Friday, January 28, 2011

Where I'm From (a fun poem)

I am from a huge old oak tree in the back yard with a swing made just for me, from a front porch swing and roller skates in the carport.
I am from the yellow house on the corner with the big trees, bells on the door and windows all around.
I am from peanuts, hay, red dirt and "making the drag" on a Saturday night. 
I am from picking up pecans and birthday dinners, from Mama and Aunt Kathy and Miley.
I am from the lazy Sunday afternoons and watching old black and white movies.
From "be kind to others" and "You can be anything you want."
I am from the center church pew and shaking hands on Sunday.
I'm from small town America and parents that didn't have to be, fried chicken and a pot of beans.
From the place everyone knows you and your parents know before you get home, a gas station on the highway and Friday night football.
I am from my cousin and I putting on makeup and wearing Daddy's boots when we couldn't even spell our names. I am from Daddy and PawPaw rebuilding the kitchen after a fire and getting up early on Christmas morning with my brother. I am from birthday parties and sleepovers, feeding chipmunks, being silly and lots of hugs and kisses.


This is a poem format that someone I know had to do for her Comp I class. This assignment was meant to help her to be more descriptive with her writing. The poem originally came from George Ella Lyon and she was given a template to fill in.
Now here is the challenge for all of my blogger friends out there.
Here is the template, you fill it in with where you are from, and post it on your blog.
If you do this please come back by and leave me a comment with a link to your blog so I can enjoy yours as well.
To see a template and some examples go here http://www.swva.net/fred1st/wif.htm

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Thursday

I haven't done a Thanksgiving Thursday in a while!

Today I am thankful for her...

My little Diva doing her best supermodel pose. She will be 4 in a week. How can that be?! She's very independent. She's been picking out her own clothes since this summer. She is very proud of the outfits she creates. Most of the time she does really well. Then there are days she takes some creative liberties and wears striped leggings with a striped shirt and hot pink sparkle shoes. She's a very big deal. Just ask her. 

She's quiet the ham...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Little Crossed Eyed Cutie

Today was the day...the day that Donkey had to go see the Ophthalmologist. It all started about a month ago when at their 4-month check up Doctor says "Have we talked about his eyes?" While he was holding Donkey. So, Donkey's eyes looked a little crossed. And, occasionally they crossed and it looked like he couldn't uncross them. Mr. Hubs and I just teased him and said it gave him character. So by the time we left the doctor's office that fateful day we had a referral letter and directions to take Donkey to see someone. I made the appointment and took in both boys this morning. I was hoping that since I was already there Dr. Eyes could just glance at Shrek as well.
To kick the morning off Shrek spit up on me, all over, as I was putting him in his car seat. Usually I would just wipe it off and carry on with my business. Gross, I know, but that's my reality. Not this morning. I was soaked. Great, now I had to change.  So, after my wardrobe change I finally get babies in car seats, in the car, diaper bag and purse in tow. Corral the dogs in the utility room and managed to get the alarm set. Whew! This may seem like a simple task, but on my very best day it takes me 15 minutes to get done. I was hoping to be out the door by 8:15 this morning. I turned my car on at 8:30. Crap. I'm going to be late, again. And I forgot my coffee....
We arrive at the place I begin the unloading process. Again, this is at least a 10 minute process. After I manage to wrestle with the land train I call my stroller I have to put both boys in it, get the diaper bag, make sure I don't lock my keys in the car, and have my wallet somewhere in this chaos so I can pay the copay. I'm convinced every time I go through this routine there are people lining the windows laughing at me. I'm sure it's a funny sight to see. After I get everything and everyone loaded there is the issue of getting in the door. Most doors aren't stroller friendly, never mind land train friendly. It takes some maneuvering to push a stroller, open a door and get the stroller through the door without injury. Again, I'm convinced there are people watching and laughing. Hell, I probably would.
So, we have arrived. I do the necessary paperwork. Say a silent prayer that the boys will be quiet and that if they do throw a fit that they do it one at a time so I can manage it somewhat gracefully. We are whisked to the exam room. I'm asked a battery of questions. Donkey is looked over. Shrek is glanced at. The nurse (I assume she's a nurse doing all this. I really have no idea who she is.) puts drops in Donkey's eyes to dilate them. Poor guy. Not only is he cross eyed, now he can't see anything either. We are left alone to dilate. Dr. Eyes comes in and asks me the same questions the nurse asked. I really hope she was a nurse :/ Then he starts looking Donkey over. Flashes some lights, stares in his eyes and announces:
"I don't think he's cross eyed. He just has an extra large nasal bridge. It gives the illusion of being cross eyed." Great, he's not cross eyed, he just has a really big nose. Whew! What a relief! Dr. Eyes looks at Shrek and comes to the same conclusion. Big nose. Now, it's probably not the most nurturing motherly thing, but I called Mr. Hubs as we were leaving to tell him the great news and both of us had a good laugh. Mainly because the nose thing is something we have joked about since Diva was born. In her ultra sound the first thing you saw was her nose. Same thing with Shrek and Donkey. The first thing you saw in the ultrasound was two squashy noses. I laugh because I have the same extra large squashy nose. It's a design flaw. Mr. Hubs has teased me for years about my huge nose. When I'm pregnant it tends to take over my face. Now, my children have the same extra large squashy nose, that apparently gives the illusion that they are cross eyed.

Mommy and Donkey

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Looking Forward to Monday?

Yup, you read that right. I'm looking forward to Monday. I am a creature of habit and routine. I feel better when I have some sort of routine. I had court last week for my former life so my in-laws came to watch the babies. I love my in-laws, it's just a break in routine when we have company. They stayed the night because the next day I had LASIK! Which is very exciting and I am on day 4 and seeing 20/20. I haven't done that since Kindergarten. The first thing Mr. Hubs told me as they walked me out of the "operating room" was "Wow, your eyes were way worse than mine. They had to laser you for wwwwaaaaayyyy longer than me." I was so blind. Mr. Hubs was a very good nurse. Saturday instead of having a lazy day around the house Mr. Hubs and I took the babies and went on a shopping spree. Ugh...gives me indigestion to think about. Though the babies did really well on our shopping extravaganza. No fits at all. We've been shopping around for about 8 years for bedroom furniture. We finally found some we liked. We also felt the need to buy an new TV console and refrigerator as well. Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited about this. Today was lazy and uneventful, but I'm looking forward to tomorrow so the boys and I can get back into the swing of things and get our normal boring routine back. I have a couple of weeks off from court and I am looking forward to the break.

How was your weekend?

Monday, January 17, 2011

I Just Taught Myself How To Add Pictures To My Blog...

It's about time I figured it out.

We went and stayed with family over New Year's. Diva rode a horse and a big green tractor. 


                  She thought she was a VERY big deal getting to ride Goldie on New Year's Day



Mr. Hubs dabbles in photography. He never gives himself enough credit. He had to watch Shrek and Donkey for a few hours this weekend. This is how he spent his time...





                                                                   melt.my.heart.




Mr. Hubs took this picture for the boys 3 month pictures....it is my favorite



Monday, January 3, 2011

4 Months Have Gone By

Wow...it seems like yesterday I was in the hospital having Shrek and Donkey and today they are 4 months old. There have been a few times in the past 4 months when I was not sure I was going to survive another day. I still have those days. There are days I think Mr. Hubs wants to run away. In the past 4 months I have gone on less sleep than I ever thought physically possible. I have gone longer without a shower than I ever have in my life. I have talked to more strangers than I have ever wanted to and survived. I was told that twins were hard. Mr. Hubs and I have agreed that if twins had been first they would have been the only. But, every time they give me a smile, hit another developmental milestone, or snuggle with me it erases all the misery of the last 4 months. There is something special about a baby.
Today was Shrek and Donkey's 4 month check up at the doctor. Mr. Hubs was off work today so he had the pleasure of going with us. I thought things went much better than the 2 month appt. I think Mr. Hubs was thinking he should have skipped. Of course the boys had to get shots. Yuck. It breaks my heart to see them in pain. Needless to say the rest of the day they have been grumpy and inconsolable. Poor guys...The nurse and the doctor did their normal checks. Now remember, when I had Shrek and Donkey they weighed 7.8 and 6.4 pounds respectively. They have not lost momentum in the past 4 months.
Donkey: The first born...when he was born he weighed 6.4 and dropped down to 5.12. We had to take him in several times for weight checks. I was breastfeeding and had to supplement with formula for a period of time. Today he weighs 13.12 and is 23 3/4 inches long. He has chubby little legs and arms. He is wearing 3-6 month clothing. He started rolling over from tummy to back around 6 weeks. He doesn't do it often, but he does like to show off his skills. We tease he is the serious one of the two, but he has started smiling and laughing at anyone and anything that will look his direction. He found his feet over the weekend and thinks that they are very interesting. If he could figure out how to work his hands and arms and grab them it would be better! We have to take Donkey to see a Pediatric Opthamalogist because his little eyes are crossed. It's not extremely bad, but noticeable and worse when he is tired. We will see what happens.
Shrek: The second...he was uncooperative and resulted in me having a C-section. Afterwards when he arrived being 7.8 everyone was happy the C-section was done and I didn't push him out breech. Shrek has always liked to make his presence known and is not afraid of his voice. Today he weighs in at 16 pounds! He's my big boy! He is 25 1/2 inches long. He has graduated into size 6-9 month clothing. Eeek! Shrek has recently learned to roll from tummy to back. He usually does this around 4am. He doesn't like to sleep on his back so after he rolls over he starts this "Wha" cry. Nothing frantic, it's more "Wha" pause "Wha" pause and so on. This continues until someone goes in and rolls him over. After that he is happy to go back to sleep. Shrek has also learned how to blow spit bubbles and he thinks this is hilarious. He shows everyone he sees how he blows bubbles.
The boys have started noticing each other. Both get very excited when they see each other. Both give gigantic smiles and reach out to touch each other. I can't wait until they realize that's their brother and they start to interact with each other more. I see lots of adventure in our future! The boys have started eating rice cereal off of a spoon. Donkey isn't so sure about the spoon. He likes to take a bite, smile and let everything run out of his mouth. Shrek loves to eat and growls at the spoon. He can hardly wait for the next bite. I made baby food for Diva and I plan to do so for Shrek and Donkey. I told Mr. Hubs that making baby food might be a full time job with these boys! I think they will be keeping me very busy!