Here is my first attempt at a slideshow... if you click on the picture, it will take you to smilebox and play 10 photos of Henry. I just couldn't resist posting these one day embarrassing pictures of him. Since Saturday, I have had Henry all to myself while his sisters are spending time with grandparents. I think he needs a little male attention. Luckily, Daddy is coming home tomorrow night for a LONG weekend!!!
On Saturday, we spent the day with my family celebrating Christmas. We all took a walk to the big rocks for pictures. Henry walked most of the way with his big cousin Witt. In this little video, Witt is telling Henry all about Santa and "lumps of coal". Too funny and so sweet!
My twins turned 3 this past Saturday! I am truly amazed at how much they have grown and how quickly the time has gone. I cannot imagine a single day without being a mom to these two cuties!
For those of you who don't know, Sara and Emily were conceived naturally. In fact, I told my doctors, my family and friends that I thought I was having twins. And most people's response was "Oh, so cute, first time mom." It wasn't until my ultrasound at 18 weeks that I was proved right and we knew we were having twin girls!
I made it to week 37 before my placenta gave out and the doctors induced labor. I was induced on a Monday morning, but the twins did not come until the next day. So much for planning, we had hoped their birthday would be 12-12, but instead it is 12-13! Sara was born at 12:17pm and Emily came 7 minutes later. Both beautiful and I was in love at first sight!
They had to stay in the special care nursery for 10 days because they just didn't want to eat. Luckily, we were able to take them home on Dec. 23- a true Christmas celebration!
And now, three years later, I can barely remember how long those 10 days were when I was at home without my babies. I cannot imagine my home without their voices, laughter, tears, and screams. Their noises make my day complete and make me stop and say Thank You to God for these amazing blessing. Anyone who has witnessed a birth, be it their own or not, knows that a baby is truly a gift from God. And for some reason, God blessed our family with two at once!
Sara and Emily are the best of friends... they sleep in one twin bed together even though there are two in their room. They insist on sitting in one chair to eat supper some nights. They dress alike most days, thanks to mommy (and grandparents). They share toys, books and stuffed animals with each other. Most days they play well together and can usually resolve their own disagreements without any intervention.
There is an amazing bond between twins that is hard to explain in words. It is beautiful to watch and a joy to learn about!
Sara and Emily have discovered our manger scene and love playing with all the pieces. The only problem is that there is only one baby Jesus and they both want to play with him. Emily was in tears last week because Sara wouldn't share the baby Jesus. It was sad, but also quite comical to hear the tears over wanting the baby Jesus!
It seems that the girls aren't the only ones who enjoy playing with the manger scene. Henry enjoys the pieces also, but insists on putting them in his mouth! Too bad I haven't caught that on film, but I found myself saying to him today "Henry, don't put the baby Jesus in your mouth." Not something you hear too often from a minister!
I've been slack about blogging lately because we spent much of last week at home with a stomach bug. I did take pictures and some flip videos, but who wants to see us hanging out in our pajamas for a week?
So, here are some pictures I had taken at the beginning of December for Christmas cards. I took the kids to Portrait Innovations and was pleasantly surprised with how well the pictures turned out. They got all three kids smiling and sitting in the same place! Some of the pictures are too cute for words.
We went to Ben's parents house for Thanksgiving on Friday to celebrate with the family. Ben's sister and brother were both able to be there with there families. We attempted a family Christmas picture of our three kids with little success. I included a couple of those failed attempts here.
Ben's parents have a fantastic house and yard that begs for kids to explore and play. The girls had a blast playing with their cousins in the yard and climbing all around. The fire outside was a nice added touch to keep the grownups warm while they sat, sang and enjoyed the rare time together.
Another attempt at a picture was one of the 9 grandchildren. It was taken late in the afternoon and my kids just were not wanting to cooperate. But it still is nice to see all 9 grandchildren together and a couple of pictures with Grandmother and Granddaddy.
As you can tell, we had a great long Thanksgiving and it was spent as it should be- with family, enjoying good food and enjoying time with one another.
We visited Ben's parents on Friday for Thanksgiving and the girls discovered a Jack in the Box. Emily couldn't quite decide whether she likes it or not. Her facial expressions in this video say it all.
As I mentioned in my last post, we celebrated the girls birthday with my parents and my sister's family over Thanksgiving. Their actually birthday isn't until Dec. 13 when they will be 3 years old, but we are celebrating already.
Here is the ice cream birthday cake that the girls loved because Mickey and Minnie Mouse were on top. They couldn't wait to get the topper off the cake.
Can you tell we are big fans of Mickey Mouse in our house?
On Thanksgiving Day, we celebrated the twins birthday early with my family so the cousins could all share in the celebration. Mawmaw and Papa gave each of the girls their very own Micky Mouse Clubhouse with lots of accessories. The girls absolutely love it and think that it is the best present. I have even caught them asleep hugging the big plastic Mickey Mouse head.
After opening their presents, I caught Emily on camera playing with the box... or should I say IN the box. Listen closely to her words, it cracks me up!