Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Anyway, that was all changed today. I recieved a call in my classroom at about 2:20 this afternoon. It was Sam and his first words were "Guess what crisis we are having now?".....oh no...all kinds of things raced through my head, maybe he had been in a wreck, maybe he had lost one of the kids, maybe LilliAnn (our sitter) quit, maybe he was laid off. He then proceeded to tell me that the girls were locked in LilliAnn's car.
The story goes....Sam was helping LilliAnn get the girls in her car after they picked them up from school. LilliAnn had laid her keys on her front seat, and Sam closed the door for some reason. Her car was then locked with the keys and Ella and Emma inside. When I talked to Sam he said that the locksmith was in route to the church where the kids go to school, and it would be about 20 minutes. He said that the girls were fussing off and on, and seemed very confused about what was happening. When the locksmith arrived it took only seconds (and $45) to open LilliAnn's car. Thank goodness it wasn't August!! We did learn that we could have called the fire department to unlock the car, but we were worried that they could possibly damage LilliAnn's car. The girls were not traumatized, and came through the experience without too many tears. I seriously hope that this was our one experience with this crisis!! I know Sam and I will be VERY careful from now on!!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Let me rewind to late January 2008. I began to ponder places that I could have the girls 2nd birthday party. Since I will never be able to host a birthday party in our tiny house I am always left wondering what to do. This year we were working with a pretty tight birthday party budget, so that cut out some places that would have been perfect for the girls' 2nd birthday party. The top of the list of places that I wanted was The Little Gym, we recently attended a party there and it was totally age appropriate. For only $225 ( I am being sarcastic) they will supply you with a hostess, paper goods, and an hour and a half of playtime. After a lot of thought I came across the spring brouchure from the Arlington Parks and Rec Department. I remembered that they offered theme birthday parties (tea party, sports party, scavenger hunt party etc...). We had even done Caden's 6th birthday through the rec department (he has a sports party), and it went super smoothly. The rec party came with 2 hours in a reserved room, a craft, a cake, paper goods, goody bags, drink for the kids, decorations, and a party hostess for only $125. I decided to book with the rec, and the person who helped me book it suggested that the tea party birthday would be the best suited for the girls.
Fast forward to February 16, 2008. We walk into the rec ready for Ella and Emma's 2nd birthday party. The party was held in the same room where Cade's 6th birthday party was held. There were balloons, and a personalized sign for the girls, everything looked really good. The under 17 party host shyly smiled at us, said nothing, and walked out of the room. Uh-oh! After 10 minutes it was 4:10 guests had arrived, and the hostess still wasn't back. I sent Sam to find her, and she finally returned. When she came back in the room she asked me what I wanted to do first....what!? Wasn't she supposed to run this party? I asked her what all we were going to do. She said that the kids would be decorating flower pots, making necklaces, having a tea party, eating cake, and playing a game. It sounded a bit scary to me since most of the party attendants were under 5. I decided that we should make necklaces first. That went ok, and despite my fear of children choking on beads everyone came out unharmed with very creative necklaces. Thankfully the girl then told me that they had run out of flower pots....wheww! We moved right into the tea party. At this point my mom was doing way more than the hostess who stood back and looked confused. The kids did great with their lemonade (tea) and cookies, and we came through with only a few minor spills. Next came birthday cake time.
Let me just stop here to mention that Carson was acting like an animal that had been caged for years and finally set free. I am sure that everyone at that party wondered what Sam and I were doing to parent him. He was very wound up because 2 of his favorite friends, Ethan and Corbin, were at the party. He was running (sometimes out of the room), play fighting, and engaging in other activities that I hate to permenantley record in this blog. He was acting terrible, and Sam and I really couldn't even watch him because we were having to coordinate this party. Thank goodness for my mom who helped to keep him under control as much as possible. Brenda mentioned something about him pinching someone, and I didn't even know that had happened.
Back to the birthday cake. The poor party hostess didn't have a working flame, and when someone pulled matches out of their purse the girl still couldn't light the candles. My mom stepped in, lit the candles, and served cake as I helped out with the eating of the cake. Then the girls opened their presents. They got many great things including, spring clothes, cool toys, money, and my favorite a pink potty from Chels. After opening presents there was just a few minutes left so everyone played musical chairs....that was funny!
After musical chairs it was time for the party to end. We gathered everything and headed out to the parking lot, and saw an amazing sight. There was a double rainbow in the sky. It was the most beautiful rainbow that I had ever seen. I guess it is true that a rainbow represents calm after the storm! Chels and I definintley saw it as an amazing sign. Double rainbows on the day that my 2 year old twins celebrated their 2nd birthday party.
sidenote: I didn't mean to come down so hard on the poor clueless hostess, but the whole atmosphere could have been changed if she had taken charge (no excuses for Carson). I guess you get what you pay for, but my sweet father-in-law gave her a $20 tip which she didn't deserve. I am bitter...I know!
Thanks a million to the party photographer, Chels, who worked very hard to help documernt this experience! My sad pictures of the party are really bad. Here are some piuctures that Chels took....Emma Claire really had the "blowing the candles out" thing down
Friday, February 15, 2008
Since I don't have a scanner I took pictures of pictures of Chels and I. We grew up in the days long before digital pictures (sadly-because we both love pictures so much), so the only pictures that I have of our early days are actual photographs.
Chels and I in the halls of The Colony High School...I think we were Sophomores.
Who knows what we are doing here.... I remember thinking that Chels was really tan because she had just gotten back from a Florida vacation to Disney World. Chels should have given me some hair advice. Hers is cute....mine is a mess!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Here are some things that my girls did during their 2nd year of life....24 things for 24 months.... 1. the girls learned to walk (finally at 14 months of age) : ), 2. the girls gave up their bottles the day after their first birthday party, 3. the girls outgrew their torticolis that had caused their plagiocephaly (flattening of the skull), 4. the girls started preschool at All Saints Lutheran Church CLC, 5. the girls stopped messing with and pulling out their hairbows-yea, 6. the girls developed a love for The DoodleBops, Elmo, and Dora The Explorer 7. the girls learned to say many new things my faves..."no", "where are you", "go go", "jackety", "watery"...I could go on forever, 8. the girls learned to recite their 2 favorite books Please Baby Please and Please Puppy Please...it is too cute, 9. LilliAnn taught the girls to sign "please", "thank-you", "milk", "more", and several other words, 10. the girls have learned how to survive in a family of 4 kids which sometimes includes fighting for your rights, 11. the girls learned to climb out of their cribs, but only tried once after their first spanking from Daddy, 12. the girls became poster children at Sears after Sears asked our permission to display our family picture, 13. the girls taught mommy that baby girls and boys are very different...oh drama!, 14. the girls decided that being girly is quite fun...this past year they aquired purses, high heels, jewelry, princess costumes, and "lipstick", 15. the girls got their first stomach bug, but still have been so healthy that they have never taken antibiotics, 16. the girls love to talk on the phone, and can actually hold a bit of a conversation-sort of, 17. the girls have developed a stronger relationship to their lovey "Raffi" and their "paci"...I'm thinking we are going to have to weaken that relationship real soon, 18. the girls adapted to skim milk very well around 21 months of age, and our household goes through 7 gallons a week, 19. the girls finally stopped being scared of Uncle Caleb (and larger statured men) this fall-yea, 20. the girls had an undeniable fear of Santa this year, 21. the girls have decided that it is much more fun to keep each other awake at bedtime than to go to sleep, 22. the girls got their first haircut in November 2007, 23. the girls know the names of and recognize close family and friends, 24. the girls will still sit in their high chair and stroller very well at 2 years of age (something that my boys had long stopped doing by this time), I guess my sweeties are looking out for me and know that for Mommy's sanity they must keep doing these things, thanks girlies!
It has been more than a blessing to watch Emmy and Ellie develop a special bond that I know only twins could possibly have. When they are coloring at their table and one gets up to leave the other one says "bye Emma", or "bye Ella". They fight, but also play their little hearts out. When there is a RARE occassion that they are apart you can tell that they are wondering where their twin is. What lucky girls theya re to have each other, and what lucky parents we are to have these precious girls that have completed our family.
Happy birthday to my brand new 2 year olds! I love you sweet Valentine girls! Love-Mommy
disclaimer:these pictures were taken off of Kodak Gallery, and that is the only reason that I can figure that they are tiny
One day old.
Carson wearing his red Bob the Tomatoe shirt for V-day. We were getting ready to head to Jason's Deli where this evening Car finally learned his lesson about standing on the back of rolling high chairs. He always stands on the back of the high chairs despite scoldings and warnings. Tonight the high chair toppled over, and he fell face first on the tile. What a scene we caused, but I think Car had a lesson learned moment.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Ms. Elizabeth took this picture of the girls ready for their cupcakes.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
One really neat thing happened when we pulled into the funeral home for Pa's viewing on Thursday afternoon. The radio was on the local country station of course, and Alan Jackson's "Small Town Southern Man" came on. This song has been out for a couple of months, and it has always reminded me of my Pa. I sat and cried in the parking lot listening to this song that I will always believe was my Pa speaking to me.
On to a lighter subject...Saturday morning I tried to pose the girls on a bench outside of Gold's Gym. I am desperate for a picture to put on their birthday invitation, but as you can tell they NEVER cooperate!
Saturday evening I went to Austin's concert at The Door in Deep Ellum. Afterwards we went to eat at Chuy's. Here we are pictured in front of the Apple Store on Knox Street. This was taken only seconds before the random drunk man that we asked to take our picture dropped my camera. From now on this location will give me a great laugh....thanks Brenda! ; )
Sunday afternoon we headed over to Alley Cats for some bowling to celebrate Nathan's 12th b-day. The party started at 12 (straight up naptime) so the girls sucked their paci and carried "Raffi" the entire time!