Monday, December 31, 2007

Welcome to Two Thousand and Eight

I can't let 2007 come to an end without one last post.


I don't have any resolutions this year. I couldn't think of anything I would stick to. So tell me, leave a comment and tell me what your resolutions are!

I can't believe I didn't blog about what I got Paul for Christmas. I had two prints framed. One was an illustration I commissioned from Rick Green. I had Rick draw a caricature of the twins on a train!

And the second framed artwork was an ad from a 1967 magazine (thank you ebay) for a 1967 Saab 96 that says, "The one in the middle isn't afraid of the dark." And it has a photo of the 96 parked between other cars with headlights on, or something like that. I'll post a picture of that one sometime in the near future, I don't think I took a photo of it. For those not in the know, Paul has that very car (well, not the exact vehicle pictured) but a 1967 Saab that looks just like it nonetheless, and is in the process of restoring it.

Cheers! *clink!*

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Past

Can you believe it's the 27th already? Next week it'll be a whole new year?! Where does the time go?

Christmas was fun this year. The twins were really into opening presents. They enjoyed it last year too, but last year it was all about ripping the paper off and moving on. This year it was all about what was inside the gift! They were thrilled to get so many things they wanted. Tom got everything Thomas the Tank Engine and Lightning McQueen. Abby got everything princess, Polly Pocket and a My Little Pony named Pinkie Pie.

Christmas pics can be found here.

Aunt Dani came by with Tom and Abby's cousin, JB and the three kiddos had fun exploring Tom and Abby's new gifts.

There is that Panda and Polar bear I wrote about last time. Anyone want to claim they sent it to us??? We love them!

Tom and Abby were wandering my room while I took a shower this morning. When I came out, I found an interesting decoration on my hot water faucet. I think I have to start locking up my valuables.

Monday, December 24, 2007

The Night Before Christmas

I'm too excited to sleep!

I can hardly wait for tomorrow. We left cookies, milk, carrots (and dip!) for Santa and his hard working flying reindeer.

Picasso in the House!

I let the twins try out water colors this morning. They did very well. Abby did three times as many paintings as Tom did. She was so into it!

Tom and Abby also had surprise Christmas gifts for us from preschool. We got them on Tuesday, but finally found time to open them as a family on Wednesday night. The twins were SOOOOO excited to give us something. It was far too cute. Tom kept thanking me for letting me give it to him. Anyway, we opened it and it's a refrigerator magnet with their picture on it. When the preschool teacher handed me Tom's bag with the gift in it on Tuesday she said, "you know, there's a story that goes along with Tom's gift, but I'll have to tell you after the new year, after you've opened it." Well, when I opened them we found a nice photo of Abby smiling, all by herself. That gift was from Abby. Well, the one from Tom has Tom AND Abby in it, so I bet that has something to do with the story. Now I'm intrigued.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

That's a Wrap!

Wrapped. I'm done. I did it all. I finished wrapping all my gifts today. I did about half of it a couple weeks ago, and the second half today, and I'm DOOOOOONNNNNNEEEEE! When I wasn't wrapping gifts today, I was knee deep in Comet and Windex, cleaning bathrooms, kitchens etc. Standard Sunday fun. I'm tired and achey now. I really need to hire a maid service. My body is not cut out for that kind of work anymore. But the idea of a stranger, coming into my home every other week... It's one thing to have a gardener, but someone in my house, in my bedroom?! It's a little weird to me. But I've been meaning to hire help since we moved here. After all, Paul did get the gardener. (well, I got the gardener, but only because he said he was done mowing lawns.) That was 18 months ago!

A little funny story about gardener's: The other day I was driving the twins around somewhere. As we backed out of our driveway, I waved to one of our neighbors. Its' a neighbor I've never introduced myself to because we never see him outside. He lives kitty corner, across the street and he happened to be out mowing his lawn this particular morning. Anyway, I waved and Tom asks, "Why, Mommy? Why did you wave?" I told him it was polite to wave to our neighbors. He replies, "But that was the gardener!" Oh, these kids are spoiled.

I have no pictures for you, as I've been too busy to pick up the camera these days. We had a lovely visit with some high school/college friends of mine on Saturday, and I forgot to bring the camera. Then that evening we hung out around the Christmas tree in Davis, again...forgot to bring the camera. I need to have seven cameras. One for the car, one for my purse, one near my computer, one in the kitchen/family room and three spares for other ridiculous places.

I put some gifts out under the tree tonight. I'm excited to see Tom and Abby's faces in the morning, and then watch the squirm all day when they can't open them until bath time! I started a family tradition last year, where I buy PJ's for the boys in the family, and Paul buys PJs for the girls. Then we open them all on Christmas eve and wear them that night so we can open our gifts in our new PJs on Christmas morning! I'll have to take pictures because I think you'll get a kick out of the pajama pants I got for Paul. Let's just say...even Tom was jealous when I let him peek at them!

PS If you sent us a giant stuffed panda and a giant stuffed dog for Christmas, please identify yourself. I'm going to let the twins see them on Christmas morning, but there was no card attached, so I don't know who to thank.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Last night we celebrated my sister's 33rd birthday in Fair Oaks. All the sibs were there.

There's me in my "mom" sweat suit and macaroni necklace. Fashionable, no?

Kate brought her boyfriend, Jeremiah and of course my mom, Paul and the twins joined us. I think the highlight for Tom and Abby were the cupcakes. They love parties because parties are synonymous with cake. I think that's why I like parties too.

Happy Birthday Dani!

Monday, December 17, 2007

What's Been Going On

We had a fairly uneventful weekend as I am still trying to get the twins 100 % healthy for the holidays. They've been sick for 13 days now, and normally this would cause alarm, however they showed brief signs of getting better (the snot production nearly ceased) however they seemed to have caught a second cold (thank you Disneyland?) So we're hoping the nose wiping ends (again) and they can go to preschool tomorrow because they have a holiday party with a surprise for the parents!

I kept them home from preschool last Tuesday, like a good mom should when the kids are sick, but they showed remarkable improvement Thursday morning and I thought they were well! I was wrong, but didn't know it until Thursday afternoon. *sigh* When I picked them up on Thursday I asked them what they did in preschool and all I got was wide eyes and an index finger over the mouth (like shhhhh!) with a hint of a smile in the rear view mirror. I think they made a surprise craft project for the parents to be unveiled on Tuesday. So we have to get better and we have to go!

Abby's funny when she sneezes. I keep asking her if she can blow her nose, into the tissue. Of course I'm always met with resistance so I give up. But when something does fly out her nose when she sneezes she's so quick to sniff it back up, it's almost comical. Then she says almost triumphantly, "I blowed it back up!" or "I sucked it back in!" Tom on the other hand will usually wait for me to wipe his nose and he does give a good try at blowing his nose, he just channels the air in the wrong direction (and sniffs).

Tom saw a big pile of gifts I wrapped for various relatives. I pointed out what was in each box and who it was for. Then he sat there, sulking, real tears starting to roll. "What's the matter Tom?" He replies, "Where's my presents?"

And lastly today, a little video of Abby last night as she enjoyed her gingerbread man cookie.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

So Long 1014

Double decker london buses have been a long standing form of transit in the university run transportation system for the city of Davis, CA. Times have changed at UC Davis and diesel emission standards have become stricter. Yesterday at 15:25 RTL 1014 had it's last run on a G line out of the Memorial Union terminal and the Telford family was there to witness it. I spent many many hours on the back of that bus during my conducting days and I'm sad to see it retire.

I don't know much about it's engine, and I'm not going to pretend that I do, but I do know it is a diesel pre-select transmission, which is different from an automatic and even different than today's manual transmissions. It very well could be the last pre-select london double decker bus in service in the world, as London Transport sold off their pre-selects many years ago, which is exactly how Unitrans aquired it. The final fate of 1014 is up in the air for now, as the parts are becoming more and more scarce as well as the talent to work on an engine like that. It's possible it will be converted to a clean natural gas double decker and join the ranks of the Unitrans fleet once more. Or it may be preserved as it is, running fewer than 1000 miles in service per year.

Here are some pictures of our bus ride.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Coats for Kids

Tom has an aversion to jackets. He also has an aversion to any food without preservatives, but I digress. This jacket issue has lasted well over a year. Before he went on the strictly red uniform I went winter coat shopping for the twins last November. I came home with a pink puffy jacket for Abby and a blue/orange puffy jacket for Tom. He did wear it one night in December last year (we forced it on him) and that was that. This proper jacket has collected dust for the last year. So I decided to buy him a new one, a red one, in the hopes he would wear it. Because not only will he only wear a red jacket these days, it has to be the SAME red jacket, the one that is a size 2T. It's basically a glorified sweatshirt. So what I have learned to do is layer him with a t-shirt a sweat shirt and this alleged "jacket" when it's cold out. But no more! He looks ridiculous (not to mention cold) because he needs proper jacket. I told him I shrunk the jacket in the wash so now I introduce to you (with much pleading begging and threatening he can't go outside at all) his new jacket. Doesn't he look so grown up?

(and yes, I left the tags on while they went looking at Christmas lights down the street last night because I wasn't convinced he was going to like it)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Are You Kidding Me?

Tom started sneezing on the car trip down to Disneyland last Wednesday, 7 days ago. He got a cold but was over it pretty quickly and uneventfully. Abby and I on the other hand, are still getting over it, but I seem to have escaped a lung infection this time around (fingers crossed, no sign of it yet)

I got the twins up out of their room earlier than normal today, on a preschool day. Usually I get my treatments out of the way, then I get them up for breakfast, get them dressed and we rush out the door at 8:40. But today I wanted to have breakfast leisurely with them, since Abby still sounded congested last night. I wanted to make sure her cold was fully gone. She does seem mostly better, and certainly not contagious anymore. In fact I'd bet on the fact that she IS better. Yay!

Well Murphy's Law would have it that Tom is sick again! A new cold. New drippy nose. He must have caught it on our last day at Disneyland on Saturday, or perhaps at McDonald's on the way home Sunday. I can't believe it. Just as the three of us were on the mend, he's sick again, and the cycle will start all over. So preschool went out the window today. I'm going to go scavenge the house for ariborne. I'm NOT catching this one! Not before Christmas!!!

In more exciting news, the long awaited Disneyland Photos have been uploaded!

Disneyland Pics


Monday, December 10, 2007

What Is THAT?

Do you see it?

It's not a third eye. That purple dark spot under the ear. That my friends is the hazards of Disneyland. It's Tootsie Pop. I had to cut it out of Pink Bear's hair. Shhh! Don't tell Abby. At least I wasn't cutting it out of my hair.

On the agenda tomorrow is washing all the twins favorite lovies while they're at preschool.

Which Of These Things Is Not Like The Other?

Remember that song on Sesame Street? "Which of these thing is not like the other...?" What's wrong with all these pictures? Oh I get it, they're ALL of the back of Tom's head! This kid has the paparazzi all figured out. When he sees us stalking him, he turns his head! I have more pictures of the back of Tom's head at Disneyland....

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Farewell Disneyland

Today was our third and last day at Disneyland. In the spirit of the holiday season I have a tune to sum up most of our day.

On our last day at Disneyland my true love gave to me:
Twelve laps on the merry-go-round
Eleven lines to wait in
Ten minute train ride
Nine dollar sandwich
Eight rented stroller wheels
Seven fast pass tickets
Six real live reindeer
Five the potty!
Four fresh churros
Three pictures with Pluto
Two tired toddlers
And a long soak for my sore feet

Friday, December 07, 2007

Treasure Hunt

Today we spent the day wandering the wonderful retail pavilion that is Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort. During the middle of our shopping spree I lifted my purse over my head only to rip my earring out of my ear. If it were any ordinary earring I would have looked around for a bit and went on my way. But these were my diamond earrings given to me as a gift a couple years ago by my wonderful husband. I was not going to leave it behind! It's amazing that 7 people (4 adults and 3 toddlers) can lay on the floor in the middle of a public retail establishment, obviously searching for something, and no one stops to ask what is going on. We even moved some huge rolling displays in the process. Still no alarms or managers came to find us. Finally some employees sweeping up the floor asked what was going on and they joined in the search. So now there were about 10 of us combing the establishment for my diamond earring. It didn't help that the floor was covered in sparkles, as we were in the Disney Princess section at the time. But they don't call her Eagle Eye Aggie for nothing, Nicole found it! We never did find the backing, but both earrings are now safely tucked away in a two cent zip lock baggie ready for the trip home.

Tom and Abby are enjoying everything disney, including the candy.

The twins are also enjoying the shuttle busses that run between our hotel and the theme parks.

A good time is being had by all, despite some colds being passed around. Tom started sneezing on our drive down here Wednesday. He hardly seems phased. Abby and I are just now catching the beginnings of the runny nose and watery eyes. I can't wait to see how this blossoms in the coming days.

Tomorrow is California Adventure and more Disneyland. Wish me luck!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Having a Great Time!

We're pit stopping at the hotel this afternoon to rest a bit. We had a great time in Disneyland this morning. Met lots of characters and rode some rides. The twins walked through the whole park already. They have more energy than mom and dad. We plan to head back for the parade after an early dinner.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

We Made It

It was a 6 hour car trip turned into an 8.5 hour car trip with two stops and tons of traffic (thank you Los Angeles) but we made it with zero complaints from the twins. Off to Disneyland tomorrow. They deserve to be spoiled tomorrow after sitting for over 8 hours like angels for us today.

Monday, December 03, 2007

She Reaches The Sink!

Abby is tiny. She's tiny for a two year old and teeny tiny for a 3 year old. We have fairly high sink counter tops in our house and even with a step stool, Abby can barely reach the running water to wash her hands, let alone turn the water on and off all by herself. Well she finally figured out how to do it. She hoists herself up onto the counter top to reach the faucet. Genius! Here's a video of just that:

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Shark Sounds

What kind of sound does a shark make? That's what I want to know. Oh, and I will find out, that's for sure!

I was browsing the art supplies in Target this morning when I came across scissors designed for ages 3+. They claim to only cut paper, because of some special plastic edge, not a metal blade, so it intrigued me to buy some for Tom and Abby. But what I want to know is, what kind of sound does a shark make? Because as you cut these scissors are supposed to make sounds that chomp like a shark. Of course we will all be in suspense until after Christmas because Santa will be delivering these, not mom.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Just Call Me Gills

Well, Abby's been sick all weekend. She has a fever, and no other symptoms yet. So we've been laying low for the last four days as she's been sleeping a lot. She also wants to be cuddled and just held for hours on end. Poor thing.

I went to the doctor today and my lung function did not improve, but held steady from last week, my smaller airways did improve with the extra week of IV antibiotics. The big news is, I got to have my IV taken out! No more IVs for the time being. I'm still anemic and my doc said it'll be weeks before my hemoglobin returns to normal. I thought at least it would go up a tenth of a percentage, but it remained at 9.7 from the sample taken on Friday. I also got the results from the culture I sent off about 10 days ago because I was curious as to what was growing in my lungs. It turns out I'm growing a strange bacteria called Aeromonas salmonicida. This gram negative bugger is best known for plaguing rainbow trout. Since I neither eat fish or live with fish, I'm concerned as to how I picked it up. Based on my google searches I found that it has been known to contaminate tap water, raw meat and fresh vegetables. All of which I have handled in the last 3 months. So, now you know.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Button Day!

On Wednesday evening I perused the twins closet for something nice to wear to Thanksgiving. I found an adorable purple corduroy jumper with buttons down the back for Abby. For Tom I found a couple shirts, one that buttons up the front and another polo shirt (that was red!) which has a couple buttons at the top. I showed these selections to the twins and told them all about button day.

"Tomorrow is button day! We're all going to wear buttons!"

Abby was pleased with her dress but Tom took some convincing. He protested and screamed, "No! I want to wear Light-Mean Muh-Queen!!!" That's Lightning McQeen, the star of the Disney/Pixar film "Cars", for those not in the know.

Thursday morning rolled around and Paul got the kids up out of bed for breakfast. He told them all about button day once again, and to our surprise, they agreed! But of course we didn't want to get our buttons dirty at breakfast, so we let them keep their PJs on for most of the morning. When it was time to get dressed we talked again about button day, excited that they were ready to play along earlier that morning.

But, not so much anymore! They both screamed in protest, ran to the closet and pulled on the play clothes they wanted to wear. I begged and begged, but there really is no reasoning with a three year old who has their mind set. I tried to explain that Oma and Papa would certainly wear buttons. Even Daddy was going to wear buttons, much to his displeasure. But like most parents, I pick my battles and clothing is not one of the issues I fight over. So they ended up wearing play clothes and a good time was had by all.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Hide and Seek

One of the twins most favorite past times is hide and seek. Sometimes they hide from each other. Sometimes they hide from Mom. And sometimes they hide from Dad. Sometimes it's Oma, Papa or Grandma. Any willing participant will do really. Well one day last week they were playing hide and seek from daddy. They were real easy to spot because they were toting around their helium balloons. I wonder if they figured out why they were spotted so quickly.

What do you think....

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Shoe Saga Continues

We all know that Tom is a bit eccentric when it comes to apparel. His shoes are no exception. He falls in love with one single pair, no matter how many I buy, and that's the pair he wears until they simply wear out. I have surrendered to this notion and given up on having multiple pairs of shoes. His feet grow out of one particular size every 3-6 months, so what's the point in having shoes that won't be worn?

Well today we ran some errands. I had a doctor appointment and the twins were absolute angels. Then I went to drop a prescription by at the pharmacy and pick up some more milk. There is no one on the planet that drinks more milk than my son. We're constantly buying two gallons at a time. I'm thinking about moving a cow into the backyard. Orion needs a playmate and the milk she makes will ease the grocery bill burden. Anyway, on the drive home Tom sighs, "Awe mom. I guess I got too crazy at Raley's. My shoe light is broken." Sure enough Fire Engine Number One had a red light stuck on. I told him to try and kick the passenger seat in front of him to get the lights to blink again. For those of you not familiar with this not so new phenomenon, the shoe lights up when the toddler walks, jumps, kicks etc. One swift kick against the seat and nothing. The light on the right shoe is still stuck.

I called the manufacturer and they were rather nice about it. They gave me some special reference number for my "case" and I was supposed to pack the shoes up and send them to Indiana for repair. I came to Tom with the instructions, hoping if I explained it nice enough, he'd play along. I told him he needed to help me pack his shoes up in a box and send them away, and when they were fixed, they would come back. Well that went over like a lead balloon. With a lip quiver and genuine tears welling in his eyes he explains, "Mommy, that would be too difficult." Ah yes, too difficult indeed.

Lucky for Tom, during his nap time, the shoes have miraculously begun to blink again. No matter how much it irks me to be taken by a big company selling overpriced shoes that don't work as advertised, I think it's just too difficult to go through with the return. Not only do I have to pry the shoes out of Tom's possession, I'd have to convince him to wear a different pair while we wait for the return. I have a new plan for the future: make all my shoe purchases in person at the retail stores so I can return the merchandise in person for an immediate exchange. Lesson learned! And here's to keeping our fingers crossed that the little engine keeps on blinking!

Now here are some completely and totally unrelated photos. Every night after story time the twins get piggy back rides from dad. They look forward to this like it's a ride at Disneyland. Wait until we really go to Disneyland!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Queen Cancelator

During these last few months I have become the queen of canceling social engagements. This weekend was no exception. I had plans to go to a birthday party last night, the sitter was lined up, and once again I canceled at the last moment. I was so ready to go. I had canceled my daytime activities so I would have time to rest and nap just to be able to make it to the party. But the majority of the last month, I just haven't been feeling well. Sometimes it's nausea from the drugs I'm taking, sometimes it's sleep deprivation from being up at night because I don't feel well and sometimes I'm just plain too tired to move. The latter was the case yesterday, so I stayed home and did all of my IV and breathing treatments on time. To cheer me up last night, Paul picked up our favorite take out, Thai Basil. I had the leftovers for lunch. MMMM MMMMM MMMMM!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


On Tuesday one of the little boys in the twins preschool class passed out helium balloons in honor of his 2 week old baby brother that came home from the NICU this week. The twins were all smiles, as were the balloons, and they gleefully climbed into the car seats. We set off for home and the giggles and shrieks continued as they batted the balloons around the back seat. Then all the sudden tears. Great big crocodile tears from Abby. "Please, Tom, give it back to me!" I'm thinking, he took her balloon, or they got tangled. They are identical so how does she know he has it. How does she recognize her balloon apart from his? The screams continued as she insisted the balloon Tom was holding belonged to her. She wouldn't take her balloon into the house, I had to do it for her. She literally fell to the floor inside, kicking, screaming, big tears and demands about how Tom has her balloon.

I tried to settle this by writing names on the balloon weights. Usually when something has their name on it, they have a way to distinguish it from the other all by themselves and these types of confrontations dissolve. But not today. Even after the names were written, she remained a blubbering mess insisting she had the wrong balloon. What's a mother to do? Switch the balloons of course. I slyly pried Tom's balloon out of his hands and unbeknownst to him, untied it from the current weight and made the switch. At that moment Abby came sniffling back into the living room and grabs the wrong balloon. Now she has the balloon she was so sure wasn't hers and it has Tom's name on it! Tom was not a happy camper. He wanted the balloon with his name on it, and rightfully so! Off Abby stomped with more tears. At this point I'm lying on the floor looking up at these balloons trying to figure out how she is distinguishing them from one another. They seemed identical to me.

I ended up starting a movie and once she settled to sit and watch it I brought her her balloon. And they've been happy ever since!

In other exciting adventures, I walked the twins to the park on my own today. Big feat considering my current state of illness. They were so happy to be there and had a good time until Abby literally ran into one of the structures head on, with her head. Ouch. Before that though, they were climbing up a spiral structure and it scares the crap out of my to watch them do this. Tom was very able and crossed over from the spiral pole to the play structure most of the time. The crossing over point is as tall as I am, over 5 feet off the ground, so it's scary for me to watch him shake and tremble as he stretches across the gap between the structures. Abby could climb the spiral but she couldn't coordinate the move to the structure without my assistance. And once Tom climbed too high, and couldn't climb down, so I had to pluck him off from inside the structure myself. I think I'm going to discourage them from playing on that portion of the park next time.

Monday, November 12, 2007

3, 2, 1, Splashdown!

Yesterday was a big day in the Telford household. The long awaited inaugural poop into the potty.

After Tom awoke from a short nap we took a trip to Target and Jamba Juice yesterday afternoon. Once we were home Tom started squatting and running for the bathroom, "mommy! I have to pee pee!" Ok, now I know that is unusual for Mr. Steel Bladder and his demeanor suggests he's got something other than pee pee up his sleeve. So we went to the potty, sat down and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

10 minutes must have passed when he gave up and returned to littering the house with toys. Then again, the squat, the run and "Mommy, I have to go pee pee!" So once again, we went to the potty, sat down and waited.

And waited

And waited.

Nothing for several minutes, could have been an hour, I lose track when my butt goes numb from sitting on the edge of the bath tub. And once again, we gave up, and resumed to making mayhem around the house.

Then, third time's a charm right? The squat, the run, the plea for help, "Mommy! Mommy! I have to go pee pee." I knew all along what he had to do was not pee pee. So back to the potty we went. My patience wearing a bit thin. Just go already! This time I brought the camera because after all, I had a captive audience. Where else was he going to go? I snapped a lovely shot too.

Then finally, the strain and kerplunk! Into the potty! He shoots up into the standing position and spins around as quickly as he can to look at what just happened. Stunned, or amazed, I'm not quite sure, but I congratulated him. He talked about how proud everybody was going to be. Yes we were! Then we waved bye bye and flushed the first poop down the drain. He's been day trained for months, but this is the first poop on the potty, as he preferred to use his nighttime diaper for such activities until yesterday.

Cheers to no more smelly diapers! There will just be bare bottoms to wipe from here on out! Here's a photo of the potty charts last night.

You can clearly see who uses the potty more frequently.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Let Them Draw!

Tom and Abby are becoming quite interested in art. They really enjoy drawing. Their latest efforts are bodies of water. "I'm drawing a big big pond!" Or an ocean, but as Abby is drawing she'll tell you, "It's not maked yet"

As Tom was doodling yesterday he suddenly stopped and as if he was a bit stunned himself he asks, "Did I just draw an M?" In fact he did!

What you don't see it? Here's a closer look, the "m" is in blue.