Beneath this bowl of stars...

toddler activites, food, photos, and other orbital occurrences

The boys turned 1 three weeks ago. We had a cake smash (pics to come) on their big day, along with family presents, noodles for dinner (chinese tradition) and 1 candle to blow out. We sang to each of them individually. Then we had their party the following Saturday. Lots of our friends were able to come and celebrate with us. The boys did not nap the whole afternoon (the party was 1-7pm) but still managed to have a great time. Here are some pictures, the party had an owl theme of course! Thanks to, another mom of twins, for lots of ideas :-)

Here are some pictures of the boys opening their birthday presents. Thank you to everyone :-)

Jocelyn, your pic in on my other camera which I can't find at the moment... i will let you know when its up.

We are fortunate to have a house with a lot of space for baby play areas. The down side to this is that there lots of stairs. I should probably count one day how many times I go up and down. With two 20+lb babies, I really cannot carry them both anymore. Sometimes I carry them both up, when its early in the day and my arms are not yet giving out, but I never carry 2 down. The babies are crawling everywhere so I can't just leave one while carrying the other. Typically if on the first floor, I put one in the jumperoo, carry the other to his room on the second floor and close the gate (he now begins to scream). I then go back down, grab the first one and head all the way up to the 3rd floor to the playroom, and put him in the "petting zoo" (baby corral). Then I go back and grab the first guy who is on the second floor and then take him up to the 3rd. Phew. Now I need a cup of coffee! I do this because that way it minimizes the time that each is alone in his new environment, with my efforts. (only one floor twice and two floors once). I always feel like I am manning the raft in the old logic problem of how to get the wolf, goat and cabbage across the river.

I just ran Alex all the way up to the 3rd floor while Amber was with Andrew on the 1st. I left my phone with him so he could study it while I went all the way back down for Andrew. When I returned he and Siri were having a conversation. Evidently he shook the phone in a way that woke her up... she must have asked him something alone the lines of "Hello Lindsay, what can I help you with" to which he must have answered "dada mama da?" getting her to reply with "I'm sorry Lindsay I do not understand dada mama da, can you try repeating that?"

This is going to be fun in another couple months. Maybe I should start a website, "Things Siri responded to my toddler"

Over the last year I have said many times that raising twinfants hones your chess skills. You have to think several steps ahead often to just get by during the day, but definitely if you want to be successful in getting things done and getting out and about. Today I already lost my game of chess.... and its only 12:24pm.

As I previously mentioned we were hit by a fedex truck the other day. Yesterday I made all the phone calls (while stuffing the babies with all sorts of food to keep them quiet). I arranged for the insurance inspection to be at 9am, and then at 10am to drop off the car at our dealer to have the airbags checked and reset. Late last night I remembered that today also at 9am Amber had the next to last day of her school's ice skating program, and I had promised to skate with her once this year. Dave was actually able to stay home with the babies today so that I could go. (next week is the boy's birthday so that complicates things even more for going that day). I didnt have the phone number of the location where I was to take the car at 9, so I just didnt show up. I called the dealer and was able to reschedule to 11am. I went skating, Amber smiled and I only fell down once! (another parent called out to me that I was the first and only parent to fall down this year, thanks buddy, hope you fall on your ass next week). I got home and much to my amazement the babies were ASLEEP! The second time I have left them with daddy and he gets them to go to sleep?!? Even Andrew who has stopped taking a morning nap the last 2 weeks??


But this gave me time to call the insurance company and reschedule the inspection. Unfortunately they are not open again until next Tuesday.

We made it to the car dealer at 11:04! (i even remembered to take out the stroller and leave it in the garage, but forgot to remove Amber's seat). I was at the desk getting the loaner car when I remembered that I lost my license and only have the expired one. Of course this would not work, even though they had a photo copy of my valid one on file. After thinking for a moment that I would have to pack everyone back up in the car and do this again next week, I remembered that we are not in the 80s anymore. So, thanks to Steve Jobs and Al Gore, I was able to order a replacement and forward the confirmation email to the car lady all from my iphone.

Checkmate avoided.

20 min later I get all 3 seats loaded into the loaner car and I decide to reward myself with some junk food from the McDonalds next door.

As I pull in the driveway of our house, I realize that once again I am in check. I typically enter my house via the built in garage door button in my car. We have one of those funky car keys so we dont keep other keys on that ring, thus no door key. Hmm. Other times I have opened Dave's car which is rarely locked and used his opener.... his car is at work with him. I actually remembered to close the front door before leaving the house today so that option is also out. But, for some reason Dave went on the back deck today and forgot to lock the back door!!!! Saved again.

So I guess the game is still on, but it has not been a elegant display of moves thus far today.