Friday, August 31, 2012

5 Days

It's the end of the last week before preschool and I wish I could say that we've been living it up but unfortunatley we haven't done much.  The weather has been nice but not quite hot enough to go play in a lake or the splash park.  We've mostly just hung around here and played with our friends a lot.  I guess we still have Tuesday for a last hurrah.  I'm thinking about taking them to the Ballard Locks, but it's a good 45 minutes away, though, so I don't know.

Yesterday we did the drop-n-go at Dizzy Bus since I had a Living Social voucher, so I went and browsed in Old Navy then went to Target for some essentials and then I had just a few minutes to browse in TJ Maxx before I had to go pick them up again.  It was still fun, and they of course had fun at Dizzy Bus.  When they are in preschool I will have about 20 minutes more than I had yesterday but I know it's going to go so fast.  I'm probably still going to feel like I can't get very much done, but at least it'll be better than now.

I expanded my list of things I can't wait to be able to do once I have a few hours to myself 3 days a week.  Explore the downtowns of the 4 or so little towns within a few minutes drive.  Browse Barnes and Noble, Michael's, Pier 1, and any other store that I rarely get the chance to go to.  Buy some mums for or front porch.  We have these window boxes on the front of our house that have sat empty all summer because I just haven't had time to go buy flowers to plant in them.  I want to go by myself, but whenever I get the chance to get out without the girls there are always other things more pressing that I need to get done, like grocery shop.

Anyway, I will soon have time to do things like that and I'm SO excited.  Now I will leave you with some recent pictures of girls and cats.





Monday, August 27, 2012

9 Days

It's the start of the last week before preschool.  I was trying to decide what fun thing to do (from my list) when the girls decided they wanted to ride their bikes/scooters (Olivia rode her bike and Kayley rode her scooter) to the library to claim their prize for completing the summer reading program.  Then they of course had to get a cake pop from Starbucks since it was right there.  They had never ridden that far before (probably about 3 miles round trip) but they did really well.  On the way home we passed a park that we used to come to back when they rode in the stroller but now is a bit far for when they're on bikes/scooters, and I was hoping they wouldn't want to stop but of course they did, but it was lunchtime and I was hungry so we didn't, but then they really wanted to make a picnic lunch and go back so we did (we took the car).  Then after being there not very long Olivia had to go potty and it's a small park with no bathroom so we got back in the car, went home, Kayley waited in the car while Olivia went potty, then back to the park we went.

Now I'm trying to decide what to do tomorrow and Wednesday.  Thursday I'm using a Living Social voucher for drop-and-go at Dizzy Bus, so I'll get a little preview of what it will be like to drop them somewhere and go do something for a few hours.  Yay.

The Day I got Food Poisoning--While Pregnant

(I've been documenting certain highlights of my pregnancy in honor of the 5th anniversary, since I was not yet blogging at the time).

On Sunday, August 26th, 2007 my dad and stepmom, who spend most of the year in Arizona but were visiting at the time, went to church with us and then we all went out for brunch.  It was an all-you-can-eat buffet type brunch at a golf course restaurant.  The next day was Monday and I went to work.  I was feeling kind of yucky but chalked it up to morning sickness.  But, I was 11 1/2 weeks and hadn't had much morning sickness for awhile, plus this felt different.  When I got home from work I was worse and went straight to bed, but I just got worse and worse.  I would get really cold, so I'd bundle up in blankets, then I'd get super hot and throw them all off.  I took my temperature and I had a fever and Paul and I were both worried about the babies, so he made me get in a cold tub.  After awhile we decided to head to the ER.  While we were waiting to be seen, I went to the restroom where I proceeded to throw up.

At first, they said I had a bladder and a kidney infection.  I couldn't figure out how I didn't know I had a bladder infection because normally I am miserable with those.  I didn't have any symptoms at all.  But the next day they said I had food poisoning.  To this day I'm unclear as to whether I just had food poisoning or food poisoning AND a bladder infection or all 3.  They made it sound like just food poisoning but I must've had a bladder infection too since they did a urinalysis that must have indicated I did for them to tell me that in the first place.  Anyway, I stayed two nights in the hospital on pregnancy-safe antibiotics.

It was kind of scary, but fortunately the girls were unscathed.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

SRM Family Day

The fertility clinic we used to conceive the girls (Seattle Reproductive Medicine) hosted a day at the zoo today for all the families they helped create.  We got free admission, a free barbeque lunch and free face painting for the girls!  It was really fun.  We got to chat with our doctor for a bit and even ran into a couple from our church (not knowing they'd gone through SRM but we really don't know them that well).  We hadn't been to the zoo in over a year so it was fun to go back and this was the first time we didn't use a stroller, which was so nice.  I didn't take many pictures because by the time we were actually looking at animals (after lunch and all that) our phone battery was getting low.

Yay for all these infertility success stories!
 
Unicorn face painting

 

Riding the carousel (blurry because it went by so fast)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dry Nights

A few nights ago Kayley really wanted to wear underwear to bed (they normally still wear Pull-ups to bed).  She's woken up dry a lot lately so I decided to give it a try.  Of course, Olivia (who also has woken up dry many times) wanted to wear underwear, too.  I put a waterproof mattress protector on both beds, then their sheets, and then another protector (the crib-size ones from way back) on top of that.  I figured then if they wet the bed in the middle of the night, all I'd have to do is peel off the first protector and they'd be good to go, no changing of sheets required.



When Paul got up at 4:00, I got up and went to take them potty.  Olivia was still dry, I took her, she went, and I put her back to bed.  Then I checked Kayley and she was wet.  And she partially missed the protector and had the top sheet and comforter kind of tucked under her so those got wet but not the fitted sheet.  So I changed her jammies and tore off the top sheet and comforter and just threw a blanket over her for the remainder of the night.  When they got up for the day they were both still dry.

So we tried again last night and they both stayed dry all night!  I took the potty at 11:00 before I went to bed, and I contemplated taking them again at 4:00, but I was just too tired and figured if they often go from 9:00 until 8:00 or later, the can make it from 11:00 on.  Luckily, I was right, but I don't think I'll get that lucky most nights.  Normally I would just wait until 4:00 or whenever I happen to get up to pee myself, but last night when they went to bed they refused to go potty right before so that's why I took them at 11:00.

Two dry nights in row for Olivia and one for Kayley.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Last Storytime

When the girls were first born, one of the things I couldn't wait to do with them was storytime at the library.  We went for the first time when they were about 14 months old and have gone fairly regularly since.  Today was the last one until early September, at which time they will be in school on Wednesday mornings, so I made a point to go one last time.  They have a Monday afternoon storytime that we could still go to, and a Thursday evening pajama storytime, but after 3 1/2 years, today was it for Wednesday mornings.  So weird.

Another thing we'll never do again is the Sno Valley Indoor Playground.  We didn't go nearly as much last year as we had the previous year or two, but we did go one last time in May (they don't have it in the summer) because I had a punch card freebie to redeem.  They only have it Monday-Wednesday-Friday mornings during the school year, so that's now out for us, too.  It's kind of the end of an era.

The Countdown is On

In exactly 3 weeks, the girls start preschool!  I am SO excited.  I've been fantasizing for months about all the things I can do in those couple of child-free hours 3 days a week.  Such as:
  • Grocery shop (by myself!)
  • Run errands (by myself!)
  • Read
  • Exercise
  • Clean
  • Projects around the house
  • Maybe get around to doing a scrapbook of our wedding (that was 6 years ago).
On their very first day I've decided that I'm going to go straight to Starbucks after I drop them off and sip a latte while reading a book.  Most days I'll do productive things like clean, grocery shop and run errands, but I'm setting aside that first day for something fun and relaxing.
My excitement isn't completely selfish, however.  I'm also excited for the girls--for the opportunity to make new friends, learn lots of new things and have fun, new experiences.  Can't wait!

Friday, August 10, 2012

School Shopping

The girls start preschool in less than a month.  I took them to Walmart on Tuesday for backpacks.  Kayley is so proud of hers and wears it around everywhere.  It's bigger than she is, but she wouldn't go for the smaller ones because, heaven forbid, they didn't have any characters on them.  They both had to have the Disney Princesses. 
Then Wednesday we went to the outlet mall for some school clothes.  I thought it would be fun to have our very first mother-daughters school clothes shopping experience, plus I wanted them to be able to pick out stuff that they'll actually wear, but it turns out they have the attention span of a gnat, so we didn't last long.  At least at the Gymboree outlet they have a video playing.  I guess I'll keep doing the clothes shopping by myself for awhile.
They did enjoy a ride on the carousel, however.



In other news, we are experiencing another major bedtime battle.  For the longest time now, then routine has been that I leave the small lamp on when they go to bed because Kayley or sometimes both of them like to read or play quietly for awhile before going to sleep.  After they are both asleep, I go in and turn it off.  Now, all of a sudden, Kayley has decided she can't sleep with the light on and turns it off, but Olivia is scared of the dark.  So they argue and fight over the light and Kayley will keep coming out of their room to complain that she can't sleep with the light on.  I try to explain that Olivia will fall asleep soon at which time I'll turn the light off, but she keeps whining about it.  I've also tried to calm Olivia's fears by showing her the light from their nightlight (which is kind of around the corner from her bed in an alcove, so maybe I should move it) and also offering to leave the door open a bit, but neither is good enough.  Sigh.  Once again I'm left contemplating whether it's time for them to have separate rooms, but I really don't want to give up our office/guest room.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Camping

We went camping last weekend at Lake Tapps.  Paul's company owns their own chuck of property on the lake that has a campground as well as a nice day use area.  We took the girls' on their first camping trip there last summer and went again last weekend.  It's first come, first serve, so we got there on Thursday and we were able to get a great spot right on the sunny side of the lake.  It was just the 4 of us the first night, but another couple joined us on Friday for the rest of the weekend.  Before they came on Friday, we met up with another couple and their daughter to watch the Blue Angels practice (they perform for Seattle's Seafair the 1st weekend in August every year).  The girls and I did that last year and we decided to make it an annual thing, so Paul will plan on taking that day off every year if possible.  It was awesome as always, but the girls were hot, tired and cranky and didn't seem to enjoy it as much as last year.

Friday evening another couple came to the campsite just to hang out for the evening, and then on Saturday the mom and daughter that we watched the Blue Angels with came for the afternoon to swim and play at the lake.  Us moms had a very relaxing day floating on the lake with a margarita.  Definitely made the 90ish degree day more bearable.



On Sunday I was very ready to come home and get back to our normal routine.  I did tons of laundry yesterday, still doing more today, and am really behind on housework but we're spending so much time outside that I just can't get caught up.  Oh well.


S'mores!

Very loud planes





trying to peddle a paddle boat

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August

Wow, I can't believe it's August already.  Summer is going to be over before you know it.  I meant to do a post at the beginning of summer listing all the things I hoped to do with the girls before preschool starts and never got around to it, and now several of those things are checked off.  We still have a few to go and only a month left, so we'll see how many we can squeeze in.
  • Picnic/Play at Rattlesnake Lake
  • Spray Park
  • Picnic/Play at Luther Burbank Park
  • Dizzy Bus
  • Redeem last Living Social voucher at 3-2-1 Bounce
  • Pick blueberries
  • Go on an easy hike
  • Northwest Trek
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Gasworks Park
  • Ballard Locks
  • Go to the farmer's market/outdoor concert
We're camping this weekend and seeing the Blue Angels practice.  But as fun as the last few weeks have been, I am SO ready to get back to our normal routine.