Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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.


Layne said...

Hey Tara, the twins can track Santa here
My little one had her eyes glued to it until she fell asleep.
Merry Christmas!

The Mantha Family said...

That's awesome that you all get together every year - its a great tradition!