Thursday, May 26, 2011

Splish Splash

Nicky and the girls got into their "pool" for the first time today.

First time in the pool (Lily on the left)

Nicky was a great big brother and looked after them.

The girls had a great time splashing around in there. Tom blew up a bigger pool for Nicky to play in. We'll keep the girls in the little one for now, which actually was Nicky's sandbox.

Lots of fun was had by all. More movies are in the photobucket folder "movies" accessible by the link in the top right corner of the blog. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Happy Big Brother's Day

So when your twin sisters turn one, where does that leave the big brother?

Well if you're Nicky, you get up early on their birthday and go fishing with Mommy.

Playing with the tackle box

Nicky and I went the our second Family Fishing Day. We didn't actually catch anything this time, but due to a grant, they were giving out fishing rods and tackle boxes to kids this time. Nicky had a great time going thru all the gear in the tackle box.

Happiness is a well stocked tackle box

It was brutally hot Saturday though. And there isn't a drop of shade at the fishing holes. But we were careful and used a lot of sunscreen, so no sunburn for us.

After fishing, we came home and cleaned up. The plan was originally for Tom to take Nicky to the Touch A Truck event at the fairgrounds, but he wasn't feeling well. So Nicky and I went back out together.

This event was a lot of fun for Nicky. They had a firetruck, SWAT van, DOT tractor trailer, Fish & Wildlife boat, garbage truck, city bus and more. Nicky could touch everything, get inside the vehicles, and ask a zillion questions of someone else for a while. I pretty much just stood around in the sun and melted.

Fish and Wildlife boat

The SWAT van

Mighty Machine

In the end, we went home exhausted and hot to clean up and have a birthday dinner with the girls. But a fun time was definitely had by Nicky.

Mighty Machine

After all, it was a celebration of his first year as the big brother.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Girls are ONE

A year ago, on May 21st, Lilianna and Gabriella came into the world at 8:49am.

First came Lilianna Elizabeth (6lb 2oz):

Followed immediately by Gabriella Concetta (6lb 6oz):

It was a rough two weeks to start, but the girls were fighters and had a whole slew of people loving them and caring for them. They sure weren't hard to love!
Together again

And now, a whole year later, we have two big healthy girls!

Bathtime! Lily nearest the wall

Mommy's after-work pose

New dresses by Nana (Lily Left)

So to celebrate, we had a nice pasta dinner:

And then cupcakes:

It was pretty messy:
Nicky and the Sisters

But Bobo helped clean up:
Bobo helps clean up

After a bath, there were presents too. Big brother built them each their very own Build-a-Bear. They love them!

All in all a great birthday.

But wait! There's more!

Today we took the girls to Grandma & Grandpa's house for a birthday cookout of hamburgers and hotdogs and more cupcakes. Grandma took lots of photos, and we'll share them when we get them. Grandma & Grandpa also had a new book for each girl, and have ordered a double stroller! We're all so excited that we'll be able to go for walks to the park and the mall so easily soon. I foresee photos of the girls at the park soon!

Next weekend we'll do another party with Grammie and Aunt Liz's visit. And then the following weekend or so with Nana's visit. So that will be four parties! It's only fair since they have to share their birthday that they get lots of them right?

Monday, May 09, 2011

Easter revisited- with photos!

Easter photos are in from Grandma. They are so cute! The girls looked so precious in their Easter dresses. Nana made them and they're gorgeous. Lily was in blue, and Gabi in pink.

Here we go:

Pretty girls! (Lily left)

Ok, well how about one without the fingers in the mouth?
Pretty girls! (Lily left)

Not bad, but can we look AT the camera?
Hard to get a good photo

Not what I had in mind. How about candid shots?
Perfect Double-Teether

Ok, any where we're not cannibalizing Grandpa's oxygen tubing?
Lily playing

Good! Now, where is your sister?
Gabi pretty in pink

Ah, yes. Well how about a smile Gabi?
Gabi pretty in pink

Very nice. Ok, the obligatory Easter Egg photo:
Easter Eggs!

Beautiful! Made by this artist:
Serious Nicky

And Nicky also did a great job hunting for those eggs the bunny left outside too:
Easter Egg Hunting!

Gabi may have been a little jealous:
Gabi so excited!

But she got to play with Big Brother's toys in the end:
Gabi after the hunt

And Lily managed to get ahold of an egg too:
Lily's egg

We did try to get a nice photo of all three. You can see how this went:

Hard to get a good photo

Playing with Grandpa

All together now.