Bramell, Party of Five: October 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Twin Tuesday (on Wednesday, of course!)

I tried to snap a quick pic of the kiddos this morning, but they weren't having it.  So this post will just not have any photos. However, I do want to share a couple of funnies from last week.
This happened as we were driving home from daycare one day last week.  We drove over the interstate and Girl Twin had a much better view than I did, as I was looking in front of me.  She excitedly yelled out, "Look! The popcorn truck!"  I clearly did not see a popcorn truck.  But, as I looked down at the cars passing below us, I did spot a semi truck with the Target bullseye on it!  Way to go, Tar-jay.  The kids know you and love you for your delicious bribery popcorn. 
The kids are old enough now that they really pay attention to our surroundings when we are driving (see example above).  I've started giving them little "tests" to see if they know how to get from Point A to Point B.  Usually, it's "Which way do we turn now?" type of things.  So, as we were heading home from daycare again, we stopped at the stoplight near our house.  I asked the kids, "Which way is our house?"
Boy Twin knows the answer!  "Turn that way to go to our house," he said proudly, pointing in the correct direction.  Then, "Turn the other way to go to NOT our house."  HAHA.
These guys. At least they make me laugh sometimes.  It helps to balance out the crying (mine, not theirs).

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pinterest Made Me Do It

I just realized that I never made a post to document the loft bed that Lee built for the girls in August.  And really, Pinterest didn't make me do this one, but did inspire us to talk about him making this.  Same thing, really.

I'd like to say that I helped make this awesome thing.  Truth is, Lee did it all by himself.   We found an inspiration photo on Pinterest (they wanted $6,000 for their bed!) and he created the entire plan from scratch--and it only took him about two weeks.  I did help move the monstrous thing from the patio to the bedroom, and that was no small feat. It's a good thing my hubby didn't marry a sissy woman.

I was going to do a photo collage here, but decided to show the photos in order.  You can also see more detail this way.  And more naked Girl Twin.

We are all so happy with how the bed turned out.  The kids can definitely use this for many years to come; I'm sure it will get passed from kid to kid as they get older.  We are still using the temporary rail until we decide if/how to put on a permanent one.  With the landing of the bed being so much larger than the size of the mattress, that is making a rail design more difficult.  And, oh yeah, the second step is hinged to open up as a storage area for toys! 

And now for my favorite photo throughout the whole process:

  (no kids were harmed in the staging of this photo)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Welcome Baby Cousin!

Well, I'm an aunt! Yay!

When my baby niece was just a couple of weeks old, my sis brought her little family up the hill for a visit.  Of course, Big Sis and I had already meet Baby P shortly after she was born. But this was the first time the littles and hubby got to meet this beautiful little baby.

Just look at these kids! The pictures say it all...

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mommy Tip #724

I have a pretty cool idea to share with you today.  Well, I think it's pretty cool.

If you ever find yourself staying in a hotel room without enough beds, do not fret.  Here's a little trick for you.  We've been doing this since Big Sis was a little tot, and it works perfectly.

Most hotel rooms have a table and a couple of chairs.  Push the chairs together to make them into a chair bed for your littlest tot!  See demo by Girl Twin below.

With a family of five, it's hard for us to all fit into two beds.  This is my solution! And it works for now while they are still small enough.  It must have been pretty comfy because she slept all night.

You're welcome.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

More KC Pics

Here are a few more pictures from our recent trip to Kansas City. I usually have a hard time taking lots of photos because I just don't have enough hands to carry everything else with a camera, and hold hands with kids.  Surprisingly, I got several pics this time.

The kids' area at Kaufman stadium is very nice. There is a carousel, a mini golf course, playground, batting cages and a place for kids to hit and run the bases.  Since we didn't have seats for the game, we spent a lot of time in the kids' area this time. 

The kids wanted me to take their picture with the "big ice cream." It was out in front of the ice cream stand at the stadium, naturally. Boy Twin really just wanted to lick it. Good luck getting them to all look at the camera.  Ewwww!

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