Welcome to my blog - it's like a diary only better. This is my soapbox containing a collection of my thoughts and the experiences of my life raising twins.

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.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Our Day in the Sun, After Many Days of Rain

After more than a week of non-stop rain in Northern California, the rain and clouds broke just long enough to give the twins and I a couple of hours in the sun on Saturday afternoon. Paige, Taylor and I piled into the car, loaded up our bikes, and took to one of the nearby lakes in our community. The afternoon was spent biking and hiking. Oh, and we also got chased by geese!

Paige takes her bike off-roading.
We walk softly, and carry a big stick.

Yelling "hi" and waving at the man rowing.

Taking a break from biking to do a little hiking among the boulders.

Paige takes off towards the geese, she knows she's got the advantage on the bike.

Shhhhh, very quiet now, do you see these geese?

A cruise along the water's edge and a flock of Canadian geese to complete our outdoorsy experience.

This goose was NY-city style aggressive. It was relentless, fearless and wouldn't stop chasing us.

I think that's some kind of a warning sign when it spreads and fans out its wings at you...

It eventually came over and started to chase Paige on her bike.

After our bike ride, we run around the paths along the water's edge.

What a great day biking and hiking - let's hug!

And, let's blow kisses!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Ummmm....when did Paige learn to walk so well in those heels of mine?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Community Helpers & Letter "N"

Today, Paige and Taylor's preschool class spent time talking about community helpers, specifically those community helpers that began with the letter "N". Naturally, I just HAD TO POST a couple of their sweet pieces of artwork from preschool because the twins have a nurse in the family - their Aunt Nancy!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

1st Week of Preschool

Going to preschool. It's like a big rite of passage. And, the twins started that rite of passage this week. It was such an exciting week for Paige and Taylor - going to school, meeting their teachers, making some new friends. Amazingly enough, they also had none of the first-day jitters you often hear about when children start preschool for the first time. The big school building, the new faces and voices, the classrooms - it was just one, great adventure for them!
I also was expecting to get reports back from the teachers at the end of the first and second days that the girls were missing each other. Mike and I had decided to place Paige and Taylor in separate classrooms to help encourage their individuality and to have their own time and space to interact outside of their twinship. Paige and Taylor are very close because of their special twin relationship. Mike and I always encourage that unique bond and would never do anything to sever that relationship. Their relationship as twins provides a really important support system to each other. However, at the same time, we also want the girls to have an opportunity to explore and develop their own social and academic growth. We want Paige and Taylor to blossom as individuals while still respecting their special closeness as twins. I thought it might be a rough transition this first week, but as it turns out, it was not. The reports from both of their teachers was that the girls did great, didn't ask for their sister, and took right to the activities, projects and the other children! What a great week!
Still at home, Paige is so excited for her first day of preschool.
Taylor and Paige were little chatterboxes the morning of their 1st day of preschool.
I spent about 5 minutes in the classroom at the start of the morning, just to be sure all would be well with Paige before I left the classroom. Here's one quick picture I took of Paige during free-play right before I left.
I also spent about 5 minutes in Taylor's classroom on the first day of preschool. Here's one picture I took of Taylor as she was placing her name tag on the "Look Who's In School Today" attendance chart.
Taylor during free-play in her classroom.
When I came to pick Paige and Taylor up from school, I was met with two happy, bubbly girls who came running to me and gave me the best hug I'd had in a long time from them. My heart was shooting stars as I saw them and picked them up and as they spent the next several minutes telling me all about their new school. It was a great week!