Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Highlights

Well, 2015 was a pretty quiet year for us. HA! Yeah right. We made the jump from a family of three to a family of five with the arrival of our twins and things didn't slow down from there! We also got to do some traveling in the latter half of the year and overall it was a pretty busy, but fantastic year.

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Here are some of the highlights from each month -

January

We started off the new year with me finishing the first trimester and getting a bit more energy back in the second. We also got to see our precious babies and were told they were healthy and looking great!


February

This month we found out the gender of our little babies - two girls! We also started figuring out what we were going to need for the babies and prepared for a trip to the US to do some shopping.

March

We took a big trip to Houston to do some baby shopping. This was the last time we flew before the babies arrived because we wanted to be cautious about pre-term labor. (Little did we know that I'd be going to 38+ weeks and have to be induced!) Jason also turned 30 this month and we celebrated with multiples dinners with family that came to visit us in Houston. We also did some family / maternity pictures with my fabulous friend Marianne.





April

We had a quiet Easter just our family of three and later that month Jason and Madi attended their first Father-Daughter dance! Talk about a precious duo! :-)



May

It was a pretty quiet month for us as we finished the nursery and switched Madi to a big girl room downstairs. (Both of which we revealed later since we weren't sharing names ahead of time.) We celebrated the Norwegian independence day with my friend Emily in town and Madi wore her cute bunad for the celebrations.



June

Our sweet Madi turned two! We had a wonderful marshmallow birthday party to celebrate her and I was grateful to have made it to the 36 week mark with the twins!



July

The countdown began as we waited (and not patiently) for the arrival of our twins. Finally it was time to go to the hospital to induce since I was past 38 weeks. We feel so fortunate that their delivery went smoothly and we welcomed two beautiful baby girls, Evelyn and Olivia, to our family.



August

Jason and I celebrated seven years of marriage! We weren't able to do much celebrating since we had newborns, but we had a glass of wine and spent an evening together and I wouldn't change a thing. :-)



September

The girls got their passports this month and we took advantage to see some of Europe! I took the babies with me and my friend Cindy to Poland. They traveled so well we decided to visit more countries over the next couple of months!


We also decided to have some fun with the twins and take photos with these beautiful handmade dresses from my friend Ashley.


October

This month's trip was a long weekend to Copenhagen, Denmark with a day trip to Malmo, Sweden. Two more countries down! The twins won't have nearly as many flights as Madi before they turn one, but we've got limited time left in our stay in Norway and plan to take advantage and do what we can.


We made it back from our trip just in time to celebrate Halloween with these adorable girls.



November

Our final trip before making the long haul to the States was to visit Belgium. We were visiting the weekend that the attacks happened in Paris and were fortunate that nothing happened on our stay and that we left before the city was in lockdown.


Then we made the big trip over to the US just before my 30th birthday. It was a long journey, but the girls did so amazing!



December

The girls and I spent all of December in the States, splitting our time between Chicago and Oklahoma City. Jason flew out later to meet us and we had lots of friends and family fly in to see us in OKC. We loved getting to introduce our family to the twins and spend Christmas in the States.



Overall 2015 was a pretty amazing year! We feel so blessed that my pregnancy and delivery with the twins went so well. Madi has been an amazing big sister and the babies are happy and easy going most of the time. It was a busy year, but I have a feeling things won't be slowing down anytime soon as we look at moving back to the States and getting settled in a new home somewhere. We don't know what's in store for us, but we're excited to see what happens! Bring it 2016! ;-)

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