Wow, I feel like it has been so long since I have done a post.  My parents came into town Tuesday afternoon so I haven't had much down time until today.  It was great spending time with them - I got to see Dad hold the girls and I had a lot of fun hanging out with my mom all day yesterday.  We hit the jackpot at a local childrens' store and got some really cute dresses 50% off.  I had to control myself not to buy everything I saw!

It is so much fun shopping for little girls.  Until recently, I have been scared to buy them anything myself but I have really come a long way since they were born.  Seeing them make such great improvements the past two weeks has really helped my fear of them not coming home.  Right now, I am at a weird intersection of this journey - they aren't at the high-risk stage but they aren't ready to come home either.  It is like I can see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel but it is so dimly lit that it still remains unclear.  Currently, our big roadblock is the bottle.  Maralee has really taken her bottle well but she hasn't put on any weight since she is burning calories sucking.  Adeline, on the other hand, now weighs 3.8 pounds but she would rather socialize than drink her milk.  The girls take one bottle a day and the rest of the feeds are still through the tube.  It is our goal to eventually get them to take all of their feeds from the bottle.  They are just still uncoordinated because of their prematurity. On Saturday, they will be 36 weeks and I can't help but hope that they will come home around their 40 week due date, July 24th.  So, we are looking at maybe another month?  Wow....

This Sunday is Raleigh's 25th birthday.  My hubby will be a quarter of a century!  This has been a big year for him from taking his tests to becoming a dad.  I am so proud of him and how hard he works for us to enjoy being a family.  When Raleigh was younger, his grandmother would always make his birthday cakes for him so this year I am going to try to re-create her yummy cakes. She gave me some tips and when I finish this post I am going to start working on the icing.  Cake decorating seems a little tricky but I think it will be fun.  This cake is going to have traditional butter cream icing/decorations but I want to try the fondant sometime soon.  It is my hope to get good enough where I can make the girls' cakes for their birthdays.  I'll be sure to post pictures if you promise to remember that it is my first time so you can't make fun of me if it looks terrible :)

Since this is Raleigh's birthday weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a poll of who y'all think the girls favor in looks.  Below are pictures of Raleigh, me, and the twins so be sure to post your decision on the poll on the right side panel.  The poll closes July 15th so be sure to go ahead and give us your vote!

Maralee and Adeline - seven weeks old

Baby Christen

Baby Raleigh
Till next time, let your light shine!
Blessings, christen