Fynnlee, Greyson, Jenny, Jerry

What a year!

I’ve been blessed with a pretty good life. But I think this might have been my favorite year yet!  Jerry and I got the family we’ve been desperately wanting for so many years. And I’ve found an inner peace I didn’t know existed. Our days are long and sometimes exhausting but they are filled with so much happiness and love. I am so thankful for my wonderful family, my amazing husband and these two precious babies who made me a Mom and changed me in the best way possible.

2015, you were fabulous!

January

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February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August


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September

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October

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November

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2016…let’s do this!

Roadtrips

Traveling with Twins

When the Beans were 2 months old, we flew to Florida to visit Grandma and Poppa. We had a direct flight, albeit a 3+ hour one and were able to keep the babies in their car seats for the entire flight on the way down. At that age, they already slept a lot and it was really a piece of cake. I didn’t really take many notes as it all was pretty uneventful.

But this trip was a bit more complex so I wanted to document it for my brain. And for anyone else attempting to fly with 8 month old twins!

Our Travel scenario: 12/22 Pittsburgh to Providence. Southwest Airlines. Depart 6:00p land BWI @ 7:15p (1.5 hour layover) Depart 8:45p land Providence 10p.

We got to the airport at 3:30p. Jerry and I would rather be way early than run to the gate and being that it was holiday travel time, who knows what the airport might be like. Jerry dropped me off at the ticket counter with the luggage while he took the Beans to park.

Southwest lets you check two items for free and we took full advantage. Jerry & I had one suitcase and the Beans had one. You can check your stroller and car seats at the gate and we each carried on a diaper bag plus one larger carryon for presents and a tote bag for extra baby stuff should our luggage get lost.

Southwest is really fabulous to deal with. They let me check our luggage without Jerry being present. And as I had both birth certificates, they let me check both kids in as lap passengers. By the time Jerry arrived at the terminal, I had everything ready to go.

But first…coffee. Always.

Let’s do this!

The line for TSA screening was really long. But Pittsburgh is super awesome and the TSA agents must have been in the holiday spirit because they directed our caravan to the Preferred/First Class passenger line. Which had like, 3 people in it. We breezed right through, only stopping to answer a few questions (Yes, they’re twins. No, they’re not identical. Yep, a boy and a girl. You’re right, we sure did plan that well…). Between the baby stuff and our billion bags of junk, we basically took up the entire screening counter. The security check is a pain but we got there early and the babes were in good moods so it was really no big deal.

When we got to our gate, we found out the first leg wasn’t full so we could bring the car seats on the plane. Awesome. Then it was helmets off and time to eat.  Pouches are so nice for travel and I brought spoons, bibs and bowls with me. Cuz I’m a crazy person. But it worked out great.

The kids played a bit and then it was time to board. Southwest lets families board between the A & B groups so even though we were checked in as B16 & 17, we got to board pretty early.

I ended up with an entire row for Greyson and I and Jerry & Fynn had their own row as well. Two babies cannot be in the same section of seats due to the limited oxygen masks but we sat across from each other.

Greyson slept the entire flight.

So did Fynnlee. And she continued to sleep through the layover. Once we arrived at BWI, we fed Greyson his bottle and just let her crash until it was time to board. This flight was full so we had to take them out of the car seats and hold them in our laps. Fortunately we met up with Aunt Stephanie so Fynnlee got to sprawl out for most of the flight.

She woke mid flight and we fed her a bottle. She was a little fussy until we landed but it wasn’t omgscreamingbaby fussy so it was ok.

Oh, and here’s some more pictures of them in the airport because they’re super cute.

We asked for cribs in our hotel rooms and they provided pack n plays. Which would be fine except my kids have never slept in a pack n play before. And, that 1/2 inch of foam that masquerades as a “mattress” in those things is horrible. So I requested 2 blankets to make it a little more cushy. I was pretty shocked that they slept just fine in them for the duration of the trip. As long as we had our magic white noise going, all was good in our world.

They also napped in them when we were at Jerry’s Grandma’s house (we were able to borrow 2 extra from a family friend but they are portable and we could have schlepped them back and forth if we had to). Again, white noise is essential.

Our hotel room was pretty cramped. But we made it work. Thankfully we’re weren’t in it much.

We put a blanket on the floor and made a baby playground for them when we were in the room, getting ready for the day.

We brought several of their favorite toys from home. I also bought two new toys for the plane ride just in case we needed some distractions. They like things that light up and sing loudly so the other passengers on the plane loved us. Hey, it’s better than omgscreamingbaby!

The flights home weren’t much different. Except our flight out was 7:00 am. And Providence isn’t as awesome as Pittsburgh and we had to wait for about 20 minutes to get through security. But we made it just fine. Jerry had Fynnlee (who slept) for the first leg and I had Greyson (who didn’t sleep). And Jerry had Greyson (who slept) for the second leg and I had Fynnlee (who didn’t sleep). Naturally.

Fynnlee, Greyson, Roadtrips

Christmas in Rhode Island 2015

Our first Christmas with these beautiful, amazing babes. Wow…it was a good one!

Most of Jerry’s family lives in Rhode Island and those who don’t, traveled to the Ocean State this year for the Holidays. We all congregated at GG’s house for 3 days filled with family fun!

Greyson was so happy to see his Poppa again!

Grandma and Fynnlee had some deep conversations about jingle bells. They are so much fun!!!

There was extra lovin from Aunt Steph

And new cousins to meet. Fynnlee turned on the charm for L.J.

And got fashion tips from the always stylish Carmela

Meanwhile, Greyson had a heart to heart with Kaitlin about why boy babies are so cool. She’s due with her first son in May!!

We made a special trip to see Aunt Bette (who is also Jerry’s godmother) and look what Santa brought to her house!

Indian Headdress, tom-tom drums and a (rubber) hatchet!  Gah! The cutest little Indian Chiefs that ever existed.

We were able to get some loaner high chairs from Rhode Island friends and they were so helpful to keep the babies corralled. And made feeding time easy.

Jingle Jingle Jingle…

Carmela lent us this little activity jumper…and it was a huge hit.

Oh don’t mind my giant babies standing up, playing with all the fun stuff. Stop. Growing.

My Beans were such rockstars the whole trip. I am so proud of this handsome little guy.

And this little sweet pea.

They took meeting all the new people in stride. We passed them around from relative to new relative and they just went with it. They get their “go with the flow” attitude from their Father.

Oh my goodness…they got so many presents! Books and toys and clothes and blocks and tissue paper…

And the aforementioned jingle bells. So much jingling on this trip.

And Babyators! Coolest kids ever.

And the greatest gift of all? The Beans had a sleepover at GG’s house and Jerry and I slept for 11 hours straight!

We sure know how to party.

Merry Christmas to all…and to all a good night(‘s sleep!)

Fynnlee, Greyson

Merry Christmas from our family to yours

Everyone tells you that Christmas changes when kids are involved.

I’ve always loved celebrating Christmas but there is something about adding these little Beans to our family that makes the whole season a little more magical.

They’re too young to get the concept but I’m hoping we’ve set the groundwork for some amazing new family traditions. I suspect it will only get better and better every year.

I hope you’re surrounded by family and friends today. Merry Christmas from our little family to yours.

 

 

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Thursday with Fynnlee

We get out Fynnlee segment a bit early this week due to the big holiday tomorrow.  

I’m going to do a big Christmas holiday wrap up post next week. But here’s a sneak peek of everyone’s favorite little squish. 

She (and her brother) have been rockstars on this trip. I’m pretty proud of them. She mastered the art of the hotel bed nap on day one.  

 
We played games on the floor at the airport. I know….ew.   

   
And we’ve played with jingle bells for hours. 

We’re having a a pretty great holiday! I hope you and yours are surrounded by love tonight. 
Merry Christmas Eve!

 

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Tuesdays with Greyson

We finally were able to get our pictures with Santa over the weekend. As you can see, it was worth the wait….

The whole process was pretty ridiculous. We had an appointment so we got to jump the whole line of 30+ people…and that was pretty great. But they basically say “It’s your turn” and rush you into the pictures. Poor Fynnlee was asleep and I basically just woke her up and plopped her on Santas lap. Greyson was awake but he was so confused that he refused to smile. They give you about 15 seconds to get a reaction out of the kids and the picture above was the best of the 5 they took. We’re not going to Ross Park Mall next year.

In other holiday news, we are in full celebration mode! Most of our gifts are wrapped and under the tree. Scootchie McScooter can worm his way right over the tree and loves to crinkle the paper with his little fingers.

We celebrated Christmas with Grandpa Jim & Grandma Anna on Saturday and the kids are already spoiled. Of course I didn’t take any pictures but they got this fun walker toy, a Baby Einstein Activity table, some books and a fresh pack of boogie wipes (bc you can never have too many packs of boogie wipes!).

We hung around the house on Sunday, cheering on the home team and packing for our big trip. We are pretty much taking 1/2 of our house to Rhode Island.

Seriously, we have a suitcase for the Beans, a suitcase for Jerry and I, a carryon suitcase for presents, two diaper bags for the plane and a tote bag of my extra junk. Ya know, because they don’t have any stores in Providence…

It should be interesting. I never did post about our experience flying with 2 month olds (which was a piece of cake). But I definitely plan on doing one about flying with 8 month olds. It should be an adventure!

Poor lovebug only had 3 days of school last week because he was sick. But they were fun ones!

Painting is always a good time 

Hmmmm, not so sure about those bubbles 
  

Pinecones are cool. And Greyson is cute. 

See you in a few hours, Rhode Island!

Fynnlee

Fridays with Fynnlee

It’s the Friday before Christmas! FriYAY! Who is excited for some family time? Me, me ME! (Lots of shouting today).

We have so much fun stuff happening this weekend. We’re gonna celebrate Christmas with Grandpa Jim and Grandma Anna, we’re finally going to meet Santa, we have presents to wrap and a trip to pack for. It appears that our family is healthy so we’re taking full advantage. YAY!

It was a super fun and festive week at school. We started off on a high note. We played with…

BUBBLES!!! Weeeeeeee!

Fynnlee made the the cutest reindeer

And played with her favorite toy of the week. She’s very into toys these days.

There was painting with Bows. We LOVE bows!

And who doesn’t love a bucket of pinecones?!

I know these Beans don’t quite understand the buzz, but it sure it getting fun around here!