Thursday, May 21, 2015

Progression of the twin bump.

 Amazing news, I finished our 2014 family photo album! Wahoo! It's been 2 months shy of being done for almost 4 months now so it was high time I got my bum in gear. I made a comparison of my pregnancy pictures in it that I thought would be fun to share here too. Being this huge feels like yesterday even though it was 7(!) months ago, ha. It is something I will never forget. So do enjoy my giganticness and feel free to compare your pregnant self to me and feel way good about yourself ;)
That last month was so hard to find clothing to fit over my stomach. Casey's shirts didn't really fit me anymore except for like 2, and even then I would have liked more room in them. I am so proud of what my body did and still amazed how God created it to do such amazing things. The trust He has in us women!

Click here for the same comparison pictures when I was pregnant with Maxson

And another fun series we did. Slowly but surely my toes seem to disappear! That belly was HUGE!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Max a talkin

A radom gathering of Maxson talking/dancing moments from March and April. No exciting background music. Probably boring for everyone except the parents and grandparents ;)
2015-3and4Mar-Apr Max talking from Kimber Cutler on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The beginning to an end of an era

I'm not meaning to write this as a death post, but it's going to appear to be just like one probably.

Our beloved next door bff's/neighbors/kindred spirits moved away last week. It was pretty crappy. Haha, I laugh because it's so sad all I can do is laugh. Of course most of us here in Lincoln are transient students and we all know that the majority of our friends fit that category too. The Christophersons have just been sooooooo different. Jared reached out to Casey within a couple months of Casey's acceptance into Dental school (think back to Jan/Feb of 2012!). He answered so many of our questions and made us excited to move to Lincoln. It was like we were friends with their family before we even met each other. 

A Landscaping Conference/competition I had for school in the spring of 2012 was just a few hours from Lincoln so Casey drove out to me and we drove up to Lincoln stayed at their apartment (these kind souls we essentially didn't know at all) and they showed us a bunch of potential places to live around the area and brought us to our future ward with them (where everyone asked if Casey and Jared were brothers, no, but the year after Jared's brother did join us all, ha!) They were so unbelievably kind and it just felt like we were long lost friends meeting up. Their daughter, Julie, was around 18 months. I was so surprised at how fun it was to hang out with these total strangers. 

Fast forward to the summer of 2012. I'm pregnant, we're in New Jersey, no doctor, and I end up needing to fly to Lincoln for an OB appointment. Who drives an hour away to Omaha to pick me up, an hour back to Lincoln, drop off and pick me up from my appointment? Yep, Katie. That wonderful woman. Oh man how I am indebted to her forever for this and so many other reasons. I hung out her house, she was one of the first besides Casey to learn we were having a boy and was excited right along side me to see the pictures. She found joy in my joy and was I so immediately touched. She too was pregnant, less tun 4 weeks behind me and I remember it being SOOO fun to finally talk about pregnancy with someone! She made it all seem so real and fun and exciting. Oh yeah, and she had awful morning/daytime sickness with pregnancy and was still being oh so kind to me.

Fast forward a couple more months and we happened to move in right next door to them, I couldn't have been happier.

Over the next 3 years we spent, seriously, hundreds of hours together. We had Sunday dinners together for almost a whole year. We were always both pregnant together, then nursing together, chasing crawlers, walkers, and runners together. We had crying babies, naughty toddlers, and hilarious kids to laugh at. Misery loves company and boy did we ever talk about our motherhood misery (and triumphs!) together constantly, and talking about the bad with one another made it all kind of better. We'd knock on each other's doors for no other reason than to just hang out, constantly going back and forth between houses without any shoes. She was my first non family visitor in the NICU, We planned an insane amount of parties/get togethers in out backyard area together and would always help one another out with them. We sat outside watching kids play (and in my case yelling to come back), and talked about everything under the sun, you name it. We were constantly checking up on one another's activities, how this or that went, happy with each other in our highs and sad with each other in our lows.

We became those kind of friends that there's never an awkward silence together because it just wasn't. Each other's messy houses became not embarrassing to either of us because we just get it, it was like family, but even more than family (funny story, when Jared's brother moved in across the street after our first year here Casey was so worried we were being replaced by real family, ha. Luckily we were all great friends).

On the day they moved I kind of just emotionally detached myself from it all. I didn't want to be sad. It was kind of just a moving event that was happening I was just apart of it like everyone else. Not until I had to dang hug that girl goodbye was it truly awful. I was just oh so so so sad to have to say goodbye. Goodbye to what it's been like for 3 years. She'll never be next door again and that made me want to cry. Actually it did make me cry.

If there were such thing as sister wives, Katie would most certainly be my pick for a sister wife, ha.

I'm talking about my side of the story but Casey and Jared were bff's too. From dental school, video games (ugh), remote controls cars, politics, guns, and church. They were the perfect match of husbands for our perfect match of wives.

And then our kids. Well of course kids are always friends with everyone but these girls were such great playmates for Max. Julie was a great pseudo sister to Maxson. He love love loved following her around, wrestling, sharing toys, copying, he just loved her to the end. Always asking for "Jew-ee!" Grace and Max are less than 1 month apart in age and did everything together, crawling, walking, talking (ok Grace learned to talk like a year before Max but that's not the point, ha). They were such great playmates although disagreeing the same amount of time. Max's deep grunt/scream was the perfect opposite to Gracie's high pitched scream. Max loved her oh so much and would constantly go up to hug her while she would scream and push him away and then he would push her back and his hug quickly turned into a pushing fest with Grace running away crying,, it made us all laugh. And then little Allie, Max would always go up to give a tender hug and a kiss on her head, always. He just loved that baby girl with such a sweet heart. 

Like I said this was not meant to be a death post but in some ways it just is. Our beloved friends have moved on and it is sad. We will most undoubtedly see them for the rest of our years of life but it will never be the same, it will never be next door to each other. It was the absolute BEST and I couldn't have wished for better next door neighbors.

We love your stinking guts Christophersons!!!!!!!!!!!!! We hope you fail and have to come back to school for another year ;) 

Moving day was sad :( Even Gracie agreed

Monday, May 11, 2015

A delicious graduation

2 Super duper great friends in our ward graduated from Dental school last week and are/will be off to Wyoming to go be real practicing dentists! Crazy talk. We were finally in town for a graduation party bbq and it was so wonderful to be around so many friends. A family who graduated last year was even there t celebrate with us all which made it even better. Man we sure did win the jackpot when it comes to friends here in Nebrasksa!

Max looks awful in this picture but it's the only family one we got.

Casey is especially sad since these two guys are essentially his bff's. They're the graduating ones
ANNNNNND, remember this pregnant picture with friends we took at my baby shower last year?
Here we all are with our cute babies!!!!!! Fun, right?

Congratulations Christopherson and George families, we will miss you oh so dearly! Luckily we'll all live in the practically uninhabited state of Wyoming together someday so we'll for sure see each other even if we live hours away, chuckle chuckle.

March and April videos

The twins giggling throughout the March video is the best

shout out to Bailey for helping me quickly have music for these videos now, you da best girl!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Well it is that time again where we appreciate the mother's in our lives! Especially the mother of my kids! Kimber is quite the mom even though she is always yawning, or saying I am tired, she is always a go-getter with our kids. She is a much better teacher and example to the kids than I am and I know the kids are going in the right direction with her in the home. Here are a few pictures that remind me of her great motherhood!

Also, Happy Mother's Day to my momma and mother-in-law. We don't learn the ways of the Lord and parenthood without your examples and guidance. Love you!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

a bunch of April

Max is a lover of cuties. LOVES loves loves them. One day he sat at the window looking out while peeled and ate 3 if not 4 just so contently and happy. That sweet boy of mine.

It's about once a month that Max asks to hold the babies. When he does it makes my heart really happy It lasts for literally 4 seconds before she says "all done!" and starts wiggling himself away from them making them fall in all directions. Quinn was especially enamored by him here.
That jean blanket my mother helped me finish years ago is getting CONSTANT use these days. Oh man how we love that thing.
Gotta figure out shade for the babies!
The patriarch to be included in out FHE picture.
Enamored by the neighbor mowing the lawn.
Obsessed with climbing on bikes.
a. these glasses crack me up
b. Max insists on "climbing" trees these days ever since Casey showed him it was possible… Julie joined him this day apparently.
Had a garage sale with neighbors a couple weeks ago with friends. I don't know what it is but it's just fun to do/have/be apart of a garage sale. I can't believe how much stuff we all got rid of and how many people came through on a chilly borderline rainy day. The month of April had an overall theme of getting rid of STUFF from us and we feel a little bit skinnier because of it! For lunch at the garage sale we pizza'd it up with our friends. As you can tell Max was very enthusiastic, jk he truly loves pizza. But his face in this picture makes me laugh a lot.
After Max got his fix of being outside running a muck during the garage sale he ventured into our neighbors house to watch Dora (for a very long time) on this super cool blow up airplane with his favorite frenemy, Grace. Then he ran a muck of my neighbors house...
a. Scavenging cookies from unknown places.
b. The story of Casey and that blasted headset getting lost in the mail will forever be remembered in our family. A month long journey of endless phone calls to XBox, USPS, and FedEx, ugh. So annoying just because it made Casey so upset!
A new favorite hang out spot for Max.
a. I pretty much NEVER get the chance to hold sleeping babies so this rare occasion of a snuggle with Quinners was extra special!
b. The tulips this spring were beautiful!
a. Max making messes
b. Casey cleaning up messes.
The babies 6 months check up! And Max yet again, just ran a muck.
Our favorite doctor/nurse practitioner, Jamie! Oh man how I love that woman! She takes such great care of these kiddos and shows so much interest in our lives. And she always guesses the twins correctly amazingly enough!
Max and these glasses were hilarious to me
Book Club with a really great group of girls. In April we read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I didn't get a chnce to read it although I did listen to her Ted Talk which was great and we had a really great discussion overall abut being vulnerable and motherhood and beyond!
I've been trying to go on walks as much as I can lately with such great not-humid weather. Babies were champs and fell asleep while Max played on the tractors at the tractor museum.
I'm not an ice cream fan usually but THIS stuff! Now this is a different story!!!!!! Hello yumminess!
This picture is upside-down but how adorable are these shirts! My SIL sent them to me because her and I are both Harry Potter fans and the Marauder's map leads back to the twins Fred and George!
My great friends took Max on a walk one day with them while the twins slept and I FINALLY got my dishes done! How great are these girls!
A rare occasion of docile Maxson during a particularly active day.
a. Kids got styyyyyyle
b. Our kitchen gets pretty cramped with the babies forcing their way in these days with the walker.
Bryson found his toes! Thus far Quinn has been the first to do most things (roll, balance better, etc) so I was very excited for Bryson to have  first first too!
a. A particularly cranky day of twinsies! Max was sleeping and they just wanted t be held! I really needed to get food made for a gathering that evening so carriers it was! Worked out pretty well! Bryson even began falling asleep in the back
b. Max is usually so happy to come downstairs in the morning to find the babies on the ground and greet them with hugs and kisses. They love watching his every move (and are beginning to grab his toys and face and other things he takes away haha).
a. Funny for him until he couldn't get out. Funny for me the whole time
b. Future gymnast (no I really have contemplated putting him in gymnastics in the future to harness that energy of his for good!)
a. Our (extremely rare!) Friday night date to the crepe place and then a bunch of errands afterward, ha.
b. If there's one to thwart the plans of family nap time it's usually Bryson, that baby...
I love when i find twins sleeping like twins :)

Whew! The end!

Congrats to you if you made it through it all!!!!