Happy Sunday Love bugs. I’m stopping in to say hi a bit, but I also really want to start blogging daily (if at all possible) and I miss my Sunday Letters posts. Yesterday I started a weird aching pain in my ear, near the cartilage that seems to force itself into my ear and half of my head. It’s kind of an odd pressure but it has been causing me some crucial migraines today since waking up this morning. Because of this, I got a terribly late start and I’m not too happy about that… because that means, things on my “To Do” list have really taken a back seat today.
So how is everyone doing today and how was your weekend? There are so many things happening this week and I’m very excited for them. While today was super hot and humid and muggy, I am looking forward to cooler weather this Fall. Hawaii doesn’t really experience season changes and unfortunately we don’t have leaves that really change colors as Autumn approaches (that makes me sad), but you can certainly feel the difference in the breeze and chill factor. This coming weekend my husband and I make 17 years together as a couple… our “Going Out” or “Dating” anniversary. We don’t have anything planned because his week at work is pretty hectic, but nonetheless, I’m excited for the day. And, Grey’s Anatomy’s new season is just days away… trust me when I say this ex Medical Surgical Tech can’t wait to watch all the drama unfold. lol
I also have been seeing all the rave for the new iPhones, lol. I own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and I’ve had it now for almost two years and my phone is still going strong with no problems. I have a lot of iPhone friends, but I think I’ll stick with the original “piece of toast” phone… and know that when it’s time to upgrade, I’ll be sticking with another Android phone, probably another Samsung. I know that people have their favorites, but I have never been a fan of iPhone or iTunes… I’m Pro Android all the way. lol Just figured I’d throw that in. If you are a friend of mine that loves iphone, I have nothing against ya. lol j/k
The Annual Pumpkin Patch should be in full swing soon, so I know you’ll be seeing some photos of us there when we take the boys. I’m excited! The twins will be visiting the patch with their classmates for Pre-school, but every year we take them to pick our carving pumpkin. I can’t wait to go. 🙂
Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend and wishing you a fabulous rest of your week!
I’m sure you’ve seen it all over social media… and many of my friends and readers have stopped in to send their birthday wishes (for that I thank you), but I really wanted to round up the Twins birthday anyhow, since it seems that I’ve been slacking in the personal department on my blog lately. On Monday, (September 8th) Luke and Isaiah turned into 5 year olds. I’m not gonna lie, I cried and bawled my eyes out as I do each and every year my children have a birthday (all of my children, including Kevin who will be 11 in January) lol. Let’s face it, I’m an emotional wreck when milestones are reached, but proud to look back at all of the accomplishments.
So – the twins packed up some goodie bags for their classmates and my hubby and I made our way to their classroom to celebrate their birthdays. Their teacher took our photo where the boys were adorned in their birthday crown and a few leis (ya know it’s a Hawaii Tradition, right? lol). They spent the rest of the day with their friends and after school let out – we went to an early birthday dinner… the twins chose Genki Sushi (since they love Sushi) and then ended the evening with some games at Fun Factory. I have to admit – I am always amazed at how much they have grown, literally right before our eyes. It seems like just yesterday that I gave birth to them.
On September 8, 2009 I gave birth to two wonderful little guys… but the road through pregnancy and the day I gave birth was quite a journey. Twins run in my family (both my mom and my dad have twins in their families) and in my husband’s (both his mom and his dad have twins in their families), so while we knew it was a possibility – we didn’t really think it would ever happen to us. My pregnancy was difficult – I lost 63 lbs through out the time I carried the twins in my womb… I weighed less at the time I gave birth than I did when I found out I was pregnant (this happened when I was pregnant with my eldest as well), and because of this – I was sick through most of the 7 1/2 months I carried the twins. My iron levels were so low, but the doctors had to give me a vitamin supplement that would not make me so sick – because I lost so much weight, increasing my iron would make me much more sick. Because the twins shared a placenta, I was monitored closely and was considered a “high risk” pregnancy because I was carrying multiples, but also high risk because of Preeclampsia and not to mention I wasn’t gaining any weight but losing a lot of it. On the day I gave birth to my beautiful baby boys, I actually went in for a Pre-Op appointment (since my cesarean was scheduled a few days later), but was rushed to emergency surgery because my doctor had feared that I would have a stroke or heart attack in the middle of the night (before giving birth) and would not live through the evening if I didn’t have my children within a few hours. To say I was afraid and scared would be an understatement… but my thought was that I needed to make sure my twins would be okay.
It’s funny to look back at that day, knowing I had so many emotions built up inside and not knowing the road ahead would also be a challenge. After the birth of the twins (which was a miracle in its own), I dealt with severe Postpartum depression. I didn’t think it was that bad, but I couldn’t shake the sadness in my mind and because of this, my doctor requested that my husband resign as a Police Recruit to stay home and take care of me until I had gotten though the rough patch in it all. Mind you… it’s now five years later and I still deal with postpartum depression (off and on over the years) so my emotional craziness is a whirl wind and roller coaster all wrapped up in one. But, they say that if you walk by faith, not by sight… that God will guide you through, and here we are today.
Since one birthday in a year is never enough… on Tuesday, while out running errands as a family, we decided to have some dinner at Ruby’s Diner (more on our experience in a later post) and the twins were once again honored for their special day. We will also be hosting a small family gathering at our house on Sunday and I’ll be sure to post updates here when the busy day is done.
So, I bet you didn’t think you would be getting such an earful worth of information by reading this post… lol but honestly, while we celebrate birthdays each and every year, I’m so thankful to also be celebrating life. To say I’m thankful each and every day for these little guys and their big brother Kevin would be an understatement because thankful doesn’t even cover the feelings I experience inside. Love… that would be the best possible word to describe it. I had no idea that when I got pregnant with Luke & Isaiah, that all of this would have happened in my life… but I wouldn’t change any of it for anything else in the whole World so long as we have our babies.
Happy Birthday Twinnies! May your lives be filled with an endless amount of love and joy and may God bless you always.
Watching a movie on Netflix over and over and over again so many times that you can quote each line, sing each song and play out the scenes in your mind without watching a minute of it – because it’s your children’s favorite movie.
Stuffing your bag with chocolate snacks – even if you know that it will melt, because it is your child’s favorite goodie and you want to be able to treat them.
Missing out on Grey’s Anatomy week after week and having to catch up on old episodes after the season ends so that your family can watch their favorite shows.
Stepping on Legos to get to the kitchen, bedroom or anywhere in the house (if you have children with legos, you will feel for me on this), because they have them all spread out to build their giant creation and you can’t mess up a thing because they are all separated to ensure easy building. lol
Standing at the bathroom door while one of your twins uses the restroom during the night because he is afraid of walking in the hallway at night.
Asking the restaurant to remove the pickles and onions from a sandwich because your husband and sons are not fond of them.
Picking up Tin Roof Sundae Ice Cream in bulk when it is on sale because it is my husband’s favorite and it is not always in stock.
Knowing someone so well that you are empty when they are not around and you can finish each others sentences without hesitation.
Giving up your bed and husband to your children because they want to cuddle with daddy.
Running to the store to pick up supplies for your homemade mac and cheese – even when you know nothing is on sale and you will spend 10x as much on it now then if you waited a week. But hey – it’s the kids favorite.
Smiles, Giggles, Snuggles and Holding Hands! It’s about compassion, support and compromise. Love is about Family, commitment and honesty. Give and Take, pain and healing, sadness and happiness. Love is what keeps me going and makes me strong. My life revolves around love and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I know I haven’t done a post like this in quite a while and I really miss incorporating them into my site. You may see more of these… but if you made it this far – then thank you so much for sticking around. Wishing you all a blessed and Wonderful day and weekend.