BEST. ADVICE. EVER.

As a mother of multiples, you are going be the recipient of LOADS of advice. Everyone will have something to say (even me) about what you should or shouldn't do. But lean in close. Here is my BEST. ADVICE. EVER.  In some ways this is the only piece of advice you'll ever need because no one can counter it or say the opposite worked better for them. Find other mothers of multiples. Better yet, find a mothers of multiples group. Join it. PARTICIPATE IN IT. Be an active member. More than … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Pie

They all like noodles. Any kind of noodles. But add sauce to those noodles and the dinner is "RUINED" according to my eight year old. A good compromise is Spaghetti Pie. Easy to make (especially with left over spaghetti and sauce) this meal freezes and is the one thing I make to take when we go on vacation and I need some easy quick meals after a day at the beach or hiking in the mountains. It is easy, quick and an instant crowd pleaser! Noodles and cheesey goodness for the kids. With a little … [Read more...]

What to Bring to the Hospital

    I was 32 weeks with my first set of twins when I met my cousin, Ellen, for lunch. I remember her asking me, “Do you have your hospital bag together?” “What? I’m only 32 weeks. I have at least six more weeks to go.” “You need to get that ready now!” she said with urgency in her voice. Of course I didn’t. I was still trying to finish the nursery and get other things in order. The next week my husband rushed me to the hospital when I had excruciating back pain. … [Read more...]

Lentils and Sausage

What parent isn’t after a meal that is nutritious, fast, filling and inexpensive but rich with flavor? My “go-to-meal” fills the bill and also provides children the opportunity to “personalize” it with their preferred “add-ons”. A dear friend from Guatemala, Nancy Diaz, introduced this meal to us and it is a family favorite! As with so many great cooks who can invent something on the spur of the moment, Nancy didn’t have a formal recipe so we wrote this one. The beauty of this meal is the … [Read more...]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! How did you celebrate the last day of 2012? We had some good friends, who are also parents-of-multiples, over for a very impromptu celebration: "Hey, Heather. . .Scott is grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. . .do you want to come over?" Heather brought apple pie, ice cream and sparkling cider for the "midnight" (also known as the 9:30) toast. We poured drinks into fancy goblets and everyone had to go around and say what they thought the best part of 2012 was. The kids … [Read more...]

Sleep Training the Two Year Old

Dylan decided during the holiday break that along with wearing "big boy underwear" he was no longer going to sleep in his crib. At 27 months, he is both my youngest to potty train and my youngest to reject the crib. He thought that he wanted to sleep in Will and Luke's room and we put a mattress on the floor between his brothers' beds. The freedom of no crib, though, was challenging because suddenly Dylan realized that there were other places he could sleep. At naptime he'd start in his new … [Read more...]

Christmas Photos

I'll just go ahead and admit defeat. It is really rather embarrassing and probably the real reason no one has received a Christmas card from our family this year: I failed to score the perfect Christmas picture. I LOVE getting Christmas cards, especially the photo kind. I love watching my friends and their families grow-up, see their vacations, remark on how much so-and-so looks like her mother. I also love sending our own cards. . when I have just the right picture that captures all the … [Read more...]

Reset

Today's tragedy in Newtown Connecticut hits home because there is a sense that that could have been our elementary school and those could have been any of our children. And, as shocked and heartbroken and appalled and numb we feel right now, we also have the grateful sense that it wasn't our school and it wasn't our children and by some inexplicable reason it happened there and not here. And while I think I kissed my kiddos more today than yesterday. . .I found myself being more patient, … [Read more...]

A Dog and then a Loss and a lesson in parenting

A dog wandered into our yard on Monday. This isn't an unusual event in that we live by a field. So we posted her picture around the neighborhood and let neighbors know on the subdivision's website that we had found her. An adorable terrier schnauzer mix with the friendliest personality, the dog immediately captured our hearts. She was good with the children, no jumping or barking, and she could play fetch until you were tired of throwing the ball. Before the evening was done, we had bought a … [Read more...]

We Bought a Piano!

My husband is the musician in the family. He plays guitar and sings. He used to direct a church choir. And, when we were first married, he would follow me around the house playing his guitar and singing songs--sometimes serious ones but mostly funny reworks. I have to admit that the last part might sound romantic, but it was actually annoyingly funny (really, who follows some to the laundry room with their guitar?). We've been siting in the VERY FRONT row at church for most of the year. The … [Read more...]