I am so sad

I am thoroughly and utterly(yes I need to use both of those words!) heartbreakingly sad. And I shouldn’t be.  I should be happy.  A friend told me today to rejoice.  And I can’t.  I started getting teary when I was telling another mom about it at school today.  I am registering my babies for kindergarten tomorrow and it is eating me up.  My sweet (most of the time) little twins are heading to big kid school on the bus and away from me from 9-4 all week.  How could this have happened? Last night Gigs was sobbing in bed so … Read more…

I think it, I do it

I’m not really sure what I was thinking. Let me clarify that, everytime I actually start doing my project of the moment I ask myself why on earth I even wanted to do it in the first place. Tonight I felt that way as soon as I could smell the pumpkin pie playdough burning. “Fabulous,” I thought “It will smell just like any pumpkin pie that I would ever attempt to make – burnt.” The playdough survived – barely. I want my preschoolers to make little playdough pumpkins to take home so I thought making homemade dough that smelled and … Read more…

Boys vs. Girls or Twin vs. Twin

The twins brought home these self portraits this week. The differences are obvious and have cracked their 12 year old brother up. He’s even shared them with his friends and now look I am sharing them with my blogosphere! But after I thought and thought about it(because think about it I did!), I realized that it was a great visual reminder of how different not only girls and boys are but each of our children. Each of them is an individual. Here you have twins, born a minute apart that have spent every moment waking and asleep together up until … Read more…

A tough decision

I had a tough decision to make this morning. I could sit around and whine (and therefore lose all my pennies to those who heard me)about all that I get to do by myself this week and because I can’t sleep because of this darn cough (no, Justin will tell you the Nyquil didn’t help!) or I could buck up. I only know one way to buck up and it involves going to my favorite place in Richmond….Anthropologie. So, I set my classroom up for tomorrow and did some work at school, ran my other errands, and went to Anthro. … Read more…

To be or not to be….a twin

I don’t have a twin so I can’t imagine what it feels like to be one but I can tell you what I observed. Today was the first day Ethan and Gigi did anything apart from each other. Gigs has been asking to take an art class FOR-EVER so we signed her up for the ArtHaus enrichment program at Salisbury. Ethan did not want to do it. He has been trying to decide if he wanted to take karate lessons when he was 11 or 16 and has finally decided it’s ok for him to take them now at 4. … Read more…

I’d rather clean toilets than….

I was reading an article today about the five most dreaded place to take your kids. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it so I decided to make my own list of the top 5 places that I never ever want to take my kids to again and the top 5 places that I LOVE to take my kids to. Here it goes…. I’d rather clean toilets than go to any of these places with my children: 5 – The Dollar Store – Yes, it is true every item is a dollar but there is nothing for me … Read more…

Sometimes

A little something from an overtired and over-entertained mama: Sometimes little boys are so thoughtful and serious about the silliest things. Like Ethan telling me he knows where jelly comes from. The center of a jellyfish of course. Sometimes people pretend to be something they aren’t because they think the people they are with like that type of person better. They should really just be themselves. Sometimes you can learn a lot from watching your kids play miniature golf. For instance, when Ethan is swinging no one should be near. And Eva can add her score in her head for … Read more…

Mashed Potatoes, Jo Malone and the Dead Man’s Float

I never really sit for very long. Well, long enough to write a blog post but sometimes I write them on my exercise bike or while I am standing in the kitchen. We had a fabulous busy few days with my cousin Shea and her family. My heart was heavy when they left. The last time I saw Shea she was blonde and I was a brunette and our dads were alive. Two years later, I am blonde and she is a brunette and our dads are not alive. I can’t tell you how much it helped me to talk … Read more…

My really wet happy place

The pool is my happy place. It might sound like an oxymoron or just plain moronic but with four kids the pool is the only place that I can truly relax. Yes, I said I can relax next to a big whole in the ground that is filled with water. I can leave all my daily chores and electronics behind and enjoy some active outdoor time with my family and I can usually sneak in some quiet Mommy time as well. The kids are on their own from the moment we walk in. They can sign us in, go to … Read more…