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, September 27, 2010

A Glimpse At Our Home in North Carolina

In the next 3 weeks, we'll be moving from California to North Carolina and I thought some of you might be interested in seeing the home that awaits us. It's a **HUGE** home, compared to what we've lived in the past 8 years in California, with more than 2,500 square feet of living space, 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, formal dining room, upgraded kitchen and more. Plus, get this, we will have a backyard! A REAL BACKYARD for the twins and our dog Tukker - another first for our family. Below are just a few photos that I took while touring the house. Once we're moved in and are living and enjoying the new home, I'll be sure to post more pictures of the home.
Family Room
Formal Dining Room
Front View
Rear View / Backyard

Thursday, September 23, 2010

So Long, California. Thanks for the Memories!


I'm soon going to be making an exodus out of California, driving across the country to start a new life on the "slightly less crazy coast" as some of my friends like to say.

Some things in this state I know that I will miss. For example, I'm really going to miss In 'n Out Burger and El Pollo Loco. And, from my home, I can either ride my mountain bike or run along the most beautiful trails for miles and miles. My home is also only about an hour-and-a-half drive from Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and Napa Valley Wine Country which are arguably the 3 most extraordinary places to visit in Northern California. I have lived in Sacramento, California for the past 8 years where many of the homes fly our country's flag proudly, where hometown parades and historic traditions of the California "pioneering spirit" still thrive and are celebrated. In Sacramento, there also are not as many of the "lifestyle" parades or the in-your-face politics. In fact, the suburbs of Sacramento, where I live could really be just about anywhere - Oregon, Washington, South Carolina, Texas, Illinois. And, then there's the weather. I will definitely miss the California weather. I will also miss the Sierra Nevadas and the scenic route along Great Highway 1. As I reflect on the last 8 years of living here, I have enjoyed California for many reasons - for the same reasons some of my family and friends love it here.

As I said, some things in this state I'll miss a lot. But, then again, a lot of things in this state, I won't. The crowded conditions from Sacramento to the Mexican border, the Demo-Publican politics and the resultant high taxes, its crumbling infrastructure, environuts, political correctness, sanctuary cities for illegals, poor air quality, dirty beaches, gangs, and rising crime have spoiled it for me after 8 years. Those are reasons enough for me to be excited about my exodus from California.

Looking ahead, I'm thankful for my years in California, but my upcoming move to North Carolina with its clean air, clean beaches, lower taxes, wide open (and smooth) freeways, plus getting twice the house at a quarter of the cost in North Carolina where wages will go farther...well...what can I say, these are the reasons that make leaving California easy for me! And then there's the North Carolina-style (vinegar based) BBQ and real *sweet* tea. Enough said.