Archive | March 2007

Easter Eggs and Sad Good-Byes

Today was our last reading session with Cathy. I swear I almost cried when we said good bye. She has been wonderful and the kids loved not only the activities she brought and the books she read but her company too. It was so nice to have a once a week hour that I KNEW I would have someone here to help me entertain all three of the boys as well as chat with me a little. We have learned new rhymes and songs and tried out more advanced activities that the twins now love (cutting and pasting, painting). Today she brought a couple of Easter themed games – barrel of monkeys only with rabbits, hopping bunnies that you pushed on the back to make jump – I have seen frogs like that and some Easter themed books. The boys got to play with plastic Easter eggs and even decorate a couple of real ones (ok so we did the work and they watched but it was fun). Ken stuck around until we were done decorating. She even had an egg for each of them with some chocolates in them (Emanuel graciously gave his to his brothers). The 10 sessions were amazing and I am really sad to see them end. Because of Cindy I have started the boys with scissors and glue and even gotten them painting up a storm… today while the big boys did eggs Emanuel sat at the picnic table all grown up and played with crayons. The twins tried out markers and we made bunny ear headbands (Ken tried on Zander’s since he didn’t want to). Like she said Emanuel went from a baby to a big boy over the 11 weeks (she skipped one week for a conference).
Yesterday Ken and I did our taxes. Did you know not only can you write off mileage when you drive to the dr’s out of town but parking??? Although we found out that the Universal Child Tax benefit we get each month is taxed (ARGH why didn’t they tell us??) so this year we will either take it and suck it up or put a portion aside for when our taxes are done. At least we can apply the return to some of our debt!
I am a wee bit frustrated, I got a call today from one of the new moms (newer) who goes to our church, Monday morning a bunch of them are meeting at the church – of course during the time my brother is actually here for the first time in FOREVER. Oh well maybe the next time they get together? I have been asking about people meeting for years and NOW when I have plans… figures.
We got our kitchen sink fixed tonight – the faucet was leaking and rotting the counter it is on. Thankfully they were able to replace it and it seems to be fixed. There still needs to be something done about the window in the twins’ bedroom (which seems to be moldy though Ken bleached it). Ken thinks the wall needs new drywall. Hopefully they will fix it ASAP as it is getting warm in their room at naptime.
Emanuel played with the new fishing game we got yesterday at Zellars… he actually caught one! We took pictures and video that I need to get off the camera. I think this is a game that will require both of us to be home to keep the twins calm until they get the hang of it. Though Emanuel thought it was great fun and cried when it was time to put it away.
All in all a rather nice day. It was too windy for me to take Emanuel on a walk downtown once Ken got home so instead I shaved my legs. Which means I had a nice looooong bath (always a good thing) and tomorrow James and Cindy get here! Yay!!


I don’t think I can ever thank you all enough… such wonderful friends we have!
I had an absolutely lovely reminder of how totally blessed I am when I was having a conversation with Karyn over email… I was telling her of some news that had me hopping and before I even thought to ask it she offered her help. This is the same sweety that watched the twins when we went to the hospital the first time the night before Emanuel was born (even changed poopy diapers! and this in the middle of the night), who stayed overnight even though she planned to go home that evening the night that Zander has his seizure, who invited me and Emanuel out on that wonderful day of twin and Ken free fun in the city! How blessed am I??
There are times when I feel rather alone stuck in the apartment while the twins and Emanuel nap or snowbound in winter or simply lonely at night and then I look at my MSN list or check my email. One of my best friends is someone I have yet to meet anywhere but online. I love Cheryl and her hubby Simon dearly. We met by chance in a yahoo multiples egroup a group of which I do not think there has been any action in months and months. I now concider her kids to be family, 4 lovely neices and nephews who Ken and I think and talk about constantly. It has been over two years now I believe since we first started chatting and it feels like I have known her all my life. Someday Ken and I plan to make it to the UK where we can meet in person. Ken is just dying to have a pint out with Simon.
I also have friends who I have met and no longer live near that I chat with – people 3 hours away or as far as Texas. I managed a chat with my friend Cathy who long since has moved to Texas and gotten married (they are buying a house!!! yay Cathy and Noel!!) recently… here is someone who understands the ins and outs of a relationship born on the internet (gotta love not being the only married couple who met that way).
I have Christine who is only an hour away but I may not hear from for weeks at a time but the moment we reconnect it is like no time has passed at all. She is an amazing godmommy to Gavin… I don’t know that I can ever truly explain how much we appreciate her interest in him and his brothers. Christine and I connected in college when we found out that our childhood experiences actually were alot alike (parents divorcing, remembering the tough times, remarryings and all that) that and our mutal love of felines. I do believe Christine’s brood number 4 now! At least one is a rescued kitty!
Speaking of lives that are alike – Darcy… I lucked out, one of Ken’s best friends had an absolutely lovely wife who I met when Ken and I got engaged. She and I connected right away. I love her kids (one is out godson) and she is a treat to be around. We can gripe about family and life and celebrate all at the same time. She is my baby guru having 4 boys herself! Andrew, Anthony, Alex and wee Aidan. She, like Cheryl is another one of my supermoms. When I came down to Minnesota she made me feel at home and every visit we get our special time together. the distance sucks since she is a VERY busy mom but again like Christine once we get chatting we are back in the groove…
I have so many friends that I love and appreciate I just cannot list them all. I hope you all realize that I really cannot say thank you enough. Be you the friends from high school now spread all over the place, from university like Esther (someone Ken thinks of lovingly as a sister) and Kathy or people I have met on the internet like the lovely ladies in my twin groups or even the amazing people I have met recently through already friends and family – I am sure I mentioned how I have had many absolutely lovely conversations with my brother’s girlfriend Cindy (check out their webcomic) and a sweetheart of a girl I met who is friends with Ken’s (and my) good friend Steven you are all very special to me.
I just feel the need to say THANK YOU – for your support, your compassion, you joy and your sadness… I have amazing memories and continue to make more amazing memories in connection with you all. It is amazing how alone you can feel one moment and then open MSN or your email and BANG all of a sudden you do not feel so isolated. That is something VERY precious to me and I think you all for that!!!
A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Where Have I Been……No Where and Every Where

Wow I have not made and entry since THURSDAY! This brings the inevitable question – what has Lisa been up to? And the answer…. not too much? Let’s see… I have been working on getting the twins busy with more and more craft time – playdoh at the table while I play with the baby, scissors and paste, I bought paintbrushes and a plastic mat Friday.
In fact I DID do something – on Friday I put Emanuel in the backpack carrier and got it on my OWN back (no simple task mind you), plopped the twins in their double stroller and marched downtown. Much easier on my back I must say, though still, by the time I got to the dollar store I was calling my mom to see if we could hang out at the store she works at. I still had 20 min before Ken was off work and they were fixing the roof there so there was tar and the like out by the entrance. Emanuel really seemed to enjoy walking that way and the twins had a blast pointing at interesting things. My goal is to at first get out once a week with all three on my own, once a week with Ken and then once a week just me and Emanuel in the evening. Eventually out most everyday for some sort of activity.
On Saturday Ken and I packed up the kids and drove downtown to walk around. Emanuel in the single stroller and the twins holding daddy’s hand. It was a little cooler than we had hoped so it was not a long walk. Today we dropped the twins at mom’s for a couple of hours so Ken could work on our website and we could have a break. Emanuel was up at 6 am (with Ken) and then I got up at 7 with the twins. UGH Zander has been TOO helpful with Emanuel trying to keep him out of trouble… Gavin has been mean to Zander. Fun fun fun. I am thinking this coming week when I walk down to the dollar store to get balloons for when my brother visits I am going to pick up chunky beads and shoelaces so the boys can work on stringing beads (at the table out of reach of baby) like they have at the speech therapist. I am hoping the paintbrushes will be accepted in time too.
Next weekend is going to be a blast. James and his girlfriend get here (be sure to check out their comic Close to the Chest). We plan on swimming, going to church, celebrating James’ birthday, going through photo albums and just generally hanging out. I really hope this visit goes well. I would love for them to come more often.
I am close to finishing my mini Easter projects and then it is back to Christmas and baby samplers… I would love it if someone had an easter baby, one of the eggs has enough space on it for all the baby info. *I* think it would be cute. At it is I think there is to be a baby born in April and one in May. I do have one almost done stitch that now I have the floss for I could finish. I also have most of the materials for nursing necklaces so I could do those instead. I have some remnants of white aida cloth from the metre I purchased for Christmas stuff so I plan on staring another baby sampler really soon, I would just like to get one more Chrismtas project done. What a laundry list of crafts have I made for myself, not to mention the pages I need to sit down and do for Emanuel yet that I have the pictures ready and waiting for! Thank goodness I have no deadline on that unlike basically everything else!!
I am going to have to get my butt in gear and get cleaning this week too, I want the place at least CLEANER than normal for when we have James and Cindy here. Which means dusting, cleaning the bathroom, the kitchen, our bedroom getting just a little more clean (I am so close to happy with that room) and I think seperating the twins’ beds either tonight or this week sometimes. They are just fighting too much lately. Nothing drastic, just toddler spats but still…
Still no word from the eBay store I ordered a cross stitch pattern from. It has been a month, I paid with Pay Pal and still nothing. I emailed them 3 times since then… but I just cannot bring myself to threaten to report them to eBay. Softy or what?
Easter is coming up, and then the twins’ party in May…where did the time go? Spring, summer it all just seems to be coming too fast. Emanuel is growing up each time I blink and somedays the twins look 5!!!
We had a little success this evening – we caught Zander in the act of pooping, got him on the potty in time and he pooped IN the potty! He was not impressed but was happy to flush the toilet after. Gavin looked at me like I was nuts when I asked him if he wanted to have a go but still it is a start. Not that I am going to haunt them about it right now but hey if I can catch them at it …..
The real challenge is not simply to survive. Hell, anyone can do that. It’s to survive as yourself, undiminished.