Friday, May 01, 2009

May Day Birthday!

I am not a parent, but 14 years ago I was lucky to become an Auntie. My twin nephews were born 7 weeks early, which isn't unusual for twins. At the time I was living in Houston, but I had scheduled my summer trip to be here as soon as school got out, so when I got here they had only been home for the hospital for a couple weeks and were still in their "preemie" clothes. They were so tiny that I could hold two in one arm! I'd put the larger one up high near my shoulder and rest the smaller one's head on his brother's tummy. Then I could carry two bottles in my other hand. In the picture below during this visit. They are both in 1 high chair and there's still room!I loved those babies so much that I cried when it was time to return to Houston, and I'm even misting up writing this, which is unlike me. It was obvious to me that this was a turning point in my life, so after much thinking and discussing, I decided to move back to New England to be a part of their lives growing up. This is a decision I've never regretted.It's been 14 years of decorating Christmas trees, sleep overs, crafts, vacations, movies, and live theater, which I love to do for their birthday or Christmas gift. Last year we went to Blue Man Group.They are becoming fine young men, at least when they're out in public LOL, and my sister and BIL have given them many tools for getting through life and making good decisions. Even with their sometimes annoying teenage-isms, they are great company and a super help to me around my house.Washing windows (They washed my neighbor's on the other side of the duplex, too.)Hanging curtains - Oh, the arguments about symmetry and draping! We may have some budding designers here.And supposedly breaking down boxes. No matter how old they get, all boys love to play with boxes!
Here's to many more fun birthdays for Frick & Frack! Next up, it's MY birthday on the 13th!
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9 comments:

imjacobsmom said...

Oh Elizabeth they are so cute (well, handsome now). They were so tiny and sweet! I am glad you decided to stick around and share in their lives. I am sure they are all the richer for it! Wishing them both a very Happy Birthday! ~ Robyn

Micki said...

What a sweet story and so glad that you have a wonderful relationshiop with them.
Micki

basia said...

E. I really enjoyed the story and the photos of your nephews! They seem like great kids. I especially like the way they helped out, and their creative playfulness!

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Happy birthday to the boys! What a wonderful post this was, Elizabeth! I love learning more about your family life and such. They're such handsome devils, and as babies? So tiny and cute! But look at them now! Huge!

Justine :o )

Bea said...

Great post, Elizabeth. How lucky you all are to have each other. Happy Birthday, Twins!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic post, Elizabeth - you are lucky to have each other in your lives! ~kari

The Raggedy Girl said...

What a sweet post. I love the photos especially when they were so small.

I have a new blog because I murdered my other one...but you can get to the new one from the old one.


The Raggedy Girl

Smilingsal said...

Please send them over; my windows need washing.

Mrs. B. Silly said...

What a sweet post. I have a very special place in my heart for my first nephew too. It's a wonderful thing to be an auntie!