Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Meet MaMe

MaMe Musings was born two years this month--right after the birth of our sweet boy-girl twins, Emily Anne and Andrew Elliott.

Originally, I started this blog to help me...

slow down, reflect, grow, share, express, record...

Over the past two years, I've done a little of all that and probably a bit more. Just take a look at my labels--I am ALL OVER THE PLACE! Hey, with twins, I have a lot of practice being all over the place!

I started with letters to the babies. These posts are still some of my favorites.

I blogged through those early days--long days filled with countless feedings and no sleep.

I blogged through the anxiety of being a new mom--to two babies at one time. Here I chronicle the first 101 things I worried about.

There were firsts.

And fun.

We've recorded travels.

And troubles.

I've met some great fellow bloggers, and I even turned my husband into a one-time guest blogger! That was definitely one of "the coolest things ever."

I have even found a little space here and there for my own personal journey.

I confess...

It's been a crazy ride--

that started way back when..

Two years.


Time flies--even when, especially when--you blog.

I am grateful for the chance to have captured here, if only just a wisp, the joy I've found in being a MaMe.

I am linking this post to the Multiples and More Featured Blogger Blog Hop. Looking for a some good new reads? Check it out!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Confessions of an Absentee Blogger

Once upon a time there was a blogger named Melissa who loved to write about her adorable twins and life with all of its twists and spins.

There were tales of joy and some tales of woe--but never too long between posts, though.

Then, Melissa fell into a deep (blogging) pit. With so many topics for new blog posts piling up, what should she do--close the computer and quit?

But there were so many stories left to tell. Yes, more not less...

Maybe she should just digress from the mess, express, and confess...

I confess-- I have a half-finished blog post about Emily' dance recital (from May) and a reflection on how my decision to sign her up for dance really had more to do with my feelings of inadequacy than her desire to go. Regardless, wasn't her recital costume adorable??

I confess--I have yet to blog about the Babies getting ear tubes (in May) and the struggle and the process that finally led us to that (very wise) decision.

I confess--I haven't written about my 12 in 2012 project since the first of June. Adventure was that month's value, and while there was plenty of (fun) adventure, I also learned that sometimes adventure means that life takes you where you didn't know you were prepared to go--that is, until you are there. I confess I will not be sharing more of that adventure here, but let's say that once again, the month's value was the perfect choice, and it made sense that July's value is faith. One exciting update in this area? We may have found a church home!

I confess--I have yet to confess on this blog that my children have officially entered into the world of TV. While we held out until 23 months (just 1 month short of the AAP's recommendation, I might add), we eventually succumbed to the siren's song known as Elmo and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Let's just say I now understand why people put DVD players in the cars. To those people I once unfairly judged, I am sorry. I have now driven a mile in your shoes.

I confess--I may have been an absentee blogger, but I have tried to update MaMe's Facebook page more regularly. I needed somewhere I could share potty stories and mommy cartoons without fear of blocking from my toddler-free friends. If you want a safe place to talk about all things MaMe, I mean, mommy, then "LIKE" us on Facebook.

I confess--While I managed a blog post about the Babies' second birthday party, I missed writing about MaMe Musings' second anniversary. I could have totally done a giveaway with the leftover Sesame Street party bags! Or made you a cupcake using my new mad cupcake skills. What's worse than forgetting my blog's birthday? Realizing I didn't write 2 Year letters to the Babies.

I confess--Not writing the letters means I could possibly miss capturing the myriad of daily changes. Emily and Drew are so much fun--so smart, so funny. I want to record it all in a place more stable than the undependable mush I call my brain. Some of the most obvious changes are in their verbal abilities. Emily is such a talker, so it was easy to write "Emily Says." I started a parallel post called "Drew Says," but I confess, it is still in my draft folder.

I confess--I've missed the friendships and community that comes along with blogging. I've missed visiting my regular blogs. I've missed participating in some familar favorites, like Pontifications of a Twin Mom's Mama Loves, where I could share cool finds like the Baby Genius Krinkles Building Set that allows my Drew to make his own boat:

I confess--Every time I hear this song, I think, "I need to link this one up with Ginger's Songs that Make Us Sing Saturday!"

I confess--As August 25 approaches, I find myself thinking more and more about one of my last Pour Your Heart Out posts, and I wonder if I will always be able to tell you exactly how old my baby would have been.

I confess--I really wanted to write about the Whole Foods' trip from hell, but I didn't have the energy. Instead, I ate strawberry cream cheese muffins that I bought in a moment of weakness as I tried to wrangle two kids back into a shopping cart that was ironically a police car. With one climbing out as the other climbed in, oh what I would have given for some handcuffs to go along with that cart. Just thinking about it makes me want another muffin.

I confess--I've wanted to blog about chores. Someone on my old due date board posted a question about what kinds of chores our 2 year olds do. The thought never really crossed my mind. I mean, sure, I make them pick up their toys, and they love to help unload the dishwasher and bring in the groceries. Then I saw this chart...Hmmm. Maybe I don't need a housekeeper after all--I've birthed two of them!

I confess--I miss learning about new opportunities, activities, and ideas that I learn from other moms when I blog. After reading this recent article, I realized how much I could use some new ideas for fun learning activities. Drew and Emily have really started imaginary play, especially with their kitchen set. I am hungry (pardon the bad pun) for some new things to try with them.

I confess--I hope this post has "and she blogs happily ever after..." or at least, "a little more regularly..."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

We Love Our X

We've come a long way from those first days of daycare. See, we can even call it what it is...

We have long since abandoned the code name, X.

In fact, most days, we say we are going to school, which apparently fits since those folks at Baby Center are now sending me emails for my PRESCHOOLER!

In fact, most days, the Babies eagerly get in the car for "school."

They love their teachers--Ms. Brenda, Ms. Robin, Ms. Jordan, and Ms. Samantha.
They love seeing their friends. Drew has a thing for Ella.
They even know the custodian's name--Mr. Donnie.
Emily likes to help sign them in.
They fight over who will open the door to their classroom.
They know all kinds of songs like "Jesus Loves Me" and "Deep and Wide."
They don't want to leave without their "papers" (their daily reports).

Sure, it's not always easy to get them there. It certainly hasn't been easy keeping them well enough to stay there. (Even in July, we are fighting runny noses). And, sometimes it still hurts my heart to think of the time I miss with them while I'm not there.

But, I love that they love it.

I also love that their teachers care enough to share glimpses of their day, often in unexpected ways, like texting us a picture of Drew being silly:

I'd like to do something nice for their teachers just to say thanks for taking such good care of my babies--to say thanks for the little things (like pictures in text messages) and the big things (like teaching them about Jesus).

Do you have any ideas for small gifts for daycare/preschool teachers? I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Fill-In Fun

It's amazing how much blogging I can catch up on when I take Friday afternoon off work--if for no reason other than it's too hot outside to even contemplate moving too far from my recliner. Or maybe I am just mentally preparing for our weekend at the beach, which reminds me that I still haven't physically prepared by packing...

Regardless, here I am. Off work and on the computer.

While over at one of my favorite blogs, Time Out for Mom, I enjoyed her "Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun" so much that I decided to fill in my own.

Each week, Hilary lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blog. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill- ins of your own, please email them to her at If used, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Janice from Janice’s Footsteps (she came up with the last two statements).

This week’s statements:

1. I almost always wear lipstick. And most of the time, it is bright. I feel naked without it.

2. I have had a lot of hairstyles. Want to see proof? Click here.

3. Public speaking makes me money. First I was a teacher. Now I am a teacher coach who often facilitates professional development sessions for small and large groups. As a shy kid and an introvert, I often amaze myself at my ability to get up and present.

4. My car always has a ton of crap in it because (1)I have two year old twins who bring a new toy with them every time they get in the car (2)I spend a huge amount of time in my car for work, which results in lots of crumpled food wrappers, empty coffee mugs, and work-related supplies I think I will need but usually don't.

Want to join the fill-in fun? Click on over, grab the statements and fill away! Then, help spread the fun by tweeting, sharing on FaceBook and adding the linky to your post…


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Emily Says...

One of the most exciting happenings while MaMe has been on hiatus is the virtual explosion of language. Emily and Drew are saying the darndest things! With the words, we have seen their personalities come alive.

Emily has always been a bit "sassy." As a talker, she is often a little bossy, definitely the most dominant of the duo.

She constantly amazes us--whether it is with her use of complete sentences, her matter-of-factness, her tenacity, or her adorable sweetness.

See if you agree...

“Okay, bye, bye!” (Used frequently after she has been told “no” but before she storms off)

Me: What do you want to eat?
Emily: Chicken wings
Sign they’ve had one too many Tuesday Wing Nights with Daddy at Buffalo Wild Wings

“Lay down, mommy!” (Followed by cuddle time in “Mommy’s bed)

“Mommy, I hold you in your rocking chair.” (Followed by cuddle time in “Mommy’s chair”)

“Where did Emi go?” (As she hides in the pantry)

“I want to squeeze it.” (The ketchup bottle, that is)

“Fix my pillow.” (As she cons me into sleeping in “Mommy’s bed”—again).

“No, turn it that way. No, the other way. Now push it down.” (Giving Drew directions on how to re-assemble toy)

“Stop it/ don’t do that/ get down/ come on, Drew!” (He’s her favorite person to boss around)

“Put your shoes on, Drew.” (As she crams his foot into his slip-ons)

“Here, Dreeeewwww!” (Trying to negotiate a book or toy trade)

Sometimes the look says it all:

Emily: I want to go shopping.
Me: What do you want to buy?
Emily: Hairbows!

“Count yourself to sleep!” (Singing her favorite line from her favorite bedtime book).

“Again!” (After I finish singing “Jesus Loves Me” or “Twinkle, Twinkle” for the 27th time in a row)

“No singing, Mommy!” (At fireworks while I lovingly sang Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” in her ear).

“Where did that come from?” (Her new favorite question—try folding laundry and having to explain where each piece came from. Lord help us when she sees a baby.)

“No, stop talking, Mommy” (Her reaction to me trying to wake her up)

“Kissy. Huggie.” (Repeated over and over until she has enough kisses and hugs)

Me: Is it worth crying over?
Emily: Uh huh.

“I love you, Mommy!” (Finally—something that never gets old and that melts my heart--each and every time!)
What cute things have you kids said lately?

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