Friday, October 26, 2012

Vacation Fun

We had the fortunate opportunity to take our first official family vacation!  We traveled a few years ago to Raleigh, North Carolina to visit my sister over Thanksgiving, but this was our first trip just the 4 of us that was a non family visiting trip!  :-)  I have to say .... we had A BLAST!

Nick had to be in the Wisconsin Dells for a work trip and he invited us to go with him.  He had some work 1 day to do so the kids and I hung out.  It was 3 days filled with great memories and LOTS of kid fun!  Here is my first batch of pictures!  :-)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Little Boys vs. Little Girls

I realize it has been quite some time since I've posted an "update" on the twins so I thought tonight would be as good as any.

Birk is a WILD, crazy, full of energy, Baseball loving, football loving, sports of any kind loving, IOWA STATE CYCLONE loving fan.  From the minute he wakes up he is ready to go! He has officially learned how to put his potty and poppy in the toilet and wears underwear all day long.  He is also very smart and loves to read books, work on his counting, and sing his ABC's.  He loves to watch movies and spend time with his cousins from Omaha.  Birk uses words like "Lasterday" to describe things he did "yesterday."  He still refers to "Cy" as "Yi" and also loves to do everything his Daddy does.  Birk has been in Sunday School for a little over a month now and also sings with the Little Cherubs at church.

Addy is also a WILD, crazy, full of energy, pink wear, girly girl type of kid.  She loves dolls, stuffed animals, ANYTHING with sparkles, and is very creative.  Addy is great at letting her imagination run wild and playing "house", "Doctor", or just about anything we will play with her.  Addy has also mastered going #1 in the potty, but it is a battle that we fight often when it comes time to go #2.  (If anyone reading this has any suggestions ... i'm all ears).  Addy loves to read and learn new things.  Some of her favorite stories are about Jesus and she is fascinated with Heaven.  She loves to read "Heaven is for Real" and talk about all the things that Colton saw when he visited.  Addy likes to make up her own words so if you are ever around her and you hear something like "shoshe" you can pretty much be sure it's Addy Grace.

Twin Stats:
Birks - 32 pounds
Addy - 30 pounds (sometimes 29 pounds)

Birks - No cavaties and does great at the Dentist
Addy - No cavaties and does great at the Dentist

Birk - Can spell Birk, Addy, Mom, Dad, Woo, Cy
Addy - Can spell Addy, Birk, Mom Dad, Woo, Cat

Birk - Can brush his own teeth, dress himself and undress himself.
Addy - Can brush her own teeth, dress herself and undress herself.

Ok, update post is over.  Thanks for following along!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kindness of strangers

A week or so ago we had a great potty training day (both kids went #2 in the toilet) so we made a special trip to Cherry Berry to enjoy some Frozen Yogurt. After we filled our cups got up to pay I realized my debit card was missing. I went out to the van to try and find it, but couldn’t. I was looking all around the van and in Cherry Berry, but found nothing. The twins had already started eating so the clerk behind the counter just said “this one is on us, just come back in sometime.” As embarrassed as I could be I didn’t think I had any other option. Then this wonderful man, whom had been sitting in the car next to my van with his wife, came in the store and came up to the counter and offered to pay for our treats. He handed the clerk money, which was clearly OVER what we owed. He looked at me and smiled and just said “this one is on me, please pay it forward to someone else.”

To say I was moved in an understatement. This was completely generous and it just made my heart happy. Since that point Nick and I have had multiple conversations about how we can pay it forward. What we can do for others who are in a similar situation. We agree on one thing … we WILL pay it forward, multiple times.

I am again amazed at how God puts people in your life to show you the kindness that he brings to us all.

SO to all reading this, I challenge you this week … do something nice for someone else. We don’t need a special day to buy someone lunch or a cup of coffee, or a frozen yogurt!  Do it because it’s kind. Do it because at some point I’m sure someone has or WILL do something kind for you!

God is good!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Color Run 2012

I think this video best speaks to our experience!!!  Thanks to the wonderful Nelson who took my camera and got some amazing shots of the day!

Had a blast with family both before and during the race!  What a great day!!!