I know that one day I will hear the words, “mom, no more pictures!” but for now the twins can’t speak and my husband, one, doesn’t have a choice and two, is warming up to the whole staged picture idea because he understands how great the pictures can be if we just take a few minutes to make them happen.
I will completely admit that I am slightly obsessed with photos, and making sure that I get the pictures I want. I pretty much always have my phone on me or my Nikon, and I have been known to grab the first phone I see snap a photo with it and email myself the picture before the owner notices I’m using their phone, hehe. But I got my picture!
I spend a lot of time looking at different photographer websites for photo inspiration, Ashlee Rubach is one of my favorites, and various blogs that I find from pinterest, for tips and tricks. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to photo editing, there is an endless amount of photo manipulations that can be done to improve even the most beautiful photo, but for now I am so happy with how our first family beach pictures turned out, thanks to our friend Erez and his wonderful picture taking skills.
Erez took over a hundred pictures for this shoot. But with the tropical storm heading our way the wind on the beach was intense and the sand flying through the air was challenging to deal with. Here are some of the funny outtakes. My favorite being the bottom left picture, Jordan and Talia are looking so nicely at the camera while I am busy getting the hair out of my face and my husband is watching me ruin a great photo.
We packed up our beach gear and headed for the sand. Three families with five kids between them brought to the beach three umbrellas (which blew away four times), three beach blankets, one cooler full of water and bottles, two strollers (one was a double wide), one baby pool, four buckets, five shovels, 16 different sunscreens, six hats, 10 diapers, one beach chair (which got used for all one two minutes) and three serious cameras.
Talia and Jordan loved every part of the beach. Keep in mind we were at the beach for about one and half hours.
The girls two piece rash guard and bikini bottoms came in handy for quick diaper changes. One pieces are super cute but for practicality two piece suits have my vote, for babies and myself!
Talia and Jordan discovered the taste of salt for the first time.
And they love it.
Talia loves watermelon
Jordan loves to splash in the baby pool.
Talia loved to dig in the sand
Jordan preferred staying clean and sand free on the blanket with a super fun empty water bottle
We had such an amazing time over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. We took the girls and drove five hours to the South Carolina coast where we hung out for three days and played with babies and friends in a rented house on Hilton Head island. The girls are definitely water babies, they loved the beach, ocean and the pool. They loved our long walks on the sand, the Bob (our stroller) is amazing on the beach! We recapped our packing efforts on our way home and only forgot one thing, the disposable changing pads, and would only change one thing, bring a larger travel soap and lotion for the babies. Here are some of my favorites from our days at the beach.
Jordan in Pink, Talia in Yellow
Jordan in Red, Talia in Grey
Talia left, Jordan right
Jordan on the left, Talia on the right
Jordan-left, Talia – center, Yasha – right
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I get to share with you the girls first trip to the beach this week. I think the beach is a special place, there is something so amazing and awe inspiring about the place where the land meets the sea. It’s so big and makes you feel so small and at the same time the very water you are standing in touches another beach, not unlike the one you are standing on, in another world, with different language and cultures and colors. The sound of the waves never gets old, the air from the ocean cleanses your body. I love the ocean because it was something special for just once or twice a year, my husband loves it because it was part of his childhood. I don’t know where the ocean will live in my girls lives, maybe it will be both a special destination and part of their child hood for sometime. Either way there is no doubt that year after year they too will love discovering if this beach makes for a good drip castles or body surfing or sea shell hunting.
On a side note, the lovely picture above is from a blog I discovered recently while perusing Pinterest. The photographer is a mom of two adorable girls who clearly love each other very much. The younger of the two has different abilities as a result of down syndrome. When I come across blogs from women who have children with various abilities that differ from the majority of kids their words always bring tears to my eyes. Not because I am sad for them, but because it is these parents who are able to verbalize so well all the wonderful small things that children are capable of, no mater what their abilities and how we, as adults, need to take a step back and slowdown to enjoy these fleeting moments in our lives of watching our children grow and change so quickly. It is these parents that teach me that the one thing my children need above a clean face, a bow in their hair, another toy is my love. A hug, a moment of my time to listen to what they have to say.
We hope you have a fun weekend planned for this Memorial Day Weekend. This day holiday has become the unofficial start of summer, a reason to head to the water, drink and eat too much and spend time with family and friends, enjoy every moment of it but remember its true reason I remember and give thanks to the men and women who have served and protected our country and all the it stands for. I thank them and all the men and women who are still doing so.
My husband is now in the business of buying every toy he sees that looks fun for the girls, I can’t blame him though,everything we get them they love. And since they are home all day the need new things to play with so they don’t get bored. He got this baby pool not for swimming, but for this exact purpose and these colorful balls and walla it’s like their own miniature Mc Donalds play place! They are loving their new ball pit, this is only a third of the balls we have so as they get bigger we will add more.
I try to take a lot of videos of the girls, with the iPhone it’s so easy to get the camera rolling its a shame not to. I defiantly did not take enough videos the first few months. Between the diaper changes, hour long feedings every three hours and trying to take care of my self there wasn’t much time or energy left for sitting down and filming, sleeping, crying or staring into nothing babies. If you are a new mom or expecting to be in the future make sure you enlist someone to film you doing the things you do a million times with your baby, playing on the floor, snuggling on the couch, changing a diaper, even breastfeeding. There is a way to film this while keeping the film G rated, for example from across the room or from behind you so you can only see you kissing babies head. I wish I had more video of me taking care of the girls in those first few weeks but there are years of movies to be made. I don’t always post the videos on the blog but lately I have been adding them to you tube. Here are some of my favorites from my youtube selection, but if you click on my YouTube user name you can see all my videos of the girls.
This is Talia practicing running, laying down.
Talia and Jordan play together
When the girls bump or scratch each other I don’t get too crazy about it, but when it come to eyes, there is no messing around.
There are a few more over on you tube, which one is your favorite?
I read somewhere that it’s good to say the date while filming a home movie because years from now those watching may not know where and when the Video was shot. I try to do this, but I hate the way I sound on camera, any one have any tips on how to like my recorded voice better?
I love having this blog. I love that people, family, friends, friends of family, look forward to my posts. I love sharing and showing off our sweet babies. I love that I have a place where I can share my creative projects and how to create them yourselves, for those who are interested. I love that I am able to draw from the experiences I have had raising twin babies and share those experiences with others in hopes that they can learn from them and maybe make their own lives a little easier. I love that all the grandparents who live so far away get to see bits and pieces of the girls life each day. And I love that when my babies turn a year old I will have a book made for them of all the blog posts I have written here and maybe one day they will read it and enjoy it, I hope so.
These blog posts take time, quite a bit of time, even when it’s just pictures. When I miss a day I feel bad, like I have let you down, but becoming a new mom is all about balance. There is NEVER time for everything. I sacrifice many different things to find time to write the blog, mostly sleep. But sometimes I just have to let it go and focus on other things for a few days. I never sacrifice my moments with my babies for it. I can’t, I can barley go to the store or get my nails done without feeling majorly guilty, like I am missing moments I can never get back. Everyone tells me I HAVE to take time for myself, and I know in my head I do. But in my heart the little bit of time that I get with them each day, an hour in the morning and two in the evening, is already split between the two so how can I afford to take any more time away from them, or I feel that my time WITH them is my time. So when I miss a day here or there, I apologize, but that’s part of being a new mom of twin girls, sometimes things just don’t get done. It has defiantly gotten easier to be away from them, it’s easier to be at work all day, it’s easier to sleep in on the occasional weekend morning while my husband takes care of the girls, it’s easier to get out in the afternoon to get my nails done or go to the grocery store, sometimes. While it has gotten easier to be away, it’s not fun. It’s always more fun to have them with us. They are fun, they smile and laugh. They know that when they smile we love it and so they do it to make us happy. They are curious and adventurous. They make the mundane exciting. I love the way they look at a tree or a light and are amazed, and in the last week they have started to be afraid, for Talia it was the frog bath toy holder – she’s ok with it now, but one day it just scared her really bad. Today it was Jordan when I was trying to distract her during evening fussy time I turned on the shower and the sound scared her. Although it’s sad, it’s also cute to see these new feelings in your little baby. It’s fun to watch them grow and change each day. I wish I didn’t have to miss a second of it.
Yesterday the girls put on their bathing suits and played in their baby pool for the first time. They were all smiles and giggles. Their little red white and blue swim suits are from Carter’s. Hopefully they will fit through the first week of July! We are so happy the girls love to play in the water.
Here’s a Video of the girls day at their mini water park!
Jordan is on the right, Talia is on the left. Their little play and learn pool is from amazon. It’s great for babies because it’s cushioned on the bottom and it’s great for them as the get a little older because of all the extras on it.
This past weekend the babies turned 7 months old. It’s amazing to watch them grow and change. Everyday they learn something new. Lately while they have no interest in sitting up they are on a mission to get moving. In the past week they have taught themselves how to get their tushies up in the air and are rocking back and forth. For now all they do is kick their legs out behind them and belly flop. The goal of this new move is to go forward toward a toy that more than likely they just pushed out of their reach, but because of they way they push up on their hands they end up pushing themselves backward instead of forward. If we leave them on the floor unattended for a few minutes we come back to find babies who have backed themselves into opposite corners of the room or underneath the couch. Once they figure out how to move each hand or knee independently I’ve been told our lives will change in ways we never could imagine.
I know I say it every month, but how does the time go by so fast. These babies who reach for me when I come home from work, or squeeze my face to give me a big kiss, and hold their own bottles are so different from the little babies who screamed like crazy when we made them spend time on their tummy just a few months ago.
We are having so much fun with them there really are no words to describe it. So here are the new pictures.