my fitness blog

**stay motivated with me at my fitness and whole foods blog at www.gsgsisters.blogspot.com lets help each other get into better shape!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

first christmas

this was our crazy attempt to take a family picture with the self timer...its not too bad since there are 2babies with extremely short attention spans. grandma debbie sent us these santa hats the girls thought they were so fun!
aunt jojo knew we needed a special outfit for christmas, the girls looked so cute, and it was their first time wearing shoes...red patten leather of course.
merry christmas!!
santa baby lovin all the crazy wrapping paper and new toys from the grandparents. grandma rainbow sent a kitty that talks and quincy couldn't get enough of it!!
tenley still in her christmas pj's. the girls had a good time, and thanks to both grandparents they got some surprises, books, and little toys. spence and i enjoyed skypeing with our families to make it seem that we were really there and not missing christmas. it was our first year staying at our own house, we had fun and enjoyed mixing our families traditions into our own.
taco's, pork chops, cheese ball, eggnog, Cinnamon rolls, christmas pj's, games, we did it all.
quincy enjoying her new kitty.
the girls did really good all month not messing with the tree or ornaments. i don't think they realized it was their til christmas eve, but once they saw how fun it looked they couldn't leave it alone. sad to say we took the tree down christmas day, just for safety reasons.:)

we hope everyone had a merry christmas and enjoyed spending time with each other. i know spence and i sure did. its been a great year with some exciting changes, i'm sure this year will bring even more. we love and miss all our friends and family, and we are thankful for all the love and support we receive from each of you.
merry late christmas

tenley and quincy

i have become one of those people that only blog about their cute kids!!! but i just can't help myself!! tenley and quincy have finally decided that baby food is ok and that they will eat it. Tenley is very picky, she will only eat squash and yes she knows when its not squash.
this is tenley's favorite pose. she lays on her side and looks around, its so cute and very modelisc.
tenley has a cute little innocent smile, and now that she is crawling she loves crawling up into laps and pulling herself up.
tenley also has starting sleeping through the night!!! she has done about 3nights in a row (double triple cross your fingers) but it is amazing. 8months later to only be getting up to feed and help one baby a night is amazing!!!! way to go baby!!

quincy has finally figured out crawling, for the last month she was stuck in reverse always crawling backwards and it made her so frustrated. but now that she can go forward there is no stopping her.
she loves eating and is our new garbage disposal. she will eat anything and she'll even eat more than her sister!! she finally broke through her first tooth and another one is on its way. the poor thing is very sensitive right those darn teeth.
these 2 really do love each other. they laugh and push each other all day. quincy has definitely become the toy stealer, but they do really good together.
don't these smiles just crack you up!!
and of course cuddling with papa is the best!!!
green beans!!! love em!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

exercise bloggy

OK, i will be honest with you. i have wanted to start a fitness/nutrient blog since i started blogging. well friends the time has finally come.
(since it seems that there really isn't enough fitness/recipe/nutrition/mom blogs out there already:)) and i know i'll have to push my bedtime back a bit to find time to do all this:) finding time to blog is tricky these days.
this blog will give simple but awesome workouts and ideas, to get our butts a little higher and our tummies a little tighter. with helpful recipes, websites, and my non-ph.d-expert advice, you will hopefully be able to add something new to your routine and achieve your personal goals and be fit for life.
so ladies and gents here we go, follow my ideas at...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

happy feet

video
we are always dancing when papa is around!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

turning 30=put-put

yup, this year was the big one. i'm now in a whole new age bracket 30and older!
but who is counting right??

spence and i decided it was about time to venture into the unknown crazy world of babysitters!!! ah, so we got our first babysitters.
(yes sitters' pural because with 2little babies 2sitters are needed)
i was so nervous even calling the girls to watch the babies, let alone actually leaving them for the night. but both babies were already asleep when we left, and we were only gone 2hrs.
we wanted to play it safe our first time out.
enough about babysitters....so i planned our date, i took spence to a place here in phoenix called coasters and castles.
its basically a total fun zone of small rollercoasters, mini golf, go carts and arcade.
we spent our time doing put-put, i was horrible!!! seriously horrible i averaged a par 6 while spence averaged par 2. so i had a hard time not pouting because i was getting my trash kicked. after a couple holes spence started using his left hand...but he still is a master golfer.
the golfer himself in action....or sword fighting
we hit up the arcade and spence did this crazy virtual reality game, it was pretty cool.
in all it was a great night out....too short though:) and i had a great birthday.

in birthday tradition here are the 3 major things of this year...or more...it was a big year.

1. had 2babies!! blessed 2babies!! and absolutely love 2babies everyday!!!
2. survived the last year of major bookwork med. school, boards part-one, and some killer rotations....you might say that is what spence has done, but i survived it all too.
3. did my first triathlon in over 20months, and didn't need medical attention
at the end of the race.
4. witnessed my parents getting married...that was huge!!
5. i love Spencer even more this year than last...if that is possible, oh how i love him.
6. lost 78lbs....seriously i should have entered the biggest loser, but yes i still have some junk in the trunk and junk in the gutt, to get rid off....its a life long battle.blah.
7. made some wonderful friends here in AZ, it only took me 2yrs to get out of my comfort zone, but i found some real life long friends here.
8. had to say good-bye to my cat....that wasn't a good thing this year...but it happened and i miss her completely.
9. went through the temple with spencer's little bro justin who is now serving a mission in Cali.
10. my testimony of my Savior grew even more, as i witnessed his love for me, and his promise that my 2babies would come to this world for me to be their lucky mom,
and they would be safe and healthy.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Amanda, so brave

this, as many of you know is my amazing sister Amanda, she is one of my best friends and i look up to her so so much. not only have we shared everything together, growing up as the closest of friends, sharing a triple decker bed, borrowing clothes, telling stories, we have shared everything together. in fact we have even shared the amazing highs and lows of high risk twin pregnancy. she was on bed rest just like i was, but unfortunately she delivered her twin girls early at 27wks 4days. her girls are miracle babies being born so early and weighting 1lbs 5oz, and 1lb 13oz. so tiny and fighting for their lives for 3months in the NICU. (and never once during that time did i see Amanda break down or act scared, she was so courageous through the whole thing, she is amazing.) she was willing to do what ever it took just to have the chance to be a mom.
Amanda has always wanted to be a mom. even as kids her and jo always played the mom and i was the baby. Amanda is one of those mom's you see that can handle anything without a care in the world....she always has herself and the kids together no matter what. in fact i owe her so much for literally TEACHING me how to be a mom of twins. people told me oh it just comes natural, you will know exactly what to do. well truth be told when our babies arrived i didn't know exactly what to do, i was a dear in the head lights and was so scared to take care such a tiny baby, let alone two of them. Amanda came into town and reassured me, and made me feel like i could some how pull it together....Thanks Roo.
So i could go on and on about how special and important Amanda is to me and the rest of the world. there are so many wonderful qualities about her like: her reaction to any news you have is always super fun and sincere (you can always count on Amanda to scream and jump up and down for the littlest accomplishment, but she does it cause she is so happy for everyone), she has the best most contagious laugh, she is so giving, she'll literally give you the shirt off her back if you need it, and she is the most loving, patient mom, she taught the her girls sign language and could communicate with them fully before they could even talk. so amazing. and oh how her girls love her and think she is the coolest!

So my best friend and sister got hit with probably the worst news you could ever be told. in october as she was preparing for IVF to welcome a little baby this spring she was told she had cervical cancer. This was a huge shock as she has had yearly papsmears all normal, she went from normal to cancer in 12months. Typically they find irregular cells that they can treat with different in-office procedures but the cancer cells they found were level 5. they were rapidly growing and spreading and now into her uterus. the shock, the hurt, the disbelief. she was hoping to be told yeah your pregnant!! not, you have cancer and need a hysterectomy. she consulted with several doctors, prayed and cried, but the ultimate decision...well she didn't have any options, she needed a hysterectomy or the cancer would keep spreading and then who knows what. so nov. 16th Amanda had the surgery, she is recovery well...physically. but emotionally what can you say, what can you do....nothing.
but once again Amanda is managing the end of this stage inf life as well as possible. people tell her things like, well at least you got the cancer out. but to be honest Amanda would fight cancer, lose her hair and more if she could be pregnant one last time. she would have given anything for one more chance, and that chance was taken away with the blink of an eye.
i post this because many of you know or follow Amanda's blog (kempkuties.blogspot.com), and i wanted to share a glimpse of her story to help the rest of us remember how precious it is to be a mom. the overwhelming duties and responsibilities of being a mom can be overbearing. but oh to be a mom, to have a little baby in your arms and to see them looking up at you with so much love is priceless, and worth all the sacrifice.
Amanda is so brave, and so amazing. i wish i could do something for her, but i know the only thing i can do is love her, and love the babies i have twice as much in behalf of her. Amanda has said many times, that she is just thankful to have the girls she has and that she will love them endlessly, but also a part of her will always ache and wonder what it would have been like to have another.


Aren't these pictures amazing! Amanda is so beautiful and her girls share her smile and caring spirit.
so to my dear Amanda, i love you! thanks for all that you have done for me. seriously where would i be without all your love, your encouragement, your help and your understanding...
i can't believe how brave you have been through all of this, and i wish i could help ease your heartache, and above all i'm so sorry you have had to go through all of this. i love you, and my babies love you as if you were their own. hang in there like you have been, and some how you will be blessed for all this, somehow.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

babies, babies and more babies


while i was in utah for the BIG wedding and thanksgiving, the twins were the best entertainment for everyone. it was so fun to be around everyone and have them dote on the girls,
and the girls loved showing off their new tricks and seeing so many cute faces!
utah was definitely colder than arizona....i brought the jog stroller thinking we could still run/walk outside. what was i thinking...it snowed several times, and one morning it was 7degrees when we left the house!!
mother taylor couldn't get enough to the twins. she was so helpful and very attentive to the twins every need, and whimper.
JoJo let us stay in her basement and made sure that we had everything we needed and more. she helped with dinner and bath time almost every night....so so helpful after working 10hr and helping her own little family, she still found time for us.

even aunt pam grabbed a baby every minute she could.
and of course their second mom amanda loved the babes and kept the girls smiling all week!!
she even took the babes the first night i was there so i could catch up on some sleep.:)

pappy hugged and hugged little Q! she loved him and his whiskers.
and of course we took our favorite toy with us the jump up!!! Q and T could spend hours in this!
(don't mind the different colored socks...who's her mom anyway??)
drinking and drinking!! still working on eating baby food. Tenley got 2 teeth while we were gone, but she still loves her bottle more than food!!
and the best double duty grandma...she has done this before, who would have thought she would be a lucky grandma of 2 sets of twin girls wild!!
both the babes and i had a great time while in utah.
(we missed spence and he missed us too, but he was super busy with clinical so time
flew by for him)
it seems to take me about a wk to stop being homesick once i leave....its just so nice to be around so many friends and family!!
unfortunately most of the trips photo's got deleted:(
but i'll never forget Jaime's girls riding Tenley like a horse,
and putting princess crowns on her head!!
thanks to all the friends and family who made time for us while we were in utah
....see y'all in may! (i might have to sneak a trip out there before than)