Monday, December 28, 2009

Cookies!

Many of you have probably read (here or on Facebook) about my cookie quest. Zac and I have been looking for a good, chewy cookie recipe. And I think I've found it! I made some last Sunday and took them to a friend's house. They were, I thought, pretty good. I tweaked a few little things and came up with this recipe. And I think they're pretty flippin' awesome. :D Check it out!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Teething

I'm pretty sure that the babies are starting to think about getting teeth. ACK! These girls are doing stuff waaaaay sooner than Abby did. I'm not ready for all this....

Freaking out aside, I saw some jewelry in a store the other day and I think it's awesome. It's called Teething Bling. It's cute jewelry for Mom that's safe for Baby(ies) to chew on. Pretty cool, huh??

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rudolph

The video's a little dark - but it's still pretty cute! :)


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True love

Got this in an e-mail forward and wanted to share:
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It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised and asked him, “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, “She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is.

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, “That is the kind of love I want in my life.

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be. The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the best of everything they have.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More updating...

I recently took a job as a substitute crossing guard for Draper City. It's not anything regular but every little bit will help our budget. And it gets my foot in the door in case any regular, 'full time' crossings do come open. When I was considering working full time again and started pricing daycare I realized it would be stupid for me to work. This is something I can do without having to worry about daycare (the girls come with me and stay in the van).

Last Friday was my first on-my-own crossing. I'd observed twice and Friday I filled in for a lady in the morning and afternoon. Zac only worked a half day Friday, so he came with me and the girls; he wanted to watch me in action (LOL) and take some pictures.

Had to bundle up - it was COLD here last week!! Don't you love my cute new scarf and gloves? Now I just need an earcover or hat to go with them....


My super-awesome, official Draper City employee jacket. LOL I'm technically a Draper PD employee. Oooohhhh.....


Waiting on kiddos....


Getting the kids across safely!! I had one lady that tried to inch her way through before all the kids were across. She got a very dirty look and then stayed still until I was done. :)


When I got done, it was still Happy Hour at Sonic, so we went to get drinks. In the span of 90 seconds (no joke), Abby told us what she wanted (Sprite), Zac ordered it and I turned around while saying, "Abby did you have fun being a crossing gua...."

Wow. Guess so. :)


In other news, Cami has decided to firm up her abs with some crunches. hahaha


LOVE baby smiles!!! Cami has the little asian-like eyes that disappear when she smiles, just like her Momma.


Emma decided to give Daddy's head a little spit-shine. Sweet Emma has the cutest lopsided grin! I think it looks like her Aunt Kendyl's smile.


Cami got bored watching me make cookies.


Abby is getting much better at holding the babies. Although earlier today, she did try to pull Cami off the couch by her neck. We're working on it....

I just realized there are waaaaay more pics of Cami than Emma in this post. I'll post more Emma next time, promise!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Update...

Big kid in the bath, babies asleep, hubby still at work. Perfect time to update the blog!

Last Thursday, the babies had their 4 month checkups. Both had to get shots...always sad! (And especially hard now that I have to calm TWO babies!!) Emma has now moved up in the world and is the reigning chubster in our house. She is 26 3/4" long and a whopping 16.5 lbs!! (About 95th percentile)



LOVE the thigh rolls!!!


Cami has given up her heavyweight title but not by too much. She is 26 1/2" long and weighs 15.5 lbs. Dr. Clayton kept saying, "They're just big babies!" This is true.


Not as rolly polly as Sister Emma, but still plenty of chub!


I found them sleeping like this a few mornings ago. Too cute!


We have a friend at church that gives us hand-me-downs from her girls (YES!!!) and this kiddie mirror was in the last batch. The babies have enjoyed it!


Through much coercion, including snacks and movies, Abby actually sat still to let me play with a hairdo. I think Santa might be bringing us some better hair accessories. Hopefully the bribery will still work after Christmas. :)


Nana, this picture is for you.
Zac's mom ordered a box of diapers for the babies (WOO!!!) and when Abby and I opened it, she was sooooo excited to see that there was a book included. She yelled, "Mickey Mouse Cubhouse, Momma!!!" She's been carrying it around and 'reading' it ever since.

Not too much going on around here. I got our Christmas cards addressed and in the van...now I just have to remember to go by the post office. LOL I still have thank you cards to write for baby gifts - I'm such a loser. Zac and I have been searching for the perfect, chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe. We'll let you know if/when we find it.



Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Before I forget...

Emma rolled over on Sunday! So now I have two babies that can roll from their backs to tummies - and then both get mad when they're stuck on their tummies!! They crack me up!

We have 4 mo checkups on Thursday; be on the lookout for weight updates and such.

Monday, December 07, 2009

First food

Saturday night, Abby & I decided to make pumpkin bread. The recipe only calls for 1 cup of pumpkin and a can has about 1 1/2 cups. I checked the label and pumpkin was the only ingredient - so I decided to give the babies some!! The first couple of bites didn't get rave reviews - Emma made a yucky face! So I added a little pumpkin pie spice to flavor it up a bit. They seemed to enjoy it! They probably only got a total of 2 tsp each...but we still had fun with it. :) We'll probably wait a few more weeks before we try food again, though....no need to rush things!!


Cami isn't sure what to think....


Neither is Emma! (Not sure why my camera is being so dumb and fuzzy...probably need a new one. Oh well.)


Getting a little more...


Abby, of course, had to help too...


...but we need to work on not sticking the spoon in too far! Oops!!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Picture post

I know I haven't been posting enough pictures lately - gotta keep the Arkansas family happy! :)
So here are a few catch up pictures!


Cute sisters!! I bought Abby's shirt the night I got the positive pregnancy test; I also bought one pair of ducky pajamas...who knew I'd need another pair?!? :) Nana & Pawpaw bought the babies' shirts when they came to visit in March.


This is how I usually find the babies during/after their naps. :) One of them is generally kicking the other one, which is why the 'abused' baby wakes up.


When I'm sorting laundry or something similar, I bring the babies with me. The plan is to protect them from Abby - can't quite leave her alone with them yet. But, she usually ends up wherever we are. Fun times all day long at the Elliott house! :)


This is, according to Abby, her "Doctor Abby outfit." She cracks me up!


Doctoring one of her babies....this poor guy had a lot of things wrong with him! :)

Thursday, December 03, 2009

College admission essay

Most of you know that Zac has two teenage sisters, Kirsten (17) and Kendyl (14). When we got married, the girls were 8 and 11; truly ''little sisters," which was something new and cool for me. My "little" sister and I are only 15 months apart in age; so getting to be more of a big sister was pretty fun.

It's been interesting to watch the girls grow up. We can't do as much with the girls now that we live so far away but we both love taking them to do stuff and watching them turn into young ladies. We've both felt sort of parental at times, worrying about them and praying they would make good decisions as they got older (they have!).

Kirsten is now in her senior year of high school and applying to nearly every college in the contiguous United States. :) We were pleasantly shocked when she e-mailed us the following application essay for us to read. After spending a good ten minutes crying, we decided to ask if we could post it on our blog. She said yes. So....please enjoy reading! (Note: Zac changed the spelling of his name in college - that's why Kirsten spells it Zach in her essay)

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Being fourteen years apart, one would guess that my brother Zach and I would have little in common or know little about each other, but just the opposite is true; he has always been my best friend. Even after he moved out for the final time when he married Sarah, not much changed…for a while.

When my dad opened his present from Zach and Sarah on Christmas day in 2006—a t-shirt that said “World’s Greatest PawPaw”, I was completely shocked; up until that point, my sister and I had been the only “girls” in Zach’s life. Because of the age difference, sometimes we were kind of his “kids”, and I was not thrilled about losing the closeness my brother and I had. When August came I got over it though, and I fell in love with Abby and being an aunt. It is pretty hard to not love a big—twelve pound, thirteen ounce—bundle of joy. Even as a baby she caused me to learn more than I would have ever thought. I learned how to make bottles and then I learned how to feed those bottles to a baby. I learned how to change a dirty diaper and how to give a baby a bath. I learned that I had a lot of growing up to do. But beyond those practical life lessons, I learned to have patience, to be more responsible, and to persevere.

Rather than attending Arkansas Governor’s School this summer and pursuing my own academic enrichment, I moved in with my brother’s family who had relocated to Draper, Utah—a suburb just outside of Salt Lake City. While I wanted to spend some much missed time with Abby, I also wanted to go to help with some daily tasks that were becoming impossible for Sarah to perform. Bending over to pick something up off the floor or even just walking through the grocery store becomes a little difficult when you’re carrying twins that ended up weighing almost nine pounds each at birth. Knowing that Abby was about to face a lack of attention from her mom and dad, I wanted to make sure we spent lots of time together doing things she wanted to do. Because her cousins have played soccer for years and also the fact that I started playing this past year, Abby has been captivated by soccer basically since birth. All she could talk about when I got off the plane was “Kirsten, we go play soccer now?”, so we started on fulfilling this dream right away and headed to the park to learn how to kick the ball. This lasted all of about twenty minutes at which point she decided she wanted to go color with mommy, which was okay with me. Forcing a three-year-old to learn does nothing but make them hate to “learn”. Instead, we tried other things like scrapbooking, cooking—also known as eating the food before it can be cooked, and swimming, all of which she really loved. As a self-proclaimed nerd though, I just couldn’t resist trying to teach her things I wished I could have learned at her age. Sarah had taught her the alphabet and her numbers one through twenty, and Abby always jumped at the chance to recite, or sing them to others. One day when Abby was counting out her numbers to me I said, “Would you like to learn a new way to count”? She curiously looked at me, so I started counting. At first it was just recitation, “uno, dos, tres…”. I taught her some colors in Spanish, too, though those never seemed to stick as well as the numbers. After my month in Utah she still retained her Spanish numbers uno through diez, but I assumed it was because of repetition. In September my nieces came home, and to my surprise when I asked Abby what color her Nana’s red shirt was she replied “rojo… red”. She then counted with me in Spanish, holding up the corresponding numbers on her fingers. I could have cried. I really, actually taught her something. She wasn’t just copying me. She was learning.

While this accomplishment may not seem like a lot, and certainly isn’t anything that would fit on an academic resume, it is one of the proudest moments of my life. My hard work didn’t benefit me. It benefited her. If people keep working on it with her, she could be bilingual by the time she’s my age, and to me that’s success. I wouldn’t trade the world’s biggest trophies or awards for that moment. It was pure bliss.

At only three years old, my niece has had more of an impact on me than almost any other person in my life. Because of her, the world has taken on a new, clearer image, and I’ve changed how I live my life. Winning feels amazing, and accomplishing a major personal goal can be extremely gratifying; however, I learned that for myself, neither of those things were what fulfilled me. What is fulfilling to me is seeing my hard work translate into amazing things for others and seeing them grow and prosper from it. Somehow in that summer, she taught me that the smile of a child was worth missing a paycheck from a summer job. It was worth missing out on an enlightening summer with my peers. Those things can be replicated, time after time if I seek them out, but there will never be another time that I can shape her life. After a few turbulent years of living for others, living for the future, and living without a purpose, I found myself and began to really live.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

HELP!

Ok, Moms...or anyone else who might have a good idea...

I need help! I swear, Abby is trying to kill these babies!! How do I get her to chill out and back off?? I mean, really - how many times should I have to tell a 3 yr old that LAYING ON TOP of the babies is not a good idea?!? Ugh....

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We love Sundays!

Now that Zac isn't working on Sundays (WOO HOO!!) we can get back to our preferred Sunday routine, which is family-centered and kind of lazy. For Sunday meals, I usually either Crock-Pot (tradition from my dad) or do something fun. Today, Abby announced that she wanted pancakes for dinner. So she helped me make pancakes while Zac cleaned up the house a little and entertained the babies.

When we sat down for dinner, he put the babies on their play mat (on their backs). When we were almost done with dinner, I looked up and saw Cami up on her side. I yelped and all three of us ran to watch her roll over!!!! She's been trying for awhile now and finally did it!


Trying to get that stinkin' arm out of the way!!


Still trying....


Success!!!


And this is what Emma thought of the whole thing - LOL!


One of my goals with all of my kids has always been to not compare them. Even more so now that we have twins. Emma is a more relaxed baby than Cami - if she needs to be moved, I guess she figures someone will move her. :) Cami is ready to take on the world and go, go, go!! They're both healthy, happy and on par....perfect little additions to our crazy family!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

GIVEAWAY

I love free stuff! Marcy over at Stretching a Buck is giving away Huggies diapers!! I know a lot of my readers could definitely use free diapers, so head over there and enter. If you don't have babies, you can still enter....I'm sure you could find someone to give them to. (Me, Me!) LOL

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chicken Fried

If you aren't familiar with country music, then you may not have heard the Zac Brown Band's song Chicken Fried. It's a great song - especially for we Southerners that are living in Utah. :) Well, we now have a new Elliott version.

Zac likes to re-work songs to make them more appropriate for our lifestyle (e.g. replacing "beer" with "root beer"). Monday night was grocery shopping night and, this week, included stops at 3 stores. At our last stop, I just ran in (great chicken sale!) and came back out to Zac & Abby announcing that they'd made up a new song. Check out my family's creativity! :)


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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Update...

We're baaaaaaaaaack!!! Back in Utah - more updates and pictures coming soon!!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

WHOA!!!

So, this morning I put the babies on their play mat kinda like this:





Then I went downstairs to check e-mail, blogs, etc while Zac was eating breakfast and such. When I came back up about 30-45 min later, I found them like this:





Oh my goodness!! Emma scooted over and Cami was starting to rotate!! They grow up too fast!!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Blogging...

Since I'm not always good at blogging (between three kids and the wonders of Facebook, I just don't manage much these days...) I'm thinking I'm going to find motivation in NaBloPoMo. We'll see if I can make it for the whole month! :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Book giveaway!

My friend Mandi just started selling Usborne books and is hosting a giveaway on her blog through tomorrow. If you can't use it, it'd be a great start on some Christmas gifts! Head on over and enter to win!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Before I forget...

We un-scientifically weighed the babies today (Dad gets on the digital scale with each one) and here's what we came up with:

Cami weighs 13 lbs!
Emma weighs 11.5 lbs!

Growing baby girls!

Friday, October 02, 2009

We miss you, Daddy!!!

As most of you know, the girls and I are staying in AR for a few weeks. Since we are missing Daddy A LOT, I wanted to post some pictures/video on the blog. Love you, honey!!


Cousin Garrett holding Emma.


Abby giving Cami some big sister kisses.


Hungry "little sister" Emma.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

City girl

My dad made breakfast on Saturday morning before we went to watch my little nephew, Garrett, play football. Here's the conversation:

Grampa: "Abby, where do eggs come from?"

Abby: "Wal-Mart."

Oh, gracious. What a little city girl! :)

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Doctor Abby and chubby babies

This morning when Mom was helping me clean my incision (no more packing - yea!!) Abby said, "Wait, I go get my doctor stuff..." and ran to get her doctor kit that she got for her birthday. While Mom cleaned my incision, Abby proceeded to listen to my heart, check my ears and check my eyes. Everything looked good except for one small "owie" on my eye. LOL She was cracking me up!!

This afternoon we took the babies in for another weight check. I was pretty sure that they were doing fine but just wanted to be sure. They came in at a whopping 9 lbs, 13 oz (Cami) and 9 lbs, 6 oz (Emma). My growing baby girls!!

Oh and just for the record - we weighed Abby a couple of weeks ago at the babies' appointment and she weighs 35 lbs....another growing girl!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Abby says...

After a rough day at the Elliott house....


Abby: "Mommy, what's wrong?"

Me: "I just need you to follow directions, Abby."

Abby: "It's ok, Mommy. I don't like to follow directions."


Ugh. And that would be the problem. :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

GOOD NEWS!!!!

We had Cami's big test today - the auditory brainstem response test. We, of course, were very nervous and I was soooo hoping and praying for some good results. And we got them!!! Both ears showed perfect transmission of sound waves from the ears to the brain - no hearing loss for our sweet Camille Marie!! Susie, the audiologist, said that the other tests are more sensitive to environmental noise factors, which can send false results. But there's no way for this test to do that, so we now know for sure that our baby girl has perfect hearing. YEA!!!!!

I also had an appointment today so that the dr could check my wound. It's still open and we'll be packing it for another week. Hopefully next Tuesday they can close it up and we can start getting back to normal! We've been holding my mom hostage and she might want to go home someday! LOL

My dad is coming in to visit this weekend and Abby is super excited to have Grampa here for her birthday. I can't believe my big girl is going to be three - yikes!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Abby says....

We've been doing a combo nursing/pumping/bottles to feed the babies. A few formula bottles, but mostly breast milk in one way or another. Seeing me nurse has been interesting for Abby and has brought up some fun conversations. :)

This afternoon, I was getting everything set up on the kitchen table so I could pump and Abby came to sit in the chair next to me. I was just getting started when she pulled up her shirt, looked at her chest and said, "Mommy, I need to pump my boobs and get milk for my babies." Mom and I just about fell over trying not to laugh....

Friday, August 14, 2009

Update

Sorry about the lack of pictures!! Before my in-laws left to go home, we had them download all of their pics onto our computer. And now...I don't have any hard drive space left. I haven't felt like moving stuff to our external hard drive and Zac hasn't had time - thus the lack of pictures. But we're working on it. :)

Just an update for those of you who are wondering....

I woke up last Friday (8/7) and my incision was leaking really badly. I called and got the nurse midwife to squeeze me in at Dr. Silver's office. When she saw my incision, she told me what I didn't want to hear: the fluid pockets behind my incision weren't going away. They were going to have to re-open the incision and we (Zac & Mom) would have to pack the wound twice a day. ICK ICK ICK!!! So we did that. I went back for a checkup last Tuesday (8/11), hoping that things were healed up enough that they could go ahead and use steri-strips to close the incision. No such luck. :/ And so, we are still packing away until my appointment this coming Tuesday afternoon. Mom and Zac both can tell that the incision has healed a lot, so we're all hoping that they can close it up on Tuesday!!!

We also had another re-screening with Susie (the audiologist) for Cami. Susie re-screened her left ear and it passed again. Her right ear still isn't passing. Susie did another small test to check Cami's eardrum, but with no reactions. Susie wanted to have the pediatrician check Cami's ears for fluid, infection, etc., so we did that at the girls' Wednesday appointment. Dr. Clayton said her ears looked perfect - good news and bad news. :/ So, we have another appointment with Susie on Tuesday morning. It's a two hour test, called an Audiotory Brainstem Response test. Depending on how that goes, we will probably end up seeing an ENT to figure out what's going on. Please keep praying for my baby's ear to heal quickly so that she can more clearly hear all of us who love her so much! We are trying to make a conscious effort to talk to her on her left side so that she doesn't miss anything.

That about sums it up. My mom is here until Aug 25 and my dad is coming out on the 22nd (Abby's birthday!) to stay for a few days. I'm soooo grateful that my mom has been able to stay so long - with my incision still acting up, I'm still so very limited as to what I can do. I'm only allowed to pick up 10 lbs at a time - barely one of my babies!! And Abby is doing such a good job of handling the changes; but it's hard for her to understand why I can't pick her up. She says, "It's ok, Mommy, your big owie is ok. You can pick me up!" So sad for a Mom to hear!! But she absolutely adores her little sisters and is so loving and sweet with them!! Seeing the faces of our three sweet girls is what makes all of this craziness worth it!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Announcing the Birth of:
Camille Marie Elliott, 8lbs. 13oz.
&
Emma Kate Elliott, 8lbs.


My sweetie getting ready for the big day!!! What grace!



Abby showing her...... well you know where this is going!!



The presentation of hand-made stocking hats from the labor & delivery department!!



I believe this is Cami. She came out feet first. Going to have to work on the diving skills!


Cutting the cord. (Sorry it wasn't me. They had two, remember!)


Cleanup for Emma.



Cami keeping warm!



'Bout time!! Momma needs to see them two!



Cami?




Definitely Cami!!



And in the other corner Emma, the lightweight!



What a big sister!



Time to get that baby cleaned up! (Emma)



"Can't they just leave me alone!"



A daddy trying his best to pay attention to everything!



Daddy and daddy.




Emma.




Cami.



Aunt Kendyl and Emma!




Emma's first bath!





All CLEAN!!



Time for some bottle!



A picture of the whole scene.




Cami's first bath.



All CLEAN!!



What a pair!!





The Daddy.



The Grams.



The Paw-Paw.



The Nana.



The Aunt Turn-Turn.



The Aunt Kennell.



The MOMMY!!!!!




Kisses from the BIG SISTER!!!!!




Elliott, Party of Five!



Wonderful Mommy!!!!



The hats.


Just Chillin'!




What a hoot this picture is!! That's funny right there, I don't care who you are!



The BIG Sister!!!




Just a bunch of Daddy's girls!!!