29 November 2009

Traditions

Now that we have a family of our own I'm excited to pass on the traditions from my childhood. As well as start some of our own.

Somethings I will never give up, and pass on to the boys, is having a Polish supper on Christmas Eve with kielbasa and pierogis. Thanksgiving should always include green bean casserole and fall fruit salad. And ham is eaten on Christmas.

This year I'm going to introduce a "12 Days of Christmas" Calender, which will give us something Christmas related to do the 12 days before Christmas. This year I plan on including making cookies, babbka, and pierogis in our calender. Another tradition that we're starting this year is getting a new Christmas movie every year and watching it on Christmas Eve.

We recently decided that we're going to have a pizza night every Wednesday.

And when the boys are a little older we are going to have a 'sleepover' night, where the boys get to watch a movie and sleep in bed with us.

I hope when G and Z are older they will look back and have happy memories of our special traditions and time spent together the same way I look back on my childhood and smile.

27 November 2009

Thank You Nana and Papa!


For the boys' birthday Nana and Papa gave G and Z money to get some new books. A few weeks ago when we went grocery shopping we went into Barnes and Nobles and picked out some books. I had a blast reading the books to the boys in the store and seeing which ones they liked the best. It was easy to tell which ones were their favorites. Their eyes would light up when they saw the cover, and they'd giggle hysterically when I read them.

Thank you Nana and Papa for helping to expand our little book collection!

13 November 2009

First Car

The other day we recieved our diapers, and today I finally pulled them in the house and took them out of the shipping box. I left the box in the dining room, and of course the boys found it. They started pushing it around and playing with it, so I thought I'd introduce them to the joy of a box.

(it is VERY hard to draw on a box with two-one year olds trying to grab the sharpie!)




After I took the pictures we zoomed around the house, did a few 360s, fishtailed a bit, but came out unharmed. After all, their favorite supper of peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches were waiting for them!

06 November 2009

Our Every Day

Here is a glimpse into our morning.

video

I know it would be easy to assume that I only portray our good, happy moments in pictures and video clips on here. But our days are actually like this 99% of the time. These two amazing boys are so happy and content. I wake up every morning to giggles and, if I actually get out of bed when they first wake up, smiles. I usually lay in bed listening to them until the yells of protest begin, and then get them out of bed. There are no smiles by that point.

There are so many times during our day that I look at them and am amazed. How did this happen? How is it that I have not only the cutest boys in the world, but also the happiest?

Every where we go I get comments about how happy and well-behaved they are. I have moments when I feel that motherhood is so overwhelming, and to hear people applaud us for how wonderful our children are helps to reassure me that we're doing something right.

02 November 2009

What Is A Family?

The family is a haven in a heartless world. -attributed to Christopher Lasch





A family unit is composed of not only of children but of men, and women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. -Odgen Nash





In a houseful of toddlers and pets, you can start having a bad day, but you keep getting detoured. -Robert Brault





If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but seperable - each segment distinct. -Letty Cottin Pogrebin





Family faces are like magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. -Gail Lument Buckley






To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. - Barbara Bush