Tuesday, August 31, 2010

{Payback} A trip back to say thanks

On Thursday, it will have been a year since the boys were born at Sisters Hospital and a year since we became regulars (well, for two weeks, anyway) at the NICU there...  This place is AMAZING.  The nurses that work around the clock are like angels.  The Doctors...OUTSTANDING.  Although the twins had an unfortunately unhealthy start, they were lucky enough to be under the care of these miracle makers...and it's now time to say thanks and give back a little something.
My wonderful mom came up with this idea of heading back to the NICU on the boy's first birthday to deliver some goodies as a way to say thank you for all they did for us.  She has been busy knitting 12 gorgeous baby blankets, one for every month the twins have been with us.  I will be busy baking some yummy cupcakes to bring along, as well.  On Thurday morning, we will head up to the hospital to deliver the gifts and goodies to the medical staff and families currently calling the NICU their home away from home.  Not sure how I'll hold up, as just thinking about returning to the NICU brings tears to my eyes and a huge wave of emotions as if I were going through it all over again.  (Stay tuned for this Thursday's post...it took me a while to get through that one  - well, the first paragraph or so - as the tears made it difficult to focus on the keyboard.)  I will never forget the time we spent up there, and although it was the hardest 2 weeks of my life, I'm truly thankful my boys had the best care available.  Miracles DO happen on Main Street.  Thank You, Sisters Hospital!!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

{Photoshoot Sneak Peek} Makes My Monday

Got the boys together with my big brother's kids twice in the past two days!  Yesterday was a surprise visit, and today was a planned photo shoot.   Capturing 4 children, all with minds of their own, all looking the same direction (sort of) and smiling (sort of) at the same time really Makes My Monday!  Now we just have to work on 'brother and sister wanting to sit next to each other' for next time!  Here's a sneak peek at one of the shots I got:
Left: Mia holding Wesley,  Right: Miles holding Andrew
Stay tuned for some more pics, after they hit the ol' editing room ;)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

{Party Planning} - Sock Monkey Photo Shoot

Had a little photo shoot this morning in the park with the boys and their new sock monkeys.  I hope to print some pics and display them on my dessert table along with all the other goodies I'll be making for their birthday party.  Got some great shots, although the boys could care less about the monkeys most of the time... and... oh yeah.. I forgot to sew the darn mouths on the monkeys.  I know what I'll be doing after the boys go to bed tonight!

Monday, August 23, 2010

{Party Planning} - Sock Monkey Party

Sock Monkey party invitation designed by me ;)
I'm currently preparing for a huge children's consignment sale coming up this weekend.  I'm hoping to get some decent vacation spending money.  All my items are washed, tagged and ready to go, I just have to deliver them and work a 5 hour shift to get 70% of my sales.  After that, it's full steam ahead with the boys first birthday party!  I can't even believe it's been a year.   Honestly, I don't really remember most of it, but I know I've loved every exhausting minute of being a twin mommy!  Even those late, late night minutes!

I love sock monkeys and thought it would be a great theme for the twin's 1st birthday.   Apparently, someone else thinks like I do.  I hope I can come close to the adorableness of this party by Shutterbug and the Sweet Life! Boy party themes seem harder to come up with than girl themes, but we'll see what I can do with these nostalgic toys.  I'm not doing anything over the top, but I want their first party to be special and memorable.  I can't wait to share all the details with you!  Until then, here's a sneak peek at the two new little friends I'm making ;)
Two more new additions to the family, halfway done.

Makes My Monday

I'm always looking at new blogs and adding them to my list to follow.  It all started with party blogs when I was planning my baby shower.  Then, I was hooked on baking blogs as I ventured into the wonderful world of cupcakes and cutout cookies.  Now, I'm onto twin blogs.  When mom's advice just isn't enough (sorry mom), you need twinmom advice ;)  ...or I at least need to know that others are managing to survive a chaotic twin-filled life like we are!  Anyway, I stumbled across THIS twin blog and was hooked.  There are some great links to other twin-mom blogs here, too.
Sooooo....  Cheryl from Twinfatuation does something that I like.  She does a "Makes My Monday" post, and also allows other bloggers to share what makes their Monday.   I'm jumping right in. Not sure if I'll get to it every Monday, but here's my little addition for today. Enjoy.

My boys are getting so big.  New forward facing car seats means no more removing-them-while-strapped-in-an-infant-carseat-and-throwing-them-(contained)-in-a-shopping-cart.  This makes shopping trips more interesting, and by interesting, I mean rediculously more difficult!  Most stores don't have double cart seats.  At most places, I buckle one baby in the seat, put the other in the cart and push the cart around backwards so I can hold the unstrapped baby and catch whatever he is tossing out of my basket!  As you can imagine, I was thrilled with our shopping trip last night. This little (*ahem, HUGE*) gem worked PERFECT! Sure, Andrew almost lost an arm a few times, and Wesley pulled an entire box of m&m's off the shelf in the checkout aisle, but I got my shopping done in no time, and the boys were *tickled* to be "driving" a car.  That Makes My Monday!  Now I just have to learn how to maneuver a semi-truck around a grocery store.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Houston, we have a biter.

Someone's been watching too much True Blood.
Poor little Andrew.  His brother got him pretty good.
How does one tell an 11 month old that it's not cool to bite?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Turn around, turn around...

The little dudes in their big boy carseats.

Now that I'm singing my dad's favorite They Might Be Giants song (yeah, that's right, my dad is way cool!), I've got the perfect segue into my latest post. A new mini van means new car seats!   The boys have finally turned around, literally, and thought I'm not too thrilled with the "Cowmooflage" covers, I'm ecstatic that I managed to get 2 Britax seats for dirt cheap!   I owe a ton to the girl at babies R Us that hooked us up with so many discounts.  (Don't forget...there's always a twin discount on 2 "big" purchases there! ...and don't forget to ask for whatever other deals they can give you.)

The moment of truth was a little less monumantal than we thought it'd be. In fact, it was completely lackluster. We thought the twins would be super stoked to be seeing the world fly by from a different angle, but we were sorely mistaken.  a.) A & W still both despise being put into the carseat, regardless of where it's facing. Luckily toys and Cheerios help curb this passionate hatred, b.) Wesley can't stay awake long enough in a moving vehicle to enjoy anything, and c.) I find myself turning around more to see them and get carsick more often. Awesome.

A&W acted as if they had been sneaking out at night and facing foreward in vehicles for months!   Why didn't this new perspective affect them at all?  Anyway, no more pulling out the infant seats and throwing contained babies in a shopping cart.  We are in full toddler mode now! Wish us luck!

Farewell, Muddy Baron...

My 2008 Chevy Cobalt (Standard Transmission)
Goodbye, Old Friend.

It's Official.
I now drive a minivan.
Please...try to contain your excitement.

We just leased a Honda Odyssey and I am LOVING IT!  I still can't even believe that my hubby caved in to the idea.  I think he even enjoys driving it, but he won't come straight out and say it.  He's said things like, "This things got some serious pick up to it!" and " I actually feel more manly driving this than my truck!"  OK, maybe he didn't say that last one, but he really does like it. I swear.

We will both miss my little Cobalt, who was fondly referred to as the Muddy Baron.  MB was good to us, but we just needed more space than what he had to offer.

I have to laugh at how other moms now come out to admire, and ohh and ahh over my new momwheels.  They stare at it in googly-eyed wonder, like it's a man doing laundry or something.  Reminds me of the time Dan and his friends stared admiringly (and broken heartedly, if that's even a term), with what I swear were tiny tears in their eyes, at Dan's '81 Monte Carlo as a tow truck came to to take its partially dismantled body away for scrap.
I just know that when the time comes to transfer back to a smaller vehicle, that I will feel the same connection that he felt to that rusty old piece of junk ;)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Going Up?

The boys are climbing, and Dan and I are chasing them EVERYWHERE.  There have been a few spills.  You take one down, the other climbs up.  You catch one, you miss one...  They have absolutely no concept of depth or of falling.  Time to invest in some ice packs.