Saturday, November 28, 2009

We did it! Pictures with Santa!

*Wesley, Santa and Andrew*

I know what you are probably thinking... I've conquered the unthinkable... the unconquerable...  and it was done without any meltdowns (well in public, anyway!)   Not sure why, but this morning at 11am, I called  Kelly's Country Store to see if Santa had made it there yet.  I've only been to this tourist trap on the Island once before, but remember they had an amazing back room where Santa Claus made his yearly visit.  Twinkle lights EVERYWHERE, and toys (both vintage and new) COVERED the walls and ceiling.  There was even a disco ball in the room.  Sensory overload, to say the least.  Santa was IN, sooooo..., I figured I'd beat the Canadian tour buses and head on over right after I called.   The boys were dressed and ready to go, so we headed out.
I arrived at the store and was pleased to not see any tour buses yet... There were still a few parking spots left at 11:15.   I loaded Wesley into the baby sling and carried Andrew in. I knew that there probably wouldn't be room for a double stroller along the velvet roped pathway leading to Santa, and I was right, but I didn't expect to be early.... early along with 50 other people.  ...and yes, these 50 people had 100 children running around and screaming.
After chatting with a few nearby grandpas who were "holding spots," I found out that Santa wouldn't arrive for another 45 minutes, at noon, the boys next feeding time.  "Great," I thought to myself sarcastically.  Wish the lady I spoke with earlier told me that Santa didn't clock in 'til noon. Grrrrrr...
While in line, a few people pointed out that I had a tiny baby, and I immediately pointed out that I had two, (Wesley was hiding in the sling.)  Normally, I don't like the added public attention that having twins sometimes brings, but today, for some reason, I wanted credit for the task I was accomplishing.  I was nervous, anxious and sweating in what seemed a 150 degree room, and I still had another hour and a half or so in line until Santa arrived, and until my two 12 week olds would make their way up to him.
Santa showed up at noon, we cheered, and then he proceeded to talk on a microphone to everyone for about fifteen minutes.  I couldn't see him yet (with all the people there), but just kept thinking , "Wrap it up, Claus!"  I can't imagine all these kids wanted to hear him talk about Rudolph and Clarice's twin reindeer babies, Gingerbread and Blizzard.   All they wanted was to sit on his lap, tell them their Christmas wishes and put their letters in the "Magic Mailbox", where they'd immediately be transported to the North Pole and read by the elves... Finish off the visit with a candy cane and they could call it a day.  I think about 4 minutes into his speech is when the crying started...  Not my kids, but everyone elses.  Ahhh, the joyous sounds of Christmas. I couldn't help but laugh to myself.
Wesley got a little warm and fussy in the sling so I took him out and now had two babies on my lap.  We were almost to the finish line...
At about 1:00, we finally made it up to Santa.  Just as we were walking up, (with the normal ooh's and ah's that accompany us everywhere we go :), a lady who worked at Kelly's informed the lady behind me that there was a special needs child who wanted to see Santa, and asked if it would be alright if he went in front of her child, after the twins.  Hearing this, and pleased that my boys were now both wide awake without tears, I told her he could go ahead of us.  She was very thankful.  The little boy came and went with his mother, and then we were up to bat.   Everyone within a 15 foot radius of us knew that the twins were going to be sitting on Santa's lap (someone even videotaped us while waiting in line- weird), but I wish I could've captured the look on ol' Saint Nick's face when he saw me walking up to him with Andrew and Wesley.   He looked jolly, yet terrified.  All I said was, "I have a bit of a challenge for you, Santa," and he accepted with a smile ;)  I got two fabulous photos and packed up the boys.   As soon as the three of us got to the car, that's when the double meltdown happened.  I had two very hungry babies who had just gone from a 150 degree room into 40 degree dampness and wind.   My little men were so good up until now, and luckily we were only 5 minutes from home.  Mission accomplished ;)
Although it took us waaaaaaay longer than anticipated, we did it.  The boys had their first picture with Santa, something I will cherish forever.  The 'grandpa's' I mentioned earlier also shared something special with me.  All of them (and there were many) had taken their children there years ago... and now, although most of their children live out of the area, they return for Thanksgiving and then, as a family, take the newest members of the family to see Santa.  One family had 4 generations at the store.  Amazing, and so nice to see.  What a nice tradition... maybe we'll make it a family tradition as well, but we'll time it better and we'll definitely bring Dad (or maybe one of the grandpas) along next year ;)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Getting There

Last night, Dan and I plugged away at the holiday decorations.  We now have all the lights in the windows and the tree is up and decorated...  Next, we will attempt to assemble my Christmas village.  Not sure when that will happen.    The boys had an exceptional day yesterday and watched up as we hung ornaments and twinkle lights (I think we exhausted them... they slept for 7.5 hours last night! Yeah!)

Every year, I look forward to hanging all of my ornaments, because attached to each and every one is some kind of memory, or a warm, fuzzy thought of the sweet person that gave it to me.  I took a few shots of my favorite ornaments to share with you.  Do you have any favorite ornaments?   Where/when are they from, and what do they mean to you?

I bought this Swarovski "P" the year Dan and I got married (after Christmas for 50% off, of course!!)  I also grabbed a ton of other initials for friends that I knew would be getting engaged/married in the near future to give as a little 'congrats' gift.  I'm always thinking!

Next is the Hallmark Barbie and Ken ornaments.  These were the toppers on our wedding cake back in October 2005 ;)

Lastly, these are ornaments made for us by others.  Its funny that Dan and I both have one.  What's better than a ceramic ornament with your childhood head decoupaged on it?  Not much, my friends!

I could mention many others, and what they mean to me...  some Hallmark ornaments my mom passed on to me from her mother, my Nana Hibbard, who bought each of her 4 daughters a dated ornament each year ...multiple ornaments given to me at holiday family gatherings from cousin Moe ...a handmade angel ornament created out of a teeny, tiny terracotta pot from Michelle...  They are all very special ;)


*Andrew, 11 weeks and 6 days old*

Andrew and Wesley are growing before our eyes...  They are both starting to swing their legs in attempts to roll over.   Andrew got the furthest yesterday, but still wasn't able to roll over.  He got STUCK! (On his side!  Several times!)  ...but he was completely content with his newly achieved view of the world around him ;)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Almost That Time of Year...

As if life with newborn twins wasn't hectic enough, it's time for another holiday season to begin.  Don't get me wrong, I LOOOVE Christmas... I just don't see me being able to decorate like I have in the past, which is something I love to do.   Some of my stuff is already up, and it'll probably take me another month to get the tree up and trimmed.  Don't even remind me of shopping and wrapping gifts!  (Although, as usual, I've managed to find plenty of time to take some pics of my little handsome men!)

A few things I'm thinking about right now...
1.) What gifts to get for all the little kiddles in my life.  Several years ago, both my family and Dan's family decided that in lieu of gifts, we'd all go out for a nice Christmas dinner, either during or after the already very busy month of December.   We only get gifts for the kids, and it is truly a thrill to watch them open them and see their faces light up.  This has made things a lot easier on all of the adults and I always look forward to our relaxing night of good food, company and conversation.
2.)  Figuring out the simplest, yet most delicious "dish to pass" for all the holiday get-togethers.  I'll probably stick with my staple: bacon-wrapped brown sugar weenies (thanks to the Ruserts for sharing this amazing appetizer recipe!  It's ALWAYS a hit!)
3.) Childcare... Although I don't want to think about it right now, I have to... I will be heading back to work full-time sometime in February 2010.  Both my parents and Dan's parents have volunteered to watch the boys for us, long-term; however, I still need a back-up plan due to a month-long vacation and a hip-replacement.  Anywhere from 1 to (probably) 3 days a week.  Still working on that... hmmmpf...  Anyone interested?
4.) Sending out Christmas cards...  I'm stumped on a holiday photo idea for the boys...  I have the photo cards already, so they just need to be filled, addressed and sent out.  Something tells me this won't happen by the first of December like it has in previous years!

What I'm looking forward to:
1.)  Seeing Andrew & Wesley's eyes light up at the sight of the lights on the tree! (My eyes still light up, too! Again... I LOOOOOOVE Christmas!)
2.)  Spending quality time with the family on Thanksgiving and Christmas, stuffing myself until I can't breathe, and enjoying a few festive glasses of Baily's ;)
3.) Christmas music!!  I could listen year round, and sometimes I do just that!   I've already listened a bit on Sirius, but I don't have my fill just yet. (Sorry Dan!)
4.)  Starbucks!  I normally don't treat myself to Starbucks' fancy-schmancy drinks, but I love holiday shopping with a Vanilla Creme, Caramel Macchiato or Espresso Truffle in hand!  Mmmmmm!  Delicious and festive!

In case I don't post again this week, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Announcement Design

The birth announcement postcards are out!  Hopefully everyone has received one by now, (sorry Vanessa, Aprile and cousin Mike, yours are on the way, I promise!)  I think they turned out super cute, and I've received some positive feedback from friends and family.

On another note, I'd like to welcome Emerson Kelley Rusert into the world!  Good friends of ours, Kyle & Tom, welcomed their beautiful little girl into the world yesterday.  Congrats, guys!! We can't wait to meet her!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Creative Holiday Giveaway

*photo taken from*

My friend Kim over at the Tomkat Studio is having hosting a giveaway of some of her adorable Christmas tags!  Check it out HERE!  It's never too early to get ready for the holidays, right?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

On The Way

I'm am happy to say that I finally uploaded my ancient (and cheap...thanks eBay!) version of Printshop and managed to design a birth announcement for the boys.  Better late than never, right?

The above photo is a family favorite, captured at the perfect moment when Wes was in one of his laughing fits.  Don't you just LOVE it?  I do!!  I used this pic (how could I not?) and a couple of others to create the perfect announcement.   I decided to print postcards myself, because they were much more affordable than cards or professional postcards.   The quality isn't fabulous, but I know everyone will enjoy receiving them.  I should have them all addressed and out in the next few days.

Soooo....  keep checking your mailbox for your very own Pelczynski Postcard!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Two Months Old

The twins had their 2 month doctor visit this past Monday.  Where does the time go?  As of today, they are 9 weeks and 1 day old!    Andrew weighed in at a whopping 9lbs, 3 oz and Wes is a solid 9lbs.  Although the doctor says they are still small for their age,  I still can't believe that my boys have almost doubled in size since they were born, and that some babies are born at their current weight!  They become capable of more and more as each day passes.  Andrew's noggin is finally lifting up and turning side to side, Wesley's tiny hands are starting to grasp for things and both boy's legs and feet are constantly dancing around!  Also, I'm glad to say that I'm starting to only get up once per night for feedings.   There are some exceptions to this here and there (esp. when you add a very sick family pet into the mix), but for the most part, the dark circles under my eyes are starting to fade ;)

*Andrew & Wesley*
8 weeks, 5 days old