Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Card Table and a Blanket

I’m trying really hard not to complain – – really, I am – – but this winter will not end!  The temperature has not gone above 30 in several weeks – yikes!  It’s going to feel downright balmy when we hit 40 degrees.  I’m almost giddy just thinking about it.  The sun is feeling warmer these days, and I just know we’re going to turn the corner soon – – right?  RIGHT??!

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We had a winter like this 20 years ago when J & J were babies. Being my first winter as a stay-at-home mom, cabin fever would set in often.  I would bring my double stroller into the house, bundle babies in snowsuits, cover the stroller with warm blankets and head out the door.  Sometimes is was only a 20-minute walk – – shorter if the neighbors had not shoveled their sidewalks.  But it made all the difference to my day – – just a bit of fresh air and exercise not only made me feel like I had accomplished something, but I just felt better!

When the boys were toddlers and in pre-school, the blanket fort saved many a day!   All we needed was a card table (or two chairs back to back) and a blanket – – sometimes there would be a picnic, sometimes special stories or coloring and maybe a nap (if I was lucky). Hanging out in there was an adventure.

A blanket fort is magical!  It can distract even the crabbiest little one and save a mom’s sanity.  (Totally worth the mess vs. reward in my opinion.) Besides, any reason to act like a kid again is good for me 🙂  The forts became quite elaborate as the boys got older – – often they would use just about every blanket, sheet and cushion they could find – – sometimes duct tape too!  I knew I could count on some peace and quiet when a fort was in progress, and sometimes the fort would stay up for several days becoming a home unto itself.

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Two by Two

I started buying things in “twos” almost immediately after finding out I was having twins. It was a new way of thinking for me, and ironically it continues today. It probably started with things like animal crackers and juice boxes. I had to be sure to have the same item for each boy or risk a TT (temper tantrum). I couldn’t bear the thought that things would be unfair (gasp!).

I was grocery shopping last week and realized after 20 years I am still thinking in “twos.” Grocery shopping is not on my list of favorites, and I will often put it off until I absolutely must go. Then I find myself buying things in twos (maybe this is my subconscious taking over to prevent me from having to shop again soon).

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While I was standing in a very long line waiting to check out I started to analyze just how much time and energy grocery shopping really takes. I had to do something to entertain myself while my frozen items slowly defrosted. I figured out there are six actions for every item I put in my cart! Imagine you are a box of cereal – first I put you in my cart, then load you onto the belt, then you go back in the cart, then into the car, then into the house and finally into the cabinet. This must happen with every item I purchase! Now if you take into account that it’s snowing, the wind is blowing 40mph, and I have purchased two of many items, I think it’s safe to say this counts as my aerobic exercise for the day (maybe even for a couple days!). Imagine if I was getting paid to do this! I could be in the Bahamas right now – Ha!