Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

We have had such beautiful weather here in Boston!  I hope all of you are enjoying your families and friends and  the long holiday weekend!    

I am also hoping that everyone finds a minute in between all of the BBQs, swimming, boating, spring cleaning, or whatever it is that you're up to this weekend, to stop think about all of the brave men and women who have served our country and have sacrificed their lives doing so.  For without them, we wouldn't have the freedom to do so many of the things we often take for granted.

Thanks to my grandfather, my father-in-law, my husband and our dear friends still serving us.  Special thanks to those who have made the greatest sacrifice and to their families.  May you have peace this Memorial Day.

Tanya

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday Snapshot: Sneakers














I love this picture of all of our sneakers lined up, it reminds me that we are a family of FIVE!!

Tanya

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Way Back Wednesday: Soccer

Jackson's been begging to play soccer lately!  We are signing him up at the Local YMCA, since it seems he's genuinely tortured by the idea of waiting for the 1 week clinic in August that's offered by our town recreation dept.

These pics were taken in July of 2008, also at the YMCA.  As you can sort of tell, Jackson didn't really get into it.  He was always looking the wrong way, or running in the oppoite direction and his favorite part was the water breaks.  To be honest, the 45 minute session was more like a long water break with a couple 5 minute soccer ball chasing sessions sprinkled in for good measure!





































Below are some pictures taken last week at my sister, Allison's house and as you can see, he has definitely improved!  Jackson's cousins, Orlando, 11 and Justin, 9 are super athletes and especially good at Soccer!  Of-course they are also the coolest kids on the planet, so Jackson is all the more excited to improve his skills and "play with the big boys"!!


































Tanya

Monday, May 10, 2010

Makes My Monday: We have a walker!!

Gotcha!  I'll bet you thought one of the Twincesses had taken her first steps.  Nope.  Not even close actually, but they are both crawling now.  Well technically they are army crawling, but they look more like little inch-worms.

One of my twin mom friends gave us a walker and Ava and Emma LOVE it.  It's super cute and has a nice tray that can be used for a snack or some toys.  We don't have much space, so the plan was to keep it at my mom's house and bring it to my sister's house next door, when we have a family get together there, which is quite often lately!  Well they are just so damn cute cruising around, so we decided to move some of the other toys and gear into the kids room so they could use the walker at home too.

I know everyone has their own thoughts on walkers and whether they are safe and developmentally appropriate, blah, blah, blah.  Our EI specialist thinks it's just fine and I am not planning on leaving the girls in it for ours on end, so I am not worried about it.  Oh, and we have no stairs.

So now my only issue is debating getting a second one, since whichever baby is not in the walker is in serious danger of getting run over by a crazy baby in a walker!! 





























Tanya







                   

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day Mom!

Dear Mom,

Happy Mother's day!  You are the kindest and most patient person I know.  You always know just what to say, even when I don't want to hear it.  You are smart and you are strong, inside and out.  You are funny... the kind of funny where the jokes are the funniest when they aren't really funny at all.  You are nurturing and you are always thinking of others.  You are so many things.  You are a baby whisperer, an amazing cook and one of my best friends.  I am proud to have you for a mother and Jackson, Ava and Emma are blessed to have you for a grandmother  We love you, with all of our hearts. 

Tanya

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Crazy Lady.

OK, so I hate to be the snobby twin-mom who gets annoyed when people ask questions and/or make comments, but there is no way around it sometimes.  I am usually very happy to answer people's questions, as crazy and inconceivable as some of them are.  I think it's sweet that every old lady in the mall wants to "just take take a peek" at Ava and Emma and ask a few questions.  My mother is a an angel and a very obsessed proud grandmother, so she's more than happy to parade the girls down the streets of town and answer questions... hell she'd probably do a Q&A session with photos at the local library or the Mall food court, if I let her!

Rick and I took Ava and Emma to Panera for dinner a few days ago and while waiting in line, we noticed a woman and her grown son (I am guessing 17yo) were checking us out.  This woman, who for the rest of this post will be referred to as Crazy Lady was just itching to say something.  I could tell.  I smiled at her and that was all she needed, she walked over and said to her son while pointing at Ava and Emma, as if Rick and I weren't there and the girls were in some sore of aquarium or glass encased exhibit "look honey it's the kind that look exactly alike".  Then she asked me "what are they called".  Me - "Twins", I said, "they are Identical twins".  Crazy Lady - "Oh, that's right, those are the kind that skip a generation, right?".  Me - "Ummm, not sure about that, but you're thinking of fraternal twins, Identical twins are not hereditary".  Crazy Lady - "Oh, I see, because my grandfather had the other kind, the kind that look different" (I assume she meant that he fathered twins, not had them, but I didn't dare question her).  It takes a lot to keep me quiet, but I had no response to that.  Crazy Lady then looks at her son and says "see honey, everyone thought that I would have twins, because my grandfather did, and he had the kind that come every other generation, but thank god I didn't"... Crazy lady then looks at me and says "no-offense though".

None taken Crazy Lady.  None Taken.

Tanya

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Baby Picture Sundays!

Jackson's first trip to the beach!!  
Late July 2006, he was almost 11 months (the same age as the girls now).