Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mom's night out ... Babies!

Friday I met up with a group of mom's from SF POM for a ladies night out at the Kabuki (hands down my favorite theater) to see Babies.  It was pretty funny - us, a group of tied mom's of twins, headed in to see a show about babies while the rest of the theater was buzzing with 20 and 30 somethings in heels and feathers going to see Sex and The City (which I'm going to Tuesday). 

The movie was awesome!  There was no talking and it covered the first year of life for a baby in San Francisco, one in Africa, one in Mongolia, and one in Tokyo.  Wow do SF babies have it lush!  It was eye opening looking at the mom groups compared to the women in Africa sitting under trees singing to their babies.  It was also pretty amazing seeing all of the babies crawl around the same time, get frustrated at toys (or rocks) not working, and love their parents.

After the movie we went to the bar next door to catch up.  At the table next to us were a group of girls partying it up for one of the girls' bachelorette.  It was a funny juxtopasition - 6 moms with bags under our eyes and milk pukes on our sweaters (hot) next to 6 late twenty somethings with lacy panties hanging off of them.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Oh what a weekend!

The weekends go much too fast - always, but this one seemed especially speedy.  Friday after getting ready for work ...

And after a very long day, we had no plans which was nice - we had a nice night in with the boys. 

Saturday my dad came over and brought the BEST greens from the garden and eggs from his chickens.

Initially, on Sunday I was going to do a 25k, but after a bad run on Thursday I decided to give racing a break.  Instead I met up with GGRC on Sunday for a much shorter run and an awesome brunch.  I'll admit, the brunch was the driver for the run - we went to El Preso's house where the GGRC babies crawled and played on the giant tramp (the newest baby at just 3 weeks slept), and we ate ... and ate ... and ate. 

Sunday night Rob and Emily came over for a mellow Mexican dinner and they regaled us with stories from the Black and White Ball. 

All in all, a great weekend!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dance dance revolution - baby style

Getting the boys ready for daycare in the morning is a ... challenge.  They typically wake up at 6 and I try to entertain them before 6:30 (their breakfast time - we're all about schedules).  I used to be able to sit them on the couch while they eat (drink their bottles) and brush my teeth, but Wilson has learned to jump off the couch (or tip dip off) so now we all eat on the floor (they eat, I brush).  Then I change their diapers, get the boys dressed, and set them up with toys while I try to get dressed.  Inevitably one or both of them poop in their fresh diaper so we start the changing/dressing process again.  Post change, one or both of them proceeds to puke on me, so I too need to change.  All in all, a juggling act.

But then the fun begins - in the 5min before walking down to daycare, the boys stand in their chair while I sit behind them and we all watch the city go by ... this is my favorite time of day.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: 10-minute white bean soup

Some days there just isn't time to cook a "proper" dinner.  Today was definitely one of those days - I don't know where the hours went but between work, the gym, work, baby time, and work, there wasn't much time. 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 small green squash
  • 1 can white beans
  • 1/2 bunch basil
  • Parmesian to taste
  • 2 slides prosciutto
 The deets:
  • Saute onion in the oil
  • Add 1/2 tomato
  • Add squash
  • Let veg simmer until soft
  • Add white beans in the liquid from the can
  • Simmer for 7-minutes
  • Bowl with basil, the other half of the tomato, parmesian and prsciutto
  • Eat and enjoy!
 The best part?   If you buy 1 more can of white beans you can mix it with the other half of the basil and a pinch of parmesian for an awesome baby food mixture for the week.  Wilson and Cole LOVE their white bean soup.

Why it's good?  You get a killer kick of fiber, protein, and carb from the beans, meat and veg.  You also get an instant faux trip to Greece through your pallet.  Yum!

Monday, May 10, 2010

My new favorite holiday: Mother's Day

Yesterday was Mother's Day and it has quickly become my new favorite holiday - this being my first Mother's Day, it was the first time I got to celebrate.  Mother's Day far surpasses birthdays - birthdays we don't "work" for, Mother's Day we work/live/love/laugh/stay awake for. 

The weekend started with dinner with some of our friends from daycare at our favorite local Mexican restaurant.

Saturday I took the boys for a quick 3-mile run while Matt went rock climbing (just as we were making our way around Chrissy Field the wind picked up in full effect - wind + double Bob + 40lbs of babies = tough running!).

Sunday (M-Day), after the boys' first bottle and play time, we headed to Blue Bottle (hands down best coffee in SF - the fact that all the people who work there have mustaches, wear horn rimmed glasses and pencil pants, and have their single track bikes chained up outside is commical, but for the caffein packed deliciousness I'm in!).  Post coffee we were off to Cole Valley to drive aroiund and dream about being rich enough to live there.  We hit up a nice backery and then the park before heading to SOMA for more "site seeing."

The first Mother's Day gift?  Matt made me a bookmark with pictures of us and our boys on both sides.  I've never cried after opening a gift, after this one, I was balling and smiling.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: caprese salad

I love caprese salad. You have your sweet tomatoes, mixed with the kick of basil, topped with creamy mozzarella - delicious!  Tonight we made a great caprese with tomatoes from our corner market (who happens to sell produce to all the local restaurants) and the BEST mozzarella from Trader Jos.

"Grown up" dinner aside, we used leftover tomatoes and basil to make the boys' food mixing them with white beans and parmesean.  Yum!  Cole hummed the entire dinner.  Wilson ate it just so he could quickly move on to fruit (his fav).

Crawling, and reading, and dancing - oh my!

What a week (and it's only Tuesday)!

Wilson learned to crawl ... yes, crawl!

Cole has taken to reading (every time we read the boys their good night book, Cole murmers the entire time).  Cole has also turned into our dance-a-holic.  This afternoon we were etting some grub for my work party tomorrow, and while in the Mexican restaurant, Cole was grooving to the guitar solo.

What amazing little men.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Found time

This weekend we had a packed schedule - a walk/race with friends Saturday morning, then a twin brunch, then a dinner.  Because the boys were sick, and Wilson's eyes were gooey, we cancelled the walk and brunch - we didn't want to infect anyone.  It's always a little weird going from packed to nothing ... and really nice. 

We kicked off Saturday with Blue Bottle (hands down best coffee), then we were off to cruise the city.  We're looking at where we might move next and while we're not ready to leave SF, we are ready to leave North Beach.  We made it over to Ocean Beach to "chill" with the boys. 

Then we were off to the zoo.  The boys got to kick back in their strollers while Matt and I got excited about the penguins and chimps. 

Finally, it was back home for lounging and napping in the back yard (all of us).

Today was a lot more mellow.  I went out in the morning to pick up some boxes of Luna bars (the season kicks off pretty soon and Luna gives us bars to share with the runners which is awesome). Back home we spent the day between playing in the back yard and the living room.  Ryan (Wilson's godmother) stopped over, then a co-worker, and finally my parents for dinner. 

All in all, a great weekend.

Inspired: triathlon

This afternoon while on a short 3 miler, I ran into a group of athletes coming back from Escape from Alcatraz - they were clearly tri athletes as they sported the running suite (swimsuit crossed with a running top) and were pushing bikes and, most importantly, proudly wore their medals from this morning.  I am awed by triathletes - the triple threat is just awesome to me.  I've done one tri - See Jane Tri - a sprint a few years back.  The swimming is a killer ...

The pride on the athletes' faces as they hobbled home got me thinking ... maybe it's time for me to tri again ...

Here are the ones I'm thinking on - anyone have CA tri recommendations?
Vineman - July 31
Santa Cruz tri - Sept 26
Tri, Girl, Tri - Oct 9