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The Story of Our Girls: The Announcement

By on January 23, 2016

If you are just reading The Story of Our Girls you might want to go HERE to catch up.

The weekend we found out both babies would be girls would be the same weekend I announced my pregnancy and that we were adopting. 
When we made the announcement it took people some time but after some guesses and people putting it all together they found out we were going to be expecting two little ones! One through adoption in October and one through my own pregnancy due in March. 

I made a picture with clues on what the announcement would be. I figured if you didn’t know I was pregnant you probably wouldn’t figure it out but if you knew I was pregnant you would at least know that part and figure out what the rest was. 
So the clues were a pear to represent two girls (like a pair of girls), Irish Twins soap since the girls would be less than a year apart, the calendar to represent when they were due, 4 rulers which meant 4 feet, A&E for their first initials and the baby beanies for two babies one in October (pumpkin) and one in March (clover). 

After the big announcement we had so many people supporting us. We never had anyone who was negative about adopting and expecting at the same time (well, not till later). 
Now that we had made the announcement we continued on with our Home Study and preparing for our trip to California for Ashlyn’s birth. We would meet Ashlyn in less than a month! 
Next up: Part Six: Traveling to California!
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Kung Fu Panda & Yogurtland Giveaway!!

By on January 17, 2016
This giveaway is a sponsored post
Yogurtland Celebrates Pandamonium!

Yogurtland is karate-kicking the year off by bringing the fun and excitement of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 to their locations!
Through February 28, you’ll be able to enjoy new flavors of their delicious frozen yogurt inspired by your favorite characters from the movie, starting with Po’s Cookies and Cream and Mei Mei’s Dragon Warrior Passion Tart.
Bao’s Cherry Tart flavor yogurt is available Monday 1/18
After you fill your cup up with one of the awesome new flavors, stop by the toppings bar to scoop up some of the Kung Fu Panda 3 inspired toppings. Add Po’s Power Crunch cereal or the Bamboo Wafer Cookie to your frozen treat to take your frozen yogurt to the next level! Enjoy with one of their five collectible spoons featuring characters from the movie: Po, Master Shifu, Tigress and more – available while supplies last.
For those of you looking to take the fun and excitement from the movie home, key chains of these AWEESOOOME characters will be available for purchase at participating Yogurtland locations while supplies last.

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In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible — learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!
Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
Produced By: Melissa Cobb

Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Bryan Cranston, J. K. Simmons, Kate Hudson

 One (1) winner receives:
 Yogurtland Gift Card (Valued at $25)

Kung Fu Panda 3 Activity Set and Chopsticks

Open to US mailing addresses only

Prizing courtesy of DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox and Yogurtland


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How to get through the Flu + GIVEAWAY with Progresso!

By on January 11, 2016

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. I was off of work for two weeks and the first week was great. We did a lot of Christmas activities and spent time with friends and family. It was nice to just focus on the kids. 

The second week was not so great. The flu took over our household. That week consisted of high fevers, one of which landing Ashlyn in the ER, coughing and sleepy, whiney kids. As a Mom it is never easy seeing your babies sick. Ace got it the worst and his then turned into croup. At one point he couldn’t stop cough and had trouble breathing and we took him to the ER to get a steroid to help. So as you can see it was a very difficult week. 
So what does a Mom do when all her kids get the flu? Here are some tricks to help you through. 

1. Create a sick couch. If one of your kids has the flu and there is no way to really keep them completely away from the other kids try to keep a space on the couch with their blanket and pillows and that is the sick couch or spot. The other kids need to sit on the other couch or away from that spot. The sick child should only use that pillow to lay on. It’s not a perfect solution but it helps them have their spot to sleep and be cozy. 

2. Have a lot of soup on hand! While our kids were sick they all lost their appetites. They just weren’t    hungry and with coughing their throats would hurt too. The best thing you can give them is soup. It soothes the throat since it is nice and warm and easy to eat. We stocked up on Progresso Light Soups. So while the kids were eating Chicken Noodle Soup I was devouring their Vegetable Soup. Publix has a $1 coupon you can get HERE. I highly suggest stocking up. 
3. Luke Warm Baths for the win. When the fevers make your child miserable a great solution is a luke warm bath. It also was a miracle worker in making my kids feel better. It was like they got in the water and perked up. It was a nice time for them to play since they didn’t seem to want to do anything but lay around when they were out of the tub. 

4. Lots of snuggles. The good thing about the kids getting the flu while I was off work is they had lots of snuggle time with Mommy. I mean who doesn’t want to just lay around with their Mom when they are sick? I know even as an adult that’s the person I wanted when I was sick.
5. COFFEE! What saved me through this was drinking coffee. We had a lot of nights with no sleep and I seriously wouldn’t have survived without a trip to Starbucks. 
How to enter to win a $15 Gift Card
Ends: 1/25/16
1. Now that you have heard my suggestions on getting through the flu season check out the Progresso Light Soups HERE and comment below which two soups you would like to try.
2. Comment with your New Years Resolutions for a second entry. 
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