The weeks leading up to the birthday were busy, but good ones. There was family visiting, a trip to nyc for my brother’s wedding, a week up in the mountains (which was so wonderful and spirit-filling as it always is), first grade blocks to complete, and more visiting family!
I experienced more nostalgia leading up to their birthday than previous years- something not too far off that I had to process, but couldn’t quite capture or touch. I don’t think I was projecting some substantial change from 6 to 7; I was sincerely feeling something deeper than years prior. I’ll take it was an auspicious sign, for the weeks leading up and since I have noticed a depth to both of the girls–they are changing in profound ways– in intellect, humor, emotions. Arlene’s lightness while still there, seems to be changing– she’s had more emotional swings, very unlike her — to me it seems like she’s aware of not always feeling giggly and easy. Ada continues to ground herself in tasks and activity. She can draw for hours, write books and read on her own. Then there’s the times two factor. The intensity of twins where I’m always feeling a little behind because from the beginning there’s been two infants, two toddlers, two little beings that are almost like one, but are not.
This year’s birthday party was more intimate. Perhaps the smaller party allowed some of these thoughts the space they needed as I didn’t have AS MUCH distraction. We had a beautiful tea party with girlfriends the evening of their birthday. I got to take in the party, talk with girls during their meal and tea, watch my girls’ happy faces. There’s nothing like a small party with good food, tea, sweets and friends.
Keeping up with traditions! Aunt Miss + Uncle John visited for their birthday, IHOP breakfast, books from Grandma Katie in heaven, a special gift (tea set), pin the tail on sweet Kinsey (this year she was colored wearing a fancy dress for the tea party), story telling at the party…This was the first year I didn’t make a red velvet cake nor TWO cakes!! I instead went for one elaborate cake that required a kitchen torch 🙂
Happy birthday Ada and Arlene!