Thursday, December 6, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday Boys!!!

Whew! What a birthday this was!!! The boys have been counting down the days for SOOOO long and it finally arrived. I must admit that it was a little bittersweet for them. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but the boys were not potty trained as of yesterday. They are 2 stubborn little boys who refused to try/attempt/show interest at all. I finally decided this summer that it really wasn't worth the stress and headache...especially trying to convince 2 strong willed boys that they should. Anyway, we decided to really push turning 4, and that they no longer made diapers for 4 year olds. I am ecstatic to report that it worked!!!!! This morning Joel went on his own and never had an accident the whole day! Caleb took a little bit longer, but by this afternoon was successfully trained. We did spend most of our day in the bathroom and potty training twins is exhausting! A few times I was running back and forth from bathrooms cheering, encouraging, reading to, washing hands, putting clothes on......I am BEAT! But, we survived and have entered the world of no diapers! YEAH!!!!!

Amidst all that drama, we still managed to have waffles for breakfast, per the boys request, open presents, skype with grandparents, play with our new presents, celebrate Dairy Queen for supper, make a cake and eat it, and even ran to the toy store to exchange a defunct gift. The boys had a ton of fun and loved all the gifts everybody sent and blessed them with! We are so proud of our boys and it's hard to believe we are at year 4 already! What a blessing Caleb & Joel have been and we love their cheerful outlook, sweet nature, and crazy antics! We love you both so much!!! This mama is now headed to crack open a diet coke and put her weary feet up. Enjoy the pics from our day!

This picture makes me laugh...the night before we laid out all our underwear as we were excited to start!

Eating our waffle breakfast!

So excited to open gifts!

The boys chose a Candy Land cake as it is one of their favorite games.

I am proud of how it turned out! The boys loved it!

Joel on left, Caleb on right

Waiting for our food at Dairy Queen

Caleb and mommy

We are 4!

Mommy and Joel

Playing our new Headbanz game. It was lots of fun!

Monday, December 3, 2012

1st Piano Performance!

Kiera started taking piano lessons this year. As I am her teacher, she doesn't have recitals or anything. I didn't want her to be afraid to play in front of people like I was, so we had her play a Christmas song at our church Christmas program yesterday. A number of kids signed up to do part of the prelude. Kiera and I did a duet together.  I am SOOOO proud of her! She worked so hard and voluntarily practiced to make sure she was ready. She did AWESOME! No mistakes and she wasn't even nervous!

This is exactly what the boys looked like through the duration of the program. They didn't move, didn't sing, didn't do actions...nothing. I guess at least they participated!

Still nothing...

Kiera, on the other hand, did fabulous! She sang her little heart out!

Our kids with their Link cousins who were also a part of the program.