Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas from our family to yours.  May 2012 bring you prosperity and much happiness.
xoxo,
Margie, Dan, Wesley and Andrew

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Photos with Santa/Build-A-Bear

Here it is, folks!
The yearly Santa Claus visit, captured on cheap photo paper, yet costing a rediculous amount of money.
I thought this would definitely be the year for the 'kids screaming on Santa's lap' photo, (and I'm not going to lie, I kinda really want one of those pictures just to look back and laugh at years down the road), but I was totally wrong.  I thought exposure was the key in the boys not feeling intimidated by the Big Guy in Red, and as it turns out, they were all smiles for every Santa we saw this season.
Every. Single. One.
All 6 of them.
This photo was Santa visit number 5, but Santa #1 and #5 out of 6 (meaning we saw him on 2 different occasions.)  He was my favorite (pretty, authentic and so good with the boys), but the first time we visited him, I tried to cheap-out and use my cell to take a picture, which  wasn't allowed on "the set", hence the blurry images were captured from far away.


In defence of my cheapness, we had just finished up spending lots of "green" at Build-A-Bear, where the boys each chose a pink teddy bear.
Not a typo...pink bears.
And there's more.  Wesley named his bear BOB.
Funny? Indeed.
What's even funnier?
I'll tell you...
Andrew named his pink bear, (oh, so appropriately) GREEN.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Our Half-Naked Tree

Just  like that little Charlie Brown Christmas tree, you almost can't help but feel sorry for our Christmas tree this year.   I tried putting what I thought were non-breakable ornaments at the bottom for the boys to enjoy, but soon found out that even non-breakable stuff breaks.  And to add insult to injury, the dogs chewed the bottom strand of lights beyond repair, so after several years of re-wiring, replacement bulbs and electrical tape, the strand of lights was finally removed.
Soo...This is what a Christmas tree looks like in a house with two 2-year-old boys and three nutty dogs.  Sorry Christmas tree, maybe next year you'll be better dressed!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

"Elfie" on the Shelf

This is going to be a very exciting Christmas.  The boys are talking up a storm and now are starting to really understand what all the holiday hustle and bustle is about.  Before I was even pregnant, I bought The Elf on the Shelf at a local card shop for 75% off after the holidays one year.   My mom swears I paid more for it, but I'm certain I got it dirt cheap.  I brought it out last year, but the boys were more fascinated with tearing paper than behaving for an alleged helper of Santa Claus.
This year, though, things are different.   They know who Santa is and that he brings presents to GOOD girls and boys.  We watched the Elf on the Shelf special a few times, and I think they "get it".

Insert "generic Elf with wimpy felt body" here....

This thing has total vintage cuteness, yet is creepy at the same time...  How can that be?   Anyway, I had plans... big plans...  There's not much this momma can't do with a little sequins, sparkles and a hot glue gun ;)

Our Elf got a girlie makeover!
Why should I be the only chick in the house?


For less than $5, I used what I had around the house (and a few purchased goodies) to give this Elf an extreme makeover (and shoes, because what girl doesn't want a new pair of shoes!)
I love the outcome!
The Elf made her debut the very next day - the boys LOVED her!   I was very excited about naming our new visitor from the North Pole, but Andrew was just concerned about not being able to give her a high-five (wouldn't want to take away her magic by touching her, now would we?)
So, for now, we call her "Elfie".  Cute, but I'm hoping we can be a bit more creative next year with the name.   I do love hearing, "Elfie is watching" from both of the boys.   They know she is on a special mission and required to report back to Santa all she sees (naughty and nice!)  It's working.... and she might just stick around our house well past Christmas!

Stay tuned for more holiday excitement from the P house!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

{Sneak Peek} Holiday Photos

I mentioned last week at the end of my Shutterfly plug that we were having our pictures taken last weekend.  I've only seen five of the pictures so far, but I couldn't be happier with the results.  I think we (and by "we", I mean the twins) shocked the photographer with how active "we" were.  She was great with the boys and I'm thinking she got some really beautiful pictures (muddy knees, and all).   She created a few holiday 'sets' at a campground near our home... Think little log cabins in the woods, rocking chairs, pine cones, ornaments and Christmas lights.  It looked so homey and inviting.  I loved it.
Here are some of the photos she shared. Stay tuned for more ;)



I told you.  They're so handsome, aren't they? Now I just need to be patient and wait for the rest, and then pick out the winning photo that makes our family Christmas card this year.  (...and maybe a new blog header?)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas Cards from Shutterfly

Halloween is over, and as far as I'm concerned, we can just skip right past Thanksgiving (although I'm thankful for lots!) and head right on to Christmas!   To say I love the Christmas season is a HUGE  understatement.  I may or may not have already listened to some holiday favorites on my ipod at work.  OK, I definitly did.  Just this week.   ...and maybe last week, too.

I'm big on sending out Christmas cards... I used to make them every year, and incorporate pictures of my 1, then 2, now 3 dogs.  Since having the boys, the dogs have never been happier.  They no longer are foced to wear antlers, santa hats or be wrapped in Christmas lights. (I can assure you that they are just as happy about the Halloween situation, too!)

In this digital age, I turn to Shutterfly for my Christmas cards.   It's super easy peasy to upload you favorite images and create beautiful cards that I guarantee you will get compliments on.

Here are just a few of my favorites....and I have a lot of favorites!  There are literally HUNDREDS to choose from!



Shutterfly also makes awesome photo calendars, mugs and books!  I haven't ordered any mugs, but I've orderd numerous calendars and photo books and am always extremely pleased with their top-notch quality.

Now wish us luck on our family photo shoot this upcoming weekend.  My goal is to have one shot with everyone looking in the same direction. Smiles would be nice, too, but I'm aiming low, and just hoping that every shot isn't a blurred image of us chasing the twins around!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Belated Halloween Update


Happy Belated Halloween!
The boys did GREAT Trick-or-Treating.

Here are some facts about our Halloween experience this year:
1. The boys didn't carve their pumpkins; Dan and I did.   They really wanted to hold the pumpkin knives, but didn't want to touch the pumpkin or it's guts.

2. These were our second set of pumpkins.  The first two pumpkins were much smaller, but rotted weeks earlier because Andrew took bites out of them at the pumpkin farm (which is why we originally {had to} buy such tiny pumpkins.) Blessing in disguise, I guess...wouldn't have been able to carve those teeny-tiny ones.

3.  Both of the boys cried hysterically when we told them that they were supposed to leave their pumpkins outside on the porch.  I think they wanted them to sleep in their beds with them.

4.  Wesley was a lion, Andrew was a penguin.  Cutest kids ever ;)

5.  Wesley and Andrew both practiced how to go up to a door and say, "Trick or Treat!"  Too bad we didn't practice turning around and leaving.  There was a lot of awkward post-candy-receiving lingering.

6.  Even though we DID practice saying "Thank You" for the candy, we didn't discuss what gluttony was.  Andrew actually told a home owner "...but I want more" after only one piece of candy was dropped in his bag.  Whoops!  My bad!

Hope you had a safe Halloween with your little ones.

PS:  Hi Miss Sandy Sandi :)  Thanks for stopping by Double the Giggles ;)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Nursery Dutch Door: Pros vs. Cons


The Dutch Door...
Looks great and super convenient during the infancy stage - it was so simple to peek in on the boys while they were napping without the dogs charging into their room, possible waking them up.
Now...
We are out of the infancy stage and on to the full-blown monkey phase.
Maybe it's time to go back to a solid door.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Sweet Visit

Sarah (the adorable blonde), Lauren (the adorable brunette) and I.
I recently had the opportunity to visit a good friend while I was out of town for work.   (Yep, an entire hotel bed to MYSELF!  In my defense, I missed the boys dearly!) I was in Massachusetts, she was in Connecticut.  Close enough, right?   Anyway, my dear friend Kate and I always look forward to the opportunity to see each other, even more so now because we are both mommas to multiples.  Kate had two beautiful girls, Sarah and Lauren, just about 6 months before the boys were born.   It's so cool to have such good friends in the same boat that we are in (...and for those of you that don't know, my bestie who lives 10 minutes away also has twins.)  I refer to these moms as my Twin Senseis.   They are my go-to's when I have troubles or questions about raising two kids the same age...and it's also fun just to chat and share a few laughs with them from time to time.
Kate just emailed me this photo she took of me and the girlies- I forgot she took it.   I LOVE it.  Her girls are beautiful, smart and oh-so-funny.  During my brief visit, they serenaded me with the National Anthem (their favorite song - seriously, they knew it word for word!), hopped around like frogs, waddled like penguins and the best part happened after I was headed home the following day.  On Saturday morning, Kate said they woke up and asked, "Momma, where my friend?"
Seriously.  Too sweet.
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I know I've been absent for a while.  I have lots to share with you, I just can't seem to find the time.  Soon, I hope. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

{Party} Little Men 2nd Birthday Celebration

  This past Friday, my little dudes turned 2!  I can hardy believe that 720-some days have come and gone so quickly.   Yes, during those multiple, early-on, late night feedings time seemed to drag, but thousands of bottles and sippie cups later, we have reached another milestone.
Two.
Amazing. 
I came up with the idea of a Little Men themed party because, well, Dan and I refer to Wesley and Andrew as our 'little men.'  I wanted all-things-grown-up; bowties, hats, suspenders, glasses and most importantly, mustaches.  Who doesn't love a good mustache?
I have to take a moment to thank my childhood bestie Kim of the TomKat Studio for capturing my vision and designing the perfect invitation and cupcake toppers for the event.  She is beyond sweet, and is an amazing party planner and designer.  If you haven't checked out her blog or etsy shop of do-it-yourself printable party files, you are missing out!  She does all the amazing work, and all you have to do is the printing and cutting.  Easy Peasy!



Invite and toppers designed by The TomKat Studio
I got the idea for the 'bunting' from the party blogosphere.  I took a ton of pics of the boys, printed out my faves and glued mustaches to them.  Attach yarn and Viola!
There were plenty of snacks and goodies to go on the table.  Cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, a veggie tray (had to squeeze something healthy in there!), the cake and the mustache cookie favors.
The 'Stache Stash: Mustache cookie favors, made by me :)

I ventured into cake-making for the first time:  A delicious (whew!) two-layer buttercream cake (homemade frosting, box cake) with chocolate fondant mustaches (created from a leaf-shaped cutter) adhered to the sides. The cake was topped with a mini-chevron banner that I improvised from the bottom of the invitation!  It sat upon a bright orange hatbox to create some additional height on the table.
I created several mustache props to go on the table, as well as some for a prop box for a make-shift photo booth.  So. Much. Fun.











(Yes, the adults had a blast at the party!!)

After practicing with me for weeks, the boys finally had everyone sing Happy Birthday to them. They loved it!
Every. Single. Note.
Their faces lit up with excitement, and Andrew actually blew out the candle all by himself!!  Wes provided some backup air of his own ;)

Being sung to.  I absolutely LOVE this photo!

My little boys are two... TWO!  I can't believe it.  Happy Birthday, babies.  They had a great time at their party playing dress-up and playing with the gazillion trains they got (their latest passion).  Looks like I already have a theme for next years party... All Aboard!




Sources:
Invitations & Cupcake Toppers: The TomKat Studio and The TomKat Studio's Etsy shop
Favor Thank You Tags: Free Printables from The TomKat Studio
Mustache Prop Templates: Easy Makes Me Happy blog
Cupcake liners, ice cream cups, stripey straws, tissue fans, glass milk bottles:  Shop Sweet Lulu

Cupcakes, cake and cookies all made by me!  I know it's hard to believe, but it's true!  I also created all the other decorations (banner, photo props, etc) and the two handsome redheads!  ;)


Sunday, September 4, 2011

{HDYDI Guest Post} - Giving Back

Hop on over to How Do You Do It to read my guest post about giving back a little something to the amazing Doctors and Nurses of the Sisters Hospital NICU, as well as a little something for the newest guests of the NICU.  Also, stay tuned for a Little Men 2nd Birthday Party post later this week at Double the Giggles!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TWO YEARS OLD!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANDREW & WESLEY!
Happy 2nd Birthday to my babies!!!  I cannot believe it has been two years!
No sad, reminiscent post like last year (I promise), this one is just gonna be short and sweet.  I love you both to pieces and cannot believe what big boys you have become.  We can't wait to celebrate this weekend at your Little Man party with your Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins!  You are truly  awesome little men and your daddy and I  look forward to the year ahead; learning more words, singing more songs, seeing more places, using the potty (crossing my fingers!), etc. 

Here is the best I could do for a spur of the moment photo shoot of the little men in their Birthday outfits (not to be confused with their Birthday suits, which I'm certain Andrew would rather be wearing!)
Two. Years. Old.
So grown up!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Crying Babies

I'm a few days late with this post, but Marcia over at 123 Blog did a great link-up this week that I just had to participate in.   Photos of crying kids.   Sure, I may have wanted to rip my hair out when it was happening, but looking back, these are some of the most comical photos I have!!  This one definitely takes the cake.  Two for one!!  Pardon the poor quality of my cell phone camera.
The boys were only a few weeks old here, and they were definitely not happy about something!

Monday, August 8, 2011

How Do You Do It?


Hello!  I know it's been a while (embarassingly, too long) but I had to hop on and share something exciting with my readers.  I've been asked (along with several other amazing moms of multiples) to be a guest blogger on the How Do You Do It blog!  If things go according to plan, I will hopefully be posting once or twice a month, and I'll be sure to let you know all about it here, on Double the Giggles.  HDYDI is a great spot for reading up on parenting and realizing you are not alone in the challenges you may face raising multiples.  Be sure to head on over and give HDYDI some sweet blog love ;)
Look for posts a little less personal, and more about challenges and/or milestones we all face as mom's of multiples.  I'm planning on doing my first post about my crazy climbing toddlers, and not too far behind that will be a post about celebrating the twins 2nd birthday - yes, I know this is personal, but I think everyone can benefit from some cheap, easy party ideas, right?
So that's really all that is new here.  It's summer, it's hot, and we are busy enjoying the amazing weather here in Buffalo, NY.  I'll be back soon, or sooner if something post-worthy happens!  Thanks for being patient with me and I'll see you all over at HDYDI in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jar of Stars

I keep a spice rack in my craft room (yes, a spice rack) and each little container is filled with little crafting goodies.  Tiny buttons,  fancy shaped paper clips, pastel paper brads, and stars.
Lots of gold stars.
Today the boys reached over the baby gate and grabbed the jar of stars.   Normally, I chase after them and grab whatever they aren't supposed to have, but this time, I ran for the camera.

**A jar of stars**
They were mesmerized.
Andrew started out with the jar, and Wesley's interest grew until he snagged it and took off with it.  It was like they were seeing Christmas lights for the first time.
I think everyone should have a jar of stars ;)
Andrew offers me the remote in exchange for letting him keep the star jar.
Holding on tight.
Really tight.
Wesley goes in for the steal. 
Wesley takes off with the coveted jar of stars.
Andrew chases after the star thief.
Wesley keeps a tight grip on the jar of stars.
Ready to share the stars again.