Murphy Memories

Thursday, December 18, 2014

8 months old

Well, time doesn't slow down and neither do the boys! Eight months have gone by way too quickly and we are sure that with crawling, walking and talking, these next few are going to go even faster. Bring it on!
Here is what they are up to at eight months old:

-They are both SO close to crawling.
Miles and Benjamin
 ~Benji will do what we think looks a lot like swimming on land. He will lean on one side of his body and reach with the other side. Then lean on that side and reach with the opposite. He might have his uncles beat on their Freestyle time because he is pretty darn fast!
   ~Milo does a little inchworm to get around. He will get up on his knees, rock back and forth, then lurch forward to where he wants to go. A few times he has overshot his target and face planted on what he was shooting for. His little noggin is covered in little bruises from the corners of books. Poor guy!

-They are starting to give kisses! Benji is more willing to give them on command but Miles is slowly coming around. He is just a little bit more selective with the time and place for a good smooch.

-They love playing Peek-A-Boo.

-They LOVE reading books. It is the only time we can get both to hold still!

-Miles really doesn't like to hold still for anything other than books. He will try to roll away from a diaper change, socks, his shirt, his pants, lotion and his towel.

-Their new favorite food is little pieces of bread and rice snacks.

-They are both trying to figure out how to wave.

-They scream when I hold up the carrier because they know that the carrier means it is time for a walk.

-Benji now gargles his spit whenever he gets the chance.  

They are such happy boys and we feel so blessed to be their parents! When people see us with the two of them they say things like, "You have your hands full!" or "Twins?! I don't know how you do it!" and "You need all the help you can get!" Or we get things like, "I am sure you aren't getting ANY sleep at night." and "How do you even get out of the house?". Well, random people at the grocery store, it is tricky getting out of the house, and yes, we do have our hands full because well, two babies and two hands, Nice observation. Actually we are getting sleep and we have got it all under control. Thank you for your comments.
Days are tricky sometimes and it can be stressful, but our hearts are full of joy and our home is full of laughter. We love our big boys and we are so glad you are ours! We wouldn't want our hands full of anything else. :) Happy eight months, boys!

Christmas comes early!

Christmas comes early at the Murphy home and it all started four years ago when we didn't want to take our gifts to Idaho from Utah. We decided to open our presents to each other a week early! It has been a fun little tradition for us. This year we opened our gifts with the help of our little boys, making it extra special.
Miles and Benji
Helping Mom with presents.
Benji helping Mom.

Milo helping Daddy.
A new battery for my watch, a book, a movie, a puzzle,
earrings, two pairs of pants, an auxilary cord and a shirt.
Josh knows how to shop!
Lord of the Rings-extended edition, a book, a
Leatherman and case, and a pair of pants.
Merry Christmas!

Our 70 degree December

They are fascinated with birds!
Benji with his favorite toys! 

The boys help me out at Wal-Mart. 
We walk to get the mail. 
December in Arizona is not too shabby! We go on walks in our short sleeve shirts and enjoy some beautiful light rain storms. We keep our windows open during the day because the temperature is just perfect outside! We are definitely enjoying ourselves. Here are some of the things we have done this December.

The boys have upgraded to 12 month pajamas.

They Love playing together. 
Benji loves giving hugs and kisses to Miles. 
The best of friends! 
Miles and Benji
Miles and Benji met Santa Claus and loved him! 
We found a rose blooming in December!
Miles loves the Christmas tree. 

Benji has started to pick up his brother's weird habits.

You can't eat washcloths, Benji. You can't eat washcloths.

But still so cute. 
"Wassup, Daddy?" -Milo
The boys love their books, and their daddy.
Reading before bedtime. Miles and Benji.

The best of buds! 

Josh got to play with some wax at school Nice work!

We love our time together :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Casual Family Photos

Mom brought her nice camera to Peoria for Thanksgiving and we asked Trev if he would kindly take some casual family photos for us. He agreed to it, and I think they turned out pretty good! He did an awesome job taking pictures and getting/keeping the boys' attention. Nice work Trev, and Thank you!
Mom and Benji, Dad and Miles

Miles got really distracted. 

Yeah, we have always been this cheesy. 

Miles REALLY wanted the camera. 

We have such cute boys, don't we? :)

Peoria Thanksgiving

A few weeks before Thanksgiving, the Murphys decided to drive all of the way to Arizona so we could spend the holiday together. We were so excited! On Monday, the 24th, Josh and I drove the hour to Peoria (we stayed in Jay Marsden's condo) to get things ready and get ourselves situated for the week. Yep, we moved up to Peoria for the week! The rest of the family pulled in late Monday night, ready for a week of fun in much more sun than Idaho.
Grandma loves late night snuggles with Miles.
It had been five months since everyone had seen the boys and they were so excited to spend time with them. We went on a lot of walks, took a lot of pictures and played with a lot of toys. The boys definitely got some extra attention than normal, that's for sure! We had so much fun and can't wait for the Christmas break in a few weeks.
Grandpa, enjoying some quality time with Benji.

Trevor feeding Miles

 Benji, loving his dinner
Miles, loving Trev's feeding skills! 

Benji and Uncle Ty

Ty, had a lot of fun taking photos in the car. 

Benji was a good little model. 

Miles got a little bored..

Beautiful Apache Junction

Josh found our first Scorpion!

We sure do live in a beautiful place.

Our first meal-Gourmet Hamburgers

Uncle Ty taking a whack at feeding Benji.

Benji wasn't sure what to think.

Milo, squeaky clean! 
All clean after a bath. 

Benji loves his Grandma. 

Hey there, Miles! 

Miles loves his Uncle Trevor. 

All smiles! 

Early morning s'mores! 

Silly faces! Trev actually burned his shoulder. 

Such handsome boys! 

Benji got stuck with the girls. 

Exploring Apache Junction! 

Arizona is starting to grow on us. 

Miles, thinks he is So cool. Grandma thinks
she is So funny :)

Some yummy Mexican food for dinner. 

The boys' first time eating out! Miles and Benjamin

Miles got a little sleepy. 

Just an early morning trim! 

O-H-I-O! We were really missing Jake. 

Benji and Trevor

Milo talking to Ty. 

Blueberry Cream Cheese, Banana Cream and French Silk,
we love pie! 

Miles and Benji, keeping us entertained during a bath. 

1000 pieces of  pure entertainment

"Baby says, 'Moo'!" 

Miles, Trev, Benji
The last supper-Fajitas. And they were Delicious! 

We had so much fun during Josh's week long break and we were so very happy to spend it with family!