Sunday, August 31, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
PHOTO ESSAY: What I Did On My Summer Vacation or "This is boring and walking is tooooo haaaaard!!!!"
I have very peaceful memories of laying back there, listening to my parents talking quietly, my brother asleep on the back seat and me in the far back looking up through the windows into the night. The reflections of the streetlights on the car windows looked like jellyfish tendrils passing our car from one streetlight to the next, on down the highway.
My parents made a vow that they would take us somewhere every year, even if that meant camping. And we traveled all over this great country, down south, out west, the east coast. It really instilled a love of travel in me that I want to pass on to my children.
But with twins, you often get into the habit of staying home too much. That “not being able to do some things because I have a baby” goes on a lot longer with twins than it does with one baby, and you begin to develop a habit of staying in because its easier than taking everyone out somewhere.
But we have been getting better at it, and we have all gotten better at moving as a group through public places without losing each other; or having to bring a diaper bag the size of a suitcase with us.
So, it was time to try a vacation together.
We want to become a camping family and take our boys to nature as often as possible, but we weren’t ready for cooking over a fire with wandering toddlers around or not having access to bathtubs quite yet.
So, we rented a cabin at Evergreen Lodge just outside of Yosemite National Park for three nights. It was a lovely old-fashioned Yosemite experience that reminded me a little of what those family resorts in the Catskills must be like minus the talent shows and dance lessons.
It was a little neighborhood of cabins in the forest, some as old as seventy-five years. There was a Rec. Room and a Lodge, where you could find internet access (at times) and shelves full of games and toys for the kids. There were ping pong tables and carved animals to climb on. Noah learned how to play Battleship (and won!).
We went on a little adventure each day that usually culminated in throwing rocks into water. We rarely hiked over a mile, but were able to find wild streams to wade in, lakes to swim in, tunnels to explore, forests to have picnics in, and meadows to wander through.
It was so wonderful being a family unit for once! We spend so much time splitting up the kids, one of us taking Noah out somewhere, or the other taking the twins on errands. And the kids just loved it too. Noah did find the walking “too hard!” and Luka burst into tears every night when we pulled up in front of the cabin instead of his house, but hanging out around the rivers and lakes and all those rocks? They loved every minute of that.
We are thinking of trying our luck at real camping next summer. With tents. Without bathtubs. Without walls.
I think we just might be able to handle it.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Yes, we had been trying to get pregnant (and trying to stay pregnant) and so there were charts, and temperature taking, and little x's to show just when... well, you know. And after I became pregnant with the twins, we decided it was very likely that they were conceived on completely different days!
"Luka! We don't hit our brother! You need to be gentle! You hurt Ethan.
Look at him crying. Can you say, Sorry Brother?"
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I just ran across this article that states that a non-partisan group that tracks campaign money was pretty shocked to discover that of all the military serving over seas at the time they made a campaign contribution, deployed service men and women have contributed almost SIX TIMES as much money to the Obama campaign as they have to the McCain campaign!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I had always thought I would teach my babies to swim when they had that natural ability as newborns, but just never got around to it when Noah was born, since we did not have easy access to a pool. I vowed to do it with my second child, but my second turned out to be twins, and we came down with that post-twins housebound syndrome, where you begin to think its just easier to stay home. That "stay in your house and nest" instinct lasts SO much longer with twins than it does with singletons, and you can find at age two you have done very little in the outside world and must throw off those self-imposed shackles.
So, in order to get to the local pool more often, I need Noah to swim safely on his own. He did well last summer with a private instructor that his Mima got for him for a couple lessons. Whenever Michael or I suggested he try to float or blow bubbles though, he would offer up a cheerful, "no, thank you!" Its amazing what they will do for a stranger that they won't do for you.
So, while we are between school years, I enrolled him in a swim class. He spent the morning of the first day in tears begging not to go, but as is usually the case with these things, he couldn't wait to get back to his second lesson. We are halfway through a series of 8 classes before he moves on to the next level, but our trip to Yosemite might make us have to wait for another time to continue.
Until then, I have fantasies of laying on a poolside chaise lounge reading a good book, paying little attention to my three boys who are happily playing Marco Polo and seeing who can make the biggest splash when they jump in.
Yeah, that's gonna be nice.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
On her way out of town last week, my mother asked that I post more videos of her lovely grandchildren here on my blog so that she could watch them grow and change and learn many wonderful new things as the weeks go by...
And so a little gift from me to you.
We pick up on a warm August day in San Diego, just after the Wonder Twins have asked for some afternoon refreshments: crackers and juice. Their little eager selves have just climbed into their seats at the table.
Unfortunately, Luka was really hoping for the "Dora the Explorer" cup which was dirty in the sink, and Ethan had just caught me adding water to his sugary juice. Both were pushing their cups away with disdain, and so I put them over on the kitchen counter instead, and picked up my camera.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Tuesday will be Michael's and my eighth wedding anniversary, and in what is becoming a tradition (YAY!) Michael's mom came down to spend the night with the kids so we could go out for a weekend night on the town!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
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