Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday Tumbling Videos - CRAZY kids!

So I definitely think signing Matthew and Katherine up for gymnastics or tumbling class is a must this winter.  

Matthew's made his own, at home, couch trampoline!  Put it all together himself.  Pillow placements and all. 

Oh son, you're going to keep us on our toes!

A new fun game for the twins has been to jump off the couch and then have us catch them.  Matthew again has no fear and pretty much cannonballs off of the couch into our arms. 

Kate doesn't have the air time in her jump like her dare devil brother.  Her idea of jumping off the couch is to just fall into us.  
Kevin loves it at the beginning of the video when I tell Kate, "Good jump Kate....(Kate walks away) bad jump."  I guess I was being the supportive mother. :) Ha!

I hope these fun videos of our crazy life bring a BIG SMILE to your face on this lovely Tuesday!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fire Fighter Uncle Mike

After being at the petting zoo we headed to the fire station to visit my brother.  His station is close to the petting zoo, so he thought it would be fun to have us visit and show the station and the trucks to the twins.  

Matthew thought the big trucks were so cool!  You could tell by the BIG smile on his face that he thought he was BIG stuff!   The huge steering wheel was fun to 'pretend drive' with!

Kate had more fun running around the station chasing Matthew around the fire trucks.  Not surprising!

Both kids loved sitting in the back of the ambulance.  Kate called it a camper! Ha! :)  A favorite from the tour of the station was the room where the fire fighters sleep.  Kate and Matthew loved running from bed to bed and sitting on each one.

Lil' man trying on the big fire gear.  It was funny to watch him try and walk in those large boots!

Picture with the fire fighters in our family.

We love you Uncle Mike and thanks for your service to keep the community safe!

Thanks again for having us visit!!!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Petting Zoo

I came back to Iowa by myself with the twins in the middle/end of August.  My first solo trip!  I'm happy to report that it went very well!  I left during nap time so the kiddos slept for a good portion.  The last hour was the most challenging.  Kate was so ready to get out of her car seat and was throwing some fits.  The trickiest part of traveling by myself with two toddlers is if I have to stop along the way.  My bladder doesn't usually make it for the full 3 1/2 hours.  Stopping at a gas station and all piling out doesn't sound fun to me. I especially didn't want to get Kate out of her seat and then have to fight her back in it again.  So I just keep truckin', improvised, and pushed through. 

Visiting the petting zoo back in Iowa was on our bucket list of stuff to do this summer.  The kids, my parents, and I went an afternoon while I was home.  I knew the twins would love to see the animals and feed them right from their hands.  I was right about one kid.  Matthew loved it!  Smiled the whole time!  I don't think he was ever afraid of the animals even when they got up close and personal to him.  Kate, well, she was NOT happy!  She cried the whole time!  She wanted nothing to do with being anywhere near the animals.  For that reason, Matthew is in almost all of these pictures.  

Petting the kitties.  He even picked them up and carried them around.

 Poor Taters.  She also wasn't happy because she wanted her Mama when she was scared, but I wanted to have my hands free to take pictures.

Matthew got to feed chicken feed to the chickens and carrots to the donkeys and llamas.

The chickens and geese swarmed all around once they spotted the ice cream cone filled with feed.  Matthew was a bit apprehensive at first as he watched all of the birds step all over his feet as they followed him around the pen.  Matthew followed Grandpa to go sit on the buckets and before they knew it the birds were flying on their laps.  Again, Matthew didn't get scared.  He looked at Grandpa to make sure it was okay and continued on holding the ice cream cone.  

In the end the big goose stole the rest of the cone right out of Matthew's hand and then took off with the rest of the birds following.  I was proud of my brave little boy because I don't think I could have been swarmed by all of those birds pecking at me for the food.

Love this picture of the three donkeys waiting to be the one chosen for the carrot.

The llamas were hungry too!

Days like these are my favorite.  Memories of Matthew's excitement, curiosity, and eagerness to feed the animals are ones I will treasure of their childhood.  Hopefully Kate will like it next time. 
 I also love being able to go to these places with grandparents.  They enjoy it and I love having the extra help and seeing special moments being created.  

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Yesterday we celebrated a very special Grandpa and Great-Grandpa's birthday!  Grandpa Jim turned 89 years young!

Kevin's family had a party to celebrate his 89 years.  A time to celebrate our love for him and "a testiment to his longevitiy and endurance." (to quote Kevin Willms)

 Jim and his daughters

Grand kids and Great-Grand kids

 Grandma and Grandpa <3>
The several attempts at a picture with the great-grandparents.  Kate didn't want her picture taken.  She put up a fit, so Kevin tried holding her behind Grandma and Grandpa.  Makes me laugh seeing Kate just 'hanging out' in the back. :)

Kevin and I were so happy to be back to help Grandpa celebrate.  We loved being able to spend time with him and the twins were great entertainment for all!

Happy Birthday, Grandpa! 
We all love you soooooo much!  xoxo