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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Songs That Make US Sing Saturday: Or, I am getting old...

Today’s “Songs That Make US Sing Saturday is “Bob That Head” by Rascal Flatts. I am playing it in honor of all those people I know who are headed to the big Rascal Flatts concert tonight--without me.



I have to admit, watching this video, I realized why I didn’t get invited. I drive a Toyota with two car seats. I have a hard time staying up past 10, and I’ve traded Dixie cups for sippy cups.

So, kids, have fun riding in your tricked out trucks with your KC roll bar, turning it up to 10, and bobbing your heads.

Wearing my mom shorts and twin skin tummy tank while giving you a virtual Rock On Sign ….




Join the always fabulous Ginger, Just Another Mom of Twins, and Becca, Because I'm the Mommy, for another fun link-up! Here's how:

Hey It's a PARTY So We Don't Have Any Rules!!
(Except NO puking...the Mommies can't handle anymore puking.)

Here is how it will work and just a few guidelines:

1. Please Follow the TWO of "Us" (we're so much more than just songs...LOL) If you're a new follower please leave us a comment so we can follow you back!

2. Pick A Song...any song that makes you wanna sing! Old-New-Country-Pop-Punk...anything goes. (Let's try to keep it family friendly if we can...LOL) If you want, tell us why the song makes you wanna SING!

3. Add your link to the "Playlist"

4. We'd REALLY like you to copy the Linky Code (just click on "get the code") in to your post so your blogger buds can join in on the fun or link back to the both of us so they can at least "find" the party, but you don't have to.

5. We'd love to see the video of your song (which can easily be shared via youtube.com) but if you just wanna list your favorite song of the day, we're "cool" with that too!

6. Hey, and don't forget to grab our button while you are at it. (BCIMommy still likes it cause she thinks it sounds dirty. *teehee*)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pinwheels and Pinterest

Two new finds...

A new snack...

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Pear Pinwheels: RECIPE




A new time sucker...


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Other good snack ideas to share? Advice for a Pinterest newbie?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Living Intentionally: Birthday List Update



This morning I celebrated the babies’ 59 week day. All that thinking about birthdays made me realize I will have another in four months (Lord willing!). And thinking about how soon four months is made me remember that I better get moving if I hope to make it through my Birthday List.

So how have I done in my quest to do 35 things in my 35th year? Well, most of these items are still a work in progress, but for accountability and planning purposes, here’s an update on my journey.



1. Be the best mommy I can be.

This is really subjective, huh? While I have my share of mommy guilt, in my heart I know I have done the best job possible, and really, isn’t that all any of us can do? But because a mother's job is never done, I am leaving it open.

2. Be present.

Still working on this one. Marty and I have been making a real effort to spend time every night with the babies—sans TV, cell phones, or computers. Boring meetings don’t count, right?

3. Learn to take a good picture.

Not too long ago, I didn’t take any pictures. Then I had kids and started taking lots of them, most of sub-par quality on my cell phone. Still guilty. We are shopping for a new camera, so perhaps by November I can report more progress.

4. Exercise.

I was doing well for a while. Then it got beyond hot and I went back to hibernating. I am getting back on it. See #5.

5. Run a 5K.

Just yesterday Kelly and I decided to start the “Couch to 5K” training plan—just as soon as I find my running shoes…

6. Go to NYC with my mom and sister.
Still hoping this will happen before the big 3-6. Which month is better? October or November?

7. Teach the babies how to sign.

We are Sign and Sing graduates who are unfortunately not as consistent with the practice as we should be. However, the babies are signing, just not like the geniuses that I know they are.

8. Read at least a book a month.
I tend to read in spurts. I think I read four books the first month I had my Nook and then maybe one since then. Time to find a book to energize me again. Recommendations?

9. Join a yoga class.
Does attending a class count? Jeanine and I went in December, and while I had a hard time “being present,” I was there and I participated. Thanks to a great Living Social deal, Emily and I will be taking 5 Mommy/Child yoga classes starting this Saturday.

10. Learn to gamble. Poker, craps, and some other

We played no-stakes poker with my family a couple of months ago, and I didn’t do so bad. There’s a casino on our upcoming cruise, so I plan to work on my skills then. Easiest game to learn?

11. Re-evaluate my long-term finances and set tangible goals for my money.
We met with a financial planner and have started to implement some of the recommendations. Now that I have a Roth, does that mean I am an adult?

12. Send more hand-written cards.
And I am not counting the 30+ birthday thank-you notes I am still working on…Better late than never?

13. Throw a party and reconnect with old friends.
Our Christmas party was almost thwarted by a rare NC snow. We enjoyed the company of those who braved the snow to share a cup of cheer.

14. Support a charity.
Go Little Pink!

15. Blog more.
This month I have written 17 posts. Last year I totaled 22 for the whole year.

16. Take swimming lessons with Emily and Drew.

Ear infections delayed this one. They love the water, so hopefully, things will settle down so we can enjoy some lessons soon.

17. Worry less.
After a year of debilitating anxiety attacks, I can finally say I think I have turned the corner. Breathing feels good.

18. Appreciate more.
Number #17 helped tremendously with being able to appreciate all things, even the things that don’t appear to be gifts.

19. Update Emily and Drew’s baby books.
Does this blog count? If not, I am a baby book slacker.

20. Watch old movies that everyone has seen but me.
I still haven’t seen/read Gone with the Wind. I still feel relatively well-adjusted. Don’t agree? See #17 because “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a…”

21. Learn to make a good mixed drink.

I debated about giving myself credit for this one since I recently made an awesome batch of sangria. I think I need to make and sample it at least once more before I mark it off. :-)

22. Put work into the proper prospective.

Enough said.

23. Buy only items that I love.
Currently I am in love with peach milkshakes from Chick Fil A. And good make-up and cute shoes.

24. Lose weight and get back to my 2006 weight.
I’ve lost it and gained most of it back. Long story, but see #17. At least I am back to pre-pregnancy weight. Going to try to lose it a healthier way this time…

25. Eat healthier and set a better example for Drew and Emily.
When I eat, it tends to be healthy. Even the peach milkshakes have fruit in them. In all seriousness, one of my proudest moments as a mom was realizing that I am raising healthy eaters. They love their fresh fruits and veggies!

26. Travel to one new state/country that I have not yet visited.

Okay, our cruise isn’t until September, but when we leave, we’ll be visiting St. Maartan and St Thomas for the first time.

27. Say I love you more.
I love you.

28. Cut clutter.

Having the house on the market has helped in this area.

29. Pay for a stranger’s meal.
I really thought I would have done this one before now. Maybe I should go get a peach milkshake so I can pay for the person behind me.

30. Find a church home for our family.

Still have a million excuses why it’s too hard to take two babies to a church nursery with people I don’t know.

31. Go hang-gliding.
Maybe on the cruise?

32. Lower my cholesterol.
Blood work is coming up in August. It has to be lower, right?

33. Watch a meteor shower.

Off to Google when we can expect the next one…

34. Take a spur-of-the- moment road trip.

I guess our recent jaunts to Williamsburg might count, but I am leaving this one open so I have a reason to drive north soon.

35. Begin our own family traditions.

My new favorite? Playing in the bed on weekend mornings with the babies.

Way Back When-esday: When we still counted time by weeks...

Linking up again this week with Cheryl at Twinfatuation to bring you another blast from the past...twin-style!





Digging through the picture files this morning, I found three shots that are exactly one year old today--July 27, 2010.

The babies were exactly 7 weeks old. Makes me wonder when we stopped counting time in weeks and moved to months. And when we will stop saying they are __ months old and start saying they are ___years?

For old time's sake, let's take it back to when the time was short enough to count the weeks: my babies are officially 59 weeks old today! Happy 59 weeks, babies!

"Look, it's Melissa!"


"Look, it's Marty!


"Happy 7 weeks-day!"

Monday, July 25, 2011

What I Love About Me (Week 8)

This week I am loving that I love being a MOMMY and a MaMe!

I realized this week that MaMe Musings is officially one year old. I celebrated this discovery by reading back through posts: the first letters, the first milestones, the cuteness, the anxiety, the love…

And I was overcome again by how much I love being a mommy and a MaMe.

So many things in life fail to live up to our expectations. Haven’t we all dreamed of something, only to find the dream and the reality are far removed? For years I prayed to be a mommy, dreaming of what it would be like to have my own child. Blessed beyond measure with not one but two children, I can honestly say that being a mommy surpassed all of my expectations. I am not glossing over the challenges, but truthfully, I thank God every day for my babies. Without a doubt, they are the biggest blessings of my life. It’s such an understatement to say I love watching them grow, learn, laugh.

Writing this blog has allowed me to capture these everyday miracles, share them with others, and relive them anew as I revisit the words and pictures. This weekend, I ran into a friend, who I mainly keep up with through Facebook, and she shared how much she enjoys reading MaMe Musings.

Makes. Me. Smile.


I always love it when new people tell me they read MaMe Musings.

Makes. Me. Smile.


I love comments, especially those people take time to leave on Facebook or on the blog. I love it when someone chooses to follow MaMe Musings, knowing that each person connected through MaMe Musings enriches my experience as a mommy.

Makes.Me.Smile.


Here’s a replay of my very first MaMe Musings post from July 2010:

Welcome to MaMe Musings, my first real blog, and my attempt to document and share the most incredible experience of my life--being a mommy.

MaMe stands for M(arty) a(ndrew) M(elissa) e(mily), and I freely admit that this blog will be all about us and our new twins. Yes, here, I will be THAT person who self-indulgently brags about her children's daily feats.

Perhaps this blog will help me slow down so I might appreciate each day while I take time to reflect and grow from the daily miracle we call life. Many of my early posts will be sort of a retrospective as I try to look back and document how we have arrived at this divine place in our lives. I imagine many entries will attempt to capture a moment, share our joy, express our exhaustion, or pass along tough lessons learned.

While I have already learned that life with twins leaves very little "me" time, it is my intention to carve out some space on a regular basis to keep this blog going. As I type, I realize that I have been working on this entry for almost two weeks! Then again, I think that's not too bad for someone who is feeding two babies about every three hours! Don't even get me started on how many bottles I wash in one day.

Who will be interested in these MaMe Musings? Who knows? While I would love to connect and share with others, ultimately, this blog is a gift to my children. One day I hope Emily and Andrew will read this blog and realize how much they are loved and wanted and how we were honored to be chosen as their parents.



What do you about YOU this week?

What I Love About Me! Blog Hop - Week 8
"The wise know the value of friendship, and that it is wisdom to be a friend to oneself too." -A.C. Grayling

Welcome to Week 8 of "What I Love About Me!" hosted by Twins Plus One, Three Times the Fun and Twingle Mommy!

Here's how it works -
Write a post about what you love about yourself this week and then add it to the linky list below. This is intended to be a time and place for each of us to stop criticizing ourselves for a few minutes and actually remind ourselves of the characteristics we are proud to own. So go ahead, look in the mirror, and see yourself through your loved one's eyes. Notice the beauty first. Here's your place to shine!

A few simple guidelines -

Please follow the two hostesses. If you are a new follower, please comment so we can follow you too! :)
We'd love it if you posted the button and the linky list, but it is not mandatory. The button code is on my left sidebar.
Feel free to link to your homepage or your specific "What I Love About Me!" post. We want this to be a fun, relaxing hop so we'll accept all links as long as they are family-friendly. Thanks!
The linky will be open all week so feel free to link-up on your own time!

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Songs That Make US Sing Saturday (or Sunday)



One of my favorite new Multiple Moms and fellow bloggers, Ginger at Just Another Mom of Twins, has started a fun Saturday link-up, Songs That Make US Sing Saturdays. I was so excited to share the song that I have had in my head all week--"Take a Back Road" by Rodney Atkins.

Then Saturday came, and we were on the go all day (and not on some cool back roads, but fun nonetheless). So please forgive me, Ginger, if I make this a song to sing on Sunday. If you are looking for something more meaningful this morning, head over to Ginger's blog for Spiritual Sunday. Warning--I got teary-eyed reading it!

Please sing with me about back roads, gravel in my travel, and getting right with my soul...

PS-Sometimes I like to clap as I sing--but only when alone in the car so nobody can laugh. Oh, it's okay. You can laugh. I do.

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Fellow Adventurers

“You are not the child of the people you call mother and father, but their fellow-adventurer on a bright journey to understand the things that are.”



Looking forward to weekend fun with my favorite fellow adventurers! We are heading to a Canes' Fun Fest (nothing like a ice rink in July) tonight, Little Gym tomorrow, and then who knows what we might do (or not do) on Sunday!

Hope you enjoy the journey this weekend, too!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Let me tell you a story...

Join me for the exciting tale of yesterday's adventure to story time at the local library. Everybody seated in a circle? Criss Cross Apple Sauce? Listening ears on? Here we go....


Once upon a hot July Wednesday
A mommy and her two babies make their way…

To story time at the local library.
A stroller holds the babies mommy could not carry.

They arrive just in time.
Oh, this must be a good sign!

A front seat they found,
And the babies enjoy looking round.

As story time is commencing,
Emily starts wincing.

Mommy takes her from the stroller.
Emily just wants someone to hold her.

There’s a raffle and guess who they chose?
Emily gets the prize- it’s a red clown nose!

There is singing, clapping, puppets, and giggling
And just about then, Drew starts wiggling.

That's when mommy realizes what she hasn't packed--
Any toys to occupy babies when their attention lacked.

So she did what she could do with toys few.
She gave them a plastic clown nose to chew.

The top to hand sanitizer, too.
Even paper tickets made do.

They hear a story about a duck
Who in a wolf’s tummy does get stuck.

But then Mommy makes a big mistake.
From the stroller she does Drew take.

Now there are two babies in her lap
And they want to do more than just clap.

Drew makes his way to the floor
Sitting and listening has become quite a bore.

He struts his way to the front of the stage.
Quite the accomplished walker for his age.

Mommy scrambles to buckle Emily in the seat
Does Drew have Mommy beat?

One baby on lock down, another on the run.
This mommy better hurry before Drew has too much fun!

Through the crowd she darts, moving quickly for her age—
Will she get him before he pulls down the puppet stage?

She scoops him up and hugs him tight.
“Oh, Drew Bear! You gave me quite a fright!”

With both babies safely tucked away,
For another story they can now stay...

And Mommy and babies left happily shortly thereafter.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Way Back When-esday: Clean Reading

Linking up once again with the always fun Way Back When-esday hosted by Cheryl at Twinfatuation! Thanks, Cheryl, for letting me play along!



For today's look back, I couldn't decide between two images, both from the babies' 4th month.

In this one, the babies are checking out their brand new high chairs. So shiny. So clean...So not like they are today.


In honor of today's trip to story time at the public library, I share this picture of the babies engaged in some pretty intense reading. Let's hope they are just as engaged and well-behaved in public today when it's just me, them, and a roomful of kids, parents, and books they can eat!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Is it bad?



Is it bad that I finished the babies’ grits the other morning—with a baby spoon?

Is it bad that I let Emily play in a box of “female products” from under the sink because she was quiet and occupied while I dried my hair?

Is it bad that I take almost all my pictures on my i-phone?

Is it bad that most of their clothes have stains on them because we often skip bibs?

Is it bad that I let them cry it out (a little) at bedtime? (okay, maybe a lot—sometimes)

Is it bad that I force them to take naps with me because I need the nap more than them?

Is it bad that my reaction time is way slower than it used to be when I hear a crash—like last night when they broke the floor lamp?

Is it bad that I don’t mind leaving them with my parents for the night? Or the weekend?

Is it bad that I feel bad to ask my parents to watch them because I know how hard it is?

Is it bad that we don’t have a babysitter other than family because we don’t know who else to ask?

Is it bad that I put pink bunny ears on Drew because he likes it and it’s funny?

Is it bad that we now have ants because of the food-stained floors and highchairs?

Is it bad that we took the fabric covers off the highchairs to make them easier to clean?

Is it bad that the highchairs are still dirty most of the time?

Is it bad that I (sometimes) let them chew on paper now as long as I don’t hear choking noises?

Is it bad that today I taught Drew how to throw toys for fun?

Is it bad that I said a dirty word(s) after Drew woke up Emily after I FINALLY got her to sleep (during one of their forced naps)?

Is it bad that we leave them in the high chairs after the food is gone because we enjoy having them contained for a while?

Is it bad that I left them in the tub tonight a little longer than necessary because it gave me the opportunity to clean my bathroom?

Is it bad that I try to push poopy diapers off on Marty?

And from Marty…
Is it bad that I try to push poopy diapers off on Melissa?

Please make me feel better by adding your own "Is it bad...?"

Monday, July 18, 2011

What I Love About Me- It's Hair-tastic!

"The wise know the value of friendship, and that it is wisdom to be a friend to oneself too." -A.C. Grayling

Welcome to Week 7 of "What I Love About Me!" hosted by Twins Plus One, Three Times the Fun and Twingle Mommy!

Here's how it works -
Write a post about what you love about yourself this week and then add it to the linky list below. This is intended to be a time and place for each of us to stop criticizing ourselves for a few minutes and actually remind ourselves of the characteristics we are proud to own. So go ahead, look in the mirror, and see yourself through your loved one's eyes. Notice the beauty first. Here's your place to shine!

A few simple guidelines -

Please follow the two hostesses. If you are a new follower, please comment so we can follow you too! :)

We'd love it if you posted the button and the linky list, but it is not mandatory. The button code is on my left sidebar.

Feel free to link to your homepage or your specific "What I Love About Me!" post. We want this to be a fun, relaxing hop so we'll accept all links as long as they are family-friendly. Thanks!

The linky will be open all week so feel free to link-up on your own time!
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Today what I love about me is my new hair cut!

After months of neglect that I shamelessly blamed on babies and then a break-up with my on-again/off-again stylist, I found a new place last month. While entertaining two babies in a stroller, I lost several inches and added bangs and layers. Gone was my safety ponytail. For the first time in several years, I had a haircut that was easy-breezy—-perfect for summer and perfect for someone who will admit she no longer washes her hair every day.

Unfortunately, easy-breezy grows out, so I did something I haven’t done in a while.

I actually went in for trim instead of a total re-do.

I am happy to report that I like the trimmed version just as much as I liked the original cut.

To appreciate how far I’ve come and how some things really do get better with age, I present to you a look at my hair through the years…







Sunday, July 17, 2011

Parents Gone Wild

Marty and I left early Saturday morning for an overnight getaway. What do “parents gone wild” do? In addition to having lots of fun, sun, rest and relaxation, we apparently engaged in quite a bit of baby talk. Here’s a sampling of some of our conversation:

(In the car) You two are awfully quiet back there. Oh, wait…. hahahaha

(in line for the shuttle) The line for families with strollers is shorter. This is one time I wish we had the double stroller.


(in line) Look how much faster we are without having to take the stroller and over-packed diaper bag through the bag check line.


Who am I? (insert silly imitation of one of the babies)

Doesn’t that little boy look like Drew?

I miss the babies.


I am so glad the babies aren’t here.

Look. I think those babies are twins.


Wow. Look! She has triplets…makes me miss my multiples.


I can’t wait until the babies are big enough to ___.


Wow. That’s a little baby. I can’t imagine bringing the babies when they were that small.

I wonder how long before Emily and Drew will _____.


I would kick Emily’s butt if she ever wore shorts that short/dyed her hair that color/acted like that with a boy in public.


Drew better not even think about cutting his hair that way/wearing jeans that tight/piercing that many parts of his body.


When we go on the cruise, we need to make sure we pack ___.

That baby’s cry sounds like Drew.


Look at that little girl walking so well. You think she is the same age as Emily?


I bet Drew and Emily would love _____.


I am so glad Emily and Drew never liked a pacifier. That kid is way too old to be sucking on that thing.

Want to stop and call to check on the babies?


What if they lose the babies on the beach?


You know, this trip is so much easier without the babies.


Mama is taking a nap. I hope my sister isn’t watching the babies alone
.

I hope Kelly doesn't give them Pepsi.

It’s about bedtime for the babies. Wonder if they’re going down fighting
.

Better wait to call. They’ve got their hands full. You don’t wait to call while they are trying to wrestle them to sleep.


Wonder if the babies are being good.


Wonder if the babies napped well.


They don’t have a lot of healthy choices on the kids' menu.


Mama and Daddy said Emily and Drew _____(play-by play of phone call)


(in hotel-all alone) sleep….


(9 am) Pull the blinds. I am still tired.


(at breakfast) Table for two without two high chairs…


(on the way home) silence—I napped.

(finally home) I can’t wait to pick up the babies…

(finally home) right after I take another nap.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rockin' the Baby

Today I am joining Shell at Things I Can't Say for her wildly popular Rockin' the Baby link-up.

Thanks, Shell, for a good reason to post some of my all-time favorite pictures of my babies! If you get a chance, click over and visit some of the other blogs and babies. Be forewarned: there is a strong chance you will catch baby fever!



Holding my babies for the first time...


I love their expressions...


Nap time in the boppy...


Some of my favorite images from their newborn session (photos by Lifelong Impressions)








Monday, July 11, 2011

What I Love About Me

"The wise know the value of friendship, and that it is wisdom to be a friend to oneself too." -A.C. Grayling

Welcome to Week 6 of "What I Love About Me!" hosted by Twins Plus One, Three Times the Fun and Twingle Mommy!

Here's how it works -
Write a post about what you love about yourself this week and then add it to the linky list below. This is intended to be a time and place for each of us to stop criticizing ourselves for a few minutes and actually remind ourselves of the characteristics we are proud to own. So go ahead, look in the mirror, and see yourself through your loved one's eyes. Notice the beauty first. Here's your place to shine!

A few simple guidelines -

Please follow the two hostesses. If you are a new follower, please comment so we can follow you too! :)

We'd love it if you posted the button and the linky list, but it is not mandatory. The button code is on my left sidebar.

Feel free to link to your homepage or your specific "What I Love About Me!" post. We want this to be a fun, relaxing hop so we'll accept all links as long as they are family-friendly. Thanks!

The linky will be open all week so feel free to link-up on your own time!
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If you think something, it’s only a dream
If you write it down, you make it possible
If you schedule it, you make it probable
If you take action, you make it reality


This week I love that I get things done.

Not always perfectly. Not always neatly. Not always early. Not always without help. Not always easily. But somehow just in time.

Specifically, this weekend we hosted a barbeque and couple’s shower for my little brother and his fiancĂ©e.

By the time the party arrived, my obsessive list making had paid off. The house was cleaned, yard mowed, driveway edged, tents set up, centerpieces made, food ordered and delivered, desserts chilled, and sangria fermented.

Over the past month, I have planned, coordinated, and/or packed for first birthday parties, out of town trips, Marty’s birthday, our 4th of July day at the lake, first birthday pictures, a baby shower.

At times, I must admit I was close to pulling my hair out, especially with two babies who have a knack for destroying in minutes what it took me hours to clean. One meal time and it’s time to mop again. For every squirt of Windex, four hands are ready to leave their mark. For every cabinet closed or toy put away, two more take their place…

But, it all came together. Just in time.

Congratulations to the beautiful couple, Jay and Marisa. Looking forward to adding a new sister to the family in August!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

ME! Winner!

So sorry I am late choosing and posting the winner...Busy. Busy. Busy here! Jumping on the computer just long enough to post the GREAT news. Hope to be back to blog world tomorrow to catch up and post details on a busy weekend!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANDREA OF THE MAYS TWINS!



Andrea said,"I think my favorite ME time spent is in a salon being pampered!" ME TOO!

As soon as I get a mailing address from you, Andrea, I will get your Barnes and Noble gift card in the mail. I hope you do something fabulous for yourself with it! Maybe a nice book *after* a relaxing trip to the salon :-)

PS- THANK YOU dolli-mama!! Not only did you host a great giveaway, I won a Starbucks gift card! Woo-hoo!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Have Passports; Will Travel

Before the babies arrived, we received plenty of advice on traveling with twins. Generally, this advice fell into two camps: the Get ready. You’ll never leave the house again camp and the Get out early; get out often camp.

For us, traveling and being on the go is so much of who we are, we resolved to confront twin travel head on by getting out early and often.

For those who have been following MaMe’s journey, you know that initially the Melissa/Mommy part of MaMe struggled.

Ironically, the song on the radio the first time I took the babies out on my own was George Strait’s “It Just Comes Natural.” Well, George, it didn’t all come naturally—at least not at first—but, eventually, I figured out how to open the double stroller by myself, and we all made it back in one piece.

From there, we were off.

By eleven weeks, we’d logged quite a few miles and haven’t looked back.

Some trips have been small—a weekend trip to the beach, a visit to the state fair, an impromptu day trip to IKEA, nights out to hockey games. Others have required more planning, more patience, and more luggage: Disney World at 6 months, Myrtle Beach at 9 months, and Busch Gardens at 12 months.

Each trip sharpens our organizational skills and demands the full parenting efforts of both Mommy and Daddy. I am honest enough to admit it hasn’t always been a vacation, but it has always been fun. While we know they won’t have specific memories of any of these places, I love seeing them take in the new experiences. We do want them to grow up learning how to travel, how to be flexible, and how to make the best out of any situation (including sleeping 4 to a hotel double bed because we were too tired to bring in the Pack and Play from the car).

In our quest to raise world travelers and to satisfy our own selfish need to get away, we recently applied for passports for the babies, and this week, they arrived, well in advance of our first international trip--

A 7 Day cruise on the Carnival Dream when the babies will be around 15 months old.


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Doing a little research on cruising with twins revealed two interesting facts.

First, the actress Marcia Gay Harden, also a mom to twins, is the godmother of the Carnival Dream. How appropriate that the godmother of the babies’ first cruise ship is also a mom of twins?? This must be a sign that cruising with 15 month old twins is a good idea, right? Surely, she christened the ship with an extra dose of patience for multiples??

Secondly, after skimming some cruise message board posts, it appears that cruisers generally fall into two camps when it comes to cruising with small children, particularly when they come in sets of two or more: Stay home or Cruise early and cruise often.


The point of this post is not to start a debate on the pros and cons of cruising with young children or twins. Both sides have good and valid points, such as “At least on a cruise someone else is doing the cooking and cleaning, leaving you more time to focus on your kids.” Yes! Someone else can take some of my mommy duties for a week! But the naysayers have a point when they beg us to remember that “navigating double strollers and irritable children is not fun for the parents or other guests, so leave the kids home with the grandparents.” Ah, a week of someone else cooking and cleaning, and no children!

But, alas, deciding whether or not to take the babies is not the point of this post.

No, the babies are going. Our cruise is paid in full. Our passports are up-to-date. And, the grandparents are all going with us.

I guess the point of this post is to put us in the camp that would tell other moms and moms of multiples to just get out there and go—whether it’s to the grocery store, to the mall, or on a seven day cruise on a big boat. Go early; go often. You can do it!

Eventually, it will come natural.

PS-If you see us out there, be sure to say HI!


LAST DAY!!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Way Back When-esday

Linking up with Cheryl at Twinfatuation for another installment of Way Back When-esday.





Date: July 4, 2010
Babies' Age: 1 day short of 4 weeks


All dressed up in their 4th of July finest! Doesn't Drew look thrilled? We spent the 4th at my parents' house. After a quick stroll over to the neighbors' house, I brought the babies back in and watched the fireworks from inside.



Emily is rocking what is supposed to be a skirt. And look at those big ole' shorts on Drew! They were so tiny. Or maybe the clothes were just too big...



Snuggling with Mommy after the party.




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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What I Love About Me

Linking up with Holly Ann from Twin Plus One, Three Times the Fun, and Allison from Twingle Mommy for another weekly installment of "What I Love About Me."

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In many ways, I epitomize tradition, familiarity, and security. I like order. I like routine. I like rules. I like neatness. I like knowing the plan ahead of time--most of the time.

But sometimes, I love adventure, and that wild streak is what I love about me this week.

We celebrated the 4th of July on the lake Sunday.

It was a day full of all the perfect 4th of July trimmings: lounging in our chairs, swimming in the lake, riding the boat with the wind in our faces, eating hotdogs hot off the grill, savoring fresh fruit straight from the cooler, attacking each other with water guns.

The more adventurous among us also enjoyed a little fun on the open water: being pulled on the inner tube by a speeding boat driven by daddy.

As I put on my life jacket and climbed onto the tube with my sister, I realized I hadn’t been on one of these things in at least 15 years—maybe longer?

Determined to give us a ride to remember, my dad, with my brother urging him on, hit the gas and brought the tube and us out of the water.

I squealed and giggled as we zipped along, occasionally sticking my foot down in the water, sending a stream of water shooting onto our faces.

I protested to the wind as Kelly yelled for him to go faster, giving him the sign to spin us around.

I gripped the handles as we crossed the wake and swung wildly to the side.

I gripped them harder as we turned again, coming back in behind the boat.

Do it again! Do it again!

So we did.

Who knows where I will find the next thrill. All I know is I need adventure to balance the all-too-settled part of me.

Last week it was roller coasters.

I’ve been jet skiing, parasailing, white water rafting, zip-lining, sailing, snow skiing, and would probably go parachuting.

I love to travel to new places, even if it’s just turning off the GPS and riding down unfamiliar back roads, trusting my own sense of direction.

I love to try new foods--frog legs, escargot, the mystery martini, or the chef’s choice sushi plate.

I have a constant itch for a road trip, a burning desire to make a spur of the moment purchase of a plane ticket to a place I’ve never been. A dream of retiring on an island and running my own charter fishing boat...

Sounds like a good plan to me.


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Monday, July 4, 2011

Today, we declare our independence...

Number of bottles made 4380

$ spent on formula (including Drew's pricey
stint on Nutramigen) $3640

Number of dishwasher cycles 352

Number of Dr. Brown bottles originally purchased 24

Number of bottles tossed due to unspeakable
funk from being lost under couch 7

Number of bottles looking for a new home 17

Minutes a week mommy will now reclaim as her own 105

Counter space rediscovered since bottle factory shut down 3 feet

Number of sippy cups purchased in pursuit of the “one” 6

Times I have gotten teary-eyed (this week) about
babies growing up 5

This morning, as I attempted to wash two bottles discovered under the couch, I realized we haven’t used a bottle in well over a week. We haven’t had formula since we used the last of the can the day of their one year appointment.

With the two final bottles cleaned for the last time, I can officially say:

Today we declare our freedom from bottles.


Yes, today, we officially claim sippy cups as our drink vessel of choice.




Happy Independence Day!


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