10.31.2010

Happy Halloween!

Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess. She was definitely the most gorgeous princess of all. One day, she was crawling through her kingdom and stumbled upon a frog prince. The frog prince had never seen such a pretty princess! 


They laughed and played on the Frog Prince's lily pad until the Pint-Sized Princess heard the clock strike 6:00 (I know you were expecting midnight but come on - she's only 8.5 months old). The Princess told the Frog Prince that she must return to the castle!


The Frog Prince didn't want her to go so he tackled the Princess and made her stay.


The Princess decided this made her happy and that she would stay! What she forgot is that she'd turn into a pumpkin if she didn't return to the castle by 7:00.


So turn into a pumpkin she did. The Frog Prince was shocked! His friend the Princess was now a big blue pumpkin!! He closed his eyes and wished with all his might that this puimpkin would change back into the Princess.


The witch decided to grant this wish because she loved the little Frog Prince so much. And every frog prince needs a princess to play with on Halloween!


The Frog Prince and the Princess celebrated Halloween by eating all the candy that they could find!

A random farmer saw the beautiful princess and stopped to take a picture with her. The Princess loves taking pictures with good looking farmers!


And so, the Frog Prince and the Pint-Sized Princess had a happy first Halloween and they lived happily ever after.

The End

The Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The day started off well. John was going to watch the kiddos while I ran some errands and did some shopping. A three word text from John completely changed my plans for the day. "Come home. Austin." As any mom would do, I instantly go into high alert and turn my car towards home. I am 100% positive that everyone in Frisco that day decided to drive 20 miles under the speed limit. I called John to find out what was going on.

John went to wake Austin up from his nap around 11:00. He found Austin unresponsive with foam in his mouth and a swollen tongue. John tried opening Austin's eyes but they just rolled back. He tried tapping his cheeks to see if he could wake him up. And when all that failed, John called 911. The reason he sent me a text was because he was still on the phone with the 911 dispatcher. I can't even imagine what he must have been going through. I do know that it's a blessing that he was home instead of me. Based on how hard I was crying just from John telling me Austin had a seizure, I'm not very confident I would have been able to speak coherant sentences to the dispatcher.

On what seemed like the longest drive home, a million thoughts were racing through my mind. What happened to Austin? What if John wouldn't have gone in there when he did? Was Austin in any pain? Why is everyone working against me in my quest to get home? What if this happens again? Will I ever put Austin down once I get home and have him in my arms? Is Addie ok?

I love the community that we live in and the fact that there is a fire station right down the road. John said that the paramedics/firemen were there in less than 5 minutes. 5 men showed up to take care of our precious boy. One of the firemen found Addie in the gameroom and entertained her. Pretty sure she is going to take after her mama in the love of firemen. Within 20 minutes or so, Austin was awake, responsive and mostly back to normal. He was extremely weak and tired but ok. Sometime during his nap, Austin had a seizure. As of right now, we don't know what caused it or why it happened.

I arrived home as the ambulance and fire truck were pulling away. On their recommendation, we took Austin to the ER at Children's Medical Center. 4 hours later, we still had no answers to our questions as to why it happened. The doctor said that sometimes kids just have a blip in their brainwaves that will cause a seizure without any outside factors. 75% of children who have a seizure will never have one again. I just hate that it happened to our perfect, beautiful son. I am so thankful that John went to check on him when he did.

Needless to say, this past weekend was mentally and emotionally draining. I am fighting the urge to check on Austin every 2 minutes while he sleeps. Anytime I think about his seizure and how terrifying it was, it brings on more tears. We have an EEG on Thursday morning that will hopefully bring us peace of mind.

Today Austin is back to being my crazy, adventurous, laughing boy. You would never know that anything happened to him. Addie thought the weekend with the firemen and the ER was a really fun outing.

I pray that everything turns out ok on his EEG. I pray that he is healthy and that nothing is wrong with his brain. I pray that everything is fine because this worry and fear is exhausting. Please say a prayer for Austin and his test on Thursday. I'll update when we know more.

In the lobby at the ER...


Chilling in the hospital bed...


Addie and Daddy

10.18.2010

Happy Birthday Rett!


Today we say Happy Birthday to sweet Rett!! I love his intense focus while preparing to blow out his candles. :)

10.17.2010

Our First Pumpkin Patch


The A-Team headed to their first pumpkin patch today. The picture above is probably the only one where they are actually looking at us. They were so fascinated with all of the different colors and shapes of pumpkins!! They met their friend Cade there so we did get a couple of cute ones with Cade as well! 

Notice Addie is chewing on a pumpkin stem - I didn't realize that she was actually biting chunks off of it! John and I pulled pumpkin stem out of her mouth for the rest of the day. :)


Cade doesn't really know what to think about Austin and his lack of understanding of personal boundaries. We're working on that.


Everyone fascinated with the hay.


The Burrows and the Rosies











10.14.2010

Wine Country Marathon!

After months and months of preparation (including running in the freakishly hot weather), the Wine Country Marathon is finally here! John and I packed up and headed to Healdsburg, California with our friends Julia and Cecil. John and Julia were the fearless runners while Cecil and I were the cheering committee.

Picking up race packets at Kendall Jackson



Hanging at Medlock Ames



We stayed in the incredibly cute town of Healdsburg at the Best Western. It was the nicest Best Western I've ever stayed in. They were overbooked so they upgraded us to the Tuscany rooms - very snazzy!


The morning of the race - big smiles from our marathoners!


John the rockstar coming across the finish line!


5ish hours later (and in 96 degree weather - training in Texas did help!)..


Overlooking one of the Passalaqua vineyards - so beautiful!


For our last night, we headed back to San Francisco so we wouldn't have to fight too much traffic the following morning. We ate dinner down on the Fisherman's Wharf and I had my first cable car experience. It was pretty cool but I'm not going to lie - I like having my own car to drive!



It was a much needed vacation and so much fun. I'm ready to sign John and Julia up for the Wine Country marathon next year. They may have other thoughts on that. :)


http://picasaweb.google.com/104365627377399233181/WineCountryTrip2010?authkey=Gv1sRgCL_j-8viwf2-Pg&feat=directlink

The Results:
http://www.capitalroadrace.com/results/2010_WCM_MARA_AG.HTM# 6

http://www.capitalroadrace.com/results/2010_WCM_MARA_AG.HTM#25

10.13.2010

The Big Return

We did it! We survived our first trip away from the A-Team. Even though the time away was great, it's a little bittersweet. We left 7 month old babies behind and came home to 8 month old little people! Austin has caught up to his sister as far as mobility - he's crawling as fast as lightning! Addie has mastered the sitting position - no longer does she capsize. Austin has learned how to get back down to the ground after pulling himself up on things. Addie figured out how to pick up dropped toys while still standing. I'm pretty sure that they have grown taller and they have definitely put on weight!!



John and I had a great time on our vacation and the relaxation was definitely needed. However, I'm shocked at how much our children have changed in 5 short days. I'm not leaving them again anytime soon!

10.11.2010

We're 8 Months Old!!

Since Mommy and Daddy are on vacation, we decided to write our own blog posting for our 8 month birthdays! At 8 months, we are everywhere and into everything!! It's so fun to explore, especially things that we aren't supposed to touch. Mommy and Daddy think they have this place kind of babyproofed - we'll show them!!

We made it pretty hard to take pictures with our sock monkeys. We just don't have time to sit still that long. Now when Mommy takes pictures, this is about all she captures...



We like to eat a lot! At 8 months, we've tried a lot of fruits and veggies and recently tried turkey. We eat solid foods twice a day, along with various cereals. We have recently discovered Cheerios - man, why have Mommy and Daddy been holding out on us. We love those things!

As far as sleeping, we still make sure to sleep really well at night. Mommy and Daddy read to us and say our prayers around 7:00 - 7:15 each night. We like to jump into dreamland and usually stay asleep until 7:00. Sometimes we get up a little earlier and chat with each other. We like to plan out our attack of the day before Mommy and Daddy come to get us (which judging by the smiles on their faces, they absolutely love coming to get us in the mornings)! We still take 3 naps a day, even though the first two are a little short. We just want to make sure we don't miss anything that's going on!

We have both gotten so good at crawling. Mommy likes to have races with us. We can both sit really well but don't usually do that for very long - we're too busy!! We like to pull up on couches, ottomans, walls, pant legs, even Jackson (though we're pretty sure he doesn't like it so much). We've tried out this whole thing called cruising and don't quite get it yet. We're not sure how to make our legs follow when our arms move along the couch. I'm sure we'll unlock the secret soon.

Whatever we're doing, we love to do it together. Even though we have a big room to play in, we'd much rather play with the exact same toy in the exact same spot. Maybe it's because we were smooshed together for 9 months. All we know is that it's much more fun playing or attempting to get into trouble together!!





 Trying to crack the code of Daddy's amplifier.


Hey there - Austin here! Let me tell you what I've been up to for the past month. As far as eating goes, I still eat between 6-8 ounces per meal. I've kind of learned how to drink out of my sippy cup but I've found it's much more fun to bang against the table!! Mommy says I'm super strong. I like to pull up on everything and can crawl so fast!! I have even stood by myself for a couple of seconds - pretty proud about that!

My nickname is the Drool Machine. I can produce more spit than anyone on this continent! I have 7 teeth and I'm working on number 8. I do ok when I'm teething but sometimes I still like to be held when it hurts. I just recently learned how to babble. I'm still a little unsure that it's me that's making those noises but I'm getting louder. Someday I'll be as loud as Addie!!

My absolute favorite thing to do in the world is laugh. I laugh all the time!! I like to laugh at Daddy's funny faces, I like to laugh when I get tickled (which I am VERY ticklish) and I like to laugh at anything Addie does. Mommy and Daddy tell me that my laughing is the most beautiful sound - I think they are just silly!


Boys love electronics!!


I love my mommy!!


Move over Austin - it's my turn. Hello there - it's me, Addison - the pint-sized member of the A-Team. Even though I'm tiny, I eat almost as much as my brother. I eat between 6-7 ounces per feeding and LOVE anything I can feed myself. I've tried my sippy cup but I'd much rather drink out of Daddy's big yellow glass. I am willing to try anything to eat. Mommy hopes that I continue to like everything! I only have 2 teeth so far but I'm pretty sure I'll be getting my top ones soon. I've been pretty drooly and I like to chew on everything.

Mommy and Daddy call me their little daredevil. I do everything with reckless abandon. Thank goodness they are around to catch me when I try to crawl or jump off of things. I don't really pay attention to how far of a drop it is. I like to crawl everywhere and can pull up on everything. Recently I've discovered that Austin is really good to use to pull up - he's pretty strong. I like to talk a lot - I feel like I have a lot of important things to say! I say na-na, da-da, ba-ba and most recently ma-ma. I think that last one makes Mommy really happy! I have also decided to add laughing to my smiles. It's sound funny but I like to giggle!

Playing with Daddy....


Thinking deep thoughts


Getting into trouble


We know that Mommy and Daddy miss us while they are gone. But we know how much they love us and we know that we are the center of their universe! :)

10.05.2010

Separation Anxiety is Setting In....

No...the twins aren't having separation anxiety. It's me. In 4 days, John and I are leaving on an airplane, sans A-Team. John is running a marathon in Healdsburg, California and we're going with a fun group. But when I think about having to leave my babies, full-on panic mode sets in. My parents are coming to stay with the twins and I'm confident in their ability to take care of them and spoil them rotten - so that is not what makes me nervous. I'm nervous because I miss them when I am gone shopping for 2 hours!! Nervous that I'm not going to be able to survive 5 days! I mean seriously, how can I not be attached to these sweet, perfect little faces?







OK - there may have been a few too many examples of their cuteness. It's my shameless way of showing off my kids! 

I know this trip will be fun and a vacation is much needed. I am looking forward to it. Just hoping I don't miss my little munchkins too much!

PS - After reading this, John told me that he may be feeling the separation anxiety too. So check back for a full report and whether or not we survive leaving them next week! :)