Thursday, January 31, 2013


My house is a MESS.  Not dirty, but cluttered, especially with toys.  It's driving me insane.  I can't take all of it anymore.  The playroom is the worst.

Bad, huh?

It's not like I don't clean it.... I clean up and minutes later it looks like a tornado came through.  Tonight I asked Max and Claire to help clean up the den and Max just took some toys and tossed them in the playroom.

We do have a lot of bigger toys - the trampoline, bus, table, art easel, and kitchen set.  I would like a toy bench or some type of storage system...but just don't know where it would go.  Our house looks like Christmas morning with all the bday presents and trying to find the space!

Ideas? What do you use to organize play spaces?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mini Me

If you follow me on instagram (kfredrick), then you have already seen this picture.  Justin (and a few others) have always said Claire is a "mini me".  Not necessarily in looks, but in actions and facial expressions.  Well, it's true and even more evident this week.

We were playing outside yesterday and Claire came and sat next to me in the same position I was sitting. ha!  She really is a piece of work.  She does this a lot.  Today, I was sitting with my legs crossed on the sofa and she did her best to get in the same position!

I do need to be careful.  In the winter, Justin grows out his facial hair.  I am not a big fan and very much dislike kissing a scruffy face.  Apparently Claire has been watching my reaction if he tries to kiss me and tonight she told him he needed to shave! - and wouldn't give him a kiss tonight!  ....funny thing is, he just shaved yesterday!  Little rascal!

Still need to do my 24 mo post... maybe tomorrow......maybe if I don't get woken up at 4:45am again

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Trucks and Tiaras

Saturday was our big birthday party.  We celebrated with a Trucks and Tiaras theme at The Little Gym.  We had 18 kids including Max and Claire!  The kids played for an hour, then had pizza and cake.
The party did not start until 5:30 and ended at 7.  I would have liked an earlier party, but this is all they had available.  Claire was very tired and clingy towards the end.  Besides the time, they had a blast.  I think they were the most excited to be with all of their friends!

One of the only pics of them together

It was kind of chaotic at the beginning.  They had them sit in a circle and say all their names.  It took a while, especially for 1-3 year olds who just wanted to be out playing on all the equipment.

Claire with her good buddy, Jack!

The Buds

 I had bought Claire both of these party hats and brought Max's crown from school....although he wanted to wear one of Claire's!
That was one of the hard things about a truck themed party.  the only truck item I found was a truck balloon.  The rest of the decorations were either cars, trains or fire trucks.

I wasn't thrilled with their cakes.  They were too decorative for me.  We had so much cake left over. I was worried we wouldn't have enough so I made two batches of cupcakes as well....Max's cake was never touched and is still in our refrigerator! 
The Little Gym only gives you an hour and a half.  That includes play, cake, presents, etc.  Since we did a night party, we had pizza as well.  This did not leave any time for presents, so we saved those to open at home.  Max and Claire were exhausted, but not too tired to open a few presents!

 new capes from Nanny!

 Max was obsessed with this Car.  We haven't bought any Disney movies yet, but have a feeling Cars will be our first one!

 Claire is obsessed with this Apptivity monkey.  She takes it everywhere and has been sleeping with it!

rain boots were another big hit!

 BLOCKS.  They love these....but they take up so much room.  Our playroom is overflowing so we put these in the living room... need to find a way to organize their toys and maximize the space we have.

What a great bday week they had!  They received so many thoughtful gifts, but were the most excited to be with all the people they love!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Off the charts!

I had all intentions on doing their two year post, but I have frogged around too long.  BUT I can do a quick update on their two year stats!

Buds: BIG BOY!
38.5 inches - off the charts!!
33 lbs - 97%

I knew he was tall, but I was not expecting, "off the chart"!

Bear Bear:
35.5 inches - 85%
28 lb 2 oz - 80%

Our dr was very happy with their development, especially Claire's vocabulary.  They have started telling people they are two and hold up a finger from each hand....I'm still having a hard time believing my babies are TWO!

We are expecting some snow/ice tomorrow afternoon so our schools are on a three hour early dismissal - meaning Max and Claire will only go to school 9-11. That's better than nothing, but I was really needing that time to get everything ready for their birthday party on Saturday!  Nothing like waiting til the last minute :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

We are two!

Today is Max and Claire's "happy day".  That is how they say 'Happy Birthday'.  Lucky me, our day started at 4:55 am.  Yep, you read that right.  Justin had already left for work, so I tried to put them in bed with me in hopes they would fall back asleep... but after 20 min. of convincing them it was still night night time, we got up and started our day.
I wanted them to be surprised when the woke up, so last night I went and got some balloons.  I got a few plain latex balloons and this big Elmo balloon.  It sings Happy Birthday!  They loved it!

My mom sent in their picture to our local news station.  They're famous!

I had a hair appointment scheduled thinking they were in school today not realizing it was a workday.  Thankfully I have wonderful friends who offered to keep them.  They were thrilled to spend three hours with their buddy, Trevor.

As I have said previously, their sleep patterns haven't been so great - especially Max.  I took him to the doctor this afternoon and I as I thought, he has an ear infection. Poor guy!

Nanny and Poppy came over for pizza, cake and presents.

They have their 2 year check up on Thursday so I'll do their 2 year stats post then!  Just a few more days til their Birthday Party!!!!!

Happy Birthday to my babies.  Love you so much :)

Through the years....
days before their arrival

1-22-2011 first family picture

 One year old!

2 years old and best friends!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Getting out

After numerous days of being cooped up in the house due to the nasty stomach bug, we got out of the house...and we didn't let the snow stop us!  Thursday night we had a big (2-4inches) snow, which meant no school Friday.  I wasn't prepared, but that didn't stop us from having fun!  We may get one snow a year, sometimes two and they are usually pretty small.  Max and Claire do not have snow boots, pants or jackets.  I ended up putting plastic bags over their shoes to keep them from getting wet.

I probably spent 20 minutes getting the dressed and only 15 outside!  They thought it was cool, but weren't sure about touching and playing in it.  I tried to show them how to make a snow angel, but they weren't too impressed!
 you can barely see my outline of an angel!

 It was such a pretty day.  I took this pic while doing my snow angel, that's why it's upside down!

Claire was ready to head in.  I think they would have had more fun if Justin had been home.  I'm sure he would have been more fun and built them a snowman or make a makeshift sled :)

More on our weekend tomorrow!  Still doing laundry to get all the stomach bug germs OUT of this house!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Adding to the numbers

Justin and I got the stomach bug.  UGH.  let me just tell you... it is/was awful.  I had a night planned with the girls last night to wine and design. I was so excited and have been looking forward to going.  My friends came to pick me up, we get there, and I realize there is no way I'm going to make it.  I had been feeling queasy, but tried to ignore it.  Got home and within an hour, I was getting sick.  
Thankfully my cousin and aunt were babysitting so they stayed until Max and Claire went to sleep.
I was sick 8-2:30 every hour.  Awful.  Justin texted me at 2:30am telling me he had just gotten sick (he was out of town)

Luckily, my mom came over this morning to help with breakfast and get them off to school.  I stayed in bed until 4:00 today.  I'm still in my pjs and plan to go hop in bed.  No more getting sick, just weak and bad headache.

Hopefully this is the end of the stomach bug in this house!  

Monday, January 14, 2013


Last night was rough.

There were:
2 sick babies toddlers
10 times we cleaned throw up
12 towels
3 sets of sheets
3 baths
2 loads of laundry b/t the hours of 12-3AM
6 total loads of laundry by early afternoon
2 tired parents

I fell asleep on the couch last night and was woken up at 12 by Max.  Went in to check on him and while I was in there, Claire got sick.  This was our first experience with stomach bug.  Quite possibly one of the yuckiest nights and most pitiful for the babes.  After Max started getting sick, Claire and I took the guest room and Max and Daddy had our room.  They were pretty much awake 12-3 and decided to wake up for the day at 5:45.
Against my better judgement, I gave them milk. (only bc they seemed better and were crying for it)  I just gave them a few ounces each.  Max kept his down....Claire's was up a few minutes later.  I was not prepared!

Justin went to pick up some Pedialyte.  They both drank their "juice" which they thought was a big deal considering they only drink milk and water.  Soon after, they were running around acting normal.
Luckily, they were good today.  It was nasty out, not to mention I couldn't take them anywhere.  They took two good naps and still went to bed at 7:15.  Justin is out of town for work so hoping and praying for a smooth night tonight!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I've been MIA.  We have been so busy with birthday parties and enjoying some beautiful, unseasonal warm weather in NC!

Yesterday we went to our third birthday party of the month.  We still have two more to go, with the last one being ours!

I wish I had taken more pics.  Max and Claire are lucky to have such good friends and I am super lucky they all have cool Moms!

I forgot to buy a birthday card so I let them make one.  They saw me write "Happy Birthday Max" in marker so of course they wanted to draw with them.

They did a good job of not getting it on the table...but Max had it all over his hands and some on his face and shirt.  Definitely a craft that has to be 100% monitored!

Today (as well as yesterday) was around 70 degrees.  We had a great family day.  We went to church, Costco, had a good nap, went for a run, played at the park and took Max and Claire to get frozen yogurt after dinner.
They were so excited to have yogurt!  Max finished his quickly and said, "I need more"!!  That is his new saying, "I need..." He was such a sweet boy today. I wish everyday could be like today!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2nd haircut

Today was the day. Max and Claire's hair has gotten out of control and it was time to do something about it. I wanted to shapen Claire's hair back to a cute bob and had envisioned shortening Max's hair so I could "style" it.
But because his hair is thicker on top, it ended up looking silly. I'm wishing I just had it trimmed - it will grow fast though!

He was kind of fussy and kept wanting me to pick him up. He was much happier when it was Claire's turn!

Both were happy to have suckers as a treat!

After naps we headed to the park to enjoy the warm front we are having.
This park is really cool bc people have donated old riding toys. They may be missing some parts (two cars were missing steering wheels), but he kids still enjoy playing with them!
"I'm up high!"

sliding with Mommy!

Claire likes playing in the dirt. I don't like dirt or to feel gritty, but I keep my mouth shut and let her play and explore!

Kelly - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone