Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A weekend of firsts!

Ayden playing at Aunt Julia's

Ashton was anxious to open the gifts!

The grandkids!

At the hotel.

At the hotel

What a weekend! It started early Friday morning with Ayden's first tooth breaking through and continued throughout the weekend. We left after breakfast to head to Kansas City to celebrate Christmas with the Kitsmiller's. The road trip went great. We stopped in Carthage, MO for lunch. I'm sure it was quite a site...Me sitting in the middle of the backseat breastfeeding the boys and eating Long John Silvers (multitasking is a MUST for a mommy of twins!), Jeff sitting in the front sit, with both car seats, eating his lunch. We arrived at the hotel just after 3:00pm. This was the boys first stay in a hotel. We were very prepared and the boys adjusted pretty well. Grandma and Grandpa Kitsmiller, Aunt Amy and Karen arrived after dinner. The next "first" came at bath time. The boys had their first bath in a "big bathtub". We brought our travel bath but this did not sit well with Ashton! He got the second bath so the padding was a little cool and this made Ashton a very cranky little guy! He remembered this the next night and got upset before I could even put him down to show him that I had it warm for him! Needless to say, this was one short bath! Our next "first" was jarred baby food. Again, this did not go well. The only food the boys have had is what I have made for them. We knew it would be difficult to travel with this so we bought jarred food. We won't be doing that again! Ashton has always been a spitter so it was not much of a surprise when he spit up some of his dinner the first night. Ayden was the surprise. I may never get the stain out of his new outfit! He continued to spit up on Saturday and left a big orange stain on Aunt Julia's carpet (Sorry Julia and Larry!) By Saturday evening we were done with baby food and stuck with the ripe bananas and baby cereal we brought with us. I think their little tummies are better now, but we learned our lesson and we will be taking our own food to the other grandparents' house this weekend! And their last "first" was the very exciting act of opening their first Christmas gifts! The boys were spoiled with books, clothes, and toys. But, of course, their favorites were the boxes, tags, and wrapping paper! Overall it was a great weekend spent with family! The boys did great with all the changes. The hardest part of the weekend was naps. The boys have to have their cribs or pack and plays to sleep. We did not have either at Aunt Julia's so the only morning nap they got was the 20 minutes it took to get from the hotel to her house. By the afternoon we knew it would not be pretty if they did not get some sleep. Aunt Amy finally got Ayden to sleep on her "Magic Chest" and I rocked Ashton to sleep. Daddy said no one could move until they woke up. :) So, we didn't! The boys slept about an hour and a half and were good for the day. The first night we had some sleeping issues but the second night we all slept great! We were well rested and ready for the drive home. This trip went just as well as the first, but it was MUCH colder. The wind chills in MO were near -20 F! This made the lunch stop home interesting! We had the same set up as the trip up but this time we tried to do it all without getting out of the car! Getting from the front seat to the back, transferring car seats and changing diapers in your lap all make for a fun trip traveling with twins!

We had a great Christmas celebration and want to thank our family for the wonderful food, gifts and company!

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