Month Five

Look at that…I’m behind. On with the fifth month. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with friends, although we missed our families! Other than that, we just enjoyed our time and even walked downtown and back one day for a little outing.

Playing in the chilly living room

Playing in the chilly living room

Passed out on the floor

Passed out on the floor

Reading a book in bed

Reading a book in bed

Family photo on Thanksgiving

Family photo on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner

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Month Four

The fourth month has come and gone. We have just enjoyed time at home, watching the boys grow and play. We took our first “hike” at Lair O’ the Bear park and generally enjoyed the nice weather.

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After enough instances like this, we abandoned the swaddle

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Luke and Noah enjoying tummy time outside

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After our Lair O’ the Bear hike

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w/ Luke at Lair O’ the Bear

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Joel and Noah after our hike. Noah was SO ready to be out of his carrier!

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Fun with our neighbors in the front yard

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A little color left on trees at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

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Noah looking super cute in his bunny sweater

Luke with Joel's favorite alligator toy

Month Three

The third month came to a close while we were in Nashville. Things got more interesting with our trips to Breckenridge and Nashville, and hopefully the fun outings will continue.

Also in the third month, my mom came back to visit, as did Matt, Erin, Evie, & Amelia. We had lots of fun with all of them and look forward to the next time they can visit. The boys started smiling too, so that makes everything better.

Noah and Luke with the cute dogs from my Mom's store

Noah and Luke with the cute dogs from my Mom’s store

Luke with Joel's favorite alligator toy

Luke with Joel’s favorite alligator toy

Noah with Joel's favorite alligator toy

Noah getting eaten by the alligator

Mom with Noah, Luke

Mom with Noah, Luke

Joel with Luke

Joel with Luke

Evie with Luke

Evie meeting cousin Noah

Amelia and Matt with Luke

Amelia and Matt meeting Luke

Amelia with Noah

Amelia with Noah (unfortunately her little cousins will have nowhere near that kind of hair at age 2 1/2!)

Erin & I at the botanic gardens

Erin & me at the botanic gardens

Evie at the botanic gardens

Evie at the botanic gardens

Bundled up!

Bundled up!

Luke

Luke

Noah

Noah

 

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Nashville Trip – First Flight

In mid-October, we journeyed to Nashville for our first flight with babies. We survived. Flight one: I sat by a self-proclaimed “baby whisperer” who put both of them to sleep for me. Flight two: They let us bring a car seat on, so we let Noah sleep in his seat and tag-teamed with Luke. Success! (Fun fact: You can’t have 2 lap babies on the same row because there are only 4 masks that drop down in case of emergency. We couldn’t sit on the same row on the first flight, but we were able to on the second flight when there was an extra seat for our carseat. If you have one or two babies, always ask if there is room for you to bring your carseat onboard if you didn’t buy a ticket for your baby.)

The reason for our trip was that Joel had a conference in Philadelphia, so we thought it would be nice for me to go to Nashville while he was gone. So we flew to Nashville, Joel stayed for a day and then headed to Philly. We met up in the airport on the way home. We had a great trip – the boys got to meet Grandmommy, Uncle Adam, Brittney, lots more friends and family, and they got to spend some time with the grandparents and cousins too! We pushed them way past their limit on Sunday afternoon with a big family gathering, but they did really well the rest of the trip.

Grandmommy w/ Noah

Grandmommy w/ Noah

Uncle Adam w/ Luke

Uncle Adam w/ Luke

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Brittney with Luke & Noah

Brittney with Luke & Noah

The boys with Granna, Granddad, cousins Evie and Amelia. Picture with new cousin Eleanor will come at Christmas!

The boys with Granna, Granddad, cousins Evie and Amelia. Picture with new cousin Eleanor will come at Christmas!

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Daddy gets to hold the boys after being gone for a couple of days

Joel gets to hold the boys after being gone for a couple of days (top Luke)

Luke is a fatty in this picture! He's really the skinny one.

Luke (right) is a fatty in this picture! He’s really the skinny one.

 

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Breckenridge – first trip

We made it through our first trip with babies! Joel’s office had a work retreat in Breckenridge, and families were invited. We spent 4 nights in a 3-bedroom condo with two other coworkers…and honestly the nights were a little stressful trying to keep the boys quiet, not to mention having them in our room (they moved out of our room at home at about 5 weeks old). But we had a good time walking around Breckenridge and eating. We were probably a week past the peak of the leaves turning, but it was still beautiful!

I’ll let you guess which one of us did the posing in the pictures of the boys below, despite Luke’s dismay.

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Finished! Garden is going, grass is trying to grow.

Backyard Project

Work on the backyard was one of the items that got cut from our renovation project because of budget issues, so we saved to do the necessary work for the first year we were here. And when we found out we were having babies, we knew we had to get it done or it might never happen!

We didn’t want anything fancy – just something besides a wasteland. It took several steps, but we finally got there and are so happy to have it done.

Before...look at all that concrete! (2012 garden)

Before…look at all that concrete and the janky fence! (2012 garden)

After we got the concrete removed the first time

After we got the concrete removed the first time

The more legit guys finishing up the concrete removal and grading the yard

The more legit guys finishing up the concrete removal and grading the yard

Framing for pouring the walk

Framing for pouring the walk

The walk is poured, and Joel and I spread several yards of topsoil

The walk is poured, and Joel and I spread several yards of topsoil

Our nice craigslist friend, Victor, built us a shed

Our nice craigslist friend, Victor, built us a shed

Shed is done, and Joel spread several thousand pounds of rock in the areas we didn't want grass (I did not help with this part!)

Shed is done, and Joel spread several thousand pounds of rock in the areas we didn’t want grass (I did not help with this part!)

Finished! Garden is going, grass is trying to grow.

Finished! Fence is built, garden is going, and grass is trying to grow.

 

I can't forget...we got air conditioning! This really saved me at the end of pregnancy when I was spending so much time at home (and was so large).

I can’t forget…we got air conditioning! This really saved me at the end of pregnancy when I was spending so much time at home (and was so large).

 

 

 

 

Annie & Marcus’s Wedding…late!

Our dear friends, Annie and Marcus, got married on July 7th. We thought we’d have babies by then and not be able to make it, but it all worked out! Despite some rain right up until time for the ceremony, everything worked out well for a beautiful wedding at Red Rocks Trading Post.

Annie and her mom descending the steps

Annie and her mom descending the steps

Picking up her dad to walk down the aisle

Picking up her dad to walk down the aisle

The kiss!

The kiss!

Coming down the aisle...so happy!

Coming down the aisle…so happy!

Us with the bride & groom...babies please come out.

Us with the bride & groom…babies please come out.

 

Traditional Liberian dance at the reception

Traditional Liberian dance at the reception (Joel is out there somewhere)

 

 

 

Month One

The first month went by pretty quickly! Our babies slept a whole lot the first week home, and it was great. We woke them every 3rd hour to feed them, and I hated my alarm every night. We quit setting the alarm after the first 10 days or so, and the sleep hasn’t come quite as easily. From our wonderful parents helping out, I haven’t had a whole lot of days by myself, but it is quite the challenge! It’s amazing to watch the boys grow so quickly.

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Baby Time!

Nearly a month later, I guess it’s high time we posted that we have babies! They were born about 20 minutes apart with Noah first and Luke second (born in the operating room, as is required for twins). It is a wonderful and challenging time so far! Here are some pictures from our first couple of days.

Note: In the operating room photos, Noah is in the swaddle with the footprints on it, and Luke is in the striped one. Noah is in the red car seat; Luke is in the brown one.

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