Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mommy's Blogging!

Okay, a short funny. Yesterday I was posting to the blog and Izzie comes up to my left holding a book. She asks me to read it. I told her to wait a minute and let me finish blogging. She said, "Okay!" and stood there. Maddie came up behind her. Izzie turns to Maddie and said, "Momma's Blogging Maddie!"

Crazy to think that my two year olds have a vocabulary word that didn't exist when I was their age, with many more to follow, I'm sure!

PAMOM Gala and Silent Auction


John and I at the Gala.


Alison, Clay, Melanie and Garrett.

Last night John and I had a chance to get spoofed up a bit, and hang out with some really awesome friends at the annual PAMOM Gala and Silent Auction. We really did have a great time. I wasn't sure what to expect because while this is my third Gala while I've been a member of PAMOM (the first was when I was pregnant) this is the first one I've actually attended. I'm glad I did. Mom and Chris were going to babysit the girls but after thinking about it, I thought it might be a good time for the girls to spend the night away for the very first time.

They did great! I had to call mom after the Gala last night and check on them (of course!) And mom said they played so hard that they just crashed when she put them to bed (an HOUR after their bedtime!) (But what do you expect... they were staying at Nanna's house!) Overall Mom said they had a great time and didn't even miss me at bedtime.

I called again this morning and they were happily playing, still not even missing their Momma. I've been so busy! I woke up at 6:30 because of course it was the only morning I've ever had that I could sleep in to whenever. But that's okay, because I've been on a cleaning frenzy. So back to it... the girls will be coming home soon!

Also wanted to do a quick shout out... HAPPY 32nd BIRTHDAY to JOHN!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

First Night Away


Izzie and Maddie with their pillows, they are headed off to Nanna and Popo's house to spend the night away for the very first time!

For the first year of the girls' life it seemed like every other post was either about something to do with sleep (or lack thereof) of or some First Milestone that they had just reached. While there are still tons of Firsts in my girls' lives, they have slowed down a bit.

Tonight is another First and it's a BIG one in my book. Tonight is the girls FIRST night to stay away from me. They are spending the night at Nanna and Popo's house. John and I are going to the PAMOM annual Gala this evening and while we aren't going to be out to all hours of the night (ha! We are SO not that couple...) we decided that it would be a good opportunity for the girls to spend the night away for the first time. Plus, we'll still be in the same city. It helps knowing I'll only be 10 minutes away.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Shopping Day


In Pottery Barn Kids- Izzie and Maddie playing in their little play area.


Izzie and Maddie at the play area at the mall. I have to say, I think Stonebriar has one of the best indoor play areas we've been to!


This picture is a little fuzzy but I love how Maddie threw out her hand in a pose when I asked her to smile!


Izzie and Maddie looking over their new High Five Magazine for Toddlers. It was a present from Nanna and they really love getting it in the mail!


Today was so fun! I'm glad I didn't cancel like I almost wanted too because I was so tired this morning after staying out late last night. Add in the fact that it was drizzly and overcast, I just wanted to curl up and stay in bed. Having two-year old toddlers will change those plans instantly, so I figured we'd better stick with the plans that I had already made with Melanie and her twins, Madison and Sydney.

We met up at Stonebriar Mall around 10 am and hit the stores shopping. The girls don't have to be bound to a stroller very often anymore so I wasn't sure how the morning would pan out. They did pretty darn good though. We browsed a bunch and then stopped at Pottery Barn Kids. This is a store that I've always glanced at longingly, but never have stepped in. I feel voyerstic just glancing through their catalog dreaming of a Pottery Barn House full of Pottery Barn Kids furniture and toys. Actually walking in their store felt a bit fraudulent. And they do have a secret. There is a little kids area! They had their little pink dream of a kitchen with some pots and pans, an adorable little doll house and a few other toys for kids to play in, I assume while their mom is making large purchases.

As we were leaving, the sales clerk asked if we found what we were looking for. Melanie had a very suave answer. She said, "Oh, I'll have to come back when I don't have the kids, it's hard to decide on what I need while they are so distracting." And we left with a smile. This break from the stroller allowed the girls time to get some of their energy out and we browsed a few more stores before deciding we were all hungry and it was time to hit the food court. You should have seen the look on Izzie's face when Madison swooped in and ate her apples. She wasn't sure if she should be offended or not! But Madison then shared her apples with Izzie and all was good again. We sat next to the carousel and they got to watch the horses go around and around.

After lunch we went to the play area at the mall and let the kids run around like silly kids for half an hour. It was hard pulling them away but naptime was fast approaching and they were getting cranky. We had a great morning at the mall, it was just a fun day hanging with friends.

This afternoon after the nap they did not end up taking, the girls were reading their new High Five Magazine for Toddlers that they got in the mail. Their favorite page is the hidden picture page, and sometimes it's the only page in the magazine they want to look at! I was taking pictures of them looking at the magazine when Maddie looked at me and said, "Make a Movie!" I asked her what she wanted me to make the movie about and she said her Best Friend Izzie. How could I resist? So my little Movie Stars are in the following "movie":

Best Friends

The Lights Went Out and RA Sushi


Maddie asking Izzie if she'll play and dance with her. "Izzie, Play, Please!" is what she said.


Izzie and Maddie dancing and singing in front of the fireplace.

Yesterday was a very crazy, full day. I thought the morning was going to be a slow one with some house cleaning and playing. After breakfast the girls put a show on for me in front of the fireplace. It's a favorite thing to do right now. Then I told them we could do their Yoga video which we haven't done in a couple of weeks. That is when I noticed the power had gone out. I told the girls the TV was broken. They went off to play in the toy room and I called John to figure out what the heck was going on. Turns out that there was a computer error and the power should not have been turned off. The company was apologetic but said that they couldn't guarantee a turn back on except that it would happen "sometime before midnight." Oh yay.

Luckily yesterday was a pretty nice day and the sun was actually bright so we didn't need too many lights, but nevertheless, my friend Melanie suggested I come over to her house to spend the morning. So we packed up and went over there. She was hosting a playgroup so there as lots of kids to play with and we had a good time. We would have just stayed for naptime too, but I had a hair appointment that I did not want to miss!

We left Melanie's and headed home, crossing our fingers the power would be back on, and sure enough it was. Mom beat me to my house by a few minutes and she helped me put the girls down to nap. I rushed off to my hair appointment thinking I was going to be late. When I knocked on my hair stylists door (she works from her house) she looked at me confused and said my appointment was next Thursday. I said, "No, it isn't, it really, really, really isn't!" I had Mom's Night Out that evening, the annual PAMOM Gala is on Saturday, John's birthday party is on Sunday and our 7 year anniversary is on Monday night. I wanted good hair! Luckily my sob story worked and she fit me in.

MNO was at RA Sushi. I made the mistake of not ordering sushi at a sushi restaurant. It was decent, but not that wonderful. I should have just ordered sushi, since I do like some of it, but I really wasn't in the mood for it. I had a good time with friends though and got home pretty late.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A This and That kind of day

Today was a this and that kind of day. We stayed in our pajamas for a really long time (oh wait, I'm STILL in my pajamas...) and we just hung around the house. We had a cooking lesson. I made yet another loaf of bread (I'm officially addicted to homemade bread!) While it was mixing I sat the girls on the counter on either side of the kitchen aid mixer. They really loved watching it knead the dough. Izzie got a big kick of helping me turn the machine on and off. Then we formed the bread into a ball and put it in a bowl to rise. I told the girls the dough had to take a nap and we covered it with a towel. Later when it was time to shape the dough into a loaf, I let the girls help punch down the risen dough, that was SO cool to them. I have to admit bread making does feel a bit like magic.

Their patience was rewarded and we all got to taste the bread a couple of hours later. In the meantime, we did our "school" lesson for the day. It involved gluing and matching patterns. It really was way to easy for the girls, so next time I'll have to challenge them with more difficult patterns. They still got a kick out of the glue stick. Also, while waiting for the real bread to cook, the girls went off to their playroom for a while and I went to the office to keep working on the PAMOM newsletter. Izzie comes into the office after a few minutes with a green bowl that has some plastic peas in it. She tells me that it is dough and she is making bread. She needed a towel so she could put the dough night-night. She really was paying attention!

Izzie's green bowl that she made "dough" in.


Maddie. Not sure exactly... I think Izzie was serving her lunch. Somehow a zoo was involved. I don't think I quite figured out exactly what was going on, but it was fun, as the smile on her face says.


Uh oh... Time Out. I told her I was going to take a picture and send it to Nanna, Grandma and Mema to let them know she wasn't listening to Momma and she said, "NOOOOOOOO!"


Izzie and Maddie playing in the shoe bin we keep by the front door. This was GREAT fun and kept them happily entertained for at least 30 minutes.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Back in the swing of things


playgroup



All nine kids eating around the tables at once. Miracles do happen.


Maddie enjoying her first ever cupcake and on an Elmo plate too!


Yum! Says Izzie.


Izzie ate all the icing off first.
Last week was miserable. Between getting over colds, my bad back and Izzie up a lot of nights coughing it was rough. But we managed to make it day by day and get through it. Last night was a really good night and today was a really good day (except for the NO sleeping that went on during naptime.) I'm hoping that this means that we are on an upswing and we'll all stay healthy for a while!!!

This morning the girls and I went to a playdate at Alison's house and we had a mini-birthday party for Ford and Jake. Their actual birthday was on the 18th, but our playgroup got together had cupcakes and exchanged gifts. Oh, and the best part (well maybe the second best part, because it's hard to beat a cupcake) is that we got to sing the Happy Birthday Song. Two Year Old's love this song, I've recently found out.

It dawned on me that today was the first time I allowed the girls to have their very own cupcake. Yep, the whole thing, icing and all. Up until now it's only been bits and pieces of people's cake at parties. They did get their own piece of birthday cake at their party, but cupcakes are special. They are little bitty perfect cakes. Maddie and Izzie thoroughly enjoyed their first cupcake too!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cooking together


Maddie and Izzie helping me make sausage balls for the party we are going to this afternoon. I didn't really want the girls digging into raw sausage because they are constantly touching their faces and everything else, so I gave them some playdoh and a cookie sheet. They made "balls" and put them on the cookie sheet. Thankfully they lost interest before I put my balls in the oven, that might have been difficult to explain!

Picture catch up


Izzie


Maddie "smiling" for the camera. She's really been my helper in the kitchen lately and loves to stand on this stool to watch me cook.


Maddie, Nanna and Izzie at the doctor on Friday. They are trying to decide who has to see the doctor first. I think they decided that Green Bunny goes first!


Izzie and Maddie playing with magnets on their easel.


Izzie offering up her latest concoction. She loves pretend cooking. Notice in the background, she's fed her baby dolls a smorgasbord of good eats.


Maddie sitting in a box.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Napping away from home

Like I mentioned before, I injured my back a few days ago. I really have a new understanding of what people with chronic back pain must suffer with. The pain is really debilitating. Thank goodness I have the support of a wonderful husband, Mom and Chris. This morning I woke up hoping miraculously that the pain would be gone but of course it wasn't, as back injuries apparently take FOREVER to heal.

John has had a very long week (mostly because he's had to work a full week then come home and pick up my slack since I've been out of commission.) So he was tired, the house was in shambles and the girls (luckily) were as cheerful as could be. I was sitting at the kitchen table with tears rolling down my face in pain and frustration that I couldn't play with Maddie and Izzie. Izzie looked up at me and told me she would kiss my back so it would be all better. I put a call into Super Nanna and she swooped in to save the day. John carted the girls off to her house, then he came home and picked up the entire downstairs. The house looks amazing right now. Now he's enjoying some much needed relaxation. I've been going back and forth between icing and heating my back. The girls are having a great time at Nanna's and when I called to see if they wanted to come home, they said, "Nap at Nanna's house!" Yeah right, we can HOPE they get some shut eye.

But I just wanted to put out a heartfelt THANK YOU to my mom and Chris. Not only have they given me a chance to give my back a one day break, I'm sure the girls are racking up a ton of memories and having a blast. The question is, will they want to even come home?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Doctor, anyone?

Last night was one of those really rough nights that you dread being a parent. It could have been worse, a lot worse. John could have been out of town, or their could have been bodily fluids involved. Luckily John was in town and there was no bodily fluids involved. I'm still getting over my lingering cold with a pinched nerve in my back thrown in for good measure, so I'm so glad that John was home and able to do most of the night care. But basically Izzie had a lingering cough left over from a cold from the last week of January. Last night it got really bad and she coughed almost the entire night. Somehow, thank goodness, it didn't wake up Maddie (and actually Izzie slept through most of her coughing); but it did however, keep John and I up for a good portion of the night.

The funny thing about this cough of hers is that it disappears in the daytime. As in you would not know the girls spent hours and hours coughing the night before. So every day, I put off calling the pediatrician convinced she's all better. After last night, I decided we couldn't do another night like that and I put the call in this morning. Thankfully she was able to see us this morning. She needed to so a follow up on Maddie out too, so it was even better that she was able to fit both of us in.

While getting the girls ready to go to the doctor my back started hurting so bad that I was practically in tears and couldn't put any weight on my right leg. Mom called her chiropractor to see if she could fit me in. She said that if we came by right after seeing the pediatrician she'd fit me in before they closed (since they close early on Fridays.) This stressed me out because it meant that I the girls most likely wouldn't get a nap AND they were going to have a late lunch and I only had 2 mini things of raisins in my purse. I don't do well getting off schedule, but I was in that much pain. Not to mention mom was with me, so I figured she'd help me out with the girls.

The pediatrician went well. Both girls wouldn't let us weigh them, which has never happened before, but we pressed on. Turns out Izzie just has nasal drainage that is causing a tickle in her throat which is making her cough when she is laying down. Zyrtec and a nasal spray and she *should* be good to go tonight. Maddie's eczema is flared up again, so the rash I thought she had should go away with some cortisone cream. On to the chiropractor we went.

They did pretty good in the waiting room with my mom and considering that the raisins went before I even made it to the back room, that was impressive. The chiropractor did her thing and popped my back back into place. (An x-ray showed that one of my discs was indeed pinching some nerve.) And now I'm back to good. Or so I wish. The inflammation of the muscle around the nerve is still pretty severe. I'm supposed to kick back, ice it a few times a day and put a salve that she gave me on it. Yeah, right after I pick up the girls load them in the van, pick them up to change diapers, bend over to wipe noses, pick up toys, and the various and sundry other tasks that involve using a back over and over. I did mange to get some ice on it and I've been slathering the stuff on (which actually DOES feel good) and now a few hours after my visit I do have to say my pain level is 10 times better than it was this morning.

After the chiropractor we went to lunch at a place called MexiGo. For real, that was really what it was called. But it was close by and we were hungry. It actually tasted good too, or maybe we were just that hungry?

No nap usually means fussy girls, but they did alright this evening. We did put them down for an early bedtime and now the house is peaceful. I'm going to spend a bit of time working on the PAMOM newsletter and then I have a DVR full of shows that are calling my name. The housework has waited for the past couple of days and it can just wait one more day...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sunglasses


Maddie and Izzie sporting their new sunglasses I bought for the summer. I got these at www.onestepahead.com. I like them because they are rubber and supposedly harder to break. I said supposedly... we'll see how long they really last at the hands of two year olds! (oh and they are a perfect size!)

Trampoline

The girls got some cash for the birthday from their Grandma Bettie and Grandpa Jimmy. With all the new toys that they got for birthday and Christmas I just set the cash aside for a bit until I could think of what to buy them with it. I finally decided I wanted to get them a bouncy horse and an indoor trampoline. I ended up finding the horse for sale on Craigslist for a really awesome price, so then I ordered the trampoline the next day. It came in the mail today and both girls were very interested watching me open the box and put it together. I told them that just like Thunder (that's what they named the horse) that if they fought over the trampoline that it would go in the garage. Then I told them one girl on it at a time. I think it can handle two but I figure there may be more pushing and shoving if they are both on it at the same time.

It was a huge instant hit. They took turns reasonably well and jumped for a solid 30 minutes until I called them to the table for lunch. Then after lunch I had to distract them with puzzles for 15 minutes or so because the way they were jumping I was sure it would upset their tummies if they got right back on. Finally I told them they could go play some more on the trampoline and they were very excited. Since we've had Thunder now for about 4 days, he's old news. I'm sure it'll even out but they both wanted the trampoline today!

On a different note, yes, it may seem like we've been living in our pajamas lately and actually in truth we have been in them a lot. We've all been a bit sick and that's just more comfy. Don't worry, we do change nightgowns and even take baths. I'm just sayin'. When you are barely holding it together and trying to get through the day and you are hanging out not going anywhere, jamies are comfy. Judge all you want...


Izzie's turn. I encouraged Maddie to ride Thunder while she waited for her turn.


Maddie getting some air!


Maddie smiling for the camera. (Izzie trying to sneak on for her turn.)

Preschool Lesson: Matching Lowercase to Uppercase

I'm going to try and start including preschool lessons with the girls on the days we are home and not out and about on a playdate. I actually made up this little activity on our big snow day, but we didn't really get a chance to do it until today. Even still they liked matching the snowmen with their hats. I used a glue stick to put a tab of glue on each letter before handing it to them to put on the snowmen heads. We did this as a group together, I figured trying to keep two sets going at the same time would have been way too long of an activity and much to difficult. All in all we spent about 15 -20 minutes on this activity.


Izzie looking at the little letter "g."


Maddie gripping her letter so she can place it on the correct snowman.


After we were finished I hung it where they can look at it. Here's Maddie examining her hard work.


Maddie and Izzie discussing the letters and then singing the ABC's.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Culinary Milestone


Maddie and Izzie eating French Toast for the first time.


My sweetie.

Today was library day. The girls actually told Ms. Dea that they loved her. Then again, they are really into the L word and they are saying they love everyone and everything. Storytime was a bit confusing because the letter of the week was E for shEEp. Yeah, explain THAT to a 2 year old. They spent the rest of the day saying "E" is for Sheep. The craft was fun though. They got to glue cotton balls on a little cut out sheep. They even got to pick a pink and purple sheep out. When we got home Maddie and Izzie made sure we hung their sheep up on the wall to show Daddy when he got home from work.

Tonight for dinner I decided I wanted to make Mema's French Toast using the homemade bread I made yesterday. My poor deprived children have yet to eat this wonderful dish from my childhood. Of course mine is NEVER as good as Mema's. I'm not sure what she does when I'm not looking because I can't replicate her french toast for the life of me. She gets it all crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. It's perfection. The first time I ordered french toast at a restaurant I was so confused with what they put in front of me. It was covered in powdered sugar and maple syrup and the bread itself was eggy and just not good. Mema's version has so much sugar in the batter that you don't need any toppings. It's not dried out where it needs maple sugar. It's just delicious.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Going ons


Izzie helping to unload the groceries.


Izzie cooking.


Izzie and Maddie


Izzie and Maddie.


Izzie and Maddie

I finally felt a bit human today after three days of basically staying in my pajamas, I decided to try and get dressed. John's three day weekend was spent taking care of Maddie and Izzie practically solo. I was able to help here and there but mostly I stayed out of the way sleeping. This head cold knocked me on my butt. John had made a run to the grocery store with the girls on Saturday but he mostly got the essentials. Today I felt well enough to venture out in public with the girls and fill in with some other things we had run out of. When I got back home I immediately put away all the cold stuff and left the dry ingredients in the bags on the floor. I set the girls up coloring at the kitchen table and then I went to check my email and just veg for a few minutes. I wasn't as well as I thought and I was getting too hot, I needed a 5 minute break. I kept hearing giggles but nothing major so I didn't worry too much. Finally I decided I better check on them because coloring usually doesn't result in so many giggles.

I walk in the kitchen and Izzie and Maddie both start clapping. Izzie looks up at me and says, "Teamwork! We help-ed you Momma! Put up the foods!" I looked to where she was pointing and sure enough all of the groceries were out of the bags and on the floor of the pantry. It was so precious. I couldn't find my camera fast enough but I snapped a blurry picture of Izzie placing the last item on the floor. My big girl helpers. They were SO proud of helping Momma.

Later, while I was making them some lunch, Izzie ran into the playroom. She told me she was going to cook too. Maddie was more interested staying in the kitchen to watch me cook. Both girls have really taken an interest in their kitchen lately and Maddie especially loves watching me cook. Both like watching cooking shows with me on tv! I can't wait until we are cooking more and more together.

The last two pictures are from last night. They grabbed their tent and turned it upside down. Climbed in with about 15 books and started to read. It was pretty hilarious. Anyway, that's all that's going on right now. Oh, except for the fact that I made AWESOME homemade bread today. Check it out at thefrickinchicken.blogspot.com!

Monday, February 15, 2010

I ♥ robots

My mom bought me a Roomba (from www.iRobot.com) for my birthday a little over a year ago. I have really enjoyed that little robot vacuum. I really like setting it before I go to bed and waking up to a newly vacuumed floor, or setting it before running errands an having clean floors when I come back home. So after having fallen in love with a little robot that vacuums my floors for me, I've been lusting after the Scooba. It mops your floors for you. With toddlers this would be a dream machine. But like the Roomba, the Scooba is also very expensive. But I went ahead and took the plunge. I ordered the Scooba a few days ago and it arrived on my doorstep this afternoon.

When the delivery guy dropped it off, I was at first very terrified. The box he gave me was HUGE. Like half of a washing machine huge. I figured that I must have gotten the scale WAY off or something. I was picturing that the scooba should be about the same size as the roomba. Then it dawned on me that with my order of the scooba I was also sent an almost lifetime supply of the cleaning solution. Whew. That was why the box was so huge. Although, I do still have to find a place to store all that cleaner. But at least the scooba is a manageable size, just a teensy bit bigger than roomba, maybe. I took everything out of the box and plugged her in. (Yes, Scooba is a girl, duh.)

You are supposed to charge it for a full night before first use. Considering it charged for pretty much the entire day, I figured it was close enough. I started her up shortly after putting the girls to bed. It took about 45 minutes but my kitchen floor is sparkly. When I emptied the tank into the sink I was disgusted. My floors were gross. But now, I feel all excited because you could eat off of them if you so desired.

Anyone know when the iLaundry should hit the stores? Or the iFoldClothes? Because I'm a believer of robots. Sign me up!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day


Maddie and Izzie coloring on some Valentine Hearts I cut out for them.


I scored a great bouncy horse from Craigslist this morning! I was skeptical because the lady had it for sale for way cheap. Chris went to go pick it up with me. Turned out it is in perfect condition and that sometimes things that sound too good to be true really are that good! Maddie was SO excited and she even knew how to mount up on the horse correctly! She's got horse riding in her blood I guess.


Izzie fell off while she was trying to get on so it took a while to convince her to "get back on the horse" but once she did she loved it too. I have a feeling this thing will bring lots of fun and lots of fights to my near future.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Davis Twins Turn 2


Birthday Girls Sydney & Madison along with Izzie and Maddie.


Eating lunch at the American Girl Store. Maddie and Izzie got to bring their baby dolls who got to each lunch with them!


Here we all are eating. Melanie's mom, Pam, flew into celebrate with the birthday girls.


After naptime Maddie and Izzie had more energy than I did. (I've got a cold, and have lost my voice) With all of the peeking at the snow this past two days there were more fingerprints on the window than not. I sprayed the window with a few squirts of windex, gave them some towels and they went to town cleaning. They wanted to clean all the windows in the house.


John LOVES snowcones. So I suggested that he make a snowcone with REAL snow. The little boy in him was super intrigued and he ran to make one. Luckily I had some snowcone syrup on hand, so it was a quick fun treat for him.

So Beautiful!


John making a snow angel


The girls watching Daddy make a snow angel. "Oh NO! Daddy fall-ed Down!"


Our Street.


View from my front window.


View from my back window.