Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Part 3 -Trick or Treating

John with Thing 2 and Thing 1 (Izzie and Maddie)

Izzie and Maddie

I decided to throw on my chef whites and hat (and the wig from the night before) and go as a chef, it was easy enough and still fun!)

Waiting to go on our "Walk." Oh yeah... John and I totally scored this AWESOME picnic table the other day on a previous walk. Someone was throwing it away and it is in great condition! I'm so thrilled because I wanted a picnic table for the girls. I just need to sand it and re-stain it. Anyway... been meaning to brag on our find for a couple days now.

I've heard that a lot of kids get really scared to trick or treat. I was 100% sure that my girls would be one of those kids. They can be really shy with new people. It didn't happen. They were AWESOME. John and I headed out with the wagon while Nanna and Popo manned the front porch/candy supply. When we got to the first house we gave the girls their trick or treat bags that Grandma had bought them. I told the girls that if they went up to the house and knocked on the door with Momma and asked for "more treats" (a phrase they are more familiar with than Trick or Treat) that they would get treats put in their bags. They were ALL for that. They jumped out of the wagon faster than you can blink. Now when push came to shove they didn't actually ask for the treats, they stood there with big eyes... BUT they didn't run away crying and screaming either! (Now that I think about it, I'm not sure where they learned Treat either, except the other night at Grandma's when she gave them the Trick or Treat bags full of goodies.)

Then back in the wagon and on to the next house. I think we hit about 8 houses or so on our short route up and down the block. I was super impressed with them, especially considering it was getting past their bedtime. Halloween coincided nicely with the time change this year so we decided to try and keep them up hoping they will sleep in a bit in the morning. (We shall see...) anyway, we got back to our house and John pulled out some side walk chalk so they could draw under the porch light while we all visited and handed out more candy. My Unka D and Auntie R were in town so they stopped by to visit too. For some reason the girls were scared of Unka D, that with them being tired, started a crying bout. We put them to bed right at about 8pm and there was no arguments from them at all. They were wiped out! It was a great Halloween! (And it was MY first time to ever go Trick or Treating since I wasn't allowed to when I was a kid!)

Halloween Part 2

Last night John and I got dressed up to attend Mig and Becky's Halloween Party. An event I have been really looking forward to. The theme was Rock Band and everyone was supposed to dress up as a rock star or some musician. I decided to dress as Dolly Parton and I came up with the idea for Daddy to dress as a member of Blue Man Group.

We had a fun time getting ready. John slathered on the blue make-up which did not dry, it stayed wet all evening. He had to be careful not to scratch his face. I put on fake nails, fake eyelashes, a wig and a fake beauty mark. Everything else was real and we'll leave it at that! The party was a good time; John had fun playing Rock Band and I had fun dancing. Some of the other costumes: Penny as Courtney Love with her husband James as Kurt Cobain, Becky was dressed as Ozzy, Mig the diva dressed as Ginger Spice as a gag and then did a costume change into Slash.

Amanda and John as Dolly and Blue Man.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Part 1

A panoramic that I need to work on a bit. (Sorry Jessica, one of your piggies got cut in half!)

Thing 1 and Thing2 getting ready to go into the mall. They both did the wigs WONDERFULLY, but Maddie refused the red socks ontop of her shoes. I was going to just put the red socks on her with no shoes, but it didn't seem to happen.


The back of Thing 2 (Izzie)


Today was the Annual PAMOM Halloween Parade at Stonebrair Mall today. A bunch of the Moms of Multipes came out with their kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes. It was terrific. There were Super Triplets (Candace Hickey's kids), the Three Little Pigs were there (Jessica Melker's kids), Bumble Bees (Melanie Davis' twins), Little Sheep (Ashley Shaw's girls) and so many more including Thing 1 and Thing 2 my girls! I'm so excited how cute their costumes came out. Their wigs were a labor of love I tell you! I think I spent 10 hours on each one. Girls... you better appreciate this when you are older!! :)

After playing in the playarea of the mall for a bit, we paraded around the mall and then broke off for lunch. My mom came to help and join in on the festivities and it was a fun and busy morning. Much more to come!

Thursday, October 29, 2009


I was excited to take the girls over to Madison and Sydney's house today for a playdate. They've been to my house once and they are both sweet girls. It was funny having two Maddies though! Every time either Melanie or myself would call out to the our Maddie the other one would either answer or look confused. It's hard explaining to a toddler that someone else can have their same name! I had a good time just visiting and enjoying the rain. Luckily it wasn't raining when I left the house, but while all the kids were playing it started coming down in buckets. Then just as it was time to go, it cleared up again. Just long enough to put the girls in the van. On the way home it started pouring buckets again. I had to get the girls out of the car one by one with the umbrella it was coming down so hard.

I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow for our annual PAMOM Multiples Parade! It is indoor at a mall, but if it is raining super hard getting the girls in the mall would be a problem. Anyway, we'll figure out that tomorrow.

Here is Madison and Sydney playing in their little house.

Maddie and Izzie found the ball pit right away. Talk about fun times!

Yesterday at the library the craft was coloring pumpkins. Izzie is concentrating hard on her pumpkin. Some kids came dressed up. Here is a little girl dressed as a sock monkey.

Maddie coloring her pumpkin.

Maddie and Izzie reading in a comfy chair at the library.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Izzie's first comupter aided drawing

I've been working on some logo designs, so I hooked up the WACOM tablet that my mom got me for my birthday years ago. Izzie saw me using it and was saying, "Mommy, Color" because you use a stylus to draw on the tablet and then it draws on your computer. She wanted to try. So, she climbed in my lap and I showed her how to do it. The look of total wonder and awesomeness that spread across her face when she saw the marks were appearing on the computer instead of her "paper" was beyond words. Oh and when I changed the colors for her, that was again, way too cool. I think we may have another graphic artist in the family!

By the way, Maddie was playing in the toy room with Daddy, but I'll let her try it out later!

Maddie got a shot at it today. She loved it just as much as Izzie. I have a feeling this is going to be a daily request from now on! Maybe I can find that computer art program I used as kid... anyone remember what it was called? Kid Pix maybe? I'll have to look it up.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Photos of High Tea

I added the photos I took of the High Tea party HERE.

A day in the life

We had no plans to go anywhere today. But I still wanted to make sure it was a fun day at home. The morning started off with a big bowl of oatmeal. The girls have come a long way in eating oatmeal that is for sure! Now days, a few wipes around the mouth and hands and they are pretty clean. It used to be a major projection and a half bath in the kitchen sink!

After bath Izzie and Maddie started playing ball. They learned this yesterday from their friends Lila and Zella. It is so awesome to have a twin sister to play things like ball with!

Then off to the toy room to play with blocks. I gave them a new set this morning. I know it's getting close to birthdays and Christmas but that is still 2 WHOLE months away, and I'm impatient. So, they got them this morning. This is Izzie telling Maddie what color she was holding.

Here is Maddie.

After blocks I decided some painting was in order. Instead of squirting it on the paper like I usually do, I decided to put some on a paper plate so they would have to transfer the paint using their brush and hands. Izzie wasn't quite sure what to do so she peaked over at Maddie to see what to do.

Maddie had it figured out quickly.

Then the real fun began. I gave each girl a puff ball and a feather and it became multi-media painting.

Maddie really got into the squishy paint this time around!

Maddie and Izzie just having a blast.

Their art hanging to dry in the windows. The feather, puff ball and plates stuck to the picture, true multi-media!

While I was cleaning the table, they decided to play puzzle. Both girls are into stacking things these days. (That's why I couldn't resist getting them more blocks!)

Then we went upstairs in my room to play for a bit and get dressed. While upstairs they found these towels and decided to wear them downstairs. (Izzie and Maddie)

After a lunch of broiled fish, broccoli and cheese and a whole grain bagel with hummus, we went outside to play. It was warmer than I thought but they wouldn't let me take their jackets off. Maddie and Izzie.

Now they are upstairs sleeping for nap. All of that was just before noon! We'll see what the afternoon has in store.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Super Busy October

Lila and Zella came over to play this morning. Here they are enjoying lunch with Maddie and Izzie.

Somehow we ended up in the office and started playing Ring Around the Rosie. (Izzie, Maddie, Ripley, Lila, Zella and Ashley)

While waiting for their friends to come over Izzie and Maddie started playing with their dress up clothes. (Of which they need a lot more! :)

Maddie is my little organizer. Here she is (trying) to put the dress up bin up. I think she loves the storage system. She has trouble getting the bins back in the groves but she LOVES having a place for everything.

Izzie trying on a blue "necklace"

This month has flown by in the blink of an eye. I know techincally I still have a week left, but this week is going to go by so fast and then it's November already. I do have to say that Halloween is fun when you have kids, even if they are too young to get the point. I have been slaving away for hours making them the cutest Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes. (I really need to get The Cat and the Hat book out and read it to them tomorrow!) The costumes themselves are pretty easy to make. Buy a long sleeve red t-shirt and iron on a Thing 1 and Thing 2 circle on each one. Pair it with red pants and you are good to go. It's the wig that is so labor intensive. I searched exhaustively on the internet and found Adult Sized Thing 1 and Thing 2 wigs, but none for kids. Why an adult would want to dress up as Thing 1 and Thing 2 is beyond me! (Oh, and for anyone out there who likes do internet searching.. Mom... it's too late now. If you show me a wig that I could have bought after spending HOURS and HOURS making ones from scratch I'll....grrr!)

Anyway, where was I? I've been so busy. Lately my posts have been quick little blurbs with some photos thrown up to keep the relatives happy. The past week I've been working on the November/December issue of the PAMOM newsletter. I finished the first draft tonight, which is a big sigh of relief. Now I can focus on finishing the girls costumes and the costume for John and I. My Dolly Parton costume is coming along nicely! My mother-in-law Jackie is letting me borrow some Western Glitz from the back of her closet from an event she went to when John was in High School! I'm impressed with the organization skills of his family. No way would I know where something is from 13 some odd years ago. I can't wait to see John covered in blue paint as a member of the Blue Man Group!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Tantrums with Twins

Izzie and Maddie playing with the ABC puzzle.

It was a typical Sunday around here. I spent a lazy morning with the girls in their jammies. Then John watched the girls while I went to Walmart for a few last minute costume accessories. Still looking for some blue gloves for John, but we may skip on that if we can't find them. The rest of the morning was spent cleaning house a typical thing around here most Sundays. The girls took a great afternoon nap while the guys played D&D. After nap I ran to Home Depot with Chris, who helped me buy some boards to finish off the girls storage unit. I've decided to just put a board across the top with another skinny board to act as facing. We were able to match the wood closely so it'll just cap off the top and make the piece look like a complete unit.

After dinner I took the girls on a walk down the street. It's nice that they are old enough to walk and actually go a bit further. But tonight we had a melt down. Izzie didn't want to hold my hand to cross the street and I ended up having to carry her home. I felt bad for Maddie because she was listening to me SO well and having a good time, but Izzie kinda was a party pooper. So here I am walking down the street holding a screaming, squirming toddler and singing "The Ants go Marching" for Maddie, trying to let her have some fun even though her sissy was being a royal pain. I tried giving Izzie a second chance to walk home with us, but she just threw herself to the ground and wouldn't budge. I thought we had calmed her down for bath but she just screamed through the entire thing. By this point she had obviously forgotten what she was crying about. We calmed her down and put both girls to bed, but she took a bit to get down. I think she's sound a sleep now though. Maddie is still babbling up there talking to herself.

I did have one moment of, "Oh my goodness I'm so GLAD that Maddie is listening to me!" I was several houses down, and if they had both thrown the same fit at the same time, I'm not sure how I would have gotten them home. I can still carry both girls for a short distance but not if they are squirming fighting me. I guess like all situations you do what you have to do. If both girls had pulled a fit (which, thankfully they tend to take turns and never team up on me that way!) I would have regrouped, sat us all down in the grass as far from the road as possible and just waited until we calmed down to walk home or until John missed us and came looking for us. Oh well, it all worked out.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

High Tea

I was invited to a High Tea party by my friend Melanie. She told me that before she had her twins she used to host them twice a year and now that her girls are a bit older she's ready to start having them again. What a terrific treat it was! It was so girly! The china and the pedifores and the tea sandwiches. The scones were delightful as was the cream to dip them in. The cucumber mint sandwich melted in your mouth along with the chicken rosemary one. Then there were the cheesecake and chocolate muffin pedifores. Everything was lovingly made by hand and it was all delicious. Of course the tea was terrific too! The company was fun, just a bunch of women who all like to talk. I feel very lucky indeed to have been included. It was an afternoon to remember.

Unfortunately I left my camera at Melanie's house. And I feel a bit naked without it. I took some wonderful pictures of her table setting before we all dove in, so I will post the pictures as soon as I get the camera back. In the mean time, I'm not sure how I will make it without my camera!

After my tea party and after the girls got up from nap, we headed over to John's Grandma's house (Nanny.) To visit and spend dinner with her. The girls were adorable- as soon as they saw Nanny, they gave her a huge hug and said "Nanny!" about a billion times over. They were very good, they played with some of the toys that Nanny keeps at her house and they sat in the big chairs to eat their dinner. Nanny let them eat a bit of apple pie on the little toy tea set, so the girls got to have a mini tea party all of their own! I did take some pictures with my phone but now I'm trying to get them off of the phone... working on it!

Grandma, Izzie and Maddie eating dinner. (photo taken with cell phone)

A bit of this and that

Yesterday felt more like a winter day than a fall day. I think it was because of the winds. Our plan was to meet Sarah and her twins Ethan and Lucas and Ashley with her twins, Lila and Zella and go for a walk around Sarah's neighborhood and stop by a park for the older twins. Well, the winds were more than we bargained for. As we were walking we decided to skip the park and cut the walk short.

Since the girls spent most of the morning either in their carseats or their stroller after lunch I made sure to spend some time outside in the backyard. The house and fence block a lot of the wind and it was actually very pleasant out there. Our yard is still a bit muddy from all the rain and both girls got their jeans dirty. Izzie got really upset and wanted to go inside. I finally convinced her that it was okay to get dirty when playing outside. We stayed out a bit longer and then Maddie had a diaper explosion. The mud may not have ended our outdoor play, but that sure did. Just as well because it was naptime by that point anyway.

After nap, we went over to Mom's house to play for a bit. The girls got out their pots and pans and cooked some "o-lees" (raviolis) out of some of their blocks.

Lila, Zella and Izzie.

Maddie and Izzie pushing their stroller.

Sarah with her boys Ethan and Lucas. Yep, they are in there somewhere under all those blankets!

Maddie wouldn't wear her hoodie. Izzie was holding hers down because of the wind!

Izzie in her car. It's the first thing they run to when we go outside.

Maddie in hers.

Izzie and Maddie cooking thier "o-lees" at Nanna's house.