Tuesday, December 29, 2009


{My Little Sugarplums, 16 weeks & 6 days old}
Hello Friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and cheer.  Unfortunately, Santa brought 3/4 of the Pelczynski family head-colds for Christmas.  Blech...
The good news is that we finally have snow!!! No white Christmas (sorry Bing), but the beautiful big-flaked snowfall finally happened!  ...and unlike most Western New Yorkers, I *LOVE* the snow, and will take snow over rain any day, (but for the record, I despise driving in either).  No, I'm not a skier, and I don't own a snowmobile, there's just something beautiful, peaceful and romantic about a quiet snowfall.  It's also a lot less messier than MUD (we have 3 dogs who love to romp outside).   I can't wait to see my little sugarplums {pictured above} all bundled up in their snowsuits and playing outside - building a snowman, sledding, making a fort, or flapping their arms while making miniature snow angels.  I'll be sure to have the hot cocoa made and the camera ready to capture their chilly smiles and rosy cheeks ;)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Think before you speak to a parent of twins...

The lady who taught our "Twinformation" class at Sister's Hospital was sooo right...  Twins are different and special, and we can expect a lifetime of everything from oohs/aahs, looks, stares and quick comments to loooong stories from passer-bys, so we better get used to it.  Although everyone pretty much knows a set of twins, or knows someone who has had twins, people still feel the need to approach you in public and leave you their two cents.  Most of the time I don't mind this.  In fact, I kind of enjoy it.  I love showing off my boys, and genuinely smile as people compliment them and tell me their "my uncle's cousin's brother's wife had twins!" story, but every once in a while, someone has to ruin it for the rest of them with a rude comment (or one that is easily interpreted as rude by the parent).   I first encountered this when I was about 37 weeks pregnant and doing a bit of grocery shopping.   A lady deliberately approached me to say, "I feel so bad for you.  You look TERRIBLE!!!"   Shocked, I killed her with kindness... With a huge, obnoxious smile, I said, "Why, Thank You!!"  After, I wondered why she even said this.  Where was that filter between her brain and mouth?

An awesome facebook status post from my mother-of-twins sensei and best friend Missy:

Dear patrons of Wegmans today, Please don't judge me as a bad parent. My kids were very tired & have an obvious gift of large lung capacity. Also, for the record, yes, they are twins, yes, I do have my hands full, no, they are not identical, I don't appreciate my stroller or my kids being called a wide load and finally, I'm sorry but having your own two kids about a year apart is not "just like having twins".
It sums up a lot! Love it!

Here are 2 of her lovely little ladies, Stella (L) and Zoey (R). 
Not pictured: Big Sister Lucy

Photo credit: Magnificent Mom of twins, Missy D.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Card Photos

 By now, most of you should have received your Christmas card from the Pelczynski family.  If you haven't, blame the USPS, because I've completed my end of the deal; the photo session, the ordering, the stuffing, the stamping, the licking, yadda, yadda, yadda.  And let me tell you something: Anyone who has successfully taken holiday photos of their children deserves a fancy steak dinner, some ice cream and maybe even some sparkly jewelry!  It is a super stressful half hour that you'll never get back, but in the end, it is well worth it (even if it's just for the humor in it all!)
Now, I'm no stranger to this genre of photography.  That's right, it deserves it's own genre!  In the past I've attempted to photograph our dogs (first one, then two, and now finally 3 that made it on last year's holiday greeting card).  It's not rocket science, but pretty damn close if you ask me!   Not sure if the dogs or the twins were more difficult to do.  Getting everyone to not be screaming, looking in the same direction, and maybe even throw in a smile is NOT an easy task!!  I think I enjoy the *bad* photos better than the good ones ;)
Really Andrew? From all smiles to...

...*this* in a matter of seconds?  You know this guy brings you toys, right?

 I'm sure Santa wasn't too happy about you pulling his beard, either!  Someone's going on the *naughty* list!

Soooo....I got my hands on this wonderful Santa, a good family friend who bleeds red and white (candycane style) and has an over-the-top obsession with Christmas and Santa Claus.  Santa (aka Frank) has a beautiful collection (and I mean thousands of pieces) of Santa Claus collectibles and memorabilia from the past and present.  His wife now only allows him to get one new (or old) item a year because his Santa room (complete with shelving units) is filled to the brim!  It's got to be worth  fortune.  It's truly amazing to see.  I hope she doesn't mind that I gave him a little thank you gift involving the big man in red ;)  I just couldn't resist!

I've decided to share with you some more of the shots that didn't make the Christmas card as well as a tiny version of the finished product... some were nice, and some were down right hysterical.  Enjoy!

You make a mediocre Rudolf, Mr. Andrew!
(and who knew Santa had a Celtic cross tattoo? Hehe!)

Anyone else ever hear of Meltdown the other reindeer? Perfect, Wesley. Thanks.

This one isn't too shabby, eh?

And here's the finished product from Shutterfly.
From the Pelczynski house to yours, we wish you a warm, cozy holiday season!!!
Margie, Dan, Wesley & Andrew (and Simon, Olive & Ruby, too!)