Monday, December 27, 2010

Xmas pics in Texas!

After the rant in the previous post - we are having a great time! Here's some pics!

My 5 year old Niece Xiola LOVES Dylan...

Princess with my baby sister Grace

Dylan wearing his cousin's crown!

Gramma and the babies!

Playing Bumpy Bumpy with her Papa

She loves her Papa!
Really loves him!!

Checking eachother out..

and more Bumpy Bumpy!!

Flying with twins...

Wow. What an experience.

We were taking the red-eye out to Houston to visit my parents. My sister was flying in to meet me at the airport to fly back with me (WONDERFUL sis!!). Josh and I waited patiently in the airport for her flight to get in. The twins decided it was a big party and stayed wide awake (at times PISSED). While Josh & I were waiting we smell that familiar unpleasant smell of poop. I looked at Riley, who looked uncomfortably back at me. I open her sleeper and she had exploded. All over. she had it completely up and down her chest, her back, even in her hair. How does a baby do this?? So I take her to the bathroom with me, give her an "airport bath", even wash her hair. Dylan was a good boy and only had a wet diaper. Thank you boy!

Cat finally gets there and we hustle to the gate to board. Oh, forgot to mention I did not check any bags ($25 per??? don't think so!). So we each had a suitcase, diaper bag, and a personal item. And a baby. And they were all extremely heavy. I didn't think to bring a stroller for Josh to just take home BTW. DUH. So struggling with angry wiggling babies. 50 lbs of luggage each, we were obviously losing our grip on it all (not the babies though!) It took us what seemed like an eternity to get to the gate.

Oh. It doesn't end there.

We board the plane and take our seats.

"I'm sorry, but you both can't sit there."

"Excuse me?"

"Well, each row is only equipped with one extra oxygen mask so you can't sit together since you each have a baby." (while rolling eyes that we have babies).

"Um, ok."

Cat switches to the next aisle seat and I sit in the other aisle seat. At least we can talk over the aisle, right? Wrong. BIG wrong.

Family of 3 come in.


Cat - "The stewardess told me to sit here."

Man gets mad. "WHY?!?!"

ME - "Something about oxygen masks. Let's just wait for her to come back."

Attendant comes back and tells the dude he will have to sit in the next aisle seat (MY SEAT). He argues and throws a fit, Attendant says to deal with it in not so many words and tells me to scoot over.

By the way. The seats we have are right behind the wing emergency exit so they don't recline for some reason. And I have a 6'5" dude sitting next to me on the other side. So it's angry man, me and Riley, and super-tall-dude.

So you can imagine comfort is at an all time low. I literally have the worst seat on the plane. With a baby.

An angry, tired, HOT baby. It was hot and dry on that plane.

Cat had the second worst seat. Again another angry, tired, and HOT baby. Who wants his mommy. He couldn't understand why I wasn't holding him. So he cried. And cried.

Riley was worried about him and kept eyeing him and Cat (she didn't know who she was). And wailed.

Riley and Dylan have adopted new cries by the way. They are screams.

They both screamed for about 20 minutes into the flight, refused their bottles and anything else we tried. Riley finally took my glasses off my face and chewed on them for a while. I told (yelled to) Cat the Dylan likes his feet rubbed and legs played with. She did that and he was out within seconds.

As the babies slept I stayed awake. Upright. I dozed off for a few minutes at a time but felt myself releasing my grip and woke back up. Our carriers were inaccessible and I had no arm movement to put it on anyway. The angry man scowled at me and Cat through the whole trip. The wife of the man kept crowding the armrest. The man kept doing the same to me. The super-tall-dude just tolerated it with a slight smile as I apologized to him whenever Riley kicked him or tried to take his book. That was the ONLY thing I apologized for. I don't think I need to apologize if my baby is uncomfortable and there's not a damn thing I can do about it.

She woke up a few times wailing and went back to sleep. We were finally descending and they both woke up for good. And screamed. Again refused EVERYTHING.

But then we got off the plane and here's the kicker - most of the back half was EMPTY. Which means that stupid stewardess could have asked us to move back there. No problem I would have done it in a second.

To top it off, this whole FIASCO could have been better had the CONTINENTAL Air rep mentioned something when I made the reservations. Because they knew we each had an infant on our laps.

Now I know.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Two years ago I didn't think I would ever be posting a picture like this. I am incredibly grateful for these two little munchkins... So far they have been playing with their gifts from Santa (A couple of Singamajigs and this Sassy Laptop).... later we will open presents and then get ready to fly to Texas to spend some time with my family :)

Merry Christmas! :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Teeth and Colds...

Good news? Riley has finally cut 2 teeth! they came through on the same day (last Friday). She won't let me take a picture though. Dylan has yet sprouted his own...

Bad news? We have all had colds here. Riley got it worse than everyone. Probably because of her teeth. The weekend of getting a Christmas tree and seeing Santa for the first time turned into cuddling the kids and sitting in the shower steam to break up nasty coughs and stuffy noses. Plus I had to aspirate both baby noses and it breaks my heart to do that. They both hate it and cry like you wouldn't believe. And Riley's face broke out, so she now has terribly chapped cheeks and nose.

Riley hasn't been able to sleep laying down so she and I are camped out in the living room so she can sleep in her chair while the boys are all snuggled in the bedroom. Yes, they still sleep in our room. I can't bear to take them out of there, but I know the time is coming because up until now they have been sleeping in the same crib. They are getting physically too big for that and two cribs will not fit in there.

Dylan seems fine now, he just had some mild sniffles. Riley was sneezing waterfalls, poor thing. Gross I know. But when you are a mom, talk about snot and poop and vomit no longer phase you...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Shutterfly and my Christmas Cards!

So I am really thinking about what I am going to do with Holiday Cards this year. Last year I didn't do photo cards, I just sent out storebought. This year I really want to be more personal with my cards.

When Dylan & Riley were born I ordered from Shutterfly for their announcements. I had hunted around forever for just the perfect design and ended up with this perfect Baby Announcement:
I wanted a lot of photos and Shutterfly had the perfect layout for me! And the actual print turned out better than I could imagine, especially because a few of these pictures were snapped with my iPhone! The printing was excellent! I also liked that this particular card is available in many colors (I can even see this green for Christmas Cards!)
I have since done things like personalized mugs, a wall calendar for Josh, and a beautiful photo book commemorating Dylan and Riley's first visit to the coast!

I am thinking that this year I will be doing a variety of cards, but I really fell in love with this design (Provence Card) from the Holiday Collection:

I can't wait to share my cards with my friends & family!

Bloggers can get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly: - but hurry, offer expires 12/15!

While I received 50 free cards from Shutterfly, I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All view and opinions are entirely my own.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Everything's bigger in Texas. Don't Mess With Texas...

I just had a HUGE weight lifted off my chest... I got my tickets to see my family for Christmas.

Well, NOT Christmas day, the day after. Here's what Christmas will look like for me -

1. Josh gets off work 12/23 and we drive up to Seattle to spend actual Christmas there. Oh, yeah - not moving there til next year (WOOT!). Too much stress over it so we decided to wait. So far the best decision we've made in a long time.
2. Annual "stocking stuffer spending spree" on Christmas Eve. Josh and I do this every year.
3. Christmas day. Babies' first Christmas! Party it up (baby-style)
4. Christmas night - Josh is driving us to the airport to meet my sister and fly to Texas. Her flight gets in a midnight and she and I and the babies will fly back together. Did you really think I would be flying alone with two kids under a year old? Silly....
5. Flight gets in at 7am into Houston where my mom will be picking us up and I will be with my 5 other siblings for the first time in about ten years! And all of the cousins - my nieces & nephews and my children - will be together for the first time ever. Let the chaos ensue!!!

Did you notice that Josh won't be joining me? Yeah, I'm not happy about that but there isn't much we can do about it. He has to work, there's no getting around it. But at least we will be spending the holiday together... I did not purchase my ticket back yet - I will be staying for 1-2 weeks and my mom will be flying back with me to help with the twins on the flight. I was insanely lucky to get a direct flight there, but odds are slim I will get a direct flight back... And I am hoping a redeye flight will work in my favor and Dylan & Riley will just sleep most of the way... They are phenomenal little car travelers, so I hope that an airplane won't faze them. But I will probably have a couple of screamers for 4 hours.... we shall see!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New pics!

This might be one of my favorite photos ever (so far)...

Yes, we have a thumb-sucker!

Story time!

Fell asleep playing in the play yard..

It's amazing how much they grow and change each day. It seems like only yesterday they were itty-bitty, now they are sitting up and playing together like the old chums they are...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Yes, it's the holiday season...

Ahh... Christmas shopping.... What should I be getting for those on my list? Whatever I get I know that I will be shopping at CSN - they have everything from cookware to the perfect briefcase to kid's stuff...
Speaking of which.... 
Super cute... they have a bee, cow, and ladybug too!

I can see taking a walk with Dylan and Riley scooting along on this.....

It's now kind of freaking me out that before long Dylan & Riley will be using these like little pros...

I have shopped with CSN before and have been very happy with the product selections, prices, and my overall experience! Have you checked them out yet? CSN would be a great place to get all of that Christmas shopping done!

I am excited to be doing a CSN review soon! Stay tuned for that!


Monday, October 25, 2010


So reading other blogs of twinners I am so happy that I am sometimes not alone in feeling overwhelmed at times. I put on a happy face and say "oh, twins aren't so bad. I guess I got lucky".

It is true that I got lucky. I got incredibly lucky with Dylan and Riley. I couldn't have chosen better babies if I had the choice to make. They are amazing, wonderful, overall easy babies, and I am so happy to have them in my life.

Which is why when they both get upset at the same time, I sometimes lose it. Sometimes it's just too much for me to take. Probably because it is so rare that it happens, I'm not prepared for it.

Today I have had a nasty cold, I'm tired, achey, my head hurts, etc etc. Josh has been so great today taking the babies and handling it all, but the mom in me comes out and I have to take control (or try to). So I start playing with them and they are fine until they are done with playing and start crying. So I am trying to console one while the other is getting jealous (seems to happen a lot lately). All I want to do is take a bath and relax, but I can't if they are both upset.

Josh offered to take them for a walk, which he did, and so I took a long soak while they were out. I hear them come home, I get out of the tub, get my jammies on, and come out to flowers and a card.

"I know things are tough right now,
but just remember - 
every flower that ever bloomed
had to go through a lot of dirt to get there." 

So true! I love my husband :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkin Patch!

Over the weekend we went to Heritage Farms Pumpkin Patch! We had so much fun :)

The kids seemed a little overwhelmed - they both had "serious face" going on. They were also enamored with the hay on the ground and kept trying to eat it! We met another Rylie who was a month older than Dylan and Riley and very cute :)

Enjoy the pictures!