Monday, March 31, 2008

A Weekend of Firsts

The twins are always thinking up mischievous things to do in their room. After nap time they usually play in their room for a good 30 minutes before they "let" me come in to get them. A couple days ago I opened the door to find them both with their underwear around their heads. Tom was also sporting Abby's pink slippers as gloves. Fashion Divas I tell you!

Yesterday morning the twins were wound up literally running circles around us. Tom was leading Abby by the hand running through the house giddy as can be. Abby didn't seem to mind that she was practically being dragged because Tom is so strong and fast. Here they are, rounding the corner, being surprised by the paparazzi.

Notice Tom is sporting his "bugs" PJs. He's pretty much worn them every night since he got them in December. Surprisingly, they are not red all over, but they do have a red bug on them. He's going to have to find a new favorite soon. It's getting warmer here and fleece head to toe just simply won't fly in the summer months.

Over the weekend Tom drew his very first picture that actually resembles the object he was trying to draw. I was so excited I frantically asked Paul to get the camera and snap a photo. This is a little picture of a person, eventually complete with legs and arms as well. The dots on the cheeks are deliberate. As Tom drew them he said, "These are the two cheeks just like I have two cheeks Mommy!" I especially like the squiggle of hair on top.

And perhaps the most shocking news of the weekend, I kid you not, Paul is going gray! I knew raising twins would get to one of us sooner or later. I'm just glad it's him. So this is how it all went down. We were driving home from Davis on Saturday and I looked over and noticed on his sideburns there was a gray hair! Then at the base of his neck there were many gray hairs! They are very hard to see in the artificial light at home, which may be why I never noticed them before. Before you know it he'll be needing reading glasses too.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Train Tracks!

Several times a week Tom will ask me if the Railroad Museum is open. We have season passes so it's "free" for us to enter this year but it is at least a 25 minute drive out there and back so we don't frequent the museum much. Today Tom asked me, "Is the Railroad Museum open?" And I said YES! He was sooo excited, Abby too.

We arrived and headed straight for the Thomas the Tank Engine display. It's an area infested with germs and toys to play with. The community toys are one of the reasons I don't like going there, I'm a freak about germs! What I didn't expect was this time, Abby came to sit by me after about 10 minutes. She said she was done playing with the trains and she wanted to go downstairs to see the real trains. This had never happened before. Usually we are prying them away from the train sets, practically kicking and screaming.

So what to do? One kid wanted to play at the train tables and the other wanted to actually view the trains at the MUSEUM. Lucky for me, Tom is easily bribable with snacks. After we tired of the museum we headed outside to the riverfront access to look for boats. There were no boats. But there was a piece of trash floating down the river. It looked like a disposable lid to a soft drink cup you get at fast food restaurants. Tom exclaims, "Look! A boat!" He was pointing at the trash. Genius I tell you.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Easter Bunny Has Arrived!

I'm pretty sure Easter is the only day of the year where it's perfectly acceptable to have candy before breakfast. Even on Halloween, the king of candy day, you don't go trick or treating until the end of the day. Chocolate bunnies, easter eggs and jelly beans were a big hit here, and we're still wading through piles of them. There were more cookies, cakes and candy at my mom's celebration for Easter dinner.

It was a gorgeous day and I'm pretty sure Tom was the only person in the county wearing long sleeves that day. I couldn't convince him otherwise. They ended up being extremely practical because he could use the sleeves as built in kleenex on the go for his runny nose. Who's the fool now, Mom?!

We almost managed to get a family photo. I convinced Tom and Abby to sit on this planter ledge and as soon as Tom saw the camera, he bolted. He's one fast preschooler!

Abby does this new thing when you point a camera at her. She doesn't run or turn her head, but she looks off in another direction, pretending not to see you or hear you. This is the best we got of mama and baby girl on Sunday.

More pics from Easter Sunday can be found here.

Friday, March 21, 2008


Spring has sprung.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Abby looked at me last night and said, "I"m going to make a rainbow tomorrow!" When I asked her how, she practically rolled her eyes and said, "with my wand!"

Tom told me tonight, "maybe I should jump into the TV so i could crush the bad guys on Mario." He's been playing a little too many video games I think!

During this past week, after I've dressed Tom he'll tell me his socks are on the wrong feet. And he doesn't stop complaining until I switch them.

Abby loves cadbury eggs. Tom won't touch them because of the cream inside. They both like Marshmallow Peeps though. And Paul's super size cupcakes.

Monday, March 17, 2008

A New Century of Posts

My last entry was number 100 on this site. I probably should have boogied down or popped some champagne. Now I have to wait through another 100 posts to celebrate. Great!

The biggest news of the day, we are BACK! Back from The Sea Ranch.

Turns out Tom and Abby get motion sickness. The roads to Sea Ranch are quite windy. Tom was the only one to actually get sick in my (brand new) car and boy what a mess it was! I was so unprepared. There he stood on the side of the road, stripped to his underwear and socks as I turned his clothes inside out to scrape more sickies off my seats. Poor guy didn't want to get back in the car. So we cuddled on the front seat for awhile and then he reluctantly went back to his seat draped with a waterproof crib pad and fresh clothes on.

Once we arrived at Sea Ranch we settled into the house and Paul went shopping for some goodies. By the time he got back it was pretty sunny so we headed where else, but the beach! We saw a family of deer along the way. The twins really enjoyed walking through the forest and finding treasures on the beach. We searched and searched the tide pools for star fish, and found none. But as Abby was sifting some sand for shells she happened upon the tiniest star fish you ever saw. She was so proud and burst into tears the day we left, when we told her we were leaving star fish behind. Of course then we felt so bad, we had to bring starfish home! I hope he was already dead. He sure is dead now!

I managed to drag the whole family along the rocky shores in search of this bridge/cave area carved out in the rocks. We trudged on for what seemed like miles, only to give up and crawl up the bluffs to the hiking trail at last.

One afternoon we tried to get a family photo with the camera remote. Problem is, we let Tom have the remote. I'm pretty sure he took sixty photos that afternoon. I think this is the best one. At least we're all in the frame!

I'm pretty sure Tom and Abby can't wait to go back to Sea Ranch. We sure did have fun, despite being sick with colds. In fact we're all over here coughing up a lung as I type. Well, all of us except Mr. Bionic that never gets sick. And nobody got car sick on the way home. Thank you Dramamine! It was a little weird to see Tom and Abby passed out on this stuff though. And they were pretty out of it the rest of the day. Tom kept talking about the nap he was going to take and didn't remember sleeping for nearly 3 hours in the car.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Golden Arches

I took Tom and Abby to McDonald's with one of their preschool classmates after class yesterday. This is only the third time they have ever eaten there, and it's the first time we went to one with a Play Place. As we walked into McDonald's, Tom spied the slides. Whenever he sees something that interests him so bad he can hardly stand still he grabs my hand and asks, "What's that mommy, what's that!" Even though he knows exactly what it is.

We all sat down to lunch. I got two happy meals and two shakes for the twins and a Big N Tasty meal for myself. Tom was asking, "where's my meal?" and I thought maybe he was confused because last month the happy meal came in a box and yesterday it came in a paper bag. The bag after all was right in front of his face. I pulled everything out, including the toy and he went to town on the french fries and shake. The one vegetable Abby will not eat is potato, so she got the hamburger and apple dippers instead. Those apple dippers are yum!

Today Tom asked me to bring him his "meal" and I was so confused. Then I realized he thinks the Happy Meal is all about the toy. He calls the toy surprise his "meal". LOL! I guess we don't use that word around here enough. I didn't correct him, I just handed him his "meal."

Monday, March 10, 2008

Flower Fun

This morning I mentioned to the twins we needed to go shopping. I was planning to buy some last minute snacks and things for our trip to Sea Ranch but Tom said in the sweetest voice, "are we shopping for my flowers?" I had promised him last week we could buy flowers for him to plant in our yard. He was set on getting some blue and red flowers, Abby: some pink and purple. How could I resist! I can always pack another day, right?

So off to Home Depot we went. I really felt like a fish out of water! Anyone who knows me knows I have the biggest blackest thumb on the planet. I've tried to plant things, believe me! It always goes wrong. So I called Jenn for some advice. She told me to get some miracle grow soil because "anything" can grow in that. Let's hope so!

I was having trouble navigating the flower department so I asked for help. This is what came out of my mouth, "Can you tell me where I can find seeds, like for flowers? I need red, blue pink and purple." Great, now I really sound dumb! But she kindly smiled and off we went to the seed display. (exactly where I had come from...which made me look even more dumb because all I saw were the vegetable seeds, I had to go around the rack to the OTHER side for the flower seeds)

Blue seeds, check!

Red seeds, check! Wait, upon further inspection, these bloom in the fall, uncheck!

Red seeds that bloom in the spring, check!

Purple seeds, check!

Pink seeds, check!

Hey, anything that says "guaranteed to grow" is a must have in my garden! I'll probably hold them to that when I'm still waiting for my flowers next December.

Ok, dirt. Where can I buy some dirt? There were pallets and pallets of dirt but I didn't think I needed a bag that big so again, we happened upon the same helpful Home Depot worker who pointed precisely in that direction, to the pallets I saw plain as day. Again, she smiled.

So I found a bag of the Miracle Grow stuff, and it looked far to big, but I picked it up anyway. It was less than $5, so if I have to throw the rest away, it's really not a big deal. On to the checkout, which was crawling with bugs. Bags of live ladybugs I kid you not! I was a little surprised and blurted out, "oh! you have...bugs here! real bugs!" Now everyone in Home Depot thinks I'm an idiot. Mission complete!

Homeward bound we were. I let the twins dig all the dirt out of the big bag and shovel it into the flower box. They got bored half way though. Thank god I had just purchased 99 cent plastic shovels for our trip to the beach because my gardening shovel, which hasn't seen the light of day in about three years was somehow missing from the pile of the three gardening tools I did find. I finished scooping out the rest of the dirt to fill the flower box to the brim. In hindsight, I don't think filling the flower box was the brightest idea. I think I should have left a little room so when it rains all the dirt doesn't float away, but we'll deal with that if it happens I guess. And I'm glad I bought the big bag of dirt because we used almost the whole thing to fill that tiny flower bed. Who knew!

Next it was finally time to plant the seeds. Now, I wasn't sure how many seeds to plant. Just one? Two, maybe three for good measure? But that problem was quickly solved when Abby dumped her entire packet of pink seeds in the flower box, "See mommy! I can do it all by myself!" That's great except, we hadn't even dug a hole yet. I frantically scooped up what I thought were seeds (they looked a bit like the dirt to me) and held them aside in one of the plastic beach shovels as I took the second beach shovel to dig a hole. Figuring how deep to dig the hole was beyond me. I read each packet for directions, but none of them spell this part out. I picked a medium hole, about 4-5 inches deep, buried the entire packet of seeds and called it a day. Of course we repeated this, dig, dump, cover process three more times for the last three packets of flowers.

Incase you're wondering, yes the entire packets of all the seeds were dumped in each hole. That's they way Tom and Abby wanted to plant all their flowers, so against my better judgement, I let them. I don't know if this will cause some freak overgrowth of flowers, or maybe no flowers at all. I think we'll find out in 1-3 months when they're all in bloom!

In other news, I'm not anywhere near packed or organized for our trip this week, and I have a cold. Goodie!

Friday, March 07, 2008

The Park: Take Two

For the second time this week we ventured to the park since the weather has been so nice. This time we went to the "old park" which is almost a year old, but six months older than the "new park". Both are within a half mile of our house. For the second time this week the twins also suckered me into letting them ride their bikes to the park. Let me just say, never again! I wanted to drive the car there, and I should have listened to my gut. I sat them down and explained I would not be carrying them or their bikes home. If they rode bikes to the park, they would need enough energy to ride the bikes home. Well, this time it was Abby's turn to throw a fit.

She screamed



the entire half mile home.

She squealed, "Mommy, PUH-LEASE! Carry my bike! Oh PUH-LEEEEEEEASE!" It was non stop, it lasted the WHOLE trip. And every once in awhile she threw in random shrieks for good measure. I just kept walking and she kept following, tears streaming down her face. i think my only regret is not having my camera with me to catch it on video. I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing.

In other news Tom woke up with a strange mark on his neck.

He claims to be unaware of how it got there and doesn't remember getting hurt. It looks like he got pinched by a zipper, but the only zipper in bed with him last night was down the front of his pajamas, certainly, not around the back of his neck. I'll just chalk this one up to the mysteries of the three year old.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

It's My Piggy Bank!

Tom was quite the bear today. He got upset in the car on the way home from preschool. Then he calmed down on the way home and asked to go to the park. I thought, it's a nice day, let's do that. So I told him we'd stop at the park for a few minutes. He said, "No! Lots of minutes! Six minutes!"

Abby was already hungry for lunch, so I knew we wouldn't stay long. As it was time to go Tom melted down again. This time I was one of those moms that couldn't control her child. Tom was literally on the ground, lying down, big crocodile tears and loud wails beckoning Abby to come back to him, as she wasn't supposed to get to the car first. He's particular like that.

She played along and I eventually carried Tom to the car, then he spied it. Another child at the park with a cup of Jamba Juice. His FAVORITE! He asked if we could stop by Jamba Juice, but by this point there was no way I was getting him in and out of the car again, so I said no. The next logical question is, "why not mommy?" So I told him I didn't have money for that right now because we have homemade smoothies at home in the fridge. Next he offered to use money from his piggy bank to buy his Jamba Juice. Isn't that sweet? I had to tell him the money in his piggy bank was for big things like college and books. That was the end of the conversation.

Of course there were more tears as we got out of the car because I wouldn't let him eat anything without washing his hands first. I'm a terrible mother really. But we do have the healthiest kids on the block. They can thank me later for that.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Double Trouble on the Double Decks!

We took the twins to the 40th Anniversary of Unitrans this weekend. Paul took the day off Friday so we could celebrate buses all weekend long. On Friday there was a ribbon cutting celebration for the freshly re-painted 2819. Never mind that when the "christening" recreation of the original ribbon ceremony from 1968 was carried out shards from the glass bottle were shattered into the engine.

That didn't stop 2819 from making a modified original route for us bus junkies though.

On Saturday there were more buses. We went out to the pad where, according to Tom and Abby, all the buses sleep at night. We got there pretty early and no one had fired up any engines. Tom was a little sad because we told him we'd be riding buses. He had very little interest in the shop because not one single bus was lifted, though there were a couple of buses pulled in and dismantled. I think he thought he was going to see mechanics sliding under buses checking out the underneaths.

But alas the bus riding party got started. Andy was anxious to get into 1014, but first 2819 had to be fired up and taken for a spin as it was parked tandem behind 1014 anyway. The twins climbed all the way to the top of the bus and we sat there for several laps around the pad. All the former drivers were anxious to get behind the wheel again, even to take a trip around the parking lot was a big deal now, since none of them were licensed or insured to take the university property on the roads anymore.

I finally convinced the twins to sit on the bottom deck so we could watch daddy drive us around the pad.

Then Abby got to drive.

Tom was too shy to sit in the cab and pretend to drive. Are you really surprised? All in all it was an excellent weekend. Any day I can get a good bus ride and some cake I'm a pretty happy camper.