To make it even possible to get through this post that will cover almost 5 months (yes, 5 months!) I'm just going to give a small recap & then add some pics of each event. In a nutshell... Rich got promoted; we sold our house; packed up; bought a new one; & moved in... all amidst the normal day to day life of raising a family.
As most of y'all know, I created this blog for my kids... so that each year I can print it out in book form & at the end of 18 years, have a wonderful, priceless collection to give them on their 18th b-days. So, feel free to skip whatever you want... or, do as we do... & soak it all in! These 2 little people are ever changing & just plain amazing!
We started the new year off with a few birthday parties. One for our dear friend, Owen Strottner; one for the Twin's cousin, Morgan; & one for our friend & neighbor Amber. Jett & Delilah always enjoy the opportunity to sing/scream the "Happy Birthday" song as well as chomp down on some cake.
|Morgan, the birthday-girl!|
Amber's birthday bash was at the Little Gym! TONS of fun!
One cool, crisp day, we spent the afternoon at the Botanical Gardens w/ Grandy. Although there weren't too many flowers blooming yet, we got to see tons of leaves & their beautiful colors, take a nice walk; & feed the fish. Then, we finished the trip off w/ lunch & a margarita (for the adults, of course:)
For Valentines Day this year, since we were in the middle of showing our house & trying to buy a new one, I made simple treats. I took pics of each of the kids with their arms held out straight... to look like they were holding something. Then, made slits in the photo & slid a lollipop in each one. They made the perfect Valentine for their friends at the Little Gym & our "family" at the Firehouse. We celebrated the holiday by having a yummy, pancake breakfast with our favorite sweethearts!
Believe it or not, it actually snowed in San Antonio in February!!! It wasn't much & didn't really stick but the kids loved it, none the less.
We had some very special visitors in February, The McLarnon's. It was a wonderful visit & we always love an opportunity to introduce people to our favorite restaurant, El Mira Sol.
Here are random pics taken throughout February:
We are soooo proud of Daddy/Rich!!! Not that he's not always amazing... But, in March he received a promotion with SA Fire Department. He is now an Engineer. He has to go through 6 months of school-setting type classes; plus ride-arounds in the ambulances; plus rotations at the Emergency Room, all to become a paramedic. But, just as he does with everything... he'll knock it out of the ballpark!! CONGRATULATIONS, BABE!
|Daddy's Little Helper helped just as long as he could|
|Saying good-bye to my house of 11 years.|
1st night in their big kid beds.
|Still love breakfast in 'Momma's bed"|
SETTLING IN JUST FINE
Billy Stringer (Grandaddy), Christine Anderson (Grandy), Clarence & Milagros Stringer; Matt & Kathy Weffel, Priscilla Ruston, Wendy Burns, Angela Walker, Michelle & Patrick Strottner.
Before we left the old house on Horizon Way, for the last time, we took one more walk around the old 'hood & enjoyed a last afternoon on the patio. We have such wonderful memories that were made in that house. Our babies came home from the NICU to that house. But, I'm confident that this new home will be the foundation of many more great times.
Some random pics from March:
At the beginning of April the group that I belong to, The San Antonio Area Mom's of Multiples, hosted a wonderful Spring get-together. It was a picnic at Landa Park, in New Braunfels, complete with an Easter egg hunt & a visit from the Easter bunny, himself. We even took a train ride around the park. It was a fabulous afternoon spent making fabulous memories!
We took Jett & Delilah for Bluebonnet pictures, again, this year. We were able to capture some really good shots of them.
|"EEEEK!!! I saw a bug!!!"|
Here's 2 pictures that I put together showing just how much my little munchkins have grown. Truly amazing!
We found a really neat place, only about a mile from the house, that is super kid-friendly & serves up yummy hamburgers. It's called Beefy's & we've been there several times for lunch/dinner & let the kids play. Jett has even been trying his hand at some basketball with the big kids.
We had a wonderful Easter Day filled with family, fun, BBQ & tons of candy. The kids woke up bright & early to search for their Easter baskets that the Bunny had hidden. I made some scrambled eggs & bacon, in the shape of an Easter Bunny for breakfast. Then, Grandy, Uncle Clarence, Aunt Milagros & Brisa joined us & we had Easter egg hunts; dyed eggs & ate dinner. The kids really enjoy spending time w/ their cousin.
One afternoon a dear friend, Wendy Burns, sat with the Twins for a bit. They absolutely LOVE hanging out with "Wiiiiiiiindy".
|Flying against the wind|
Our friend, Owen, came over for a play date. It was a perfect day for a visit to the neighborhood park. The kids played & played then we all went home for some lunch.
Some extras from April:
At the beginning of the month I had the honor of attending a luncheon, the 5th Annual Tribute to Motherhood, honoring a fellow high school graduate, Leslie Parks. Thank you, Kevin & Angela, for including me in such a special afternoon. And, thank you, Wendy, for watching the Twins for me:)
We had another fabulous playdate with Ava & Dylan Ruston. We spent the afternoon at the park & then lunch was served on the back patio. Such great kids!
Well, if you've made it this far... THANK YOU for indulging me! I know this was a long one. We just had sooo much going on with the move, Rich's promotion, trips to see Grandaddy, unpacking, etc., that time just got away from me.
As always, I hope this finds each of you doing well & enjoying the first half of 2014. Please, keep in touch!