Prior to this blog, prior to marriage and prior to the twinsanity that I now call my life, life was quite different for me. When you visit this blog, you won’t find me writing much about my life pre-twins – I hope that’s okay. Why? You ask. Because life with twins changes everything and my life pre-multiples is now just a dizzy, distant memory. And while it’s true that life years ago may have been a little more glamorous, the life I live now is a whole lot more rewarding and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I’m glad you’ve stopped by...there’s a really strong chance that I won’t offer anything extraordinary here, but by the same token there is also the possibility that you will experience a taste of the adventures, challenges and many joys that come with my life with twins. Hopefully that will be enough to bring you back here again.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Christmas, and all holidays for that matter, are so different now with children. It's like every emotion, every experience is magnified in its own wonderful way! Everything seems so much more enjoyable, meaningful and special now that we share it with kids!
Paige and Taylor were so sweet and cute to watch this Christmas. They loved every minute of their Christmas in their hotel room (from setting out snacks on Christmas Eve for Santa, sleeping together in a big bed in their very own hotel room (apart from dear ol' mom and dad's room), to waking up Christmas Day to discover that Santa had followed them all the way from California to Oregon just to make sure that they would have plenty of presents to open)!
The twins were thrilled with all their gifts! Thank you to all of our family who gave so many wonderful things to Paige and Taylor this year. And, of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't also say a BIG THANK YOU to the family for all the presents given to Paige and Taylor's mom and dad too!!!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
It is December 23rd and our Christmas shopping is all done, the hustle and bustle to get ready for Christmas is done and now it's time to just enjoy the Christmas season. As a treat, Mike gave all 3 of "his girls" a gift certificate for lunch to "Cheesecake Factory" today. Having little girls is so much fun and the older that they get, the more I enjoy them and their company. Today, they were absolute angels at the restaurant, and I even noticed that they copied me when I put my napkin on my lap before the meal (it was the first time I observed them to do that all on their own and without any prompting from me; and let me tell you, that moment of good table manners from the twins made mommy so very proud.) It was truly a delightful day and I couldn't have asked for better company at "Cheesecake Factory" than my 2 beautiful daughters...
A fun mommy-and-me lunch in the city.
We also grabbed a little cheesecake to go for the Christmas holidays!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Love this guy! Every time I've been to Fisherman's Wharf, he's always playing in the exact same spot. Of all the street performers I've seen there, he's got major talent, tip-worthy talent!
Mike grabs hold of the girls - a warm welcome hug - at Pier 39 on a cold, windy day.
The twins give mommy a "break" from pushing their stroller.
Swing, swing, swing Taylor...
Swing, swing, swing Paige...
Enjoying the view.
Taylor gets the best view around, from the top of daddy's shoulders.
Enjoying the view.
Merry Christmas from Pier 39!
Friday, December 18, 2009
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our home, and as I sat down to write this post tonight, the song that kept running through my head was the Christmas classic "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas". Whether you like the version by Meredeth Willson, Perry Como or Johnny Mathis, whenever the song comes on this time of year, if you're like me, you can't help but get in the spirit of the season. I took a few liberties here tonight to tweak some of the original lyrics to fit the photos that I have uploaded and to have just a little fun with a classic holiday tune. So if you've got the tune in your head, well, then you're ready, set, go...
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go...
...there's a tree on the grand refrigerator (by Paige)...
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I can't remember the last time I posted a "Bragabout Friday" blog, and since I'm in the mood to do a little bragging on Paige and Taylor tonight, I figured why not. The twins are growing up so fast (right before our very eyes) and somedays I can't believe what truly wonderful little girls they are becoming. Today, we spent some time sitting at the dining room table painting - painting a child-sized porcelain china tea set. I snapped a couple of pictures along the way just to capture the memories of our moments painting together, but what I really enjoyed far more than painting with the twins was just sitting back and observing Paige and Taylor. How they sat side by side, so quietly, in a state of deep concentration as they painted together. How they would gently dip their brush in and out of the various paint colors and then carefully stroke their china tea pot, cups, plates with their brushes. How they focused on their painting and afterwards, how they beamed with pride at their artistic creations. I could go on and on about how simple moments like this can make me marvel at Paige and Taylor, can make me appreciate their little lives so much, can make me so happy to be their mom and can make me just want to brag about them all the time...
- Paige and Taylor are both doing great, no changes in their health or medical history.
- Paige is in the 25th percentile for her height and is in the 3rd percentile for her weight. That's right, she's still a petite little girl, but hey, at least she's on the charts now for her weight and we no longer have to use those customized, preemie, weight-adjusted/chronological age adjusted charts for her! YES!!! Success!!!
- Taylor is also in the 25th percentile for her height and is in the 25th percentile for her weight. Not much of a surprise there really. Taylor has always been the better of the two eaters and with Paige's history of GERD and her history of needing supplements and caloric boosts in her daily diet via her GI doctor's recommendations, the discrepancy between the two girls' weights is just what the pediatrician expected to see today.
So, good news today all the way around. No more immunizations shots until the twins turn 6 years old and both girls are eating, growing, thriving and doing just super!