Sunday, October 13, 2013

A good man is hard to find

I was walking into the mall this week to make a quick return.  As I walked into the mall, I noticed an older gentlemen standing there holding open the door for me.  He said he had heard me coming  (noisy shoes that day and I was walking quickly since I was in a bit of a hurry), so he stood there and waited for me to get to the door and held it open for me.  This is how our conversation went.

Me: Thank you!  Chivalry is becoming a lost art these days!
Gent: Yes it is, young lady.
Me: A good man  is hard to find!
Gent: You're right about that.  All of these young boys are giving us good men a bad name.
Me: {laughter}  Well, you know what, I'm thankful, because I still found myself a good one.
Gent: Good for you, young lady.  You look like you deserve a good one.  Have a good day!
Me: You too, and thanks again!

I walked away from that conversation with a smile on my face.  I was grinning for several reasons.  First, because I couldn't help but think of the good man that was given to me to be my husband.  I was also grinning because it gave me joy to take 20 seconds out of my day to talk to someone who probably needed someone to talk to.  I put my own hurried agenda aside, and thanked someone who showed a simple act of kindness.  All he did was open the door for me, but that little act showed me that there are good people left in this world.  Good people doing good things, and sometimes we're too busy following our own agendas that we don't take time to notice these things.  Little moments from God all around us that we miss every day because we're too busy or in too much of a hurry to see them.

A good man is hard to find, but I'm glad that God blessed me with the best one out there.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Doing life together

One of the hardest parts about family living so far away is that we miss doing life together.  Usually when my family comes to visit, it's for an occasion or holiday.  Sometimes it's just because, and that's awesome, but it usually ends up being filled with all kinds of things we want to do.

Sometimes, all I want to do is have both of my grandmas come over and help me fold laundry.

Sometimes, I want them to help me can food like they did when they were here.

Sometimes, I want them to come over for Sunday dinner.

Sometimes, I want them to just come over and play with my kids.

Sometimes, being away from those you love the most, just, plain stinks.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Maya & Makenna turn 2!

It's hard to believe that my little girls turned 2.  I'm not sure where the past 2 years have gone, but I know they've gone by way too quickly.  I'm sure they've flown by a bit faster than normal since they make life doubly busy just by being active little girls! :)  This past year was an interesting year of change.  We moved out of our house and into Grandma's house the weekend they turned 1, and spent 7 months of the past year living with Grandma.  So more than half of their year between 1 and 2, we weren't living in our house.  This made things interesting, considering how much the girls have changed over the last year.  They run around everywhere, get into everything, and are curious about whatever they come into contact with.  They make our lives interesting, yet overwhelmingly full of joy.

At 2 years old, these girls are ACTIVE!  I'm pretty sure both of my Grandmas got tired just watching me run around after them when they were visiting this past weekend. :)  All day long, they are into everything.  I try to go to the bathroom, and one follows me in there.  I come back out, and the other one is standing in the sink eating candy corn.  They love to climb on anything and everything- the knobs on the cabinets, their cribs, chairs, the kitchen table, the countertops, the island, the couch, furniture- EVERYTHING.  What one doesn't figure out, the other one does.  They've figured out some of our childproof locks and gotten into coloring supplies and have made several nice artistic additions to the new house.  I'll often find them opening up the fridge and stealing pieces of cheese, going through my purse and walking around with my credit cards, pulling trash out of the trash can, flushing the toilet, walking around with my shoes on, or jumping off the bench in the mudroom.  They never stop.  

At 2 years old, they love to read books, play with their dolls, get into their brother's stuff (and everyone's stuff for that matter), cuddle on the couch, color, and play outside.  Maya is 34" and 27lb.  Makenna is also 34" (first time they're the same height!) and weighs 29lb 12 oz (still a good 2lb apart from each other).  Maya has continued to be our outgoing, crazy, loud daughter.  She is definitely a mama's girl, and she is full of life.  She screams at the top of her lungs all day, and laughs like crazy.  She gets mad easily, and acts like the end of the world when something doesn't go her way.  Most of the time I can't even figure out what's wrong, but it's usually something totally random, like I put a different colored lid on her sippy cup than she wanted, or I picked up Makenna first out of her crib, or gave her a toy when she wanted to pick it up herself.  She's quite the character and we love her for it :)

Makenna on the other hand, is our laid-back, compliant child :)  She is full of love, innocence (but don't let her fool you- she's a quiet trouble-maker), and joy.  She's almost always happy, she loves to cuddle and laugh, and loves taking care of others.  She roams around happily, looking for food to eat (like the candy corn above the sink or the cheese in the refrigerator), and sitting and playing happily.  She loves her big brother and she's stolen a piece of his heart for sure :)

I love that both girls are so different.  It's a good reminder that even though they're identical twins, they are still 2 very unique people, and blessings in our lives.  They make our family complete, and fill our lives with love every day.  I love watching them interact with each other and take care of each other.  When one is crying, the other one will grab their blanket or a doll and give it to them.  They'll grab a tissue for each other, hug each other, giggle together, and kiss each other.  It's just precious.  Their latest development has been taking their clothes off.  They love taking their clothes off, trying to put their shoes on, or stripping down in their crib and peeing all over the place instead of taking a nap.  We've started duct-taping their diapers and that has helped a bit.  As always, never a dull moment.  They've started talking a lot more lately, and will say any word you tell them to, but they don't always use them.  They don't stop talking all day long, and most of the time I'm sure it's a secret twin language.  Their favorite saying is "Hump Day, Yeah!" based on the commercial.  In fact, when they see the camel in their book about the birth of Jesus, they scream "Hump Day!".  Crazy, crazy girls.

We were blessed to celebrate their birthday with our family at our house.  My parents came to visit for the weekend and took both of my grandmas with them.  The girls enjoyed a special butterfly-themed birthday party and had a blast with everyone around.    It was such a blessing to have all of our family together celebrating their special day.  We are overwhelmed with love!

Happy 2nd birthday to our precious girls.  We love you very much!

Maya and her butterfly wings (which lasted all of 2 minutes)

Family photo.  I {heart} these people.

The girls LOVE their baby cousin, Sawyer.  They talk about her all day long :)

Grandpa and Sawyer

Great-Grandma VDH and Sawyer

Present time!

Checking out their new "ipods"

Grandma VDH didn't want Kaden to feel left-out so she made him a new scarf and beanie hat in MI colors!

Kaden giving his sisters their gift that he made especially for them- Build-a-Bears!

Makenna giving her bear kisses.  SO cute!

New pillow pets for their cribs!

The guys putting the new doll highchairs and pack-n-plays together :)

I'm pretty sure the actually enjoyed this.

Putting the bears down for a nap- they can share a pack-n-play, right? :)

Maya using her new purse from Uncle Brian and Kelli

Grandma and Sawyer

Thank-you hugs for Grandma Rysdam

New jewelry from Uncle Steve and Aunt Kelly
Great-Grandma Borduin and Sawyer- with a smile even!! :)

3 generations.  Precious.

Makenna has twin-feeding time totally under control.  She's experienced.

Happy 2nd Birthday, girls!!!

Enjoying their birthday cupcakes

Makenna tries out their new rollercoaster from Grandma Rysdam

Maya's turn!

Clearly Maya didn't want to let Makenna take a turn.  She wouldn't let go of the cart.  It was hilarious!!