Friday, April 06, 2007

Getting Braver

I've been getting a little more brave and decided to take the girls with me *gasp* today to meet some friends for lunch. Normally I wouldn't be so inclined to take them anywhere without my traveling entourage. But, I figured I can do this. Right? And I flew without a safety net. NO STROLLER. Yikes.... My biggest fear was that they would run in two different directions once we got inside the restaurant. They didn't. Surprise, surprise. Maybe it was because it was a new place or was it that stern talk I had with them before we got there? Hmmm.....

But before we got to the restaurant we did have to jump through a few hoops. I knew we needed to leave the house by 11:00am (knew this was never going to happen on a good day...) if we were going to make it by noon. I went upstairs to change and thought it would be perfectly ok to leave the girls unattended for a few minutes. I mean, how much damage could they do in just a few minutes?! I dressed hurriedly and ran back downstairs. There the girls were standing naked down to their diaper and laughing. Aaaah. You ever have one of those feelings like you just can't move quick enough? And to top it off Abbey had a major poo which meant another delay. I finally got them re-dressed and in the car.

I had a great time with my girlfriends Crissy and Heather and little Ashley. Believe it or not the girls were almost perfect. My girlfriends wanted to take pictures as this was not a Rony they once knew. ha ha... The girls followed me in the restaurant as I said "follow the leader". Crissy and Heather thought that was pretty humorous. Like I'm really in charge?! Katie and Abbey did share with them what mommy says, "no, no, no" and they even shook their little fingers like I do. We all got a big laugh out of that.

An elderly couple stopped by the table to comment on how well behaved and adorable they were. They shared with us that they had adopted twin daughters from Japan as babies and they had just turned 21 and were finishing up college. I felt so much compassion towards this couple that I did not know. I know what we had to endure to finally have our family I can't imagine what it must have been like so many years ago.

We managed to finish up before there were any real explosions or melt downs from the girls. I was holding my breath and saying a silent prayer. We had a quiet ride home. Katie caught a couple zzzzz's and Abbey was on her cell phone all the way home. Who was she talking to?

They have been entertaining daddy this evening which always cracks me up.......


Cindy said...

Oh Rony, what a perfect outing. I know you're holding that one close
'cause (from what you hint at and from what I know is real-life...), it just doesn't always turn out that good. And what fun that you met that couple w/ the 21-year olds. Inspirational, isn't it? I've not yet ventured out with two-in-tow-and-no-stroller. And, in fact, I've always had my entourage, too. Maybe one can wish.
Your pics are great....esp the ones in the car seat on the way home.
Happy Easter Weekend,
Cindy said...

Cindy, so, so true. WE are (as a family) all going out tomorrow. It will be fun as we don't get to do it that often. I always work on the weekend which really stinks.....

Happy Easter weekend too you!


lujie said...

~~Hello Rony!
I think you live the happy life now. Everybady in the pictures are happy, especially the twins.
I give the best wish for you.^0^

mommy24treasures said...

thanks for the compliment on my blog. I so know the feeling with what you are saying in this post! When my virtual twins Jacob and Chloe were 1 2 3 heck even 4 I would not venture out much, to do these type activities either. So yep you were indeed brave! Love your sense of humor!

Cyndi said...

Your girls are so cute! I wanted to mention that they aren't buckled in safely though. I'm Mom to 4, and found out a year ago. Here's the website:

Q56: Where should the chest clip (harness retainer tie) be on my child?

It should be across the chest, at ARMPIT LEVEL. It should not be on the neck or tummy. This clip itself does not protect during a crash. Its job is to keep the harness straps in the correct position before a crash.

Q57: Can my child wear a winter coat in their carseat?

Generally, no. For safety, the harness straps must remain tight on the child's shoulders regardless of any clothing. You can put a blanket over the child, OUTSIDE the harness straps or put your child's coat on backwards after they are in the seat. For infants in cold weather, an aftermarket "cozy" that zips over the infant carrier rather than fitting under the child is another solution.

Hope this helps! They're adorable!