Sunday, January 30, 2011

I Have an Idea and Other Musings

The boys kill me with what they say most days, and my favorite thing out of their mouths lately has to be when they say “I have an idea.” (Actually it is usually “me have an idea,” or “here’s an idea,” since they still only use the pronoun ‘I’ sparingly).  They will say it in the correct context, too.  You never know what the idea will be.  It can be, an idea to have a “muff” cake, or build a fort, you name it.  It is adorable!!!!  Today they were playing outside, yes, we are thoroughly enjoying the seventies again, and Gus was on his “motorcycle” or big wheel, and Raleigh was sitting on the porch watching him. Rals asked if this was a parade, and then yelled “beads!!!”  Love it.  They are so Tampa! Gasparilla veterans since they were nine months old will do that, I suppose.  Speaking of Gasparilla, here are a few shots of the big Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza from last weekend.  We did the preschooler’s stroll for the first time. It fell during nap time, but we survived.  They were extremely tired afterward, but still, we had a ball with our Mothers of Multiples friends who helped walk with us.


1 - on the wayarrg!daddy and ralsgus on daddy! (2)gus the bead giver (2)ham fam

The boys giving their friends E & S a kiss during the parade, needless to say, the crowd loved them!!!

pirate kiss during parade!tbamoms

We had gotten into the spirit the night before by reading a new Mem Fox book sent to us courtesy of the boys’ great-Aunt Julianne, and great-Uncle Tony.  Boris the Pirate is a bit scary, but it certainly set the mood for us!

aussie pirate book!

Here is a look back at the two previous Gasparillas.  Of course, you can click on the tag “Gasparilla” and see much more from year’s past.  Enjoy!!!



The boys are still doing really well with their alphabet recognition.  Raleigh has caught up to Augustus and although, he doesn’t want to play with the magnet letters like Gus, he will point out letters when we are reading books. And they are still really into reading. Their favorite book right now is The Polar Express. Not sure if they are just missing Christmas, or just love the story.  If we read a a book right before bedtime, they wake up and immediately ask for the same book again.  Their memories still freak us out.  They seriously never forget.  However, if you ask them what they did today, sometimes they just start making up these elaborate stories…hmm, reminds me of a certain Uncle the boys have named Tommy!  If you ask them what they want to do today, Augustus will nine times out of 10 say he wants to go to Sea World.  I guess we need to start planning a return trip soon.  They have really enjoyed watching some football games with me this year.  The Packers are really the only team I will watch, being from Green Bay and all, so we don’t get all their games televised, but of course, with them going to the SUPER BOWL this year, we’ve watched the play-off games together, and the love it.  Yay!  Since Matty rarely watches it with me, it is nice to have some company.


In other news, the boys Nonnie turned 60 this last week. It killed us with the planning, but we were able to keep her party a secret!!! I really don’t think she had a clue.  We had a “Sweet 60” party complete with her favorite Hello Kitty decorations and all pink. Everyone wore pink to the party (well, two guys wore more maroon, but other than that, all pink).  My mom had to do a change into pink half way through the party, but we got everyone into pink.  The boys were so excited and never spilled the beans.  They did go to bed at 7 with some tears, but they did fall asleep soundly despite the ruckus downstairs! They were kind enough to let us sleep in until 7:30 as well.  After going to the Green Iguana after the party, I was grateful!  Happy Birthday to my amazing Mom!  60 is just a number because you surely don’t act your age, and I mean that in the best possible way!  Thank you for teaching me to stay young at heart and having so much fun with the boys all the time!!!!  Love you!!!



This is the CAKE!  Can you believe it???!!??  I did not get a great picture of it before we cut it…but believe me, it was amazing!  Thanks Eli for taking care of the cake, I could never have picked a better cake!!!

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Lastly, Eli also had personalized M&Ms made for the event, they say “Sweet 60th” on them and have champagne glasses.  Cute.  It was sad that so many of my mom’s best friends and family live so far away and could not make it to the party, but it was great to see her so loved by all her friends in Florida.  She is truly a special woman!sweet 60th

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Where Does the Time Go?


Boys making their Grandies and Auntie special shirts! Peta was gracious enough to model it before leaving…and help me basically scrape off the puffy paint after we were done.  Two words, rubber – gloves – for the next time I get creative with non-washable paint!!!  We were excited to see Poppy in his special shirt tonight when we Skyped!


Wow, looking back on the past few months I have been lax on blogging. Time flies when you are having fun, I guess.  We’ve certainly have been busy. Auntie Peta finally made it home after a long flight turned into an even longer flight when her initial flight from TIA was delayed and thus caused her to miss her flight in Guam back home.  Ugh.  She really got back luck on the way back, but finally got back to Oz, and her luggage made it a few days later…and she spent New Year’s Eve on the plane! 

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The boys have been busy, and sick, and trying to get back into the swing of things not having Auntie Peta around to play with 24/7.   Instead of the mundane musings about the day-to-day stuff, I need to do a write up of our “favorite things” or at least some of the funny stuff coming out of these boys’ mouths lately.  Time really is flying, the boys are growing up so quickly.  In a few months they will be turning three, heading to preschool and I am sure making us laugh and cry with the new things they will come up, this dynamic duo they are.


Raleigh is continuing to be a real comedian.  He really does enjoy a good poo joke, and still loves to talk about his penis, but poo poo is the newest funny maker for him, yes, him, I tend not to laugh about poo.  However, yesterday when he informed me that his poopy looked like a pineapple, complete with the “pokeys” on time, I had to laugh.  Gus is a poopy inspector as well, he impressed me when he said his dootie looked like a “U.” Sure enough, I had to check it out as well, and it looked like a GIANT U!  Today, he said his looked like a manatee, so, yes, poop jokes are alive and well in the Hamilton household.

Augustus is really into his letters.  Or “word building” in the spirit of Word World.  He is able to recognize and point out many letters, A, R, U, X, M, B, O and C.  They are not into repeating the A, B, C, D song, so I’ll take it.  Better to know them rather than repeat a song, right?  Raleigh is not really into it yet, so I am not pushing it.  He does know the “R” for Raleigh and “X” for x marks the spot, like a pirate! Raleigh is like Daddy and about the numbers and has been able to count to 10 for almost a year now.  Gus, well, he always starts with two, then one, then five, and has the 7, 8, 9 down.   He is great to listen to when playing hide-and-go-seek!  Which, by the way, they love to play, and always hide in the same place during each and every “game.”  Usually under the blanket on the couch.  Hilarious, and they just giggle each and every time they “find” each other!

Here is a shot of the boys after completing their alphabet train puzzle from “Auntie” Kristy!  The LOVE it!!!


After a little over two months of really, really, really pushing limits at bedtime and nap time, we seemed to have gotten back into a routine that is less stressful on the parents, for now.  I know, each phase is short lived and can be fleeting.  We have started to lay off the time-outs and are focusing on consequences they understand and can articulate back to us.  The most helpful of consequences is to take away one toy at a time after giving them choices to do the right thing, or make a “good choice” instead of a “bad choice.”  It is great to hear them tell us what happens if they make a good choice, and vice versa.  The time-outs are usually used now when we need an immediate break in action; i.e. they are getting on each others nerves and pestering the heck out of each others as brothers tend to do, or not listening in a more dangerous situation (i.e. running away and not listening to stop).  Keeping your cool when they are testing you is hard stuff.  How do you moms do it all the time? We have some great friends with the calmest moms ever, and I just look at them in awe!  My goal this year is to enjoy every moment with these little guys and raise my voice less.  Pretty soon they will be in school part-time, then full-time and not so willing to give me a kiss all the time and call me “princess” and tell me they love me or answer that they love me, too, or love me more…heart breaking stuff.  I am trying not to sweat the small stuff, while still help instill the things they need to be the awesome little men that they are. 

Bikes.  We now have big boys bikes.  They are only 12 inches high, but they are real big boy bikes with helmets and all.  The boys love them, but are not too sturdy on them yet, so we are trying to keep them to the tricycles and big wheels for now.  However, Raleigh is almost a pro at his three wheeled scooter that was handed down to them.  Seriously, the kid’s got skills! 


Yes, Gus’ helmet is on backwards.  don’t ask.DSCF9536DSCF9589

In other funnies, today, words out of their mouth -

- “Mom, I am going to screw you” as Rals took a screwdriver to my leg.  Thanks, bud, that is so inappropriate on so many levels

- “I’m gonna be easy, Mommy.” as Raleigh took a hammer to his bench. Meaning, I am going to take it easy, not pound the living crap out of this thing.

- “Get out of my kitchen.” Raleigh to me as we were playing chef and I tried to enjoy my chocolate cake and “muff” cakes the boys made me.  Huh, do you think they know they cannot be in the kitchen when I am cooking?  Bite me in the bum that tone did!

- So not out of the mouth, but a great impersonation of me as Gus put the pretend cell phone to his ear and held it in his shoulder, and put his finger to his mouth when Raleigh tried to talk.  Just a silent shush and a great “mom” look. 

- “What, what, what, what, what, you doing?” From Augustus’ mouth any time he clearly wants to know what you are doing.  It is the funniest thing.  And the only time his adorable little stutter comes out.

- Me – “that’s mommy juice” when the boys asked what was in my wine cup. Gus “No, that’s “Peta juice.”  Ha, brilliant, yup, that’s right Gus, that is Peta (auntie) juice!


I know that I am missing a million other of the little things, but I hope the boys can read this stuff one day and laugh as much as I do on a daily basis.  Yes, even when I feel like I am talking to two brick walls who would rather ignore me than look me in the eye and answer a question – the joys of almost three year olds, right?  All in all, they are just awesome, crazy kids.  The crazy I will take.  I soooooooooooooo know where they get it from…



A glimpse into our future…DSCF9503DSCF9594

The Boys' First Month!