Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Little Boys

I was looking for a picture for Brooke because she said it would be nice to strap the twins in to bed and keep them there all night. When I was pregnant with the twins, Finn was 3. He kept trying not to take naps and was a horrible grump with out one...so I brought our extra car seat in the house and would strap him into the car seat at nap time. It worked great, but I felt horrible doing it, so when he was finally asleep, I would unbuckle him and put him into his bed. I told my doctor that I did this and he told me I should just try benadryl.

While searching for a picture of this, (I don't have any) I came across these. Had to share, because I miss this stage.

(I've tried 4 times to upload photos and it won't work)

BTW, sleeping is going well. 3 nights with out getting out of their rooms. And I am sleeping fairly well on the mattress!

Monday, April 27, 2009

I give up!

I think that being a 2 year old twin has got to be hard, but I'm gonna guess that it's harder to be the mother to 2 year old twin boys.

We've had 2 days where the boys went to bed late and they are grumpy as can be. Couple that with Finn going to bed late and you've got our house. Our poor downstairs neighbors have to live with the racket of my boys jumping and screaming and me yelling at them (it's the only way I can get their attention). And it's now 7:30, everyone is in bed and I have a moment of quiet.

I decided a few days ago that Finn needed to have his room to himself (really, so he can pick up his own messes) and that meant Quincy had to move back to Paxtons room. He's resisting. And both boys have been waking up in the middle of the night and coming into our room, interferring with my sleep and it has to stop. So for the next few weeks, I have resigned myself to sleeping on the boys bedroom floor. This is a task I would love to hand over to Alvin, but he can't do it. He doesn't wake up easily, and the boys would either walk over him to get to me, or would climb in next to him: defeating the purpose of sleeping close to them, but not with them. My hope is that I can quietly get them back to sleep over the next few nights, and gradually move further towards and finally out the door.

Okay, someone is thinking I am crazy. Why not do what super nanny says...put them back in their bed each time they get out. (Sarah, I know this isn't you) We tried that, and the one that got out of bed would scream and wake up the other. Finn always sleeps through the noise! And if worst comes to worst, I can just lock them together in their room.

Wish me luck. I need all the luck I can get. (And I know now that this 2 year old phase has been a hell of a lot harder than the very tiring newborn phase...with a ton more bandaids)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What I could be doing today....

...if I didn't have kids to drag into the grocery store, if it weren't so nice outside and I didn't have chores both indoor and outdoor, would be making these. You see it's still gorgeous outside, looking to be 70 degrees again. And it is supposed to rain tomorrow. The boys are playing well together outside and while I am waiting for the dew to dry, I came across this recipe.

My "kids pasture" is the only thing left to mow and I just don't want to do it. I mowed the entire front lawn yesterday with the riding lawn mower and have spent 2 days hauling branches to the pile that needs to be "chipped" and my house is suffering. Oh, I cleaned on Sunday, like I normally do, but because of all the outdoor stuff, the floor needs to be vacuumed or mopped, the bathroom cleaned again...and it's only Tuesday.

No worries. I am going to the grocery store this afternoon and then headed to the beach. Paxton will throw rocks for hours, Quincy will play in the sand and Finn will be wet from the minute we get there, but...the majority of that mess stays there.

And tomorrow when it rains, I will have time to clean (I don't do it at night when the kids are in bed), bake bread and read. And if my family is really lucky, I'll make those cookies for them.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Vitamin D overdose

We've had 5 warm sunny days in a row and I think we are all suffering. It was above 70 today and Finn was even running around with no shirt on. Our neighbor filled up their pool, but the fascination was short lived because I wouldn't agree to fill buckets with warm water and haul down to them. We were outside at 9:00 to go to the bus and the boys didn't come inside until (forced) at 4:00. Quincy had a little nap in the stroller at 9:30 while I was walking, and Paxton fell asleep while watching tv. I'm that mom: I made everyone come in to watch tv because they had too much sun. It's 7:30 and still light out, but we've all eaten, the boys bathed and are in bed.

Yes, I know you can't OD on sun, but when the grumpies came out, it seemed easiest to blame the sun.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lil' Sluggers

Finn had his first T-ball practice today and the sun made me enjoy practice time. Alvin slaved away at home on our taxes (he has one hour til midnight, and probably not going to make it) and I was "forced" to take all the boys. They practice at a school playground and P&Q enjoyed the playground equipment, and I got to socialize with a neighbor (hooray someone walking distance from our house with a kid Finn's age) and a few other parents (people I knew in High School).

Most of you know, I am not one for sports, and baseball is my least favorite. But, as long as the weather is nice, I don't think I will mind T-Ball.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

6th folder, 6th picture.

Kendra and Jenny tagged me with this:

1) go to your 6th folder
2) go to your 6th picture (no cheating!)
3) blog about it
4) tag 6 people
So here's my 6th picture on my 6th folder (in the 6th folder) . Wonder how many of the pictures of the people that do this are taken in June?

This was 2 summers ago, my brother in law, and his kids and Finn edging the pickleball court at my parents house (don't know what pickleball is...you must not be from the northwest. It's a combination of tennis and ping pong, or something like that.) This seems to be a job that always falls on brother in law and he recruited the kids to help. Coincidentally, his family was here this past week and I noticed that the job had been done again.

So I tag 6 people to do the same: Mary, Trish, Gloria, Jeanette, Patti and Kim.

Monday, April 13, 2009

So many pictures, so much to share

Okay, here is a quick review of our trip.

We left and went to see Wicked in Portland and it was fantastic. My brother Jacob came to Portland and stayed in the hotel while my parents, Alvin and I went to see it. Stayed in a really cool hotel by the airport with a pool, elevators with floors that moved (pictured here) and 42 inch tvs which were perfect for the kid that wouldn't go to sleep at midnight and kept asking to go home (gonna be a long trip, right?). We also hit voodoo donuts and had a maple bacon bar and it was good!
We drove all day Sunday, and hit snow before dark in Idaho. We arrived at Alvin's brothers house after midnight and that kid quit asking to go to his house. We spent the next few days seeing my friends and their kids: Mary, Kim, Gloria, Shannon and a few with out kids: Chris and Amy. Met Amy's fiancee. We played at Jungle Jims with Mary, Morgan and Kimball and since I had paid $8 per kid, I made a whole day out of it. I arranged to meet Amy there, and I think she and Bob still had a good time, playing with my kids. (Q figured out how to cheat and climbed into the game to get the balls. By 6, the kids were sick of amusement park rides and had a great time celebrating Taylors 16th Birthday. The next day we headed to Kims fantastic house, I got to talk with Kim and Gloria, while my boys played with theirs.
Can't remember when we did things like, go to Cabelas (our one outing with Alvin) Play with Sarah's boys (the only one who understand what I go through becuase she has boys exactly the same age as mine--twins too). Swam in Uncle Eric's pool, went to dinner with grandma, played with cousins and their kids, Visited old neighbors, got my haircut (by a neighbor who I loved visiting with and hopes she can come to visit us soon). We loved playing Wii and with the dogs at Shannons,

Almost 2 weeks after we left, we headed for home. On the drive home, (alvin in a rental truck and I with the kids) we stopped at the Salt Flats and hit 5 states in on the road home.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Home....At last!

We arrived home last night about 8:30 and Alvin and I are exhausted. I will share details and pictures later, after we get the rental truck returned, everything unpacked and Easter taken care of (will the kids notice if we don't do Easter baskets? hoping to convince Alvin to get a Wii on the drive to the rental truck place.)

Trip was bittersweet...I loved being "home" with friends, but so glad to be home and not be anyones guest!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Still vacationing!

Looks like we will be in Utah until at least Tuesday. We are having a great time and having so much fun with all our friends we left behind.

I have the greatest friends in the world. And if you are reading this, you are one of them. You've invited us all over and kept us fed, entertained and welcomed. If it weren't for the snow the other day, I would wonder why we left.

I have lots of pictures to share...but grandmas computer doesn't have a card reader.

We still have a few more days to go, and that means a few more adventures (although we won't go to Cabelas again:that adventure had us leaving with 3 kids throwing tantrums).