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26 July 2012

moving on...

I finally did it! I am officially moving the blog over to wordpress!

From now on, I will be posting here:

it's still under progress, but we will get there!

25 July 2012

burritos | twins

it really seems just like yesterday, you two were these tiny little things, 
kicking, rolling, hicupping inside.

but you get bigger everyday.

it's almost time to drop the swaddle. you two are just getting too good at rolling.

i will miss the sweet little burrito babies...

24 July 2012

sitting | milestones

Guess what we learned today?

oh yes, the little miss is officially a sitter!
5 months, 2 weeks

oh babies, slow down, don't grow too fast!!

poor little brother is still confined to the bumbo, he likes to stand too much, he won't bend his legs/hips to sit down!

19 July 2012

Insta-Friday | Standing & Cooking

1. Breakfast time. They love watching their brother.
2.  precious girl.

3. He STARES at his brother all the time!
4. made my first 'freezer pizza' from scratch!


5. double batch of homemade tortillas!
6. the hair on this girl is HILARIOUS!


7. full couch in the early morning!
8. two exersaucers are a necessity with twins!!


9. New experiments: growing sprouts!
10. My big boy eating kale straight out of the garden!


11. I have been purging and we sold our two sets of 'nice' and 'everyday' dishes to get one that serves as both! Fiestaware!! I love it!
12.  Jonah boy hates being on his back, on his tummy, and sitting. He apparently just wants to stand. by himself. silly boy.


13. I mean seriously, he just wants to stand. Daddy was right behind him, but not touching him! The kid has strong legs!
14. We have started a modified version of baby led weaning... and here are the babies playing with some pieces of peach! They were super interested!


15. He wanted to hold their hands!
16. Serious chubs!!

17. Jarvis pooped in the potty for the first time!!!!! So, we made cupcakes, LOL!!

16 July 2012

Animals | Jarvis

Jarvis could have cared less about stuffed animals... 
that is, until Christmas of last year. 
Despite all our efforts before (with nighttime scout), 
he just wouldn't get attached to any stuffed animals that might make traveling/bed transitions easier. 
Then out of nowhere, he fell in love with a Christmas bear (back right corner). 

13 July 2012

Insta-Friday | week 29

1. My sweet little Jonah bear.
2. Joelle getting some early morning big brother love.

08 July 2012

10 on 10 | llano river

Every year, the extended family of my great-grandmother, Ida May Jarvis Keefe, get together for a family reunion on some land on the Llano River between Junction and London, Texas.

Ida May was one of 12 children to W.T. and 'Lizzie' Jarvis. We average around 100 descendants each year, gathering at the river to celebrate family bonds. Some of my cousins have put together an awesome website with lineage and more information if you are interested!

06 July 2012

the big news | AF life

deep breath.

here we go. once again, it's moving time. 

Insta-Friday | week 28

not too many pictures this week, since I did a post yesterday on the 4th!


1. All of this did NOT come with us to Texas, but did come home with us! We only had to take back one more bag though! (and ship one small box, lol)
2. Bedtime stories with Uncle Bo-Bo

05 July 2012

this much [5 months] | Joelle and Jonah

this month, the twins just get instagram photos :)


My sweet Jonah bear! He is now wearing all 6 month clothes and some 9 month ones! He rolled for the first time 2 weeks ago. He still loves to talk and his favorite chew toy is his own fingers. Verbally he is more advanced than his sister, although she is more advanced physically.

It's a LONG story, and not worth going into the details, but after some recommendations and research, we decided to take Jonah to a chiropractor. Pediatric chiropractics are a hot topic right now, and to each their own, but we decided it was worth it for us. After just one adjustment, Jonah was able to hold his head higher than before and he rolled!! These were both a big deal for Jonah bear. 

His disposition has gotten even better since the 3 adjustments and he is such a smiley baby. He seems much more comfortable in general. Sleep-wise it hasn't helped that much, but we also have been traveling. We shall see if it helps him find a more comfortable position to sleep in. 

He has fairly good hand control and can bring toys to and from his mouth. He is still VERY ticklish and has the sweetest giggle. His favorite thing to do is watch his brother, he will lay there for an hour straight and watch Jarvis, it's adorable!


Oh my goodness, this girl. She is such a little charmer! Joelle has the biggest smile and she loves being around other people. Although she decided on our trip to fuss anytime she saw someone new, I think she got a bit overwhelmed. 

She can hold her head up so well and loves the bumbo or exersaucer. She rolls like crazy from front to back, and can nearly roll back to front. She can now grab ahold of her feet and is trying her hardest to get them to her mouth. She has excellent hand/arm control and is always reaching out for something. She can hold her own bottle some of the time and it won't be long now before she will want to all of the time. She does NOT like you to take her food away!

She has started talking alot more, mostly when she is angry! She has a very loud fuss/screech when she can't get whatever toy she wants in her mouth. When she talks, she always sticks out the end of her tongue, it's hilarious! 

She is now in 6 month pajamas, but they are still too long in the arms and legs, she's just so little! Her eyes are still a very light blue, but I'm not sure they will stay... She still adores sleeping and gets super angry if she doesn't get her 'beauty' sleep!

and just a few more pictures for your enjoyment!

this is what Joelle does with her tongue when she's talking! silly girl...

this much [30 months] | Jarvis

I know I say this every month, but I just can not believe how blessed we are. This boy, my oldest son, has such a sweet and loving nature. I am constantly blown away by him. 

It seems like every month his verbal and cognitive skills nearly double! He speaks in complete sentences and is learning to use correct grammar. He understands nearly anything we say, and as a result, we have taken to spelling quite a few words! He can now follow a conversation and pick up on tones and feelings. And he will repeat just about anything you say to anyone! 

He fell in love with swimming while we were in Texas and spent nearly every day in the pool. He can kick his legs and blow bubbles, but holding his breath is still questionable sometimes! He just needs to get his arms working and I think he would be swimming on his own! Floating was still a foreign concept though! He did work up his courage to jump off the top step into someone's arms, but not the side of the pool yet. He learned to 'crawl' around the edge of the pool by holding onto the side and walking his feet on the side. However that resulted in some sore fingers and toes!

He had such a wonderful time in Texas visiting family, but I do have to say that the grandpas/uncles were his favorites. He really enjoys all of them. He has so many grandpas and uncles that he insisted on knowing their names so he could call them 
Grandpa ___. 

He has wonderful manners and it is so nice to see our hard, consistent work paying off. He will now say 'no, thank you' at least 80% of the time instead of just screaming no. This has made my days so much more enjoyable!! He is so sweet with his brother and sister and always shares toys with them and comforts them. He always says, 'it's ok, it's alright' if one of them is crying. It made me so happy to see him behaving and showing his real, sweet self in Texas. It makes my heart swell with love to hear people tell me he is a joy to be around.

home[pre]school update: He can count up to 13, and knows many numbers above that, although not in order. He know nearly all his letters and most letter sounds. He has several sight words and we have been working on rhyming. He is starting to recognize colors, and I think he knows most of them, but I'm not sure he understands the concept of shades. I have an activity planned to focus on that this next week. We almost have our first bible verse memorized and hope to move onto another next week!

4th of July | Insta-style

We had the strangest 4th of July yesterday...

It all started at this time. and yes, that's AM. 

then, a little airplane 'fun'...
the babies love watching Jarvis. 'Whatcha doin' brother?'

let me tell you, this girl adores her father.

our own personal 3-ring circus in the airport. oh, the looks we get.

then someone decided to grab her feet for the first time!

both babies slept the entire hour and a half of the second flight. and I love my Ergo!

Big brother did not sleep. Meet grumpy mcgrumpy pants.

1:15pm. home, sweet home. finally. the babies then proceeded to take a 2 hour nap, and grumpy pants crashed for 3 hours!

and because we couldn't forget it was the 4th, and we have awesome friends, mama and Jarvis met up some friends at the air show around 6:00pm. read: mama is crazy and has been up since 345am.

however crazy I was, we still had fun, looking at Mr. Jake's truck and watching the airplanes. Finally, at 9:00pm, I admitted defeated and we all went to sleep without any fireworks.

here's to the strangest 4th of July?

02 July 2012

Insta-Friday | Mas Tejas


 1. Oma and Jonah!
2. Poppy and Joelle :)

3. Oma and the little girl!
4. Once again, the size difference in these babies is crazy... almost 3 inches!


5. No, Grandpa Matt, that is not how a bumbo works!
6. Hello Ergo, you are our new best friend!


7. All dressed up for church!
8. Mama went to Lakeshore learning store. Ouch. I wanted to buy the WHOLE store!! I miss teaching.


9. The bowling ball babies.
10. This kid adores bowling. 1st place, Grandpa Matt, 2nd place, Me, 3rd place, Jarvis, Last place, Daddy, haha!


11. Meet Cousin puppy, Lola. She was not sure what to think of the micro-humans.
12. oh Austin. ugh. SO HOT.


 13. Mama, Daddy, and big boy date to Kerby Lane.
14. Talking to birds while mama pays.\


15 & 16. Finished up the big boy date with some jump houses indoors. Such a brave boy!


17. Enjoying the cool mornings by the pool!
18. My new (to me) D300. I AM IN LOVE.