My titles just get more and more creative as time goes by, don't they? ;)
I mentioned last week that my mom had had surgery to remove a cyst, which at the time we thought was benign. It wasn't. :( Several of you have been riding this emotional rollercoaster with me already this week, and bless you times infinity for being such wonderful people. We have the best support groups anybody could ask for.
For those of you who want to know more about what's going on, my mom has set up a Caring Bridge site where we'll post updates as we go through the process. You can sign up and we'll keep you posted. Link is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kathymcmasters.
|Here's Mrs. Kathy celebrating the girls' second birthday in style! She has already shown breast cancer who's boss, so we have every confidence that she can handle this too, with God's grace!|
* As an only child, I am equal parts amused/annoyed/fascinated/disturbed by the sister disputes that have begun unfolding around here lately. I've been shocked to see just how early it begins! For a while, the girls would just ride around in their car seats, passing the time by arguing over who knows what. One would say "yes," the other would say "no," and back and forth they would go. Now it has reached the point where they'll argue about things like the topic of dissension they had today over breakfast -- whom Mickey belongs to. Tamsie said Mickey is Tamsie's, and Evie said NO, that he is actually Evie's. Now it would be sensible at this point to assume they were fighting over their stuffed Mickey, but alas -- they were watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at the time and fighting over who the real Mickey Mouse belongs to. Because clearly he's not public domain.
* I've recently had a smattering of other mommy friends ask me for advice on various kid-related topics, and every time, I've noticed a common theme in the replies I give them: I totally remember being in the phase they're asking me about and being stressed out about being there, and I know we're clear of it now (mostly anyway), but I sure can't remember how we got here. Everything is such a blur! I don't know if this is an any-mom thing or a twin mom thing. So if it's advice you're looking for, always feel free to ask away, but because everything is so hazy in my memories of it all, it's surprisingly hard to give. This can either be good or bad for you! ha!
|Evie in her book nook. She must have just woken up since she has her paci bear!|
|I don't even know what she's doing here, but I LOVE that smile.|
|Here's Tamsie making what is known around here as "the Chris face."|
|See what I mean?|
|Their favorite pastime (besides arguing, of course)|
|I love these dresses!|
|At Starbucks with Amma|
|In their element|
|Admiring the big Christmas tree at the zoo|
|And I love E's face here!|
|Baby and mama snow leopard in their own little area at the zoo|
|Tamsie's getting Aunt Jennifer kisses!|
|Back when the girls had reflux, I'd sit them up in their high chairs and read to them to keep them upright after their meals, since it was so hard to hold both of them at once. The tradition continues today, and storytime always follows food time. (That's why their books are on our kitchen table 95% of the time!) Here Evie has put her bunny in her booster chair for pretend storytime. :)|
|Kissing baby's boo-boo and modeling crazy hair. It doesn't matter how often you brush it, this is bound to happen immediately afterward.|
|Just riding along, talking away on her play phone....|
|Watching the sea lion show|
|Fun at the zoo with Amma|
|Out for a walk with Allie!|
|Pierce is totally photobombing!|
|Wearing their favorite fashion accessories: Mouse ears!|
|Snuggle time with Daddy|