Monday, August 29, 2011

A visit to Sesame Place...

I've had tickets sitting around all summer to go to Sesame Place!  My cousin, Juli and I set the date to go for today and then Irene decided that she would visit.  She was a very unwelcomed guest over the weekend, that decided she would wreak havoc on the region.  Luckily for us she passed by a little quicker than expected and the weather today wound up being PERFECT! 

It was a little chilly when we arrived at the park... so we opted to begin on the dry rides.  First up was Summie's favorite, the Carousel! Then the balloon ride, the teacups, and the flying fish ride were next.  After changing into our bathing suits we headed for the water areas.  We started with the Count's Splash Castle which Cole absolutely loved and Summie absolutely hated.  In her defense, Juli & I both cringed at the temperature of the water upon stepping in and there were so many jets spraying water in every direction.  She started crying and told me that she didn't want to play anymore.  I saw that Cole had grabbed Aunt Juli by the hand and was dragging her up to the water slides so I quickly guided Summer out of the water trying to avoid as many of the geysers spraying on her as possible.  She decided she would be happier wrapped up in her pink princess towel sitting in a lounge chair then playing in the water.  Cole on the other hand, would have stayed plunging down the frigid water slides despite his almost blue lips all day, but Juli assured him that there were other water rides to get to.  Summie liked the lazy river a tiny bit more and then we went on the Sky Splash, which the rest of us thought was awesome and Summie cried the whole way down.  Cole quickly decided he wanted to go on Slimey's Chutes and Summer was having none of it.  Juli happily took Cole to stand in line while I comforted a crying Summie.  She decided that she wanted to sit in her stroller and she wasn't in there very long before getting stung by a BEE!!!  All of the sudden, she was screaming about a bug and I had no idea what had happened.  Once I realized... I stopped a very nice worker who sent me to the First Aid station.  They put something on her finger to numb it up nicely and gave her a special ice pack and sticker and she was over it quickly! Thank goodness. 
We had a nice little lunch and went on the carousel one more time and the kids were starting to get cranky, so we got some t-shirt souvenirs and headed out of the park.  We were lucky to get on all the rides that we wanted in such a short period of time because the park was not crowded at all!  On our way out we saw Zoey and the kids wanted to stand in line to meet her.  Funny enough when it was our turn they decided that they couldn't go near her on their own.  Once Mommy met Zoey all was ok and we were able to get this great shot!  The kids slept all the way home! 
When I told the kids tonight that we had to get ready for school tomorrow... Cole told me that he wanted to go back to Sesame Place tomorrow! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My twins story

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Birthday Sunday & 7 years of marriage...

Sunday we celebrated both of my sisters, Kim & Liz's & my stepmom, Lenora's birthday that all fall this week.  It was so nice to see everyone and for the kids to all play together.  Here are some pictures...

Unfortunately we didn't get to stay too long and missed the cake because Jim & I had reservations at Ruth Chris for our 7th wedding anniversary which fell on Sunday.  I'm so thankful for this guy, who actually gets (usually) the way that I work and is ok with that.  Unfortunately for him, Summer is my clone so he now gets to deal with two of us.  But at least he's had lots of practice already with me.  On one hand, I can't believe that it has been 7years since that gorgeous August day that we were married on and had such a fun time with all of our friends and family.  And on the other hand, we had had so much happen in those years... sicknesses, we have lost some important people in our lives, disappointments, milestones, awards, vacations, great memories, our beautiful nephew & niece, and so much more.... and of course best of all... the last nearly 3 years have been consumed by our precious gifts, Summer & Cole!  Before they were here, I had no idea how much they would fill our lives with happiness and now that they are I can't imagine not having them in my life.  Thank you Jimmy (even though I joke that I didn't really need you to make them b/c the doctors did all the work) for loving me through all of our struggles and our happiness and for giving me above all else those 2 little babies that are growing up before our very eyes.  Here's to the next 7+!

A beautiful Saturday at the beach...

This past Saturday we headed back down to Sea Isle City for the day.  The kids LOVE the beach and ask constantly when we are going to Aunt Sissy's house.  They love the whole process of getting their bathing suits and sunscreen on.  After you spray her whole body, Summer puts out her hands and says now faces time. She wants you to spray it on her hands so that she can do her face by herself.  My girl is so grown up! Or thinks she is anyway.  They love getting their toys out and their beach chairs all ready to go.  Summie had fun this time packing a bag of snacks with Aunt Sis to bring to the beach.  She was so proud of herself and they immediately wanted to eat the snacks when we arrived at the beach!  Jim and I are definitely enjoying the beach ourselves more now that the kids are around. 


Double fisting the buckets of water for the sand castle

Eating ice cream on the steps

Wearing Uncle Len's helmut

Dutch Wonderland

At the end of the July we took a 2 day trip to Lancaster with our friends and their kids.  We had SO much fun!  The first day was spent at Dutch Wonderland.  We spent 1/2 the day in the water section which was so perfect for them at this age.  Summer stuck mainly to the toddler section, but when on the water slide that Jim could take her on a few times.  Cole was a maniac when he go to the water slides and was going on them for several hours all by himself!  He would have probably stayed their all day if we would have let him.  We had a nice dinner at Cracker Barrel (it was our first time there!) and then went back to the hotel for some pool time.  The next day we went to Kitchen Kettle village for a bit and the kids got to decorate their own gingerbread cookies. 

Catching up in photos

July passed by in a blurr! I can't remember the last time summer buzzed by so quickly! The month started out with my 30th birthday and was filled with lots of day trips to the aquarium, zoo, beach, etc and tons of fun....

We went to the aquarium & the Pop Shop with our twin friends, Nora & Paige!
 I love getting the kids cute matching 4th of July outfits!

 Pool party at Nonna's (Aunt Patti's) for 4th of July

                       Cole & Summer                                                     Hannah (my 3 year old niece) & Summer
We've been making lots of day trips to Sea Isle City, where Jim's Aunt Sis & Uncle Len have a house where they graciously let us stay.  This picture was from the amusement park there.  Summer & Cole were ringing their little bell to their heart's content!  And the poor little boy sitting in front of them was none too pleased by the noise!
Here's silly Summie showing me that she can fit 2 pacis in her mouth!
Cole attended his first movie, Cars 2 a few weeks ago for his friend Joey's 4th birthday!  He was so excited about his special little snack box with the popcorn & slushie drink.  He made it through about an hour of the movie and then got up and decided it was time to go.  He fell asleep as soon as we got in the car.
Summer and Cole's daycare is having "Camp Splash" for the summer with weekly themes and tons of extra fun activities! A few weeks ago was holiday week, complete with Halloween dress-up day.  I dug out a hand me down dress up summery Tinkerbell outfit for Summer to wear (you wouldn't believe the this pink only wearing girl would be in love with GREEN Tinkerbell, but she IS!).  I had trouble at first thinking of what to dress Cole up as that would be ok for the hot summer temperatures, until my aunt said you need to get him a Superman t-shirt for him to wear.  For those of you who don't know... Cole believes that his name is Superman Hazlett and will tell you if you ask him!

This past week was pirate week and the kids made pirate hats, eye patches, treasure maps, etc.  Then on Friday they had a treasure hunt.  The kids were SO excited by this.  Here's how they looked...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Work ethic...

I so can't believe that I have not posted in almost a month or that it is already AUGUST!!!! I was just installed at the beginning of July as treasurer for the club that I belong to, South Jersey Mothers of Multiples.  Learning those ropes this month has taken a lot of my "spare" time.  The weekends have been filled with birthday parties, trips to the zoo, trips to the beach and some pool time thrown in there as well.  This past weekend, we went up to my sister's farm to see some family from New York and Las Vegas that were visiting and Sunday/Monday we went to Lancaster to visit Dutch Wonderland (among other things.). We have just been having so much fun that I don't know where to be begin.  I will do a catch up post with pictures, but let me take this time to tell you about a little conversation that we had in the car today with Summer.  Jim and I had the day off and were taking the kids to dinner with his mom. 

Summer: We are going to dinner with Mom-mom and Pop-pop
Us: Just Mom-mom is going to dinner with us, Pop-pop is still working
Summer: Pop-pop is working? He has to make the money?
Jim: Yes, he has to make the money.  One day you will work and make the money
Summer: No Daddy, I'm too little to work!

I just love how that girl's mind works.  Very observant!