U.S. Botanical Garden

Come escape with me

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I absolutely LOVE being in the city on such beautiful summer-esque days.ย  It’s still a wee bit early for most blooms. My MIL rose bushes would take center stage in this garden.

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I guess that just means we’ll have to make another visit when the garden is more vibrant, but these pics of the lush greenery are beautiful in their own right.

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I even managed to catch a bird mid flight

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Have a great afternoon.

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Launch Day

When I imagined having a blog years ago, I saw lots of balloons and a nice back drop with coordinating outfits and everyone smiling and having ice cream afterwards to celebrate.

Today was the furthest from that, but you know what? ย I’m okay with that.ย  We did have ice cream though. โ˜บ Nemo was the family movie today. All the times we’ve watched Nemo, we never looked at the credits until today and I’m glad we did. I watched my eldest dance with her father. She was so thrilled. That’s what matters.

This was a canvas we saw when we first realized we were pregnant. Once we found out we were having twins, it was a perfect fit.

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Here are a few pics of our day. Thanks, babe ๐Ÿ˜š

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Thanks for visiting our page and I hope you come back soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Red Lobster

Last week my first baby (my sister) celebrated her 12th Birthday๐Ÿ‘€ How is this happening? She’s a pre-teen! Since it was her day, I let her pick the restaurant. She wanted to go to….yes….Red Lobster.ย  Just like hubby predicted.ย  Lol, I used to LOVE this place. It once was our weekly family Friday night out on the town locale.ย  But its not about me. What the birthday girl wants she getsโ˜บ๐Ÿ˜œ

My son’s eyes doubled in size when he saw the food. GET IN MY TUMMY!
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The twinsies got scolded by NaNa because they wouldn’t play nicely ๐Ÿ™ˆ I won’t say who the initiated…Nelle
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This silly girl always insists on eating the lemons. Smh
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During dinner she yelled the dreaded four words I. HAVE. TO. POOP.!!๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š Time stood still. All we could do was laugh about it. On our way to the bathroom, she noticed the live lobsters. We never made it to the potty and I wasn’t complaining.
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She was so amazed until the greeter pulled one out. She hung to my leg as if it offered life support:D

I missed the Happy Birthday rendition but mom said sis was embarrased, so mission accomplished ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Birthday little sissy ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽˆ

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Is Two Hours…Too Much To Ask?

A little time alone is good for the soul. I usually say a vacation is, but that’s not happening right now.ย So, daily I TRY to get two hours for ME, MYSELF, and I. Most days it doesn’t work but with warmer temperatures I am determined to do this at least three times a week or so I’m thinking.

While I was getting dressed my oldest asked to tag along. I really wanted to say no but she kept saying “please, can I go with you mommy? Please, can I go? Can I go?ย  Funny how you don’t have to prompt them to use their manners when they really want something.

We settled for the National Botanical Garden. I knew it was going to be a good afternoon because I found free parking ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ oh yeah.

On our way over she indulged in her fave past time. Chasing birds

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We even played a game of I Spy. Which letter do you spy?

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After a while she yelled “I want to go see the octopus mommy” I was confused. There’s no aquarium within sight. I said what octopus? and she pointed “the octopus” as if she was annoyed I was questioning her intellegence. Ooh๐Ÿ˜ฏ The Cathedral Root was the mistaken character ๐Ÿ˜€

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Inside, our first stop was the children’s garden; but it was closed. The next best thing was this fairy house.
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She got lost in the jungle as I snapped away.

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We checked out the outside garden next.

She proceeded with caution as I told her to smell this plant.
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Passerby chuckled as I chased her in and around the fountain. Thank goodness it was off.

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I beamed when she walked over to the rose garden, sat down, struck a pose and asked me to take a selfieโ˜บ

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The highlight of her day was dipping her toes in this fountain (I know we broke the rules, sorry). She was ready for a swim.
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We had so much fun together. I love one on one time with her even if it infringes on my ALONE time ๐Ÿ˜‰

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~TOODLES~
Stacey

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Yesterday we tried to visit Maymont Park and my oldest daughter threw up all over the car as soon as we pulled up; we never made it in. So here’s to attempt number two.

Success? YES. We actually made it in but with one slight glitch. I forgot the camera battery. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Instead of being mad I’m looking at it as the Lord didn’t want me to spend all my time taking and editing pictures. He wanted me to enjoy my time with my family.

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I hope you are having a wonderful Mother’s Day!!๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

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~TOODLES~
Stacey

Happy ALMOST Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day isn’t until tomorrow, but with expected rain all day, the family and I headed to Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia.

After a short ten minute drive, we pulled up but never had a chance to make it inside. I literally had my hand on big girl’s seat belt when the river in her tummy errupted and all the yummy goodness from within flowed EVERYWHERE ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€

Guess we are imposing the no milk in the car policy once again. I was very disappointed as we drove back to hubby’s childhood home to get her and the car cleaned up. After a glass of wine I adjusted my perspective and relaxed with the kids in the backyard.

Here’s some of the memories we created.
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So much has changed in a year. We are blessed.
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SMILE, it’s the weekend โ˜บ;)

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~TOODLES~
Stacey

TWINSIES CHRISTENING

Yesterday we woke up to the most glorious day. The day we would be christening our twins.ย  So much excitement was in the air.ย  We’ve been planning this day for weeks and IT’S HERE!!! I can’t wait to see them in their outfits!

My son will be rocking his first tailored suit at 8 months old ๐Ÿ˜ฎ thanks to the wonderful Erica’s Bridal.
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Hubby and I had a few errands before we were off to church.ย  As we drove through the different neighborhoods, I admired the spring blooms. How did I not start appreciating such beauty until two years ago?ย  There’s so much beauty to behold; it’s all about our perspectives.

Service was expected to start at 10:45 a.m. Would you believe me if I told you we were actually ON TIME?๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Yes it’s a big deal for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Our second in command, Pastor Nelson, performed the most beautiful dedication service…well, if the twins were awake to hear it. These two slept almost the entire time. Life is hard being a baby. ๐Ÿ˜‚
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As they say, it takes a village to raise a child; but all you need is one big sister when it’s picture time.
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Big girl left the altar and came back “here’s your phone mommy and daddy” – lol

We’ve chosen these lovelies to assist us with raising our twins.ย  Meet the God Parents.
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I love her and her little family so much.ย  I admire the way they raise their kids, so ideally they were a great fit to help parent our bundles of joy. I’m so glad they accepted the challenge.

A very important man was not with us today, our beloved PopPop. We missed you but I know unequivocally you were smiling down on us. Continue watching over us. WE LOVE YOU โค

We are so appreciative to those who were able to celebrate with us. The day would not have been the same without you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
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Now let’s go eat because it’s not a celebration without food! โ˜บ

~TOODLES~
Stacey

CRAWLERS?

THIS IS IT!

The beginning of the end as we know it!ย  Our daughter has been scooting around on her arms for weeks (it’s hilarious) and our son was slowly inching towards things. Four days ago it all changed. We have NOT ONE, BUT TWO crawlers!!!!

We left Maryland with an inch worm and a very content boy whose means of transportation was occasionally rolling around. We returned with not just crawlers – they are pulling themselves up on any and everything, including each other. My son is on the losing end most of the times.ย  He’sย  taking steps when you hold his hand whereas before, you used your hand to move his legs for him.

My daughter crawls with one knee up and one down.
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Our son is a full blown crawler. He crawls on all four.

A dear friend of mine bought the twins walkers. I still have my money on my boy walking first just like I told y’all he would crawl first.

Stay tuned to see if I’m right ๐Ÿ˜‰

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Easter Egg Roll

It wasn’t at the White House (Yes I was still a little bitter) but I knew there would be good food, a good time and my daughter would have fun with girlfriend (that’s what Ms. J calls our neighbor) and her family.

The sun was shinning oh so beautifully but it wasn’t what it seemed. It was quite windy with temperatures in the 50s. The kids couldn’t wear the matching outfits planned but we were able to pull something together.

Why is it the kids closets are full but the momebt you try to put an outfit together it seems they don’t have any clothes at all?! 👀

Anyway, we pulled up at Gilbert Run Park late as usual (it’s a struggle getting anywhere on time). While Gramma and I unloaded the kids and all their gears Hubby went to check out the food and it was all gone.:'( Thank goodness we never leave home without a few snacks.

We stayed in the car until it was time to line up for the hunt. Let the fun begin!! Jayla had a blast and she even found $7 in her eggs.  She and her Gramma had a good time hunting and the twins had fun on the swings.

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It was a good day but I’m hungry.

~TOODLES~
Stacey

Gilbert Run Photoshoot

Last year we did a photoshoot here when the twins were about two months old (profile photo was my fave). Since then life has been very hectic but quite fulfilling.  Scheduling is vital. We are capable of so much more than we realize until we are forced to deal with what we consider “impossible”.

Like anything in life there are good days and there are bad days luckily the bad days fail in comparison.  Ms. Jayla is the perfect little company keeper. She keeps me laughing through all the chaos. I love watching her interactions with her brother and sister.  I don’t who loves harder. The twins beam with excitement at just the sound of her voice, they don’t even have to see her. It is quite lovely to see.  They make me so happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy the pics.

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Have a good day!

Toodles Stacey