Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas celebrations!

We had a great Christmas at the Hursh Home.  There was lots to celebrate!  We celebrated Jesus's birthday, Santa visiting, our Grandma Pam and Grandma Mike are home from Ireland, the big kids having a more flexible schedule allowing us the ability to travel with ease, visiting family in town from far distances, my uncle's retirement, being called of from work on Christmas and much, much more.  

Here are our Christmas memories!

Oliver dressed up for Christmas eve church service.  (like I said, it's hard to catch this boy standing still)

Vivian looking out the window waiting for GeeGee and Papaw to arrive at church.  

Waiting for the service to start.  

We had laid back Christmas eve and decided to play dress-up with Oliver and some girls cowboy boots.  

What? Do these have pink on them?

Sad face...I want these boots off now!

Cheers!  Moose mugs like on the movie Christmas Vacation.  

Apple juice all around!

Santa stopped by!

Oliver got a big truck!

Vivian investigating her present.  She learned very quickly that she had to keep one hand on her new baby doll stroller at all times...

....because had Santa known it was going to be so popular, I'm sure he would have brought 2!

All boy...a chair is for climbing!

Opening presents

Shredding paper.

Feeding her new baby.  

Catch up photos

So I don't have many photos to post for a few reasons.  It's hard to catch these kids sitting still.  They are always moving!  And of course the ongoing excuse of the lost camera charger.  So these are some pictures I took before I lost my camera charger....Enjoy!

GeeGee holding Josephine and Oliver on Thanksgiving.  

Now a turn for Vivian...don't look so put out JoJo, it's just one more quick photo! 

Aunt A pushing Oliver in a box...we have a million toys but a cardboard box entertains for hours!

Vivian is proud of herself walking in Aunt A's big girl shoes.  

We've learned to play with play-doh.  

Vivian and I mixed up some muffins.  

A pant-less Oliver waiting patiently for them to bake.  

Thursday, December 29, 2011

18 months old

Hello!  I promised more blogging so I'm going to do my best.  If you didn't recieve your Christmas card from the Hursh Family this year, don't feel left out...we didn't send any out.  Remember my last post?  I lost my battery charger for my camera, my husband was out of town and on and on...I'll do better next year, I promise!

First and foremost I wanted to document what's going on with each of my little people at 18 months old. 

Vivian Marie.  Vivian has developed quite the personality.  She's a little helper forsure.  She loves to tend to her baby doll and push it around in it's stroller.  Vivian will take a wipe and wipe the baby dolls hands and face just like I do to her.  If you ask her to lay down to change her diaper she's usually happy to do so.  She's a good helper and will happily throw away your trash and bring you anything you ask for.  Vivian is wearing mostly 12 month clothing and size 4 diapers during the day and at night.  Vivian is still very fond of her Soothie pacifer and takes it mostly during nap and bedtime along with her beloved lovie.  This past week Vivian started developmental therapy for her speech or lack there of.  Basically,  we are just trying to keep her up to par with her peers.  She was discharged from phyical therapy a couple of months ago and now a speech therapist comes once per week to try to encourage her to make new words.  Her words right now include: bye bye, uh oh, bell bell (for the dog, Bella), lo (hello), dog,  AW-VA-VA (Oliver) which she yells to get his attention like she may have heard me do a time or two :).  She can sign please, more and all done. 

Oliver Matthew.  Oliver has a lot of energy and is all boy.  He likes to run all over the house with his lawnmower, the grocery cart, the baby doll stroller or a truck.  He loves balls and is big into tossing and kicking them right now.  Oliver is wearing mostly 12-18 month clothing and size 4 diapers during the day and a size 5 diaper at night.  Oliver loves his MAM pacifer and his lovie which he would love to drag around all day but we try to limit these to nap and bedtime.  Oliver has a few more words, Da, Ma, Sid (for Sid the Science Kid), ball, bye, NO, car, bus, dog, cheese, corn, Pa (for grandpa) and more are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.  I most frequently hear NO and Sid when he is requesting to watch his show.  Oliver is a big fan of Sid and Elmo.  He too can sign please, more and all done. 

The second week of November Oliver and Vivian started daycare.  They go to the same church day care just down the street that my neice, Josephine, attends.  They go 2 days per week, Monday and Wednesday.  The dropping off part isn't so fun but their teacher says they are only sad for a few minutes and then they are fine for the rest of the day.  I try to work mostly Sunday and Tuesday nights with my weekends mixed in so I can sleep while they are at "school".  It's been a nice change of pace and they are doing lots of fun stuff at school.  I love all the pictures and craft projects they bring home.  We are down to one nap per day, which happened around 17 months.  One day Oliver didn't fall asleep for his morning nap and the same afternoon Vivian decided she didn't really need an afternoon nap.  And that was the day I decided it wasn't worth the fight and they were telling me they only needed one nap.  Now, bedtime is no later then 8:00 pm and when they were taking 2 naps bedtime was getting later and later because they just weren't tired.  They go down for their nap around 12:45 PM and on a good day sleep until around 3:00PMish.   They both usually wake up around 7:30 AM.  Both have discovered it's a lot of fun to climb all over the couch and chairs and are very good at getting up and down safely.  Christmas was a lot of fun this year but I'll save that for the next post and I promise it will have pictures!

Thursday, December 22, 2011


So I've been missing in action, I know.  I have lots of good excuses but who really wants to hear that I've been sick on and off for over a month, my husband was in Asia for over a week, I lost my camera battery charger after vacation and I was sure it would turn up but it didn't so I just got my replacement charger in the mail today (the battery is charging as I type), my babies have turned into big kids who move so fast I can't capture a picture that isn't blurry, I have nearly 18 month old twins, my kids started going to "school" (daycare) 2 days per week, it's the holidays,  I could go on and on....

Below is a video of Oliver doing the motions to the wheels on the bus.  Vivian isn't into doing the motions but she enjoys my singing of lots of goofy songs.  This was taken about a month ago but I finally remembered to have my husband post it.  I'm not computer savvy.  Oliver knows more verses but I was trying to keep the song to about one minute so I could email it to my family from my phone.  He's angry at the beginning because I started the song over when my video camera was cued up and he doesn't like it when I sing that verse again because he knows it's the end of the song.  I'd been trying to capture this on camera for about a month before I finally got an post worthy rendition.  Please excuse my voice...remember excuse #24 from above...yeah, I had been sick and lost my voice around Thanksgiving time.

Ok lots of catching up to do...I'll be posting lots of fun stuff soon!

The wheels on the bus staring Oliver!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween 2011...The Hursh Family Farm!

We (Matt and I) look ridiculous but aren't those cows cute!

Come on Oliver let's go...

Ok...the fun's over...

Oliver trick-or-treating at his own front door!

Scottsdale vacation, 1st plane ride

If what you see here is controlled chaos...well, then the picture did a good job depicting the story!  Vivian looks like a ragamuffin, and Oliver was busy entertain all of the passengers around us.  (side note: this is picture was taken in the last 5 minutes of the 1st flight...and my dad is still smiling!)This is our only picture of the fact that yes, in deed we did get on a plane and take a 3 hour and 45 minute flight to Scottsdale, AZ!  My parents "workactioned" with us because it's always nice to have extra hands!  The trip was a success and it was nice to get away to have a break from the everyday routine.  

Vivian and her Daddy, again with french onion dip on her lips.  That little lady loves dip!

The babies enjoying their own personal pool.  

This series of photos shows exactly what it takes to get a semi-acceptable family photo.  Vivian is trying desperately to get into the water behind us and Oliver wants to get down and run.  

Oliver petting the dog sculpture.   

Vivian digging in the dirt.  

Swimming in the hot tub we used as a pool because the actual pool wasn't heated and was quite chilly.  

Family dinner.  

Vivian in the hand-me-down dress I bought for her cousin Josephine the day my sister found out she was pregnant with a little girl.  

The view I see all day long looking down at my feet.  "HOLD ME PLEASE!"  How can I say no to that precious face?!

Family photo attempt #248

Oliver loves to run and be outside, he's one happy boy!

Papaw chasing after Vivian the walker!


Still running!

Pretty little lady.  

Oliver sporting his "In-n-out" hat.  We all got to enjoy Matt's favorite burger spot (twice)!  Yum