Friday, September 30, 2016

A Few More Cowboys

I have a new favorite song, and I wanted to share it... but there isn't a music video for it yet.  So... I found a video from a concert and the lyrics... I hope you like it as much as I do.

A Few More Cowboys:

If the White House was in Texas, man, we'd get a straighter answer
If they'd let us smoke what we want, we'd have a lot less cancer
There'd be a bunch more daddies, sons could be proud of
We'd have half the crime, we'd have twice the fun

With a few more cowboys, be a lot less outlaws
With a few more amens, be a lot less bad calls
With a few more yes ma'ams and a lot less yes man
This world would be a better place to live in
With a few more cowboys

If we did it with a handshake, we'd save a lot of paper
That'd save a lot of trees we're shippin' overseas to make her
If we stood by our word, took care of our own
Bought it made in the USA, we'd keep it here at home

With a few more cowboys, be a lot less outlaws
With a few more amens, be a lot less bad calls
With a few more yes ma'ams and a lot less yes man
This world would be a better place to live in
With a few more cowboys

If we had a little more grit, less politics, and more fist fights
Met 'em at high noon, hell, it's about high time
We looked 'em in the eye, got our head out of the sand
Hit 'em with a big John Wayne, by God they'd understand

With a few more cowboys, be a lot less outlaws
With a few more amens, be a lot less bad calls
With a few more yes ma'ams and a lot less yes man
This world would be a better place to live in
With a few more cowboys

All in all we'd have a better world
With a few more cowboys
We'd have a few more cowgirls
With a few more cowboys

If the White House was in Texas, man
We'd get a straighter answer
They'd let us smoke what we want
Be a lot less cancer


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Out With Daddy

Wednesday nights are Daddy's night with our little ones because I teach an evening class at our local college.

Last night was the first time Daddy was brave enough to leave the house with all three by himself.  They went to the last middle school volleyball game of the season and ran a few other errands.

Hubby sent me this video, which I think is so adorable -- all three kiddos at the game, each so perfectly showing off their own personalities.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

After Work Adventure

Yesterday, after work, we took a little family adventure.  We went out to our local reservoir and played on the dock and through rocks in the water.  It was a simple outing, but it was a great little golden nugget of family time in the middle of our week.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

In His Sights

At age 8 months, our little future hunter is already using his new skills of pulling himself up to get deer in his sights...


Monday, September 26, 2016

Funny Montage

These days, I'm trying to do it all, and have a positive attitude... and I fail miserably day after day.

If ever I don't blog on a given day... it is probably that I just collapsed into bed... which I do most days, but probably on that day, the twins were especially hard to get to sleep.  When they go to bed before 10pm, I usually take the time to blog... if one or both is still awake at 10pm or later, the blog may not happen that day.

All that to say, in addition to responsibilities at home, and my joy with students who are blind and visually impaired, I also teach Child Development at our local college.

This week's lecture is on childbirth and newborns, which I think is awesome, because I also teach The Bradley Method of natural childbirth, so the subject of childbirth and newborns is a favorite topic of mine.

Here is a video I'm going to show in class this week, which I think is pretty funny.  Enjoy:

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Twins -- Eight Months

The twins are almost nine months old... and this is my eight month update.  That should be at least mildly indicative of how crazy life has been at this point with the twins (and Tracey).

For comparison:

Twins at seven months:


I actually have no idea... I don't know their weight right now, and eight months was three weeks ago, so I'm not sure.  I think their weights are healthy.


They are on the verge of out-growing six month onesies and sleepers... so their length seems to be healthy as well.

Clothing size: 

Both Howard and Caroline can still squeeze into a few six month outfits, depending on the style, but for the most part, nine month is a better fit.

Howard and Caroline have definitely gotten the hang of eating solid foods regularly.  They pretty much each whatever Tracey eats -- or at least something very similar every time Tracey eats -- so about two meals a day plus nursing as needed.  Our kitchen is officially a disaster area almost 24-7 now that all three kids are eating so much, so often... and I Lloyd is the happiest dog on the planet.

We're still working toward Howard and Caroline sleeping through the night again.  Often Howard will insist on falling asleep in our bed, and can be hard to move to his own crib.

New things/discoveries/accomplishments: 
  • Both babies can scoot where they want to go -- Howard moves with more purpose, but Caroline can inch herself along when she wants to
  • Howard learned how to clap
  • Caroline is now a champ at sitting up and is really steady
  • Howard started sitting up about a week ago and he's still a little wobbly 
  • Howard will get up onto all fours like he's about to crawl, and then lower himself back down 
  • Going to the park consistently 
  • First airplane rides and airport experience -- and flight delays and changes to plans 

  • Howard remains cautious of new people, but excited to explore new things on his own.  He is wanting to move and movited to crawl.
  • Caroline is the happiest little girl, and completely at home with new people.  She has the biggest smile for anyone she meets and loves to be held by new friends.

  • Playing with each other
  • Pacifiers
  • Nursing
  • Solid food
  • Bath time together
  • Playing with Tracey
  • Playing with each other
  • Soft blankets
  • Being tickled
  • Jumping/walking toys 
  • Crackers
  • Cousins

  • Being hungry
  • Being tired
  • Falling over from sitting up or rolling over too hard

Special Memories:
  • First airplane rides as we spontaneously decided to zip over to St. Louis for a weekend to surprise Chris' family and meet our brand new nephew
  • First days of Mama going back to work and being left with a nanny while Mama is gone all day - everyone survived and both the nanny and kids are finding a routine
  • First time getting consistent bottles on the days Mama works - everyone survivied
  • First night for all kids alone with Daddy while Mama teaches a college class - everyone survived
  • Seeing a parade for the first time 
  • Seeing family in St. Louis while we were there including meeting their Great-Grandparents for the first time 

Places They Went:
  • St. Louis

  • Howard
  • Master Howard
  • Buddy
  • Buckaroo
  • Mister Man
  • Big guy
  • Little guy 
  • "Oward" Tracey's name for him  
  • Caroline
  • Sweet Caroline
  • Sweetheart
  • Baby Girl
  • "Airoline" Tracey's name for her