the twins are ONE!

Hard to believe they turned ONE in June!



Favorite Toys: trucks, My Pal Scout, blocks, ball, Laugh & Learn Table, stuffed animals and baby dolls

Favorite Foods: They pretty much eat anything and everything! We have given them peanut butter, fish, ribs, shrimp, etc. Some of their favs: yogurt, cheese, turkey, applesauce, green beans, carrots, mandarin oranges, crackers. We also love Dr. Praeger's foods. 

Clothes: They are wearing 12m and 12-18m PJs and clothes!

Diapers: James is in a size 4, Eloise is a size 3/4. 

TeethTeething has been pretty rough, but Motrin helps. Eloise has 3, almost 4, teeth. James has 7 teeth. 

Daily Schedule
7am- wake up, bottle
8am- breakfast
9/9:30am- nap
10:30am- wake up from nap, have a snack and then play
12:15pm- lunch
1:15pm- bottle
1:30pm- nap
3:30/4pm- wake up, have a snack and then play
5:45/6pm- dinner, followed by a bath
6:45/7pm- bottle and then bed!

June 2016
first trip to the beach
James starts to take a few steps, officially walking in early July! 
starting to introduce organic whole milk
still working getting them to like sippy cups
can say ma-ma, da-da, night night (really sounds like ni-ni)
can wave and sort of clap

Both James & Eloise are so affectionate, snuggly and loving. They love to be held, but are also very into playing with each other, other babies and toys. They steal toys from each other and other babies. Eloise is very serious about her toy stealing, she will grab a toy and turn around so James can't grab it back. Luckily they're fine with it for the most part now! They cry when they're tired, hungry or having their diaper changed. Or if they want to be held. 

They are so special to us and have made this past year unforgettable!!! I have loved being a mom to them!


a golden safari

On July 2, 2016 we celebrated Eloise  & James turning 1! I went with an easy theme- golden safari, inspired by this party.

Decorating was super easy- lots of gold, animals and balloons. Possibly too many balloons. 

The party was mainly for adults (celebrating me surviving the past year) so we had a bar with mimosas and beer. For the kids we had water, lemonade and sprite- all served in the cute (reusable) white & gold cups with lids and straws. It made for no worry sipping! 

Food was a little tricky. We had just been at the beach for a week so I didn't get to make a lot of stuff in advance. I also knew we would need a fairly substantial amount because of the number of people we were having, plus the fact that it was lunch time. I made my favorite ham delights, pasta salad, a fruit plate, spinach & artichoke dip and quiche bites from Trader Joe's. My aunt was kind enough to make the cupcakes, vegetable sandwiches and shrimp mousse. For the kids I did uncrustables, gold fish and apple sauce pouches. It all worked out and I did have a few leftovers. Next time I'm thinking something more low key! 



I can't believe they are already 14 months old!


smash cake- Whole Foods
highchair "one" banners (me! DIY with supplies from Target)