Friday, June 23, 2017

Father's Day summer fun in Des Moines.

We went to Des Moines for the weekend to celebrate my dad's birthday and Father's Day. It was a fun time! My sister from Minneapolis was there too, so we got to see the whole family (except for Zack, her husband). Thankfully, Lucy and Ellory like their car seats and slept almost the whole way, and they slept well at night there too. Way to go, girls!

The past few visits, Norah has loved this car, but the battery wasn't working, so she would just sit on it in the garage and pretend drive. My parents got a new battery for it this time, but Norah was a little fearful of it actually moving. I'm sure she'll warm up to it!

Daddy trying to teach her how to drive it- she would sit in it while moving, but only if someone else pushed the pedal and steered her. 

We hit up the pool for some swimming and Norah had a blast. 

Norah is getting braver this summer! She is getting better about putting her face in/head under, and even went down the slide in the deep end where her head went under several times!

Kley, happy Father's Day! You are an amazing dad (along with my dad and father-in-law also!). Watching you with our girls is so great. I told him that I was so thankful he is so reliable, and he is so valuable, both to me and the girls. Having a Godly, stable man in their lives is such a blessing. I know there are many kids out there who don't have that, and I am so thankful for you, Kley! I hope that by you loving us so well, that they will be able to trust even more deeply how reliable their Heavenly Father is and how much He loves them.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

House tour- Lucy and Ellory's nursery.

Here are some photos of Lucy and Ellory's nursery! I love how it turned out. We did not know the genders beforehand, so we had to wait to do a lot of it until after they were born. Here is what it looked like when it was Norah's nursery. A lot of it is the same, like the wall color and furniture, with just ordering another crib. I'm glad it's a decent sized room, so it wasn't too hard to fit two cribs in. 

To fit the crib on the other wall, we had to move the dresser over, which meant putting the rocker in the other corner and the toy shelf that was there into the closet. All in all, I think it fits well! I don't love the chair in the corner and how close it is to the nightstand, but it's the best we could do to fit two babies in there!

The curtains, rug, and bedding are from Pottery Barn Kids. I think it turned out really pretty! It's soft and elegant and will last them for a long time, as they will be in this room for longer than Norah was. 

I love their canvases, and these sweet wooden name signs I ordered on etsy. Probably my favorite pieces of the room!

I really like how this dresser turned out. I really love the mirror and lamp with the lace pink shade (both from Pottery Barn Kids also). And their newborn/family photos turned out so nice!

The giraffe picture I got a long time ago, before we even found out it was twins, from Hobby Lobby. The white flowers on the other wall are from Target, and the framed floral picture is from Megan Carty Art, which is really neat because she also made the "You are my sunshine" picture that was in Norah's nursery and is now in her big girl room.

The cards on the far top left are from their great grandma. She loves to make cards, and the cards she gave them when they were born were so pretty and matched the room so well that we framed them. The wooden rocking horse was from my nursery when I was a baby, and the animal giraffe was made by my great grandmother, who passed away the week before Norah was born.  The lamb is what my mom gave me when we found out we were pregnant with Norah, and we've used it to take all three of the girls monthly pictures with. 

I'm also so thankful for their huge closet!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer pool inauguration.

Summer is officially here- we broke out Norah's pool! 

Norah had a great time and it was fun to watch her play!

And here's our little cuties in the bathtub!

Monday, June 12, 2017

"And we'll have fun, fun, fun..."

For some reason, when I was thinking about what to call this post, I thought of "Fun, Fun, Fun" by the Beach Boys. While maybe the rest of the family was having fun, Lucy probably didn't think so by the following pictures, and Ellory was just sleeping through it all. Ha.

This is the first time in their sit up seats! (The Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat is one of my favorite baby items! Norah used hers all the time, and I made sure to buy another one when we found out we were having twins.) They have only sat in them a couple times, and Lucy pulls the following face each time.

Ellory had just woken up and was too tired to care, and just leaned over and went back to sleep.

Hopefully Lucy will grow to like it! It's funny to see how different twins are already- they aren't often doing the same thing!

We went to a "summer celebration" in a neighboring town on Saturday, and had lots of fun! Norah had the most fun with inflatables and train rides. Lucy and Ellory basically slept through the entire outing, except Lucy woke up for a few minutes to give me these beautiful pictures. 

Ellory was, once again, sleeping. (I try to wrap burp rags around the head piece to catch spit up, because washing the car seat pads is a bugger, in case you were wondering.)

In the few minutes that Lucy was awake, I had to take her out and put on her new summer sun hat. Super cute, right? She obviously loved it.

Norah and Daddy waiting for the train ride!

Norah seems so much bigger this summer. (I'm sure a lot of that has to do with having two tiny babies!) It's been so fun to watch her be brave and do independent things. Seeing her jump on the train by herself and dive into an inflatable full of kids she doesn't know makes me so happy that she is growing up and doing things on her own. Watching her have fun is better than having fun myself!

You rock those shades, Norah. :)

"Well she got her daddy's car and she cruised through the hamburger stand now..."

Love her face in this picture! Having so much fun!

Norah loves to point out every type of vehicle on the road- trucks, motorcycles, excavators, cement trucks, etc. This loader inflatable was a hit!

Having three girls is pretty awesome!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Perfect weather at the zoo.

On our last day in Des Moines, we hit the zoo! We were waiting all week for the best weather day, and we nailed it because it was a beautiful day! Norah was so excited! Every year/season is so fun because it's like experiencing it for the first time since they grow so fast. Norah was so young when she went to the zoo previously, so it was great to experience it with her at this age.

She loved the fish tanks. She has never seen Finding Nemo or Finding Dory, but has seen things about it, so she shouted, "Wow! Look at all those Dory's!" when she saw the fish, and legitimately thinks the fish are called that. Too cute.

My mom is wonderful. She is an amazing grandma to me kids and we are all so fortunate to have her in our lives! Whenever we see her, she is incredibly helpful and engaged with the girls!

Norah had to crawl right in this egg, and posed for the perfect picture. Nailed it, Norah. (But, she is getting better at taking pictures, so I'll take it!)

She loved the kangaroos jumping around.

Watching the penguins swim. We also went to the seal show, and Norah enjoyed their tricks!

Lucy and Ellory did fabulous and basically slept the entire time. 

Very thankful for warmer days, fun trips, and family!