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January 26, 2013

videos

So...here is the first video from the new camera.

It's about our Christmas.  But I feel like it's been just enough time that you're not going to vomit from overexposure to red and green and you might actually laugh at the little people that are our children.

Please excuse the unmentionables.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/58249654 w=500&h=281] <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/58249654">Christmas 2012</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user15122983">Heather Perry</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

January 14, 2013

Beach time

Yesterday we took the boys to the beach for the first time...officially.

You might be asking yourself why is it that parents who live, literally, a 5 minute walk to the beach haven't taken their twins to the beach yet.

Well, you can see their first trip here.  It wasn't much of a trip...they were tiny and the walk was probably less than 5 minutes.

One of the challenges that we've had with the twin babes was conjuring up enough energy/courage/insanity to take them somewhere...anywhere.  It's a lot of work and most of the time doesn't seem worth it.  So we haven't gone a lot of places with the boys.

This summer, some or all of us were mostly ill at one point or another and the boys weren't old enough to wear sunscreen and we didn't have an umbrella and there is a HUGE set of stairs to get down to the beach.  I kept having these nightmares of me walking down the stairs behind my husband, each of us carrying a young wiggly babe in one arm and whatever else we could carry in the other.  In the nightmare, I trip and bring the entire family down with me.

So....we just haven't been.

But the weather here has been SO beautiful and we didn't need an umbrella or any of that non-sense.

And it was awesome!

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We were nervous about the boys being afraid of the loud roar of the ocean and not wanting to touch the sand. We didn't have to worry about the sand thing...in just a few minutes they were both eating away (it was disgusting).

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The beach is a GREAT place to practice walking. Holt walked holding on to me from our blanket almost all the way to the ocean (about 50 feet). He's really getting the hang of it (no pictures due to the whole two babies eating sand vs. two adults).

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YUM!

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We only stayed for 20 minutes or so, but it was a HUGE success. I can't wait for the summer when we'll be spending much more time there. Considering the last two summers for us were spent barely outside at all (me being pregnant two summers ago and the summer of illness last summer), we are ready for a summer of outside (in the shade of course...those boys got my sensitive skin. Sorry boys).

January 04, 2013

new year new house

Well...not exactly.  I mean...not at all.  But it feels "new" if new means that it feels like it's not ours anymore.  Our house has been overrun and stolen from us...by stuff.

Let me explain.

I knew kids accumulated stuff (I mean I accumulate a lot of stuff!).  But I am flabbergasted by how much STUFF our twins have accumulated in their oh-so-short lives.  It's amazing.  We don't have two of everything...but we do have two of A LOT  of stuff.  And the thing is, we don't have tons of room in our house.  We live in a townhouse in a neighborhood that is meant for vacationers so there isn't tons of storage...no garage, no accessible attic, a small storage room outside that includes the storage of our water heater.  (Don't get me wrong...I LOVE where we live.  We are a 1 minute walk from the sound (the body of water that separates our island from the mainland) and a 5 minute walk to the ocean...we've got it pretty great in terms of location, see below...so I really should shut my mouth...I know).

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So we have had to come up with some very creative storage methods in our house and we are STILL running out of space.  We've got closet organizers in all of our closets.  We bought a sofa table with tons of storage.  We try to hide the kids' toys behind our couch and on the shelf under a coffee table so our house doesn't look a complete wreck too cluttered.

The kids got presents for Christmas...of course they did.

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But by the time we had gone to multiple family gatherings and they had received just one gift from each family member (so that's one gift from a whole lot of aunts and uncles and grandparents...times two) I had decided that we were only going to give them our one big gift instead of the big gift and some other small stuff we had picked up.

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They were awesome gifts those big ones: two stride and ride lions that look and sound hilarious.

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Thankfully the kids loved them.  And, also thankfully, they didn't miss those gifts they didn't remember getting.

This is Win holding what is actually a cat toy. I believe it was a McDonald's toy that someone gave to my husband a long time ago because that person thought that my husband looked like Bert...and now it's a cat toy that my kids love to play with.

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And yes...on Christmas morning I dressed my identical twin boys exactly alike. But, I mean, did you see those super cute Santa's helper sleepers? No...you didn't? Don't worry, I've got some other good shots.

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But...I digress.  I know I'm sounding a little ungrateful right now. Please know that I adore all of our family and I adore that they love our kids so much to give them presents. I really do. I know we and our kids are super lucky because we really want for nothing. I think I'm just in shock a bit. I think I'm just amazed at how much space all those toys take up...and how big of a mess our two 11 month olds can make.

After Christmas, as in THE DAY after Christmas, I packed up all our Christmas decorations.  I also took half of the boys' toys and put them away in their closet to get out in a few weeks (I think I'm going to rotate toys every other week or so so they seem new and exciting...it's so great when your kids live in the ever present now).  I couldn't stand it anymore.  All I could see was clutter around the house.  It was driving me crazy.  And if you ask my mother or my husband they will tell you how surprising this is.  I am not a cleaner...as in...I secretly like a mess.  At least, I used to.  Not anymore.

The problem is...I've never been a cleaner, so this is new territory for me.  I'm not quite sure how to do it.  I know, right now you're thinking, "seriously?  it's just cleaning...not rocket science".  But I've never been good at developing a system.

In the new year, I really want to make some changes: purge, organize, clean, keep clean.

I'm excited about it.

I've found a few places to help me out.  I'm sure you've seen all those lovely pins that display some awesome organization.  The thing I DON'T want to do is spend a lot of money to organize...that seems silly to me.

This is possible the BEST POST I have ever read about cleaning.  It's all about using what little time you have in your day, throughout the day, to tidy and clean.  A Girl and a Glue Gun is one of my favorite blogs and she really took it with this post.  It's long and thorough and exactly what I need to start developing a system.

Here are some nice images/sites I've pinned recently about the topic.


 

 

This is a great idea for a small craft area...maybe even on the inside of a door?



 

 

I just love this tiny wall storage. It doesn't stick out very much...again would be nice on the back a door.


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Could I be interested in any more craft spaces right now? You can tell I have a ton of crafts stuffed somewhere in the back of a closet that are screaming to get out and replace all the junk books crap ugh...whatevers on my shelves.

For now...I must purge some things to make room for that stuff stuffed in closets. Hopefully, I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime...here is our super sweet Christmas picture of the boys and our Christmas Card.

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January 02, 2013

CHEERS

So here we are in a new year and I'm super excited.


 

Here's to my boys turning 1...going places other than work and the doctor...walking and talking...snuggles and books and library time...hilarity...hopefully better organization in our house...300 miles run by me (but not at one time)...happiness...more blogging...gratefulness...a new couch...beach time...pool time...family time...more photography and graphic design...maybe yoga or a dance class???...quiet time and loud time...aquariums...weddings...And very soon...our very first Perry Christmas video.

Happy January Second!