Silver Lining: around here lately

December 5, 2016

around here lately

Sam's finals will be over by the end of the week and freedom is so close we can taste it. To say we are excited for a couple weeks of uninterrupted Sam time is an understatement. I can't wait for a few nights of watching movies or playing card games late into the night with this guy - even if he does count cards and win every single time.

I looked over in church yesterday and found him snuggling two kids simultaneously on our pew. He's definitely the favorite around here. And if you're reading this Monday morning, there's still a few hours to catch my sneaky church snapshots on my Instagram story.

Claire is obsessed with going outside these days, and with this gorgeous Arizona winter weather, I don't blame her. Our new thing is waiting until the twins are napping and playing right outside our front door with the baby monitor in hand. The first requirement of outside time, as anybody knows, is examining and moving rocks around for about 10 minutes (what is it with kids and rocks?). Then we usually move on to bubbles, or she'll ride her bicycle up and down the lane. Some of my best blog ideas have come while sitting on the front steps brainstorming while I feign interest in the rocks.
 Someone asked me a few months ago about a good detangler for Claire's hair. At first I had nothing to say. I had just purchased a kids detangler from a brand which shall remain nameless, and I HATED it. It left her hair looking greasy and stringy. Next I tried a spray-on detangler meant for adults, and it was okay, but left a weird smell. Finally I tried JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES detangling spray and that one did the trick. I'm serious when I say we use this almost every day and totally love it. It has a nice clean light smell, sprays on really evenly, and doesn't leave her hair greasy. We even brought it in the car on the way to family pictures for any last-minute detangling needs.

In other news, the twins are sleeping through the night. Repeat: The twins are sleeping through the night!!! Some moms are great at functioning without a full night's sleep for years, but I am not one of those people. I still get up once or twice a night to pop Addie's pacifier back in, but it takes 30 seconds and I'm back asleep 30 seconds later, so I am feeling GREAT. Although of course now I'm tired because I've reverted back to my bad habits of staying up too late...
We use these bandana bibs all the time. Addie is our little drooler and goes through two a day sometimes, but now she doesn't have a wet and cold shirt front all day long. Plus the twins are darn cute in them! We also love these JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE™ baby cleansing cloths, which have been helping them stay clean without drying out their skin by bathing them every day in the dry winter. And when we do bathe them, we use JOHNSON’S BEDTIME® Moisture Wash, and I love the calming aromas of their entire purple-bottle bedtime line.

^^This picture cracks me up. Addison is crying, and Lincoln is looking so smug and happy. Probably because he woke his sister up from their nap, the little rascal.

And now I'm off to kiss Sam goodbye until Friday at four when it's officially winter break and we can party. 107 hours to go. Not that I'm counting.

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