Friday, September 2, 2016

True Story: I Won the Lottery

Alright, so you think I won the money lottery. Fair enough, that is the title of my post. But the truth is that I won the BABY lottery! And that is so much better than the money lottery. You probably think that is a ridiculous statement, but in my world its the truth. Because I am pregnant, not with one baby, but with TWO! In my world, that is the most amazing news I could have ever gotten.

See, I am not a cute, perky pregnant lady. I am a sleepy, cranky pregnant lady whose patience thins as her belly grows. For this reason, the fact that I am getting two snuggly babies out of the deal instead of one is amazing news!

Twins don't run in my family, and I had no reason to expect this. But at my first ultrasound the ultrasound tech casually said, "Alright, here is the baby and the heartbeat. is the other baby, and the other heartbeat."

You guys? I nearly jumped through the roof. I was like, "WHAT???????" And then I started laughing and crying all at the same time. A lot.

Since then, my husband and I have had so much fun telling all of our friends and especially our family the exciting news. Everyone has been beyond thrilled and watching their reactions has been priceless!

I am due in March but I hear twins rarely go to 40 weeks, so I think we will have them by February. Which is great, because I have a short torso and there is nowhere for these babies to go but outward with an enormous belly. I am only 14 weeks and I am pretty sure I already look like what a normal 6 month pregnant belly looks like. But who cares?! Because, twins!!!

It will be an... interesting... experience trying to homeschool 3 kids, a toddler underfoot, and twin babies. A friend sent me this blog post on homeschooling with twins from Amongst Lovely Things, and although it's clear that this will be an even bigger challenge than the one I detailed on my post  Homeschooling is Hard, I am up for the challenge. It probably will help that I have several years of homeschooling under my belt now and at the very least I know what to expect.

In the meantime, I am going to just enjoy the journey and read as much as I can on what to expect with twins! In some ways I feel like I am going to be a parent for the first time. It's that feeling of not really knowing what to expect and hoping you will be up to the task. It's so exciting and a little scary. But above all, its absolutely and completely thrilling. I have truly won the lottery!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

I Have Something to Say

Pay attention, people!! I have words. Look alive!!

I wanted to tell you that I am expecting again! I don't mean I am expecting like a present of some sort. Nor am I expecting company. I mean I am expecting another baby.

Another WHAT???

This puts me squarely into the "one of those people" category. I am now one of those people with enough kids to make heads turn. Well, not quite yet actually. Number 5 is still in utero for the time being. So I have about 7 months of being incognito as a fierce baby making machine. Watch out, world - we've got an undercover baby-maker at large! It's like I'm a spy or something.

I have always wanted to be a spy. That's why I want to learn Russian. I feel that all proper spies should speak Russian. Unfortunately for me, all I know how to say in Russian is "What time does the train leave the station?" and I can't even write that in Russian for you because I don't know how to spell it. I'm sorry, I feel I have let you down. 

To make up for it, I am going to... do nothing, because it's like 10 o'clock and night and I need to go gestate. Good night.

Can someone please photoshop a pregnant belly on this chick?

Friday, January 1, 2016

Family Friendly Fun in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for a lot of things, mainly involving entertainment for adults. But families do actually live here, and what do they do for entertainment? This is the eternal question for our family, because we want to make sure that we are protecting our four kids from the inappropriate things that are out there. These days even things that are supposedly family-friendly reveal values that are less than wholesome.

Fortunately for my family, and for all you families out there with young kids, there is a beautifully traditional attraction here in Las Vegas, but it will only be here for a few more days. I am talking about the circus! And more specifically, Circus Vargas. We went down to Boca Park yesterday, where the girls and I were able to enjoy the show together. 

They were so excited when they spotted the big top tent! And the first thing that saw made me fall in love with Circus Vargas - the looks on the girls' faces when we walked in there! We were a little late because our son was sick and we were scrambling to get out of the house, so we finally came in during one of the acrobatic trapeze performances. The look of wonder and awe on their little faces was priceless! They were truly amazed, and so was I. 

Circus Vargas is a one-ring European style circus, so the show involved stunning acrobatics, a clown, magic and illusion, dancing, and lots of music. I was very nervous at the end of the show when a steel cage in the shape of a ball was rolled out and two motorcyclists revved into it and started spinning around each other. I was so scared that they would crash! But thankfully they are such professionals that it all went off without a hitch! Look at this, they are going so fast they are just a blur!

One of the acts that I found especially incredible was that of a young boy of about 9 or 10 years old doing some insane balancing moves, upside down on his hands. I want to describe for you what he was doing, but you really have to see it to know what I am talking about! Here is a little peek at the beginning of the act.... as time went on those poles got higher and more precarious.

There was a break halfway, during which you could get all the traditional fun stuff at a circus - popcorn, face painting and glowing toys. The facilities were immaculately clean port-a-potties with hand washing stations. There was also a changing table set up for babies, in case you are wondering. At the end of the show the entire cast of performers waits outside as people come out, so you can stop and talk to them and get a picture with them.

All in all, a really magical experience that you have got to try out with your kids! And hurry up, too - they are only in town a few more days!!