Might as well catch up on my reading…

So, it’s September. I have a kid in middle school and my older twins in kindergarten and all of a sudden, I feel like I’m LIVING inside my minivan. Between shuttling back and forth to different schools and activities for the kids and going to my own meetings and outings for my twins club, I’m spending a ridiculous amount on gas! The other day at school, I was sitting in the parking lot waiting for final bell and thought to myself, this would be a great time to listen to audiobooks from the library on CD. So now I’ve been perusing my local library’s website, but I’m a little overwhelmed by the huge selection! It seems like I’m into “chick lit”, memoirs, and the occasional mystery. Any book recommendations for me? Have you read something outstanding over the summer that you think I’d like?

In the blink of an eye.

What were you doing five years ago? I can tell you exactly what I was doing. Five years ago today, on Friday, August 29th, 2003, I was writing a blog post about it being my last day as a mother of an only child. I was packing up my hospital bag, calling my friends, giddy about the fact that my doctor was taking pity on me and FINALLY going to induce my labor, at 38 weeks!

Five years ago today, my husband and I had lunch at Le Peep, and I specifically remember trying to find something on the menu that would

  1. Satisfy my cravings

  2. Fill me up, since I knew it would be my last actual meal for quite awhile, and
  3. Not give me gas, since I was worried about all the poking and prodding in my immediate future!

Five years ago today:

And five years ago tomorrow:

Paul and Laura with brand new Pablo & Mallory

Paul and Laura with brand new Pablo & Mallory

Five years ago, these two precious babies entered our world:

Five years ago, I knew nothing about parenting twins. I had no idea I’d become an expert on diapering. I didn’t know what Early Intervention meant. I never dreamed I’d soon be facing speech delays, occupational therapy, or an autism diagnosis. And I didn’t have a CLUE how much joy there would be in our family in the years to come!

Today, those little punkin babies are big kindergarteners!

It doesn’t seem possible that they’ve been ours for five whole years! Happy Birthday, Pablo and Mallory! You’re the light of our lives!

In favor of laziness.

Daddy and the little kids.

I used to be one of those moms who always, ALWAYS dressed her twins alike. I know it’s frowned upon. I know I should be pushing them to be their own unique selves. But they’re just so darned CUTE in their matchy-match clothes! I even had matching pajamas for them, just in case I decided to take pictures at the breakfast table, I guess.

Something changed within me, though. I started to let my kids pick out their own clothes. It happened a few months ago, and I’m not even sure what led to it – probably just the kids getting older, I guess. They just hit the dresser and put together outfits that THEY like – and I’m totally okay with it! We even go out in public dressed in crazy, weather-inappropriate attire, and it doesn’t bug me at all. They’re loving it, and I love not obsessing over their clothes anymore.

What are your feelings on dressing kids alike? How often do your twins wear matching outfits?

Note: I wrote this post way back on August 15th, but stupidly hit “save” instead of “publish” – and now I see that another of our talented authors has written a post about dressing twins alike. I swear, I’m not copying, teacher! I couldn’t see “wasting” my post, though, so here it is.

ilunchbox.com – Great Resource!

My oldest child just started 8th grade yesterday, and my older set of twins has been in kindergarten for a few weeks now. Buh-bye, summertime! I’ve got a houseful of zombies over here, as we haven’t really adjusted yet to getting up at the crack of o’dark thirty yet. And somehow, I still haven’t gotten it into my head that I could save myself significant time in the morning if I would do lunchbox duty at night, before I go to bed! Nope, every morning, I stand in my kitchen, bleary-eyed, throwing together PB&Js.

A friend of mine just passed along this great resource, though, and I’m hoping it’ll bring an end to the boring lunches: ilunchbox.com is full of great, kid-friendly recipes, like this one:

Berry Breakfast Roll Up

Note/Suggestions: This is not just a great and quick breakfast item, but a great snack item as well. This will make about 4 servings.
Ingredients

* 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
* 2 tablespoons brown sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon ground apple pie spice
* 2 cups blackberries, washed and drained (any berry will do)
* 4 burrito size multigrain or flour tortillas

Directions

1. Combine cottage cheese with sugar and cinnamon and mix well.
2. Heat the tortillas until they are warm and easy to use.
3. Put a 1/8 cup of the cottage cheese mixture on the first third of the tortilla and a 1/4 cup of berries.
4. Fold the sides of the tortilla inwards and roll the tortilla up and over the berry and cheese mixture. Continue to roll the tortilla until the end.
5. Melt the cheese in the toaster oven or microwave, or serve room temperature.

Besides all the recipes, they have lots of healthy food ideas, shopping lists, a blog, and lots of articles about nutrition. Check it out! I’ve been poking around the site all morning long. Thought some of you with school-age kiddos might find it interesting too!

Do you have a little clown?

Lexi and Nikki, little clowns!

Pictured above are my younger set of twins, Lexi and Nikki. Nikki is the younger girl, by four whole minutes, and she’s always had the reputation of being the goofier kid. Even as a wee, tiny baby, she would give us the funniest sideways glance with raised eyebrows, cracking up into delicious little baby giggles when we would start laughing. She adores the spotlight, and it’s not at all unusual to find her singing and dancing in public, bravely attempting new tricks on the playground, or hugging a stranger. She makes us laugh all the time. Heck, she cracks HERSELF up on a regular basis!

I love it. I always sort of imagined that Class Clown-type kids craved the spotlight because they were trying to make up for some lack of attention at home or something. Not this one; she came out of the box that way!

Angelina Jolie Gives Birth to Twins

Angelina Jolie Pregnant with Twins

Angelina Jolie Pregnant with Twins

Add another celebrity to the Twin Mama club! Just announced: Angelina Jolie Gives Birth to Twins.

Awww!

The obstetrician who delivered the twins, Dr. Michel Sussmann, told The Associated Press that the actress, the babies and Jolie’s partner, actor Brad Pitt, “are doing marvelously well.”

Sussmann said Jolie gave birth to a boy, Knox Leon, and a girl, Vivienne Marcheline, by Cesarian section Saturday night.

First Day of Kindergarten!

Obligatory Front Porch Pictures., originally uploaded by lalagirl.

I’m not sure if I’m having a harder time with the fact that it’s the middle of July and our summer vacation is over, or the very idea that my kids are in kindergarten (!!!), but this has been a fairly crazy week up in this already crazy house.

We moved to a new district where the kids go to school year round, and our track just started the school year this week. So, while most of the Mommy Bloggers around the internets are posting pictures of their kids at the pool, you’re going to see pictures of MY little ones wearing backpacks and carrying lunchboxes!

They were SO proud to start school, too – and although we’ve had some tearful, overwhelming moments, it’s been an exciting week. Quite a change, moving to a new school from where they did Pre-K, meeting new teachers and friends, and going to school aaaaaall day, especially!

It’s been a little hard for me, getting my head around the fact that these kids are growing up at warp speed. We just got out of diapers five minutes ago, and now we’re in real school!

Watch Out for Hot Slides!

This post is a repeat of a post I made on my personal blog last summer, but I think it’s important enough to post again!

One beautiful day last summer, the kids and I headed over to my girlfriend’s house for a casual little playdate with a bunch of our mommy friends and kiddos. My friend had a slip & slide and some little wading pools set up in the backyard and we were all having a fine time, until Mallory got hurt! The kids had been playing on the jungle gym off and on, and Mallory decided to go down the slide. Evidently, the sun had really warmed up the slide since the last time she went down it, because it seriously burned her skin! We were shocked that she could get burned so badly! We ended up in Urgent Care having the burned cleaned out and dressed (which was horrible) and she had a bandaged, injured bottom for weeks. Here’s a portion of my original post:

I decided to put this out here as a warning to parents: PLEASE be careful and watch your children closely during these summer days! Their little delicate skin can get burned so easily by swings, slides – even swimming pool ladders. And this was NOT a metal slide; it was the plastic one that comes with the playset you buy at Sam’s Club. It was a fairly warm day – 85 degrees – but it was only 11 in the morning, and the kids had been playing on the slide just a half hour or so earlier.

You can read the rest of it right here if you want. I just wanted to put it out there, once again – beware of hot playground equipment in the summer! We had no idea our child could get a second degree burn from a plastic slide. It wasn’t a fun day for us! And a year later, Mallory still talks about it!

Something to keep in mind this summer!

Learn from our mistake!

Gigantic Newborn Twins

Those of you who felt like you were carrying baby elephants inside of you, check out this article: Twins Weigh 23 Pounds, 1 Ounce at birth. I don’t know if that’s a case of undiagnosed gestational diabetes or what, but HOLY CATS, man. I’m so glad that wasn’t MY uterus about to bust at the seams! (I did enough damage to my own having twins twice in seventeen months!)

Invented by a twin mom, naturally.

I want to show you the greatest thing ever created in the history of great things.

Temporary tattoos preprinted with your cell phone number:

You may have seen these in the most recent Parents Magazine. You may have read my post about them on my review blog. Now I’m here to tell you how great they are, after branding all my children with them at Disneyland:

All tattooed with mom's cell number

They’re awesome! Well, actually – they come off pretty easily. With a bit of scratching, they were history. I don’t know if they were reacting with our sunscreen, or what. The kids could SEE them on their arms, and you know how sometimes you just can’t help but pick at something – that’s what they did! I reapplied them to everyone, on the backs of their necks, where they couldn’t see them! When I did that, they stayed on until I removed them the next day with makeup remover. I was happy with them, especially for the price: 30 tattoos for $19.95.

You can check out all the different designs on their site by clicking their logo below:

We’re going to a big birthday party on Saturday, out in the country at a friend’s house, where they’ll be having pony rides and a jumpy castle and where there will be lots of cool stuff to distract my children and lead them away from my watchful eyes – I’ll be branding all of them on Saturday, for sure!