Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Coolest Kid...Ever

I have often stated that Ainsley is the coolest kid ever, and tonight she proved it once and for all. She comes up to me holding a plastic necklace, a cameo like thing with a bald headed baby. She proceeds to tell me that she has started a new club, a club of the best dads in the world. She then said:

"You are probably wondering why I am holding this necklace, it's because I want you to be a member of my club because you are the best dad in the world".

She then places the necklace over my head and kisses me. How cool is that? She is so awesome. I mean really...

Of course she did turn around and give the same speech to Christy. But still...

1+1

Twins = 1 Girl + 1 Boy = Very Excited Dad!!

Of course mom is excited too as is Ainsley. Now comes the task of naming the little tikes...that's a whole other issue.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Gift of Space

When we learned that we were having twins a lot of thoughts ran through our head. Most of them revolved around sleep and the impending lack thereof. However, as the news started to sink in we starting realizing exactly what it meant to have twins. Two of everything is really an overwhelming task. As we compiled this list it dawned on us that many things needed changing...one of which is our car. We can't fit three car seats into either of current cars (an 1989 Honda Accord and a 1995 Chevy Blazer). So we started looking into minivans. It was a sad day...we had finally succumbed to the fact that we were minivan drivers. We started dialing in our wants, needs, desires and so forth. Part of that process was polling other mothers, most importantly other mothers of mulitples, and finding out what they used, what they liked, didn't like, wish they had and so on. The end result is a small race between the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna. Christy was sold on the Sienna from the get-go and I was sold on the Honda. Much like the house I would eventually come around and decide on the Toyota as well.

One of the first things we learned is that minivans, Toyotas and Hondas in particular, really hold their value. A used minivan is almost as much as a new one. Which is great for those people who have already purchased a minivan...not so much for those of trying to join the fold. After hearing of our test drives, our reviews and our dilemma my parents stepped up huge. They offered to pay for half of a new van. Half. 50 percent. 1/2. That is insane! We can now have a new van for the price of a used van. We can now get the 8 passenger model, with the 120284 cup holders, the folding seats, and power sliding door, bug shield and leather interior (a must when you have kids I think). We now have the space we need to carry three car seats and the stuff required to support those that ride in those three car seats. They have given us the gift of space. Space to hold the kids, space to hold the kids stuff, space to move comfortably, space to...be. We are very excited and again are put in the position of not knowing how to thank someone.

For someone like myself who doesn't accept help very well at all, the last week has been pretty overwhelming as I have received copious amounts of help from just about everyone I know. It has been fantastic and humbling and I am very thankful for the experience.

The Gift of Time

Late last week the closed on our new house. A 1969 4 bedroom, 2 bath house, a little shy of 1700 sqft. Christy fell in love with it the first time she saw. I, on the other hand, took some convincing. Nonetheless I did come around and am getting pretty excited about it. We are in the fortunate scenario of moving into an empty house, so we can take care of a lot of things before moving in. It really is amazing how much easier it is to do painting and flooring projects without furniture. Sure that sounds like a 'no dah' statement, but the level of complexity this removes is pretty big.

When we first started laying out the things we wanted to get done before moving in we were in the fantastic position of being able to stay in our current apartment as long as we needed, no pressure to move, thus giving us an open timetable on the new house projects. This was made mostly possible by the fact that my parents own the apartment that we are in and are in no hurry to see Ainsley move. Just as we settled on our list, a real nice couple of Wenatchee decided they wanted to move into our apartment when we move. Well, actually before that. They are moving into the apartment on June 23rd. This, of course, changes our "open" timetable quite a bit. We now have to get most of these projects done prior to moving day which is now the 20th of June. Yikes!

Enter the retirees. My Aunt and Uncle have graciously volunteered to help paint, even when we aren't there. Of course with Christy being 20 weeks along she really can't help, so it was up to me to get all of the painting done. They started on Friday and got a lot of work done. Saturday they came back and my dad was with them. We cranked out a lot of work in about 5 hours. Sunday my Aunt came back, my mom and dad both were there, our friends from Portland came up and when it was all said and done on Sunday night we had two the living room and dining room completely done. The master bedroom is 97 percent, the main bathroom is 90 percent, the hallway is 95 percent and the rest on the house is primed and ready to got. We made so much progress today that I believe we may finish by the end of this coming week. A feat that I had no hopes of accomplishing on my own.

When thanking all of the helpers my Aunt said "Time is what I've got, that's what I can give". How incredible that is, because all of their gift of time results in more time for me to do other things...Like tend to other family stuff, work, exercise and most importantly finish on time!!

I am trying to formulate what gifts to present to everyone once this project is over...But how exactly to you thank someone for something so ethereal as time?

The house is really coming together great and I am getting really excited about the whole thing. The colors we chose are turning out great, everything is warm and relaxing, blending well with other colors and generally making the house into ours.

Ainsley is really getting acquainted with the back yard and has professed that it is her favorite part of the new house. It makes me pretty happy to see her run around and enjoy it so much. Feeling happiness from other people being happy is a glorious thing - I suspect that it is what all of our volunteers are feeling as well.