry.


thank you for understanding.


andy :)


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

what i like to do wednesday: {getting ready for school}

welcome to my first

"what i like to do wednesday"

post on:



{getting ready for school}

for us school starts sept 1st.



first, you should know that {I LOVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES} always have, and i'm sure i always will! when the supplies hit the shelves in july, i am super excited!! one year i bought crayons for the boys and when i went to put them away i already had 13 boxes!



{it's true! and hey they were only like 20 cents a box!}



...and another thing, i'm just excited about the "supply" part~ NOT the sending my boys off to school on the bus part! there is a BIG difference!

labeling school supplies:

these little labels have come in SO handy! just print a sheet with your child's name and label away! i keep extra name labels on hand and my boys know where to find them to use. it never fails we are racing to get out the door and one or both of them want to bring a book or magazine to look at on the bus or they have something in a baggie to share with the class. i use to have to tell them to get a label, now they just know were to find them and add it on their own.


lunch box notes:
get some stickers, post-it notes and a sharpie. write a note and put it in your child's lunch box! they will love you for it and soon they will look forward to it! little jokes seem to be a big hit with my boys too! last year evan would share them with the lunch lady, she liked them too!



how to store the school papers you want to keep:

in these totes i set up legal sized files, one file for each year of school and one file box for each of my boys. this is where i store the stuff i want to keep or might want to use in their school scrapbooks. i keep a copy paper box for extra large art projects and store them in there after i take a picture of the art/project.


i {LOVE} this system!!



homework/supply area:

the boys & i spent some time cleaning out the "old" papers in our den and getting ready for the new school year to start. on these shelves we have sharpened pencils, erasers, scissors, rulers, calculators, crayons, markers, colored pencils, drawing paper clip boards and "other" stuff as you can see. :)


they know where the stuff is so it makes doing homework easier because they don't have to hunt for the supplies they need. they can also draw, color and create because they have supplies ready for them to use. {and i love when they color pictures for me!}


so, i hope i've given you a few ideas of "what i like to do" to get ready for the new school year!!


let me know if you have any questions!!


andy :)