Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Oh how I love this season!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Yes, that is what I want to do. The boys woke up Grandma at 4 am, and me at 4:30 am. They wouldn't go back to sleep!!! I think they knew that Grandma was flying home today and didn't want to waste time sleeping. So we, tired as can be, got up with the boys and made them breakfast, got everything ready, and at 6:30 am left for Edmonton International Airport. It is roughly a 1 & 1/2 hour drive with no traffic, and we hit some morning rushers, but I drove expertly through the rain at just under the speed limit and delivered my Mother-In-Law safely at the airport on time. Of course the boys, snuggled in their new car seats under quilts and grasping warm bottles of milk, SLEPT the whole way there and most of the way back. Lucky guys. They found their cozy spot!! When we arrived at home the boys, refreshed from their long sleep, were ready to rock while I am even more tired than before after the drive!!! I can feel my eyes close slowly, and I yank them back open to be alert lest the boys take advantage of my state and get into something. Perhaps this afternoon while they nap (IF they nap...) I could curl up on the couch under a comfy quilt, bury my head in a pile of pillows, and just drift off... I think I will do that. Wish me luck!!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Yesterday was a great day. We had some family there... Grandpa and Grandma Haynes were there, Grandpa and Grandma Surry, and Grandma Cindy. Also Uncle Robert, and a couple of friends too.
I booked a room at our rec center, Provident Place, that had playhouses and mats for the kids to play on. I made the boys' cakes, my first attempt at theme cakes!! Jon wanted a football cake for JD and a hockey cake for David. (David's is a hockey net, with an oreo puck inside)
The boys had a lot of fun playing with all the toys, visiting with family and friends, and opening presents.
After the party at Provident Place, we came back home for a barbecue. The little guys had a blast playing with all their new toys, and even got to stay up late!! JD was somewhat hyper from the cake icing, but actually went to bed pretty easy. Grandpa & Grandma Haynes & Uncle Rob left after the party, and Grandpa & Grandma Surry left after the barbecue, but Grandma Cindy is still here with us.
I can't believe the boys are a year old already!! I also can't believe the birthday is over; it seems I waited a long time to be able to plan my kids party and make their cakes. Now I can relax!!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A - Attached or Single? ~ attached to the best man ever
B - Best Friend? ~ that would be Jonny
C - Cake or Pie? ~ what? we have to choose? Cake AND Pie!!!
D - Drink of Choice? ~ OJ
E - Essential Items? ~ chapstick, calendar, pen & paper
F - Favorite Color? ~ Blue & Green
G - Gummie Bears or Worms? ~ Bears I guess...not a fan of either...
H - Hometown? ~ Raymond, Alberta
I - Indulgence? ~ Coloring my hair
J - January or February? ~ Feb...I like Valentines Day
K - Kids? ~ two cutie-pie boys
L - Life is Incomplete Without? ~ Family, and a piano
M - Marriage Date? ~ July 24, 2004
N - Number of Siblings? ~ 4-one older bro and 3 younger bros
O - Oranges or Apples? ~ oranges all the way, love 'em
P - Phobias/Fears? ~ terrified to death of clowns & a bit claustrophobic
Q - Favorite Quote? ~ "Remember who you are, and act as you should" -T. Haynes
R - Reason to Smile? ~ my husband, my kids, autumn scenery, a grand piano
S - Seasons? ~ Autumn
T - Tags? ~ a few friends
U - Unknown Fact about Me... ~ I own a dagger
V - Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals? ~ I love a good steak or burger
W - Worst Habit? ~ chewing my nails...yes, I still do that. Quit for awhile, but....
X - X-rays or Ultrasounds? ~ Ultrasounds I guess... not a fan of anything medical...
Y - Your Fave Food? ~ soup and sandwiches! Yum!
Z - Zodiac? ~ Aries
OK, there you go...I hope you guys do this too so I can learn more about those I snoop on!!!! LOL
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
There is a kind of freedom in leaving behind the car seat. A graduation of sorts. The old days of the rear-facing seat are gone, the boys big enough and old enough to sit forward like big boys!! I looked at the old seats for a minute before storing them in the basement. They have been a huge part of the last year and a half of our lives. Before the babies came I would stare at those seats, just filled with anticipation at finally placing babies in them and setting out on adventures. My eyes filled with stars, dreaming of babies and baby things, wondering what our boys would be like, look like, act like....I stared at those seats. When the NICU nurse phoned us and announced we could finally pick our babies up and bring them home...we excitedly put the seats in the car and took off, so ready to use those beautiful car seats!!! Now???? Well, lets just say we had a good ride. I don't care to strap the babies in and lug those things around any more!!! While I did gain some killer muscles in my arms, I am done. Finally!! WOO HOO!!!!
Friday, September 12, 2008
I think back over my life before kids, and while there were some exciting experiences I find myself loving this change. Shocking as it was, and still is at times, it really is great. For us the fact we were expecting was blown out of the water by the fact of how many we were expecting. We were only trying for one, and I can still remember the exact moment we were told we would be getting two. Now THAT is shock!! The days that followed were a blur; Jon said very often and in a very bewildered tone "TWO babies!!! TWO!!!!" Somehow we managed our shock and embraced this change in our lives. We became a family overnight. Not to say it's only a major change if you have two; believe me, adjusting to one would be a definate change as well.
All of this talk of change causes me to wonder how on earth single parents do it. I am a firm believer in the family unit. A father and a mother working together as a team to teach, love, protect and comfort their children is a beautiful thing! Anyone finding themselves as sole parent to their children and taking on that role with all of their might and strength...well hats off to that person. I couldn't do it, nor could I imagine doing it; there have been many times in the past year I have leaned on my husband for support and strength. I think if anyone was worthy of stating that "having a baby changes your life!", the single parent would be the only one. Because instead of it being a ridiculously obvious statement, it becomes a wise admission of reality from one who puts every part of themself to work for someone else, and has completely left their needs and wants behind with their old life.
I am loving this change of course in my life, and am grateful to my husband for taking this road with me. To all of you with children: isn't it wonderful!!! That we learn as much as they do on a daily basis.... To all of you without children: PLEASE SLEEP IN FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And enjoy it. Because it's possible that someday you will suddenly find yourself on a different course, and you will find yourself wanting to tell YOUR single friends..."having a baby changes your life!"
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
David has definately developed more of his unique personality; his changes are more subtle and can be frustrating. He is already practicing the art of throwing a good temper tantrum. If I am eating and I don't share with him constantly, he throws a FIT!!!! He has masterfully developed this loud wail and has slowly perfected it over the last few months, another subtle change. That particular noise is used if I don't rescue him from his crib jail fast enough for his liking. The only sudden change I have discovered in him as of late is his climbing skill; he can now climb on furniture. I have to watch him closely...he is wary and keeps a low center of gravity to prevent an accidental fall, but his dismount is backwards..he goes head first. Instead of sliding off the chair, he will try to crawl down it head first. A few times I have caught him seconds before he smacks his head on the floor!
I have tried to define their characters with these new developments and it's still pretty hard. JD is a laid back, easy going guy who likes to be a jokester. He likes to engage us in whatever game he is playing, and loves to be amused. He is very caring and a protector of his brother. David is more demanding, especially if he is tired. He can play contentedly on his own, but he also initiates contact with us and likes attention. David is also somewhat of a trickster; he thinks certain deviant acts are funny and tries to get away with them using a collection of ultra-cute facial expressions. Both boys have many similarities and also very distinct characteristics of their own. I have so much fun watching them grow and change! They are hilarious and make things very interesting for me. I think my favorite trait they both share is pushing the limits. They constantly try new things to test their capabilities, and don't let obsticles run them down. You go boys!!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
There are many special moments I want to engrave on my heart forever. For example, on the night the twins were born; I never want to forget the way Jon looked all dressed up in scrubs. Dr. Surry!! lol. I always want to remember the sheer excitement and sense of urgency as we walked across the pedway leading into the hospital, on our way to see our babies in the NICU. We couldn't get their fast enough! (Why is the parkade SO FAR from the main entrance??!) I don't ever want to forget how adorable the boys looked while they shared a crib. Lying next to eachother, all wrapped up in blankets; so tiny in such a huge crib. It seems all of this was a million years ago!
I want to carve every moment into my memory! I am still mourning the infants they were; wanting tiny, cuddly babies again, while at the same time loving so much the stage they are at!! These two have never been cuter. I want to remember David's crazy hair (in case it relaxes as he grows). He always looks charged up, as if he stuck his finger in a light socket! I love it. He got that from Daddy. :D I never want to forget JD's first-thing-in-the-morning smile. He always has one for me!! But I know in the years to come, specifically the teenage years, I won't be seeing a smile first thing in the morning.
Even while they are changing and growing every day, there are things I know will stick around for years to come. I want to remember the protectiveness JD has over David. I always want to have in my memory the looks and smiles they give eachother. I want to remember the sameness; there are things they do at the same time. Such as in the middle of the night, they will suddenly start crying, then suddenly stop, at the same time. Or while playing, they will simultaniously stand up and move on to something else.
I always want to remember the two of them chasing Daddy around while he crawls to get away from them. The happy noises; I never ever want to forget their happy noises. There are many, many moments to hold in my heart as they grow and enter new stages all the time. Soon they will be 1, and officially toddlers. I love it all!!! Who knows what is next around the corner? I'm sure more adventures await; and with all the wonderful things tucked away in my memory bank, I am ready to jump in with both feet and start the next phase!