Saturday, October 31, 2009


Even at age 5 the twins are fascinated with bubbles. They played with them for over an hour yesterday.

I took a ton of pictures and hardly any of them turned out. You see, no matter how fancy the camera, you still have to be a good photographer to take good pictures.

I mostly just took pictures because I knew Abby would wash the pink out of her hair that night in the bath. I'm thinking about letting her dye her hair with semi-permanent dye. It was just so cute! I wonder if she'd be asked to shave her head and put the hair in her backpack though... if it's too distracting in class??

Friday, October 30, 2009

Last Day of School!

Today was the twins' last day of school for the first trimester. They were not allowed to dress up into halloween costumes, for fear of offending those that don't celebrate this holiday, but they were allowed to wear their PJ's to school. It was also "bed head" or crazy hair day and Abby wanted to go PINK! She loved it!

Now I have the twins home with me full time until November 30. Should be interesting!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Oh No You Di'int!

This morning I sent the twins to school as usual. They have a very unique sense of style, or lack there of. Today they had sweat bands on their wrists and ankles. This is in addition to Abby wearing her Easter dress over some pants, with long sleeves underneath. Well, Tom decided last night he really wanted to wear clip on earrings to school. He was hesitant because it is jewelry and there is a no jewelry policy in their kindergarten class, but I insisted that it was ok because there are girls in their class that wear earrings every single day, even dangly earrings! I did talk him away from the dangly clip on earrings and encouraged him to wear the stickers instead.

When I picked him up from school the first thing I noticed was that he didn't have his earrings on. I asked him if his earrings fell off and he almost teared up and didn't say anything. I asked again, what happened to his earrings and again, silence. As we got closer to home I started guessing, "Did your teacher make you take your earrings off?" He said yes. Then Abby dictated exactly what happened.

She said, the teacher said, "Tom, are those stickers on your ears?" When Tom said yes, she said, "Take them off and put them in your backpack."

Now, had she made every single child in the class remove their earrings, I would have no problem. But why my kid? Is it because he's a boy? Is it because they're stickers? What would have happened if Abby had worn them? If sticker earrings can be interpreted as contraband jewelry, why weren't the sweat bands considered contraband as bracelets? Or the watch they have worn on several occasions? Something just doesn't seem fair here.

Believe me, I sent the teacher an email the instant I got home. I'm waiting to hear back. I would totally understand if there was a no earring policy, but there's not. I'm just so sad for Tom. He really was and is heartbroken.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Looking For Your Money

I'm looking for quarters! That's right. Those pesky little state quarters. I'm missing three 2008 quarters and if you have them, I'd like you to send them to me.

2008 Oklahoma
2008 Alaska
2008 Hawaii

It's hard to believe I started this collection in 1999. In 1999, Paul told me, when I was done, I could get a puppy. I really want a puppy.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mr. Fatso!

This morning I grabbed an outfit for Tom to put on. The shorts I gave him are what he called "jeans" which means they have a fly and a button. My mom got him these ones, they are super cute blue plaid Tony Hawk shorts. Tom likes them because Dad wears Tony Hawk shorts too.

Well Tom came into my room with his pants unbuttoned. He asked for help, which is weird because he likes to do these things on his own now, especially buttons! I tried and tried, and even looked inside the waist band to see if those little elastic bands were adjusted without my knowledge but nope, they were still on the last hole, as far as the band would stretch.

Tom just flat out gained more weight and he no longer fits into these size fives. He was so stinking proud of himself! He said, "Oh, I must have gotten bigger since I turned five!" He does weight a whopping 47 pounds now, so I guess he's right! And boy does that load get heavy when he wants me to carry him. I almost can't lift him anymore without pain in my hernias.

In other news, the twins finally got their seasonal flu shots today. This seasonal flu shot has been hard to track down! The practice I take the twins to said they only got 100 doses for insured patients. Meaning, they had more doses just sitting around, but unless you're on Medicaid, you can't have one. So when I took the twins to their annual check ups last week and the week before (yeah, separate appointments... don't get me started) I thought we'd be getting the shot then. That's when I got the news about the scarce supply.

Today the pedi called me to tell me they had just 30 doses delivered TODAY and if I got there fast enough I could get a dose for Tom and Abby. Way to create more hysteria, no? Well there's nothing that says lovin' as much as tearing your 5 year olds from their favorite TV program on a Friday afternoon to go get shots! Yippee! Abby squealed with delight... ok, she cried in fright, but still got in the car.

Everyone got out of the car and was dealing with the fact that we were going there to get a giant needle shoved into the muscles of their arms. Tom was first. He sat on my lap and didn't even let out a peep. FIRST TIME EVER! I thought, well, this is great! Abby was next. She started inching her way toward the door and then started wailing. I finally got her situated on my lap, completely restrained by force, arm bare and she yells as she stares at the needle coming toward her, "It's going to hurt! Yikes! Aaaaaaaahhhhh Eeeeeeee!!!! *insert sobs and more shrieks here*" And then it was done.

She's dealing with the soreness of her arm better than Tom. I told him if he massages the injection site and moved it around it wouldn't hurt as much. So that's what he's doing, all the while complaining that it STILL hurts. So I've dosed them up with motrin, a piece of candy and a Dragon Tales TV show. I know, it's not to late to nominate me for Mother of the Year.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Miss Mary Mack

I was just singing this rhyme to Abby as I was unbuttoning her dress down her back. I only remembered the first verse though. She asked me to sing it again. And again. And "one more time."

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack,
All dressed in black, black, black,
With silver button, button, buttons,
All down her back, back, back.

She asked her mother, mother, mother,
For fifty cent, cent, cents,
To see the elephant, elephant, elephants,
Jump the fence, fence, fence.

They jumped so high, high, high,
They touched the sky, sky, sky,
And didn't come back, back, back
Till the fourth of July, July, July.

After I was done, Abby asks, what kind of shoes was she wearing? I told her they were probably black with silver buckles. Then she sighed and said, "But I want to know what kind of shoes she was wearing so I can dress just like her!"

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Birthday's Galore!

Tom and Abby had a super busy weekend!

On Friday, Paul left work early so we could make it to JB's 7th birthday party at a pumpkin patch in Fair Oaks. We were barely there two minutes when Tom emerged from a bounce house with a scratch under his eye. I don't think he even noticed until someone pointed it out. I wasn't going to tell him!

On Saturday night I took the twins to what may have been our last home football game at Aggie Stadium this year. We have two more home games, but I'm not entirely sure we'll be able to attend. We got there early in the hopes that we'd get to eat dinner with our friends, but alas, no one showed up early, so we ate by ourselves. Abby had pizza AND a hamburger. Tom and Abby also talked me into getting them some navy blue Aggie t-shirts. Needless to say, it was an expensive night! But we had fun.

On Sunday morning we suddenly found ourselves with less than an hour to get out the door and back on the road to Davis yet again. Our very good friend's daughter, Hannah, had her 4th birthday party. It was a princess party so yup, you guessed it, I brought TWO princesses! Actually Tom was Tinker Bell and Abby dressed as Snow White. Ya know, not one single kid there asked why Tom was wearing a dress. They just don't care at this age. He got lots of surprised looks and smiles from the parents though. All in good fun.

I was going to add a couple pics from each event, but my iPhoto is currently locked, whatever that means. So you'll have to wait because my tech support is with the dog at dog training class.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

They Can Read! They Can Read!

Tom and Abby have been working hard at home on their homework. At the beginning of the school year they were given a list of 10 sight words to memorize. They were told to learn at their own pace and when they were ready they could move onto the new set after the teacher tests their knowledge. There are 20 sets total, but they are only required to learn 5 sets by June.

Well, Tom is on Fire. On Friday after school he came home with set number 4. How long do you think it took him to memorize them? About 10 minutes. He's crazy!

Abby is more like a slow waterfall that picks up speed. She struggles for awhile, finally learns about half of them and then all of the sudden she knows all 10 words. She just completed her 2nd set last night!

I think they are both on track to learn all 200 words by school year's end in June!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Did You Hear About Our STORM?

Incase you're living under a rock, we're having a fall storm today in Sacramento. It's big BIG news around here. Seriously. There have been breaking news reports on the TV as well as right now there's a special entire hour dedicated to all these raindrops. Move over Rachael Ray! We've got some rain to talk about! (I'm not kidding)

We are all ok out here in Elk Grove. We even have had our power on all day, which is more than I can say for some of our Sacramento friends. I've been inside most of the day with a dry happy dog. There's the constant sound of whooshing wind gusts and pelting rain against my window but other than that folks, guess what, all is normal.

We had a couple lucky rain breaks today that happened to coincide with drop off and pick up of the twins' school hours. The rain gods must have been looking out for me. Tom did have a little run in with a gust of wind though, he nearly fell over in the parking lot as he was surprised by a gust that hit him from the side. But other than that, we're all safe and sound and happy and warm and dry.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fall Festival

A local church here in Elk Grove passed out flyers to all the kids at school advertising a free Fall Festival event at a local park. We decided to let the kids blow off some energy there this afternoon. We ended up staying for 2 hours!

They had bounce houses and blow up obstacle courses. The poor teenagers that were monitoring the big obstacle course got quite a workout hoisting Tom and Abby up the "rock wall" at the end of the obstacle course, since Tom and Abby were far too small to climb the wall themselves. They had so much fun bouncing and running from event to event.

The church also provided free hot dogs, ice cold water, different flavored icee's as well as cotton candy. Tom was curious about he cotton candy so we went over to check it out. Tom and Abby waited in line for about 5 minutes and then finally they each had their own spool of cotton candy to munch on. Tom did not know what to make of it. First he crinkles his nose like it stinks and says, "is it hair?" We told him to pull some off and take a bite. One touch of the cotton candy and he was over that. Too sticky! So we told him to just dive in and bite off a piece. One lick and he was over that too. Needless to say, Paul and I got to split his cotton candy. I doubt he'll be asking for that again anytime soon! Abby on the other hand was hesitant at first, but ended up loving it. (I got to finish hers too though.)

On our way home the twins were biking ahead of us and Tom pulls over near his school. He hops off his bike and peers into the chain link fence. He calls back to us, "Mom! Dad! It looks like they're building a new bench!" Sure enough at the far corner of the school play yard there was a pile of wood, it was a pallet actually, a sad looking pallet with missing slats used for covering a hole in the ground. It didn't seem very safe, if that was it's purpose, but I thought it was so funny that Tom thought they were going to build a bench with it. Considering the location, in the middle of the soccer field, it just wasn't likely.

Telford Twins Turn Five!

September 2009 Monthly Update

Tom and Abby turned 5 years old on October 1. These little sponges have learned many things in Kindergarten already. In fact they are able to study together now! In addition to weekly homework they have sets of 10 flash cards with sight words on them. Once they learn a set at their own pace the teacher signs off on it and sends home a new set of 10. Since Tom is further along in his sets than Abby, he is able to quiz her on her set because he knows them all already.

Every so often Mama just gets worn out and needs a nap. One day when I was home with the twins alone I set up multiple quiet activities for them to do while I shut my eyes. I turned on my oxygen concentrator, which sits across the hall from my room and ran the tubing into my room and under my closed bedroom door to settle down to sleep. About a half hour later, just as I was about to doze off I heard this scraping noise. Is it? No, it can't be. Yup it was! And ZIP! My oxygen tubing gets ripped off my face, down off the bed and screaming out from under my door. Since the twins had specific instructions not to come into my room, they were apparently trying to pull me out. Well it worked, and I can't blame them for not breaking the explicit rules. They wanted to draw me out to tell me they were bored. *sigh*

For pictures of the twins from September click here.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Cookies Anyone?

The twins are doing a cookie dough fundraiser at school. They are selling tubs of Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough. If you live near us and you'd like to support Carroll Elementary by eating some delicious cookies, please buy a tub from us!

Each tub is $15 and makes 36 large, 1.2oz cookies. Below are the flavors to choose from:

Oatmeal Raisin
Butter Sugar
Chocolate Chunk
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut
Peanut Butter
Cranberry Oatmeal
Carnival Candy
Strawberry Shortcake
Reduced Fat Chocolate Chip
Chocolate Chip
Triple Chocolate Chip

In addition to cookies you can choose from:

Pretzel Kit
Double Chocolate Brownies
Cafe Aut Lait Brownies

Sunday, October 04, 2009

5K Day!

For those that don't read my exercise blog, take a look at what I did today,


Saturday, October 03, 2009

My Babies Are FIVE!

Tom and Abby turned 5 years old on Thursday. They had a busy day with school and an after school party. Paul made special ice cream cone cupcakes that were a huge hit.

Unfortunately for Abby, she took a tumble at school that day. She landed on the playground area where the pavement ends and the bark begins. I think there is a lip there and her face fell right on it. She had a terrible black and blue knee, a bump on her head and a raspberry right across her upper lip. Then as if that wasn't bad enough, on her walk from the school to the park she popped her special pink "5" helium balloon I handed to her just moment before. That was far more upsetting than the bumps and bruises. But Tom, being the nice big brother that he is, lent his blue "5" helium balloon to her.

I asked them to stand together for a photo today and they were less than thrilled to oblige. This was the best I got!

We're off to Big Spoon to continue the celebrations with our friends and family this afternoon!