I can't believe the boys are 9 months old!
To Brad and I, it feels like a miracle that we officially SURVIVED 3/4 of a year and didn't physically harm, injure or disturb the boys or ourselves! *And we didnt' go too crazy either!
Halloween was last week- our first halloween!
Brad and I had made the early decision that we did not want them to be matching. We want them to grow up with their own personalities and be able to look back on their pictures and KNOW that they are their own person, from day 1.
I took the boys to 'trick or treat' at Grammy's house during the day!
Then at night, we went to 3 houses in our neighborhood just to say hi, and called it a night!
Brad and I put in a scary movie, popped some popcorn and handed out candy!
It was a successful Halloween!
These past weeks the boys and I have been having a BLAST playing!
They are so happy all the time, and they are so interactive.. Everyday is so much fun now!!
9 months is by far the best age!!
Blake and Eli love when we read the Puppy book!
So, just for fun and fall time, I SO BADLY wanted to take a shot like this. I was determined!
I was so determined, that I made my own Orange paint for their pumpkin butts!! hahah
*If you were interested, the paint is just Cornstarch, Milk and Food Coloring!*
We also wanted to have a great fall Family picture and here it is!
We take all of our family pictures ourselves (to save money)
and it is such a hoot trying to get the boys to look at the camera!
What's the trick? -- Tickle Me Elmo!
Put elmo by the camera- push the timer on the camera, and turn Elmo on!
Voila! Little boys sitting still! :)
I took the boys to the park this week and it was a liiiitle too cold, so we made it a quick trip.
They had this Alligator bouncer that held 2 kids- so I carefully put both boys up on it-- and QUICKLY snapped some pictures!
I was sooo nervous- they kept looking over the edge, and they figured out how to make him rock back and forth-- we ended that ride pretty quickly.
It truly seems like every day, minute and second is a party with these kids-- don't get me wrong, they have their fussy- i'm over this- times, but they are so interested in everything, that we spend all day playing and having new adventures.
They realized how much fun the Animal Cracker container can be- and after about 10 minutes, they figured out how to get a cookie out of the container!!
Everyday, I spend about 30 minutes with the boys setting up a big tower made of blocks, rings and cups. And on top, we always have a plastic ball.
The goal is for them to grab the ball off the top without knocking over the entire tower.. Then they practice putting the ball back on top!Again, without knocking over the tower.
*It took about 1 week for them to figure out how to control their muscles and coordinating their hand/eyes - and after they do it we all Clap and Say 'Yaaay!' 'Good Job!' - Blake always claps for Eli when he does it too :)
Here is Blake verrrrry carefully placing the ball back on top of the tower!
And Eli, slowly trying to get the ball off the top of the tower!
I am so impressed with their skills! They even slowly creep up to the tower to be careful not to knock it over just getting to it! Such smart kids!
They really like it when daddy reads them their bedtime bug book :D
After all of this fun- I do have so Amazing, yet serious news....
As of 9 Months and 3 days-- My baby boys are WALKING!!!!
They are constanly taking off across the living room!!
It is not perfected yet, and they still seem to find crawling as a better means of getting around, they are very very good at controling their walk and try and try again!
But they are walking around so often and taking no less than 10 steps in a row, that I am making the official announcement that they are walking!
*I must say, it is really fun to 'show them off' to other people and brag about how they are walking at 9 months old!*
On Tuesday, 11/6- Election Day, I took the boys to vote!
I thought it was going to be a fun thing for the boys and I to do.. turns out we had a LONG wait ahead of us.
I took the boys in the wagon and had a few toys and blankets with us.
Our wait time ended up being a total of 1 1/2 hours .
Blake and Eli were simply AMAZING.
Not one single fuss, whine, cry...nothing...
Everyone in line around us kept commenting on how wonderful they were doing and how good of kids they are- and also how impressed with mom they were ;)
After we voted, I made SURE we got stickers!!
We are also at the super fun stage of Mocking.
They have discovered how hilarious it is to mock noises and moves!
So, while waiting in line to vote, another baby kept screaming-- Blake thought it was SO funny to scream back at him...HAHAHAHAH I was laughing so hard..which made him laugh super hard.. everyone was rolling!
If we cough, the boys think it is hilarious to cough back! If we laugh super hard, they laugh too! If we buzz our lips, they buzz right back at us!
It is WONDERFUL watching them learn and grow!
I can't believe it is only 2 weeks until Thanksgiving which means it is almost Christmas time! And once it is Christmas, that means it's.... BIRTHDAY TIME.
I've been starting to plan their first birthday and am so excited! Brad and I will definitely be celebrating surviving our first full year raising TWINS.
AMAZING so far!!