Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Go Away!

Tom and Abby are creatures of habit. When they wake from a nap they like to play with certain toys from the closet. Tom always pulls out all his hot wheels and monster trucks and lines them up all over the room. Abby plays "doctor office" with her stuffed animals. This is where she takes all the doctor tools and regular tools (like toy hammers and screw drivers) and methodically hits each stuffed animal with each toy until she's finished all toys and all animals. This goes on twice a day actually, first thing in the morning and after their nap.

Well today I went into their room 10 minutes after they had waken, hoping that was enough time for them to finish their rituals. I was greeted with surprised faces and some screams, "Go away mommy! We're not finished yet." So I closed the door and retreated to my room for another 20 minutes. Gee, do you think I schedule these kids much? As much as I like to stick to my schedule of events for the day, it's becoming apparent my overzealous scheduling is rubbing off. A little OCD perhaps!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Telford Twin First!

It took some convincing, but after Abby woke with a fever this morning, I had to convince Tom it was ok to go to preschool......without her! He looked at me with worried eyes, "will you still come back to pick me up?" Of course! I'm so proud of him for not throwing a fit and having a good day at preschool. I have no idea what they did all day at preschool because all I could get out of him was, "I don't know!" He did make a surprise gift for me though. Sealed in a blue envelope written on the front, "To Mom From Tom" and inside was a blue piece of paper with blue marker scribbled all over it and a bunch of stickers. He loves stickers. What 3 year old doesn't?! The first thing he said when he came into the car and saw Abby, "Abby are you feeling better?" So sweet. I tell ya, these two kids have something special between them.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Holy Pajama!

When Tom and Abby settle down to sleep for the night, there is no sleeping straight away. They are allowed to talk to one another, it's part of their routine. They gab for an hour or more and then finally, some shut eye. Well, a couple nights ago I went to their room to tell them to quiet down for the night. In a panic Abby stands up and starts pulling apart her pajamas down the front. She was wearing button down flannel pajamas and she was pulling apart the front of the pajamas between each button. Tom exclaims, "SOMEBODY put two holes in Abby's pajamas!" I don't know why that tickled my funny bone so much, but I'm still laughing about it! Three year olds are curious and they are funny!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

All About Pics

It's been raining here a lot. So we haven't ventured out of the house much. I don't have much to say except there's a new papparazo in the house. Paul's been experimenting with his new camera. And sometimes you just feel like wearing a box on your head...



We did go to Grandma's for pizza night on Tuesday night. The twins love visiting there because it's like visiting a toy store! She has so many things for the twins to explore.





And of course all the sibs were there!
(L to R: always oldest to youngest: Dani, Tara, Sean and Kate)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Birthday Celebrations Continue....

Even though we technically celebrated my birthday nearly a week ago the celebrations continue. I have been getting cards in the mail for a week now. My mantel is now covered with birthday wishes. Paul surprised me on my actual birthday by showing up early, home from MacWorld at noon on Friday. A treat indeed! The twins helped deliver my gifts. I got a book of car wash coupons, because after all what more could a girl want than to keep her brand new car clean! The coupons are not for the drive through gas station car wash either. This is a whole outfit designed to pamper the trusty vehicles we depend on to cart ourselves around town. There's the washing, the drying, the vacuuming, even a brand new dangly air freshener to hang from the rear view mirror. I never get that part though because Tom makes me take it down, as leaves are meant to be outdoors. I also got an autographed copy of "The Power Of Two: A Twin Triumph over Cystic Fibrosis". I met the Stenzel twins many years ago at CF camp. They are truly gifted women, in every sense of the word. I highly recommend supporting them and buying this book! In addition to the book of coupons and the book to read I got my most beloved snack, candy! I don't usually buy candy bars, but Paul knows just how to spoil me.

Since we didn't have cake on my actual birthday, Paul bought some deluxe cupcakes at the grocery store today. He thought about just buying one for the birthday girl and then wised up. Here's some pictures of my two peas in a pod enjoying their very own cup cakes.



Thursday, January 17, 2008

M is for Market

Today was a big day in Preschool Land! We had a field trip! Our assignment today was to learn about community helpers at the grocery store. Part of me feels bad for all the regular shoppers that had to weave their way through our mob of 48 preschoolers and about 48 parents! We got to do all sorts of exciting things like see the receiving dock, walk into refrigerators, watch the butcher and his magic steal glove that keeps him from slicing his fingers off, watch the baker decorate a cake, tour the deli and last but not least, Starbucks!

Each child was given a goody bag to begin with. Now Abby is just about the smallest child out of all 48 kids, if not THE smallest. It was amusing to watch her struggle with this goodie bag full of the most gigantic apple you've ever seen, some oranges, a banana and things we collected along the way like string cheese and a full bottle of water. So guess who got to hold both bags. Yup! Yours truly. Not only that but Tom and Abby would not leave my side. While most of the class stood ahead of the parents:



The other children happily walked the tour, listened to the speeches and asked questions, while Tom and Abby stood in the back with me, gripping my hand the entire way:





At the end of the tour we got a cookie from the bakery and a milkshake from Starbucks! It was the tiniest milkshake I've ever seen but Tom sure enjoyed it. And so did I, since Abby was more interested in her bottle of water, I got to indulge in her 2 ounce vanilla milk shake with whipped cream. Yum.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bubblerama

What is it with bubbles? My kids are addicted to blowing bubbles, popping bubbles and eating bubbles (yes EATING!) Here are a couple of photos from yesterday's bubble fun with Daddy.





Abby is also in love with her new princess shirt. I saw them on sale at my favorite store, Target of course, and had to run out and get one for her on Sunday. She couldn't wait to wear it. In fact when I got home Sunday night she wore it until bath time. But yesterday was the first day she wore it, without tags. She's such a girl! In love with everything frilly and pink!



Today Abby had to use the potty. Just as she is bare bottomed, ready to squat, Tom runs into the bathroom and pushes her off the step stool and onto the ground. I pushed Tom to the side with one hand, and scooped her up, pants around her ankles and all, to put her back on the potty. Then I scooped up my now screaming 3 year old son and took him to a different room to calm him down. He has funny ideas about the potty. That toilet sits in the bathroom 24 hours a day 365 days a year, but he's only interested once Abby's on it. Can someone say jealous? Needless to say, they both laid down for a much needed nap after that episode.

Do you notice anything different about my photos in this post? You should! Paul bought a brand new digital camera. You'll have to ask him about the specs because all I know is I actually had to sign for it from UPS (usually they leave it at the door) so it must be nice.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Whisper In My Ear

After leaving the twins with Oma and Papa on Saturday night I was greeted in the most pleasant way on Sunday morning when we went to go pick them up. The twins came up to me, jumped into my lap and whispered, "I love you mommy! I missed you!" over and over. It was all too sweet. They are just the best. I missed them too.

When we got home they enjoyed my cupcakes.



On the health front, I'm doing better. Definitely moving in the right direction. My FEV1 went up to 1.55 Liters today, which is just over 50% capacity. I still have a lot of pain and inflammation in the lungs, but it's only been 3 days that I've been on medication for this. I can't expect big miracles, just small ones. For now, I'm enjoying bigger breaths although still short of breath when exerted because my smaller airways are only functioning at 18%, which is low, even for me.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

You Are Beautiful!

My friends and family are beautiful people!

Paul and I celebrated our birthdays last night. We went to one of our most favorite BBQ restaurants. It was a great turn out! There were 18 guests and lots of ribs slathered in BBQ sauce! MMMMM MMMMM MMMMM! Several of our friends were local to the area but many of them traveled more than two hours just to join us for dinner! We love you guys!. There's nothing better than celebrating a good meal with good friends. I had so much fun.

The restaurant itself is a very friendly place. But I find whenever you wear a tiara people go out of their way to be extra friendly. My friend laura brought me a pink tiara to wear in honor of my birthday and it was so fun! The wait staff acknowledged my birthday and let us bring in our own cupcakes, made by yours truly, with a real whisk! I know you might find it strange I made my own birthday cupcakes, but don't forget, I made them for Paul. I get to bake (forced to bake?) twice a year. I bake for the twins and I bake for my husband. The rest of the year Paul does the baking. Even with the help of Betty Crocker I find the task too daunting most days. But the end result, scrumptious! (how often do you get to use that word?!)

Of course...photos...

Friday, January 11, 2008

My Afternoon

I left the house around 1pm today and didn't return until nearly 6pm. 5 hours without the twins! Shocker! it wasn't all fun and games though. Some of it was fun.

First I stopped by Sports Authority to pick up some pretty pink socks for Hannah Banana's trip to the snow with us.

Then I stopped by Old Navy to pick up a new outfit for my dinner party tomorrow. (Happy Early Birthday to me! Happy Belated Birthday to Paul!) That part was fun. Wandering around a retail store for an hour with no rushing, no crying (the twins, not me), no whining (again...usually the twins, unless I'm hungry) and no money best of all because I had a gift card!!! (thank you Mom) I ended up with a v-neck top thingy and some jeans. I bought the jeans a size bigger than normal so I could actually eat and not be squished after the big meal I plan to eat tomorrow. Don't get too excited folks, I still bought a size two.

My next stop though was more exciting! (sarcasm) I went downtown to the doctor where I weighed in at 118 pounds. I gained two pounds in two weeks (thank you double stuff oreos) The most disappointing news was my lung function. I can no longer walk and talk at the same time, without getting winded, severely. My lung capacity went down from 1.57 Liters 5 weeks ago, to 1.48 Liters two weeks ago, to a stunning 1.27 Liters today. (normal function for someone my age and size is about 3 Liters) I don't expect to be 3 liters, but 1.57 is good. I want that. I stopped taking the antibiotics that were just making me sick and tired anyway and started some new ones (that don't make me sick and tired) My next appointment is Monday. If I can't get some improvement by Monday i may end up back in lock up (the good 'ole hospital) again. That should be fun for next week.

After the doctor office, I phoned Nicole and we passed the time by gabbing away while I sat in Friday traffic on Hwy 99. I had to stop by the lab to get some blood drawn. Surprising but true, just one stick and all the tubes were full. Yay for butterfly needles! The doc wants to find out if I have some sort of mold spore thing going on, which might explain why my health has been so rough in the last couple of years.

Then it was off to the pharmacy. I filled some prescriptions and have to wait for my insurance to bicker for a few days about others.

After the pharmacy I picked up dinner. Pizza for 3 and spanish rice, from Jimboy's next door for Tom. Yum! When I got home the house was dark. The whole family was sitting in the living room and Tom and Abby were beside themselves giddy with excitement as I walked into the pitch black room. We finally had to threaten a time out to get Tom to leave the lights on during dinner. (No one had a time out and the lights stayed on) Tomorrow the g'parents are picking the twins up for 24 hours so we can have a twin free day/evening for our birthday celebrations!

So that's the haps here! What an afternoon. Whew!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Boots Have Arrived!

I'm so excited. Tom and Abby's snow boots have arrived. When I showed them to Tom and Abby, Tom said, "See Mom, I knew they could come in light blue!"



Tom was so fixated on getting light blue snow boots, not RED! Now we can plan our snow excursion anytime! I don't know why I'm so excited to go up to the snow, personally I find it too cold to enjoy. But I think it will be fun to watch Paul and the kids enjoy it. (While I sip my hot coco from the lodge!)

I also made the twins very first dental appointment for January 25. I told Tom we'd be going to the dentist in a couple weeks. I told him the dentist will ask him to sit in the chair, open his mouth and clean his teeth. Tom said "And I will say NO THANK YOU!" Oh, boy. This is going to be a treat. Maybe I'll bring the video camera. What if he grows up to be a dentist?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

What is that?

Abby: "Mommy! Mommy! Tom doesn't know what that yellow stuff is in the kitchen."

Tom: "I need new pajamas."

Me: "What happened?"

Tom: "I don't know what it is but it was really wet."

Great, Tom peed all over himself and the kitchen floor. First I stripped him exactly where he came to find me, in the middle of the hall. His socks didn't seem wet, so at least he didn't track pee pee all over the carpet in the house as he came to find me. And the good news is, after I re-dressed him (in new pajamas at 11AM - don't ask...) there was a nice neat little puddle on the kitchen floor. Yay! Not on my carpet! Whew! Crisis mostly averted. Until..... I was between wipes, soaking up the urine with a washcloth and he rubbed his brown bears through it! Ew! Into the washing machine they went, with the urine soaked clothes and Abby's favorite bears (so Tom's bears wouldn't get lonely. Now I'm just praying that somehow they will all be dry by nap time.

Preschoolers are fun. You should all have one. Or two!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

It's raining, it's pouring!

I had a fairly productive morning. I had to exchanged one of Paul's birthday gifts at Mervyn's. Funny thing about my mervyn's they only have plastic bags big enough for a box of shoes, and probably men's shoes, just big enough for kids shoes or women's shoes. So as I was ready to leave with my newly exchanged jacket for Paul the retail associate asks, do you want me to double bag it? I only have small bags, and it's raining outside. It's a coat, a coat that's meant for the rain. Why would I need to shield it from the rain? Silk pajama's maybe. A winter coat, no thanks, I think it will be just fine.

Tom informed me on the way home I'm his favorite. I don't know what that means, but it was sweet.

And incase you haven't seen enough of the twins, here's a couple vids of the twins learning to type.



Sunday, January 06, 2008

I Wear My Sunglasses At Night!



Ok, so she doesn't wear her sunglasses at night, but she does wear them in the house. Abby was ultra adorable today when she announced she was going to wear her sunglasses AND eat dinner!

"See mommy, I can eat carrots with my sunglasses on." Then she opens her mouth, so I can verify, yup! there are carrots in there!

I have a dentist appointment tomorrow. I'm not sure why I'm driving all the way out to Fair Oaks to see my dentist, the same one I grew up going to, most of my childhood. He's a nice man and all, but I hate going there, so why can't I hate going to a local dentist here in Elk Grove? I think I'm going to ask the twins dentist if they take adult clients. I think my nerves might be more settled if I had dancing clowns or whatever else they have on the walls of the children dentist office. Of course I need to make an appointment for the twins first. But I do have a dentist all picked out for them. And they said they would take both kids back to the exam room together! Yay for twins! They get to do everything together.

Tom called me back to his room at 8PM this evening. He wanted to know why he didn't have zipper PJs on like Abby. So of course I had to change him into his zipper PJs. They are weird about things like that. There are sets of everything, and even though these "sets" of clothes, PJ's or toys might not be identical, if they were gifted to them from the same person at the same time, they have to use them together. For example at Christmas Santa brought two new hooded towels. A princess towel with a crown hood for Abby and Lightning McQueen for Tom. They must have this "set" of towels together, just like every other set (duck and cow towels are a good example of non-matching sets) But this set thing extends to toys as well. Toys that were purchased or gifted to them at the same time, but have no association with each other. It's weird and definitely a twin thing.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Heat!!!!

Tom eats breakfast in the dark:




I can finally turn on my heater, now that the power just now turned back on. You don't have to feel too bad for me, it is 65 in here. I'm just used to 70!

Now on to the post I wrote this morning:

The power has gone out four times since 7:20 this morning. I'm actually typing this offline at the moment *gasp!* as the power is still out. Yay for laptop batteries. Boo for wifi that needs a power source. I was woken up when the power went out the first time because my oxygen concentrator beeps at me when it's unhappy. Killing the power source unexpectedly makes it unhappy. The third time the power came back on, I got my nebulizers ready to start since this could turn out to be a long morning in the dark. Well, the power went out before I could even fire up the air compressor. I was right. It is going to be a long morning. There's something about not being able to breath that puts me in a bad mood. It's 7:56 now and the twins are still sleeping, as far as I know! The monitor is not working, so I can't hear them anyway. I'm sure they'd be yelling loud enough for me to hear the ruckus once they figured out their light doesn't work.

Tom informed Paul yesterday, out of the blue, "I like mama coke now!" Busted! I was out shopping last night and Paul was home making dinner for the kiddos and that's when Tom declared his love for Coca-Cola. What happened was, we were out to lunch at Johnny Rockets (yum!) and Tom burned his mouth on the french fries. He wasn't in tears, just a bit of distress. There was no water on the table, just my coke and Jenn's Sprite. So I asked him if he wanted to take a sip of my Coke. He sipped the smallest sip on the planet, looked at me, smiled and said, "I need more!" So I let him have two more sips, that's it. They were real sips this time around and then I cut him off. Well, two days later, he still remembers that sweet taste. Great! This is the last thing I need. My carboholic-nothing by preservatives son hooked on Coke. At least juice has vitamins...when I can get it into him! Right now he is all milk, all the time. That's fine with me, as long as it doesn't turn into chocolate milk all the time!