The last few weeks have been a real blur. Two weeks without preschool, a major Jewish holiday, a really helpful and valued visit from Didi and Bop (grandparents) and a few medical issues, too. Here's a shot of our table, all set up for the first Passover seder. This year, we hosted two seders. They were not big or lavish, and it certainly was a lot of work! However, both of my boys had a fabulous time. They recited the four questions and were fabulous participants. They loved the seders and were truly disappointed when the first two nights were over.
I have a love-hate relationship with Passover, but here's a link to my Jewish Post & News column about that:
Culture Clash, Pesach, and Why We Do It
Note: Yes, there are two cups on our seder plate. They are both Elijah's Cups
because both boys made one at preschool. There's only supposed to be one cup, but I have twins. Oh well. Maybe next year one will be for Miriam instead!
Didi and Bop came to visit and brought lots of beautiful handmade gifts. Didi wove me a new shawl for winter out of some of my handspun. (I spun it and gave it to her so long ago that I cannot remember it...but then, I don't sleep much since having twins and can't remember anything anyway!) She used her triangle loom--I love these shawls, this is my second. I aired it out on the porch in the sunshine. Warm sunny days are such a novel thing right now that everyone has to be photographed and enjoyed...
We had lots of fun outings, good food, and playtime with grandparents, and both boys were thrilled. Having the extra adults around has been very helpful for us, too! We will miss you, Didi Bop!
Over the last few weeks we've had a bunch of medical stuff, and it has reminded me of the respite we had this winter. (thank goodness for breaks in this stuff, it is stressful.) The good news is that everything is fine. I've had a couple of growths removed from my arm--resulting in a pretty big Frankenstein scar that the boys remain vigilant about. Sally the dog has now racked up about $2000 in vet bills--she also had a growth removed, plus what seems like an ear infection. She is doing ok, but it is a little reminder that our dogs are getting older. We need to take care of them now; they take very good care of us.
Finally one of our twins had a minor surgery. He is doing very well and started right back at preschool this week. Hurray!
Last but not least, I came across a couple of really good articles on parenting. One is about twins, and while our situation was not so severe and our twins were not born premature, it expresses a lot of the struggles that we have faced...and it is a beautiful piece of writing that includes bugs, the professor's favorite, so here it is:
The Loveliness of Ladybugs
Here's the second. This is a very good analysis piece about mothering and its depiction in the media. It's particularly relevant to me because many people have urged me to write more about my experiences. Yet, when I do, I can't get anyone to publish it. It seems as though nobody actually wants to hear about the real nitty gritty when it comes to any difficulties in twin parenting. This article indicates that I am really not alone...and again, it's a good read.
Glass Half Full
Hope you are enjoying sunshine and some signs of spring!
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