Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye 2008

Today is the last day of the year. I haven't updated much lately because there isn't a whole lot going on. I've been hanging around the house with the occasional spending spree at Target.

On Saturday Paul and I dropped the twins off at Oma and Papas for the night. We had an engagement party to go to in El Dorado Hills. I told Tom that Mom and Dad had a grown up party to go to and he informed me that he likes grown up parties. I told him they were very boring for kids. There's no balloons and no toys. He asks me, "So it's just talking?" then a long pause.... "is there cake?" I couldn't lie, after all it was a dessert party! Yes, there will be cake. "I like boring parties. I want to go with you." Isn't he sweet? I assured him his party at Oma and Papa's would be much more fun for him and that was the end of it really.

Abby got the movie "Tinkerbell" for Christmas. She watched it a couple days ago so now she goes "fluttering" around the house with her "wings" behind her. It's like she clapping her hands behind her back, only they aren't touching together. It's really quite cute.

Tonight we have a sitter and Paul and I are actually celebrating New Year's Eve in downtown Sacramento. We're not staying out until midnight...that would be ridiculous. There are some fireworks (meant for children) at 9PM. Much more my speed! They have fireworks and a ball drop at midnight for those adult party animals. Oh... to be young again! Instead I'm trapped in this 100 year old body, sleeping (or wanting to sleep) 10 + hours a day!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Celebrations

You have to expect during the month of December I have to talk about Christmas A LOT! So here goes my final post about Christmas (I think!)

The twins woke up at 7AM on Christmas morning. They were so excited to rip through their gifts! When it was all said and done Tom asked if there were more gifts to open. Lucky for him, the grandparents and aunts and uncles were coming over later that day with more presents! He was thrilled. I'm pretty sure everyone got what they wanted and then some!

Paul and I cooked Christmas dinner, a ham and some fixings. The roast potatoes were provided by Oma and they were delish! I think the highlight for most was the dessert. Paul made this beautiful butter cream cranberry cake from scratch for dessert. All I did was tie some christmassy ribbon around the cake plate for decoration. I don't think it would have mattered though, the cake would have been gorgeous without the ribbons.

Pictures from Christmas day can be found here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

The twins are in bed. The presents are wrapped. The cookies and milk are waiting for Santa! We're ready for Christmas!

Here is a picture of Tom and Abby tonight in their new pajamas from the Christmas Eve pajama exchange! I made them pose for this picture, but it says so much. They really are best friends. And I can hardly believe they are twins. Look at how tall Tom looks!

Six Pack Gathering 2008

Every year me and my 5 college roommates try and get together around Christmas. Two of the girls live out of state, so this is normally the season they come back home to California. This year we were only a 5 pack because KT is enjoying her 3 week old newborn, Mae, at her home in Boston.

I drove the twins to San Mateo for this years gathering. It's a 2 hour drive and the twins did awesome. They are such good travelers. I am one of those moms that for the time being, is against videos in the car. The twins generally amuse themselves by looking out the window and reading my google maps. Imagine that! Free entertainment? Who every heard of such a thing. Tom was so into my map that he actually recognized the freeway signs as we drove from 5 to 205 to 580 to 238 to 880 to 92 to 101. Yeah, we had to take that many freeways! His favorite was the "one zero one". Maybe because I told him when we got to 101 we were almost there!

We got to Coyote Point Museum just after 10AM. The twins had a blast running around this children's museum. It was a great place where the adults could talk and keep an eye on the kids while they ran the wiggles out. The twins had a couple playmates this year as we were joined by Mayra's 3.5 year old nephew, Amadeus, Jenn's 14 month old daughter, Sophia, and Amy's 4 month old daughter, Ella.

Around 11:30 we packed up the twins and went to a 50's diner in downtown San Mateo called Jeffrey's. It was the perfect loud atmosphere we needed with 4 toddlers and one infant, not to mention the burgers, fries and shakes were deeeeelish!

On the way home I told Tom and Abby to take a nap. We left around 2pm which is their normal nap time anyway. Tom was very concerned about sleeping in the car. He kept telling me dad doesn't let him sleep in the car. This is funny because it's actually been awhile since we told them not to sleep in the car. Sometimes if we've been out to a late lunch and we have a drive home we try and keep the twins awake, so they get a full nap once we return home. If they cat nap in the car, we lose out on nap time at home. So yeah, we tell them not to sleep in the car on occasion, and apparently Tom remembers this! Then he was concerned because it wasn't dark out. We have shades and curtains in their room to keep it dark during nap time. This is especially helpful in the summertime. I told him I didn't have curtains for the car and it was ok to just close his eyes. He ended sleeping most of the way home, over 90 minutes of the trip! Abby didn't sleep nearly half that long. I don't blame her. I find it hard to sleep sitting up too!

Here are some pictures I took in San Mateo yesterday. Notice, half way through the set they get blurry and fuzzy on the left hand side of the photos. That is none other than yours truly... a greasy fingerprint on the lens cause I'm just cool like that.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Bizarre Bedtime

Last night was weird! There is no other way to put it. It was just weird!

So the Morrills came over to exchange Christmas presents (yes Nicole is still pregnant). Tom was thrilled, beyond thrilled to get a Duplo Lightning McQueen Lego set. He was rubbing his hands together, screeching with joy. I think coupled with the fact that it was now bedtime is what brought on the weirdest night we've had in a long long time.

It all started with a conversation on the potty. I was telling Tom not to come out of his room in the morning until his watch was on the seven. I even joked saying "or eight... or nine." He doesn't quite understand how to tell time but I was pretty sure he understood the concept of the big hand and the little hand.

Well 9:30 PM rolls around and Paul came into our room to tell me he just had to put the twins to bed, AGAIN! He said they had their light on and they were playing in their room. For the last year lights out has been at 7:30. Then they have "talking time" where they are not allowed to play with toys but they can talk to each other in the dark. At 8:30 (when "the big hand is on the six" as far as the twins are concerned) it is last call for potty time. After potty time it is no more talking time and the twins are quiet and fall right asleep.

But for some reason last night the excitement of having new toys and my comment about waking up on the 8 or 9 confused Tom. He swore up and down he fell asleep and woke up and now, at 9:30 PM it was morning and he could play because "mom said I could wake up whenever I wanted to." Dad told them it was still nighttime, put the toys down and go back to sleep.

Well another hour goes by, Paul is snoring in the bed next to me and I swear I hear the twins' light go on again. (it's kinda loud the way Tom does it) But I thought, nah, it can't be. And I rolled over and tried to sleep. Well an hour goes by and I hear talking. They were totally awake! I was so confused! I woke Paul up and asked him to check it out for me. Sure enough, lights are on they are up and playing with a boat load of toys all over the place! Tom's excuse this time was "my watch was on the seven!" So I can't be certain, but I think I did hear the light go on at 10:35 and they had been playing for an HOUR in the middle of the night! They have NEVER done this before. What a weird night!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Groove

It's all about the holidays here. Holiday wrapping. Holiday mail. Holiday eating. Holiday baking.

My mom came over Friday with some plain sugar cookies in assorted Christmas shapes. The twins were very eager to get frosting! They frosted with some basting brushes and then sprinkled, er... I mean doused the cookies with icing and sprinkles of all colors.






I've been busy making my list and checking it twice. I went out to Wal Mart yesterday so I could find some special wrapping for the Santa gifts. I found Santa paper and sparkly ribbon and special sparkly gift tags. Paul insisted the twins wouldn't care or notice, but I think they might. I dunno. I sure had fun wrapping them!



The rest of the twins gifts were hastily wrapped in the same paper I've had lying around since last year. There are wrinkles, some holes and no ribbons. I didn't want to waste my time. But I am done wrapping! ....almost. Isn't it true? Every time you think you're done there's just ONE MORE gift to buy or wrap? That always happens to me.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Bird

For the second time this week Abby has had some sort of paper cut on her finger. And for the second time this week she has asked for a band aid straight away. I think she's getting to the age where band aids are fun! Unfortunately for me for the second time this week the injury has taken residence on her middle finger. So yup, that's right, after I wrap it up with a band aid she sticks the finger out there by itself thereby giving us all the bird. I try so hard not to laugh...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Santa Photos

Every year since the twins were born we've taken them to see Santa. Tom is still very unsure of the big man in red. Abby is getting more and more friendly with Santa. She even told him all about the three things she wanted for Christmas this year. Here's a look at the photos through the years. Which one is your favorite?

2004



2005



2006



2007



2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Santa Parade 2008

Our Parks and Rec district coordinates with the fire department for an annual Santa and Sirens Parade. This is our third Christmas in Elk Grove, but our first experience with the event.

Last night we went to a friends house on the parade route, though it was less than a mile from our house, it was more fun to let the kids play together and eat pizza while we waited for Santa. The website described the event as a parade from 7-9pm. There was also a toy drive during the parade. I ended up buying gift cards to movie theaters, hoping some teenagers that normally get left off Santa's list would have something to open this Christmas.

I watched the clock tick past 7:30 and started to wonder if Santa was ever going to come down our street. We weren't sitting near the window so we had to rely on the good old fashioned ears and listen for the sirens as 4 adults gossiped while 3 four year olds and Finding Nemo screeched in the background. Our friends assured us, "Don't worry, you WILL hear it, it's the sirens are really loud." Around 7:35 I thought I heard something, a siren perhaps? But it sounded far away.. we have time.

Our friend got up to check the front to see if Santa was indeed coming. Not only was he coming, he came and went! We nearly missed the parade. He yells, "It's here! The parade is here NOW!" We all run to the door, no jackets, no shoes. I furiously grabbed some coats and the gift cards and sprinted out of the house. The twins didn't have their shoes on, we thought it'd be a good idea to let them chase down Santa on the side walk, in the dark in their socks in 40 degree weather. Tom and Abby's little friend's mom scooped Tom up and carried him over the grass I did the same for Abby. After all, there was no time for shoes!

The sprinting continued as we are throwing our jackets over ourselves chasing that fire truck! Finally we caught up. Kids still without shoes, no jackets, everyone panting (the adults with exhaustion, the kids with excitement)... Tom and Abby's little friend's dad had the sense to grab Tom and Abby's shoes when he went back to the house for the camera. I rushed to put Abby's shoes on and the chase continued. Who knew 2 miles an hour was so fast? All the while me and the other mom were wandering in the middle of the street wondering where do we drop our gifts? This is a toy drive after all!

Finally the van following Santa asked us if we had donations. We were able to throw the gifts in the back of the van. And still... the chase carried on! It's like we were part of the parade. By this point Tom had his jacket and shoes on, but Abby did not have her jacket. In the mayhem of leaving the house in such a hurry I didn't realize her jacket was still in my car. There was no time to get the keys and get the jacket out. We had to find Santa! And off Abby went.

We followed the parade for a good quarter mile I think and then headed back to the house. My lungs were burning and I was coughing up a storm thanks to the cold weather I think. But in the end the twins had a BLAST chasing down Santa with their preschool buddy. Maybe next year we'll sit near a window!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New Haircut

Tom was way way way overdue for a haircut, but I've been to lazy to take him to the salon lately.



This picture is from Thanksgiving, so you can imagine how much more unmanageable his hair has gotten in two more weeks.

This morning I thought we'd hit the salon and then go where else, but Target. (we had to buy christmas gifts for Daddy!) Tom poo poo'd the idea of going to the salon. Well boo. Ok, I'll clip his hair with the less than fancy electric clippers we have here. Well he poo poo'd that idea too! He said he'd sit for me, but I had to use scissors. This will be new!

So I armed myself with a comb and some scissors and went to work. It only took 30 minutes and he did pretty fabulous, except when he'd duck his head real fast as I'm in mid cut. It's not perfect, but it's not bad either. I actually think the camera makes it look better than it is.



He made me take the picture with Fergus the engine in it.

So... about our trip to Target. I thought the kids would be into it because they told me what they wanted to buy. All we had to do was pick it out. We were there less than 30 minutes and let me tell you, I was one of "those" moms with the uncontrollable children. They were loud and running everywhere. Ok, they weren't that loud and they weren't really running, more like trotting but it was really annoying. I couldn't for the life of me control them. Who are these kids? They see racks of electronics, clothes, toys, food... whatever and they go berserk running up and down the aisles like it's an amusement park. I sat down and talked to them once while we were there and that didn't do any good at all.

And then get this! As we were walking to the car they start giggling uncontrollably. They say, "We put something in your pocket from Target!" Oh... My... God. What????!!! Now I have shoplifters? It turns out they had found little plastic tags from the tops of the hangers, you know the bits that tell you what size is hanging on that hanger? Yeah, those are the items they stuffed in my jacket pocket. At least I didn't have to return to the store for that!

On the way home I expressed my severe disappointment in how they acted in the store. I told them if they can't behave we won't be doing any of the fun things THEY want to do sometimes. Tom got real quiet. A few minutes later he says, "no more playdates?" Poor kid. Guess I scared him. Then he says, "I'm sorry mom. But you didn't tell us what we had to do before we got to Target." And he's right. Usually I explain what we need to do when we go somewhere. Like details about holding hands or walking next to the cart etc. Tom's all about instruction and direction and I think he loses focus if he's not following some type of direct order. Anyway, now I know for next time... if there is a next time.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Just Sweet

I love this picture. I can't stand it! It's so adorable. And props to myself for taking it! Our "good" camera, you know the one that can do a bazillion things at the touch of a button, is in for repair. I was thrilled to get this one good shot on Saturday with the Powershot. Yay me!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Snip and Run

Tom and Abby were unusually quiet after their movie ended this afternoon. I could hear them in the living room. I was busy in my room, strapped down to my treatments, as I am everyday after lunch. It's just been so long since they got into this kind of mischief!

So they have these scissors. I bought them the cutest plastic "safe" scissors last Christmas. Unfortunately they were so safe they failed to even cut paper. So i went back to my favorite retail establishment (Target, for those not in the know) and bought them real scissors. They are small and cute and tiny but must be used with supervision. The twins can reach them on the kitchen counter in the "pencil" bin as this is where the scissors have lived for 11 months without incident.

But not today.

Today I came out of my room to find them snipping away at their soccer goal! They have this huge soccer net gifted to them from Auntie Rachel last Christmas and now half the net is missing, snipped to shreds!



As soon as I rounded the corner I gasped so loud I thought I frightened Abby. She burst into tears and ran for cover in her bed. First I grabbed the camera to snap a picture of this mess, then I went to go check on Abby. I found her hiding under her covers sobbing like a little baby.



It turns out she wasn't upset because I found her misbehaving. She wasn't upset because I gasped so loud I scared her. She was mad because I disturbed her before she finished! I think it's a similar notion when your cat proudly brings you a dead bird. She was actually proud of her grand idea and I spoiled her big reveal.

Tom was pleased as punch that this wasn't his idea. He was sure to remind me over and over that it was all Abby's idea. He just copied her.

We had a long talk about scissors and keeping our playthings nice. After their nap I told them they had to pick up the mess. Abby says to me, "No. I think you should call the housekeepers so they can vacuum it up!" I told her she could either pick it up now or she could have a time out and then pick it up. She got down on all fours and started scraping together the bits faster than I could blink!

After dinner Tom asked me about Santa and if he had to be good to get his gifts. We've been talking a lot lately about being good little boys and girls. Abby pipes up all worried, she points her little finger and squeaks "doooon't tell santa I snipped my net with my snippers! Doooon't tell him!"

Life with twins is so glamorous!

SSA

*opens package of pushpins*

*secures Superior Scribbler Award*



Ta Da! What do you think? Rhiannon thinks my blog is worthy of the SSA. Thank you Rhi! ((hugs))

Now I must bequeath this award to five of my favorite blogs. I follow a lot of great blogs, so this is hard for me!

Paul's this guy, who thinks he's really funny. Even though he's had a lack of updates lately, I really enjoy his humor when he does have something to say. Oh, and did I mention I'm married to him?

Nicole always has a funny story to tell. Whether it be about herself, her husband, her dog or her daughter. I can't wait to read about the mayhem that ensues once Samantha gets here too!

Chrissie is a mom to twins and a twin herself! She has the most creative craft ideas for preschoolers. Maybe someday when I'm not so lazy I'll try them out with my twins!

I commissioned a caricature from Rick last year. I love reading about the other commissions he works on.

Ok so I know Bree's already been nominated but I don't think most of my readers know about her. I think she is hilarious. She says what we all want to say sometimes and since she is dying from a horrid lung disease, her blog is also a reminder, if you're not registered to be an organ and tissue donor, do it now! Seriously, what else are you going to do with your body when you're dead? Save a life! Do it!

Okay nominees, here are your rules:
1. Post the award on your blog
2. Link me for giving it to you
3. Link the originating post nominating you here.
4. Pass the award on to 5 more deserving people
5. Post these rules for your recipients

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

After the twins were safely down for their nap Paul mentioned that his back was hurting. So of course I asked him to climb a 10 foot ladder and drag a 700 pound christmas tree down from the attic. I was there to "help" of course. I watched and he labored.

Then I did what any normal OCD person would do. Clean the gardening gloves! You see I have this artificial Christmas tree but it's so darn prickly! Why do they have to be so prickly? So every year I drag out the rubber rose trimming gloves from the stack of gardening supplies that I never use. They were very muddy this year and I'm not quite sure how that happened because like I mentioned, I never use them. So i washed them up in the sink before I got icky gooey dirt all over my artificial pre-lit Christmas tree.

So this tree comes in three bits. I believe it's a 7 foot tree and thank god we didn't get the 9 foot model. Do you know how long it took me to arrange these branches? Each branch has 3 sections and there are no less than a bazillion branches on this model. So about 90 minutes later I was drenched in sweat and finally able to ornament the tree, and Paul was done soaking his back in the hot tub.

Lucky for me by now the twins were up from their nap! Tom showed little interest in the actual decoration. He hung around for a couple minutes and then went to go play computer games with daddy. Abby and I did the deed. Well, she unpacked all the ornaments and then hung them one by one on the EXACT SAME BRANCH every single time. So I kept asking her if it was ok if I moved them. She didn't seem to care, in fact the last time I asked her she said "Yeeeeessssss! And STOP asking me that!" So I picked from her clump of ornaments and moved them all around the tree. i think it tuned out ok. Except for the fact we somehow uncovered a string of lights with little plastic Santas hanging from them. I think they're supposed to go in a window, probably from our college years... but I have no recollection of buying them. Well Tom wanted to put those on the tree as well. So we have this tiny string of 8 little Santas off to one side of the tree because it needs to be near enough to an outlet to light up. My symmetrical tree is no longer symmetrical. *sigh*

Orange please!

Tom asked me a very interesting question on Monday. He asked, "Mom, have I ever had an orange?" Of course he's had an orange, but just like everything else in this world he stopped eating them about 2.5 years ago. I mean, it's rough being the pickiest kid on the planet. There's no variety in your diet! He eats three fruits. Bananas, apples and strawberries. And right now, strawberries, if I can find them, are $5 a pound in the grocery store. Double what they cost during the summer months, so I only spoil him with them a couple times a month.

Again on Tuesday he asked the same question, "Mom, have I ever eaten and orange?" Again, my answer, "of course you've had an orange, but it was a long long time ago." Then he said he wanted to try one, right then! Well that posed a problem because it was nap time and there were no oranges in the house. I promised him I would call daddy and have him pick up an orange and he can have it after his nap.

Well I'm the worst mother in the world because I forgot to have Paul pick up the orange. A couple more days pass and Thursday night after dinner he asks again, "Mom? Have I ever eaten an orange?" Again, same answer. This time I promise to pick one up while he's in preschool on Friday morning. And I did! Actually I bought two! I was feeling optimistic that he was going to fall in love with oranges.

After Tom woke up from his nap on Friday afternoon I told him I had two oranges for him. His eyes sparkled. I mean, just like I had told him he won a million dollars sparkle. Then he got all excited and said he'd eat one orange now and one after dinner. Perfect! Paul peeled the orange quickly in the kitchen and I ran to get the camera just as Tom was sitting down to eat. I practically tripped on my way to the kitchen because I wanted to be there to film the experience. I'm not sure I can do it justice, so I'll just post the video here and you can tell me what you think. Do we have an orange lover in the house?

Thursday, December 04, 2008

All I Want For Christmas...

I already told you guys what the twins were wishing for for Christmas. Now it's my turn. Plus I have a birthday coming up in January and I always get showered with gifts at that time too. I don't think my wish list is that of a typical 32 year old wife/mother but these are things I haven't bought for myself and they'd be really useful at times!

So here goes in no particular order:

Park Trek S is a super cool nebulizer that's ultra compact and easy to pack for long trips or even overnighters. Considering i spend nearly 3 hours a day strapped to one of these things, it'd surely get a lot of use! I probably wouldn't use it at home though. I have a clunkier model with greater PSI that I use all the time at home. But if you saw what I had to pack already just to stay the night (or afternoon for that matter) away from home you'd understand why I'd want a duplicate item, just smaller.

***EDITED TO ADD****
My mother has offered to buy the Pari Trek S for me as a Christmas/Birthday gift. Yay! You see... dreams do come true.

Nonin Onyx Pulse Oximeter. Again, this seems ridiculous, but since I have trouble keeping my sats up while exercising it'd be nice to know if I'm really de-satting and of course if I'm exercising at home I can just wear my oxygen. This little do-hickey with tell me what I need to know. Why don't I just ask my insurance for one of these? Well they may cover a pulse oximeter, although I haven't had any luck yet, but the device they'll give me is about 5 times the size and plugs into the wall. Not very convenient.

Fleet Feet Gift Certificate. By now you're probably thinking who is this girl and why is she asking for shoes? With my recent endeavor into exercise I have asked every single one of my running friends about my knee problems. And every single one of them said shoes shoes shoes shoes. It's all about the shoes! The shoes I have are pretty. I picked them out earlier this year because they were pink. I haven't had them that long and I use them to run errands. Recently I started using them for exercise, since they are my only pair of tennis shoes. Well apparently good running shoes cost about $100-$150. Ouch! Regardless of what I get for Christmas I will be going to Fleet Feet to pick up some good old running shoes so any gift certificate in any amount would be lovely.

Wii Fit. I've actually been interested in this game since we got our Wii last December. I loooove yoga and I'm sure there are other fitness related activities that go along with this game. I think it's just the type of video game that I might actually use!

Ok, now that I've asked for a bazillion dollars worth of electronic do-dads, let's get back to basics.

Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon Hand Cream. Over the years my lungs have become increasingly sensitive to perfumes and lotions, but I have found this cucumber melon scent to be less potent. As in.. it doesn't make me hack up a lung. So I got some of this "Hand Repair Healing Hand Cream" from bath and body works a couple years ago and I'm nearly running out! After looking on their website this seems to be the closest product they offer today. It's probably the same stuff, just different packaging.

Kiss My Face Lip Balm. Paul bought me several tubes of the peach flavor a couple years in a row and now, sadly, I'm on my last tube. I love this stuff, but in a pinch any old Chap Stick will do.

I love Target. Probably to an unhealthy level. I mean I live there. And I actually enjoy shopping for myself from time to time. Especially when we have vacation coming up... like MEXICO! Anyway, gift cards for my favorite addiction are good too.

Paul got me a gift certificate to Bubbles Car Wash last year. Basically you buy a coupon book of 5 or 10 washes. I always get the Tiny Bubbles wash. I love being able to take my car there and pay with the coupons because I also get a discount that way too. Apparently my little SUV is "oversized" but when you buy the coupon book they don't charge you the $2.00 oversize fee. Makes me feel like I'm getting away with something.

I hope that helps for people that think I'm hard to buy for. I'm really not. I'd be happy with a sack full of gummy bears!

EDITED TO ADD:

I almost forgot! Another thing on my wish list is a gym membership. I've never belonged to a gym and always wanted to try one.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Kindergarten Here We Come!

Thanks to my wonderful wonderful husband the twins have excellent priority in Kindergarten registration. He got to the school at 6:30 this morning and stood in line for an hour. He was 9th in line so I believe he got packets 9 and 10. The school has the capability to enroll 160 Kindergarteners, so number 9 and 10 isn't too shabby!

What does good priority get you these days?

Well first and most importantly it gives us pretty much the pick of which kindergarten class we want. In this year round system, there are 4 tracks and two of them are more desirable than the other two. I have my heart set on Track A, which is "most" traditional. Track A starts in August with breaks for the month of November and March and ends in May. And there are AM and PM classes. I'm hoping to get into the PM class that starts at 10:45 in the morning. I have 12 more years to rush them out the door before 8AM so why start in Kindergarten? After all, I have nowhere else to be!

In addition to getting the Kindergarten placement we would like, these priority numbers stick with the twins throughout their career at this school through sixth grade. For example, in the third grade if for some reason the school has to boot some kids out of class and move them to a different track then those kids with lower priority (a higher number from four years earlier) would have to change tracks. Hopefully that won't be us! It happened to the twins' preschool teacher's kids.

That's about it as far as I know. I'm anxious to fill the paperwork out and turn it all in. I can't believe my babies are going to Kindergarten in less than a year!

I'm glad we're not at a super crowded school. There's one school here in Elk grove that only enrolls 100 Kindergarteners, which is way less than the number of Kindergarteners in that boundary. One of the twins' preschool buddies is in that school next year and her mom had to camp out last night at 6PM! So they waited 14 hours to get the number 8 spot in line. Craziness. I have no idea why all this is so competitive and complicated, but that is the world we live in here in California.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Decoration Bees

Tom has this little chair in the living. He likes to use it when he's drawing or pretending to read books. I noticed today he had moved it.



I asked him why he moved his chair.

Because I didn't want to be near the fireplace.

Oh? Why's that?

Because I wasn't sure if the bees inside were real or decoration bees.

So it's true, I have these dead bees in my fireplace. I've actually discovered they are not bees they are wasps or something. If I hadn't used my fireplace in July, yes, JULY like middle of the summer JULY, I wouldn't have dead bees in my fireplace.

What happened was, the month after I moved here (two and a half years ago) I had a friend visiting. I was showing her around the place and I got all excited to show her my fake fireplace. It even gives off a good deal of heat we learned. We settled into the living room and started to talk. I flipped the switch and poof! There goes my fake fire place all warm and toasty in JULY! We talked some more, started to get hot and turned it off. Then I noticed them. The bees! (or wasps, or whatever)

Apparently they had been making a home way up in my flue so when I turned the fireplace on, the heat killed them and down they came! I immediately called pest control and had the guy at Clark busting a gut on the other end of the phone, first because I was so frightened and second because I was using my fireplace in JULY! So now There are six or seven bee carcasses clearly visible in the fireplace window as they have been for 2.5 years. I don't know how to open the front of the fireplace to clean them out, so there they sit.



From now on I'm going to tell people they are my decoration bees.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Telford Twins 50 Months!

Here's the update for November 2008.

In November Paul and I took the twins on their first trip to the theater! We found a cute little Christmas show for children called "The Magic Toy Shop." When we arrived we found out that Santa was going to be there after the show as well! I envisioned the twins falling in love with theater and taking them every month I could get my hands on tickets. That, however, was not the case, not even close.

We entered the empty theater about 30 minutes before show time. As the seats began to fill it seemed every family had children, all about the twins' age to boot. I thought for sure we'd made a great choice to see this show with the kids. When the show began the twins sat wide eyed and seemed to enjoy it, but then... the villain! The villain appeared at the back of the theater and made his way down the aisle up onto the stage. The twins' expressions soon changed as this scary man with a big black cape boomed through the theater. Abby climbed into my lap, closed her eyes, hung her head and plugged her ears until intermission.

After intermission Tom went ballistic. Yelling and screaming, "Noooo! I don't want to go in there! I want to go home!" I picked him up and carried him into the theater hoping he'd calm down. The tears continued to stream down his face. All the other children seemed completely unaffected by this villain in the show. We ended up leaving before the curtain went up. I'm fairly certain season tickets to the theater are not on Tom and Abby's Christmas wish list!

Pictures from November 2008 can be found here.