Who Doesn't Love a Play Date?!

Jane and Emma are changing EVERY DAY now.  It's unreal.  Last weekend, we were lucky enough to finally be able to have a play date with some of our besties, who have a daughter 6 months younger than Jane and Emma.  It was the MOST FUN EVER (for babies AND mamas and daddies).

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I mean, look at this little cutie!!!

You may remember Olivia's mama from this post.  

After the kids went to bed, we got to drink some "lemonade" and talk about how crazy it is that we all have kids now and they were all sleeping in the nursery peacefully together.  It still blows my mind!

The really fun part about this month is all of the things that the girls are learning and how quickly they are becoming little KIDS!  They can pull themselves up to standing, creep all around the perimeter of the living room, going from one piece of furniture to the next, and Emma has finally gotten her knees up under herself to crawl.  Jane is babbling ("dadadada" -- so unfair) and pulling herself up to standing in her crib, and both girls are getting teeth in on the fly!  They are into LITERALLY everything now, and I'm just trying to figure out how far to go to baby-proof our apartment when we are still diligently searching for a home...

 SkipHop Foam Floor Mat (I'm pretty sure they discontinued this color scheme, but there is a similar mat here).

On Saturday, I decided to get brave and make the twincesses grilled cheese for lunch.  I slapped some cheddar cheese between a couple of slices of whole wheat bread and grilled it on the stove top.  I cut it up into really small pieces (nothing bigger than a pea!) and gave them that, some actual steamed peas, and their sippy cups and fully intended on cleaning the kitchen as they fed themselves lunch, but then stood there and cried like a crazy person and took pictures as I realized that they are becoming so much more independent and soon won't need my help anymore!  Now THIS is a milestone, people!

This weekend we have a date with Aunt Heather to have our very first restaurant experience, and we are going to be visiting Stride Rite to get walking shoes and little sneaks for the girls.  While most docs will suggest that bare feets are the best for learning to walk, I can't imagine just taking Jane and Emma out with no shoes on unless we were going to the beach.  Right?

Hope you are all having a great week!  Happy Hump Day!

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I am SO PLEASED to announce that the winner of the GooseWaddle blanket giveaway is JILL MORAN!  This sassy diva is one of my bestest friends in the whole wide world's mama-dukes, and I KNOW she will put these blankies to great use, as she's got lots of babies to surround her with love and happiness.  Plus, she's always the FIRST to read and like my posts, so she totes deserves this!  CONGRATS MAMA!

Now for some bad news.  As house-hunting goes, every once in a while, you get lucky.  And sometimes you get your heart broken.  

Our deal fell apart today.  There were some pretty major issues with the septic system on the property, and the seller was not willing to pitch in the money to get it fixed.  We simply cannot foot a $30,000 bill for a brand new septic system, so we had to walk away from the home.  It was so devastating, but the good news is, we had these beauties to come home to, and that made it that much easier to begin the hunt again, knowing that we are on the prowl for the perfect place for them to hang their little baby headbands.   

And for that, Janey-boo was happy!

I'll continue to update you all on the process as we search for the perfect perfect-for-us home.  Tonight, we drown our sorrows in lemonade.  *winky emoticon*

Have a great weekend!  xoxo

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NOM NOM: RECIPE ALERT! (Don't forget the giveaway!)

When Hershey and I get home from school, it's about 4:00 and it is on like Donkey Kong.  Jane and Emma are done with their naps for the day, and ready to play with Mama and Daddy.  But by 4:45, they just want to chow down.

For the past few weeks, we have been waiting to eat until after they go to bed, which means we were eating at around 8:00 every night, and then going to bed at 9:30.  That's just NO GOOD.  It's no good for our waistlines, and no good for avoiding heartburn and getting a full night of restful sleep now that the babies are pretty much sleeping through the night.

When I shop, I often find myself drawn to chicken thighs.  I have a chicken teriyaki recipe that I've been using for years that uses chicken thighs, and they are so versatile, so I buy them often.  And the best part is that they are SO SUPER CHEAP and have equal parts light and dark meat.  I mean, they are a pain in the butt to clean if you plan to strip them of all of the fat, but I learned long ago to just let the fat lie, as it adds an extra layer of nomminess to the dish.

But I was sick of teriyaki.

So I found this recipe on Pinterest, and it was SO EASY.  I used skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs, but I stripped the skin and most of the fat from the thighs.  I put brown rice in my awesome rice cooker while we gave the girls their bedtime bottles, and sauteed some sliced up onions and red peppers (I sautee them in canola oil, put some s&p once they get a lil crispy, and then toss in about 1/4 cup of white wine and let it all cook down).  I threw all of it together on a plate, and the whole dish took 20 minutes.  We ate before 8:00, and I had enough to bring to work with me for lunch the next day.

This is an extra great recipe because I now know that I can make it as the girls are having some Cheerios or Puffs before dinner, and then we can eat WITH the girls at 5:00, which is well worth it because once we put the girls to bed, I can just SIT DOWN for the rest of the night.  This is key, because the 3 hours between when we get home and when the twincesses go to bed are CRAYYYY!

Additionally, I've been trying to do some different things for Jane and Emma in the food world, since they are chewing now.  It's super easy to just take the ingredients of whatever I am making for us for dinner and throw them together into a dish and bake them in the oven.  I also keep sweet potatoes and zucchini on hand at all time.  Here's why:

The girls LOOVE sweet potatoes, and they mix with almost anything, or they can even eat them alone.  I wrap them in tin foil and bake them in the oven on 350 for about an hour or so.  Then I slice them open, peel the skins off of them, and mix a bunch of cinnamon in.  I mash them up with a fork, and they LOVE them!

Zucchini is another fave of Jane and Emma, and it mixes with everything and gets them some greens.  The taste is so light, I can literally put them with anything and the girls will eat them.  Sometimes I even just mix them with some cheddar cheese and toss them with the sweet potato for a hearty, easy meal for them.  I put the zucchini into little 2 oz OXO containers and freeze them, so that I can just pop one out and mix it with whatever the girls are eating.  It's such a great way to get them their balanced meals!

Side note:  I took one of the thighs from the package from the other night and baked it in the oven, and then mixed it with some sweet potato and shredded cheddar cheese.  I cut the chicken up really small, and served it to them chunky.  They initially made a funny face because of the texture, but once they got the hang of chewing it, they loved it!

Another really fun thing that we do now is have scrambled eggs together for breakfast on the weekends.  At 8:00 I pop Jane and Emma in their chairs and give them some Cheerios, and they watch as I scramble eggs.  I mix the eggs with some cheese and sometimes a peeled, seeded tomato, and they have a ball feeding themselves and watching me eat with them!  It's such a fun weekend tradition that we have made!

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I hope that these recipes help you to simplify your life.  Please keep an eye on my Pinterest page for more recipes like this one, as I am a TOTAL foodie, I love to cook, and I'm always looking for the path of least resistance for making family dinners fun and delicious.

Happy Humpday!  xoxo

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Double Digits

This was a big week for our little family!  Not only did we put a bid in on a house (and it was accepted!), but the girls turned 10 months old on Thursday!  This has been a whirlwind 6 days.

Jane and Emma are up to no good every day now.  They are rolling around, military crawling here, there, and everywhere, and cruising from one end of the living room to the other.  A few days ago, I was in the nursery talking to Hershey in the kitchen, and I heard grunting in the hallway.  I looked out the door to see Emma trying as hard as she could to get down the hallway to where my voice was.  It was simultaneously the cutest and scariest thing ever!


Measurements (as of March 4)
Weight:  17 lbs 3 oz  
Height:  26.75"  Head size:  46.3cm
Diaper size:  4
Clothing Size:  9 months 
(she can wear 12 months, 
but they're baggy)
Teeth:  1 (top right)
Fave foods:  Chicken, cherries, apples, blueberries
Fave toys:  Anything Emma is holding
Favorite thing to do:  Snatch toys from her sister; cruise
Least favorite thing to do:  Still napping
Major Milestones for This Month:  Cruising; pulling herself up to standing; sleeping through the night


Measurements (as of March 4)
Weight:  18 lbs 4 oz  
Height:  27.5"  Head size:  46.1 cm
Diaper size:  4
Clothing Size:  12 months
Teeth:  Both top front
Fave foods:  Cherries
Fave toys:  The book on the Fisher-Price Puppy & Friends Learning Table
Favorite thing to do:  Open Daddy's XBox and try to destroy it
Least favorite thing to do:  Sleep
Major Milestones for This Month:  Sleeping through the night; cruising; sitting up from laying down 
(causing poor Daddy to have to lower the mattress in her crib one day after school)

While Jane and Emma are busy being big girls, Mama and Daddy have been busy trying to buy them a house!  We are currently crossing our fingers that all will go well, as we had a (pretty major) hiccup during inspections today.  Here is a sneak peak at what will (hopefully) be our new digs one day very soon!  (PHOTOS REMOVED)

Stay tuned for updates on the process!  I am so excited to be able to share this amazing milestone in our family's life with you!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  xoxo

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