12.31.2009

New Year's Eve 2009



This New Year's celebration was a little different from the past 3 years. Normally John and I head down to Greg's ranch and celebrate with the Trymeeuwsens and Mulcaheys. It always involves a bonfire, tank wars and enough firecrackers to have our own show! This year, we spent a tame New Year's with JaNae and Kevin and Stephanie, JaNae's sister. JaNae and I are both preggo so we were fighting to stay awake until midnight to watch the ball drop!

John and Kevin spent most of night outside by the fire. Who knows what they spent the night talking about but we definitely heard some giggling!!



After a dinner of La Margarita and sparkling cider, the pregnant lady heartburn was out in full force. Thank God for Tums!!


12.30.2009

West Family Christmas


John and I got to spend some quality time with the Wests. We did a late Christmas since we had a wedding to go to on January 2nd. We got to hang out with Corey, Sommer, Liam and little Norah as well!



Here's Liam hanging out in one of his new Christmas presents!



Liam didn't quite understand this Christmas present so Uncle John had no problems showing him how it works!

After 5 days hanging out at the West house, the dogs are definitely tired!



12.29.2009

Baby Update

Today was our 31 and a half week visit. Everything looks really good still! Dr. M said that I'm measuring at 36 weeks (which is good considering there are 2 in there). Addie's heartbeat is 157 and Austin's is 160. Going strong! Dr. M also said that we can head down to Round Rock this weekend. Yay for a late West Christmas and Taryn and Matt's wedding! We're excited!

12.25.2009

Our First Christmas at Home

This year, John and I spent Christmas day at our house. It was so nice waking up to a winter wonderland! This is my first Christmas to not spend with my parents. It was definitely different but since we are headed to Round Rock for New Year's, we didn't want to travel 2 weekends in a row - especially with my pea-sized bladder. Makes for a long drive!!!

Even though I wasn't with my family, I still kept the West family traditions alive. First, the morning starts off with sticky buns and coffee. Since we have a food setting on our camera, we thought we'd put it to good use! They didn't turn out quite as perfect as my mom's but they were pretty darn close!





The second West family tradition is the watching of A Christmas Story. However, you can't DVR it or plan to sit down and watch it. Pretty much you just have to sit down, turn on TBS and pick up the movie wherever it's at! I think I successfully watched it twice this year, all in pieces. I'm pretty sure that movie will never ever get old!




The dogs did have a great time playing in the snow. Stellar kept losing his ball in the snow so Jackson was there to back him up in the search.




We did venture outside to go see Sherlock Holmes with John's parents. Great movie!! As soon as it was done, it was back home to put our jammies back on and watch movies by the fire. Although it was very different from all of my previous Christmases, I'm glad that I got to spend it with John in our home. It was very relaxing!


12.23.2009

Rosenbaum Family Christmas Take 2

Every year, we celebrate Christmas with John's immediate family, as well as celebrate his brother, Jason's birthday. This year, the Lowrances cooked an amazing dinner and we finished it up with yummy cake!



Rett loved his cupcakes. I think he smeared most of the frosting on his face onto Linda's sleeve. Oh the joys of being a grandma!



Wyatt showed me and Rett his really cool rocket launcher while we waited to start opening presents. Not going to lie - this rocket launcher is awesome!! I'll have to buy one for Austin and Addison and just play with it until they are old enough!




Jason and Ashley bought the A-Team the cutest little shoes. It might not be cold enough in Texas for the sherpa lining but you better believe I'm making the babies wear them! We also got our Diaper Genie and Boppys. We are officially ready for the twins to arrive!



12.20.2009

Rosenbaum Christmas Extravaganza 2009

Four years ago, I experienced my very first Rosenbaum Christmas. The tradition is that everyone gets together, eats too much, sings Christmas carols and listens to the Christmas story. Not going to lie, year 1 was pretty overwhelming as the Rosenbaums are a crazy bunch! Glad I'm part of the pack now. 4 years later, there have been a couple more children added to the pandemonium. This year was a lot of fun and I can't wait to add our twins to the mix next year!! Here are the kids waiting patiently to tear into their presents:





A pic of the Jack Rosenbaum branch of the family:




These are the brave (or crazy) women that have married the Rosenbaum men:




Grandmother with all of her grandkids and great grandkids!



And finally....Grandmother with her favorite Christmas present:



12.17.2009

Elan Christmas Party 2009

I am very fortunate to work for a company that #1 - Still believes in Christmas parties and #2 - is comprised of a group of women that I consider friends, not just coworkers. Our Christmas party this year was at Jasper's and was a blast! This year, Secret Santa (aka Janine) brought me brown fuzzy slippers - a perfect gift!! Here's a pic of the group (minus Kim and Mike):



As a tribute to the very interesting neckerchief that Julia sported in the 80s (which all of us thought was hilarious), Julia bought us all pink bandanas with rhinestones. I don't think she realized that they would be such a hit and that we would all put them on!


12.14.2009

29.5 Weeks and Counting...

Today we had a visit with Dr. Gore. Austin and Addison are growing well and look fabulous! Right now, Austin weighs 2 pounds 14 ounces and Addison is 2 pounds 8 ounces. They are both still head down and moving like crazy!! Here are some face pics - Addison is the top pic. She's not quite as smiley as Austin but oh well!



Since everything looks perfect so far, we don't go back to see Dr. Gore for another 4 weeks. Can't wait to see their next photo shoot!

12.11.2009

So What If It's Cold....

There are certain things that a man MUST do. One of those things is grill. John, pulled by his male need to go burn some meat thought 40 degree weather was a good time to do it.



Luckily we have a great patio table that has a place to make a fire (thanks Mom and Dad!). That with some cider and a blanket kept me warm!



12.06.2009

Introducing Noble the 3rd



This year, John was very excited to put Christmas lights onto our first house. Of course all of the lights had to be LED but it came out great! 

Since Austin and Addison suck all of my energy, I spent most of the light-hanging time working as a supervisor. The dogs helped out. :)



The finished product....



It will be fun spending our first Christmas in our house. For this Christmas, we opted for another Noble fir, hence Noble the 3rd!




This will be the last year that the dogs get their own stockings. Next year they will be replaced with stockings for Austin and Addie!


Sock Monkeys Gone Wild


Margaret, Lance, Randi and Ryan Rosenbaum gave Austin and Addison each a sock monkey. We caught the monkeys testing out the twin gear.

Playing in the carseats.....


Playing in the stroller....


and hanging in the pack n play...


Only 10 more weeks until Austin and Addison take over the gear from the sock monkeys!

12.02.2009

Snow!!!

I realize that when Texans get snow, it's nothing like what people up north get. However, snow that even sticks to the ground is a pretty big deal here!! I wasn't too excited that John chose to wake me up early on Wednesday, until I saw how pretty everything is covered in snow.






This might be the last of the snow we get for the year but I'll take it! It was fun for the 2 hours that it lasted!!!

11.26.2009

Thanksgiving




John and I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We have 2 healthy twins on the way, great families, good jobs and a new niece, Norah! And of course, I personally am thankful for the best turkey leg I've ever had in my life. The twins requested turkey legs this year so I had to oblige.


Jackson and Stellar definitely had their fill of turkey as well. I think the tryptophan hit them hard!!


11.25.2009

Norah Joy

The West Clan welcomed Norah Joy on November 25th at 1:41 pm. She weighed 7 lbs, 13 oz and was 20" long. Sommer and Corey are doing well and big brother Liam is a great helper!





11.23.2009

Marcus Marauders!

This past weekend I took a step back in time to when John was a Marcus Marauder football player. We went to their playoff game at Cowboy Stadium. Even though they lost, it was a lot of fun watching a high school game - so much different than college or NFL! Plus Cowboy Stadium is incredible - almost worth the price of $10 nachos (which Austin and Addison HAD to have) and a $6 Dr. Pepper. John spent a lot of time playing with Wyatt and Rett but had some time to catch the game as well.


Austin and Addison had fun at the game too. During halftime, they were going crazy while listening to the band! Can't wait to take them to their first football game next year!


11.18.2009

Small Joys

As I sit at home with my wonderful, beautiful, pregnant wife, I am reminded to enjoy the little things in life...

Kristin ~ "You know what I love about being pregnant?"
John ~ "What honey?"
Kristin ~ "When I am eating, if food falls out of my mouth, it bounces off my belly and right back onto the plate!"

11.17.2009

Austin and Addie's Latest Photoshoot

Sonograms are always fun - I love watching the twins grow!! Right now, both Austin and Addison weigh 1 pound 10 ounces. Dr. Gore said that their hearts, brains, lungs and kidneys look fabulous!! Everytime he put the transducer on my stomach, Addison tried to punch/kick it off. We watched the twins play footsie with each other as well. Here is a picture of their feet:




Addison's face:


Austin's Face:


11.14.2009

Dallas Shower




This week was my Dallas baby shower. My friends Christine, Christi and Tammy threw a great shower! They had yummy food (yay for cream cheese pastries!), Christi's homemade sparkling grape juice :0) and fabulous cakes. I am so glad that so many of my friends were able to make it. So excited that my mom was even able to make it to Dallas as well.


Because of all of the great gifts, I feel like John and I are so much more prepared for Austin and Addison's arrival! We are so blessed!


I am also excited that our friend Alison (Ireland traveling buddy) was able to come to the shower. She's expecting twin boys at the end of December. I can't wait for Austin and Addie to meet Angus and Wally (not their real names but if Ali and Jim don't decide on real names, these just might stick!)