Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Cherie!!!

That's right, my love and best friend is another year older today.

It has been one eventful and crazy year for her, and I am sure she has felt like it flew by. Last year at this time she was pregnant, and about to be put on bed rest for almost 2 months with our twin boys Devin and Dane.

Being on mandatory bed rest, along with being in and out of the hospital was probably one of the hardest things that my social butterfly has endured, but she pushed through the tough time with perseverance and with high spirits.

Once the boys decided to make their entrance into the world 2 months premature, Cherie spent almost every day at the hospital making sure our baby boys were growing, eating, and making sure they were surrounded by love for a long 5 weeks till they were released. Since then she has continued to be the best mother and wife to me and our boys.

I can't describe in words how much Cherie means to me and how much support she has given me in all my endeavors’ with work, school, and any other aspects of my interests. She is a selfless person, which is more than happy to help anyone in a time of need. She is without a doubt the strongest, most caring and loving person I have encountered, and I am very lucky to call her my wife!! I love you sweetheart, and I can not wait to be back at home with you!!!

Happy Birthday Baby!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Famous or Infamous, not quite sure

Darrell was in the paper! On Saturday we attended the Forest Grove Uncorked event in downtown FG. Darrell and his friend from grad school Michael made the Hillsboro Argus yesterday - so cool! I'm a nerd I know, but doesn't he look handsome and sophisticated? hehe.

Here are our pictures from the weekend:
The babies went to their first stadium and dug the AstroTurf. Darrell babysat while I worked our information booth (the yellow setup behind the babies) at the Hulaman triathlon.

We then went to the Forest Grove Uncorked event where their local "Grandma" Teri watched them for us while we had adult time! Gotta love it.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cheap thrills

The boys have discovered laundry baskets. Dane loves it - can't you tell?
Devin trying to help him break out.

And now, Devin in and Dane out.
Nothing to see here.
Both boys unloading the basket
Dane behind bars

Finally a butt first landing!

Monday, August 10, 2009

More of the misfits

Have I mentioned lately that they are into EVERYTHING?

Um...and can someone come over and clean the ear wax out of my child's ear? That's disgusting Darrell, I can't believe you let it get like that! Whaaaat...don't look at me like that, who else am I supposed to blame?

Curiosity killed the cat or something like that

Dane just being curious.
Pulling up.
Look ma.
Back to work
Uh-oh, baby down.
We're okay, bibs to the distracting rescue!


And so it begins. Here is a picture of Devin and Dane at daycare. Devin is the one telling Dane what's up.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Do over please

This is the first but I'm sure it won't be the last time I request a do-over.

Yesterday I discovered the Little Laughlin's blog via a link off the Gulbas' blog. Crazy thing this www, huh? I know Kristen through Morgan - we were bridesmaids in Morgan's wedding together and Morgan gives me updates every now and then. Point being, I'm not a complete stalker.

Their story is a bit like ours, twins, NICU, ect... and in the midst of it all they managed to get these ADORABLE professional portraits done.

I never thought that babies in general were that cute before they could open their eyes and had a personality so I choose to wait to do the professional pics, but oh my goodness these pictures make me eat my words!

I think we might have to arrange a met up with Jamie Rogers when we are in Texas.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Chips off the ol' block

I found this picture as I was uploading the camera tonight and I had to post it. It's Dane wearing Darrell's hat and the shirt that he brought home from the Wind Energy Conference. Which is in Dallas next year, can we say stowaway?
And well, since there's two of 'em, I had to post my all-time favorite pic of Darrell with Devin. This was earlier this year, Springtime I think. Yep Springtime in Portland calls for a jacket. bah humbug.

Record timing

I was a woman on a mission tonight. Our night looked a little like this:
Dane showed off his standing skills by pulling up on the chair. I managed to catch this picture right before he fell backwards. Our little bruiser barely even cried.
Look at Devin's new scrunchy face. It's freakin' hilarious. Although on second thought I might have caught his mischievous I'm-about-to-pull-the-blanket-out-from-under-Dane-look? Just kidding, this momma would never let those sort of shenanigans happen around here!
Next it was time for dinner. I rang the cow bell and they hopped in their bumbos.
They got to try mum mum rice cakes for dessert. Devin chowed.
Dane was a little more sceptical.
Devin ran out and wanted Dane's leftovers.
Then after baths, I turned around and Dane was in the diapers.
Devin on the other hand was perfectly happy watching tv. Not sure who turned it to Reba?!?
I swear this picture was not staged, gets the tunnel vision from his father. I probably couldn't have gotten him to look at the camera if I wanted.
All this before 8pm! Babies were out by 8:15pm and now I'm watching 30 rock re-runs and getting to update you lovelies! And tomorrow is Friday! Very happy about that.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Truck for sale

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

So not ready for this

Phew, what. a. night...
The boys are finally in bed and I am pooped. It's like someone flipped a switch sometime between yesterday and today and turned the babies into disobedient little animals. They were into EVERYTHING tonight. Oh to just be a fly on the wall, that would be nice.

Dane is now standing up in his crib and then proceeds to wail because he doesn't know how to get back down. It just cracks me up to see this little baby STANDING up behind bars; he looks like he's trying to jail break.

Then to top it all off Shelby, the dog, crapped in the house today. On a night when Darrell has class I might add - so guess who got to clean it up after the babies when to bed. Not a happy camper folks. Not a happy camper.

Anyone got advice on keeping tabs on the babies, other than leashes? You better weigh in quick before I have to be alone with them again on Thursday night. Oh did I say leashes? I mean those kiddie harness thingies. No need to call child protective services.....yet.

On another note, I did manage to tag one million and one photos of the three Ds and me from Lara & Charlie's wedding this past weekend on facebook - you should go and check them out.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


...of how gorgeous lil' Lara was last night! More pictures of the celebration to come!

Lauren & Evan's Wedding

Girls before the lingerie shower

Lauren reading her "naughty" marriage advice

Which was hilarious

The beautiful bride

The bride and her matrons! (hate that word, btw)
Evan and his new brother-in-law who was there in spirit (and cardbord) because he had been deployed the day before the wedding
The bride and her father
The Prochaskas
The Canzoneris
The Powell's and their wedding party
Evan taking his ladies into the vineyard for pictures. Feeling a bit like a "sister-wife" at this point! ha.
The ceremony was gorgeous, the reception was a blast, and it was so fun to have everyone in our backyard!