2015 Best Nine

This year, I focused a lot on my Instagram community. (Are you following me? @mrsgregwillis)

This was my place to be a little creative. To meet new friends. To share quick snippets of our life. To connect with fellow twin moms, new moms, breastfeeding moms, moms of 4, fit moms, working moms, bloggers…and more. Hashtag stalking has become my nursing time hobby.

For the most part, my 2015 Best Nine sure does show my favorite moments from 2015. Later, I plan to follow up with more top moments of the year that aren’t shown here…but these….ahhh. My moments.

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1. The twins and my favorite outfit they’ve worn. Happened to be during the Thirty-one conference which is why I think the likes got so high.

2. An IG giveaway that connected me to other bloggers and followers. As I am trying to grow my online presence, this is pretty neat but not really the number two.

3. Wearing the babies together for the first time. In the Moby Wrap. The only time in the Moby (because then I found the ring slings and Weego). At like a week old in the glorious spring weather waiting for Ari to get home from school.

4. A #TBT to Evan’s birth…so many people thought the twins had arrived!

5. My #4thtrimesterbody at one week postpartum. I was tired but felt SO good. Thin (considering I just had twins). My incision had yet to re-open, so I was sure I could conquer the world.

6. To be honest, my favorite photo. It is one Greg shot late the day the girls were born. I’d been sharing them with family all afternoon and got to hold them both for some skin to skin. You can see how different they are and how happy they made me.

7. My second favorite! Greg and all of our babies, day one. He is such a loving Dad.

8. 38 weeks pregnant. I was DONE. I’d been in labor 9 days at that point and hurt so much…but still headed to work for two more days.

9. The re-make of our pregnancy announcement the night before I had the twins. Our big kids are so awesome at being the big ones!

I’ve enjoyed this look back at 2015!

Happy ‘gramming!

How 2012 Rocked

As we settle down from all the holiday rushing around, I thought it would be fun to list the “best of” and “worst of” in 2012. Overall, this was a great year, but as any family would, it has had UPS and DOWNS!

Let’s get the “Worst Of” going!

  • Getting stuck in Kansas City Airport on July Fourth with little to no idea of when we’d leave, and eventually missing out on our evening plans and fireworks.
  • Customer Service from Toys R Us while trying to get a working toy. Bottom line, defective products should not be on the shelves. All I needed was three batteries, but instead, I lost my mind and drove across the city to find the same toy with the same defect on the shelf and talked to an agent who really could care less if I never shopped there again. Well, guess what. Hrm. Worse yet? He could care less about the freaking lantern. 
  • The HTC Rezound. Admittedly, I LOVED this phone. It really was one of my favorite things, but I was paying for 4G and only able to be on 3G in order to get work e-mail. Then, when Hurricane Sandy hit, it decided it would no longer sync to corporate email except on wifi. Two handsets and lots of visits to Verizon later, I got a new phone that works just fine.
  • Driving through West Virginia in August (construction season) and not arriving in Conway. Traffic pushed our time back about 3 hours longer than I wanted to be driving and 2 hours short of our destination, so we pulled off the highway and searched for a hotel that did not exist. When we found it, I was in line with a hooker behind me at the walk up night window. Marvelous.
  • Our hotel in Kansas City with dirty sheets and no AC on some of the hottest days of the summer. Customer service from the hotel and booking site were not all the great, either, unfortunately.
  • My sprained knee/MCL and pulled hamstring. This put a damper on summer and exercise.
  • Getting stung by a jellyfish—never fun!
  • The Steelers. The Pirates. The (lack of) Penguins. Me finishing last in the RPL against Greg taking 3rd. Sports were just sore subjects this year.

 

And now, the best:

  • Being able to eat at fast food chains and still lose weight. Subway, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell were admittedly staples in my diet. It is good to know I can still eat with the family and make progress. Beyond that, all three have great customer service and social media response, especially Subway. (I was selected as one of their biggest fans!)
  • Arianna being able to start eating/drinking small amounts of REAL MILK. She seems to be growing out of her dairy allergy, and now the tough part that remains is letting her know that “milk in it” is not always a bad thing. Oh, and moderation. We let the kid loose on ice cream and you would’ve thought it was her first time to eat anything. ‘lil piggy!
  • Customer service from Sears, Southwest, and Verizon when we had hiccups. All three did a stellar job of responding (and I have to thank Twitter for that).
  • Greg’s donations to the Food Banks and Animal Shelters. He’s really been able to do A LOT with couponing and saved us (and others) a whole lot of money in the process. It’s awesome to see.
  • ‘lil Man starting to potty train per his own demands.
  • Filling the back of the Durango with toys for Stuff a Bus, several of which were from Arianna’s birthday party. I cannot wait to see what we haul in 2013.
  • Blogging. We’ve tested out a lot of really great things and met a lot of great people because of this. Thank you for those of you who steady read these ‘lil thoughts here.
  • Pirates Voyage and Blue Green’s Harbour Lights – two great parts of our fall vacation with my parents.
  • Getting to meet Greg’s family in Kansas (and the kids still will not stop talking about Uncle Byron, Aunt Carol, Duke, and Sassy!).
  • Digging a hole in the beach with Aunt Rin and Aunt Li Li.

 

Share your favorite moments below! 🙂

The Rainbows and Clouds: A Look Back at 2011

It is hard to believe that another year is about to come to a close, that this is the not the first year end for me, but number 29 while ‘lil Man is only experiencing number 2. When we sent out our Christmas card (on time this year, go us), we noted that if you missed our letter to come here to the blog and follow our daily adventures. Today’s post is going to serve as the typical letter, the look back at the year and everything that we have accomplished or failed at.

First, the hobby that ties us all together has really ramped up this year—couponing. We’ve been at this since moving back to PA, but things really took off when we realized that Mr. Burgher could do amazing things with his skills. Sure, there are times when we all are stressed because of the hobby, but moments like taking about $500 worth of Steelers toys and various board games to Stuff a Bus or giving cases of formula to My Choice are all worth it. Hearing our daughter beg to gather up tote bags full of pineapple to take to Miss Ivy at the Food Bank. Getting hugs from the ladies and men who run the pantries our family is involved in—they are thank you’s enough. Couponing gives Mr. Burgher and ‘lil Man something to do when ‘lil Miss A is in school and I am at work…and it goes without saying that it has added an amazing amount of blessings to our ‘lil family. We don’t do it for the glory (I honestly even feel selfish mentioning this here among friends!), but we do it for the right reasons.

Second, we have watched our children blossom so much over the past year.

‘lil Miss A? She got hair (finally!), started pre-school (and can say The Pledge of Allegiance pretty darn well), and started to enjoy the pool. Every time she goes to visit with her grandparents, I swear she comes home 3 inches taller. She’s got herself not one but two imaginary friends and is pretty good about telling us when they make her do something to go to time-out (uh, yeah). She loves to read books and playing mother to her babies and showing ‘lil Man how to grow.

‘lil Man started the year as a baby who liked to suck on two fingers and is now a toddling ‘lil Man who says words (like yeah, and Dada, and Mama) in between sucks on those fingers. He stumbles around, running in his walker, and creeping between the couch and coffee table, catching a few independent stands here and there (coupled with complete scared meltdowns). He still demands to sleep with his best friend and drinks from Sissy’s big girl sippy cups.

The year would not have been the same without our family. We are blessed to live so close to my extended family, and to have been able to take a vacation to see Mr. Burgher’s family as well as travel to Williamsburg with my parents. Our kids are lucky to have this experience. ‘lil Miss A takes full advantage of the fact that my parents fell deeply in love with her at birth and often spends weekends with them. It helps us with our faith, too, as ‘lil Man, Mr. Burgher and I usually end up picking her up after attending Dad’s church as a family. We’ve been known to enjoy many laughs with aunts, uncles, cousins, and my grandma on Friday nights for our family dinners. We love getting to see my dad’s side of the family once a month–I have to be honest, it reminds me a lot of being with my Pappy P as a kid, and that’s a good feeling. We spend lazy afternoons on the Allegheny, enjoying my dad’s boat or a good campfire. Both Mr. Burgher and I have some pretty awesome siblings, you know, the cool Unca who holds the kids up above everything else in the world, our older sister who loves to read, swim, and play iPhone games with the kids, and our younger sister who tries hard to turn our Clemson/Duke babies into lovers of the baby blue and is so proud of being an aunt.

And then there are our friends who have been there with us for a lot. While we may not get to be with our friends very often, they are dear to us. We love playing games until early dawn, interacting with our friends children, experiencing great things like PodCamp with them. The friends who are nearby and those that are faraway. It means alot knowing that we can call certain friends any time of the day and expect them to set us straight (or for us to do the same–you know who you are, dear!). That we can pick up where we last left off, even if it’s been months. Thank you, friends (even if I couldn’t tag you)!

And we’ve gone through a lot of other things together–like A’s adoption, a few months of me dealing with my past and being a survivor, crazy vertigo that still randomly hits me, a few bouts of sadness as I remembered my dear friend Wendy and learned of my cousin T’s fight. We struggled to make ends meet some months as we worked to pay off my debt (and are proud to say that that last payment went through today!). Traveling to Las Vegas, San Antonio, Myrtle Beach, Denver, and Williamsburg allowed us to step away from reality for a little bit and remember that we are allowed to have fun and enjoy ourselves, too.

All in all, this has been an amazing year. Thank you for following us and listening to our ‘lil stories. We wish you all a blessed 2012 and happy memories of 2011!

xoxo,
The ‘lil Burghers