Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

'Twas the night before Christmas, and in our house full of grins,
Not a creature was stirring, not even the twins;
Side-by-side stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas would soon see the pair;
My double blessings of joy were nestled, each snug in their cribs,
With visions of shiny toys and brand new bibs;
I collapsed and then fell asleep on the floor,
It had been a long day, and soon the room was full of snore.

Alert to all sounds, there arose such a crash,
I immediately jumped to my feet in merely a flash.
Could it be our neighbors the Earls? Or, maybe just the little twin girls?
No! This came from outside and I looked on the lawn,
I could barely believe what I had sawn.

What should I see there,
In front of our Christmas light display?
Eight identical reindeer, leading a sleigh.

And guiding the team, pulling the reins with a jolt,
Was a grizzled, white-bearded old man
Barking orders to his crew,
He whistled and shouted, calling out to his reindeer, two-by-two;

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On to the twins' house, it's time to see,
If they have been good little girls, both Hannah and Hailey!"

And then, in a twin-inkling, I heard a noise up above,
It was much loader than any flock of doves.
But just then down the chimney came St. Nick with a leap.
It was quite loud in the house, would the twins stay asleep?

He was decked in red and white, adorned all in fur,
And with a full grin, a Father of twins to be sure!;
On his back was a bag, it was filled to the brim,
I just hope that he keeps the lights dim.

His eyes -- how they twin-kled! they had such appeal,
And by the looks of his belly, he didn't miss many meals.
His face was broad with cheeks of bubbles,
With wide dimples that were second only to my double troubles;

He silently dodged the strewn toys and went straight to his work,
Filling both girls stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And with a wink and a jolly old nod,
He exclaimed, "off to the Murray’s home, they have quads!"

Our twins would be so full of glee,
Despite missing the sight near the tree.
But hopefully they heard St. Nick's farewell as he sailed off in flight,

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Day 1:
Our drive down to Orlando was excruciating. Not only was there a ton of traffic but the accessory outlet in Doodle's new van didn't work but the directions on my phones GPS were completely horribly wrong. Nothing like being trapped going the wrong direction on the I-4 in 5 o'clock traffic to make you a nervous wreck. Seeing that big sign for Disney was a sweet relief and pulling into the hotel parking lot made the magic begin. We stayed at the Contemporary Resort in the Magic Kingdom. The monorail runs, literally, through the building!

The Contemporary Resort as viewed from The Grand Floridian Resort

When we showed up the giant Christmas tree out front of the hotel was lit and the girls were in awe. For awhile I didn't think we could get Butterfly away from it!

Our room was very modern and absolutely beautiful. The photo does it no justice!

That night we were off to the Magic Kingdom to go to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. It is a special event that runs through the Christmas season. It is at night from 7pm to midnight and is an absolute blast. After we unpacked our things and changed we went up to the monorail and headed to meet everyone at the park entrance. We had at least 16 adults and 11 children all who are family or close enough to be family! Let's just say we had to split up from time to time or else people would start getting sucked into our gravitational field!!!

(Butterfly left-in pink, Ladybug right-in purple, Tay-Tay and Van)
The entrance to the Magic Kingdom. The girls didn't know what to think yet. They were just watching all the people and all the tons and tons and Christmas lights.

One of the first things Grandma and I did was take the girls to ride on some rides. They have a big parade that runs in front of Cinderella's castle that we didn't want to miss and I wanted to make sure the girls were still awake enough for the rides; so we went there first. We went on It's A Small World, Dumbo, Peter Pan (they didn't like this one...too difficult to see anything), and the carousel. We weren't able to get a lot of photos of them on the rides because they were sitting either in our laps or next to us and there were no free hands available. The only photos we were able to get are from It's A Small World because it went so slowly and was long. They absolutely loved it. All of the characters on the ride are dancing around and both of the girls kept trying to dance along with them. It was hilarious and just super cute!

Mommy and Butterfly watching the characters dancing. She was doing a little fist pumping action here trying to dance.
And Ladybug sitting on Doodle's lap in awe as we floated through the countries.

The beautiful winter wonderland when all the countries come together.
After hitting up the rides we headed to meet everyone for some late dinner and get ready for the parade. They don't have a huge food selection in the park so the girls for some chicken nuggets and I opted for a vege burger. I was honestly extremely shocked at the vege burger. It was the best one I had ever eaten. I wish I knew who made them! After we ate we headed to the castle got a prime spot and settled in for the show. First there was a musical number onstage in front of the castle and then the parade started.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse singing and dancing directly in front of the castle.

Goofy in his candy powered auto.

Of course Santa was there to wrap up the parade in his sleigh.

Cinderella's castle was absolutely beautiful and it changed colors throughout the night. There were tons of icicle lights all over it and it was breath taking. That Cinderella is a lucky gal!

The weather turned cold that night and it really did feel like Christmas time. Thankfully we planned ahead and brought not only warm clothes for the girls but also their thick jacket and blankets...they definitely needed them!

All snuggled up in our stroller posing with Mommy in front of the castle.

Steph, Aunt Tes and I all got to go on a quick ride on Space Mountain this year. The Grandmas and Dads took the kiddos and we high tailed it over there. It was a blast and it was fun to scream and be silly together. We left right after that. Hoped back on the monorail, got to the hotel and crashed!

Day 2:
We celebrated PJ's first birthday at the Saratoga Springs Resort where everyone else was staying with lots of hugs, presents and cake. It was a lot of fun. It's truly amazing to see all the kids growing so quickly. It's so cliche but true...It goes too fast. After the festivities we went to Downtown Disney take in some shopping and get dinner. There are a ton of restaurants and shops on the strip and we hit most of them up. The girls enjoyed the toy store (imagine that) and Mommy liked the $1.99 store! 

"Come on's time to go to PJ's party!!!"

Ladybugs's eye was caught by some sequined Minnie Mouse ears. She just HAD to try them on.

This Santa is constructed completely of Legos. It was in the Lego store in Downtown Disney. Very cool!

After a full afternoon of shopping we went to Fulton's Crab Shack for dinner. The wait and price was insane but it was nice to go out together. Let's not discuss the creepy waiter. 

PJ, Uncle James and Aunt Tes

Butterfly (in photo) and Ladybug were both big fans of the shrimp dip. They kept pulling crackers out and pulling the dip closer. Yes, they did do some double-dipping. But we're all family, right?!?

Day 3:

We planned to leave Sunday morning but I was able to get a reservation for dinner with the characters for that night. There was no way I could pass it up so we decided to make a day of it walking and checking out some of the other hotels.

Butterfly (left) and Ladybug (right) watching the ferry go back and forth on the river beside the hotel.

Taking a snapshot in front of the cool tree that looked like Magical Mickey Mouse.

Sitting in the Mickey Mouse ear on the sculpture outside the hotel. Don't worry Mommy was right beside them but cropped herself out.

They were taking in ALL the sights and sounds.

They fell asleep after we left The Polynesian and napped the entire stroll past the wedding chapel (in foreground) and into the Grand Floridian. Mommy and Doodle definitely got some good exercise in that day!

After some photo opts, lunch and a ton of walking we hitched a ride on the monorail station at the Grand Floridian to Epcot where we would transfer over to the bus station, then to the ferry to go to another hotel where the restaurant was were you could get dinner with Goofy and Pluto!

The monorail leaving the Grand Floridian that day.

Every time we got onto the monorail Ladybug absolutely had to hold on to the hand rail/pole. Butterfly preferred to sit.

We had to transfer off the monorail to the bus.
Making a drink stop. For as cold as it was Friday; Sunday was a scorcher!

The ferry that was stifling hot that got us from Hollywood Studios to The Swan Hotel where the character dining was located.

We had a little bit of time to kill before dinner so we went and walked on the Boardwalk for a bit and cruised through some stores. It was a good thing we stopped first because the batteries in my camera were dead. Of course I would have gotten there and got ready to take pictures of the girls with the characters and it wouldn't take! So we grabbed some batteries and were on our way.

Faster Doodle...Faster!!! We don't wanna be late.

When we got to the restaurant we got our food and anxiously awaited the characters to come out. They came out one at a time (which was good) and made their way from table to table. Pluto came out first and they girls had no clue what to think. As he started walking towards our table they erupted in panic. He just waves at them and tried to make them smile but it didn't work. I was worried about Goofy coming out because if they don't like the one that looks like a normal "dog-dog" which they love how would they do with a gigantic weird looking dog?!?

"I see something!" (Butterfly's head.) When they saw Pluto they were dumb struck. I could just see them thinking "what is that thing?!?"

If you cover your face Pluto can't see us!
Luckily, to my surprise, Goofy was a hit! Ladybug was still a little apprehensive but Butterfly loved him. It was great to see them laughing and smiling at him. It made the day truly worth it!

Butterflwas so sweet...she tried to share come of her lunch with Goofy.

Butterfly (sitting), Mommy, Ladybug and our new pal Goofy!
We left that night and drove home after much coffee for Mommy. It truly was a magical trip and I will never forget it!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Disney Or Bust!

Tomorrow morning we will be leaving to go to Walt Disney World for the first time to attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! We are going with Doodle and will be meeting her entire family there. There will be at least 12 adults and 9 kids if my calculations are correct.
I am getting very excited and I know the girls are going to have a blast. Magic Kingdom has quite a number of rides that have no height requirements that they will be able to go on including It's A Small World, Dumbo and Peter Pan. I was worried at first about their being so small but this news really got me pumped up. I will post photos via the BlackBerry as soon as I can!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Here Comes Santa Claus

Today we went to the mall
and met Santa for the very first time!!!

We waited in line for about 30 minutes because Santa was feeding his reindeer and when he came back all the kids in line got very excited. The girls seemed to be perfectly fine looking at him from the comfort of their strollers and even for a moment when I took them out. We (Aunt Tes and PJ went too!) got the girls and took them over to see him while PJ patiently watched from his stroller. They were a little clingy but okay as they felt the fur on his coat and checked him out. As soon as we went to start sitting them down their faces began to turn. I knew that the only way to get them in his lap was just to do it as quickly as possible. Aunt Tes and I gave each other a look and we plopped them down. They snapped the photo quickly and it was done in a matter of seconds. Once we got them back into their stroller they were back to their normal cheery selves. They even waved "bye-bye" to Santa on our way out.

I could not believe how simply adorable the picture came out. It couldn't have been cuter if they had been smiling! And I must say, Santa is a very brave man and takes a wonderful photo.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sipping Through A Straw

See those adorable fish lips? Yes, those are my big girls sipping their milk through straws. From the looks of their proficiency it would seem as though they'd been doing it forever. I absolutely adore their faces when they're doing it.



It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sick H2

H2 was diagnosed with a nasty virus and was nearly hospitalized. She had an extremely high fever for several days and was completely lethargic. She was not her normal cherry self by any means. She is luckily getting better and slowly getting all her energy back.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Molar Party!

To celebrate Ladybug getting her second molar we all took some celebratory pictures. Woo Hoo!!!

Ladybug - 10 Teeth

Butterfly - 7 Teeth

PJ - 9 Teeth

H2Mommy - 32 Teeth

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Brushing Our Teeth

The girls like to try and brush our own teeth lately. (Of course only after Mommy cleans them good first!) They're really good at it too! I think they would sit and brush their teeth all day if I let them. It probably doesn't hurt with them teething either!

Gotta get those back molars and brush-brush-brush!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

17 Months Old

The other day Poppy brought the camera down and we took some pictures. The girls had a lot of fun with it. We didn't get a lot of pictures of Ladybug because she kept running away laughing and turning her head. She' so silly! They were both hamming it up for the camera.

Mommy and Butterfly


H1 and Poppy snuggling.
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