The first can be many different things and we all have our first; like our first birthday. It was the twins first birthday on February 16th. The family had just come back from a vacation, so Grandma made a cake. It was also Dan’s birthday on February 13th so we celebrated Dad’s birthday too.
I found an old recipe for Angel Food Cake that I made. Everyone thought it was great. Of course, it was not Keto friendly but you have to have cheat sometimes. I also had strawberries and whip cream for it.
I have been babysitting my twin granddaughters, Becca and Kate, for the last few days. I love getting to do this. They are 9 months old now. They are totally different. I love watching as they get their own personalities. It is so wonderful to see the ways they are to be able to watch as they learn new things. To see the little smiles on their faces just melts my heart, so yes I am going to show you more photos that I took of them.
I know that you probably get tired of looking at photos of my beautiful granddaughters but here I go again. Oh yea, all my kids, well except the oldest, will be home for Christmas that means photos of more grandchildren so look out.
This was the girls first Halloween. I had to go out to the kids house to babysit, so Heather decided I should stay to take the girls out for their first Halloween. They are getting so big.
While babysitting the girls showed me how good they can make their bouncers go.
Before costumes Grandma decided to give them their first bath in the big tub. They really enjoyed this.
Hoping it isn’t the last camping trip for the year. The weather has been so nice we are still camping. We are not taking the camper off of the truck yet. I will be gone for a couple of weeks but we are hoping that me may be able to get a couple more trips in before the snow when I get back. We are having an Indian Summer and really enjoying it.
We loaded up as soon as David and Dusty got home from work and off we went. Heather, Dan and the babies were meeting us at Knik River.
When we arrived at Knik River we found a place to camp. I was sitting watching David get the campfire ready to start and noticed all the beautiful colors in the mountains.
We enjoyed watching the planes fly over and could see the bridge that the kids had to cross to get to us.
I read my first book to my beautiful little granddaughters.
I am not sure if they were trying to get closer to see better or to eat the book. They did seem to like it but I am sure that it is just the sound of my voice they liked. The loved being talk to, so I figured it is time to start the reading. I believe their parent’s, Heather and Dan, have been reading to him.
The book Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade and illustrated by Olga Stern was a great little book. Edward is a particular pig that never gets messy. He doesn’t enjoy a lot of things because he is afraid he will get dirty. One day he finds out you have a lot more fun if he does get dirty. He can always take a bath.
Sitting on the couch as the house shakes, never looking up from what you are doing as you say to your husband, “I guess that was an earthquake.” He replies, “Yep”. No big deal just part of life in Alaska. The next morning you read in the paper that it was a 6.2 earthquake with the center in the Aleutian Chain. We forget up here when we see so much damage from smaller quakes that we are so spread out that it doesn’t really cause much damage to the cities and people. We are lucky in that way. I wonder if a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound when no one is there to hear it.
My daughter, Heather, and I have not really had any mother daughter time since I got back from my 5 week vacation. We love our time together and have really missed it. I am usually available but Heather is always so busy. She is the CEO of the biggest manufacturer in Alaska. Yes there are not many manufacturers in Alaska but I am so proud of her. She has grown the company so much since she has been with them. Anyway that is a whole other blog at some time but here is their web page if you are interested.
Back to the subject the one thing that Heather and I love to do is hit Value Village, a second-hand store, when they have a sale. Well Saturday was 50% off everything in the store. Well we had to hit that before we set off for the garage sales. We had given Daddy, Dan, the day off since he is the one that stays home with the girls. When we got there we each grabbed a baby and a basket. Off we went to do some shopping. I do have to let you know that Heather is a real clothes hound. She has this huge walk in closet while poor Dan has a very small area to hang his clothes and it is almost full. It is so big that right now they have the babies’ bassinets in there and still room to walk around. Anyway back to the story. I didn’t want to look at any clothes because I am losing weight and wanted to wait until I could buy smaller clothes. I did need some small muffin tins to make fat bombs and David asked for me to look for him some new work clothes. He had only been wearing the some paint clothes for years and I am not sure what color they are any more because of all the different color paint on them. I wonder if we could start a new thing called paint dyed. I always look at the patterns. I found all that I wanted, so I started looking for little girls clothes. Heather was wanting the next size up 3 to 6 months and 9 months. While I was doing this Heather was looking for clothes for her. I have seen her on the news here and see what she is wearing thinking I remember her buying that at Value Village. Well I was done and had to wait for mom to finish shopping. You can see how interested the girls were
Then we finally got out of there and off we went to garage sales. Moving from garage sale to garage sale Heather would pump. She has this great pump that runs on batteries. She puts in on under her bra and can just keep going. She can pump while driving. Of course, she looks like Dolly Parton with them on. She used to be so worried about things like that now it is like who cares. I think she has turned into a Mommy. We went to lunch and while we were there woke the girls up so they could eat and get their bottoms changed. We hit a sale that was $5 for a grocery bag of baby clothes. The girls got even more clothes. Grandma was looking for some toys and car seats for her house. I found a few little things. I used to have tons and car seats but since I have not had new babies in the family for 6 years I had got rid of it all. Well it was getting to be late afternoon and we decided to call it a day.
Heather asked if I wanted to go to Target with her to help with the girls. I told her fine. It is really funny to watch this short, little Mom try to get a car seat in the seat of a shopping cart. She almost has to lift it up over her head. Anyway, Kate started to fuss so Heather tried something new.
She loved this and spent the whole time looking at her formula. Heather tries to mostly breastfeed but she does have a hard time trying to pump while at work which is making her milk production drop some.
The girls are five and half months old but being 7 week early they are a little small for their age. They don’t do things as fast as a normal baby because of being early but they are catching up fast.
Well we had a wonderful girls day out and Dad got to work in his garage on cars which he loves. He did say he sure missed his girls.
I got a couple things done this morning on my list like make breakfast. While on that subject I have to say that I made some pancakes with flax meal, coconut flour, and a lot of eggs that turned out not to bad. I will make them again.
Then I had to go out to Heather and Dan’s to babysit. Dusty and David couldn’t do their paint job because it was raining, so they came with me. Dusty had to fix the two upstairs toilets. Grandpa David had to put together the girls new toy.
Becca really like it.
I was downstairs doing a little cleaning with the help of Kate.
The girls were so good today that I got a lot done.
That means I didn’t get much done on my checklist, but it was worth it to spend time with my two little girls.