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17 August 2015

My last post was 10 days ago. So much has changed since then! Jared received a job offer from Intermountain Healthcare, and we accepted! The job opportunity was an answer to our prayers. It's a great career advancement for Jared, and it came at the perfect time. He will be building and managing a new team that will develop a new line of business for the organization. It sounds very exciting and challenging, but we are also sad to leave Charlotte and all of our family and many good friends we have made here.

This will probably be the last night I have any free time before the crazy busy packing for the move begins (we are loading the truck in 5 days) so I thought I would do a good picture dump here :D

First, I found a few pictures on my phone from the beach that I didn't post :D wish I were there right now! This is the reality of how messy the babies got every time we went out to the beach. They were sand lovers:

The twins are 8 months old, and have some killer blue eyes! They are the same color, but Ryan's are a little more round, and a tiny bit bigger. Lyla has more of my eye shape (almond shape) and they are a little more deep set. I'm so jealous of their blue eyes! Also, it's kind of hard to tell in pictures, but Lyla's hair is dark brown, and Ryan's (what little he has) is a lighter blonde color. Lyla is still the heavy weight champ.

Okay, now back to Charlotte pics-
...and Jared hates when I take these stalker type pics ^^ haha but can you blame me? I love love love this view, and I only get to stare at it for a few more months, because they are going to grow out of those infant carriers before we know it!

We've been trying to squeeze as many dates in with friends and family as we can! We're going to miss everyone :(

Kyler is going to especially miss his friend Ashlynn :( 

Jared finished Wake Forest's MBA program last Wednesday! He took me and the babies on a tour- it was about time! I'm so proud of him!! (...and so glad we are done with school forever...)

I love when the babies do this:

I took a few pictures of our house for the rental company website. We only lived in this house for 4 months, and it's small, but I think I'll still miss it....especially the neighborhood.

I will NOT, however, miss the blue carpet haha.

I walked out our front door to take a picture of the outside of our house, and my neighbor was outside. 
She saw me and my camera and exclaimed "Oh! You want to take my photograph? Well alright!" 
Me: "Oh! um. er. Yes! That's why I came outside. Say cheese!"
Her name is Jo, and that's her little dog named Ladybug. Jo's mom is 93 and still lives there!

The babies did a little skinny dipping on the driveway. They have just as much fun in our ghetto plastic pool, than they do at the giant neighborhood one. Plus they don't have to wear diapers. So it's probably even a little more fun for them. :D

My mom gave me a selfie stick-GNO gift from family reunion- actually I should probably call it a groupie stick, because that's all I'll use it for! we tried it out today- I'm going to miss family dinners with this bunch :(

We started doing crawling races with the twins. They're about even speed wise (pretty slow and easily distracted).

Anyways, we're going to miss Charlotte, NC! :(

Family Reunion-Topsail Island

06 August 2015

Family reunion was wonderful this year! It was the first time in over 2 years that my entire family was under the same roof! I got to meet my one of my newest nieces Maybelle (who is already 2!) and it was so good catching up with my siblings and their families.

I somehow convinced Jared to take some family pictures this trip. It was so hard getting both babies to look at the camera, and getting Kyler to smile normally is equally as challenging haa, but I think my sisters did a great job! I love them!
They are almost 8 months old :(

My dad did the annual Schralympics. Races, pushup contests, log tosses, accuracy throws etc... the adults did some contests too! (some of my siblings get competitive haha)

My mom put on a "Teddy Bear Picnic" for the grandkids one night. They loved it!

The kids mostly played in the little tide pools at the beach. It was perfect because we didn't have to worry about a wave coming and washing them out to sea..or sharks :p

We had a massive birthday party to celebrate all of the cousins birthdays for the year. It was crazy- but fun!

Kyler got a spiderman balloon made when we were in Wilmington- obviously he was obsessed.

The older cousins helped out with feeding and changing the twins diapers. It was awesome. I need these nieces to live with me ASAP -ones that are young enough to love helping with babies and young enough to not know they should be paid to be doing those things. hah

The babies LOVED the sand. They kept trying to eat it though (yuck) and got so messy every time we went out! It was a lot of work, but so worth it. I love the beach!

Sometimes it was just easier with no swimsuits on them at all. Sand was everywhere anyways, and its one less thing to wash :p

I love that little patch of hair on top of her head.

Kyler loved his first bath with the twins.

This next picture below was from a photo shoot fail! I wanted the twins to have some "lovie" stuffed animals to cuddle with. I was having a hard time choosing which to buy, so I asked Jared. He chose bunnies, because we call Lyla our "Honey Bunny" and Ryan our "Funny Bunny". Then, Kyler got jealous of the twin's bunnies, so we caved and bought him one too a week later (the big green one) he named it "Money Bunny" haha.
I wanted a cute picture of the kids and their new Jellycat Bunnies, but only Lyla was cooperating. 

We love the beach, but it's good to be back home again :D

7 Months

15 July 2015

The twins have been a part of our family for 7 months now! Things are going good here in NC. It's hot, but we've been cooling off in the pool lately. Jared finishes his wake forest MBA program near the end of August! We can't wait for him to be done! Kyler has been enjoying his little summer camp/preschool program he goes to twice a week, and I have been busy with the twins and keeping up on house work- it's crazy how much dirty laundry the twins can create in a day, and how many dishes we can go through hah. 

 I love these 7 month pictures I snapped of the twins :) I don't know how much they currently weigh, because we haven't been to the doctor in a while (thank goodness! and knock on wood) but Lyla is still definitely bigger. I feel like Ryan is (finally) starting to fill out though!

They still aren't sleeping through the night, but I've gotten pretty good about sleep walking to their room and popping binkys back in their mouths, so it's hard for me to remember how many times I was up the night before. They are still waking up for a feeding at about 4am, but I have a feeling we will be able to get rid of that soon, because they'll only nurse for a few minutes and fall right back to sleep.

They've been eating well! Ryan still eats almost twice as much baby food as Lyla. They're still nursing 5 times a day, and then we typically try and give them one bottle of formula in addition.

A behind the scenes from our little photo shoot- Kyler was trying to act like a baby... not a bad impression! They are hard to take pictures of.

Kyler has been stuck to my side like glue the past few months. He would rather help me with the babies than play with his toys any day. Bedtime for him has been a struggle for a while now. He's smart, and comes up with every excuse in the book to get us to stay in the room a little longer with him, but we stick to our routine, and he has a sticker chart that helps (sometimes). I just have to look at the big picture most nights, and remember that he won't be little forever, and pretty soon he's going to be coming up with every excuse in the book to kick us out of his room faster haha.

He got this little Buzz Light Year toy from filling up his sticker chart recently (usually his prizes aren't this fancy) but he loves it, and tells us "when I leave the room and sleep, buzz talks and walks!"

Ryan and Lyla have been stealing each other's binky's right out of their mouths lately lately- so funny! They haven't learned to retaliate yet; they just cry. I love how Lyla's face is so innocent in this picture after she pulled Ryan's binky right out of his mouth.

They inch/roll around the room now, and are both getting so close to crawling! I've been trapping them in the packNplay lately so they don't get in to everything- time to baby proof!

Lyla loves grabbing our's cute but hurts so bad haha
 She is such a daddy's girl!

I found this on Pinterest the other day and love it :) 

A few years ago, I actually memorized The Family: A Proclamation to the World, word for word. It's long, but it wasn't hard to memorize- I love it!

Our dinner entertainment lately

Starting to hold their bottles :)

Oh this yummy Belle(y)!

We've also been hanging out with my parents a lot lately! Pool, frozen yogurt, walks around the neighborhood, church events, dinners, shopping trips- you name it! We've been making up for lost time :)  My dad watched the twins while Kyler and I took a ride on the Merry-go-round the other day. Kyler was trying so hard to do a good smile- looks forced though :D

We had a great 4th weekend! On friday we hung out with some good friends, and on Saturday we went over to my parents' house. 

The babies loved watching the fireworks!

All 3 kids were out like lights by the time we got home.

Morning snuggles with big bro.

Kyler switches back and forth between which twin he plays with the most. I try and get him to play with both evenly, but kids will be kids! These past 2 weeks he has been loving on Lyla especially lately. Too cute, I remember when he used to only want to hold Ryan!

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