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by Juliemara
11.12.12

Just want to share some of my recent favorites from Instagram. I am gearing up to make my first Instagram book using Blurb. I have almost 700 photos I’ve instagramed, I think probably 600 of them are of the girls. I’ll have to cut some, it’s not going to be an easy task.

I love this one of Jordan on the slide. Without socks on she can climb up to the slide platform but doesn’t quite understand that she can fall off so we help her once she reaches the top to safely get down the slide.

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Talia isn’t as into climbing, she would rather us just put her on the platform and help her down the slide.

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Talia learns a new trick from Mommy.

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Jordan’s technique for going down the steps.

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Teddy seams to be shrinking

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My little snuggle bug, Jordan

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Present from Abba

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Lovely love

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A southern wedding, my childhood friend got married this past weekend in my hometown. We had a great weekend playing with our girls, celebrating Dori and her new groom Brian and seeing lots of friends and family.

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And lastly for today, Abba little snuggle bug, Talia. Yes, they all said it would happen, one twin prefers mommy and the other daddy. Thus is the case in our house.

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To Nana and Granddaddys house we go

by Juliemara
01.18.12

I had these grand ideas of what maternity leave would be like, with all that time off work we could travel, go on a relaxing vacation to some tropical location or maybe a long weekend in the mountains. Well that didn’t happen, between my slow recovery, my husbands crazy busy end of year at work and TWO infants to take care of, we didn’t really even leave the house, let alone the state, for the first two months. But over the New Years weekend, with careful planning and a week of organizing and packing, we hopped in our mini van and headed to North Carolina to visit my parents and show off our new special people to all our family and friends in my hometown.

20120113-124051.jpgThe typical 5 1/2 hour drive took 7 1/2 which was making good time and the girls did amazing in the car, they slept most of the time and I sat in the back with them and read books while they were awake. Here’s Talia with her “are we there yet?” look.

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It was a lot of fun being at Nana and Grandaddy’s house. Since there were none of those regular house hold chores to worry about like we would if we were at our own home we were able to relax and just enjoy our time with Nana and Grandaddy and aunt Mindy an soon to be uncle Bryan!
Jordan relaxing

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It was also nice to have extra hands for holding, watching, changing, feeding, and playing with babies.

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The girls also got to try out some different swings which were loaned to us them by Nanas good friends! Thank You! They were a life saver.

20120117-152137.jpgNana and Grandaddy also threw a party for the girls so all their friends could meet their newest grand babies. This was the girls first party and they loved it, they slept through the whole thing!
The trip back took a little longer but we had a great time and hope to spend many more weekends in North Carolina in the years to come.

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There are so many reasons to celebrate

by Juliemara
08.7.11

There are so many reasons to celebrate life, some are big things like getting engaged, getting married, or having a baby (or two). And some are not so big like learning to write your name all by yourself, making cookies with someone you love or seeing a new ocean for the first time. But it is all the experinces that we each have that make us who we are, so no one experince is any more important than another. It’s my hope for this blog that I will share all kinds of experinecs big and small.

A few weekend ago I made the trip to  my home town for one last visit by my self. My husband wasn’t able to come because he was hard at work on our new home (which you will see new pictures of one day very soon), And once our babies get here I will no longer be allowed to fly without another adult, airline policy 1 adult per baby.

The main purpose of the trip when I schedualed it was to celebrate my totally amazing cousin Robert and his new wife Elif at a reception given by his parents at thier home.  They were married in earlier in the summer in California, which from the pictures looked like something that would make Martha Stewart very proud.

It was also a chance to see many of my aunts, uncles and cousins. And to top it off just a few days before the trip my sister got asked a very special question by her boyfriend, and now they are engaged!

It was a quick trip but filled with so much that it felt huge! Like I looked!

The Cookout!


Hey Sylvia, where are the rest of the guns?

Elif making her mint chocholate chip ice cream cone, they were so yum!



The host, Meryl Streep. Ok not really but she even sounded like her.

The next morning was the main event held at the grooms parents house, it was a wonderful time for everyone. The whole family was there and got to wish the newlyweds well, catch up with each other and eat some really delicious food. Ok so shoot me I had some lox, I just couldn’t resist it was screaming EAT ME! twice : )

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