Tuesday, June 30, 2009

TwiceToddlers Napping...What a Sweet Sound...

My twins are so precious. They are even more precious when they are napping or down for bedtime. Even now at this age, Daddy and Mommy still like to peek into their room and watch them sleeping. Now, when they are infants, we would peek into their nursery to see if they were breathing, but now, it is just be see how precious they still look....sleeping..

While they are sleeping: there is no running around the house, no falling down, no running into each other, no crying because of boo boo's (from running into each other), no fighting with each other, no crying, no this and no that. It is a sweet, sweet sound in Mommy's ears (taken from the song "I love you Lord and I lift my voice" (not in a mocking way mind you). It will be sad when the nap time routine is no longer needed. Well, since I am Mommy, I guess I get to decide when the naps will end.

I better go into their room and take some photos before they wake up...

God Bless Twice Toddlers and Nap time..

TwiceToddlers Reading Picture Books

My twins have these picture books they received from they baby doctor on their 2nd birthday. These books are usually kept in my truck so they have something to read or look at. Well, I have their toddler Bible and a book for colors and seasosns, from Nana, in the truck as well.

This book though shows pictures of a kitty, fruit, a coat, a goat, a boy and other items. Well, my twins took these books out of the truck today, after daycare, and Twin "B" sat down on the carpet in their bedroom and began "reading" the book to her sister, Twin "A". She began by saying,"Once upon a time..." and then pointed to the purple grapes, purple bicycle, then turned the page to say there was a pink flower and a girl wearing a pink dress. Whenever she did not know what something was, or what color it was, Twin "B" looked to Mommy for help.

Oh, I just love how my twins minds work. Sometimese, I have no idea where they learn certain words or phrases like "Once upon a time...." I do not think I have every read them anything to do with this phrase before. I am assuming they pick this stuff up from daycare.

After Twin "B" "read" to Twin "A", Twin "A" went to go get her book to read to her sister. Well, Twin "B" would not let Twin "A" read her book as she kept talking and pointing to the pictures. This made Twin "A" mad and annoyed. Twin "B" tends to do this a lot.

Anyway, it was naptime, so they both had to go to bed. They are finally sleeping right now.

Praise God for naptime...and daycare....

TwiceToddlers and Dressing Themselves

My twicetoddlers, A&E, have been dressing themselves for probably four to five months now. Oh and how they love it. The only way they will dress themselves is when they wear dresses or they sleepwear. It seems to be harder for them to dress themselves with shirts and shorts.

It is especially easy for them to dress with dresses that have no buttons or ties in the back. They are so proud of themselves. Twin A and mostly Twin B say, "Look at me Mom, look!" So I look at them and clap my hands. They get a big smile on their faces.

Dressing themsevles is a big deal, just like when they became daytime potty trained. That was a big deal for all of us. For one, they finally learned how to "use the potty" and two, they saved Mommy and Daddy on potty training diapers.

The only bad thing about them "doing it themselves" is, this means they are getting older. They are becoming more independent. This is a good thing, but it is a catch-22 if you know what I mean.

I just praise God for healthy and active twicebabies. They are my miracle twicebabies and my prayer answered. That, I do not take for granted. Just like my health. I do not take my health for granted either.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

TwiceToddlers and LearningThings Products

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

TwiceToddlers and Their "War Wounds"

My twins, you gotta love them, talk to each other, about their "war wounds". Well, they are actually their boo boo's, but they look at them, point to them and talk about them. It is the funniest thing. They say, "They will go away and everyone get's boo boo's"

Then, my twins ask for a colorful bandage I get at the dollar store. Or, I let them use a Boo Boo Buddy, but only if the boo boo is big enough and worthy of the Boo Boo Buddy. I tell them Mommy get's boo boo's too, but I do not use a bandage or Boo Boo Buddy. They ask why and I tell them my boo boo will heal faster if I do not cover it up.

Oh, twice toddlers is twice the fun.....and twice the boo boo's...or "war wounds".

Saturday, June 20, 2009

TwiceToddlers Mommy and Daddy's 11th Anniversary

Today was our 11th Wedding Anniversary. Yeah us and praise you Lord for being one of the three cords holding our marriage together. Our marriage would be nothing without you precious Lord Jesus.

For our celebration, we had one of our baby sitters come over and take our twins out for the morning and part of the afternoon. While our twins were having fun with their baby sitter, we went to a near by city so my DH could take photos of a home he is selling. The home was cute, one story, small backyard, nice three door garage and wonderful entryway. I loved the master with big bath and walk in closet.

After the photos were taken, we drive to the somewhat new Old Navy and Kohl's. Well, today was the $2 tank top sale. I forgot it was today! Well, let me tell you something...the line inside the ON store must have been a half mile long. This was with all the registers open too. Anyway, we purchase for ON 4th of July T's. The ones for our twins reads "Miss Indepen Dent". Don't you just love it??!! I purchased 3 tanks for me and a green polo with a white floral design in the bottom right of the shirt. I, not my DH, must have stood in line for 15-20 minutes.

Was it worth it...you betcha...

From ON, we walked over to Kohl's. There were some really cute dresses and jewelery I wanted to get. But, we were pressed for time and we went to Chili's for an early lunch. Don't you just love Chili's? They always have a great menu and I like how they change it up every now and then.

After we ate our lunch, we drove home. Once home, we rested for a while and I got ready for the 1st Annual Woman's Tea at Good Shepherd Community Church Tracy. There was going to be a special guest speaker, Carol Wolaver. She is also known as "The Pottery Lady". She is a pastor's wife in Northridge and speaks/creates from clay, about the Lord and how He is the Potter and we are the Clay. Her testimony and total presentation is just something every woman has to see. Carol aslo sell her pottery in The Pottery Store after the presentation.

All in all, I had a wonderful anniversary day and evening.

God Bless....

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

TwiceToddlers and Their Toddler Friends

After the gym, Mommy had to drive to their daycare providers home to pick up Twin "B"s pink "star" blanket. She reminded me it has stars on it. After picking up the pink "star" blanket, Mommy drove over to her friend's home to see if she and her children were home.

Yeah, she was home. So we got out of the truck, Mommy said, "Hello" several times and her friend came to the door and let Mommy and her twins in. My twins love my girlfriends youngest son as he is a little bit younger than my girls. In fact, he just had his birthday at the end of last month.

So, we visited at my girlfriends home for a while, Twin "A" ran head on into her friend, who is the same height, and got a big Boo Boo on her forehead. We got Twin "A" a baggie of ice and I put some on. The bruise will be there for a while, but hey, this is what happens when kids play and run around.

After a while, we left because my girlfriends other son had to go to Kindergarten, but can over my home for a while so our kids could play in the backyard together. They played with the water table my girls have and we played with this cool bubble maker my twins got for their 1st birthday.

Finally, the fun ended because my girlfriend and her DH were going to go to lunch together. He had just returned home from his early shift at work.

I had fun, my twins had fun and I my girlfriends son had fun too. We need to do this more often. Indeed.

TwiceToddlers and The Gym

This morning we went to the gym. Mommy had a good workout, as always. I really like going to the gym and wish we would have joined when our twins were still infants. Anyway, today, Mommy had a good workout. I like building my arm muscles, leg muscles and doing stomach crunches on this bench my gym has.

When it was time to leave, I picked up my girls, went to our car them realized I did not have Twin "B"s sweater. So, we went back in, pick it up and on the way out, both my twins went running like a bat out of H E LL. That is when a UPS truck was driving up the parking lot. It is a good thing he turn instead of going straight. My twins would have been under the wheels of the UPS truck.

Oh yeah, my twins never listen to me when I tell them to NOT run. They act like wild children or feral children and think they are mortal or indestructible. I do not know how many times I have to tell them, to their face, looking at me in the eye, to stay close to Mommy and not run away from me.

It is enough to make Mommy have a heart attack.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

TwiceToddlers, Chocolate Milk Shake and a Nap

Today, after daycare, my twins requested a chocolate milk shake. So, we went to Starbucks and I got a Java Chip for me, two chocy milk shakes and some Madelines Mini Cakes. We sat in front of the tiny water fountain for a while, took some camera phone photos of them, got in the car and Mommy went through the In N Out drive thru to get me a Animal Style Cheeseburger, no fries, no drink.

When got home, I put my twins down for a nap, which they are still doing right now. I love when they take long naps, it makes for a happier baby, indeed. Plus, they HATE it when Mommy or Daddy wakes them up.

Tonight, my TwiceBabies will probably want to go to the gym with Daddy..That is if he is not tired from work..

There has never been a better time for a new watch than right now

Finding a new watch is a big event. Watches are still very much worn today and are still popular as well. Watches are a piece of jewelry which is worn my women, men and children. A watch can stand out in a crowd for its beauty and elegance, or for its outlandish style and design.

It is never unfashionable to wear a watch because someone, somwhere will want to know what time it is. If you are wearing a watch, it makes it that much eaiser for you to tell that person the time.

With that said, maybe it is time for you to look at the lovely Rolex watches at Best of Time. The Best of Time company is a A+ Better Business Bureau rated company. Having an A+ rating is of course the highest rating any company can receive.

The Best of Time Watch company is also known as Alex Jewelry and they offer the world's finests selection of Rolex watches at the lowest price to their clients. These Rolex watche are also 100% Genuine Certified & Authentic.

If you think purchasing a Rolex watch from a traditonal jewelry store is the only way to go, it is time to rethink that decision. When you purchase a Rolex watch from Best of Time, you will be receivng a substantial discount whereas a manufacturer's suggested retail price would be marked up substantially just to stay afloat.

Best of Time happens to be an independent dealer of new and pre-owned Rolex watches. They are able to leave out manufacturer pricing, the middle man, and give greater discounts to their clients. Another thing is, Best of Time receives their Rolex watches in specific quanties and allows for a very low markup. This means their clients will always have the best and lowest prices.

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TwiceToddlers Mommy Needs to Color Her Hair Again

Oh goodness, I think the last time I colored my hair was in February. I am looking at my hair and seeing how fast it has grown out. My hairdresser did such an excellent job, it only now has begun to show signs of needing to be touched up, or re colored. As long as I decide to color my hair, I will go to my current hair stylist. She really knows the true color of my hair and knows how to make it the color I want without my hair looking ORANGE.

Yes, next week, I think I will email her and let her know it is time to get my hair touched up to look the same way it did in February. Hopefully the new color will last until the end of September when I will be going to my 20th!!! high school reunion in SoCal.

Wow, how time flies by fast.....

Monday, June 15, 2009

TwiceToddlers and Day Care

Tomorrow and until August, my twins will be going to their other daycare provider on Tuesdays. This is because the sisters my twins play with will be at my daycare providers home on this day until their school, and my twins preschool, begins in August.

Oh, my twins really do not like change, they especially do NOT like being away from Mommy. So, tomorrow, I might have to not remind them of where they are going. I mean, they love playing with their friends and all, but hearing the words come out of my mouth that they will not be home with Mommy starts Twin "B", more than Twin "A", into her crying mode.

Now, this behavior happens on again...and off again....on again.....and off again...I am figuring out that toddlers are wishy washy at best. And, they make you out to be a liar ever time....

Anyway, once I drop them off and I leave the house, they will are always fine They begin playing outside, playing on the swing set and other outdoor activities my daycare provider has for my girls and my girls friends.

TwiceToddlers and the Nana Kisses

My Mom, Nana to my twins, does this silly thing with her mouth where she makes this clicking sound in our ears. She used to do this to my sister and me when we were kids. Last time my twins saw Nana, she must have done it to them too. It makes us all laugh.

Anyway, two weeks ago, I began doing the clicking noise in my twins ears while I am putting them down for the evening. They love it!! I tell them this is what Nana does. So, after I make the clicking sound in their ear, then they do it to me. We do this three to four times and then stop for the night.

My twins will tell me, "Nana does this" and I shake my head and say, "Yes she does." It is a lot of fun and my twins just love it.

TwiceToddlers Love Mommy

When my hubby got home from work tonight, we ate the remaining tri tip we had from Sunday. We had the Chipotle Tri Tip and WOW!! was it hot. It seemed to get hotter in only one day too.

My hubby and I finished dinner well before our twins did, of course. They rarely, if ever eat all their meal. They are not big fans or eating anything really. They are so very picky and drives Mommy, and Daddy, crazy.

Anyway, we were out of the Hawaiian sweet rolls, so I said I would go out to Costco and get some more. So, while at Costco, I got some more Hawaiian sweet rolls, more Orowheat bread, sourdough, MacNCheese, SunChips, wash clothes for cleaning around the house and some more coffee filters.

After my Costco run, I went to Bath and Body Works because I received my gift card from MyPoints today. If you want to earn points, with or without spending money, email me so I can sign you up. I have been with MyPoints since 1999 and then 2007. I had forgetten my email address I used when I worked for EllieMae and had to re register. TMI, I know...

While at Bath and Body Works, I purchased some more body wash and a lot of small $1.00 items I like and some $2.50 items too. I was still looking around for other items when Daddy calls me and says Twicetoddler "A" is crying for me. So, I talked to her and said I would come home right now.

I get home and both my twins are mauling me. They are rarely like this, especially both of them. Twicetoddler "A" was crying, she was scolded for probably hitting her sister. Twicetoddler "B" was grabbing my legs and wanting me to hold her too. I get inside, sit down on the couch and Twicetoddler "A" wraps her arms around my neck, while Twicetoddler "B" is crying and saying, "Don't take all Mommy"!!

Oh goodness, it is a madhouse as always...usually, only one twin fights over me. Twicetoddler "A" and I have a nighttime routine where I pick her up in my arms and carry her to her bed at night. She loves that. Twicetoddler "B" wants Daddy to pick her up the same way Mommy does to her sister and carry her to her bed.

TwiceToddlers and Bible Trivia

Yesterday, I went to the dollar store to look for some gifts for my twins friends birthday party. He is turning 4 and wanted to get him at least one or two or three gifts he could open and play with...until they break....as is with all dollar store toys, right?

While there, I found, in the toy aisle, some Bible Triva cards. The cards come in three boxes. Each box has a different activity for children. In the first box, it is Bible Trivia 36 questions like, "Jesus rose from the dead in how many days?", "Who had a coat of many colors?", "Who was in the belly of the whale?", "Who parted the Red Sea?" and other questions like these. In the other box of cards are 36 Bible Heroes from Moses, David, Daniel, Gabriel the ArcAngel, Jonah, Esther and other Bible Heroes. Finally, there is a 32 Bible Go Fish game where children have to shuffle the deck and deal 5 cards face down to each player and then play the Go Fish game like normal. This is a game my twins will probably play when they are 4 years old. Right now, they would not understand.

You know, the dollar stores, at least mine, sells a lot of Christian based products for children. That is pretty cool. A lot of the things they have for children which are Christian based are good and last a while too. LOL

TwiceToddlers and Mommy Day

Before we shoved off to the gym, I called Nana and sang, "Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary......HHHAAAPPYY Anniversary", to her. My Dad had already gone to work so he could not hear me singing. I always call my family on their birthday's or anniversaries and sing to them. I think I began doing that is high school. Oh, it is my Mom and Dad's 41st Wedding Anniversary. They could not have stayed married this long without the love of Jesus in their relationship.

Today my twins stayed home with me because we changed the day from Monday to Thursday for a birthday party for one of their friends. So, today, Mommy went to the gym with her twins and only worked out for about an hour. I am really working on my arms and legs right now. In fact, I am beginning to use free weights again. Only 5 pounds though. I hold the weights and it brings me back to when A&E were still infants. I held the 3 pound weights and wow, they weigh hardly nothing. This is the weight my twins were when they were born. Well, 3.8 and 3.13, respectively.

After the gym, we came home, I took my shower and the girls watched Yo Gabba Gabba!!! They love that show, all the songs and characters. I like it because it is teaching them to be nice, play nice and keep trying..

Sweet Smelling Perfumes are my Favorite

If and when I ever go out to purchase a perfume, it will more likely than not, be a sweet smelling perfume. The scent can not be too sweet though. The scents like like the most are something with a fruity scent or any herb which would have a sweet smell to it.

A lot of companies, and celebrities, are now creating sweet smelling perfumes which is perfect. Not that I am any fan of hers, but I like J. Lo's Glow, in the pink bottle. This is sweet smelling perfume which is not too overwhelming.

So, the next time someone wants to get me a gift of perfume, it should have a sweet smelling scent to it.

Talk Perfume

Saturday, June 13, 2009

TwiceToddlers and Cousins at Monterey Bay Acquarium

After our pit stop off the Pacheco Pass and visiting Casa de Fruita, we drove to Monterey. It was an easy drive, as always. There is hardly, if ever, any traffic going the way we did. Once in Monterey, we made our way to the aquarium and found no parking close by. So, we had to drive up a little ways and, of course, pay a hefty parking fee.

The fee to enter the acquarium is hefty as well. Honestly, children 3 thru 12 should not have to pay $17.95, especially for toddlers. They are still learning things and definitely have short attention spans. Plus, they get tired, which leads to fussiness.

But, with the prices aside, the MBA has changed a lot, on the inside that is. They now have this whole new, and awesome area for children. It is all hands on and so much fun. I think it is called the Splash Zone and I loved it. My twins and their cousins loved it too.

The last time I was at the MBA was probably in 2000 or before then. Anyway, it never looked like it does now or allowed me to have so much fun with my twins and nephews. The way we went, it was so crowded as I am sure it always is.

Here are some photos of us at the MBA. My hubby and I will definitely have to bring our twins back again. Even with the atrocious enterance fee. And, yes, I know, the money does go towards feeding the animals...



TwiceToddlers, Cousins and Family at Casa de Fruita

On Saturday, we left our home in the not so early AM, heading for Monterey. Instead of going the long and usually ever so slow East Bay/Bay Area freeways, we took a somewhat faster drive instead.This drive we took allowed us to stop at Casa de Fruita. This is a great place to stop mind you. It has something for everyone. Casa de Wine, Casa de Deli, Casa de General Store, Casa de this and Casa de that.

The best thing about going to Casa de Fruita is the train ride, merry go round and other fun things to do when, of course, you have children.My twins and nephews loved the merry go round. We were not able to go on the train ride with my nephews due to lack of time. My Aunt, who lives in the Bay Area was able to meet us at Casa de Fruita though. Her hubby, my uncle, had to work a very important weekend with his company and was not able to attend. But, my Aunt had a great time. She was able to see her nephews, take photos of them and hold her littlest nephew, who is almost two years old.

Here are some photos of our Casa de Fruita excursion, pit stop, to Monterery.













Thursday, June 11, 2009

TwiceToddlers and their Cousins

At the end of May, my sister, her hubby and my nephews all drove up to NorCal to meet one of their friends at a very popular camping ground. They stayed and camped there for a couple days, then drove down to see me, my hubby and my sister twin neices.

Oh, we had so much fun. It is a shame we live such a far distance from each other. We ate dinner at my home, played in my big backyard, played in the pool, played indoors and just had a great time all around.Because my home is not able to hold more than 5 people, my sister's family stayed in a nearby hotel for two nights.

On Friday, my sister and I went shopping at my cities outlet mall. My sister just had her birthday the week before she arrived at my home. So, I bought her something she wanted for the summer.I loved just seeing my sister. She was like a sight for sore eyes. That is what happens with distance between the two of us.

Here are some photos of my twins and nephews playing in my backyard, watching a show in my home and listening to Auntie read them a story.