We had a great vacation, but it’s really nice to be back. Especially in my own bed. Without 4 other people.
Since we did a lot in a few days, I thought I would break up the posts. So, here we go…
After doing a billion loads of laundry, packing it all up, getting a surprise visitor (my wonderful friend and her twins from MN, also on their way to Twins Days,)
and tie dying shirts like a madwoman (theme for Twins Days was “Groovy Woodstock,”) we were all ready to go by 7:30 am on Friday morning. We didn’t want to hit traffic in Chicago, but we also needed to arrive at a certain time. The TTTS Foundation was having their 25th anniversary dinner at our hotel.
The drive wasn’t toooo bad. My husband and I had the twins in our car, and my parents had our 4-year-old. We stopped at a rest area to let everyone run around a bit, change diapers, and get gas. Other than that, we pretty much just drove. I alternated between relaxing in the front seat to the sounds of screaming and “mommy, mommy, mommy,” to squishing myself in the back between to car seats singing “Old MacDonald.” I ran out of farm animals by the 10th rendition, but the twins didn’t seem to mind.
We got little lost right before reaching our destination, but we still made it on time. As soon as we got to the parking lot, twins were everywhere. There were also people I recognized from my support group on Facebook. I have to admit it was all pretty surreal. And cool.
We checked into our room, everyone changed, then we headed down to the dinner. The first person we spotted was our hero Dr. De Lia. I think he was most excited to see my 4 year old, since he got to know him at my frequent ultrasounds for the twins.
I also got to meet Mary, the founder of the TTTS Foundation, and many other lovely families who were all effected by this dreadful disease. Even though I wish we didn’t all have to meet because of these circumstances, I did love getting to meet them in person. It felt like a family reunion.
We talked, ate dinner, the kids got balloon animals, took tons of group pictures, then let loose on the dance floor. Watching all those kids on the dance floor was definitely a highlight of the weekend.
Since the twins usually go to bed around 6:30 pm, and we stayed at the dinner until 9 pm, we had some crabby babies on our hands. They also don’t nap well in the car, so you can guess what they did next. I took our 4-year-old to the pool for an hour.
He loved it! He had on one of those floaty things with the arm bands, so he was not afraid at all. He made friends with some cute twin boys, and then a few of our friends from the dinner came down too.
Luckily for me, the pool closed down at 10 pm. I was pretty tired from the day of driving, then all the nervous excitement of meeting all those wonderful people. Plus, we had the Parade and Twins Days in the morning…..to be continued.