Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween on a budget

So this year we had Halloween on a budget. The girls loved their costumes and I've spent under $10. I bought KP's last year on clearance for a few dollars. So this year it was still brand new in the package and she didn't know different. KT ended up wearing a bride dressup outfit we had at home and I painted her face. So this year all I spent was money on the face paint!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A new addition to the family

Welcome our new puppy "whiskey." He is a 7 month old German shepherd mix. He is a very big baby but we love him :)

A little fun in the water

So since KT was crabby and enjoyed a nap, me and KP enjoyed some fun in the sprinkler.

There's nothing better than summertime and water. 

4th Birthday Party - Under the big tent.

I love being able to do themes for birthday parties.
This year I chose to do a Circus theme since the girls loved the circus so much this year. 
I had a lot easier time finding things than I thought I would. Hobby Lobby is where I found most of my supplies and the sunday paper always has coupons for there in it so I had friends save some for me.
 Every year I make a posterboard for everyone to sign.

The girls had a blast. Pin the nose on the clown was a big hit. We got a few guests, including myself to wear the clown noses. I made the cupcakes myself and saved money. Decorations were easy since we stuck to the primary colors. We served hot dogs as the main dish, with some pasta salad, beans, chips and dip/salsa and of course can't forget the circus peanuts. 

Belated 4th of July recap

 KT being red, white and sweet.

 KP and her daddy doing sparklers.
 KT hiding her eyes...then her mouth from all the smoke.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

4th Birthday Celebration

Yesterday my twin tornadoes turned 4 yesterday and it was absolutley bittersweet.

I remember the day I had them like it just happened. It was so exciting, a little more scary and definetly an experience I won't forget. Even though I didn't have a c-section I had to deliver in the operating room. I think the scariest part was seeing how many people were in there. I had a team of nurses and each baby had a team of nurses just waiting on them. Only my mom was allowed in the OR with me and I'm so thankful she was there for me. KP was born first and was rushed off to the team waiting for her. KT was born 20 minutes later which only seemed like a few minutes to me. Once again,KT was rushed over to the other side of the room and KP was already on her way to the NICU. The reality of what was happening was still hitting me.
The NICU doctor that was in the OR ordered the nurses to let me see KT. I only held her for a few seconds before they informed me they needed to get her down to the NICU quickly. My mom realized something wasn't right then with the way KT was breathing.

I was sent to recovery and to wait until the girls were stabilized. In the mean time my blood pressure was sky high and I was not allowed to do anything especially get out of bed, not that the epidural would have let me anyways haha. By the time anyone was able to see them 6 hours had already passed. I had to sign permission for my mom and sister to go to the NICU first. The first time I ever seen KP was through the view finder on a camera. I was absolutely devastated to see such a tiny little thing all hooked up to wires. It broke my heart to think something could be wrong with them even though I thought I had prepared myself for this. There is no way to prepare yourself for a baby(babies) in the NICU. I finally got to see them in person that evening and touch them. It amazed and shocked me that those two beautiful babies were a part of me. KT had other medical problems but continues to show us all true strength. Both girls were supposed to stay in the NICU for 6 weeks, KP came home in 2 weeks and KT camed home in 4 weeks.

The girls once struggled to survive and now I struggle to keep up with them ;). It makes me so happy to see them progress daily and watch all the things they learn each day. 

People ask me all the time how I do it with twins. I just shrug and say "you just do it." I don't think I could have made it this far without all the support of my family and friends. Now that they are older I am kinda glad I had twins first. They always have a best friend to entertain them...and yes fight with too! I think if I ever have another I will be shocked with how easier it will seem to only feed one.

The past 4 years have been a long journey but one that was definetly worth it. The girls have shown me true strength, unconditional love and have always been my rock and motivation.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Girls Day :)

So this past weekend we got to enjoy a day down on the Branson landing with our Nanny. We shopped, had some delicious mexican cousine, watched the water show and ended the day with old time photos.
KP enjoying endless chips and salsa. 

Watching the water show with Nanny.

Both slept the whole way back home.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DIY Autism awareness t-shirts

Saw this idea on pinterest and knew I had to make them! With my job we see a lot of autistic and special needs patients. I also have a few friends with autistic children and I just have a soft spot in my heart for them all.

So I seen this idea on pinterest originally but it was a pin to buy these shirts. I love anything DIY so immediately set out to complete this project. After finding fabric spray paint was not on the cheap end I turned to google and found an easy solution....make my own.

4 small travel size spray bottles (I got mine at Wal-Mart for under $1)
4 colors of fabric paint in colors of your choice
Small puzzle pieces
White T-shirts
Newspaper or other item to cover up the floor

-Pour a small amount of the paint in a spray bottle slowly add water and shake it up. Spray a small amount on the newspaper to see if it is too thick or too thin. Add more materials until you get the consistency you want.

-Place puzzle pieces all down the shirt or in a pattern you like

-Start spraying! I let it dry about 3-4 minutes between each different color. I then let it sit for about 15-20 minutes before removing puzzle pieces.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Craft time.

Everyone is sleeping in my house so that means its craft time! I have some pictures on my camera so I think I will make a tutorial about this craft.
It includes Modge podge, pictures, ceramic, scissors, sandpaper and paint. Since it is a gift I will refrain from posting it until they receive it.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

DIY laundry soap

So my sister actually introduced me to this and I've seen numerous pinterest pins and blog posts using the same recipe. You can make liquid or powder. I have never tried the liquid but love the powder and the best part is that it lasts me over 6 months!

I bought all my ingredients at Walmart in the laundry soap isle. I wish I could say I was an all natural earthy mom. I LOVED Tide and Gain but grew tired of spending so much money on it just weekly. I spend under $10 on all the products and easily have enough to last me over 6 months.

1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 box of Borax
1 Fels-Naptha Bar of soap.

I added equal amounts of the super washing soda and borax into a little plastic tub with a lid. I then grated my soap bar and mixed it into the tub as well. I've notice it does wonders on the girls clothes from daycare and I only need to use 1-2 Tablespoons per load (I was skeptical of this small amount at first). The first time I made this I added the downy unstoppables into the tub as well but noticed that the color and smell seemed to fade away from them. So I still buy my liquid downy softener but the small bottle still can last me a month.