Category Archives: Holidays

Almost Halloween

It’s almost Halloween, and I’m hoping not to have a screaming repeat of last year.  But really, the comparison of nearly-3-month-olds to nearly-15-month-olds?  No comparison at all.  This is SO much more fun.  Here they are, modeling the cute Halloween shirts we found at Target.  Later today we might try on the actual costumes… hope they don’t hate them, or at least allow them to stay on long enough for a picture!

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First Fourth

Not the most exciting Fourth of July I’ve ever had, but a nice one nonetheless, and the kids’ first.  After being hot and muggy for probably the last two weeks, it suddenly turned cool and cloudy in the Boston area.  We spent lunchtime at a fellow twin mom (and HDYDI contributor)’s house.  Lounging outside might have been nice, but just not in the cards today.  Anyways, two sets of twins, four months apart, is always a good time.  Evening included a BBQ at the lovely Mommy, Esq‘s house.  A big thanks to her for inviting us, sight unseen as it were, to her festivities, and a shout-out to her friends who were super nice (even if Daniel decided to suddenly develop stranger anxiety) and made me feel like a local celebrity because they apparently all read my blog. Hi, guys!  Sorry we couldn’t stay for the actual dinner, bedtime is respected or there is major hell to pay in my house. 🙂

And so, it’s 7:30, the kids are in bed, and we are just hanging out for the rest of the evening.  Probably watching the Boston Pops on TV as we have for the last many years, because the thought of being in the crowds at the Esplanade is just too much to bear.  It hasn’t really bothered me to have a low-key 4th for the last little while, but now that I have kids, I find I’m missing the Fourth of July that I remember as a kid.  Something more akin to what Tracey had in her neighborhood earlier today.

First, we’d always painstakingly decorate our bikes with streamers a day or so beforehand.  Coming off the handlebars, wrapped carefully around the frame, threaded in the spokes.  In the morning, I couldn’t wait for it to be time to ride over to my elementary school for the races and games they always had.  Mother-daughter 3-legged race, potato sack race, watermelon eating contest, the works. From 4 and 5 year olds all the way up to an egg-and-spoon relay for the adults, I was so proud if I managed to win a ribbon (3-legged-race was my specialty, I never fell down).  Later in the afternoon, my town had a big parade.  Neighborhoods would work on their floats for weeks, local politicians and organizations would be there, marching bands and the crazy kazoo band, and of course the fire trucks.  At night, we’d all head to the lakefront for fireworks, and they put on a darn good show.  I think in later years there was even a musical component to the fireworks.

Not so much out here.  Oh sure, I think some towns have fireworks shows.  And maybe there are other activities that I just don’t yet know about.  But there definitely isn’t the same neighborhood feeling as there was when (and where) I grew up.  Krissy talked on HDYDI the other day about making memories with your kids, and 4th of July is a fond one from my own childhood.  Maybe my kids will have something similar (like if we move back to Chicago), or maybe it will just be something else and this day will not be one of the big ones.  But that’s the one I’m nostalgic for today.

Happy 4th, everyone.  And if you’re listening to the 1812 Overture, may it be a version with real cannons, just like they have on the Esplanade tonight.  It’s the only way to go.

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Happy Father’s Day

Hat tip to a MOT friend of mine for the Father’s Day gift inspiration.

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Outdoor entertaining

We had a barbeque at our house yesterday, and if I do say so myself, it was a smashing success. The weather was perfect, sunny and mid-70s. The swingset was a hit for those of the right age. We had a total of 13 adults and eight kids, including three sets of twins, the oldest of which is 13 months. Thankfully there were no vegetarians in attendance, as they might have had an aneurysm upon viewing my platters and platters full of meat. Ribs… mmm. Chicken… mmm. Bratwurst?! MMMM. I’m from the midwest, so I love me some brats cooked in beer and finished on the grill. As M says, I’m the only person he knows who actually keeps “cooking beer” on hand. But honestly, as little beer as I generally drink, I’m not going to waste Stella Artois by bringing it to a boil and throwing in some sausages. No, I keep Budweiser on hand for that very purpose.

Anyways, it was a perfect day to be outside in the fresh air. Despite having only a 35-minute afternoon nap, my kids did really well being outside for a few hours, passed around to various friends and family. Rebecca had a hard time going to bed, and I have a slight suspicion she might be working on an ear infection, but Daniel was happy as could be the whole darn time. And who wouldn’t be, if you got to try your first rib?

I used to be much better at documenting events, photographically-speaking. As I’ve gotten a bit older, though, I seem to be more wary of snapping pictures of my friends drinking beer. Maybe because, in college (the height of my “unofficial event photographer” days), it was sort of an unwritten thing that everyone was into. We liked taking pictures, we liked posing for pictures with groups of friends, arms around everyone. Now, parties are a little quieter, and I suppose I’m spending more time chatting idly with other guests than I am trying to get pictures of everyone. I still get a ridiculous number of pictures of my children (also thanks to my sister-in-law), but basically none of the other people at the party, which is sort of too bad. Maybe next time…

At any rate, I was exhausted after the party and had a raging headache, so was in bed and asleep at 8:30. Can I party like a rock star, or what?

Got up this morning, kids were happy. House was a little cool because we had left windows open, but the fresh air was great. And the house smelled faintly like ribs and beer. Not a bad way to start a holiday.

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Happy Mothers’ Day

A very happy Mothers’ Day to all of you out there in blog-land.  My day has been just peachy so far – M got up with the kids so I could stay in bed (I’m incapable of really “sleeping in”, but it was nice to stay in bed and doze on and off), and even made me French toast and sausage.  Mmm.  Later, at my request, I think we’re going shopping for a new bed.  Good times!  Nothing exciting, but it’s a gorgeous day and I have two wonderful kids.  Not a bad way to spend a holiday.

So happy day to you and yours, especially my fellow first-timers out there: Krissy (just barely!), J, and Beverly

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