Are peas even good for you? Because I cannot imagine why God would make peas taste the way that they do if they are good for you. It seems like He'd make them taste like cupcakes or something!! Apparently the boys agree with my "Peas taste like crap" campaign.

Gray's first bite...

Grossness Mom and Dad!!!

Ugh - I can't get this disgusting taste out of my mouth!!!

Weston's face immediately soured like a grumpy old man...

Then the aftershock of the nasty taste truly hit!

At least he wrapped up with a smile!


Memorial Day Weekend!

Like most other people I know, I love a long weekend. And this past weekend we got to spend some really good family time together! John and I made the decision not to focus on any housework Saturday or Sunday and just play!

Couch-diving practice - this has become quite the regular at our house!

Addie taking flight!

An attempt at getting a pic of the four - tired Austin wanted none of it!

Addie loving on Weston...

Grayson didn't want to miss out on a chance of sisterly love!

Addie made the mistake of laying down. This resulted in an Addie doggie pile!

Addie helped me make banana bread. I tried to teach her about measuring and how to crack an egg. She thought slamming them on the counter was much more fun than tapping on the side of the bowl. 

Luckily we had extra bananas for my little monkey!

Dumping the cinammon in - she didn't really understand a "pinch"

Flying a kite with Daddy!

Not only does our couch provide a great platform for diving, it is also the perfect place for a fort!

A view from outside the fort...

We are so blessed to live in a free country. We know that this freedom comes with great sacrifice. Thank you to all of the men and women who serve or have served our country so selflessly. Thank you to the men and women who have given up their lives to protect us. And thank you to all of the husbands, wives, mothers and fathers who allow their family members to serve our country so that I can enjoy the time with my family. Happy Memorial Day!!


We're 7 Months Old!!

Holy moly - it has happened again! Another month has disappeared without me even realizing it. Before I know it, Weston and Grayson will be driving! I am loving this age. It's fun to watch them discover new things, try new foods and figure each other out. I made the assumption that they would be similar because they are boy twins but that couldn't be farther from the truth. West and Gray are so incredibly different with opposite personalities. They each complete this family in their own unique way.

Grayson and Weston are eating 5 bottles a day with 2 meals. They have tried barley, oatmeal and rice cereals as well as sweet potatoes, butternut squash, apples, carrots, peaches, pears, green beans and avocado. I just started giving them Puffs but they haven't really figured out how to pick them up and make it all the way to their mouths. I'm hoping that in the next couple of weeks we'll be able to drop a bottle and go down to 4.

The boys are still great night-time sleepers. We put them down around 7:30ish and they sleeping until 7:00 - 7:30ish. Right now they are in a transition time of naps. I feel like they are getting longer but are shifting times. So I'm trying to figure out how to get work done around their new schedule. As far as clothes, they have outgrown most 6 month stuff and are into 9 month outfits. They are still in size 3 diapers.

Grayson, if there is a phrase to describe you at this age, it's hot mess. You love to pull up onto EVERYTHING and you are in to EVERYTHING. Poor guy, you have bruises on your head because even though you like to stand up, your balance isn't spectacular. Hopefully this is just a phase and not a trait you inherited from your Grandma West. You still aren't doing a "true" crawl but you can army crawl with the best of them! Pretty sure you'd win the gold at the Olympics.

You have your 2 bottom teeth and are getting 2 top teeth in. Not the front teeth but the fangs - that's going to look interesting if those front ones don't grow in ASAP!

Grayson, you have this huge smile and captivating laugh. You are pretty quick to share that smile with everyone.

This is the face that greets me in the morning:

Helping with the laundry...

Poor Stellar - nowhere is safe!

Getting some Addie love...

Weston, you are still my sweet, gentle son. You are rolling pretty consistently from back to front. And just recently, you have rolled front to back - yay! You can sit up for about 2 seconds before you topple over. Weston, you are pretty chill. You like to hang back and take it all in. You have these thoughtful eyes that are well on their way to being green like mine.

You have 2 bottom teeth and your top 2 teeth are coming in. These seem to hurt you a little more so we're pretty good friends with Orajel right now. Hopefully they will break through quickly!

You have a huge, bright smile. And I LOVE your laugh. You save your hearty laughs for Daddy and me. Because you aren't crazy and mobile, you are pretty cuddly. I cherish these snuggle times because it won't last forever!

Working on your Superman moves...

I love this face...

Weston and Grayson - we love you so much. You are both such a blessing in our lives and we love watching you grow! We are excited to see what this next month holds!


Happy Mother's Day!

I saw this awesome idea on Pinterest for a card with flowers made out of handprints. So I helped Austin and Addie create their masterpieces. I even had them make an extra one on the off-chance John forgot to buy a card (which he did - gee I know him so well!) The cards turned out nothing like what I saw on Pinterest but they were still perfect. 

After church, I wanted to attempt a picture with all of my sweet babies. Someone (who shall remain nameless) was tired and really hungry. So he didn't really cooperate for the pic. But I figure 3 out of 4 isn't bad!

My hungry grump hiding in the curtains (I just don't have the heart to tell him that he's easy to find in sheer curtains).

After a glorious nap (thanks John!), we headed to Jason and Ashley's for an early dinner. The A-Team loved running around with their cousins and I loved getting all of their energy out!

Pretty decent shot of the cousins

Even with an upset Weston, it just doesn't get more perfect than this! I am so blessed that God has allowed me be their mom. 

Addie rocking her pink boots.

Grayson trying to hang with the big kids...

Just hanging out under the slide...

I love this picture - it captures the true Addie. Feisty and fabulous!

This little man makes my heart melt...

Happy Mother's Day!!


Mmm...What's Up Doc?

Weston channeled his inner Bugs Bunny and seemed to really like the carrots!

Grayson on the other hand was not so sure....I'm with him.


More New Foods!

Next up on the menu - butternut squash. We didn't think this would be a winner. And we were correct!

However, pears offered much more promise. Weston is excited!


Gray is cheering before it's even in his mouth.

Another score! Pears are a keeper!