Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Don't make me bust the door down"

Have you ever had one of those moments when you felt like a super hero?

I did and honestly I'll pass on feeling it again!

Finley learned how to lock a few of the doors around the house. It wasn't so bad when she did it to her bedroom because I was able to use a butter knife to get it open.

Trouble started when she learned to lock the bathroom and we have no key and butter knife wasn't doing the trick.

Last week the girls were running like maniacs all through the house and I heard the bathroom door shut. I jumped up and screamed "Noooooooooooooo"
Knowing what was happening I ran to the door and jiggled the handle. LOCKED.

Finley had locked herself in the bathroom and the second she figured out she was locked in she freaked.

All these crazy mom thoughts started running through my head. "Did I leave out a cleaner?", "What if she manages to get the toilet lock off and drowns in there?"

I considered calling the fire dept but honestly what were they going to do that I couldn't? I told Gillian, who was outside with me to get back and started throwing my body into the door. I have to say its pretty hard to bust down a door knowing there could be child behind the door, I had to hold the handle while throwing myself into it so the door didn't go flying when I finally did get through!

Finley was screaming on the other side and Gillian was asking over and over again "What you doing mama? Mama, what you doing"

After about 10 good smashes I blew through that door like a pro, Finley was huddled in the corner looking traumatized and Gillian was yelling "YEAH MAMA" and clapping.

A few days ago Gary and I caught Gillian throwing herself up against a door in the family room, all we could do is laugh. If I need an accomplice the next time Finn locks herself in I'll be sure to call Gillian.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

First Dentist Appt!

The girls had their first dentist appointment today and I was pretty nervous about it.

We went to Kids Dental and they were awesome there though. Finley went first and was great. She opened her mouth when the hygienist asked her and let her count all her teeth, they brushed them and then put some fluoride on them. She has perfect teeth she said, no cavities!

Then it was Gillian's turn and I knew she would be more of an issue, she didn't cry or fight but didn't want to open her mouth for too long. She has fallen and hit her front teeth a few times and has some tiny chips in them. One of them looks a little bit discolored from behind but not from the front. She said that was from the trauma and it was normal. It probably won't get any worse and nothing has to be done about it as long as she doesn't fall on them again! She's very accident prone though so I'm sure at some point she's going to lose a tooth.

She also commented on how we need to get Gillian off her pacifier, which I've known for a while, but have been dreading it. Her front teeth are taking a toll from it. So that will be our next thing to take care of. I'm going to start that after the new year. No need to ruin our holidays for no good reason!

So besides that she had a great appointment too, no cavities either.

So tonight to celebrate our good teeth we're drinking hot chocolate and staying up late to watch movies!

Tomorrow is their 2 year Pedi appt! Will update how that goes.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

All grown up

My babies are two. Its depressing. I can't believe how quickly the past 2 years has gone by.

I remember the feeling of confusion as we brought the girls in the house for the first time like it was yesterday. And here we are two years later and the girls are toddlers.

So much has changed over the past month. Its like I told them they were two and they instantly grew up.

Gillian is talking up a storm. She never stops. She says a handful of new words a day and is up to around 5 or 6 word sentences. She loves puzzles. I gave her a fish puzzle where you match the colored fish to their colored tails and without explaining it to her at all she dumped it out and put it back together right. She loves that puzzle and always go to it first, but if you ask her what any of the colors are her answer will always be "yellow." We're working on that.

She can count to 7 but almost always skips 2. She loves to color and is also getting into pretend play. I catch her feeding her babies or making Elmo walk when she's playing by herself.

She is such a sweet sweet girl, if she's playing with something and Finley wants it (and trust me if she's playing with anything Finley wants it) she will give it to her. If Finley is still sleeping she instantly asks where she is, she is just so sweet and cuddly.

Finley is just starting to talk, she says a few more words than she did and her longest sentence to date is "Harley ate it" which she told me after finding a wiffle ball with some of his teeth marks in it.

She thinks everything is purple and counts 1,2,9,6 no matter how many times I try to get her to say 1,2,3,4.....nope 1,2,9,6 it is.

She loves to dance and sing and her favorite song is Jingle Bells! I'm pretty sure she's going to be an actress.

She loves to build things too, Stacey got the girls some stacking blocks called wedgits and Finley plays with them everyday. It took her 2 seconds to figure out how they stacked and she hasn't stopped since. I wake up in the morning to a new tower everyday.

She loves to stack her lego's as tall as she is too, so tall that she has to get on her tippy toes to put another one on.

Finley also thinks that she can trade anything for something Gillian has. She wants Gillian's cup? She'll hand her a crayon for it. Wants her Elmo? Gives her a spoon in its place. The amazing thing is Gillian is okay with these odd trades? I think as long as she's getting something in return she's okay. I think its hysterical to see what Finley comes up with next.

Both girls are doing well in their big girl beds too, We put Gillian in a full size bed this past weekend because she is having a hard time falling asleep on her own. I'm not sure if she had a bad dream or is scared of the dark but she went from going right to bed to crying hysterically. After dealing with this for a couple months with Finley I know it will pass but until then its a pain.

So we put her in a full sized bed so I can lay down next to her until she falls asleep. Or should I say until we fall asleep? I'm good for at least an hour nap every night now. Thanks Gillian!

Finley is still in her toddler bed and needs to be moved soon. She sleeps with her giant Elmo and he takes up most of her little bed, I keep going in there to find her hanging off the edge. She suddenly loves bed time too. If I tell her its time she comes and gives me a big fat kiss and heads to her room where she closes the door on her own and goes to bed without fuss.

I'm looking forward to the day Gillian does the same!!

Finley is also my early bird, she's up every single morning at 7:10, no fail. I could set a clock by her. Gillian on the other hand would sleep until 9 if you let her.

So that's how we are doing for now. I can't wait to see what next month brings!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Autumn Nor 'Easter from hell

If your from the North East you are accustomed to getting Nor' Easters, but not in October. Usually when you talk about them its in December or January but never in October.

Well, I guess there is a first time for everything huh? Last Saturday, October 29th we got 13" of snow here in Ct. Yep, you read that right 13".

It was the most insane storm I have ever witnessed and I am sure I will never see anything like it again.

It started around 1 in the afternoon and by 5:00 pm trees were snapping all around us. I still have no idea why. Gary said its because alot of the trees still had leaves on them and combined with the weight of the snow they just couldn't take it. We lost alot of HUGE limbs and the tree in the front yard lost just about all of them. All that was left was a trunk. It was insane.

Two trees fell on the girls new playscape. Don't worry, somehow it managed to survive and one fell on Gary's car. Luckily the main branch fell just to the right and barely missed it, leaving only a few scratches.

The most insane part was the fact that we lost power, for a week. Yep a week. Nearly the whole state was without power and it was crazy. The first few days there were people lined up at the few open gas stations waiting to get gas for hours. Lines to the open fast food places were miles long, what did you expect when no one could cook I guess? Every where you went there were trees and power lines down, it was like a war zone all over the state.

We ended up at Mom and Dad's house for the week since somehow they managed to keep their power. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. The girls didn't want to take naps or go to bed for that matter while we were there but we all learned to live with cranky babies. Then they both got sick and even crankier.

Halloween came and went without a trick or treater in sight. Most towns cancelled Halloween all together, some postponed it until the following Saturday but most people were still without power so we didn't see anyone. It was a sad year for the adults and kids that's for sure!

A week after we lost power Gary and I decided to head to the house to clean out the fridge and start cleanup on the yard. While we were there the power came back on. Thank goodness. We spent the whole weekend piling all the branches to the curb and cutting down all the broken trees. We lost both our trees in the front yard and I'm most upset about that. Oh and the fact I went grocery shopping Friday and spent $200.00 on food. Then lost power on Saturday and all our food went bad. I had to go yesterday and spend another $200.00. That's $400.00 in 8 days for food. Not my idea of a good time that's for sure! Not to mention I have been cooking extra of everything and freezing the extras. I lost my whole stash of freezer foods downstairs.

So, I'm done wishing for snow this year. Please, no more snow.

Friday, October 28, 2011

What happened to Fall?

Well, I wished for snow and apparently I have secret powers because we're getting it. Tomorrow. Its not even November and they are saying we're getting around 6". That's insane.

So I figured I better get our pumpking picking pictures up before the snow comes so I don't look crazy for posting snow pictures first!

Last weekend we went to a cute place called Karabin Farms and the girls had a blast! They had a place to pick pumpkins, and you could pick apples, they did tractor rides to and from the apple orchards, and even had a ton of animals for the girls to look at.

They had such a great time, I felt horrible making them leave! Next year we will skip Lyman Orchards all together and go right to Karabin Farms. Much more family oriented, less commercialised and overall a better experience for the kids!

Some of these pictures are from 2 weeks ago when we went to Lymans too but its all pumpkin pictures just the same!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Play Doh

I decided to make playdoh tonight for the girls, I wasn't sure if I was crazy or not but decided it was easy enough to find out!

I used this recipe and it came out awesome!

I rolled it out into balls for the girls to smash and gave them some toothpicks, cheerio's, magnet letters, and curly pasta. They loved sticking the toothpicks in the playdoh and then putting O's on them.Finley was making sculptures with the toothpicks and pasta and Gillian was a huge fan of taking her magnet letters and smashing them into the dough so it left a print of the letter too.

They played for over an hour, straight through our normally scheduled bath time and into our movie time. They had a blast and I had a blast watching them!

I love finding something that will keep their interest for more than 30 seconds and I'd say a hour is a huge SCORE!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Toddler Activities?

So, its getting cooler out and I've been looking for fun things for the girls to do inside.

We have tried coloring here and there but Gillian is the only one who likes it. Finley just likes to eat the crayons.

They both love painting so I started filling a silicone muffin tin with washable finger paints, giving them each a brush and letting them go crazy in the tub. They love that. They paint the walls, themselves, each other and then after they help me wash it all off. Amazingly they love that part too. Then when were all done I do baths.

So what other activities does everyone else do with your 2 year olds? I need some ideas! I hate to say " I can't wait until their a little older so they can do more" because I really don't want to wish my kids older but I'm not going to lie I'm looking forward to the days when they can help me decorate cupcakes or do real crafts with me!

So ideas please!!!!

Sleep......where are you?

I'm pretty sure I'm going to lose my mind.

For the past 3 months Finley has refused to fall asleep in her room. I'm still am not sure what happened to start this whole thing but I have a feeling it was because Gillian was climbing into bed with her while she was trying to fall asleep and it was ticking her off. She would start crying and throw Gillian's blanket out of her bed while pointing for her to go away but Gillian kept on persisting.

Then all hell broke lose and my normally easy to put asleep baby freaked! I mean freaked. She was so upset when we were putting her down I was scared!

So I started letting her fall asleep in the living room every night. After she passed out I would move her into her room all while praying my heart out I didn't wake up Gillian in the process.

Lately though Finley has been a button pusher and is getting up off her couch instead of sleeping and running around like a crazy girl. Then to make matters worse she gets up at 6:00 every freaking day and poor Gillian will sleep in until at least 8:00. So of course Finley is tormenting Gillian at 6 and getting her all worked up. Then I'm waking up to Gillian screaming her head off. Not how I want to start my mornings thank you very freaking much!

 Last week I had enough and took apart Finn's bed and moved it into the playroom. She obviously needs her own room. Her and Gillian are on two separate wave lengths in terms of sleeping and its killing me slowly.

So, now my playroom is gone, and Finn has her own room. The problem was getting her to sleep in it.

I was going to gradually try to move her in there. Don't ask me what my gradual plan was because honestly I have no idea but in my head I was going to be nice about it.

Then 3 nights ago after dealing with Finley staying up until 10:00-11:00 a couple nights in a row I had it. I threw up the gate (Gary still hasn't put the door back up) and chucked her in there. She cried, not hysterically but she wasn't happy, for about 30 minutes and then passed right out.

The next night she decided she wasn't going down without a good fight so she spent an hour yelling "Mama where are you" out the door towards the living room. Over and over and over again until she woke up Gillian from yelling it so loud and I was ready to strangle her!

Tonight was better. I'm not sure how long it took her to fall asleep because I actually went to my room and fell asleep for about 35 minutes but she only yelled "Mama where are you" once so that's a plus!

Gillian however got up again tonight and I'm hoping this isn't the new trend in the house for me to deal with.

On a bright note though Gary and I have slept until 8:20 every morning since separating them. I have no idea what time Finley is waking and I don't care, as long as she's playing quietly in her room and I don't have to listen to poor Gillian screaming at 6:00am every morning I'm one happy camper!

Now if I could get them to both go down without any drama or waking back up we'll be okay!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

So I'm not super mom......

I'll admit it, I am not supermom!

I may have twins, I may work, I may have a busy day,  but I just can't keep up anymore.

I've been begging Gary to let me hire someone to help around the house, even if its just twice a month. I can't keep up with the little things anymore. You know the filthy walls, fingerprinted windows, my once white kitchen cabinets......

So, my neighbor has a girl come in once a week to help her, I asked if she was looking for more work and thankfully the answer was "yes!"

So she came today and did the cabinets, the walls, windows and the bathroom. Not having to clean a bathroom was worth every penny.

I will admit though, I'm anal and like things done perfectly so it's hard for me to let someone else come in and clean my house. I did go back and redo a few windows that looked streaky, and may have redid a cabinet or two but I'm okay. I can let go. I will let go......

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I probably shouldn't post this because that's usually how I jinx myself but the girls are being awesome with each other lately! I mean awesome!

They went from attacking each other non stop, biting, pushing, hair pulling, and smacking to playing nicely with each other overnight. Its so strange.

They are even learning to share, that is huge. We do have a few things in the house that are "no shares", they are specifically that child's and they do not have to share it with their sister if they don't want to.

Both of them have their blanky's, Gillian has her wubbanub (or her mubby as she so affectionately calls it), Finley has her Pooh (that really isn't a pooh, its a green bear but she calls it Pooh), her puppy (a German shepherd beanie baby dog nana gave her) and most recently her sock monkey (which is a whole different post).

Both of the girls understand that they can't take these things and are pretty respectful of that. If Gillian finds Finn's monkey laying around she'll pick it up and bring it to her. And if Finley is looking for her blanket and finds Gillian's she'll give it to her. Its all very sweet to watch.

Tonight I had a glass of water and they both wanted to drink out of the cup, of course when one took a sip and I handed it to the other there was a freak out.

I explained they had to take turns and we went back and forth making a big deal about who's turn it was. After about a minute they had it and were gladly handing it back and forth to each other.

So my tip of the day is this: If your giving one child a drink, give them their sisters (or brothers) cup to give to their sibling too. If I give Finley a cracker I tell her to give one to Gillian also and when she does praise her for sharing, I've been doing it with both of the girls for months and months and I think its paying off! Now they will automatically give whatever they have 2 of to their sister. Except M&M's. I can't get either one of them to share their M&M's!

Heres to many more happy sharing days!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

2nd and 3rd place go to.....

Finley and I! We got the dreaded cold a day after Gillian and it knocked me off my feet for about 24 hours. Now the house looks like a bomb exploded and I have to deal with the aftermath.

Which is no small task when you have two kids running around destroying things faster than you can clean them up.

I'm working from home today in an attempt to completely recover and get the house back in order.

Gary is the only one left to get sick, I'm sure he's next. I'm hoping his immune system is better than mine because he has been working on the dining room and I want it finished sometime this century.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Camp closed!

Well we closed up our camper today, it was torture.

Nana stayed with the girls and babysat all day while Me, Gary and Sondra all went and closed up camp. I am glad to see it gone for the next 6 months but will miss it at the same time.

The girls had a great time there this year, they loved the lake, the bands at the beach, going out on the boat and mostly driving the golf cart around!

It was such a difference from last year where they did nothing but ride their walkers all over the deck. Next year I'm hoping we'll all be riding bikes around! How awesome would that be?!

Speaking of bikes Nana and Grandpa are getting the girls strider bikes for their birthday or Christmas this year and I'm psyched! I am really hoping they learn to ride them quickly and we'll be zooming around on them by the spring! We'll be practicing all winter in the house!

If you have no idea what a Strider bike is I suggest you google it, then youtube it and you can watch kids that are 2 riding this bike. Its amazing. Hoping for amazing bike riding next year!

In the meantime I am going to enjoy the fall and winter and am praying for a ton of snow again like last year!

Bring on the holiday's and cold weather! I'm excited for fleecy PJ's, Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, and pies!

Friday, October 7, 2011

And the award goes too.....

Gillian!!  For being the first of the family to get sick this year!

I hate when my babies are sick, its amazing to see how much different they act with every illness though. The older they get the more clingy they get when they are sick.

Last night poor Gillian was in bed with us because she was whiny and wouldn't sleep in her bed. I had no idea what her issue was but thought maybe it was her 2 year molars coming in and gave her some ibuprofen.

She was trying to fall asleep and I was rubbing her back, I kept falling asleep while doing it and she kept waking up saying "No momma, tickle back" and so I would keep rubbing until I fell asleep again. Every hour or so she would start whining and say "Momma....tickle. Tickle Momma" and grab my hand and pull it near her back or belly.

So I spent the whole night waking up every once in a while to rub my baby girls back so she could fall asleep......

When we all got up this morning the poor punkin had a runny nose. I'm sure she'll be back in my bed tonight and I'll be tickling her all night again.

And on a side note, I think its amazing that Gary can sleep in the same bed as us and never wake up to her whining. Is it just a Mom thing?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bite me Ryan Seacrest

I was listening to the radio the other day and Ryan Seacrest was on.

Somehow he got to talking about J-Lo and is going on and on about how she rocks because she can handle twins, a full time job and always looks great.


She probably has 10 Nannies that take care of her kids, a walking entourage of people that fix her every time a hair is out of place and someone who does her makeup all day long. Of course she looks amazing and can "handle" her kids.

 I bet she hasn't done a dish, laundry, or ever had to worry about her mansion looking like crap!

What about me? I work! I have twins! And I don't have any help!

Screw you Ryan Seacrest. Just screw you.

Clutter, Clutter, Clutter!

This madness has to end! My house is a disaster. I hate it like this!! There is just "stuff" everywhere and anyone who knows me knows I'm not a fan of "stuff."

I like things simple, minimal, easy.......I'm not a tchotchke person, I hate trinkets, and I don't like to collect things!

I'm like the freaking scrooge of home decorating! Don't get me wrong, I like my house decorated but not with cluttery looking things.

2 days ago I started my mission!

Operation get rid of the crap is in full effect!

I've done all the kitchen cabinets, and tomorrow I'm moving on to the top of the fridge. That's right refrigerator, I'm coming for you!

I'm chucking just about everything I come in contact with, some of it I have in a pile to put by the curb with a huge "FREE" sign on it. I'm hoping some idiot comes by and is interested in my overstock of coffee mugs and casserole dishes.

I still have to do the girls toy closet, the hall closet, my whole bedroom, the bathroom cabinets and then go through 10 totes of baby clothes to give away.

After that is all done I'll be working on my basement. It looks like a bomb exploded because we are remodeling upstairs and basically threw everything we didn't know where to put down there.

Once my house is back in one piece and I am decluttered I am vowing to never keep another thing I don't need or use again........

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I admit, I have a favorite......

No I don't have a favorite child! I do love both my kids equally however, I do have a favorite to put to bed!

Finley refuses to sleep in her room so she goes to "her couch" and lays down and Gillian goes to her room.

Every night I tell the girls to say goodnight to each other and they give each other kisses and head off to their sleeping areas.

Gillian climbs into her bed like a good girl, puckers up and gives me a kiss. I tell her I love her, she reaches for another kiss. Then we say "night night", "night, night" a few times and then I say "Love you bean bean" and she says "Muv you momma".......

I close the door and can hear her blowing kisses to me and I blow them back, every once in a while she'll throw in a "night night" and I whisper it back. Back and forth we go for a couple of minutes until I realize I can't stand at her door all night and blow kisses to her. Trust me I would love to though.

Then I come out to Miss Finley and ask her if Mommy can have a night night kiss and she whines "Noooooo"......I kiss her forehead anyway and tell her I love her.

See the difference there? I understand at this stage in their lives Gillian is the more lovey affectionate one and Finley isn't, it just stinks I can't have two lovey dovey sweet babies!

Hopefully one day Finley will come around and give me my goodnight kiss!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


To work or not to work......

That is the question.

Gary and I have been talking about me quitting my job and staying home with the girls. I know, they are 2, why would we make that decision now? Better late than never.

Gary has a job where he can do some OT and make up my pay, although I hate to have him work more so I can stay home. So this is my dilemma.

I miss my girls while I'm at work. I feel like I am constantly juggling my job,  the house and the girls and I hate that.

I've done all I can do to try to make it easier on myself too. I only work 4 days a week, 5 hours a day. Then I work at home at night after the girls go to bed.

My boss is pretty awesome, I'm payed well, and If I'm sick or one of the girls are sick I can work from home. Who could honestly ask for anything more from an employer?

I just can't get the idea of staying home with them out of my head. I want to go back to school too. I think a nursing career is in my future and taking classes while the girls are Pre K in a couple years sounds right up my ally.

I think I'm just scared of change, scared to make myself take that leap into something different.

Would I hate being home all day? Would I be bored? Will I get sick and tired of doing the cooking, cleaning and taking care of the kids day in and day out? Will Gary resent me? Will I resent him? All these questions......

If your a stay at home mom how do you like it? I always said it was never my thing. That's the reason I went back to work after the girls were born but now I may be having a change of heart.

Oh decisions, decisions.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Math

Today I was thinking how busy life is with twins, then I started wondering how many diapers we've changed in the past 21 months.

Which led to me wondering how much of everything we've done! So I pulled out my calculator and did some math.

Changed 8040 diapers

Gave 670 Baths

Washed 3100 Bottles

Did 700 loads of "baby" laundry

Cooked 1461 meals

Changed 200 sets of sheets

Had 650 sleep interrupted nights

And picked up 1,768,548,215,000 million billion toys

That's alot of diapers! And toys!

Friday, September 30, 2011


We have some serious blanky issues going on in this house! Not only does Gillian take her's everywhere but Finley's has decided her's is her new BFF and won't go anywhere without it either. .

Not only do they fight you to take it on car rides but they insistent on trying to bring it in stores now. I really don't want to have to keep track of their blankets so I'm refusing to let them, which then in turn is causing them to melt down!

They both call them "Key's" and cry "key, key, key, key, key....keeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyy" if they don't have it.

I can only imagine what this is going to turn into.


Gillian just started "NO" 4 days ago, and now yesterday she started the "WHY?"

She's not even 2 and she's doing it already! How can that be possible?

Yesterday I got "why'd" at least 10 times.

Me: "Gillian do you want to go visit Mema?"
Gillian: "Why?"

Me: "Gillian do you want to take a bath?"
Gillian "No, why?"


And on and on and on........and so it starts!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Please leave Summer.......please

The first day of fall was a week ago and Its not feeling very fall like here in Ct. I packed up 97% of the girls summer clothes weeks ago and pulled out all their fall/winter clothes.

Problem is its been nearly 80 everyday here. What is going on? I got the girls adorable boots and fall dresses that they can't wear yet and its ticking me off!

 I have never cared for the summer, I don't like the heat at all. Not even a little bit. I'm not that kind of girl that would lay out on the beach or even leave my house once it gets in the 90's. I prefer the 70's, no humidity please!

Unfortunately my girls love the beach and the lake so while its nice out we are there playing and I'm stuck sitting in the stupid freaking sun. But I love my kids, so I grin and bear it.

Its almost Oct now though so I can start complaining. Go away summer! You are not welcome here anymore!

I would like to put on my boots and wear comfy fleecy pants to bed. I want to go apple picking, drink apple cider, make pies, soups and decorate for Halloween! I can't do this when its 80% out though.

I'm sorry I just can't. So please summer. Leave. I'm begging.

I'm ready for the leaves to fall and for things to cool down!

Screw you time out.

I don't think this time out crap is working. Or Finley was having an exceptionally bad day and was immune to them?

She bit me 2 times, Gillian 3 times and then herself twice. I don't know what got into her today but it was not a good day for her, me or Gillian.

I'm honestly not sure where to go from here with her either. I don't want to spank her. I did a few times in the beginning but then she was turning around hitting me and Gillian.

How am I supposed to say "no hitting" and then hit her for it in return? Makes no sense to me. Its not exactly setting a good example I guess is my point.

So......I'm lost. I'm just hoping this phase passes quickly. Maybe it was a one day thing? Ugh.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Just one of those days........

Or maybe should I say "days"-plural.

Where to start?

**Our washing machine broke. Gary thinks he knows whats wrong though so I ordered the ridiculously expensive $100.00 part online and that better do the trick. For now though I'm part less and waiting for it to come in while the laundry piles up. Good thing the girls have enough clothes to last them 2 years.

**Gary is doing some construction work on our house and somehow managed to let a 2x4 drop on my SUV......leaving a nice dent on the hood. Thanks Gary.

**Gillian was wrapped up in her towel tonight and managed to slip on the tile while she was bundled up-meaning she no hands to catch herself. Hence the HUGE fat lip she ended up with when she hit the floor face first.

She was bleeding everywhere, I almost wondered if it was going to be our first ER trip at one point. All I said over and over to her was "I know baby girl, I'm sorry," Oh baby, I know it hurts......I know." Then I gave her some M&M's and managed to get the bleeding to stop.

After that she was 1/2 crying some and saying "Oooh I know" over and over again. Then she'd throw in a "bad bad floor" now and again for good measure than ask me for another M&M. Man that kid knows how to work me huh?

**I cleaned up pee 2x today.....Gillian seemed to be showing some interest in the potty but that has gone out the window and now she is trying to manipulate me for M&M's.

She will tell me she has to go then makes me whip off her diaper and she jumps on the potty for 3 seconds, looks in it, jumps up and screams "Pee Peed" and then yells "YEEEAAAAAH" and holds out her hand and says "M&M".

The problem is she didn't go pee in the potty. Does she really think I'm that dumb?

Tonight after trying the "fake out pee" on me 3 times, and me telling her 3 times she didn't go pee pee so she couldn't have a M&M she took off playing naked in the playroom.

She came out 10 minutes later yelling "YEAH!!! PEE PEE MOMMA.......M&M" and sure enough there was a trail of pee behind her.........with her yelling "YEAAAAH" and holding her hand out for her M&M.

So needless to say, we're going to put this potty crazyness back on hold for a few more months.

**My sweet mother in law ended up in the hospital this weekend and the girls miss her. Of course I do too but I understand whats going on, they on the other hand really just want their mema back. Hopefully she will be out in a couple days. I sure hope so because Finley doesn't like seeing her BFF hooked up to all sorts of tubes. She wasn't too happy that Mema couldn't come for a walk with us around the floor.

So thats been my past few days. Hopefully the next few go better........

Sunday, September 25, 2011


The girls are finally getting hair! I'm so excited! Only Gillian will let me do hers though. Finley runs away screaming "NO!"

Here are some pics of the girls from yesterday. Gillian looks so grown up with her ponytail and Finley looks like she's 20 in her pictures. I don't know why but I can almost see her as an adult in them!

And for the record I never dress them alike but just went to Old Navy and got these 2 shirts on sale so they wore them together today to visit mema!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Dr. Jeykll and Ms. Hyde

Wow is all I can say.

It is no secret Finley is the strong willed hard headed one of the family (wonder where she gets that from) but tonight took the cake.

This must be the terrible two's. Early.

Yesterday Gary was telling me how Finley had a temper tantrum when he got home from visiting his mother, he said as soon as the car stopped she freaked and started yelling "RIDE" and crying hysterically.

I don't know if I thought he was exaggerating the situation (you know how men can be) or maybe I just wasn't listening, but tonight after getting back from the hospital to visit mema the same exact thing happened and I am shocked.

She was screaming, throwing herself on the floor, slapping anything and everyone around and SCREAMING some more. She was screaming so loud and for so long ( I would say at least 12 minutes) that she started gagging and nearly threw up. All I could do was sit there and watch.

I mean, what do you do when this happens. I don't know?  I've never seen a tantrum before? I tried telling her to calm down, I tried holding her, but she was flailing and trying to smack me, Gary tried holding her and she nearly bit his finger off. He wasn't too happy about that. Obviously.

It just amazes me that one second she can be happy as pie and then the next a raving lunatic.

It took well over an hour to calm her down completely. She took a good nap? Is this the sort of thing I should expect often out of my "spirited child?" I'm hoping Gillian never catches onto this crazy behavior.

Its going to be a long couple of years if I have to put up with this everyday.

Friday, September 23, 2011

My prayers have been answered!

Since before the girls were born I've had dreams of dressing them up in little matching outfits with their hair in bows and ponytails.

Then they were born with zero hair. Which kinda dashed my dreams. There were always the headbands but by the time they were old enough to pull them off and resist they did. So those were gone pretty quick too.

Every once in a while I would *try* to put a little pony tail in Gillian's hair since its longer now and she would do her "no, no, no, no, no" thing at me and shake her head wildly. Bummer.

Last week I came home to hair in a ponytail? At first I thought maybe someone came to visit and did her hair while they were hair but as it turns out it was Gary.

Gary asked her if she wanted a pony tail and she said "Yes" and actually let him put one in. What the heck man?

Over the course of the week she's been coming to me taping her head saying "pony tail!"

My prayers have been answered, my patience has paid off! I have a girly looking little girl! Maybe with a pony tail people will stop calling her a "he"...........maybe.

Now if I could just get Finley on board we'd be all set!

Oh the questions

Mema has been in the hospital for a couple days and we took the girls to visit her yesterday.

For some reason everyone we saw took the opportunity to ask us "one of those questions" about the girls.

If you're a mom of twins you know all about those questions.......

17 people asked if they were twins. One of these days I'm going to say "No" just to see how someone reacts. Of course they are twins.

2 people asked if they were identical, when I tell them nope fraternal they feel the need to argue that they look "EXACTLY" alike. No they look "NOTHING" alike. But thank you for your opinion.

6 people attempted to guess their age. "They must be about 14 months, 15 months etc...." no one guessed right by the way. Good tries though. Then they went on to say how "tiny" they were. Yes they are tiny. Thank you.

3 people tried to guess who was born first. Why in goodness name this is relevant is beyond me. People seem to think Finley the firecracker was born first. Are the bad ones generally born first?

2 people asked if twins run in my response is always a "no" and then they stare at me blankly waiting for an explanation of where my twins came from. 

3 people "god blessed me" Thank you, I am blessed.

And I got 4 "you got your hands full" comments.

That was my 2 hour trip to the hospital. Can't wait to go back........... 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pee Pee in the Potty

Hmmmmm.........We may be on to something in this house.

Yesterday Gillian went pee pee in the bathtub. And she freaked when she did it. Personally I thought Finley should be the one freaking but nope, she just laughed that she was sitting in pee water.

So Gillian jumped out of the tub in tears because she was peeing on herself.

Today she did the same thing. I asked her if she wanted to go on her potty and she said "Yeah" so I got her potty out.

Then I decided I was crazy and diapered the girl.

A while later she came running to me yelling "pee pee" and holding her diaper upset. I felt her diaper and sure enough she was peeing.

About 20 minutes later she did the same thing and again I felt her diaper and she was peeing.

Then I decided to take her diaper off since she seems to know when she has the urge to go and showed her where the potty was.

She came flying into the living room about 20 minutes later screaming like a crazy girl in hysterics. "PEE PEE!!!!!" She was peeing on herself and running at me! I threw her on the potty but she was so scared she jumped back off.

I made a big deal about the little bit that got in there though, I screamed and high fived her and she yelled "Yippee I pee peed in potty" and walked around "yeahing" herself. Then we emptied the little bit of pee in the toilet and clapped for her!

Then it was bed time so I had to put another diaper on her. I'm thinking about letting her run around naked for the next few days and see if she can get it.

Is it crazy to think a 22 month old could be potty trained?

Dinner Bribes

Maybe I give my kids too many options. You know, I'm that kind of parent that would rather reason with them and get them to *try* to see my point rather than argue with them and have a tantrum break out.

The part of the day that is usually the hardest for me is getting the girls inside for dinner.

I get home from work around 3:40 and start to make dinner usually around 4:30. So this leaves about 50 minutes of play time outside for the girls.

When its time to go in I usually say "Okay girls, lets go inside and play, mommy has to cook" and that is followed by two "No's." Then I go on to explain to them that If I don't cook no one will and try to reason with them some more. It never works though......

Today I decided to try something new. Bribery. Yes you hear me bribery. Today's dinner banter went something like this:

Me: Come on girls lets go in so mommy can make dinner!

Girls: No!!!

Me: Please....mommy will make you chicken?

Girls: NOOO!

Me: Please.....

Girls: No

Me: Do you want an M&M?

Girls: Yeah!!

Me: Okay lets go inside and get one!

And the next thing you know I have two kids running in behind me. Score.

Hey, it may not be the right answer for everyone but its the right one for me!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bath time fun

The girls and I love bath time. They usually spend 30-45 minutes in their bath and we NEVER skip a night. Bath time is everyday in this house and it can change 2 cranky little girls into 2 cutie pies in 5 seconds.

Here is a picture from tonight. Gillian put a washcloth on her head and said it was a hat so Finley followed suit.

Here are my cheesy girls.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Get off my couch

Finley thinks my really expensive couch is hers, and only hers.

Its probably because I let her fall asleep there every night, but this is getting pretty ridiculous.

I heard her crying "puppy, puppy, puppy, puppy, puppy, puppy" like a crazy girl tonight and went into the living room to find her trying to pull Harley, our 110lb lab off the couch.

I finally kicked him off so she would stop crying and she walked around saying "bad bad puppy" and guarded her couch for the next 20 minutes.

Then I tried to sit on it to watch the news tonight and she climbed up on it and started pushing me from behind pointing to the chair across the room and whining at me. I asked her if she wanted me to get off and she quickly said "Yeah! Mama off!"

So, I guess its hers now? Good thing there's a second one......

Thursday, September 15, 2011


This afternoon a cold front came in and the next few days are supposed to be in the mid 60's , unfortunately the girls have nothing but sandals, dress shoes and rain boots right now.

So today I decided to venture out to Target with my girls and get them some sneakers. I must have been insane.

We had a little talk on the way over about how we were going to be good girls and hold mommy's hand, not run off, and not tear stuff off the shelves.

They acknowledged they understood.......I swear they said "yeah" and when I asked them why we were going they both yelled "shoes!"

The problems started as soon as we got in the store. The stupid freaking $1.00 section is right there and Gillian wanted socks. Pumpkin socks. I finally got her away from the sock bin and on our way to the shoes.

After we got to the shoe section I bee lined to the first pair of sneakers I saw. I found the girls sizes and turned around only to find 20 pairs of shoes pulled off the shelves and the girls carrying around Elmo slippers screaming "ELMO." This happened in a matter of 45 seconds. See what twins can do?

I tried to pick up all the shoes I swear I did. The problem was they were pulling them back off faster than I could get them back up. Eventually I threw them all in a pile, mouthed "sorry" to the security camera and dragged my hellions outta there!

They refused to let go of their Elmo's though and insisted on carrying them through the store saying "walk, walk, walk" as they dragged him along. I found a clearance rack on the way out and was looking for some Elmo shirts for the girls while they pulled packages of socks and pajamas off the racks.

At one point Finley came to me with one of those rod's that holds packages saying "Uh-Oh" over and over again. Yeah....."Uh-oh"

I grabbed 2 shirts and booked outta there.

When we go to the register I realized both Elmo slippers were MIA and the girls were begging for M&M's. Me being the good mom I am told them they could have whatever they wanted if they just behaved for the last 3 minutes of our trip.

Of course as soon as the M&M's hit the counter and not their mouth's Gillian threw a fake tantrum, She does this over exaggerated scream thing and then takes 3 steps back and slowly falls back to the ground. Its all very dramatic. I rolled my eyes at her and went on my way but the cashier fell for it and "awwwwwwd" at her then offered her a puppy sticker. Of course Gillian's a sucker for a sticker so she got up smiling and took her sticker.

On the way home we were listening to the radio and the girls were dancing in their seats and I couldn't help but smile.

No matter how insane they make me, I wouldn't change a thing about my life. I love my girls, I am so grateful to have two crazy little girls that keep me on my toes. Things may be easier to do without them but they are definitely not as fun!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

I just don't get it.

I love to sleep. So does Gillian.

Finley on the other hand appears to be the complete opposite and its making me insane.

About a week after we switched the girls to their big girl beds all hell broke lose with Finn. Out of no where she decided she was petrified of going to bed at night. I have no idea why.

There were a few days leading up to the "breakdown" where Gillian was climbing in bed with Finley and trying to sleep with her. For some reason this really upset Finley and that's when the whole hell started.

So, after a few nights of trying to force her to sleep in her bed and her getting so upset she couldn't sleep if she wanted to, I started putting Gillian to bed in her room and Finley to bed in the living room. Once she's out I put her in her room and she's fine for the night.

The problem is a couple nights a week Finley doesn't feel like going to bed and stays up WAY past her bedtime. I keep all the lights off in the house and lay on the couch behind her until she's asleep so I get screwed when she doesn't want to go to bed.

Tonight was one of those nights. Its 9:15 and she just fell asleep. I still have to pick up the house and do the dishes. I'm exhausted. I don't want to do anything except go to sleep.......

I'm hoping this phase passes quickly. I want two kids that fall asleep in their beds. I was thinking about separating their rooms to see if that helped but I don't want to lose our playroom. I'm not sure it would help anyway.

What can I do? I'm out of ideas? Being a parent is way more complicated than I ever imagined by the way! Way more complicated!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The artist's.....

The girls love to draw.

Gillian spends a good part of her day hounding whoever is around to draw on her magnadoodle. She goes to bed and will rest her princess nightlight on her pillow and draw for at least 20 minutes before she passes out.

I have to say though, the kid can draw a mean circle.

They also love chalk! They play in the driveway with it and have even expanded their creativity to my house, cars and their playscape.

Sondra was over this past weekend and mentioned chalkboard paint......why didn't I think of that?

So, Gary went and got some today. I'm excited. I'm always looking for things to keep them occupied inside so hopefully this will be good for at least 10 minutes of quiet.

I can't wait for them to get old enough to actually sit down and do things with! Crafts! Baking! Coloring!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Picture time

I haven't taken a picture of the girls since we were on vacation in July.....I know. Bad. I'm just too busy think about it lately. Luckily Sondra was over the other day and grabbed my camera.

Yeah we are the coolest parents on the block. Thanks.

All summer I was looking on craigslist for a playscape for the girls that was reasonably priced.

I was eyeing one of those 8 in 1 climbers that usually retails for around $600.00. The cheapest on I found all summer was $150.00. Something told me to keep looking though and hold out a little longer and It paid off. Big Time.

A few weeks ago Gary and I decided to go out and hit some tag sales. The local children's museum was having one and we decided to stop there. They had a gigantic playscape there with a sign on it that said "Make an offer" so we offered them $250.00 and they took it.

And with that we scored the biggest score ever. This  is a commercial playscape and retails for around 6,000........and my spoiled rotten little girls got it.

They better think we are awesome. I never had anything like this growing up. Heck all I had was some barbies.

They love it too, they play on it for hours a day. I'm actually getting sad thinking of the weather getting cold and them not being able to play on it as often.

Someone lied........

So, in case you didn't notice I haven't been around much.

Someone one once told me "The first 6 months are the hardest with twins" and I wish I could remember who the hell they were because they were freaking liars.

The first 6 months was cake. No I take that back, the first 14 months were cake. THEN all of a sudden my sweet little babies because independent maniacs with minds of their own.

I knew this day would come but nothing could prepare me for life as I know it today. NOTHING!!!

Both of them can throw a tantrum with the best of them. There is more hair pulling, biting and pushing than a wrestle mania match. I feel like a constant referee.

Don't even get me started on the constant whining. Finley says about 10 words so she is constantly frustrated trying to tell me what she wants, Gillian on the other hand will repeat everything you say these days (so watch your mouth!) and walks around jibber jabbering like a crazy girl.

The most amazing thing about watching these two interact though is the fact that they are only 21 months old and can show so much jealousy. If Finley is on her bike and gets off to do something else and sees Gillian eyeing it she runs (and I seriously mean runs) back to it and hops back on. If one tries to climb up on my lap the other tries to pull them down and beat them to it. Its insane around here.

I'm not going to lie, when Finley  isn't eating her breakfast in the morning sometimes I say "Finley, look Gillian is going to eat your pancakes"  and she runs over to the table. Yeah I never said I had good parenting skills. Just trying to get a kid to eat.

Yeah so this is what we are up against in this house right now.

Oh yeah did I mention that Finley will not fall asleep in her bedroom at night? I have no idea whats up with her but she gets hysterical if I try to put her in there. So, I started putting Gillian to bed in her room and Finley in bed on the couch and its working for now. I'm sure tomorrow will change though.

Well, that's life as I know it. Its crazy and I love it!!! I can only imagine what tomorrow will bring.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Attack of the twins.....

I don't know what happened to my sweet Gillian over the past week? She's turned into a biting maniac! She used to be afraid of Finley, she would never bite or hit and now suddenly she's attacking her every chance she gets.

She's biting, hitting, kicking, slapping and even pulling hair. Who is this kid?

So tonight I decided to take drastic measures. I put her in time out. I knew it was only a matter of was definitely the time.

I put a chair in the corner of her play room (that was where we were playing at the time) and put her in it. She laughed and got up about 30 times before she finally figured out I meant business and then her laughs turned into whines and she stayed there for about a minute and a half. Then I told her to say sorry (which she can't say yet but I figure she'll learn it eventually) and that was that.

Fifteen minutes later she smacked Finley and landed herself right back in. This time she got up once and then stayed for her minute.

Then of course because I didn't have enough to do all night Finley bit Gillian and she ended up in time out for the first time. She too got up about 30 times and was laughing and running from the chair but eventually realized she had no other choice and stayed there crying.

I'm hoping this is the start to good obedient children.

Draw, Draw, Draw, Draw, Draw........

The girls new favorite toy is a magna doodle. Its all they play with now a days.

I think we have 5 or 6 of them now ranging from big to small and they follow anyone who is around all day long saying "Draw, Draw, Draw."

I'm not an artist, thank goodness my only critics are a couple 20 month olds!

I've been drawing trees, apples, cars, boats, flowers, stick figures, ice creams and sun's for a's getting kinda old. (for me anyway) Gillian on the other hand doesn't seem to be getting tired of it yet.

I must be a pretty good artist though because every time I draw an ice cream Gillian sticks out her tongue, tries to lick it and says "YUM!" Silly kid.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Help! I'm talking and I can't shut up!

When I was a kid I used to talk so fast I would stutter. My grandma got me a shirt that said "Help, I'm talking and I can't shut up.....Thanks Gram.

I remember very vividly my father screaming at me to "SLOW DOWN ERIN!!!! THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK!!!!!!"

Thankfully I grew out of that.

Now I have my dear sweet Gillian who is picking up at least 5 new words a day. She repeats EVERYTHING you say and I am amazed by how much she's talking now. I hope she doesn't develop a stutter. She's too cute for that.

Then there is my sweet Finley....... She's talking or she's trying at least. She would still rather do her signature "Finley whine" and shake her head "NO" at you though. Although she did start shaking her head "YES" this week. Thank goodness because the "NO" was getting kinda old.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

First Haircut!!

Gillian's hair has been in her eyes for weeks. I was going to give her bangs before we went to Maine but was worried I was going to ruin her hair before Kelly's I waited.....and waited, and waited.

Last night I snuck in her room in a feeble attempt to do it while she was sleeping. Problem was she sleeps on her side and I couldn't get a good angle to do it.

This morning Gary and I decided to give it a shot. He held her with a handful of M&M's and I got up the nerve to cut. Despite the fact she was shoving her face full of M&M's that kid still put up a fight. Eventually Gary had to hold down her arms and I grabbed her hair pulled it together and aimlessly cut.

Yep, that's how her first haircut went. I'm shocked she didn't end up looking completely ridiculous. Maybe I should have been a hairdresser after all?

Here are some before and afters.......Sorry Bean Bean. Maybe next time if you sit still I'll do a little better?


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