Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Quick Hit Wednesday

1. We had a GREAT Easter. What? You're not still talking about Easter? C'mon. Indulge me. On Saturday (the one before Easter, ya know, like a gazillion weeks ago), the girls went egg hunting at the city park, where we met and took a picture with, the Easter Bunny. 

2. Later that day, we celebrated the second birthday of my niece Cambri -- who has, by far, more personality than all the rest of us put together. Adorable, right?

3. On Sunday morning, our chicks woke up SO cranky. They were bickering non-stop until I yelled "Don't you want to see what the Easter Bunny brought you!?!?!" They stopped in their tracks and immediately turned those frowns upside down. Thank goodness for goodie-filled baskets.

4. After breakfast, we headed East to celebrate Easter with Scott's side of the family. We ate a delicious lunch, played with baby Skyler and hunted for cows. It's like hunting for eggs, but easier because they are fenced in and, well, cows. 

5. A couple of weeks ago we went to a women's basketball game. I was trying to explain to Grace who to cheer for, so every time one of our girls had the ball I said "That's our girl!" After the game, Grace kept asking for our new sister. I think I may have confused her. 

6. Bella had her school carnival this past weekend and invited us to go along. The girls had a blast playing all of the games, but the highlight was getting their faces painted. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Twins ... Only Without Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito

I may have mentioned this before, but after we found out we were having twins and as we were getting used to the idea, I told Scott that it was important to me that we give them the chance to flourish independently. 

I hoped then, as I hope now, that they will grow up to be best of friends, but knowing who they are outside of each other is equally as important to me. 

That's why, most of the time, I dress them differently -- it's a small way that I can say "Go be yourselves!" 

Not that they really struggle with that -- because, really, could they be any different? 

But I have to admit, it's fun to see them looking like "twins" every once in awhile. 

In case you're wondering... no, they aren't eating tubs full of butter. We save those because they make great popcorn buckets. On second thought, I suppose they are eating tubs full of butter. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Following My Arrow

Today is my birthday. The big 3-1. Which is quite possibly the most anti-climatic year ever. 

When you turn 30, you do something outrageous like fly to Vegas, take a cross country road trip or go on a cruise. Something that really tells your 20s to take a long walk off a short pier. But when you turn 31, you hit snooze one more time because, hey, it's your birthday and you deserve it. 

(I should note, for the record, that on my 30th birthday, my family came over to my very messy house after I worked a 10-hour day and were treated to a grump with a headache. Almost as awesome as Vegas.)

So, coworkers: my apologies for being seven minutes late today. But give me some slack -- it's my birthday.

Alongside hearing the story of my birth, one of my favorite things to do on my birthday is reflect on where I am, where I've been and where I want to go. 

This year it's all about following my own arrow. This philosophy has been taking root for years now, but when I heard the song by Kacey Musgraves (Follow Your Arrow), it spoke to my heart. If there is one thing I could tell my 13-year-old self, it would be to raise my hand more in class during discussions and don't be shy about my opinions. (And seriously, it's not OK to wear boxer shorts to school. I don't care if it was in style). If there is one thing I could tell my 23-year-old self, it would be to stop caring about what others think or whether they will approve. I would tell my 28-year-old self to stop comparing my parenting to that of others. And in three years, I'll be telling my girls the same thing -- be yourself because no one else is better for the job. 

"Say what you feel. Love who you love. 'Cause you just get so many trips 'round the sun." - Kacey Musgraves