Pictures of the Boys and Chicken Noodle Soup

Lots of pictures of the boys and a chicken noodle soup recipe!

Tickle attack early Saturday morning:

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Hanging out at Gramma’s house. Daycare was closed and Gramma graciously offered to watch the boys along w/ Auntie Ninang.

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Cool arial shot of the boys (I stood on the master bed)

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Thank goodness the ceiling fan still entertains them. They were super fussy w/ me and once I threw them on the bed, they looked up and stared… and stared… Jer even raised his hand in an attempt to reach the fan.

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“Say it ain’t so!!!” The boys have officially taken over our family room. I thought we could be strong and enforce what is “off limits” by applying the behavior therapy techniques I’ve learned in a previous job (basically it’s like training a dog!), but not only are we inconsistent, it is TIRING! This situation is temporary anyway as we finish preparing their playroom. It’s great that they are contained, but the downfall is that we have hardwood. We don’t mind them crawling around on the wood, but they are slowly pulling themselves up and it would be tragic if they fell backwards. Thus, constant supervision is necessary. We know we can protect them from everything, which is why we let them roam around and figure things out, but OUCH! Wouldn’t want them to take a big blow to the head.

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Last baby update… Oh, Jer. This is what he does with his bottle – he shakes it above his head until his face is full of milk drops. Then I’ll take away his bottle because I assume he’s finished. Then he reaches for it and tries to drink more. What a crazy boy!

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Our drying area looks a lot different than a couple of months ago. What was once a ton of pump parts and smaller bottles is now a bunch of bigger bottles, food containers, mesh teethers, straw cups, and utensils!

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Random update: Jamberry nails are pretty cool. I was skeptical at first because I’ve never tried the Sally Hansen sticker nail stuff, but WOW! Jamberry nails stayed on my hands for over a week! No chipping or peeling, whereas regular nail polish, even with a few coats and a top coat of course, would have chipped after day 3! With all the hand washing and use of my hands, Jamberry seems like the way to go. (This post is NOT sponsored – LOL!)

wpid-img_20140713_223240.jpgChicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

2 cups chicken stock (I used Costco’s organic chicken stock, no salt added)

1/2 cup dry pasta

1 celery stalk,

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1 cup peas frozen

Onion

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Wash and dice celery.

Wash, peel, and dice carrot.

Dice onion.
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Cook chicken broth on high heat until boiling. Add all remaining ingredients and return to a boil.

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Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

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Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, puree or put in food processor for a bit. The boys are old enough now that we don’t even need to puree. As long as the pasta and veggies are soft enough to squeeze between your fingers, they are soft enough for a baby to gum (chew without teeth).

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See more recipes here! I also started an “adult” recipe page, mostly to see for myself the recipes I have tried and been successful with.

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The boys’ first 5K & my first Mother’s Day

My first Mother’s Day was lovely. I got a frame with my baby boys’ hand prints and a frame of one of my favorite pictures of us. I was so tickled that the boys “made” me something from daycare. And I love that I can see their little hand prints. I may be crafty, but I am not really into paints, so I’m glad daycare is good at that!

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Both frames are being displayed above my work computer! Finally some decor in that cube of mine. I also got a special journal that the hubby wrote inside and pasted pictures of the fours of us. It’ll be a tradition to fill the pages with memories each Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Soon the boys will be able to scribble inside and write letters and draw pictures themselves!

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And I can’t fail to mention the gorgeous watch that the hubby got me for Mother’s Day. It’s something I”ve wanted for a long time and he delivered! Loving my new accessory:) Thanks, babe!

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We celebrated at Outback Steakhouse with my family. Look who joined the grown ups’ table!!! Adrian’s first experience in a highchair:

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Jer’s second time in a highchair (his first time was in Vegas):

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Both boys did great! We fed them puffs and they stayed calm (mostly). It was a big risk taking them to lunch at that time b/c they didn’t have much of a morning nap and the lunch coincided with their usual afternoon nap. But we always just roll with the punches and they did fine.

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Spend the rest of the day at Gramma’s house. Three generations right here. We are missing Mom’s mom in the picture:(

We participated in the annual Race for the Cure the day before. The boys’ first 5K! Hopefully they will enjoy running like their mama one day. My mom is a breast cancer survivor and this is one of the big events we make sure to participate in every year to support research and awareness. Here is our team… their sign is missing a letter… can you guess what it is?

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The boys are looking so grown and handsome. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself the day I realize they’re not my babies anymore. Well, they’ll ALWAYS be my babies, but I know one day they will insist they aren’t!

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We were pooped at the end. Walking 3.1 miles was a little harder than we thought! Especially pushing around a big stroller!

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Random picture of Adrian and one of the styrofoam letters. Yes, spelling lessons are starting early!!!wpid-20140509_175659_4_bestshot.jpg

Play pen training! I miraculously found time to pick my twin book back up and read that this is a good time to get the boys used to staying in a play pen (or Pack N Play as you see here). Once they taste freedom, they will not want to be confined. So rather than wait too late, I plan to get them used to playing and hanging out in this itty bitty space. It’ll come in handy when they ARE mobile and we need them to stay put long enough for us to get some serious work done around the house and not worry about what trouble they are getting into!

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This is how I get stuff done:

  1. Dump laundry out onto floor.
  2. Place laundry basket in front of babies.
  3. (Literally) throw toys into the basket from behind them.
  4. Make sure babies are amused and intrigued.
  5. Quickly fold laundry.
  6. Put laundry away before they get bored.

wpid-20140512_065745.jpgThe boys ate pretty well last weekend. I fed them an odd mix of avocado, carrots, and sweet potato, which I had cooked/pureed a few weeks ago and froze. This is TMI, but later that day, I saw carrots in Adrian’s poop! I can’t tell you how excited I was. It was so cool to me that he really did eat the food and that it made its way down his system. Ok, definitely TMI.

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The boys at their nine-month check up!!! We couldn’t be more proud of the boys. They have been through SO MUCH and here they are, 18.5 lbs each, 28 inches long, and super healthy and happy! These boys used to have a long list of medications, a ton of appointments scheduled, and some issues and medical conditions that really worried us. But now, a ton of things are resolved and really they just have their helmet wearing to endure a little longer. Otherwise, their pediatrician is extremely pleased with how they’re doing and we are just so grateful.

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Lastly, I want to share this video clip I took of the boys playing with their toys. Hope you enjoy it. Jeremiah is shown first, followed by Adrian. I love their grunting and Adrian’s scrunching cheesy face at the end!