Friday, September 30, 2011

The Day Before Seven

Guess who turns 7 tomorrow?




Yes, the Telford Twins are 7 in 2011!!!

They wanted to do something fun and spunky for their birthday at school so we went shopping..... for hair dye. Yes it's permanent... until it washes out. I wish I had these kinds of cojones when I was their age. I love them for their individuality. Well, I guess except that they both copy each other. They are twins after all.

Tom was a little upset the dye didn't turn out darker. To be honest, so am I, but we might try and make it darker tonight so it's brighter for his soccer game tomorrow. We'll see if we can squeeze that in between the carnival at school, a soccer game and two birthday parties in the next 48 hours!  Wish me luck, I'm tired already, but so excited that Tom and Abby are so excited to turn 7. It's all I've been hearing about for three months!

Here's a picture of the twins 7 years ago today. My how they've grown.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 13

Today, September 13, 2011, would have been my Dad's 68th birthday.

Happy Birthday, Dad.

Jeremiah Aloysius Linehan Jr.
September 13, 1943 - March 30, 1999

I'm not exactly sure when this picture was taken, as there's no date on it. He looks to be about 10 years old. I would have properly scanned it for a better quality reproduction to post on my blog, but the technology gods were not smiling down on me today, so I used Photobooth instead.  That's pretty fitting, if you knew my father, who died in 1999 and never purchased cable TV, nor an answering machine for the telephone at home.  He always said, "If it is important enough, they will call back."


The technology god, commonly known as Paul, came home from work and scanned the photo for me. Here's the higher quality version for your viewing enjoyment.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

No Invitation For You!

Well, it's that time of year again. It's time to invite a gaggle of kids over for some birthday fun. I did my best to get the invites out in plenty of time. I don't have high hopes that we will get many RSVPs from the kids Tom and Abby only see in school. For some reason the act of RSVPing is a lost art. It doesn't really matter though because the party is not at my house this year!!! I've convinced the twins that we can have the party in Sacramento at this tiny amusement park for kids called Funderland. 

I sent the kids with 25 or so invitations to school on Tuesday morning. I forgot to give them the etiquette speech, since not every kid in both classes was invited. I wanted them to just hand the envelope to the kid and have them put it in their backpack. I realize that's not what happens in second grade.

As soon as the envelopes were brought out both classes huddle around Tom and Abby waiting for their name to be called. Abby told me this story about a girl we'll call Missy. Missy asks her, "Abby, do you have an invitation for me?" With Abby's hands brimming so full of invitations it's hard to weed through them to find out exactly who she had invited the night before Abby says, "I don't know, Missy, let me see." Then Abby goes on to tell me, "Mom! Then I only had 3 invitations left and Missy's name wasn't on them so I said, "Sorry, Missy, maybe next year.""

 My kid is awesome.

 So much for being discreet, huh?