Grandpa and Nana came to visit on Saturday and treated us to the zoo! We had the perfect afternoon seeing lots of animals and even getting fresh ice cream. The boys absolutely loved the water misters, I think daddy did too 😉
But we all had fun there was a nice breeze and lots of shady paths. Plus it really wasn’t that busy since we went at 3pm and they close at 5pm.
And after the zoo we enjoyed a nice family cookout:)
In an effort to expose the boys to…well…everything, we have been trying some new stuff! First on our list? The Hindu festival at the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin in Pewaukee. And yes we were pretty much the only white people there. But hey, they were all really friendly to us, though they seemed very harsh with each other. We tried some SPICY food (daddy said it was good, I still cant taste anything else though:0)………Meanwhile, in Aedon land….a Tantrum was brewing. About half way through the fest and still almost an hour from their bed time he busted out with all that had been stored for the 16m of his life. Even throwing himself against me! I have NEVER seen a tantrum like this from either boy(even B stared at Aedon in amazement) but then again the boys are more “whiners” than they are “tantrum throwers.” Chalk it up to him being too tired to be out so close to bed time; we packed up and went home. But the boys did get to try some new foods and see some dances! We also went to the car show at Frame park! The weather (and the boys attitudes) held out nicely and there were TONS of cars. I did note a lot of El Caminos and 90 something mustangs (insert snort of derision here). Yes, I am a classic car snob, and yes, I think El Caminos look silly and 90 somthings mustangs dont belong at a show ….especially when they are rusting:/ Anyhow, it was nice to see them all out even though many were leaving by 3, since it was technically done.
I just didn't want to go earlier and throw off the boys routine. The boys didn't seem to be as interested in the cars as the were the big burly biker dudes, guess were going to need to talk with them about not staring:0…But I LOVED it we got to see at mint ’53 Bel Air, a few stingrays, an AMX, a few model T’s, and one AMAZINGLY restored 1937 chieftain. Ohh, and the shelby cobra that, though it was a beauty, ran like the guy had it in storage for the last year and a half, not the sound I was hoping for. These are some of the beauties!
Local parks have also become a new fav, and daddy even talked grandpa into going with the other day! They have had many of their first close encounters with other children at parks and playgrounds. It's kind of funny they look at people almost as if they're confused….they all look so different…I wonder some times, do they realize they're Identical? The playgrounds have been especially nice since they can use their climbing skills CONSTRUCTIVELY! In other news we have gotten settled after the move and the dogs (Jack Jack Attack) have done worse with the move than boys:) but we are now finding their attitudes are atrocious! Even with the smallest thing they bust out crying like they haven’t been fed in months or have a broken limb or something! 3 days into this and we still trying to hold firm on not acknowledge the “bad behavior,” with the hopes that this is just a phase to see if we will give more attention for tantrums. So far, counting, having a calm “talk” with them and ignoring until they stop the behavior have all worked. But, their explosive tempers are starting to unhinge every one…even daddy…and that’s a feat!!! At first we thought it was the teething, as they have been getting them like crazy(8 each), but we came to see it was mostly bids for attention when we were telling them they couldn’t do something. i.e. the remote is a “no item” and they sit on the floor and break into tears. Hopefully it will pass soon! Ps We also got to test out some of our new food creations nana-coco-nutty bars, granola, and even butter stay tuned for reviews:)
Well yesterday was Scotts birthday, not quite 30 yet :o, and we celebrated with a pretty mellow day and Wisconsin State Fair festivities. Scott also got to welcome baby Bennett to the world at 2:32pm! Hopefully well see more than Jon’s snapshot soon at Nicole & Jons blog. As for the fair…can I just say, thank you Milwaukee for constantly dropping the bar of standards. State Fair was about as gross as I remember, but the amount of teens prostituting around, in what I can only assume they think 23 year olds wear, was just disturbing. That coupled by the drunk 40+ year old grungy men that were already HAMMERED at 6pm and oogling said girls…keeping it classy MKE. Aside from the revolting people it was a nice cool evening and not horribly busy. We took the boys to see the animals mostly, ohh and we also had to get a cream puff for Scott and the boys (first ever!!)
In other news Scott is apparently more of a spectacle with the twin stroller than I am! I think its because I have learned not to make eye contact with the little old ladies, for Scott on the other hand, it doesn’t seem to matter. They will come right up and touch, yes TOUCH, the boys! Luckily that’s mostly in grocery stores and when momma bear isn’t around 😉 Anyhow, we did get the stares and AWWWee’s but the fair went off without a hitch. The boys love to people watch, but they also got a kick out of all of the animals
The boys have been very interested in animals lately. Yes, I am loving it! But, we are definitely working on manners around animals…they have been known to sit on the dogs, push them, and even pull the cats hair. So, next week we will be implementing happy dog-baby training…stay tuned to hear how it goes!
Well, the rain clouds settled in about 15 minutes before we were ready to walk out the door this morning…way suckey…getting babies and stroller and bags into the car all with even a sprinkling is irritating enough. But it was even more so when my s**t spilled all over the rain flooded sidewalk. Lovely, but after getting into the car it was smooth sailing up to the Timbavati Safari Park in WI Dells. It ended up being about a 45 minute drive from us, not too bad. And just like we thought the clouds had cleared a bit by the time we arrived and it stayed really cool, perfect weather for us:) Unfortunately the price was quite high for admission (almost 20$ per adult) but at least Scott got in free with that handy military ID of his, and of course the boys are still free for most things! Besides admission being high, the facility was VERY new, they had mostly “teenage” animals, and it was quite small(not worth more than 20$ admission that’s for sure). It was a nice change of pace for summer activities though, and the boys always LOVE all the animals. They did have a very nice assortment of animals for such a small park and the staff were nice about taking pictures. But beware it is still “the dells” this means high traffic, nasty children, people taunting animals, and crabby hot tourists = go on a slow day. It took us about an hour to make it through the whole place, it was a slow day but this is definitely a half day activity. All in all the boys had fun, it kept our interest and the weather held out for us 🙂
Heres what our day looked like!!
On a side note for those of you doing Nakie Days potty training like us, this is how we do outtings…we bring our little frog potties and once we get the stroller out of the back we set the potties up and take a quick potty break…we DO put their cloth diapers on to go into places. Some people recommend they stay naked under their pants, I just wouldn’t want twin poo in the park, ahh thank you!
*we only bring potties for errands or adventures that will take up 3+hours
In other news here’s a mommy freebie! Sign up for UPS membership (totally free, its a package alert program) and they will send you an email for their promotion and you get to pick a free gift! Scott and I won a 15$ amazon card! There are other prizes too…go check it out! http://www.ups.com/pea/register?inc=BE90OGW26
After a few days of trying to rearrange the schedule we are finally on track. Daily life, even as simple as what time to have lunch, is now chaotic. With twins some days everything seems chaotic though….BUT, were on target and were even getting a 3 hour nap in! Amazing, its given Scott and I plenty of time to pack, a luxury I didn’t have the last few times. Anyhow, we have been trying to occupy the boys when we do have to pack with them around so we ordered a play table…not just any play table a splash play table. Our little “merman” babies (think zoolander) love to stay in the tub for hours everyday splashing away and recently have found a second love in our pool. We decided to put it on the porch, which, we recently covered in bamboo grass to add a little privacy since the boys are frequently nakie :0 And…they LOVE it, every time they play by the glass patio now they try to open the door to get out there! So, MOVING TIP # 1 pack the things you don’t use on a daily basis early (2-4 weeks before you move depending on how much stuff you have) this will save you time in the long run. Be sure to clearly mark all boxes with contents and instructions on where they should be put. This way you pack early (less stress) and can throw away/sell things you wont move with. An added plus…the pets and kids aren’t alarmed by the slow process:)
Saturday night we decided to try the Drive in movie with the boys. Scott and I had never been either, so, we went to the one in Jefferson off Hwy 18…which was kinda far away. But, we packed up the car with some blankets having no clue what to expect….Well, when we got there around 7pm we realized we were the newbies-most people had huge set ups, camping chairs, air mattresses…BUG SPRAY. I hate to say it but, yes, we were totally unprepared. Anyhow, here’s the low down on our trip and what we will do better. For next time!
• Yes, get there early, you will get the best parking and food. Cars flooded in at around 8-9 at this place.
• When you park, DO park in the front row of where they will allow larger cars, trucks, SUV’s- this will give you the best view (and not of the truck in front of you blocking half of the screen)
• Make sure to look before you park! To get the best viewing I laid in the back with the boys while Scott parked to make sure we could see the movie screen easily while lying in the Tiguan.
• We only planned to stay for one movie, next time we will stay for both. Hey, we already paid! Plus, evidently everyone only planned to stay for one movie and traffic was a pain.
• Leave the car seats easily accessible and once the boys fall asleep buckle them in. This way we can easily reattach the seats for the drive home without waking the boys. Next, what to bring with you!
• Toys! Haha, yes, we forgot toys for the boys :0 but, we thought the moving would start sooner! So, next time we will bring things to occupy the boys until bed or the movie time.
• Seats or space specifically for the kids- we mistakenly thought the four of us could fit laying down in the back of the Tiguan.
• Bug Spray or netting! Self-explanatory
• More soft stuff. We brought 4 king size blankets and 2 king pillows, still not enough! (but I also LOVE blankets)
All in all our first drive in theatre movie experience was not too shabby! We saw Despicable Me 2…(for those of you that don’t want to know what happens don’t read this)….I was disappointed! The focus on how weird the female agent was supposed to be detracted rather than added, the plot was a little shaky and it definitely seemed like the sequel that wasn’t as good as the first, also, Despicable Me the original had much more adult humor. It was cute though, just wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped to be.
Ps…..were still accident free!!