19 June 2007

Updates

Underwear
Because you have all been on the edges of your seats wondering how my underwear is working out for me . . . the boyshorts are growing on me. They are really comfortable and stay put, so no fault there. I think the unsexy feeling they give me has less to do with the underwear and more to do with having a flabby, post-twin belly. Much as I wish that were the underwear's fault, I think I need to be honest about the real problem. Hmm.

Madeleine
She walks everywhere now. It's adorable. She's very steady on her feet and can even get over the lip of the baby gates without falling (most of the time). When she does fall, she just gets right back up and keeps going.

Also, she has a second tooth! Bottom left center. Go, Maddie!

Riley
Riley has determined that he is the funniest person on the planet. He laughs at himself all the time. It's very cute.

Firsts
Over the weekend, the twins fingerpainted for the first time. Translation: Over the weekend, the twins got stripped down to their diapers and used their hands to cover their bodies with fingerpaint. Good thing we were in a friend's backyard and could move seamlessly from the fingerpainting table to the wading pool. Hooray for backyard baths!

The twins also ate Greek food for the first time this weekend at a Greek festival sponsored by the church that a good friend of mine attends. Riley ate a piece of spinach pie that was the size of his head. Awesome. The kids also had their faces painted by an enterprising bunch of youths who charged me $2 to paint a "flaming lightning bolt" on Riley's head. I guess it was supposed to be some kind of Harry Potter-esque looking thing, but it made the Ri-Man look like he had a concussion. Maddie got a heart painted on her hand which she immediately smeared around into a red blob. Still, fun.

Home Improvement
My mom and stepdad are here. They arrived the day after I had the cat put to sleep (a day also known as Sunday, June 17, also known this year as Father's Day). This was great timing. I really needed some emotional and physical bolstering. It's been great to have them around.

I took yesterday off of work and ferried my stepdad to Home Depot for some supplies. I have a 20' x 20' deck in front of my house in lieu of a yard. It's awesome. We have a deck tent and everything. Only problem is that it's 100% not child-friendly. My stepdad is childproofing my deck for me. Happy first b-day, twins! It's gonna be great. We have a Little Tikes pizza oven to put out there, a wading pool, a bin of plastic food . . . we're going to spend a lot of time on that deck this summer. Wish we could have a mini-fridge and freezer for easy-access cool drinks and Popsicles.

First Birthday Parties
The twins' first birthday party is this Saturday. There will be 50+ people there. Huh. It was one of those all-or-nothing kinds of things: either only immediate family or everyone we know. First b-days are especially huge for Koreans, so I decided to just go whole-hog. Well, simplified whole-hog. There will be snacks and cupcakes and drinks and socializing for a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon. I'm looking forward to it. I hope the twins won't be totally overwhelmed. I'm going to be totally overwhelmed . . . my mom and stepdad are already here (staying with me), my dad gets here Wednesday, and my mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law get here on Friday. Only my mom and stepdad are staying at the house, but that's still a lot of people who are going to want twin-time. Wish me luck on what will certainly be a crazy weekend.

Time to go home from work and hang out with the kids and my parents. Ahhhh. I need all the rest I can get before Friday.

17 comments:

Angela said...

Madeleine, way to go little girl!I love,love,love this stage(drunken sailor walking) too cute! Riley,what a sweet, funny little boy,I love babies' laughs, there's no sweeter sound!
I hope the birthday party goes well and you and the twins have an awesome time. I'll be thinking of all of you and sending birthday wishes and hugs.

halfmama said...

"He laughs at himself all the time." Yes, that's very very cute! :)

Happy Birthday Maddie and Riley! It is a huge birthday. Hope the party and visit with everyone goes smoothly and you have a great time!

Left Coast Sister said...

love those first wobbly steps!! Here's a bday party survival tip: Since everyone wants to be with the kids, sneak out about 1 hr into the party, get a pedicure, and come back for cupcakes. Maybe no one will know you're gone... hmm...
PS yay on the boyshorts. i can't do those....

HamiHarri said...

Hope you have a wonderful party with your twins and family - can't wait to hear how it went!

kim said...

Happy birthday, kiddos! Hard to believe that you're already so old (and that Maddie is walking)! Since you'll have the Korean family there, will you guys do the tol ceremony too? (If so, be sure to tell us what the twins pick!)

Snickollet said...

Kim--

Yes, we are planning to do the tol ceremony. We'll do that in the morning, before the party, complete with hanboks and piles of fruit. I'll be sure to let you all know what the twins choose. What did Emmy choose?

Angela said...

Sounds exciting. Good luck on the birthday party

Gil said...

It sure sounds like things are crazy busy at your house. Just reading and catching up (I've been negligent...) and I wanted to say a couplf of things. First, I am so, so very sorry about your having to have Dinner put down. I am in tears just thinking about it. I've been in those shoes, and I will have to be in them again (as I have two cats right now). My heart goes out to you as you mourn Dinner's passing and yet, celebrate his life. Second, early birthday wishes to Maddie and Riley! I hope the day is spectacular and you all have a wonderful time surrounded by family and friends. John will be watching over you and smiling at you all, I'm sure! Third, YAY for reno work! Oh, wait, maybe that's just me. *sheepish grin* Ignore that last bit! Sending much love to you all from Canada's capital.

Christine said...

Sounds like everything's going better. Glad to hear it. And I am jealous of your deck -- mine is only 8 x 8', and when I had a lousy four people over this weekend, everybody was squirming and twisting and moving around to accommodate everyone else. Alas, a new deck is not in the budget right now (see pool).

Happy birthday, Maddie and Riley.

Yankee T said...

AWWWWWWWW, lucky, lucky twins! All that admiration from Mama and all the love for the birthday. Have a great time and let the in-law garbage roll off you back, if there is any. Maybe they will behave.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Hope you and the twins have a lovely birthday party.

Julia said...

Yay Maddie! Yay Riley!

Happy birthday to the little guys. They are going to love the deck. more every year, I would guess.

Good luck not being overwhelmed.
Our anniversary is this weekend. I will be thinking of you and wishing you low stress, high fun times.

Denise said...

I hope the babies have a wonderful Tol celebration! (Are you doing the hanbok and ceremony?)

Denise said...

Sorry, I just read the rest of the comments!

Diana said...

Oh the party sounds like so much fun!!! I hope you post pictures!!

kim said...

Emmy went straight for the cold hard cash - she was so fascinated by it! When we finally pried the money out of her hand, she quickly scooped up both the art brush (for me) and Georgetown pencil (for Blair) in the same swoop. Having a wealthy, artistic scholar for a daughter isn't such a bad thing!

Jolene said...

Happy Birthday Riley and Maddie! Have a fabulous time at your very first birthday party! Can't wait until your mommy posts some pictures of the day!

Good luck Snick!