Saturday, August 18, 2007

No pics, just news

Well, we have arrived in New England! I (Chris) arrived in Boston with the babies and my college friend, Lisa, on Wednesday morning after a crazy overnight flight from Oakland. Penny, Bear, Cosmo, and Milo arrive in Vermont today, along with Penny's brother, Raymond. While all of us are blind with exhaustion, we are safe and sound and so excited to move into our new house on Monday. I am heading to Vermont tomorrow and can't wait for our family to be reunited!

The babies did great on the flight from Oakland to Las Vegas. They slept the entire time, from take-off to landing! At the Vegas airport both babies screamed bloody murder for about 30 minutes. Good times! You could easily read peoples' thoughts: "Please god, don't let those babies be on my next flight!" On the Vegas to Boston flight, the babies screamed some and slept some. On both flights, we were lucky enough have three seats to ourselves, which gave us a bit of extra room. I was so glad to touch down in Boston and it has been great to be at Lisa's condo for the the past few days.

In moving news, the moving day went unbelievably well! We want to thank all our friends who helped out and made the day so smooth! Everything was loaded onto the truck in under two hours! Friends helped with loading boxes, holding and feeding babies, cleaning, packing the last few boxes, and vacuuming. Thank you a million times over to everyone! We are expecting the moving truck to arrive in VT around August 23rd.

We will have pictures up soon, after we are settled in the new house. Stay tuned...

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Our time in California is winding down...

Well, I have given notice at work, so I can officially announce it here...We are leaving California and moving to Vermont. We found a great house to rent and we can't wait to move in. The house is more than double the size we have now, and the rent is the same! Unreal! We are most excited about hardwood floors, a huge deck, lots of closets, 7 acres of land, enough bedrooms to make one of them a craft room, lots of kitchen counter space, and a DISHWASHER! Amen for a dishwasher! So, when are you all coming to visit us for fall foliage?

The babies are doing great and are really thriving. They are 12 weeks old now! WOW! At their last doctor's appointment, Jordan weighed in at 13 lbs, 4 oz. He is in the 75th percentile for weight and for height. Taylor weighed in at 10 lbs, 14 oz. She is in the 50th percentile for weight and in the 75th percentile for height.

Both babies are sleeping well and most nights they are each only getting up one time to eat. This makes for very happy and (relatively) well-rested mamas. Taylor sometimes still gets up a second time, which causes the mamas to rock-paper-scissor in the middle of the night to see who "wins" the opportunity to get up another time. (Just kidding!)

My (Chris') mom was visiting recently for two weeks and it was lots of fun. The kids loved being held so much and the mommies loved getting to go out for Penny's birthday to see Harry Potter and have lunch. Thanks for all your help mom, both the baby wrangling and the packing. It was all a HUGE help! Above is a picture of mom and Taylor.
Check out Jordan and his flirty smile. Oh, he just melts us with his smiles and coo-ing!

Here's another picture of Taylor. Perhaps she will be a nudist when she grows up. These babies love to be naked in the afternoon! Nice and cool!
In the mornings when my mom was here, tbe babies had some together time on the futon. We caught them holding hands one day! We love to watch them interact with one another. It is so sweet. But, we wonder how much they are really aware of each other.
We went to see Auntie Sarah Heath rock out in her Half-Ironman Triathalon. She was amazing and the babies wore the outfits that Sarah and Sarah gave them in tribute to their favorite athlete of the day! The onesies say: "I love apricots, the sun, and giraffes." Very random, no? The kids loved laying on the blanket under a tree in the grass. It was so cool and there was lots of nice blue sky and trees to gaze upon.
Here's Taylor hanging out in her swing. Check out the chubby cheeks! She is one cute chica, if we do say so ourselves!
The California good-byes have begun! Auntie Kelly has left for Costa Rica for a month of work and then some R&R. When she comes back, we will be gone. It was a hard good-bye, but we talked about a Vermont reunion in October sometime, for some leaf-peeping and baby squeezing. As you can see from the pictures above, Kelly and Sylvia love them some twin babies! We will be sad to lose them as next-door neighbors for sure. And the babies will miss all the cuddling. We can't wait for October, ladies, can you?

And then it was time for Mimi to leave, too. Everyone was sad. Please note in the picture of my mom with Jordan: We are not afraid to let out son wear pink! The blue sleep sack was in the laundry and Taylor was not using her pink sleep sack, so into the pink one went Jordan! We think he looks rather dashing in pink!

So, that's about it for now. Not sure when the next post will be, as this is our final week in California and the moving truck comes next weekend. Penny and her brother are driving cross-country with the pets. And I am flying with the babies and a friend from college. I will stay with my friend in Boston until Penny makes it to VT, and then I will join her. We move into our new house on August 20th. For those of you who know us in real life, we will send out an email once we are settled with our new snail mail address.

Wish us luck on this crazy big undertaking and please send us "safe cross-country moving" vibes. We can't wait to reconnect with our East Coast friends and family.