Easter is right around the corner and it never fails no
matter how much I tell myself I’m going to be ready far before Easter arrives I
still find myself shopping the weekend of the holiday. Here are some fun ideas
that I like to include in my girls baskets...
Sidewalk chalk they seem to never outgrow this
and you can find it just about anywhere.
Beach towels. Make sure to get quality beach
towels and they will last for years! Always check Marshalls they have great
beach towels too!
The new craze for my kids are the Pali Hawaii Sandals check
them out Pali Hawaii Sandals My oldest
daughter was gifted a pair from her friend and they quickly became a family
favorite. I made fun of them at first but I have to admit they are super
comfortable and super affordable. My girls love to throw them on after a soccer
My girls joined a new soccer club a little over 2 years ago
and they were the only players who would quickly remove their cleats after a
game and put on their crocs. A couple weeks later the whole team had crocs to
throw on after each game ; ) I love seeing how that and we love crocs! crocs I think the team will quickly catch on to
Aloha’s as well and then they alternate between games : )
Another school shooting. My heart sunk when I heard Parkland
the first time I heard this on the news because we have a Parkland school as a
neighboring school. This isn’t about politics or religion. This isn’t about the
color of someone’s skin or what nationality they are. I’m sure DT (Donald
Trump) knows that most school shootings are not committed by immigrants. This
is also not 100% to blame on mental illness although there are so many holes in
that system as well. This, and every other disgusting crime that I don’t want
to write about has everything to do with the weapon.
I’m not a politician, in fact I would go down in the second
round against any staunch Republican or Democrat for that matter. I just
believe what I believe. Our country is not run by our president, it’s not run
by our congressmen and senators and it’s not run by our military. Our country
is run by healthcare companies, pharmaceutical companies and the NRA. That’s
who runs our country. That’s why after a mass shooting you hear “we can’t talk
about gun control right now”.I believe
in the right to bear arms you better believe I do, just not semi-automatic
one’s. There is no purpose, there is no reason for anyone to possess this type
of firearm. We CAN talk about gun control and they SHOULD talk about gun
control. AND BTW if you don’t have enough staff to conduct background checks
HIRE MORE PEOPLE.
Kids should not be afraid to go to school. When I was going
to school you didn’t have to worry about this stuff what has changed since then
and now? I don’t think any large companies actually care about people anymore
it’s whoever dies with the most money wins and we are just pawns in that game.
One kid with mental illness and access to a firearm that
should be illegal killed 17 children who had hopes, dreams, families, love and
now we will never see what they would have turned out to be. This is not God’s
plan it can’t be. My heart goes out to their families and the communities
One student said “if he had a knife he wouldn’t have been able
to kill so many people” I don’t understand why it’s so hard for the decision
makers to do something? How can they sit back and be okay with this? That whole
school should go to Washington. EVERY school should go to Washington in the
hopes that one day this will come to an end.
Gob bless the families, students and teachers of each and
Love. Hate. Love.
This is what my every other minute of the day feels like with 13 year
old twin girls. If they aren’t fighting over clothing (which some are
exactly the same like soccer uniforms) they are arguing over who’s
faster or who’s smarter or who emptied the dishwasher last. Sometimes I
quietly hold my breath and wait until it’s over, don’t worry, trust me
it’s literally over in less than a minute.
But, in between every “you’re so annoying” there are laughs and giggles
so as long the love is still there I think we can get through this. I
love that they can make each other laugh and they always stick up for
I love having twins.
So I always thought the next step after high school is college,
period end of story. You already have your foundation from 12+ years of
school now you have to build. Build your knowledge. Build your future.
Build your life. Learn how to be an adult right?
With my oldest in
her second year of college I’m realizing that perhaps college isn’t
just for learning. College is a way to ease parents into the fact that
their babies will not be around 24/7 and you won’t see them everyday.
College is a way of easing parents into adulthood for their
children....... and I don’t like it. Don’t get me wrong I am thrilled
that my daughter is growing up to be decent, loving, hard working adult
but I miss seeing her everyday and hearing her stories and laughing with
College isn’t just for learning....college is also a lesson for parents.
Thank you to all the dads from @fathersofmultiples for contributing to this post. Please read on to see how father's of multiples really feel.
Father’s Day is right around the corner, and instead of
doing the usual Father’s Day Gift Guide, like everyone else does, we figured
we’d switch it up and ask a few twin fathers from the site Fathers of Multiples
what they were thankful for.(Trust me.No one said they were thankful they were getting yet another tie this
“I am thankful that my wife and I realized when our twins were born
that we wanted to spend Father’s Day/Mother’s Day in an unconventional way. I
am not a morning person and never have been and never will be, but I always
wake up before the kids on Father’s Day and let my wife sleep in all morning. I
cook breakfast with my girls and then we watch a Star Wars movie. At some point
in the early afternoon, we prepare a brunch for my wife and bring it to her in
bed and she typically goes off for some "me" time while I go swimming
or to the beach with the girls. Then we have take-out for dinner and look at
old pictures before the girls head off to bed and we tell them the stories of
their births. I get the quality time with them on Father’s Day (what it is all
about) and get to sleep in and get pampered on Mother’s Day. It is truly a
win/win situation for both my wife and me as we get the best of both on both
holidays.” -Brian Gawlak (http://thecookathomedad.blogspot.com)
"I grew up in an old farm
house that was warm in the summer and cold in the winter. I've lived in tiny
little apartments that were so small, you had to go outside to change your
mind. I'm thankful that two years ago my wife and I were able to build our
"forever house”. I always joke that when my 4-year-olds graduate
high-school, their party will be in the backyard. The house is big enough to
accommodate any situation we may encounter over the next 14 years. I’m also thankful we don’t have to move again
for a looooooong time!" -Kevin Zelenka http://www.doubletroubledaddy.com/
“I just got a new job, it's taken
me forever and I had a LOT of emotional lows and self-doubt which was eating
away at me. When it seemed like other guys my age or even younger are more
successful than I am and I couldn't find work or even get an interview, it was
all I could do to keep my head above water and try and stay positive for the
wife and kids.It was rough. I am truly
thankful for my new job. I am so thankful to be out of my old job which was a
major source of, for lack of a better word, depression.” -Jeff Jackson http://daddyisbest.com/
“I'm thankful that despite adding
twins to our family two years ago, my wife and I still have found a way to do
our own thing, both as individuals and as a couple. Now, does that happen all
the time? No. Did I mention I have twins plus a 4-year-old boy? But we
have made a priority out of going on regular dates. And we take turns watching
the kids so the other person can do their own hobby. It's the little things
that matter when you haven't slept since... wait. Maybe sleep should be my new
- Andy Shaw, (http://instafather.com)
When you are a dad of twins, which in my case is twin girls,
you realize very quickly it's a very special thing to be blessed with, two
children born at the same time.There is one day in the year that I hold very
close to my heart, which is Father's Day. When you have twins on the morning of
Father's Day they are so excited to show all the love in the world for their
daddy and they definitely spur each other on. It's infectious and always puts
the smile on my face, and of course I get double the presents. I love the way
they sit there watching me open the first present and then just take over! Nigel Higgins (http://DIYDaddyBlog.com)
I'm thankful that I proved my
mother right. She said, “you’ll move to London and fall in love with a British
girl and never move back.” That was 8 years ago and my British wife and I are
celebrating our five-year anniversary this year. I’m thankful that we were
blessed with amazing boy/girl twins three years ago who are so full of life,
are regularly teaching me…as well as stretching my wits, but are worth every
second of it. I’m thankful that we live in an era where grandparents can watch
their only granddaughter and grandson grow up through amazing video
conferencing services, instant sharing of photos and videos that allow them to
get to know each other and grow together. It makes the six-thousand-mile
distance almost bearable. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to take three
months off in our twins’ first year to be at home with them full time. It was
an experience that bonded us and brought us closer together than any other way
I can think of. Having a partner that shares these ideals and supports them as
well is quite the gift. Also, I’m thankful for the sweet BBQ that I got for
Father’s Day a few years ago. That thing is a beast!
-Chris Rothwell, twindaddyo.com
I'm thankful for the opportunity to be an involved
father. Sometimes it's a challenge to do this alone but whenever I see a smile
I remember it's all worth it. Their smiles are my salary. -Austin Bennett (no
Today is the day I dreamed of when I started this business. This is
the one place I wanted to be, the one place I saw this brand, the one
place everyone eventually goes when they find out they’re pregnant. Today is the day we launch on
Babies R Us! This is truly an amazing day for us. This whole adventure
was a year in the making and well worth the trip. We have great things
on the horizon for this brand and they expand well past clothing. We are
looking forward to this relationship with Babies R Us and plan on
making it long lasting.
We are so thankful for the family,
friends, teachers, neighbors and twin families at all the events we have
been to over the past 3 years who supported us, believed in us and even
contributed to us. We are not just “ the lady who sold t-shirts at that
event” anymore thanks to you! We are a brand. The only clothing brand for twins.
Well, I learned many many things in my #& years. (that’s right,
I’m not tellin :) but this one thing I could never figure out is how my
middle daughter (Is she really “middle” if I have 4 kids and 2 are
twins?) could always tell the twins apart. Maggie is 2 and a half years
older than the twins and she was always spot on with who was who. I
found it fascinating and thought she was a super genius until one day we
were all swimming together and it dawned on me....she is on their level
all the time so it’s easier to tell them apart. In the pool we are all
on the same level and it was so much easier to tell them apart. 11 years
later Maggie just calls Olivia and Sophia “twin” because I think it’s
more difficult to tell them apart now but then again when I look back on
baby and toddler photos it’s still hard to tell them apart I mean come
on they are identical twins.
Truth be told I think I would have
left the housework go for a couple more hours and opted for some more
time on the floor with my kids. It’s not that I didn’t do it but I don’t
think I did it enough. Or maybe I did do it enough and now that they
are grown I just miss it. Either way take time to have some floor time
with your kids. This is one of those life lessons I will teach my kids
when they have kids. Life just always seems so rushed.... get on the
floor and play with your kids.
A question can come up when preparing for twins and again once
they are born. Do you dress them alike, or not? You can hear some
strong opinions on this one. I heard from people to absolutely never
dress twins alike. You will ruin their quest for individuality.
I’ve also heard of course you should dress twins alike- they need to feel
the connection to their twin. I think the actuality of what should happen
falls somewhere in between. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.
There are some
downsides to dressing twins alike. In the early days when it can be hard to
tell who is who. Even with different gendered twins you can get confused.
It is better to keep clothing different until you feel more confident in
telling your babies apart. I even went as far as to write down what each
of my girls was wearing every time I changed their clothes. It is worth
the extra few seconds and potential ridicule for peace of mind. Any time
I am worried about identity questions I go ahead and dress the girls
differently. Generally if we are just hanging out at home they are
dressed differently. I like to be able to tell at a glance from across
the room who is who, and different outfits make that easier. (This is
true even for boy/girl twins. Babies tend to look like, well babies.
It is so easy to make a mistake and doubt yourself. It never hurts
to be safe.) My girls almost always sleep in non-matching pajamas too.
I don’t want to have extra worries or honestly any extra thinking in the
middle of the night. Not matching makes it just that much easier to know
who you are tending to.
Two times I always dress my twins differently:
appointments. This one might sound silly seeing as babies spend half their
well check appointments sans clothing. But when medical attention is
involved you don’t want to question who is who. There might be lots of
people looking at your twins- the doctor, nurses, medical assistants- all who
probably don’t know the tricks of telling your babies apart. Even well
check appointments can be a bit chaotic. There is a lot of information
that needs to get relayed quickly, and let’s be real babies often cry at these
making it even harder to focus. Keep it easy on yourself, dress the
2) When someone
else is watching the babies. It is so cute to show off your adorable
twins in matching gear, but help your sitter out. They are probably
nervous about knowing who is who and babies can’t tell you. It is
important that each baby gets all their needs met, and you don’t want one baby
getting changed twice or not fed. This is extra important if one baby has
a need the other doesn’t, like one twin is on a medication. Maybe even
take it a step further and start a note sheet for your sitter. Baby A is
wearing blank, Baby B is wearing blank, and then leave lines to note when they
are fed and changed.
The other drawback
of dressing twins alike is purely practicality. Sometimes it is hard to
find the same clothes in the same size. This is especially true if you
clothe your kids based off mainly hand me downs and clearance items like me.
Despite some drawbacks, dressing twins alike is fun. Quite honestly
I think it is a perk of giving your all to not just one baby, but two!
The fun I think is the biggest pro of dressing twins alike, but it isn’t
the only one.
Pros of dressing
1) Saves time.
You only have to pick out one outfit. One less decision to make can
save some real time on busy mornings. It also saves on shopping time if
you can just grab two of an outfit you like.
identification in a crowd. You can easily pick out your two in a crowd if
they are dressed alike. This comes in handy at parties or outings when
you won’t be glued to your children, but want to be able to find them quickly.
3) Crowd favorite.
Everyone loves seeing baby twins match. It is just so cute, and it
can really make people happy to see it. Sometimes you have to give the
people what they want.
But what about
fostering individuality in twins? This is important for older children.
For babies I don’t think it matters at all. My singleton didn’t
care in the slightest what he was wearing as a baby, and safe to say the same
is true of twins. Once the children are old enough to have an opinion I
personally think it is best to let them decide if they want to match. I
of course hold final say, but I like to save my outfit commands for important
events like holidays or formal occasions. But hey, if my girls want to
dress alike sometimes when they are older they are welcome to do so. I
remember getting a kick out of dressing like my friends, so I think it is
I personally love
having a couple of matching outfits to wear, and the rest of the time the girls
dress differently. It’s a nice middle ground. Plus with sites like
My Twins Are Cuter, it is easier to find great twin wear!!
Kim is a
mom to a three year old son and one year old identical twin daughters.
She loves coffee, reading, taking care of her family, and blogging at
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