Thursday, February 9, 2012

{ Featured on Wives of Turf }

I am so honored to have the opportunity to be a guest blogger on Wives of Turf website and blog today. Wives of Turf is an online community for the wives of men in the turf industry. So since my husband Matt is a golf course superintendent it seems fitting to be involved with an organization such as this! It is always good to find others living the turf lifestyle. I can't wait to meet other wives of turf in Las Vegas at the Golf Industry Show later this month!! Thank you Wives of Turf for this great opportunity to share alittle about this turf family!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

{What a trip....flying with our Twins!!}

Plane tickets bought, read all the instructions from the airline and TSA regarding flying with children under the age of two and also educated myself on what to bring from other traveling moms on the internet! Wow...can I just first say, our trip from New Mexico to Georgia was flawless! Our twins were absolutely amazing little children, of course we had the usual crankiness of being tired and hungry but for the most part it was a very pleasurable trip! 

We had decided to fly from our small town regional airport using a commercial commuter jet to avoid having to travel two hours to the closest airport. Knowing our airport is small, I thought I should call a few days ahead just to ask last minute details of flying with the twins. They were very helpful on the phone, giving me great advice after talking with them I felt very comfortable flying with the twins! Just to give you a visual of our travel madness...

One large brown suitcase weighing 50lbs {the max weight}
One large red suitcase weighing 50lbs {the max weight}
One small red suitcase weighing 30lbs 
Two carseats in black carseat travel bags
One umbrella stroller in a blue travel bag
Two brown large backpacks {heavy and filled to the rim}....carried on the plane
One brown diaper bag {filled with a ton of diapers, wipes, and miscellaneous items}...carried on the plane
One small brown bag....carried on the plane
and us....Vintage Momma, Daddy, and our Twins!!!!!

I knew when we arrived to our local regional airport and I pushed the twins in the the stroller out of the freezing cold air into the building and the ticket agent said..."Are you the Hughes'...we have been waiting for you?".... we were in trouble!  We were actually there an hour and a half before our flight, they were just waiting on us because they were prepared for our travel madness.  The airline was very accommodating, the station manger and another employee went and helped my husband unpack the car and carry all our luggage and carseats into the terminal...seriously, who does that anymore! It was amazing!! Going through security was not fun, not fun at all...and of course I had everything in a zip-lock bag very organized for the TSA agent to see....but after it was all said and done everything was a huge disarray!!! They ask me how long our flight was to our destination...well goodness, I don't know {holding a wiggle worm in my arms}...she was implying I had packed to much food and liquid for the twins. I was just being the over prepared momma, stressed out about the chances of being stuck out on the tarmac for hours with no food or drinks for my babies. {After carrying all that, I soon realized I had really went over board on packing}.  I had preassigned our seats when booking the flight online, not knowing that we needed to sit in a row with five oxygen masks so on this size of aircraft we had to sit in the very back of the plane next to the bathroom. Now Matt and I are not little people, but I swear those planes were made for midgets and certainly not made for bigger people to sit and hold 15 month old twins....needless to say we were packed in there tight!! And then all our bags and STUFF on top of that it was pure craziness!!!

Our layover in Houston was just long enough for us to grab a bite to eat, find a family bathroom and change the twins, and change our seats for the next flight.  It amazes me...walking through the airport, or sitting at your gate waiting to board, all the dirty looks people give you...."Like are you really flying with your children...oh, goodness I sure hope they don't sit next to me."  It is just sad to me that people react the way they do these days!! The flight from Houston to Atlanta was about a 2 hour flight and the twins both slept most of the way there...very peaceful flight! I will also say that no one is willing to help you with your bags or hold your bag as you are obviously struggling with trying to hold a child, put a backpack on your bag{which was a total is a must have}, and carry another bag in the other hand...not to mention Matt was in the same boat as I was so we couldn't really help each other when these awkward moments happened!! All and all our first experience flying with the twins was great, and will definitely fly with them again....actually very soon! My husband, Matt has a golf course superintendent national conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in a few weeks and the whole family is going!  I promise I will pack less for this trip than last...I learned my lesson not to pack the whole house! 

Vintage Momma

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"Where have you been?"

"Where have you may ask?" 

Vintage Momma and Her Twins have been around the world and back since the last post {well, not really but it sure feels like it}...Acworth, Georgia for Christmas and Kerrville, Texas for New Years! We had such a great time sharing the twins' second Christmas in Georgia with MeeMaw and Papa Jones and Auntie Shelly.

 We were gone for a week, flew home on Wednesday night and on the road to Kerrville, Texas on Friday morning to spend New Years with Matt's parents, brother and sister-in-law! Now, for some of you that travel often and live out of suitcase for several weeks it might not be an issue for you to be gone away from home so long...but add 15 month old twins to the mix and it can be challenging at times! 

 We were all glad to be home, the twins felt like they had all new toys since they hadn't played with them in a few weeks, it was nice to sleep in our own beds, and very exciting to see Daisy, our yellow lab since she had to stay in the kennel while we were gone. Even though, we were happy to be home and back in our own routine....what a chore it has been for me to get our house back to normal...laundry everywhere, suitcases half unpacked {still needing to be put away}, and a house in pure disarray! For this neat freak momma...It has been really hard getting us back to normal or  "normal" as we like to call it!! 

Shortly after returning home from the holidays, I started a new business venture {more details to come} that has taken alot of my extra if I had extra time on my hands! So as you can it is the first day of February and I just haven't had the time to sit down and put my thoughts into writing a blog post! I am so excited for what this new year has in store for Vintage Momma and Her Twins.  It is all very exciting and I can't wait to share with all my readers my new business is something I have dreamed of and maybe my dreams are really coming true!! Well, I hope you missed us while we were gone...until next time...."bye, bye"!

Vintage Momma

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"Let It Snow, Let It Snow"

 {Snow Day}

It doesn't snow very often in New Mexico where we live, actually our twins have only seen it rain and snow twice since they were I just couldn't resist this awesome photo shoot opportunity with the the SNOW!!! Some of you can relate, we live where the sun shines almost 365 days a year, warm even in the winter and we have been in a severe drought for many the real need for heavy coats, scarves, gloves and a hoodie just doesn't make much sense to have that kind of winter gear on hand if we might or might not need it!  Not to mention how fast they out grow their of course if we lived in Utah or the mountains of Arizona again we would need to buy the twins' that fabulous winter gear! But still worried about them getting cold and regretting not having the "perfect" winter gear...

Outside dressed in layers we went to capture a few good shots in the red wagon in the snow! I am sure they were cold, actually freezing but we were only out there for less than five minutes! They thought it was so funny, they laughed and even wanted to eat the snow ball Daddy gave them to hold!! The expressions on their little faces are worth a thousand words, they both are so precious!!

The snow photos turned out was so worth getting cold to make memories we will cherish forever!! Just a little part of the journey of our life story....

Vintage Momma

Monday, November 28, 2011

{A GIVEAWAY!!!!} BasilBerry Designs..."Made With Twins In Mind"

 BasilBerry Designs..."Made with Twins in Mind" 

As the holiday season approaches us with all the Black Friday sales, Shop Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday....I thought it would be a great time to formally introduce our Etsy Shop to my readers! BasilBerry Designs..."Made With Twins In Mind" came to life after the birth of our twins in October 2010. My sister Shelly and I decided since the options for twin boy/girl clothing were limited and shall we say not as trendy...we would start making matching designs using iron-on-transfers and onesies. We love them and many others are loving them as well, so we decided to open up shop on Etsy to make them available to everyone. 

 This is a special endeavor for us, our Etsy shop bears the name of our late father who we lost to a battle of colon cancer when we were just young girls. As sisters we are united by our loss and are best friends. We live in different states and being able to start this together at this time in our lives means so much to both of us.

{Our Christmas Collection 2011} is now for sale on our Etsy Shop, this is just a sneak peek of our Christmas designs!! 

{On our BasilBerry Designs Facebook  page} we are currently having a GIVEAWAY!!!
BasilBerry Designs is having a GIVEAWAY!!! Win this beautiful Black and White Damask Print Receiving Blanket....just have your friends "LIKE" our page. Don't forget to have your friends comment on {this picture} telling us who sent them to qualify to win!!! We will pick the winner Tuesday, November 29th at 9:00 PM Central time. Let the fun begin....
We welcome you to our Etsy Shop and follow us on Facebook, take a look around and let us know how we can make a custom design for special twins or babies in your life. 

Vintage Momma

Friday, November 18, 2011

"Sleeping Baby" Photo Contest

A few months ago a local photographer, "Just Molly Photography" had a "Sleeping Baby" Photo Contest on Facebook. I really wanted to enter the twins in the contest, but was not sure which photo I wanted to use as we have a million photos of the twins sleeping. One morning last November {they were one month old}, I turned over in bed to check on the twins while they were sleeping in the pack n play right next to the our bed....and in that moment I grabbed my Blackberry phone and snapped a photo! It was the most amazing photo I think we have of our precious little angels! The quality of the picture is not very good, but who cares about that when you see it! So, I entered the photo in the "Sleeping Baby" Photo Contest...our "Sleeping Babies"!!!

The contest had great photos of sleeping babies and win the contest you had to refer your friends to "Just Molly Photography". I have never worked so hard in my life...I called friends and family, emailed friends and family, sent facebook messages to everyone I could think of. Some of my friends asked their friends and then those ask their was CRAZZZZY madness around here for a few days! We "WON", but only by one vote or maybe two...I can't remember...
As the winner's of the photo contest we won a free session in Molly's October Family was a "daydreaming" theme!! It was so much fun to win, and even better to get our family picture taken for free! I want to share a few of our "daydreaming" photos with all of you....

We had so much fun with this photo contest that I thought I would invite my readers to the "Cutest" photo contest hosted by Tiny Prints!! Below is the details on how to submit your little darlings into this contest...."HURRY" don't wait you might just win the grand prize of $1,000 cash, plus a $500 Tiny Prints gift certificate, what a perfect prize just in time for the Holiday season!

Tiny Prints.....
Tiny Prints Talent Search Contest is looking for the cutest photos in the following categories:
Cutest Baby (From ages of 0-24 months)
Cutest Kid (From ages of 25 months - 10 years old)
Cutest Family
Cutest Couple
Cutest Pet & Owner
You can enter the Tiny Print Talent Search Contest via
Facebook or on their website.

Good Luck!!

{I am not being compensated by "Just Molly" Photography or Tiny Prints in any way...just passing along this fun photo contest to all my wonderful readers!}

You can find "Just Molly" Photography at....

facebook page...

Vintage Momma

Monday, November 14, 2011

Birthday Traditions....for Vintage Momma

Vintage Momma's Birthday....just another "day in paradise"! I am sure most mommas can agree that after having children, your birthday is "just another day"...atleast that is the case for me anyways! I want to share two very special traditions I have on my birthday!! Most people have traditions at Thanksgiving, and at Christmas but not's on my birthday!!! "Yippee" is always such a surprise.

Since October 1999...for 12 years now, my sister Shelly and I pass back and forth a card she sent me on my birthday. It reads...Sister, Wishing you a perfect day, a perfect year...perfect hair!  Happy Birthday  You just have to know me to understand the funny part about this card....PERFECT HAIR!! I am a big hair girl, always have been, and always will be! Using a toothbrush {years ago by the way, not now} to rat my hair up, and extra, extra mom would always yell at me on our way out of the house, "Just one more squirt"! Fun times, Fun times!!

This card is full of, happiness, sadness that we couldn't be together, but most of all our love for each other! She is my best friend...she is my sister! Seriously, this card has been to Texas, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico...not much more blank space to write on this card. This card has been misplaced, found and misplaced again but some how this card has been sent back and forth not missing a birthday yet!!

Last year on my birthday my wonderful husband Matt bought me a gift, he said was from the twins {the twins were less than two weeks old} so you know they had no idea what they getting their momma. It was a EZ Cracker...Egg Cracker/Separator {as seen on tv}!! It is still in the box never, never been opened!!

This year again my wonderful husband Matt bought me a gift and of course it was from the twins. It was a Perfect Meatloaf Pan Set {as seen on tv}'s been a month since my birthday and it is also still in the box! I laughed so hard, when I opened my gift...seriously another cheesy gift!! I love my husband's always makes life fun! I do think I will use it...we love meatloaf!

So from now is just a funny tradition to get me a crazy, funny {as seen on tv} cheesy gift for my birthday!! I can't wait until the twins are old enough to go with their daddy to buy my birthday just never know what might be next!! I love it....making memories along our life journey! Don't forget to make memories along your life journey...

Vintage Momma