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Introducing our names for the twins

We did it. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve decided on names for the twins! I would like to “introduce” our babies… Claire Elizabeth Balhoff Claire is in memory of our dear friend, Marjorie Claire McAnelly, and in honor of

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Presenting the new house… to Jim!

We found out about the twins and decided to move to Baton Rouge on a really short schedule of 9 weeks. We didn’t have a lot of time to search for a house. In fact, we put an offer on … Continue reading

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Twins: Revealed

Jim and I had our 17-week anatomy scan for the twins today. We were thrilled to see two healthy babies! We’ve been counting down to today, waiting to find out the sexes of twins. The timing is perfect… my parents … Continue reading

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Remembering a beautiful friend

Today is a day that Jim and my grade school friends and I reminisce about the beautiful person were we fortunate to call our best friend. Marjorie Claire was a true gem in our lives. It’s hard to believe that … Continue reading

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Patrick names the twins

Patrick is excited about becoming a big brother to twins. He talks about “two babies” often and likes to tell everyone the big news. Since we won’t know the babies’ sexes until August, we like to make guesses and talk … Continue reading

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Twin pregnancy: week 13 ultrasound

I love seeing our twins via ultrasound and hearing their heartbeats! I saw them at 8 weeks (when we discovered there are two babies), at 10 weeks (when they could still fit together on one screen), and again today at … Continue reading

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My Twin Pregnancy: FAQ

In case you missed the announcement about our twins, read Really Big News! We found out at my 1st OB appointment on June 1st and have received many questions about my pregnancy since then. I’ll try to answer some of … Continue reading

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Really Big News

This is a post full of big news, and it all started with a single photo. Let me show you the photo that changed everything for our little North Carolina family. Patrick’s going to be a BIG BROTHER! We’re thrilled … Continue reading

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Ireland Vacation 2003

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today reminds me of the brilliant vacation Jim and I spent touring around Ireland in 2003. We still talk about it as one of our “best vacations ever”. Even the Guinness tastes better in Ireland. Sláinte! It was the … Continue reading

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Violins, Bugs, Tacos, and Dinosaurs

Today was a perfect family day in Raleigh: Bugs, violins, and ballet dancers Tacos and sangria Dinosaurs Around the state capitol On a sunny day in March With Patrick, Mom, and Dad See? Just perfect. One to savor. We started … Continue reading

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