I.HATE.PROJECTS–Says Every Mother of Multiples

When I was a teacher (seventh and eighth grade language arts) and parents would complain about the amount of homework and how their little darlings had trouble getting it completed what with baseball practice or dance. . .I would somewhat commiserate and then take my 20 something, single, childless self home thinking to myself--Well, parent, what's more important academics or extracurricular? Now I'm a parent. Now I have five children in five different activities every single night of the … [Read more...]

Monday Meals: Chicken and Snow Pea Stir Fry

The winter in South Texas has been pretty mild, so if you're a gardener in these parts, you're already picking your first batch of snow peas from the vines. That is the case with my friend and colleague, Bob. We are often discussing or rather commiserating on our gardens and the weather and the bugs. He got his snow peas planted by early February and today put a large bag of them, perfectly green and crisp, on my desk. I immediately started munching away like some overgrown Peter Rabbit. But, … [Read more...]

Mostly Multiples Links

This is the only picture I have of Maddie and Marc somewhat holding hands as babies. They loved to sleep together--and seemed to sleep better when the other was there--but they didn't necessarily reach out and cling to the other. I love this picture because Maddie does seem to be reaching out and touching Marc. (I never thought I'd miss those days of early twin life, but I do!) But this touching story shows twins in utero holding hands. It is especially poignant because one twin isn't … [Read more...]

Bullying and the Open Heart

Marc climbed into the car at parent pick up the other day and immediately declared, "I was just bullied." "What?" I asked surprised by his statement because he was just part of the school safety patrol (fourth and fifth graders help teachers match kids with the right parent-vehicles in the drop-off and pick-up lanes at the front of school). While I waited for him and two neighborhood boys, who are part of our carpool, to finish their patrol duty, I watched the teacher in charge dismiss the … [Read more...]

Mostly Multiples Links

We've repacked the Uhaul and we are on our way back to Texas today. This was a picture of us coming to Denver, and I'm sure the picture tomorrow would be similar but with less smiley faces. (The end of a trip is always sad for me!) But I wanted to share some fun things I found on the internet about multiples. Now wouldn't this be a surprise: They were expecting identical twins and delivered identical triplets! An interesting read about life as an identical twin. Do your identical twins … [Read more...]

Already Homesick

Well, we are days before returning to Texas and I have to admit. . .I'm already homesick for Denver. To make matters worse, the kids are excited to get back to home in San Antonio and their friends, and I'm working hard to stifle my annoyance at their giddiness. Luke says he's not that excited, but he is my empathizer. . .He is the one to comfort and console. Will, on the other hand, has suffered a series of scooter injuries that tonight he cried wouldn't have happened if we had stayed in Texas … [Read more...]

The Truths about Traveling with Children

It has been almost a month that we set out on living my dream of spending the summer in Denver. And, for the most part--and memory will definitely increase that "most part" to THE WHOLE MONTH--it has been great. But, I also feel like I've learned some important truths about traveling with children that I'd like to share with you. 1. Your adventure starts as soon as you close your front door. A former teacher in the district where I taught had this great class for teachers called ADVENTURE … [Read more...]

Casa Bonita: A MUST SEE in Denver

Somethings never change. And, sometimes that is a good thing. Casa Bonita in Denver is one of those things. Since I was a child Casa Bonita has been the choice of "where do you want to go for your birthday?" And, it was the place we took out-of-state relatives from the East Coast who were visiting our newly adopted city. So, keeping with tradition of taking the out-of-towners, the Grandparents invited us to go there for dinner.  My brother Tim joined us as well as two other … [Read more...]

You are Required to be Part of my Dream (even if you don’t want to)

Ever since moving from Denver a mere week after marrying Scott (15 years ago this August) my one goal in life (besides keeping everyone alive and healthy) has been to move back to Denver. After we were married, Scott and I moved from Denver to Minneapolis (cold doesn't even begin to describe that winter) to northern New Jersey (had two sets of twins there) and to San Antonio (and added another child). Although San Antonio is technically "driving distance" to Denver--we actually do the 15 hour … [Read more...]

What happens when We Hit the Thrift Stores

One of the things we always do when we visit Denver is go thrifting. I don't know why, but Denver has amazing thrift shops and I always find some unique treasures. My mom, Marc, Maddie and I went out a few days ago and had a blast searching for those one of a kind items. In terms of practical things I found a bunch of boys shirts--many of them the Under Armour brand that the boys never seem to have enough of. I think I found nine or ten shirts and then Maddie found some Under Armour … [Read more...]