Monday, May 26, 2008

New Clothes and new stroller

We got a few new things lately that we need to show off. We are quickly outgrowing the stroller we have. Stef and Court have named it the locomotive because it is so long and cumbersome. I did a bunch of research and found a fabulous side-by-side stroller that works really well for us. We took it out for a test drive this last weekend and loved it!!

This outfit was a gift for our adoption from Regina, Suzie and Katie.
This is the outfit from Regina, Suzie and Katie for Avery.The new stroller. We all love it!Strolling through the neighborhood in the new wheels!
Avery got tired and wanted to cuddle with Mom on the way home. See her little face peaking out of the sleeve? So adorable!!
Jack in his Bronco's attire from Joe and Andrea Llamzon, Court's friends from college who live in Colorado.

Jack in his bees from Aunt Brenda and Uncle Lloyd

Jack and Avery in their bee clothes from Lloyd and Brenda.

Thanks to everyone for all the cool stuff!! The babies are so stylish thanks to all of you. We've received so many cute things, I will try to photograph them in more of their outfits and share with everyone...

Warm Weather and Camping at Lincoln Rock State Park

What warm and wonderful weather we had while camping!! We took Stef and the twins to Lincoln Rock State Park in Eastern Washington. Stef and I took the little ones in the Baby Bjorns and went on a long walk one evening. We lounged in the shade on Saturday which was just perfect with temps in the mid 90's. I got some pictures of everyone napping in the nice weather...
Courtney and Avery napping in the shade
Jack and Stef napping...
Avery enjoying her nap
Jack sacked out!
Our campsite

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Photo Shoot Pictures

Here are some of the photos from the session we did with Anna when the littles ones were about 7 weeks old. She does amazing work. Her site is http://www.annaphotography.com/:

Jack loved posing on this blanket in the sun. He did pretty well, unassisted, on his tummy for only being 7 weeks old.

Jack hamming it up in his shades!

Jack loves being naked! We had to strategically place the blanket to keep this pg rated!
Smiling Jack
Katie did NOT want to be left out...
Mom and her boy
Outside with Jack and his shades.
Momma Courtney with Avery. We got quite a few good pictures of Avery even though she was having a bad day. Although she isn't too happy on this photo...
Family portrait
Jack's famous pouty lip!
Such a handsome boy!

Avery in her naked shots
Avery in her shades from Nana...
Mom and Avery
Such sweet little hands!
Momma Courtney and little Jack
Mom and Avery. Such a little lady
Mom and Avery in the nursery
Avery in her cute little summer dress. Too bad she will never wear it again, it was almost too small for her here.
Avery with her typical expression..."I'm not so sure what to think of you..."

Avery's naked little body. I was changing her into clothes after the naked shots and Anna snapped this photo. I love naked baby pictures!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lloyd

Ten things I love about you:

Your champagne taste

Your eyes, hands, and voice

You as a father

That all my girlfriends had crushes on you

That you drove to Seattle to meet the new babies

You holding Jack and Avery

You as the "bee man"

The way you talk to the kitty cats

All the memories I have of you from when I was a kid

And the Mother's Day card you sent me this year. You made my week.



Happy Birthday big bro. Have a great day...I love you.








Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Preakness at Pimlico


In the wake of the tragedy under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs two Saturdays ago, all of us horse racing fans brace for the The Preakness Stakes this Saturday. We all watched in awe as Big Brown and Eight Belles, the first filly to take on "the boys" since 1998, battled the last half mile to the finish line. It was apparent from the beginning that Big Brown is special. Starting from the 20 post he made his way to the front. But not without a fight from the big gray filly. It was a spectacular race, setting the stage for the next two legs of the Triple Crown. Will Big Brown actually be the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years? Not since Affirmed in 1978, have we been so lucky. Will Big Brown and Eight Belles have the same rivalry that Affirmed and Alydar did that year? I was only eight and I can still remember it all...

Unfortunately, we all know how it ended during the 1/4 mile run out after the race. Eight Belles collapsed on the track with two shattered front ankles, and was immediately euthanized. This is the same injury that Barbaro suffered in the Preakness two years ago. He would lose his life eight months later from complications of the injury.

So, as we all tune in on Saturday to watch Big Brown take the second leg of The Triple Crown, our hearts will be heavy knowing that one champion is glaringly absent. For those who would like to see 8 Bells rung in honor of the filly next year at the Kentucky Derby, you can log on at http://8bellsforeightbelles.org/ and sign the petition.


Eight Belles working out at Churchill Downs

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's Day and Crystal's visit

Well our first Mother's Day is behind us. We had a good day. We exchanged gifts on Sunday morning and then headed to Annie's house for a Mother's Day get together. The whole clan was there. Annie and Kraig and their little ones, Amy and Steve and their little one, Auntie Sue, Maren and Julian and kids, Ethan and Karen and children, Stef and the 4 of us.
Court had a dozen beautiful roses delivered on Friday from Jack and Avery. That's a huge deal for Court. She's not a fan of cut flowers since they just die anyway. So thank you, Court, I appreciate it.

I also got a beautiful necklace for Mother's Day from Court. It has two aquamarines for each of the little ones. I love it!! I'll post a picture later.

I got Court a gift certificate for the Melting Pot so the two of us can go out to dinner. The restaurant is right around the corner from Stef's place so we can feed the babies, go feed ourselves, and get back in time to feed them again!!

We had a wonderful visit with Crystal. She helped a ton by holding babies and changing diapers. We spent Saturday out and about. We took Crystal to Snoqualmie Falls. Here are some pictures:

We took some pictures in the backyard with the flowers, too:

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

2 Month Check-Up

Today was Jack and Avery's two month check up. They got a glowing report from the pediatrician. Jack weighed in at 11 lbs 10 oz and Avery was right behind him at 10 lbs 11 oz. They are in the 50th percentile in height and weight so they are right on track.



They had to get 4 shots today and I'm sure it was more traumatic for us than it was for them. Jack handled it surprisingly well. He was almost asleep and had just finished eating when he got his shots. He screamed bloody murder during the shots, but recovered quickly. Avery, on the other hand, was not quick to forgive us for such abuse. She cried and cried and cried and looked at us as if to say, "how could you let them do this to me???" She was inconsolable until I fed her. That calmed her down and we were able to get them into their car seats and head home. I've never felt so horrible and helpless in my life. I'll never forget that look she gave me...it was heartbreaking.

As I expected, they had a fitfull night last night so we all slept poorly. Today is a better day though, I think they are recovering thank goodness.

Crystal to arrive Thursday

I haven't blogged for awhile so I thought I would write a bit. It has been a crazy couple of weeks. Jack and Avery hit their two month mark, we finalized the adoption process, our first Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and then the following weekend will be the twins first camping experience. We will be heading to the Eastern side of the mountains where the weather is nice and we can all just relax. I am looking forward to taking them on walks and just laying on a blanket in the sun. Stef will be joining us, as well.

BUT the biggest news of all is that my one and only niece, Crystal Cunniff, has returned from the North Sea and is back in her hometown of Houston, TX. I say hometown lightly, since us native Montanans consider the Big Sky State, our home forever. She is flying to Seattle on Thursday night to meet the babies for the first time. We haven't seen her since Thanksgiving so we are all very excited. She will return to Houston on Sunday.

I am attaching a few pictures of her. Of course, we will post more after the visit.



Welcome to Seattle, Crys! We love you.






Saturday, May 3, 2008

Adoption is Final!!

Yesterday was an exciting day, not only was it Dad's birthday, but we finalized the adoption as well. In a few weeks we will get a new birth certificate showing Courtney as the second parent. We are fortunate to live in a county (King County) where there is precedent for 2nd parent adoption. It's not law and it varies from county to county...frightening thought. If we lived in Eastern Washington Courtney wouldn't be able to adopt her own children. Let's hope that one day people will realize that we need to look out for the best interest of the children and change the laws to allow them to be legally adopted...anyway, off my soap box.

Below are a few photos from the day -
Us with the judge
The family with the judge
Us with our attorney, Janet Helson
The entire clan...our friends Brian and Glenn and their boy, Robby, joined us for the ceremony.

We went back to Mom and Dad's house afterward for yummy food and to celebrate the day. Maren and Julian and the kids came over as did Annie, Kraig and their kids. My good friend, Jen, stopped by with her folks to see the babies. All in all, it was a fun day.

Jack and Avery did well. Avery slept through the entire hearing. Jack, on the other hand, was not so thrilled with the process and fussed a bit. They both looked very cute in their outfits and will not wear them again since they barely fit in them as is. I can't believe how fast they grow. They are now in 0-3 Month clothing and Jack isn't going to be in that size for long. He's getting longer and longer by the day.

On Tuesday we go to the pediatrician for their 2 month check up. I'm a little nervous since they will be getting several of their shots. I'm afraid they will end up feeling crummy and have slight fevers. I'm preparing for a long night on Tuesday night. I'm eager to find out how much they weigh and have grown since their one month check up.