Maybe I shouldn’t post this picture, but I thought you could all use a laugh. My mom is visiting and was taking a picture of Wyatt and her camera flash was very intense. Thus, my face.
Happy Tuesday everybody!
Life gets kinda crazy around our house, especially at certain times of the day. One of those times is right before the girls’ bedtime when Russell is getting home from work. If Wyatt happens to need to be changed or eat around the same time it is even worse. Last night was no exception.
Except… it was.
On this particular night I was waiting for Russell to be home any minute, and I was in the nursery about to change Wyatt. The girls had had a little Easter candy after dinner and were running around burning some of it off. Suddenly I heard a loud alarm going off. Our smoke detectors are SUPER sensitive so at first I assumed that is what it was. Then I remembered I wasn’t cooking anything and that our smoke detectors were actually unplugged from when I made a pizza. (Remember, I said they were really sensitive!) Next I assumed it was our security system going off and that the girls had simply opened a door to set it off. But no doors were open and the alarm had not been set. But I entered the code anyways, and the alarm stopped.
Then I remembered that we have a remote that has a panic button on it. It is usually kept in my nightstand but Russell had pulled it out a while ago and hung it on the side of the nightstand. So… maybe the girls had gone into our room and played with it. No. They were both in the living room with no signs of the remote. So I went into our room and this is what I found.
Our dog Rusty chewing on the remote. Slobber and teeth marks on the panic button. WHY?! It is not even food. Funny story, right? So I thought about calling Russell to tell him what happened, but if you remember I was expecting him home any minute. What I didn’t expect is that ADT called him and told him I had activated the alarm using a special code to say there was someone in the house with me, and so even though he could see us in the window when he pulled up he didn’t believe we were really alright and came up to the door with his gun drawn.
So ya, just a little added excitement to our usual bedtime routine.
Most of our friends already know, but I am aware I have some readers who are not facebook friends, so I want to share the good news.
We have a son!
Wyatt Jackson. He was born March 1, at 1:36pm. He was 7 lbs 10 oz and 20 inches long. And boy is he cute! He actually received a lot of attention from the nurses and staff. He is cute and quiet and a good sleeper. Good job little man, let’s keep that up
And because I can’t post just ONE picture, here are a few of our newest addition.
Now I am going to go shower, relax, and spend some time staring at my baby boy. Catch you later!
The winner of the Baltic Amber Baby Teething Necklace giveaway is…
Sarah (comment #14) who said:
“I love the purple bean one! I heard they work great, I would LOVE one!!!!!!!”
And three readers are also receiving a 20% off discount if they order. Those people are…
Allison (#2) who said “I like them on FB. I like the green. Do you think I could get away with Mark wearing this? My poor little guy only has 4 teeth and he’s a terrible teether.”
Julie (#18) who said “I like the multi color necklace”
Rose (#10) who said “the maple glow is my fav. =) I’m so going to get these for the twins!”
I have sent you all an email with instructions on how to claim your discount/necklace. Please respond within 48 hours or I will pick new winners. Thank you everybody!
You may have read yesterday’s post where I wrote what I would say to myself 10 years ago. In some of the other posts I read on the same topic the people were very open with what they would tell themselves. Including when and who they would marry, the fact that they would have twins, job stuff, stock tips and more. I, on the other hand, was wary of how this hypothetical letter would change the life I have now. And it got me thinking about the ripple effect. How every decision we make effects who we will become, what will happen to us, and often the lives of those around us as well.
About 8 years ago Russell and I took a drive to Cambria, CA for his birthday. About 1/2 hour into our drive a car accident happened right behind us. I remember thinking, “if we had hit one more red light, or left 30 seconds later, that could have been us.”
Then I thought about a day nearly 7 years ago where my best friend was not so lucky. She and her husband were in a serious car accident that took the lives of two people, one of them their close friend. I imagine she must have wondered at least once how different her life would have been if they had taken even two minutes longer before they got in the car. I know my life would be different. We had sort of let our friendship fall away after I moved to Texas, and it quickly made me realize how close I came to losing one of the most important people to me. For that I will always be thankful. Because of the accident they wanted to move to a warm/dry climate (for their achy bones) and with the money from their settlement they bought a house in Las Vegas. If they hadn’t have done that we would probably never have considered moving here after Russell left his job at the church. I have no idea where we might have ended up. My life as I know it now could have been totally different if someone had needed to pee before they got in that car.
How many life altering events do we experience everyday without even knowing it? It seems as though life is like one of those choose your own adventure books, where simple choices can produce very different outcomes. The difference being that we may not always know the choice we are making is putting us on a new course.
This whole idea is still too big for me to wrap my head around, so come back tomorrow and I’ll explore my thoughts on what’s meant to be, luck, fate, predestination, whatever you want to call it. But today I want to know… is there something in your life you would change if you could?
Today I am taking the opportunity to link up with the Multiples and More Question of the Week. It is: (not exactly a question) Write a Letter to your 18 year old self.
Dear18 year old me-
The next ten years of your life are going to change you in ways you could never expect. You are going to have your fair share of joys and struggles, sure. And while I wish I could share with you some amazing blessings you are going to experience, and try to warn you of some of the hard lessons you are going to have to learn, I know all of it- the good and the bad- will bring you to where I am today. I wouldn’t want to risk that for anything. But I do have a couple encouragements/advice I want to share.
Oh, and sleep in late and take long showers while you can!
~ Your Future Self
Thanks so much to those of you who voted to help me pick the new name for my blog! I really appreciate your input, and I did enjoy seeing the other suggestions. I especially liked “AG & KP… The Twinsters” and “A Tale of Two Twins”. You all are so creative. But, the clear winner of the vote was “Twinfinite Fun”, although many of you thought “Blessed by Twins” should stay in there as well. I had a lot of fun with this, and am very happy with the new name. I hope you enjoy it as well!!
I have come to the conclusion that the name of my blog is very boring. I have been wanting to change it for a while actually, but if I am going to do it I want the next one to stick. Here are some new names I am throwing around in my head. I need some help from you all. Which one do you like? Is there something you think is better that I have not thought of?
Ramblings of a Twin Mom
The Cheerio Distributor
Any good suggestions will be added to the list! Please vote (as often as you’d like) for the next two days, and I’ll see what you all think the new name of the blog should be. Thanks for all your help!