It’s been a pretty hectic week, so I apologize for keeping you all waiting for the final installment of our trip. Since it was their actual due date this week, the twins have decided to put the term “terrible twos” into full effect. More on that tomorrow.
For now, a look back at the rest of the trip…
First stop at Twins Days was the TTTS Foundation Booth. Mary, the founder, runs a booth every year to spread awareness about this disease. It was actually surprising to me how many twins don’t even know about Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. While it is a rare disease, it is very serious, and every woman pregnant with twins needs to be aware of it and its’ signs. Not only does Mary fight to inform people, but she fights in honor of the son she lost 25 years ago. Her surviving twin son was at the Anniversary taking videos and photos to document the event. She even put Dr. De Lia to work blowing up balloons!
Speaking of balloons, they were about one of the only things that kept the twins from melting down. When they lost their charm, they were followed by suckers, followed by popsicles, then even a trip to the playground. Did I mention that everyone went to bed waaaaay past their bedtime the night before, and didn’t sleep very well?! That, plus having to be strapped in a stroller did not make for happy babies.
We tried our hardest to enjoy Twins Days, but after trying all of the above, plus letting the twins fun free, plus more food, we decided we needed to get back to the hotel for a nap. We did browse a lot of booths, saw tons of twins (some in really cool costumes,) talked to a lot of people about TTTS, and even got our picture taken by someone from the NY Times. So, even though it was short, it was a success.
We missed out on the group picture from the TTTS Foundation, but I did get a cute one of all the survivors the night before.
The rest of our trip went by in a blur.
After naps, the kids all went swimming, then everyone went to bed early (well, really on time.) After breakfast, and goodbyes to our friends, we headed to St. Joseph, MI. It was about 5 hours from Twinsburg, and broke up the drive home. Plus, there was a beach. And a cool chalk drawing show.
After we got the sand out of our everything, we ate pizza in our hotel room. Also, Red Vines. Which, in case you are wondering, are not a good idea on white sheets.
Again bedtime was a huge challenge. The twins are used to sleeping in the same room as each other, but not in the same room as everyone else. Needless to say, my little guy finally went in the pack ‘n play, while me and the other two laid in bed. Dad went to the bathroom with his phone and a beer. Not joking.
After littering the floor with cereal and chasing every other person from the breakfast room, we left for our final destination.
It was only about a half hour drive to a city called Michigan City, OH. We went there to stay in a Casino because my parents, who were traveling with us, enjoy recreational gambling. We figured that since they came along to help out, it would be a fun stop for them.
The only problem was that by the time we got there, couldn’t check in right away, couldn’t find a place to eat, couldn’t find anything to occupy the kids, everyone was super duper crabby. I think we were all just ready to be home. In our own beds. In our own rooms.
But, everyone did get a chance to gamble (No! Not the children, silly,) and the rooms at the hotel were really nice. My oldest got a chance to go swimming again, and I got to go shopping…both fun (outlet mall) and necessary (grocery store.) No one made any big money, but everyone broke even. Well, almost everyone.
After one last night of musical beds, we drove for 2 and a half hours and made it home. Aaaaahhhhhhhhh. Home Sweet Home.
Until next year, Twinsburg!