Thursday, May 19, 2011


What do you think they're saying in there? This is our first and probably only picture of the two babies head to head. It's my favorite ultrasound so far. By the end of my appointment, they had both done sommersaults :) I'm measuring 5-6 weeks ahead of a singleton pregnancy, i.e. it looks like my due date should be next month. ha! 3 1/2 more to go...

April in DC

Hi guys!

With every passing day, my belly grows bigger and our mobile time in the east draws to a close, so we're having a few final eastern hurrahs. We decided to spend a few days in DC at the museums with the boys. Our first stop (of course!) was the new Air and Space out by Dulles. My personal favorites were watching the take-offs / landings at Dulles from the mock control tower and this baby:
Next day we visited the Washington...
Highlights of the day included a very personable elephant
3 hung-over amigos
We also ran into some friends from Des Moines, the Iwaasas, as we were leaving. They're in Harrisburg for their residency and happened to be in DC the same week, at the zoo the same day. We went to the temple for a quick photo shoot and had dinner. So fun to see you guys!

Spring was so slow in coming to PA that we were completely taken with any bits of color
Then we tackled the Smithsonian. Most of our time in the museums felt a little like this:
But the boys ended up doing way better than I expected. I think they may have actually had a little fun! I know we did.

I liked seeing Julia's kitchen. Don't you love how every inch is used up, down to hanging framed artwork on the cupboard fronts?
The American History Museum had a fabulous little kid zone we could have played at .all day long. Here's James' concentration face (I'll be sad when this phase passes!):
His favorite musical marble tower:When we'd had enough indoor time, we grabbed lunch on the Mall. Can you tell the boys had been harassed to stay close to mom and dad a little too long?
hey. come back here.

We made our way past the Washington Monument and a perfect climbing tree:

Then finally down to see the cherry blossoms. Although we were there during the week predicted to be the peak for the blossoms, we spent most of our time looking at the cherry blossoms down below:
.in the water. They were completely done!

Except for one or two trees. But it was still very pretty.

That night, in an early celebration of Jer's bday, we went to Rosa Mexicano. I'm pretty sure it was the highlight of the week -- possibly even the month -- for Jeremy. Every bite was scrumptious and every penny well spent. Yum.

We ended our trip with a visit to the National Arboretum. Aside from the Bonsai, the park was forgettable. The Bonsai garden, however, I could have admired for an entire day. What an interesting artform. New to me, and I'm taken. I want to learn more! This one has been in training since 1625:

A few of them, like the one above and the few below, did more for my imagination than anything has since princess fairytales. These mini landscapes were by far my favorites.

Finally, a tree that illustrates how the following 6 weeks would be for us weather-wise. We thought Spring and warmth were here to stay, but instead we've had some rather blustery days. Glad we got to enjoy a week in the slightly warmer and springier "south."
We finished that week with such mixed feelings. Of course we're delighted about the upcoming additions to our family, but the boys were PERFECT the whole trip. It was so much fun, just the four of us! I know things will be much more complicated for years to come: more expenses, more tickets, more little running feet to follow. But lots of people promise it will be that much more fun. ...if we survive the first year... dun. dun. dun... At any rate, we're so glad we could take that week to spend with just our "four family." Wish you all could have joined us!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Working backwards

Too much to post (as always!)... I finally decided to start working backwards in small bites. Life is good! Babies are growing! *I'm* growing! We found out we'll have one boy and one GIRL!! 3 amigos and a princess. We're delighted.

Scotty's preschool had a little royal wedding party last Friday. The girls were invited to dress up in princess gear and the boys were kind of invited to dress up too. Scotty was convinced that he wanted to be a knight until I showed him the actual royal wedding that morning. Then I had my wish and all he wanted was to be a prince, not a knight. So we raided our goodwill pile and half and hour later Scotty donned his royal garb. He basked in the attention he got at preschool, in the neighborhood, and at yard sales the next morning. Any time I asked him to do something I got the reply, "I'm not SCOTTY I'm PRINCE WILLIAM." Here's our Bethlehem royalty:

The next day we had a different prince in the house. James turned 3! Poor little buddy had his special day on an abnormally busy day for the Tilton family, but I hope he still had fun. He spent all morning with dad while I went to a women's conference, then we went to a friend's party, which I think ended up being really fun for him -- it was at a park on a gorgeous day with a pinata, treasure hunt, and a fabulous cake (which I wouldn't have had the energy to do!). Then we came home exhausted, ordered pizza, put candles in some ice cream, and opened a few presents.

I have a hard time describing how I feel about our James. He's very much still a baby to me, and I find myself feeling shocked every time he says a full sentence. He still snuggles like a champ and has the squishiest little body and personality. He's mostly a sweetie, but he's learning how to hold his own. I find myself saying, "Scotty, run! Just run away!" more often these days. Scott's probably as surprised as I am when James retaliates. He ends up standing there, letting James have at him, crying. James' sweetness definitely prevails though, and he's a total charmer in public. We love him! I wish I could push pause on him right now.

Turning 3 meant graduating from Early Intervention and losing his awesome speech therapist Laure. He did end up qualifying for one day of a language-emphasis preschool nearby though, staffed by trained professionals, completely free, with busses, i.e. an answer to prayer! I'm pretty sure we qualified because of a very embarrassing pregnancy outburst a few weeks ago when I told the therapists evaluating him that he was most certainly not going to get any therapy come fall unless he qualified for the program...twins...overwhelmed...etc... I bawled! And I never bawl! I was mortified! His speech therapist was sure he wouldn't qualify but then they told me he was in. I just smiled and said thank you! Here's James' big first day. He was in HEAVEN. I was pretty sad to see him go, but I really did enjoy that morning home alone with just my Scotty. And it will be great for him. Just perfect!

Spring has finally sprung, and we had one day warm enough and dry enough to take some pictures. I feel like this care-free time with my boys is going by me much, much too quickly. I love my little men! We've been having a lot of fun together lately.