Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The great switcheroo

The girls decided to swap personalities for the day. Let me start off by saying, yes, I'm 100 percent sure Izzie is Izzie and Maddie is Maddie. They just sure aren't acting like it today. It actually started in the middle of the night last night. Izzie woke up at 3am to nurse. She hasn't done that in a while. It's been Maddie doing that. So while I was nursing her, I was trying to get a good look at her in the dark and make SURE it was Izzie. John was out of town last night so, I put them down myself. It was Izzie. I didn't think too much of it, I mean their sleep schedules are far from etched in stone. But when Maddie went all the way to 6am without waking up, I started to wonder again. This morning, when I turned on the light I made sure each twin was who I thought they were. So, they just slept differently. Okay. Well yesterday I started giving them breakfast. So we are now doing 3 meals a day! The doctor yesterday recommended adding dairy in the form of cheese and yogurt. So I bought some cottage cheese yesterday. I mixed it with blueberries for the morning meal. I was afraid Maddie would gag on the new texture. She didn't love it, but she didn't gag... Izzie did! I decided to puree the cottage cheese. It wasn't the texture, they didn't like the taste. I'll try again, they do that sometimes with new foods, but it just threw me for a loop again that Maddie was more willing to try it than Izzie. Izzie is usually my adventure eater! We played this morning and the weather was beautiful so we went on a long walk. After a 1hr 15min (!!!) nap I tried giving them a lunch. Mangos and Rice. They've had that several times before. Izzie started bawling and Maddie ate her portion. Now, Izzie is laying in the swing (Maddie's favorite spot) and Maddie is playing contently in the excersaucer. I wonder if this is "try sissy's personality on for a day" or a switcheroo completely? And again, yes, I'm 1000 percent sure I didn't mix them up!

Monday, September 29, 2008

9 month check-up, 9 days late

Today was the girls 9 month check up. The good news: They are doing great and didn't have to have any shots! No bad news to report. Doctor Lanman said that the girls were doing excellent in every aspect. They are growing great, developing great and she said they are so cute! She is a doctor, so that must be an important thing! Here are their official stats:

Madeline Elizabeth:
Head circumference:17.25"
Weight: 17 lbs 3 oz
Height: 27.5"

Isabelle Dawn:
Head circumference: 17"
Weight: 16 lbs 14 oz
Height: 28"

Now for an image of foreshadowing...

No, Izzie didn't pull herself up, I helped her, but she stayed up long enough for a few photos!


Izzie and Maddie playing. Maddie is more interested in crawling than pulling up. She also likes things that aren't "toys." Both girls like to put stuff into things. Next to Maddie is a clear plastic container. They love putting smaller objects in it and then dumping them out.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Purple twins and a crawler

What a day. It started with the girls waking up really, really early. John brought them downstairs where they promptly fell back asleep. The morning went fairly well, and then they went down for a 2 hour nap. It shocked us. I remember fondly the days of 3 hour naps, now if we get an hour we are shocked. After naptime I went to Lowes and bought some Mums. They were on sale for 74cents a pot. I got a bunch. My plan was to put the girls on a blanket in the front yard so they could play while I dug up the flower bed. While we were getting ready (sunscreen, gathering up toys and a blanket) Maddie took her first crawling "steps!" She did it twice, moved about a foot each time. She was after the sunscreen bottle. She likes things that don't look like toys. We were so excited! Anyway, the yard didn't work out so great. They loved laying on the lawn in Tahoe, we figured it'd be the same. I did manage to get my flowers planeted, but John ended up bring the girls back inside. Izzie fell asleep in the jumper.

After I got all cleaned up the girls were getting fussy so I decided to give them a snack while I tried to get the kitchen cleaned up for tonight. (Everyone is coming over for cake and dinner for Mom's birthday.) I gave them a Gerber wagon wheel and some blueberries. I turned my babies purple. They liked the blueberries, but they got them everywhere. Somehow, the babies got cleaned (mostly) the kitchen got cleaned (mostly) and Rhonda just showd up for dinner. Whew. I'm exhausted.

Some flowers I bought. They were pretty and red.


I bought a lot of yellow mums. I hope they live!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Greek Festival


Mom, Chris, the girls and I went to a Greek Food Festival today. I think the girls enjoyed it. The place was jam packed with people. It was so croweded I had a hard time manuevering the stroller. We ate a ton of food. We got gyros and greek salad, Chris got some kind of pasta dish, and of course we had to sample all of the desserts. There was a few shops and a cooking demonstration, which we missed. There were cute little kids dressed up in authentic Greek costumes that did some dances for the crowds. The girls enjoyed some pita bread that they got to hold all by themselves.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Peek-a-boo, Maddie style


Maddie decided to try hiding under the changing table. It was cute. Actually, both the girls are playing peek-a-boo a bunch. They love it. I'm trying to teach them to play it with each other, since I read about a baby that liked to play it in the mirror with herself. Today, they are back to their old selves. They've been so super happy all day long. It's been very refreshing. They spent the morning on their hands and knees rocking back and forth, it won't be long now before I have crawlers.

Happy Birthday Nana!

Today is my Mom's birthday. Happy B-Day!!! We love you!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Birthday dinner

This evening we went to Romano's Macaroni Grill for my mom's birthday. I'll just say it was a milestone birthday and leave it at that. Tomorrow is her actual birthday. We had a delicious and fun time. The girls were pretty good too. They sat in their high chairs for an hour before they started to get fussy. They calmed down when John and I held them. It was so cute, we gave Maddie a toasted pita triangle that was part of the appetizer to chew on for a bit. It looked like a big pizza slice in her mouth. She was going to town on it. I had to give Izzie a piece too. They brought mom out a cake and a flower and sang happy birthday to her in Italian.

On the way home, Maddie cried almost the whole way. It was an hour after her bedtime and she was exhausted. We decided to skip baths, she just wanted her bunny, her paci and her bed. I was nursing them before we put them down, but she finally stopped and wasn't happy until her head hit the mattress. She was out like a lightbulb at that point. Izzie was tired too, but she was more concerned with why her sissy was crying so hard. Once she realized Maddie was okay, she was fine too.

On another birthday note... my friend Jamie's son, Nicholas Norgaard, turned ONE today!!! What a big boy! Maybe I can coax a picture out of Jamie to post on my blog?? ;) (*hint hint Jamie)

Happy Birthday to my Momma!




Here's Maddie eating her "pizza."



Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Much better

Today is the third day we've been home and I think the girls are finally getting adjusted back to their normal routine. They've been so clingy that I've had a hard time getting anything done around the house. Someone suggested to me that it also could be teething again. Apparently some babies get extra clingy when their gums hurt, they want their mom's to make them feel better. We tried some orajel on the girls last night and it did seem to help a bit. I did it again today, and it stopped some of the fussiness for a while.

I've tried to keep yesterday and today as boring and routine as possible. I figured that would help things and it seems to be paying off. The girls are down for a nap right now. They've been pretty fun and active today. They jumped in their jumperoo's for thirty whole minutes this morning. It is the cutest thing ever. I love the look they get in their eyes when they see each other. Then they start giggling and then jumping like crazy.

For lunch today I made them banana yogurt. They were saying "Um um Um UM!!" over and over. Apparently it went over very well. I added a drop of vanilla and some cinnamon to the mushed bananas and greek yogurt. Greek yogurt doens't have any sugar added and is actually pretty tart.

John is at his company summer party. Two years ago it was on a boat on one of the lakes in town. Last year, the lady who planned it was on maternity leave so it never got planned. This year it's at Main Event. They are bowling, playing laser tag and other fun activities to build team spirit. He should be coming home a bit late from his fun day. Hopefully he's scoring some big points for his team bowling!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Settling back in

Not too much got done yesterday. Isn't that how it is when you come home from vacation? I did manage to go to the grocery store and unpack at least one of the suitcases. The girls were missing their "people" from all week and were very clingy yesterday. They wouldn't let me out of their sight. Maddie was particularly difficult in that she didn't know what she wanted. If I held her, she wanted down, if we put her down she wanted to be held. They were both exhausted and took pretty good naps yesterday. Hopefully today will be a little bit back to normal.

After we put them to bed last night, John Chenault came over and we all watched the Heroes premiere. I was disappointed after last season and wasn't sure I'd watch this season, but the show last night was very good, so I think I'm hooked in again!

I don't have much planned for today, we'll see how it pans out. Right now, Maddie woke up and is playing in her exersaucer which is a good sign. (She wouldn't play in it yesterday.) And Izzie is still snoozing, but I hear her stirring so she'll be up soon. Let the day begin!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Day 9, Home Sweet Home

Well, we made it home safe and sound after a very long day. The strange thing is right now it's 8:30p Dallas time, which means technically it should feel like 6:30p Tahoe time on my body. Then please explain why it feels like 10:30p instead??

It was a good day. We woke up at 6:30 and finished packing up. Then, guess where we went? Yep. The Lakeside Inn and Casino for breakfast. By this time, I was actually tired of the place so I ate cereal in the room before we left. Somehow I still ended up eating Grandma's hashbrowns! She gave me her portion everyday. Anyway, I digress. From the Lakeside we loaded up and drove the hour to Reno. The girls had fun playing on the floor in the airport before take off. We were trying to wear them out as much as we could. People were starting to get very afraid. I think there were 5 babies and a few toddlers on our flight.

The girls were terrific! Grandma was terrific! She has a hard time flying usually, but today she did great. She even made Maddie smile when she got tired of sitting in my lap. The girls slept for a portion of the trip. They didn't cry at all. I was worried they'd cry during take off or landing, but we got lucky! When we exited the plane a lady approached John and told him he was super dad and wanted to give him $20 for how well behaved our babies were. We told her thank you, but didn't accept her gift.

Mom picked us up at the airport in my van and we went to her house for a yummy spaghetti dinner. After dinner, we drove back to my house with mom so she could pick up her car. When I walked in the door I had a huge surprise! She had my house cleaned while I was gone. I am so thankful, I hate coming home to a messy house. Before Tahoe, I was sick (then the girls got sick) and John had been out of town for the week. It was all I could do to get packed much less clean house before we left. I walked in to a spotless kitchen and was thrilled beyond words.

The girls went down at 7:30 Dallas time (5:30 Tahoe time!) they were so tired. I hope they don't wake up at 4:30a tomorrow.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Day 8, First Accident

The whole family was going to go to dinner together on our last night in Tahoe. Well, those that were still here, as Larry and Jan left this morning and Terri and Jeff left yesterday. We picked this place called Blue Water Bistro on Lake Tahoe. No one had been to it yet. Well, it was a tiny place. The setting was gorgeous, but there was no way our whole family could fit. Bummer. So, it being a Saturday night in Tahoe, most places were pretty packed. Last minuted we decided the buffet at the Horizon. Lynn and I wanted to try it out anyway. It was a small place packed to maxium capacity. The food was standard buffet fair, pretty decent. The girls were acting like little angels. They ate some steamed carrots and bread, but as it was aproaching past their bed time they started getting fussy. John and I decided it was time to get back to the condo before full blown crying started. Did I mention the place was packed? We were trying to open the stroller and move highchairs and get diaper bags and do it all very quickly. I plopped Izzie in the stroller and John moved her over to the other side and strapped her in. I then plunked Maddie in the stroller and then bent over to get the diappy bag. John starts trying to move the stroller through the restuarant and Maddie all of a sudden was on the floor! I didn't strap her in, I thought John was going to. He didn't strap her in because he thought I was going to. She is okay, just a tiny bump on the head. She calmed down faster than I did. We got them back to the condo in one piece and now they are sleeping peacefully.

Day 8, 9 Months Old

Happy 9 months old to the girls!!! Maddie and Izzie are 9 months today. They've come a long way in the last month, and they've jumped leaps and bounds in the past week.

Maddie and Izzie both are saying MamaMamaMama. They are eating a lot of different types of solids and even starting to finger feed themselves some fruits and cereals. They are starting to get up on their knees and rock, one step away from crawling. They both will reach out for someone to pick them up. They also started waving this last week. Izzie is saying DadaDadaDada and Maddie started clapping.

They've been on an airplane and in two different states than the one they live in! I say they've done a lot.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Day 7, Late night (aka 8pm)

It ended up being a long day today. The morning started out pretty slow. I stayed here with the girls while some went to the Lakeside for breakfast and others went to Rude Brothers for bagels. Julie brought me back a bagel. Nothing like the packaged ones you buy at the grocery store! After breakfast, Julie and I took a dip in the hot tub. Then a whole bunch of nothing happened for the next few hours. I was antsy to go DO something. But, Izzie took a nap, then she woke up and Maddie took a nap, etc. Finally it was lunchtime and I got in the car with Tom to pick up KFC for everyone. We had a picnic of fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

The plan was for the older crowd to head to Carson City to gamble and to a place called Sharkie's for dinner. The younger ones were going to Kahle Meadow to go on a hike. I was gung ho to GO GO GO and Sabrina took a nap. All this napping, and I didn't get a turn! Maddie and Izzie were playing and suddenly they got super fussy. Oh, my goodness. THEY wanted another nap. I figured we'd never get anywhere. Finally ALL the babies woke up at once and we swept out the door. It was a great little hike. It took us about 2 hours round trip. The hike ends at Lake Tahoe and we sat the girls down in the sand for a few minutes to see what they would do. Izzie tried to eat the sand, which wasn't unexpected. On the way back, I saw a cool looking black and yellow stripped snake!

After the hike, Chris, Julie, Sammy, Sabrina, John, Maddie, Izzie and I were going to go to dinner. It took forever for us to figure out a place to eat. We ended up at Wolfgang Puck Express. It was very tasty. I ended up having to order for John and I got him a Bar-B-Q Chicken Quesidilla. It turned out better than my Chicken Pesto Sandwhich. By the time we finished dinner it was time to put the girls down to bed. All the fresh air and wind from our hike wore them out.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Day 6, Date Night

John and I took a date night this evening. Jackie and Tom watched the girls for us while we went to dinner and the casino's for about an hour and half. We went to Mont Blue Casino, it's the newest one on the strip. They have a restaruant called the Unbuffet. It's a buffet. There really isn't anything UN about it. It is a very yummy buffet though. My favorite things were the mushroom raviolis in cream sauce. It was nice having dinner with just us. After dinner, we fed the slot machines some money, but we had a good time doing it. We were up at one point, and we should have quit.... but we played until it was time to go put the girls to bed.

Day 6, Morning & Afternoon




This morning started like normal. We headed to the Lakeside for breakfast. We went with Lynn, Grandma, Larry and Betty. John went into the casino while we waited for breakfast. He was playing some of the penny machines. He went in with $34 on his ticket and came back with $61, not too bad for 15 minutes of gambling!

After breakfast everyone split up. We actually said our good buys to Terri and Jeff last night since they were leaving early this morning. Then the rest of the gang went on a field trip to Placerville and Apple Hill for lunch. Apple Hill is supposed to have some fantastic apple pies. We decided to stay back, because we didn't want such a long trip with the girls. We went on a hike called the "Stream Profile" It's put together by the Tahoe Ecological Society or something like that. It's a paved hike with plaques that talk about the different ecological systems you pass on the walk. It's just a easy hike that is stroller friendly. On one part of the hike you walk into a buidling that is below the level of the stream. It looks like a fish tank, but it's the actual stream. Maddie and Izzie got to see a fish swim right by them. They were watching it very closely. I wanted to take a picture of the girls in the grass. John was worried about bugs. I won, and we got some very cute pictures.

When we got back from the Stream Profile, Maddie took a nap, but Izzie refused. I went down to the pool for a while to enjoy some peace and quiet. Now, John headed up to the casinos for an hour and I'm watching the girls.

Day 6, Last Night

Yesterday afternoon John, the girls and I went for a stroll down the main drag of South Lake Tahoe. Mostly to just get out and walk around with the girls. They really enjoyed it. I can't get over how many more people stop us here to comment about "the twins" than at home. Everywhere we go, people are stopping us and saying how cute they are. (Which of course, is obvious.) We stopped at Cold Stone Creamery and bought some ice cream. I let the girls taste a tiny bite of my sweet cream ice cream. They said Um Um UM!

Last night for dinner we ate at Teps which is an Italian Restaurant. We've decided that you can't get good service in Tahoe. Which is strange since it is a tourist town. The lady tried to sit Julie, Chris, John and I at a table with three highchairs. Fine, that is what we were hoping for. She took us to a table and had all the adults on one side and was going to put all the highchairs in a row on the other side of the table. We tried to explain that wouldn't work. It was quite chaotic. We finally got seated and Izzie started crying. John ended up having to take his food to go so he could hold Izzie. Luckily, the food was excellent. The girls were just over tired. They slept great once we got them home.

After we put them down to bed, John and I took the baby monitor over to the solarium where we met up with Betty, Lynne, Jackie and Grandma to play a dice game called Left, Right, Center. We played 5 rounds with quaters and John won 3 and I won 1. We made it home with $13 in quarters, not too bad!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Day 5, Morning

We went to breakfast at the Lakeside Casino again this morning. I decided to be adventurous (and a nod towards healthy) and ordered the vegetarian omelet. I wouldn't recommend it. It had eggplant, mushrooms, asparagus and red bell pepper. It was okay, but the eggplant was just a little too much for me in an omelet. Maddie and Izzie enjoyed a few bites of John's pancakes. Maddie mostly just looked bored. Jackie and Tom watched the girls for a few minutes so John and I could feed the slot machines. We actually made $15 in pennies. I hit the button and we made $28 on one pull with bonuses. Izzie started waving to the waitresses today. Both of the girls are finally doing much better with other people holding them.

Another first- Izzie fell asleep in the car on the way back from breakfast and when John picked her up out of the carseat she stayed asleep, even when he laid her down in the crib. This afternoon we are mostly hanging out in the fresh air, we plan on walking up to the shops with the girls to get out. It's our easy day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Day 4, Dinner

For dinner tonight the whole gang got together to eat at Sam's Beach House. It's a small restuarant that is in a strip center. Jackie and Tom have been there several times over the years. When we arrive we were told that the place was about to close down. We soon found out why. The service was horrible! The food was pretty good, so that's a plus. I tried to feed Maddie and Izzie their dinner while we were waiting for ours. I mushed up peas instead of pureeing them to see how they would do. They didn't exactly love the mushed peas. They did eat about half of their serving, so that wasn't too bad.

The waitress we had was pretty horrible as far as waitresses go. She was yelling at the cook, she didn't want to split our orders even though we were the only people in the restaurant. She was super condescending to Grandma. Grandma ordered a cup of soup and asked how big it would be. I thought it was a valid question. Sometimes you order a cup of soup and it's more like a bowl and sometimes it's more like a cup. The waitress looked at her and said, "It's a CUP of soup." Like she was stupid. When Grandma finished her soup, the lady patted her on the back and said, "Oh, what a good girl, you finished your soup." I was horrified. That was no way to treat her. She said some rude things about me too. In a sarcastic voice going on about how I was one proud momma. Whatever.

Poor little Sabrina started running a fever. I hope she feels better in the morning! Tomorrow we don't have too many plans. It should be a pretty laid back relaxing day. I think we'll start breakfast at the Lakeside Inn and then maybe go hit some of the shops around the casinos.

Day 4, Picnic


When we got back, sure enough... here are the sandwiches that got left behind...

Here we are enjoying our picnic sans sandwiches. Food or not, we manage to have a great time!

Today the family went on a very interesting picnic. The day started out semi-lazy. The girls had a jammy morning with John, while I went to sit in the hot tub with Tom. It was pretty chilly and the hot tub felt great! Apparently while I was soaking in the hot tub, the girls went down for an early morning nap. They woke up just as I got back. And they were fussy. They were so congested, I felt so bad for them! We finally ended up giving them some tylenol and once that kicked in, life was much better all around.

Well, for the afternoon we had a picnic planned for down on the Lake Tahoe at the Hellman-Erhman mansion. Julie, Tom, C
hris and I went to pick up Subway Sandwiches for everyone. Tom bought his and Jackie's sandwich, I bought mine and John's and Julie and Chris got orders for everyone else. When we got back to the condo everyone jumped in cars and headed off to the picninc spot. It was about an hour drive away. As soon as we drove into the parking lot, Julie jumped out of her car and opened the trunk. Then she got really upset. Larry thought she left Sammy back at the condos. It turned out that she left the sandwiches. It really ended up to not be a big deal, but we had fun giving her a hard time about it. We enjoyed walking around the property. We took the girls down to the pier. The water of Lake Tahoe is so clear you can see all the way to the bottom. I took a picture of some rocks under the water and you can't even see the water!

After walking around for a bit, we decided to make some picnic magic. There were 12 people and 3 foot long Subway Sandwiches. Jackie said she was going to re-enact the fishes and loaves scene from the bible. She did a pretty convincing job. She had a bag in the van that had chips and dip and a peanut butter sandwhich or two. Somehow, everyone got plenty to eat.

Now we are just hanging out at the condo. The weather is turning colder this afternoon.

Monday, September 15, 2008

First word

I'm not sure if it counts if the girls don't know what theword means yet, but Maddie and Izzie both have been saying Mama Mama Mama all day long. Maddie more than Izzie. Izzie has said DaDa DaDa a few times!

Day 3, Evening


Sabrina, Chris, Jackie, Jeff, Terri, Jan, Lynn, Tom, Julie, Sammy, Betty, Grandma, Larry, Amanda, John, Madeline and Isabelle

Oh my goodness, what a crazy evening. It was the Dittlinger Bar-b-q. Tom mans the grill while the rest of us socialize and just hang out. We put a pallet in the grass for all the babies. Sammy had fun playing in the sand, although, I didn't know that sand shampoo was all the rage with four year olds. We ate a terrific dinner of tri-tip (a special cut of beef that is wonderful) chicken, sausage, potato salad, and other munchies. Then the fun began. We played "survivor" in the family. Jackie split us up into two teams. I think I was in the Bigler team. I was trying to pay attention to Jackie and Tom who were commencing the evening activities, my babies and I was trying to get most of the evening on video. It was hard. Anyway, Bigler had something to do with some Indian tribe that settled in Tahoe a long time ago. Or maybe it was the name of a lake. I don't really know. The other team had an even weirder a name. Anyway, our first challenge was to take an orange under our chins and pass it down the line. We were all laughing so hard I thought we were going to pass out. Grandma actually did beg out, she was afriad her pace maker wouldn't survive! I had to pass the orange to Jeff. I haven't gotten to hang out with him too much, but I got to know him really well during that 3 minutes. It was hilarious. I think our team won that one. Then we had some trivia questions. I'm pretty sure our team won that game too. Prizes were awarded and other fun activities. The girls did pretty good during this. They played on the blanket for a while, and then we held them. At 7 they absolutly crashed. Considering they didn't get great naps today, I wasn't surprised. I think Izzie slept through her bath even. We would have skipped baths, but they got so dirty, that I thought they'd sleep better if we got them sparkly clean.

John is off watching a football game with Chris. I'm enjoying some quiet time with the computer and listening to the soft snores from the girls.

Day 3, Afternoon

It's about 3:30 right now. We've had a pretty busy day today. First off, we had a really great night. Maddie and Izzie both slept great. I think it was all the time spent outside playing yesterday. They played outside on a blanket for a couple of hours yesterday evening. Izzie even started getting up on her knees and rocking like she was about to start to crawl!

This morning, we woke up and went to the Lakeside Inn and Casino for breakfast. They have a $3.99 special of eggs, hashbrowns, toast and bacon. We usually go there for breakfast every morning of our stay. The girls had a "receiving line" at breakfast. A bunch of people were crowded around them saying how adorable they were. When Tom and Jackie go there, they knew which table was ours because all of the people surrounding us! The girls took it stride. They'd make good celebrities.

After breakfast we came back to the condo to coat ourselves in sunscreen and headed up to Fallen Leaf Lake for our first hike. It was so much fun! The girls looked adorable in their backpacks. It was much easier to carry them than I thought it would be. John is suffering from a slight head cold, so he didn't have as much energy as normal. I was surprised he did as good as he did. Maddie started waving to Terri. She's really got it down. She waved to Grandma yesterday, but it wasn't as clear. Oh, and both girls spent the morning by going "mama mama mama mama." Too cute! They are growing fast up here in this fresh air.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Day 2, Morning

This morning we went to Harrah's Casino/Hotel for a HUGE breakfast buffet. It is awesome. It has everything from crablegs and shrimp to breakfast pizza and prime rib. Theres Eggs Benedict, your standard eggs, bacon and sausages. The most yummy waffles with banana's foster syrup. You could spend all day there and not taste everything they have to offer. Their desert station alone would take 2 weeks to work through. I filled up before I got to desert, although I considered my waffles with banana foster syrup desert. John strangly enough considered the prime rib his desert. He said it was that good. The girls got to try a pancake, blueberries and cantelope.

After breakfast we walked around the car show. It's mostly made up of old timey cars that people restored and new cars with sparkling special paint jobs. Now, we are back at the condo. Reading books and taking naps. The weather is beautiful, the sun is SO bright. I had forgotten how bright it is up here.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tahoe, here we are!

What a long day it has been, but a good one. Today was the girls very first plane trip. They did awesome! They exceeded our expectations by 100%. Maddie got fussy for about 3 minutes of the trip, but otherwise they were both so happy. The back row of the plane was empty, so we got to sit all together. (Normally there is only allowed one baby per row, because there are only 4 air masks per row.) So, the middle seat was empty and we got to sit the girls in the seat and they played with each other and their toys. We landed in Reno and then had about an hour drive in to Tahoe.

Once we got here, we unpacked, made a quick trip to the grocery store for snacks and stuff. Then we hung out on the front lawn. The girls (including Sabrina) played on a blanket on the grass and we had a picninc of pizza. The girls went down pretty easily because it was a fun full day.

TAHOE PICTURES

Friday, September 12, 2008

A flurry of activity

This morning has been very busy packing. I am trying to pack my whole house into 3 suitcases. I guess I feel I need to be prepared for anything that may happen on a one week trip. There is so much going on this morning that it's taken me 30 mintutes to type two sentences.

The girls had a pretty rough night last night. Their noses fluxuated between being super runny to completely stopped up. There was lots of late night cuddles. Thank goodness John was home to help out this time though! This morning, both girls seem like they are feeling much better, but they still have runny noses.

With all of the commotion and piles getting ready to pack, I left a book too close to the play area. Maddie decided she had a taste for knowledge. I heard this crinkling sound and said, "OH NO" just as I heard a "Rip!" Her mouth had bits of paper in it. I learned my lesson...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sick

I've been trying to deny that I am sick for the past few days. But I think I am. At least it is a minor head cold. I don't feel that bad. My nose is runny and my head is stuffy. The bad thing is that this morning (after a horrible bad night) both girls woke up with runny noses. They seem to be feeling fine. They are both playing pretty well this morning with just minor fussiness. I just don't have the energy to cope with much. I'm supposed to be packing for our trip to Tahoe, but it's hard to find the energy to do more than lay on the ground with the girls and play with their toys. Luckily John comes home tonight. He said he'd possibly work from home tomorrow. That might help.

Happy Birthday Grandpa!!!

The girls and I want to wish their Grandpa, John's Dad, a very happy birthday. Jackie, Tom, John's Grandma and Great Aunt Betty are all headed to Tahoe in their minivan. They should be hitting Las Vegas today. Maybe they will have some birthday luck and hit a casino!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

September PAMOM

Last night was a very big night for me. It was the first night someone other than John or I put the girls down to bed. It was the September PAMOM meeting and John was out of town in Chicago. So, my mom and my sister came over to babysit. Each probably thought they could do it alone, but I didn't want them outnumbered. I think in the long run, they were both glad that there were two of them to the two girls. Somehow, they still felt outnumbered! I hear there was a lot of crying, not much eating and no baths, but that they did get to sleep. I guess that's a good thing. At least I didn't come home to crying awake babies! But they started crying so hard that Mom said they wouldn't eat and she was afriad they'd choke if she tried. So my poor little darlings cried themselves to sleep. Somehow everyone involved survived. I figured they'd wake up in the middle of the night wanting to nurse, but they made it to 4:30 and since they usually wake up at 5 to nurse, that wasn't too bad. Anyway, thanks goes out to Nana and Aunt Rhonda for watching the girls last night!

As for my meeting. It was so so. I was very looking forward to our guest speakers. The first was on child development. Well, as it turned out, it was more baby development stages newborn to 8 months. Since the girls are 8.5 months now, I just got to learn everything I did wrong. Well, not really! I actually learned that I did most stuff right, but she kind of left me hanging for what comes next! Our second speaker was on organizing our lives. I was starting to get too antsy to really listen to her. (Remember, first time the girls went down without one of us!) and she started off sort of slow. I felt really rude, but I ended up leaving towards the beginning of her speech. I was disappointed. She is a member of PAMOM and she's even been on TV, but I didn't like her speaking style. On a different night, it might have been okay, but I was too jumpy. I'll call Ashley today and see if I missed anything.

On the weather... Hurricane Ike is supposed to hit Texas between Galveston and Brownsville on Friday and head up towards Dallas as a tropical depression. I sure hope this doesn't effect our flight on Saturday morning. So, here's to watching the weather!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Jump Jump

Maddie and Ripley


Somehow, I've ended up with another "dog person" in the house. I'm a cat person, John is a dog person. He's all excited that Maddie loves Ripley as much as he does. Maddie is absolutley facinated by Ripley. Don't get me wrong, Izzie likes watching him too, but not like Maddie. I think maybe Maddie is just an animal person. The kitties don't really like the girls so they stay away. Who knows, but it is cute to see her try to pet Ripley. And kudos to Rips. He is the best dog ever. He is so incredibly patient with the girls. He will lay there and let them pull on his fur. If they get too close to his ears or tail, he just gets up calmly and walks away. He's never growled or snapped at either of the girls. He also amazingly leaves their toys alone. No one can figure out how he knows his toys from theirs, but somehow he does. I have to admit for a dog, Ripley is probably the best you can get. (I do love him, I just like to give him a hard time for being a dog!)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Bye bye Daddy

John is leaving for Chicago this afternoon. He'll be gone until Thursday night. Thankfully my mom will be here to help out a lot, and I even got my sister to agree to babysit one night while he's away. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those long-short weeks. It's going to feel long since John will be away, but short since at the end of it we leave for Tahoe and I have a million things to do. 

On the twin front: The girls did excellent this morning with their finger foods. I've slowly been introducing finger foods to them over the past week or two. Today I gave them cut up bananas and cheerios. I figured Ripley would get most of them. But the girls managed to get most of the pieces in their mouths by themselves! I was very impressed, but then I knew I had talented babies!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Where did the day go?

Today was one of those days that just flew by. It started out pretty great. Izzie woke up early, so John got her and the monitor and went downstairs. He let me sleep in. It was AWESOME. I woke up and stretched lazily and then just layed still in bed for 10 minutes listening to absolutely nothing. The irony did cross my mind. About 9 months ago when I was on bedrest waking up to nothing was just miserable. I knew it meant a long day loomed ahead of me. Now, those 10 minutes of peace and quiet are more valuable than I ever imagined they would be.

I made some new batches of baby food, the girls got to try something called Zweiback Toast. It's a teething biscuit of sorts. Maddie ate hers almost completely. Izzie only ate about half of hers. Then, this afternoon we made a trip to Target. Mostly just to get out of the house for a bit. And I know it'll take about 15 trips to Target before I feel like I have everything I need for a 1 week trip out of town. I bought the girls some silver dress shoes. And I bought something called "baby legs." Basically they are leg warms from the 80's. The advantage being, they will keep legs warmers, without having to pull off hose to change a diaper. Plus, they are cute.

This evening the family went to Brooklyn's Pizza for dinner. The girls did excellent again. Although, they were bummed they had to eat peas instead of pizza.

Izzie and Maddie dining on Zweiback Toast.


Maddie modeling her "baby legs"


Me getting ready to take the girls out on a walk.



Friday, September 5, 2008

Outdoor adventures of an indoor cat


Izzie studying on her laptop.


Maddie rolling and rolling and rolling across the floor.


Whew, what a difference one day makes. Yesterday the girls were in such a great mood. They were laughing and playing and just plain cheerful. Today for some reason, has been rough. No one in the whole family slept that great (except Ripley.) And I think that is what started a rough day. Thank goodness John came home early. I needed a break. I got out for a little over an hour today to buy some new jeans for my Tahoe trip. That is getting closer and closer! As much as I like taking the girls places, taking them to try on clothes is not easy at all. I've decided to avoid that as much as possible.

As for last night... it was weird. John couldn't sleep, so he went downstairs for a bit last night. He said he hears the dog door slam, which threw him for a loop because he was staring at Ripley. So he decided to investigate. We do live right off of a farm, so the possibilities of racoons or other wild animals coming in isn't that far off. Well, it wasn't a wild animal going out. It was our INDOOR kitty cat, Jake going OUT! He figured out the dog door. I don't want him going out. He is declawed and not meant to be outside. He's my pudgy baby. I don't want to take away Ripley's dog door, so I guess we are going to make sure there are no low spots in the fence for Jake to get under. And I'll put a collar on him with our info. We are pretty sure he can't scale the fence. He weighs like 18lbs, has no front claws and is probably 13-14 years old. Or another way to put it, he isn't very agile. During the day Ripley keeps Jake from coming downstairs, but now that Ripley is getting older, he's sleeping harder at night and didn't hear Jake come downstairs.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bottled weather

I wish I could find a way to bottle up the weather today. It is so incredibly refreshing out there. I went on my morning walk and was gone for about an hour and half. Afterwards, instead of feeling drained, exhausted, and overheated; I felt energized and rejuvinated! The girls enjoyed it too. The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing the temperature was 68 when started out the door. I met up with my friend Stephanie. She needed to get out with her boys. We walked around for almost an hour. It's so good to chat with another mom of twins. After she had to go in to figure out what Nick wanted (he started to get fussy) I headed over to Melissa's house. I hadn't heard much from her in the past few days so I figured I needed to poke her a few times. Her mom was in town visiting. Her mom was so cute! She's from Georgia and that's another thing that should be able to be bottled. Her Georgia accent. I didn't want to intrude on them for too long, so I figured it was time to head on home. Maddie and Izzie were also in a terrific mood. We played on the floor together for a good 45 min before I took them up for naptime. The whole time they were happy and laughing. After nap, we are going to go run some errands. Getting out with my new van is such a breeze that I don't mind taking both girls with me to do stuff. Plus, they are usually so well behaved out, that I prefer going out with them than staying home. They like to see the world. 

I took the girls to Walmart today and they helped me pick out a new toy. Um... I mean, important piece of equipment. The girls got their first "laptop" today! They love all the buttons. Here's Izzie, she's already a pro.

Maddie likes it too. She was more interested in it when it was Izzie's turn to play with it though...

A few hours after I got back from Walmart, my friend Ashley called and said she wanted to get out of the house. So we decided to meet up at Firewheel Mall. Again, the weather was just too perfect and Firewheel is an outdoor mall. The girls were so good! All four of them. We even got to eat dinner at San Fransico Oven. Here's some pictures:
Maddie and Izzie in front of the Firewheel Mall fountain.

Hangin' out, waiting for our friends to show.

Here they are! Right after I took this picture, a lady walked up to us because she thought we had quads! We *almost* let her believe it, but then we told her the truth. 

Yummy, where's mine? 

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

8 monthis in, 8 months out

Today I realized that the girls have been alive almost the same amount of time I was pregnant with them. I delievered 5 weeks early on a 40wk scale. Actually I was 34 weeks and 6 days pregnant. The girls are 36 weeks old today. Actually they are257 days, 22 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds as of 6:02pm this evening. I got that from a website where you can enter your birthday. When you are pregnant 8 months seems a lot longer. I think a lot of that has to do with worry. Worry that the birth will go alright, worry that they will be healthy. Worry that they won't be born too early. Once they are here it is all about survival. Well, in the beginning it was. I remmeber those early months we looked at life in 3 hour chunks. Just had to get through the next feeding. It's been so much fun to see them grow. Right now they are sitting in their highchairs absolutely cracking each other up. They will sit and look at each other and laugh like it's going out of style. I've tried capturing it on film, but as soon as they see the camera, it's game over. It's the cutest thing in the world. John and I love sitting in the next room over and listening to it. It's like their private little bubble and we are on the outside looking in. It's one of those twin things that you read about. It's like they know exactly what they are telling each other. You can see it in their eyes. One will "say" something and then the other will laugh and laugh like she told the funniest joke in the world. John says they are talking about us. Then again, what else do they have to talk about? 

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Gustav

Hurricane Gustav hit Lousiana yesterday. After Hurricane Katrina a few years ago, people took the evacuation orders a bit more seriously. Today, in Dallas, we are seeing the lasting effects of Gustav. It's really windy out there! We are having winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour according to weather.com. We should get some pretty good rain over the next day or so. If it hadn't been for Hurricane Katrina, one of the girls would probably have that name. Katrina was a name my mom had picked out for me, but everyone convinced her to go with Amanda instead. I've always loved the name. I said that if I had a little girl then I'd name her Katrina. After the huge hurricane, it just didn't feel right anymore. Which is okay, because I love the names we did go with and I can't imagine Isabelle or Madeline being a Katrina. Their names just fit them perfectly. We had the names picked out, but we didn't know who was who in the womb. I let John pick which girl got which name. I think he picked perfectly. Izzie is 100% Izzie and Maddie just wouldn't be any other name either.

I love picking out names. The other day Cody and John were trying to come up with names for Baby Klement. Dana is going to drive me crazy, just like her sister and not find out the sex until he/she is born. I can't deal with suspense people!!! Anyway, John said that if it was a boy they'd have to name him Emment Klement. for a girl they were leaning towards Billie Mae or some other small town name. Poor little Baby K. Coming up with crazy names is all part of the fun. We called the girls Ditt & Dott in the womb. Our crazy name was Dorthy Deeadra Dittlinger or Dottie D. Ditt for short.

This evening we put Maddie in the bouncy and Izzie on the floor to watch her. For some reason, Maddie found this absolutely hilarious. She is bouncing and laughing her head off. 

Monday, September 1, 2008