Sunday, February 28, 2010
After the kids played with their new toys, Grandma & Grandpa had headed home, and the camera was put away... we had a Lady Ga Ga dance party with the CD Kelly put together just for the Twinners. Unfortunately, we didn't hear Uncle Pat calling FOUR times, so he thought the party was over. (Oops!)
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
This is the first year we are able to host a traditional party for the Twinners in our own home. We didn't have room in the townhouse. So this past week, day by day... I have been checking items off my list to make this weekend's events special for Marly & Dean, and special for our guests. Of course we have worked to try and accomplish a few small home improvement/decorating feats. The outcome to date are some very minor accomlishments, some 1/2 way & most ideas removed from radar for the moment. You see, this is the first time many of my aunts or cousins may have seen our home. For full disclosure, if you were to walk into our house right now, you would see it is clearly NOT fit for a party... but we'll be ready in time.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Week 36 - Monday we see Dr. E and set up the c-section for February 27th at 7:30 am. You will be just under 38 weeks, but this is an open day for the Dr and he is a being cautious w/ my blood pressure. I am short of breath most of the time and can’t walk too far. I don't go out very much w/ out Mark. I measured 44 inches and weighed 167 pounds. I started at 131. At the Dr. I can’t get down from the exam table w/ out Mark’s help.
Week 37 – Thursday I had my LAST appointment at the perinatal clinic. I brought the ladies chocolate and weighted 169 pounds accourding to their scale. All went well.
Friday we were out to dinner at Ruth Chris for Rachel’s Birthday. I am VERY round and my shirt is a bit too short. It is really quite hard to move and I really feel better if I have Mark’s arm. In the bathroom at Ruth Chris, two women younger then me comment on how cute and big I am, and I alert them I have twins on TUESDAY.
Saturday we had a big snow storm and thru Sunday got 12 inches of snow. I didn’t go out much. Had to miss Chris’s birthday brunch at Salud in Edina, since Mark was working at Marco’s and I really don’t feel comfortable going about without him. Sunday we enjoyed church. Sunday I miss my mom quite a bit and I tear up in church. There are only a few people at church due to the weather.
Really, I am quite uncomfortable most of the time and I am ready to go from beautiful belly to precious babies. Babies still move a lot and Mark talks to you often. I will miss the moving and my belly very much. My face, legs, and arms are all small. Babies seem to absorb everything right on my belly. I am very proud I made it to 37 ½ weeks!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
At the shower I got to see many relatives, friends, and neighbors, chat and catch up. At school, we ran into even more wonderful old friends. We saw Jack and Gayle Grimm from my childhood church, my oldest cousin Deb, and Molly (the wife to one of our family farms employee's growing up. If I can digress for a moment....when I was little, and it was fall harvest, I use to LOVE to ride in the beet truck to the dump and back with Molly's husband Scott.). It was so much fun to visit my own school with Marly in tow. As we departed I snapped her picture at a side door.
Michelle commented it wasn't necessary to travel to Hector two weekends in a row just for her baby shower. The truth is, if I don't come home for events like this... what or how do I come? I can't just show up on doorsteps on a Saturday morning, and we have no doorstep of our own at this place I choose to lovingly refer to as "home". My kids are little, and don't yet have organized activities demanding our time. Currently, I want and choose to use our time to attempt to stay close to my extended family. I know the day will come this will not be readily possible. I will cherish it now, with some sort of hope that it will somehow carry me through.
Sunday I was working at the Change for Kids Collection Party at the Mall of America for KS95 for Kids. All went well! If you would like more info about the Change for Kids fundraiser, or the private party coming up at Nickelodeon Universe the evening of March 7th... Click HERE!
Friday, February 19, 2010
My life consists of a perpetual cycle of Unload/Reload in a variety of forms. I was contimplating my routines this morning...
Unload dish washer, unload or reload washer, dryer, or drying rack
Make the beds
Load kids for daycare/Unload
Go to work/Pay the bills
Set the table/Clear the table
Pour the milk/Wipe up the spilled milk
Sweep the floor/Empty the dust pan
Load the dishwasher/Load or unload the washer, dryer, or drying rack.
Go to bed
Add to this weekly...
Take out the trash/Put in a new bag
Get the groceries/Load the car/Unload the car
Strip the sheets/Make the beds
Unwind the vacuum cord/Vacuum/Rewind the cord...
ETC, ETC, ETC
BUT... you can add in stopping in the middle of the drive just this morning to watch the garbage truck go around the caldesac, watching the kids run around the kitchen table a million times, chasing kids with the vacuum, playing with trains on the floor, questions for mommy, stories for daddy, mommy chorus's from the backseat, pizza I didn't make, kids actually occasionally eating their vegetables with a giddy grin, announcements on who went poop, Dean giving Inga a dolly a time out, Dean giving me sloppy kisses, Marly giving me kisses when I beg her, the twinners kissing and hugging each other, loving my husband, loving my family, loving my friends, being loved back, having a paycheck...
ETC, ETC, ETC
AND LIFE IS OKAY!!!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Then, on Saturday the Thomberg's headed west for the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation Valentine's Gala. We stayed at Mike and Laura's. Cousin's Mikayla and Mariah babysat the trio of toddlers, while the parents were out dining & dancing at the Bird Island Ballroom.
My cousin LeAnne helps to coordinate the gala, and we had a fantastic time.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
We left with clean teeth, fluoride pills since we have well water, and an appointment in 6 months for another cleaning and plans to get 4 sealants for each Twinner. It turns out they have deep grooves it their molars. I think I also had deep grooves in my molars as a child, so I wasn't surprised. Mark and I are glad to do what we can to protect them from cavities.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
For Christmas, I got a generous gift card from Chris for Sephora. For quite some time I have wanted to re-invest in some decent make up, and get a consultation on products. Well... the card in the pretty little mirrored case was burning a hole in my purse, but I simply haven't had time to use it until now.
Top of the list of purchases - America's #1 Blush too many years running in Allure - "Orgasm" by NARS. I have been using it since my wedding...until I had twins, and it ran out, and I felt unable to drop $26 on blush. Today my cheeks have the just right glow again (at least to me).
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
For my past three regular six month dental appointments, my dentist has urged me to upgrade/change out/refill my silver fillings from childhood. At the first appointment (more then two years ago) he suggested the work. At the second visit, he urged me to consider planning ahead for the dental work, and mentioned thinking of my Flex health dollars through my place of work. At the third visit, he encouraged me to do it at my next 6 month visit or before. So, I have one side on my mouth done, and this afternoon I will finish the other side.
Mark and I LOVE the dentist, and take our teeth seriously. We do not go to the same dentist though. He goes to a dentist in Forest Lake he has been seeing for years. I go to St. Paul Family Dentistry, where I have been a patient since a co-worker at KSTP TV recommended me. (It was no longer reasonable to travel to Hector to see my childhood dentist, Dr. Menser... although his daughter, my high school classmate, is now in practice with him.)
After my last 6 month appointment, I decided my fillings had lead a long and good life, and it was finally time for retirement. They have been properly protecting my teeth for a least 20 years! (Surely a good investment on my parents part, and naturally they instilled my respect for dental health. I just recalled my mom use to get lectured by Dr. Menser. She brushed so vigerously she was wearing the enamal off her teeth.)
So, I am using my Flex healthcare dollars and finishing up the job. Mark and I had dollars left over last year (no ER visits from either of us, no babies, and I didn't end up purchasing glasses), so I got the first two done last month. Today we move on to the left side. Unfortunately, there are 4 over there. This will pretty much wipe out my Flex dollars (in February). Let's hope I don't have any recycling accidents this year. (I know, I know... I should have avoided MORE taxes, and put in more money...)
I will alert you I do NOT recall the last time I got a new cavity. My best friend Gretchen has a good theory we both have more childhood cavities then our husbands, since we both grew up drinking well water with no floride.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Just today I got a forwarded e-mail from my sister-in-law, alerting me to a woman she knows attempting to sell 100 skirts in 10 days to help raise funds for her husband's cancer treatment. You can bet within minutes, I was on line to her Etsy shop called Seams and Dreams determined to purchase a skirt for little Miss Marly. A cute skirt for my kid AND I can help someone locally, well who can resist?
If you know a wee one/child who would enjoy a darling skirt, check it out HERE (or above of course). Please note several of the skirts (like the photo I nabbed from Etsy) are designated to the fundraiser.
Not only do I have a passion for fundraising, I love sharing causes with others. We FUNDraisers also like to be FRIENDraisers. (Yes... I am that cheesy!)
Saturday was your usual, uneventful day... which is was what we had planned/or NOT planned. Our next couple of weekends are booked solid with festivities, work, and birthday hoopla too, so this past weekend was designated down time.
Anyway, Saturday as I was cooking supper upstairs, Mark turned on our favorite - Dave Matthews (anything DMB really. We are not picky.) 'Typical Situation' was playing, and I came downstairs to find a dance party underway.
Dave's lyrics move me often, and this Saturday evening was no different.
When I say the lyrics "move" me, initially I meant emotionally. If taken in the literal sense, you all know I have NO rhythm, but I will try.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Well... I been coveting a beanie hat for Marly for quiet a while (I hate admitting how materialist I can be). She likes accessories in her hair, and I think maybe... I could get her to wear a cute hat.
So, with the arrival of February, I could no longer resist the temptation to buy. I went on line and searched for a Valentine beanie for little Miss Marly. First I went to Briar Clair, an Etsy seller I have purchased from before. They were SOLD OUT because of a special they were running, with advertising on a HIGH traffic blog that I won't name because she has PLENTY of traffic already.
So I searched around Etsy and came across DolceVitaMia, and found what I was looking for. Like the headband with flowers I purchased at the holiday's for Miss Marly's Christmas attire, the flowers detach, can be worn alone, attached to her headbands, etc.
I desperately hope they arrive by next Friday! I won't lie... I really love the girlie girl stuff for Marly....
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Well, it is safe to say I am not very successful at being crafty... but every once in a while I just can't help myself from pretending. So, I had this intense itch to create heart holiday garland for the banister to add some heart hoopla to our home. (I wasn't up for a trip to Kmart.) I picked up a couple of those "spool of ribbons" at Walmart and got various shades of pink and red card stock on a 2 for one deal at JoAnne Fabrics.
So, for several evenings last week (after the kids were in bed) you could find me sprawled out on the floor cutting, punching, and stringing my hearts. I enjoyed the therapeutic activity so much, the lengths of garland kept growing as I thought up more places to hang my hearts! (with out being tacky hopefully...)
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Yesterday morning, Marly crawled into our bed around 4:30 am. Yesterday was a VERY out of the ordinary morning for the Thomberg's. You see, Mark was home and planning to take the kids to daycare. He ended up working all weekend and decided to take a few hours for himself on Monday. Normally he is gone by 5 am every weekday.
As he was undressing Marly (an unusual change of routine), he discovered she was damp, and diaper free. Some quick investigation uncovered wet sheets and mattress pad liner in her bed. The Dora pull-up she had on when she went to bed with on Sunday was no where to be found. Hmmm....
This morning, Marly got up after me (and long after Mark had left the house). She got into our bed to watch cartoons while I got ready. When it was time to go potty and get dressed, I discovered a dry daughter, but again... with NO diaper. Again, I have no idea where the diaper she started the night in has gone. I did check under her bed, in the cabinet, etc.
Hmmm - Tricky trickster may have decided she thinks she is NIGHT potty trained. Her parents are NOT convinced.
Dean does NOT take off his diaper at night. I suppose about 80% of the time, his diaper or pull up is dry. Unfortunately though, the last two Saturday afternoons, he has taken to pooping in his pants while under his kiddy picnic table in the toy room. The smell gives the naughty boy away every time. Darn it - He did it last Sunday too (even though I had asked him just 20 minutes before to go POTTY!)
We will see what tomorrow brings...
Monday, February 1, 2010
The past couple weeks, we have enjoyed family gatherings/meals with aunts, uncles and the grandparents. But as for Foursome free time, just getting what needs to be done has been consuming Saturday and Sunday. So Saturday morning, after Mark returned from doing some work at the 'Bou, we bundled up, loaded up, headed to McDonald's for lunch, and then on to see the ice sculptures at Rice Park for the St. Paul Winter Carnival. I promised the kids we would see a dragon (I noted the photo on line), and it was nearly the first sculpture we came across.