Thursday, April 30, 2009

You're NEVER Going to Guess What Happened...

So it's been six months since my last post and I doubt you'll believe it when I tell you what happened to me.

Well it seems that our Wi-Fi connection is somehow connected to a distant planet named Xargon. Apparently, when I hit "Publish Post" after my last entry, a signal was beamed to Xargon and moments later their space ship arrived on my front lawn. Todd and I invited the little green men into our kitchen where we had a couple of beers and discussed intergalactic politics.

It turned ugly, though, when the aliens started asking Todd to please come with them back to Xargon for a few months, as a sort of foreign exchange program. Todd argued that he was just too busy to leave earth for that kind of time, but I volunteered to go after I found out that it would take six weeks alone to get to the distant planet. I figured, "Finally! A chance to catch up on some sleep!"

I've been sworn to secrecy about my trip to Xargon, but let's just say I'm a better person for the experience. My long distance bills are outrageous now, though, and T-Mobile has yet to establish coverage 60 million light years from Earth. When will they ever catch up?

So I'm back on Earth now and back to blogging. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So I'll give you a recap of what went on when I was away.

1. Devin has successfully come through his Kindergarten year and will be classified as a first grader in only a couple of weeks. Where the heck did this year go??? He's playing soccer this season and Todd is his coach. So far, it's a lot of fun.

2. The twins are potty trained (mostly) and are working on life outside of crib sleeping. They have big girl beds set up in their respective rooms, but insist upon sleeping with one another. We saw it coming, though, and set them both up with queen sized beds. May as well have room for guests when they come.

The transition to big girl beds hasn't been easy, though, as it's sort of like a slumber party every night to them. After about the sixth night in a row of finding the two of them awake and playing with the dog and cat (see #3) at 3:00 am, we decided to go back to cribs and try again in a few months. We'll see.

3. We got a cat. She's black and white and her name is Lola. She and Zoe get along famously and she puts up with all of the abuse three little kids can dish out. Can't ask for more than that.

4. I am nearly done with my first year of teaching and I can't believe how much I've loved it. I had no idea that I would enjoy it this much and I am looking forward to many more years in my new career. I'm considering getting my teaching certificate, but I may just stay in the preschool arena, because I like the age so very much. I also like that I am home in time to get my kiddos off the bus.

5. As for health, as of today we are all well. I've had a heck of a year battling strep, a sinus infection and even pneumonia. Dev's been fine and it seems that the girls managed to keep any major respiratory issues at bay this past season. They are still tiny, though, only weighing about 26 lbs. apiece. I'm certain we will address that issue at their three year appointment (see #6) in a few weeks.

6. The twins turn three in 19 days. HOLY COW.

7. We're settled into our new home and just loving it. We miss our old neighborhood a lot, as we had neighbors you just can't beat. We're going back there for a block party this weekend and are looking forward to reuniting with everyone. But the new house is great -- we have gotten some paint up (red in the family room, green in the kitchen...about to do metallic mint green in the formal dining) and are working on drapes and such. It's a work in progress.

Certainly there's been a lot more since then, but remember, I was in another galaxy for the lionshare of the past six months, so I have an excuse for not recalling every single little thing that happened.

So in the immortal words of Gloria Gaynor (with a little artistic license thrown in for good measure): "So now I'm back...from outer space!"

More to come soon...I promise.


Casey's trio said...

I've missed you Erin! Glad you returned from outer space safely:) Lots of good updates in your post. My girls are STILL in cribs and I am thinking we will try the transition closer to their 4th birthday, although I really do love them in their cribs. I've got it REALLY good right now. No nighttime battles. Anyway...hope to hear from you more often!

Laura said...

I love hearing from you! The move from cribs was horrible here too, sometimes still is (at 4)! We ended up having to separate them to go to sleep and then we agreed to move them together to wake up. So for over a year we carried them back together late at night. Musical beds. It worked though and everyone was happy and slept. Now the girls don't nap they get to sleep together most night, there are still slumber parties in bathtubs (like last night) where we have to separate them but it is getting better. Good luck!

Carrie said...

Welcome back! Whatdja bring me?

angie said...

I've always heard intergalactic space travel is fun. :)

I didn't know you were teaching.

Happy Birthday to your girls!

The Gall Family said...

I missed ya!!!! Glad those silly aliens let you come back and share your wisdom with us on earth!!

Anne said...

Those darn Xargonites! Good to see you up here again! Fu