Saturday, October 31, 2009

Who Ya Gonna Call?

With homemade costumes for all, we had a great Halloween night! Now, I sit here, various costume parts strewn throughout the house, with Asa, Addison and Ivey all doing laps in a sugary frenzy. Their costumes, which I finished this afternoon, were a hit. Ivey didn't notice her kitty cat ears (mounted on barrettes) and the boys proton packs sat on their backs nicely. Success!

In the past, I put a limit on candy intake, and we dished out a piece at a time after dinners from Halloween all the way until Christmas or later. This led to a constant candy supply. A perpetual never-ending bag of sugar. Now that I have two 6 year olds, I tried a new approach. No limit on Halloween night. They can eat candy until they puke it all up. At least this will put some sort of a dent in their supply. Will they vomit? Maybe. Will they be up all night bouncing off the walls in their room? Maybe. But, it's a small (and non life threatening) price to pay to have a huge jumpstart to reaching the bottom of those bags!

Thursday, October 29, 2009


The boys have been working to memorize a Fall poem. They both know the whole thing, inside and out, so I told them we could make a fun video!

We fill up a whole sheet!

Asa and Addison had to write the first and last names of our family members... and it appears we now fill up a whole sheet of 1st grade writing paper! Maybe the boys taught you something you didn't already know, eh?

Monday, October 26, 2009


These pictures definitely make it look easier and more fun than it actually was to take these!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dance Party

When our house does sell and we end up moving to the southside, boy, will I miss Athens! Even as a lame-o child-rearing adult, Athens is still chock-ful of cool stuff to do. Last weekend, a friend of mine put on a Kids Halloween Dance Party at Flicker, a downtown bar & theater. We didn't have costumes ready (still working on ideas for the homemade proton packs) but Asa donned his skeleton shirt (which he has actually worn 5 out of 7 days last week... luckily, we have twins so he could alternate when one got truly dirty) and Addison grabbed his Jedi robe and light saber. Ivey just went as her cute little self.

Where else but Athens can you see a bartender dishing out juiceboxes? The music was great... the boys were thrilled to hear all their favorites, including "Dracula's Wedding" by Outkast, The Ghostbusters theme song & "Intergalactic" by the Beastie Boys. Asa people-watched as Addison got down with his bad self. Ivey was really tired, but thoroughly enjoyed the fuzzy puppet creature that kept walking around the room. Had it not been raining, we would have followed it up with dinner at Taco Stand, but even with the rain and the pooped baby, we had a very good time!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The broccoli's greener on your brother's side of the table

Last night, Ivey sat in her highchair and enjoyed a dinner of broccoli and cheese. She fed herself and liked it, which was surprising since the last time I tried to give her broccoli she refused to eat it unless I buried it in her mac and cheese. She ate it up, ate a piece of my yellow pepper, a bite of mushroom or two, and some applesauce. Then, she started to put her hands in front of her face when food came near... signaling "Don't come near me with that!" I tried a couple more times, with the same result. She signed all done, and I got her down from her seat. Dinner success!

She walked around the table to Asa, who was chowing down on a big piece of broccoli. He gave her a piece and she opened up wide. Wow! I gave him another piece. She gobbled it up. Addison tried. She loved it. That girl ate another quarter cup of broccoli from her brothers. I took a piece and gave it to her. What did she do? Covered her face with her hands and scowled! I gave the same piece immediately to Addison. For him, she opened wide. I tried twice more. She scowled and grimaced and covered her face for me and gobbled it up for her brothers! I guess I need to put this in my bag of tricks for future food refusal.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Having twins means sleepovers every night

The boys have started doing something that I never thought they would... sleeping in the same bed. Addison usually loves her personal space. One night, Jeff came into their room in the middle of the night, just to make sure they were covered up, and he leaned over to kiss Addison. Addison started saying, "Leave me alone!" and pushing him away. I think Asa must have been bugging Addison while he was trying to go to sleep. Asa can stay up longer than Addison can. We joke that Addison turns into a pumpkin at 9:00!

At first, they would wait until we left the room, and then stay up talking. One would migrate to the other's bed to chat and then enivitably fall asleep there. Then, they would wait until we left and then pile all of their blankets and such into one bed and snuggle down together. Now, they start out in the same bed. Not all the time, but I'd say 4 nights out of the week. I think it's adorable (although they would surely think that statement was uncool).

This has made me even more excited about baby #4 on the way. Ivey will have a buddy like they do. Someone to share a room with (once Ivey gets over her light sleeping phase and the baby sleeps well enough to make it work!), to stay up chatting with, to pile up in one bed with. It won't be easy in the beginning, but it is an amazing blessing. Two big boys, two little girls. Amazing.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sister, Sister

Today was the big day!

The ultrasound went very well. The tech checked out all the important parts... brain, heart, etc. There's no question... We have a perfectly healthy baby GIRL! It looks like everything will be even-Steven in the Longino household. I can hold on to all these cute little girl clothes and the option of sharing a room is much more of, well, an option. I'm completely thrilled and nervous all at the same time! Lord help us 12 years from now! I'm sure Mom will agree... if I had had a sister close to my age, one (or both) of us would not have made it!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love

There's no question, Ivey has brothers. Tonight, she found the diaper bag on the floor. Of course, she threw it open and began taking every item out, one by one, as usual. In the bottom of the bag was her little baby doll... that she loves dearly. Her face lit up! She grabbed it and showed it to me, "Ga!" She gave it a couple kisses... and then...

She growled her funny growl (that she most definitely copied from Asa and Addison) and tackled Baby to the ground. She pounced on Baby over and over making her funny little "arrrrggg" growls and squealing with delight. This is, of course, how the boys usually play with her. They give her big kisses and hugs, tell her how super cute she is... and then make a bunch of very loud funny noises and play-wrestle with her as she laughs her little head off. I hope Baby enjoyed the game as much as Ivey always does!

The only problem? There's gonna be a REAL baby in the house soon! Guess this one's going to have to be even tougher than Miss Ivey is! (Speaking of our new little peanut... we will find out tomorrow if we are having another sweet little boy or evening the playing field with a second girl! I can't wait!!)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Motor Mouth

The grocery store is 3 miles or less from our house. No traffic. In the very short amount of time that it takes to get from our driveway to the parking lot, here's just a few of the things I can remember that streamed out of Addison's mouth.

- You know how meteors hit the moon and made craters? What makes hills on Earth?
- You know the plates that make up the Earth and they make mountains? Do they make hills, too?
- Are those plates under the ocean?
- What about volcanoes? What causes those?
- Why doesn't the lava cool before it comes out of the volcano? It's far from the center of the Earth.
- It would be good if people didn't live near volcanoes. Wouldn't it be good if a volcano erupted and everyone was far enough away that the lava all turned to rock before it got to them?
- Wouldn't it be funny if the Earth was made of plates, like the kind we eat off of?

This is less than a third of the onslaught of questions... I am kicking myself for not remembering more. I'm now realizing why it was such a rough trip for me at the grocery store... I was exhausted before we even arrived!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Party Time!

Man, oh man! What a day! We decided to coordinate Ivey's birthday party with our town's fall festival, which is conveniently located across the street from our house. It worked out splendidly! Although we did miss the pony rides, we had a great time. I made BBQ and we had a low stress party for our big one year old!

Ivey thoroughly enjoyed playing with her buddies and eating her weight in cake. Although she took her time with it, she really enjoyed herself! When Asa and Addison turned one, they were pretty grossed out by the texture of the frosting... and I think pretty freaked out by the crowd of onlookers (being preemies and all, we kept them out of group settings as much as possible). Well, both boys were completely amused by Ivey's cake-eating... and very pleased with the cookie cake that I made for everyone else.

Thankfully, the weather man was wrong. We had an awesome day with awesome weather... which ended with a very messy girl and some very sugared up kids!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

An Ivey in need deserves Puffs, indeed.

I was standing in the kitchen this morning, pulling my cell phone from a full pot of water that was soaking in the sink. It appears that I left my phone sitting on the window sill... and when it rang, it vibrated itself right off the edge and into the pot of sudsy water below. I was absorbing all of this information when Asa yelled from the living room, "Mommmmm, Ivey's doing something... um... I think you should come here!"

A box of tissue looks a lot bigger when they are taken out one by one and put in a pile. This goes for wipes... and toilet paper.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Happy Birthday!

It's hard to believe that one year ago today I had a newborn baby girl in my arms. It's funny that Oct 7th is her birthday... since I labored for 22 hours the day before and her her 4 minutes into the new day. It's like she was waiting on that clock to tick past midnight. I'll never forget how she stared wide-eyed and silent for her first 3 hours out in the world. She's still a quiet observer. What a fast year it has been. It's just not fair.

In the last couple weeks, Ivey has really "taken off". She now walks not just for fun, but as her chosen method of transportation for short distances. She loves to practice walking. She can climb on the couch, which is one of her favorite things to do, especially if Daddy is working from home and concentrating on something very important as he sits there. She can do patty cake and her favorite part is to "throw it in the pan". Her brothers are totally cracked up as she bypasses all the work of baking and patting just to get to the best part at the end. Speaking of Asa and Addison, the three of them love to chase each other around the house. Yesterday morning I heard Addison yell from the other room, "I'm on Ivey's team!" I don't know what they were playing, but both boys had to be on Ivey's team, so it was a bit of a one sided game.

Ivey has learned to sign "more" and she decided that the traditional sign for "all done" is a bit drab, so she jazzed it up a notch with her own version... where she throws her hands up and opens and closes them over and over. It took me a while to get what she was doing. I missed the memo. She has started weaning, and is now down to only nursing in the morning and at night. I can tell the morning session is about to get cut... she has better things to do. But, the night time one is still pretty darn important. It's about now that I wish she had liked that pacifier.

Tonight, as we sat at the dinner table, Addison said he doesn't really remember not having three kids. I'm sure by this time next year they won't know what things would have been like without four.

Happy birthday to my beautiful, funny, spunky, very loved blue-eyed baby girl.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


He's been spouting off some good ones lately.

Last night, I was helping Ivey practice walking (she's up to 12 steps!) and I asked them to clap for her when she finishes. She walked, they clapped, and she loved the attention! Their reaction made her stand right back up and go again.

Addison says, "When I was at Disney World, I saw them training an iguana."


Last week was one of those weeks where Jeff had to work late every single night. Towards the end of the week, he made it home for dinner. I was frazzled and sick of everyone asking me for 8 million things. I just wanted to sit and eat. At the table, Addison drank his grape juice, which splashed up the cup and into his eye. (I usually put grape juice in a cup with a lid... but didn't this time out of sheer exhaustion.)

Addison started to speak, "You shou..."

I stopped him and said, "If I hear the words 'you should' or 'your shouldn't' I am going to SCREAM!!!!"

Addison looks at me. He taps on the top of his cup with his index finger.

"Put a lid on it"