and then they were 5 – birthday in the house!

Five years old and I can see how you’ve grown, this past year has been a ma-hoo-sive move on from the baby chubbiness.

twins sleeping 5 months

Girls you can read! I never imagined at the beginning of the year you would read so well and enjoy it too.

Preschoolers reading a book

You can write. And you spend hours filling out your little notebooks, listing all your friends’ names in a register style and ticking off who’s having packed lunches.

practising writing skills

You can argue – a bit too much sometimes for my liking (I’m echoing every mum in the country with more than one child here) everything is a race now from getting dressed, to who gets to the door first, to who bags the ‘best car seat’

You both love princesses, especially the Disney ones, you love Scooby Doo, ice cream, swimming and playing with daddy. You love being read to every night before light’s out. You both still love cuddles and alien kisses ( a big wet lick on the cheek when you’re least expecting it) You love jumping into our bed on a weekend morning and snuggling for about 5 minutes before demanding ‘Let’s go downstairs now’

princess dresses

But you have your differences too and today I shall celebrate your differences with the following 10 questions.

Mini Mode - Boots clothes10 things about me – Alice

The words to describe me are thoughtful, kind, shy, happy, intelligent, lovable, a princess, clumsy at times – your knees have been grazed pretty much most of the year. Loyal, loving and gentle

The food I could live on is You LOVE all your food Alice but if there’s ever a second helping of pudding you’re hand is always the first to shoot up high. Alice says – Pasta, strawberries and ice cream

My favourite game to play is … this year your games have been heavily focused on princesses but you love puzzles, you enjoy playing on the computer and on your LeapPad. You love playing in the park and you adore swimming too.

My favourite film is Scooby Doo

If I had one wish it would be to learn to ballet dance

My favourite toy is Leap Pad

When I grow up I want to be a princess

My best friend is Serenity

outside the x ray room10 things about me – Bessie

The words to describe me are a giggler, funny, lovable, thumb-sucking (still!) odd tantrum throwing, inquisitive, messy-Bessie, chatterbox, princess. Cuddly, lively, open, occasionally shy. Intelligent. Kind and gentle.

The food I could live on is pasta, strawberries and ice cream

My favourite game to play is … LeapPad, Hide and seek

My favourite film is Beauty and the Beast

If I had one wish it would be I would like a Beast and a doll to dress up and play with it’s hair (styling head)

My favourite toy is princesses

When I grow up I want to be a princess

My best friend is Abigail

twins smiling cheeky

Not so silent Sunday

I went to a Motorola event this week and I came home with a brand new Motorola RAZRi which I have fallen completely and utterly in love with. you all know I am no geek when it comes to gadgets so I went to my local EE store and asked them to help set me up and they transferred over all my data from the old phone.

Checking through the photos and data transferred over I found this gem which really, really makes me laugh I hope it does you too


Happy Sundays everyone :D

…and then they were 4 – Birthday Letters to my girls

It’s been a long time since I did a twin news catch up and of course their 4th birthday today is the perfect opportunity for me to write my diary entry as it were only I’m going to write them both a letter instead

Happy 4th birthday at preschool

Dear Alice,

Today you are four years old and you are beautiful. You are a joy to daddy and I and a constant source of happiness for us. This past year has been a very big one for you and you have come out of your shell proving you are a confident, still sometimes shy, lovely little girl.

We must say special thanks to your teacher Anita who has helped you on your journey, she has been there every step for you. When at first you would cry when I was about to leave you at preschool, she would come over for a cuddle and soon you’d be bouncing all over the place and happy once again. You also had another relapse after the Easter holidays but she coaxed you around then too.

You are naturally shy and you are an observer, preferring to watch a situation before diving in but once you’ve made your mind up you’re perfectly happy to continue with that decision.

You prefer to be playing on toys or running, jumping and riding your bicycle rather than sitting down and colouring in or learning to write. Anita didn’t have much in your file for a good part of the year whilst you ran around preschool trying all the toys but then you helped her out and filled up  your file in no time – does this mean you’ll be a last minute student later on I wonder?

Sometimes you break out into song and you LOVE whistling, we can hear you whistling all the time which annoys Bessie a bit as she hasn’t learnt how to do it yet. You love our bedtime story moment and you adore being cuddled and tickled.

You have a very special relationship with your sister, sometimes you rule, sometimes she does but on the whole it seems very equal. You both have chosen Hannah as your ‘Best Friend’ but you have made friends with many other children too and today we have invited 16 to join us at Go Bananas to celebrate your birthday. You have a lot of stamina Alice, more than your sister and you’ll be the last to drop into bed and fall asleep and Big Teddy remains your faithful favourite along with Aurora and Cinderella

You are a good girl Alice and you have a heart of gold. I think you’ll make a wonderful friend and a loyal partner when your time comes. You have already proved you’re a wonderful sister and daughter.

Happy birthday today on your 4th birthday daddy and I wish you a wonderful day


Alice blows her 4 candles out

Dear Bessie,

You were born a minute or two after your sister and therefore you are always mentioned second in ‘Alice and Bessie’ but this has no effect on you whatsoever, in fact due to your boisterous, fun-loving nature everyone learns the name Bessie first much to Alice’s annoyance who has had to endure being called Bessie all year. ‘I’m not Bessie! I’m Alice’

Although you and Alice may look identical to many, you are different in character and you are the courageous one. You find the joke quickly and laugh your head off, you will jump into a puddle without stopping to think of consequences wheras Alice will wait and watch and then seeing you are ok, she’ll follow.

You are a pleasure to daddy and I, you fill our lives with laughter and fun. You are a cheeky monkey, a gorgeous one at that too. I have also seen you bow down from your sister on various occasions allowing her to have her way which is very admiral of you.

You have a temper young lady! When you don’t get what you want or if you are told no you become very loud, you will plead and you will try to get your point across. I will admit to being defeated by you on occasions allowing you to get your way rather than carry on arguing with you but don’t think you’ve got the better of me. I know young lady that you are tired and fractious and that I will have the last laugh as I tuck you into bed.

Which brings me on to my next point, sleeping. You are an Olympic Gold in sleeping Bess, you love your bed and you love your teddy too, you will not be separated from him or his blankie. You like to fiddle a hole into his fur with your finger which has been sewn and re-sewn so many times now. I ask you not to do this but I catch you doing it without thinking. Your favourite princesses are Tiana and Belle.

You also suck your thumb, everyone has told you not to, even the dentist but you won’t listen and continue to suck your thumb when you’re tired, or when you’re anxious.

You are fun to be around Bessie, you too love a good story, a DVD or cuddles on the sofa. You are beautiful and we love you very much indeed. I think you’re going to make a wonderful friend and a fun loving partner too one day but that’s a long way off and we have so much to do together before that day arises.

Have a wonderful 4th birthday little one


Bessie blows out her 4 candles

And a very big thank you to these guys who have been the best babysitters till now

Baby Ted and Big Teddy

Birthday Girls #SilentSunday

Birthday girls

Twins at school – separate or keep them together?

twin sistersFour years!

Almost four years have passed since our twins came into the world and we’ve already chosen (and been accepted) at their first school. We have our first meeting on the 21st June where we’ll be told about the induction process, uniform and various other bits of information that make up the schools here in the UK.

In fact once accepted into the school of our choice there was a form (the first of many I imagine) to fill in and on it a small box where we could place any particular good friends name’s in the hope they may find each other in the same class. Unanimous decision for our girls was Hannah their ‘best friend.’ They met her on the first day of preschool last autumn and all three have stuck steadfast ever since. Which is lovely as if there is one thing I would want to wish my girls it’s good, strong, lifelong friendships which are hard to come by and harder still to keep.

It’s also at this stage of the process that we have to decide whether to keep the twins together or request they are separated into different classes.

It’s one of those decisions that you don’t take lightly and you are aware that either way you choose you could still be making the wrong decision.

My Paul is a twin and his mum took the decision to have them separated once they started school. This was because Paul’s brother would do all the talking for him and Paul was perfectly happy to not bother trying at conversation himself and lazily sit back and let his brother take over. Vera put her foot down and decided the boy needed to speak up for himself. Her decision worked for her and she was very pleased with the outcome.

In fact both Paul and I were thinking of carrying long in Vera’s footsteps and separating the girls at school to allow them both the freedom of singleton children. They could make their own friends, have their own teachers and start making their own life experiences but when it was time for us to look at our situation we saw that our twins were in fact very, very close. They would lean on each other and worked well as a team. One of the twins was also shyer than her sister and I felt she would struggle on her own even more so if her sister ‘got’ the best friend in her class too.

Could you imagine it? It would be a disaster. One of my girls would feel left out even if she did know plenty of other girls.

Mothers day card

I also drew on my past experience where Thomas at the age of 6, moving from scuola materna to scuola elementari, was separated from ALL of the friends he’d made and had played with for the previous three years. The decision was made based on where the children lived and I, too young to know any better, didn’t question the decision. I wish I had, I’ve wished it over and over again. Tommy found himself in a class of mainly girls which at 6 years old was not good. They weren’t interested in Batman or Ninja Turtles and Tommy there and then went right off school.

Don’t misunderstand me, he made lifelong friends in that class, many of his girl classmates are still in touch with him today but my burning question is ‘Would Thomas have done better at school if he’d been with his friends and in a more competitive situation?’ I think yes. A little friendly competitiveness goes a long way.

So we’re keeping our twins together for infant school, a decision that can be reviewed when the time comes to move up to junior school but in the meantime it does mean I can do parent’s evening in one go without having to queue up twice and the girls will continue to bond and strengthen their relationship too. It will also allow them to grow a little more and have maybe more input in the decision when the time comes.