I was sitting in the departure lounge at the airport, waiting to fly to Ottawa to see an old friend (old in that we’ve been friends for a long time, not that she’s old – not that there’s anything wrong with being old 😉 ). As I sat, I watched my 7 year-old twins play, and I couldn’t help thinking back to how different it was to travel with my twins when they were little. I realized that I’d learned some lessons that might help others.
Out of that walk down memory lane came these 5 Tips for Flying with Twins, plus 3 Tips for Selecting a Flight 🙂 .
Some of the tips I learned the hard way. Okay, I pretty much learned all of them the hard way 😉 .
Continue reading “DOUBLE TROUBLE IN FLIGHT – 5 Tips for Flying with Twins + 3 Tips for Choosing a Flight”
I know that I say this a lot, but parenting twins is tough. Actually parenting in general is tough. It’s essential to get some tricks in your toolbox. So, today I give you a TWIN HACKS: creating your own audiobooks.
Feel free to use the HACK with any kids not just twins 😉 !
We’ve always tried to limit the amount of screen time our twins are allowed; especially when they were little. But, every parent needs some down time, even if it’s just so you can get dinner cooked.
With twins, getting a free moment to get anything done is challenging. Someone always needs you for something. Enter the audiobook. Continue reading “TWIN HACKS – Creating Your Own Audiobooks For Kids”
The introduction of twins into my life was akin to inviting two tornadoes into my home.
The chaos feels constant.
I try to remind myself to keep it simple – SIMPLIFY is my new catch phrase (or maybe it’s more like a coping mechanism). But it’s not always easy.
And I’m learning that birthday parties are no exception.
Continue reading “TWINS – One birthday party or two? A lesson in simplifying”
I recently saw a poster with the following quote:
And while I was unable to figure out whom to attribute the quote to, it doesn’t lessen the truth of the words.
However, bicycling isn’t always that simple – enter my twins. Continue reading “I’VE GOT TWINS – The evolution of biking”
When I decided to embark on PROJECT BACKPACKING with my 6 year-old twins, my mind immediately turned to trying to figure out EXACTLY what I needed to take for TWO NIGHTS on a wilderness beach.
Of course, it isn’t really earth shattering news that figuring out what to take on a backpacking trip is both important and tricky – this can be said about almost any trip, especially where space is limited. Continue reading “BACKPACKING WITH YOUNG TWINS – What was in our packs?”
At the heart of PROJECT BACKPACKING (Learn more about the birth of PROJECT BACKPACKING) was the question:
CAN I SUCCESSFULLY GO BACKPACKING WITH MY 6 YEAR-OLD TWINS?
The short answer is YES! I just have to do things a little differently than when I go with my husband or friends.
The long answer would be the subject of another blog posting. But read on for the lessons learned backpacking to Mystic Beach with my 6 year-old twins.
Continue reading “BACKPACKING WITH MY YOUNG TWINS – 12 lessons learned”
The day of our inaugural backpacking trip had finally arrived. The plan was for the twins and me to hike to Mystic Beach to camp right on the beach for two nights. It was just me and two six year-olds with our packs on our backs. That’s right, I’m going backpacking with twins!
What could go wrong?
Continue reading “BACKPACKING WITH TWINS – Mystic Beach”
My twins were still pretty little when the itch to get back out into the wild began to be unbearable. But as amazing as my double stroller was, it was useless for rugged hiking trails. How was I going to do it? I needed to figure out “hiking by stages.”
I immediately went to the internet and started a ‘googling’ frenzy; I can be pretty focused when I’m on a mission – one might venture to say obsessed even. The thing was, I couldn’t really find anything on the internet about hiking with infant twins. My conclusion was that there wasn’t any information out there, and I was on my own to figure it out.
I’m refusing to acknowledge the possibility that I just completely sucked at using internet search engines.
So, I’m here to share with WHAT I LEARNED about hiking with infant and toddler twins.
Continue reading “THE LOGISTICS OF TWINS – Hiking by stages”
Having twins makes everything harder, especially when their young. Does that mean you have to give everything up? Or can you be an active parent of twins?
When I first saw the two little bean-shaped beings on the ultra-sound and realized that we were having twins, I was elated.
My first thought was that this was one of the most amazing things that could’ve happened to us at this moment in time. I mean every little girl that dreams about having a baby secretly dreams about how perfect it would be to have twins, right? And getting pregnant hadn’t been easy for us (thus seeing our two babies for the first time when they were only a few weeks old and looked like beans instead of humans).
Plus, let’s not forget that I wasn’t getting any younger; so, two at once was just right.
My second thought was do I have to give up the active lifestyle that I love because how on earth can I take two babies hiking let alone backpacking? And obviously, I can’t take them on my bike once they out grow the trailer…
Continue reading “AN ACTIVE PARENT OF TWINS – It’s all about logistics”