January 2011

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The “tunnel rats” were American, Australian and New Zealand soldiers who performed underground search and destroy missions during the Vietnam War.

Much like these guys…

Tunnel Rat Tunnel Rat

Tunnel Rat Tunnel Rat

Watch-out for booby-traps!

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Alex has really opened up in the last few days. Although he previously babbled and chattered incessantly, his message was incoherent. Of course, his twin brother, Adam, understood him perfectly, and the two would carry-on extensive conversations in, what was evidently, their super-secret twin language.

Anyway, the tubes in his ears seem to have opened the language floodgate because mom and dad are finally able to understand his speech. Among other things, he talks about his “truck,” the “ball,” and when he’s frustrated, he will utter the word…

Alex

( sigh )

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it’s still cold here!

Cold

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Last night it snowed a couple of inches; this morning I was up shoveling the drive at 5. We needed to be on-the-road by 6:15 for the boys 7:00 surgery appointment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia–a minor procedure to place tubes in their ears.

The Boys in Preop

Once out of the neighborhood, the roads were in pretty good shape, and we arrived at the hospital a little early. Alex and Adam were the first patients of the day, so we went right in to pre-op and changed the boys into their little yellow hospital gowns. The little yellow booties, dubbed “Big Bird Feet” by the CHOP nurses, didn’t stay on too long, as neither Alex nor Adam took a fancy to them (we swapped ’em out for their own little socks).

After their vitals and a short conversation with the doctor and the anesthesiologist, the nurse gave them some “giggle juice” (Versed) to soften their anxiety over being taken by the nurse for the operating table. It did make them both a little loopy–Alex more so than Adam.

The procedure for both boys was over in about 15-minutes. We joined Alex in the recovery room. He still had the airway in and was sleeping soundly. Adam soon joined us, and was before long, awake and crying–likely due to the disorientation he was experiencing. I stayed with Alex while Mommy consoled Adam. Alex awoke soon after, but wasn’t as upset as Adam was–thankfully.

After the post-op instructions from the nurse, we dressed the boys and were heading home once again.

I can only imagine what it must be like for the boys–especially Alex–to actually be able to hear sounds without it sounding like they’re underwater.

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Ring around the rosie

A pocketful of posies…

Ring around the rosie

ashes, ashes…

Ring around the rosie

We all fall down.

Ring around the rosie

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…whereas I investigate and attempt to capitalize on the boys interest in the 50’s western classic, Wanted: Dead or Alive.

Wild Wild West Once again, I’m in the basement with Alex and Adam. They’re playing with their toy cars on the table, the television is on Fox News and they don’t seem to care. I pique their interest as I open the cabinet and place a dvd in the player, but they return to their cars as I change the television input to HDMI. The dvd menu flashes on the screen and I select the pilot episode; the intro begins almost immediately. As the intro fades and the opening theme music begins, the boys are, just as before, pointing at the screen and scrambling to my lap. They sit there glued to the television for 5-minutes or so before their off, once again, to play with their toys.

Although their response to The Wild Wild West was similar, they didn’t demonstrate near the interest they did in Wanted: Dead or Alive. I’d say the result of the experiment in inconclusive, which means I need to do more research, which means that we’ll be watching more old television westerns.

I may never find an answer. 😉

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…Dead or Alive!

Wanted Dead or Alive It’s another Friday night, and me and the boys are in the basement chillin’ out. I’m sitting on the couch watching the toob while Alex and Adam play on their Little Tikes slide. I’ve had enough news for one day and ain’t really into another episode of The King of Queens, so I put on a great classic western: Wanted Dead or Alive with Steve McQueen.

The dvd starts spinning and the show begins. The intro trails off into the 15-second opening where the camera pans away from the sawed-off Winchester on McQueen’s leg, as he walks to the board in front of the sheriff’s office and pulls off a wanted poster. As the theme music begins, the boys turn their heads and point at the screen, then run over to the couch and climb up into my lap. They actually sit and watch a good portion of the show with me, talking and pointing.

It’s pretty interesting, really, that of all the things on TV, both network and dvd, that we’ve put on for the boys, they’d find this late 1950’s black-and-white television series the most appealing.

Are they my kids or what? 😉

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whereas the sun breaking through the clouds paints the winter sky with a warm glow.

Sunset

It’s the perfect time to shovel the driveway, which is of course, one of my favorite activities…ever! [ insert eye-roll here ]

Fortunately, Adam is coming down the drive to help me, although I don’t know how much help he’ll be without a shovel.

Shoveling the drive

Alex is not a big fan of the cold (much like his dad), preferring a practically snowless covered porch to the blanket of powdered water that is our front yard!

Alex

Adam doesn’t like his mittens, but he doesn’t like the chill on his fingers more!

Adam

Alex says bugger the chill because the only way to pick up a piece of ice is with a mitten-less hand…

Alex

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Adam’s hair has been the subject of conversation since the day he was born. His bushy little head of jet-black hair that soon developed into curls that then evolved (after a couple of haircuts) to a thick, helmet-like quiff that resembled a not-so-popular Chicago politician’s…

The Blago Look The Real Blago

“The Blago”

has now, thankfully, become a sort-of shag that resembles someone much cooler…

The Jett Look The Real Jett

“The Jett”

Hello, Daddy; Hello, Mom…

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…big surprise!

Snow in PA again

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