Photo Friday: Independence Day 2018

We celebrated Independence Day this year with a shrimp boil at Aunt Haley’s House with the Graves family, minus Will and Anna, who were at Joe Daddy’s house for the holiday.

Aunt Haley had a sprinkler going, fully loaded bubble guns, and poppers (since we’re in a burn ban, plus two year olds and real fireworks aren’t always the greatest combo).

The girls sported their red, white, and blue outfits. Frugality tip: wait until a few days before the holiday and resale stores usually run great sales. We got these shirts for $1 each. New stores often do the same thing. My friend, Paige, scored adorable ones for $3.99 from either Gymboree or the Children’s Place (I can’t remember). Plus, unlike some of the other holidays, these are easier to wear throughout the year.

I love buying clothes from the resale store. It’s almost always in great shape and it makes me feel very “green.” You know, like I’m saving the world, one preowned outfit at a time?!? The downside to buying clothes at a resale shop is if you want your multiples or even singles to match, it’s not always easy. Every once in a while I’ll find two of something in the right sizes and I snatch them up. Even though I’m a “matchy-matchy mom,” I’m ok with them just coordinating to save a few bucks. Oh, the sacrifices I make to save money…

Or, if you really want to save money, just put your kid in clothes they already have. That works pretty well too and is obviously a lot easier!

Enough of the frugality tips…..

As you’ll see below, we had a fantastic, fun time on the 4th. So fun, in fact, we didn’t even stay awake long enough that evening to see any fireworks. Yet, even without the fireworks, it was still a wonderful day. I hope everyone had a great holiday as well!

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Happy (Second) Birthday/Halloween!!!

Halloween is a big holiday in our household- it’s Clara and Kate’s birthday.  Today they turn two.  I sound like a broken record every single birthday for the kids but, man, how time flies!

It seems like just yesterday that this was happening!

Or this:

And now, here we are:  Two Two-Year-Olds.  Double, Double Trouble.

Maybe there’s a reason we chose dragons (or maybe I really just wanted to buy the “Mother of Dragons” shirt). I guess you’ll never know.

They’re a blast.  Every day we are watching them learn something new.  And almost always something different.

Kate prefers savory stuff (hence the sausage roll for birthday breakfast- she wasn’t happy about having her photo taken this morning)…

While Clara is all over anything slightly sweet.

Happy Birthday Little Pumpkins/Dragons.  We love you!!! 

And Happy Halloween to all of you fine folks from Cleopatra, Scary Jester, and Dragon A and Dragon B!

Patriotic Babies

These girls just turned 8 months a few days ago and, for our obligatory monthly photo, it seemed appropriate for them to sport their red, white and blue in honor of 4th of July. 


MaMa gave the girls these adorable patriotic outfits complete with matching Harlem Globetrotter headbands that she made. 

She even made a bow for Clara’s helmet since she was still wearing it the first few times we got to wear these outfits. 


Isn’t she crafty?!? We got so many compliments each time they wore them. 

Happy Independence Day everyone!

Twin Ponderings: To Match or Not To Match

One of the many twin questions I get asked is if I dress them alike. 

The answer: Yes, most of the time they start that way although someone may have a blowout or spit out their carrots, resulting in a wardrobe change. 

Here’s my reasoning, as if I really need justification of how I dress my littles:

I’m a matchy-matchy person. I come by it honestly.

Every special event or holiday my mom dressed my siblings and me in either matching or coordinating outfits.  Every. Single. Time. We even went on one trip to Disney World where the entire family matched/coordinated every day. People stopped and took pictures of us. Embarrassing at the time. Hilarious now. I hated it. I swore I’d never make my children endure this. 

 

see…even into adulthood the matching continues

 
Then I had children. I couldn’t resist buying Will and Anna coordinating outfits. They looked so stinking cute. And so it began. 

Then came the next round. I can’t resist dressing Clara and Kate in adorable matching outfits. It’s fun. And if I don’t match them I feel the compulsion to at least coordinate them and that takes more effort. 

   
 Plus, people love buying cute girls clothes for us- times two in our case. As long as that happens and they’ll let me, they’ll be matching. 

You may ask about my sworn oath not to make my future children match. Eh….I have no shame going back on my promise from childhood. You live and learn. And in this family, you also match