Last night HN worked late and we were able to go meet some good friends for a nice dinner. Chicken had a big fat birthday gift certificate here and we ate it all up. We hadn’t seen this couple since the twins were about 2 months old–it had been a LONG time! I just love reconnecting with old friends (and seeing movie stars–we spotted Mary Louise Parker of Weeds dining al fresco in the WV. She looked distraught.)
The weather here has been unseasonably warm and we walked to dinner and back-about 40 minutes each way. It seemed a bit silly to pay for a sitter to walk around, but oh, it was so nice to enjoy the warm night air and remember how alive this city is on a Friday night.
Anytime I get dressed up (and showered!) to go out at night, one of my first thoughts when I step out is “no one knows I’m a mother of twins”. I don’t exactly know why I think that. Maybe it’s because that’s what seems to define me these days and anytime I’m out, I’m pushing a double stroller.
I guess I feel like I’m tricking people, by just looking like a normal lady out for the night. It makes me feel a little sneaky. I like it.
Today, we had a whole family of visitors come–Chicken’s dad, Gaybro, Brother, SIL and their baby (who is 2 weeks older than the twins). The house was full of love and laughter and I had a glimpse to how it must be to live in a big family–chaotic, but wonderful at the same time.
We walked in the parks, took the boys on the swings, played with toys. They all got to see what it’s like raising a baby in Manhattan and they were impressed and envious with all of the baby-friendly parks and options in our neighborhood. I think they might come down more often now. We hope so. It was one of the best family days we’ve ever had and I would love for them to make it a once a month outing (except for the Gaybro who lives in Paris, of course).
We really want our boys to spend quality time with family and get to know their cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. It’s days like this that make us think about buying a house in a progressive upstate town and just being close to family. This idea comes and goes. For now, we’re here and very happy. I cannot predict the future. Anything could happen!