Monday, October 30, 2006

Critics Corner

Matt and I had a real date last night. We farmed the twins off to my mom's and Puke Bucket off to my in-laws (they've already had the flu). We went to a great Italian restaurant for dinner (no, not Olive Garden but a real restaurant where you can't pronounce the menu and they look at you strange for not ordering *wine.) I did end the meal with yummy creme' brulee, ( I told Matt It could have only been better if they served me a bucket full of it!) Our conversation flowed from the SWAT team to **our next home, to world religions. I didn't once have to threaten anyone that if they didn't stop misbehaving we'd have to have a "talk" in the restroom or draw my 1,497 rendition of a choo choo train onto a kids menu or explain why he only got two colors to draw with. We just ate and talked. . . it was wonderful. Then like a couple of crazy kids we went to a movie. We went to a new theater in town and paid a full NINE bucks per seat!!!! We saw Facing the Giants, Now this is a movie I heard about on the Today show. It was written and produced by a Christian church and promised safe entertainment. So we thought we'd support that. Honestly, the beginning of this movie was S...L...O...W. But once you got use the the rhythm of the movie and got past that it's not as polished as a "Hollywood" movie, it was enjoyable. I even cried during some of it. Matt even laughed out loud a few times. So my review is even though this movie was painfully predictable and felt more like a lifetime movie then a block buster. . . we left with a smile and a good feeling. Oh and this new theater gave us free pop corn and soda!!! Oh and had reclining seats! So in conclusion, I liked this move but consider the source, I haven't seen a movie in the theater since. . . Pride and Prejudice, so who am I kidding I would have had a great time even if it were Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

By the end of the night I was so glad to see my twins. Partly because absence makes the heart grow fonder but mostly because my breast were rock hard from missing a feeding. (how awesome is it that some pervert is going to google "rock hard breasts" and get my disappointing blog about a lactating mom not a 20 year old girl!)

*Wine to me tastes like liquid death. I would love to be so sophisticated as to have a glass of red wine with my dinner but I am not willing to subject myself to agony of acquiring such a taste for the sake of sophistication.

**A subject for an entire blog entry

Friday, October 27, 2006

Popular Attraction

Maybe it's because I haven't left the house in . . . days but I found myself daydreaming of the times we do make it out of the house what a spectacle we've become. Most of the time I don't mind stopping and letting gawkers gawk and asking questions. I've got them all memorized, I have often felt I could save time if I had my responses printed on a t-shirt or perhapes a pamphlet. It would say,
  • Yes, they are twins and yes they are mine, (I know I do look like a cute college student nanny but I am the mom.)
  • They are a boy and a girl as indicated by the pink and blue blankets.
  • No, they are not identical as indicated by her being a girl and him being a boy. (please don't make me show you).
  • Yes, my hands are full but so is my heart. (Awe)
  • No, they are not natural they are fake. (This is in response to the most rude question of "are they natural?". I am assuming they wanted to know if these were spontanous twins or if I had to make them using drugs. . . people should just leave this one alone.
  • Yes, I did know I was having twins. (It's 2006 people and I'm not Amish, of course I knew I was having twins, I also have indoor plumbing.)
  • I would have to follow up with all the saticstics of how old they are, how much they weighed and if we had to spend anytime in the hospital.

I am not complaining. I love sharing these babies with the world. In fact, when people just pass me and my gianormous stroller and preschooler by my side with out even a smile, my thoughts are something like this, "Don't pretend like you have more important things to do then look at the most precious babies you've ever seen."

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Puke Bucket

That's a nick name my uncle Eric came up with for Tobin. Tobin pukes a lot. He has asthma and anytime he gets a virus it will include lots and lots of puking. But last night when he kept asking me to feel his tummy and then running to the toilet . . . I knew he had the flu. I am just getting over a wreched cold so now I am bracing myself for our next family adventure. So far the twins haven't been sick (other than some runny noses) So I am truly thankful for that. It seems that we've had one thing or another in our house since Tobin started pre-school. The plus side is that Mr. Puke bucket has had lots of practice knowing when he is going to puke and getting to the toilet in time. Although the pile of baking soda on my mattress is a sad reminder that his skills are not perfected.
As a special treat for those of you who suffered though my woes of pukedum. . . I give you my talented cousin Bradley Sample. Check him out and remember his name he will be a superstar one day.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Baby Blessing

This weekend was a full one. Most of my family got together to witness Jabe and Phoebe's baby blessing at our church. I can't tell you the last time I was able to be at church with my mom, brother and sister. I loved it. I am so proud of my family and it was awesome to show them off to my church family. Pastor Ben spoke beautiful words over our family and spoke of the way it began. He reminisced about when Matt and I were beginning the In Vitro process he and the Elders came to our house and prayed that soon our house would be filled with the sound of children's laughter. (that's when I started to cry). Tobin was charming on stage and the babies were little angles. They wore the sweaters that Rachel knitted for them. I was proud as a peacock. I was grateful that pastor Ben used time out of the service acknowledge how we concord infertility using god given science. Maybe we gave some hope to a family in the congregation struggling with the same issues. Hope you enjoy a few of my favorite pictures from the day.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

It is finished

After hours of debating, deciding and doing. . . I give you Jabe and Phoebe's birth announcement. Yes I know they are almost four months old, Yes I know that I could have bought pre-done or paid someone to do them for me, Yes I know that I am a crazy woman, but they are done and so cute. . . Do you agree? Special thanks to The Daisy Buckett and my dear friend Angela.( )

Saturday, October 14, 2006

My favorite Things

The sound of coffee brewing
A peaceful house
Saturday Mornings
Good TV
Memories of High School Football games
The safety of my husband

Phoebe's Smile
Tobin's "I Love You, mommy"
Jabe's Round head and big eyes
Christmas Eve
A new Nicholas Sparks book
Nap Time
Night out with girl friends
Getting a "just because" card from Angela
Free Gift with purchase
Old cared for houses

Taking a hot bath while eating ice cream (Yes I do this)
The Street of Dreams

A good thundestrom
The state fair
A great photo session
Christmas cards
Sunday Morning Worship
Vintage Baby Clothes
English Tea
Hyde Park
The smell of fresh cut grass
Standing by a fire on a chilly night
Knowing God is speaking to you
Watching Phoebe suck her thumb
Listing to Jack Johnson in the summer
John Mayor in the fall
Ray Lamontague in the spring
Christmas radio in the winter
And James Taylor . . . anytime
College campuses
Hot Chocolate WITH whipped cream
Peach Italian sodas WITH cream


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Sick Days

I remember the days when I was a working person and my job would give me sick days. And on the days (like today) when it felt as if my sinuses might explode and my throat had a constant tickle, I would stay home and nurse my self. I would eat hot soup, and watch daytime TV all day and answer the phone with a deathly, "Bello". And now I do my work at home. I am up sporadically during the night to clear my nose and nurse babies & then up for good at 7 AM with Tobin's cheerful, "It's good morning time"! I tried to keep sleeping while he played with his trains but I could smell trouble when he came back in my room and said, " You stay in here mommy, while I have alone time". Well of course I jumped out of bed and found that he had used his bathroom stool to get up on the kitchen counter to find his bag of gummies, (thanks grandma Pam) I finally found him eating them in his favorite hiding spot under the dining room table.
After Tobin was at pre-school and my DaQuil kicked-in my friend Michelle and I went on a neighborhood walk. (My favorite past time) Michelle put Jabe in the Bjorn and I took Phoebe in the stroller. We got some coffee's and my day started looking up.
So although the day's of staying in bed are long gone, I am reminded that I prayed and waited for a long time to become a stay at home mom. And I am so happy to have children that don't allow you to waist the day away but give you a reason to get well soon. Tobin, Phoebe and Jabe mommy is so blessed to have you! Thank you God for giving me the energy to get though a hard day.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

What Every Woman Wants. . .

A HUSBAND THAT DOES THE COOKING. And guess what? I have one! Not only does my husband provide beautifully for our family, but when he gets home - he cooks. And we're not talking hamburger Helper, were talking chicken cordon blue, pasta salads, Fajitas, BBQ tri tip etc. Last night my sister-in-law Stefanie and I needed to work on a project so our husbands watched all five of our kids and Matt prepared a fantastic meal of pot roast, portibello mushroom pasta, green salad, and rolls. He and my father-in-law even WASHED the dishes. Are you so jealous? It's true I live a blessed life.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Sandman Welcome

I haven't slept though the night in about a year. With being pregnant and having a huge belly and a teeny tiny bladder, and now two gorgeous babies who are fond of eating - - Sleep is a thing of the past. But I have been aware that lately my two angels have been stretching out when they need to eat! The problem is my body keeps waking up!!!! I know the night is right around the corner where I will go to sleep and wake up with the sun. In the mean time, the lack of sleep is so worth it, look how happy they are.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Cold Coffee

I've wanted to start a blog for a year now. But life just files by. This morning I poured a hot cup of coffee and now with just a few sips gone . . . it's cold. Why you ask, didn't I drink it hot? I got my three year old breakfast, dressed and hair combed, oh and found a show and tell toy. Got my TWINS fed, changed, and clothed. Dropped my son off at preschool . . .and then remember about my coffee, and that I've had to pee for an hour now. Life is passing me by and it's been too good not to slow down and record some of my most treasured memories. Thus the begining of Glory Laine. My hope is to stay connected with friends and family as well as have a log for that not-so-far-away day when I am sad that my mornings are not filled with small children needing me so badly that I am able to drink a entire cup of hot coffee.