Monday, September 12, 2011

Tummy Time

At nearly 4 months old, we can really see the personalities emerging from my two little boys.

Here we see Ethan and Tummy Time.  He's finally enjoying his tummy time after having a difficult time with it early on due to some neck troubles.  But he's doing much better now.

And this is Colin's idea of Tummy Time.

Yep, that's about all we get out of him for Tummy Time.

It's kinda the same exact scenario with the Jumperoo as well.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Scared Straight

Today we visited Terry's young, childless friend, Paul, and his beautiful girlfriend, Tracy.  Tracy said she would love to have twins one day, because it would be so nice to get it over with all at once, which had Paul sweating quite a bit.  So we gave them a twins test drive today.

Here in this pic, we have Paul holding Ethan and Colin.  We told him this was what his future had in store.

Before leaving, Tracy said she just might be rethinking that twins notion she had.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

It's a BIG Day!

It's a BIG day!  Alexis heads off to her very first day of middle school, in a new school district.  I convinced the school district where our new house will be, to let her in early.

And the boys are 3 months old today!  My babies are getting BIG!

Since Alexis is off to school, it is the beginning of my adventures in parenting twins alone all day.

And Terry has something fun and exciting today too, but mum's the word on that one for the moment.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Blue Boobie Blanket

This is my blue Appaman baby blanket.  With it's nice modern graphic of a monkey face.

That when turned upside down, turns into a blanket full of blue boobies.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Putting the baby to sleep

No joke, they are both asleep like this, sitting on the couch.  He has no idea I took this picture, he might be a little mad!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Island Kicks

The footwear of choice for islanders, nothing but ink.

Cook Islands Day, San Francisco, Aug 10, 2011.  Yeah I was supposed to post this yesterday, but life with 3 kids makes me busy, and it didn't get here til today.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

It's a Magical Thing

Here's a scene that has not been seen in over a month, my two boys napping together in the crib.  And I have this little musical, glowing toy I found for $10 on the clearance shelf at TJ Maxx.  Worth every penny.  It's a magical thing, I put them in there, sleepy but not sleeping, turned on the toy, and it did all the work for me.  It may never work again so easily, but it worked today, so I am happy.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Phonography 101

I have never been fond of phone photography.  I scoff at the notion that my phone will someday completely replace my camera. HA!  But I have just discovered an app that makes me actually interested in shooting with my phone.  It takes all the flaws of the camera phone and amplifies them, in a good way. 
I spent years altering film to get freaky results, off colors, odd focus, confusing light spots.  It was all done in the name off art, not error.  Without film, I have not been able to enjoy that any longer.  Yet this app comes close.  It takes that flawed exposure, questionable focus, and spotty resolution of a camera phone and makes it into what cross processing and pin hole cameras did so many years ago.  It doesn't work all that well, it took 43 shots to get something I thought was usable, and then I still had to lighten it up in Photoshop.  But, I just might reach for my phone every now and again before my camera.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Not My Day

It was not my day today.  Nothing seemed to be going right, and then snowballed even more from there.  I was just waiting for the cops to pull me over, or a pipe to burst to cap off the day (didn't happen, whew!)  I kinda just wanted to go to bed and start all over again tomorrow, but that's just not possible when so many humans rely on me. 
So, here's my minimalist effort today, the one and only picture I took all day long.  And I am so grumpy, I just don't care.  And since I can see that only about 5 people look at this every day, I don't feel too much effort happening right now.  Bah Humbug and grumpity grump.

BTW, I love the 5 of you who do show up.  Thanks and see you tomorrow.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Happy Baby

Colin is not often a happy baby.  He suffers from acid reflux and it tends to make him very cranky.  Some days it feels like he's never happy and that we spend every moment he's awake, trying to keep him from fussing.  But never happy isn't the truth.  He has his moments.  Like this one.  He spent many minutes laying on his playmat, looking at his favorite person in the world, Mommy, and he was just kicking, grunting and letting out the occasional happy coo.

You can see the live version here:

It's just 2 minutes of kicking and grunting, just as I said, but it warms a momma's soul.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Brown Blur

While photographing the boys by natural light today, I encountered a problem.
Over and over, there appeared to be a strange brown blur.

It was only once I added a flash did I discover the culprit.

Smiling for the camera.

Friday, July 29, 2011

My Sweet

With camera in hand, I leaned in to get a smooch from my sweet Colin and took an accidental shot (not this exact shot).  It looked so nice, I tried it again, this time on purpose and came up with this.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Gotta love CraigsList

Thanks to good ol' CraigsList, the boys have all kinds of new toys, and they were rock bottom, dirt cheap.  Here they are enjoying the playmat, they have been under this thing since I brought it home.  I think it's a hit.  We also have a new swing, only $5, and a white noise machine which we have hopes on helping these boys sleep in their cribs during the day.  Fingers crossed.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Yahoo Family Fun Day

If only I could keep her in that thing!
Yahoo Family Fun Day 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


This is my Colin, whom I affectionately call "Pudge".  Here he is in all his pudgy glory.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Alex Morgan Fan Club

USA!!! USA!!! USA!!!

Ok, it didn't work out all that well for us.  Congratulations to the Japanese women's soccer team and the nation of Japan.  But Colin and Ethan enjoyed watching the game with us.

Here's the whole fam enjoying the game. (ok, well Ninja is sleeping through it all in the back there, but all here none-the-less)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sleeping Babies

It's been a while, I have been busy.  But I have ambitions to start up the daily blog again, with great inspiration.  I have 7 week old twins to keep my shutter finger snapping.  I can no longer promise for certain I will have a daily photo, but will certainly try.  Like I said, I've been kinda busy.
Today we have Colin, napping in his favorite spot, the boppy.  And the former baby of the family, Ninja, perched above him on the couch pillows, snoozing along with him.