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: