It’s PARTY time!!!

by Janice

The TWIN cousins are turning one,

So come on girls, let’s have some fun!

With their birthdays just two weeks apart, this past weekend Susan and I were thrilled to celebrate our babies’ – the “twin” cousins – birthdays together with one adorable Princess Party.

(Susan and I call our babies “twin” cousins because they are so close together in age. We love being twins and we hope our babies love growing up as “twins.”)

Since we have neither time nor talent for cake making, Susan and I cheated by buying our daughters “home made cakes” from a wonderful work at home grandmother, whom a friend referred to us.

Her cakes were the perfect indulgence for our little princesses.

But matching cakes and matching dresses are about all our little Twin Princesses have in common…

It was so funny to watch their very different personalities in action at their first birthday party.

Olivia and Sophia are the exact opposites of each other, but they sure take after their older siblings.

Olivia is outgoing, full of energy, intense and has a short attention span. She grabs on to life, takes a huge bite, grins as she quickly chews it down and then jumps up and runs to find the next exciting piece of life.

Tiny Sophia is shy, serious, emotional and has a long attention span. Sophia carefully examines her world, tentatively chooses a piece, enjoys her bite and stays all day to fully enjoy the experience.

Olivia tore around her party, convinced she was a “big kid.” She laughed and screamed with delight as she chased after cousins, tried every toy, and sped down the slide. She loved every sweet second of her first birthday party.

Sophia preferred to stay away from the crowds, choosing one toy – a ride on tractor – and stuck to that toy for the entire play time.

She happily pushed it around, but if another child or an obstacle got in her way, she dissolved into tears until someone rescued her and her tractor.

When it was cake time, the girls were true to their personalities as we presented each of them with their own “smash cake.”

Olivia dug in before I could even snap a picture. Sophia examined the cake before carefully reaching out a finger to touch the pink and white laced creation.

Laughing, licking and going back for more, Olivia quickly experienced her cake while interacting with everyone watching.

But after a few minutes, Olivia was satisfied and ready to get back to playing at her party.

Sophia, after deciding the cake felt good smooshing between her fingers, dug in up to her wrists.

She would have stayed and played with it for hours if we didn’t finally intervene to clean up. (But not more than a tiny taste actually went in her mouth the entire time.)

Discovering who our children are, is the sweetness in the bittersweet job of helping our children grow up. While we don’t want the days to disappear so quickly, learning more about them with each new stage is so much fun.

We are so grateful for our precious “twin” princesses – Thank you God for our girls!!!

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1 Stephanie October 6, 2008 at 10:12 am

so adorable! The cakes were goregous and it looks like they had tons of fun.


2 Jamie October 6, 2008 at 10:16 am

Happy first birthday to your girls! Love those cakes and their pink dresses are fit for two princesses. :)


3 Rachel October 6, 2008 at 10:31 am

They are adorable!! What fun!! You did a fabulous job of chronicling the big birthday party!!


4 Petula October 6, 2008 at 10:49 am

Thanks so much for sharing their wonderful party with us. The cakes and dresses are devine… whew, but it sure seemed tiring! LOL. I’m glad they had a good time. Happy birthday “twins.”


5 Lisa October 6, 2008 at 10:56 am

Absolutely adorable and those cakes look fantastic! Happy Birthday to your sweet little girls!


6 Tina October 6, 2008 at 11:02 am

What a great day :) The cakes are gorgeous and so are your sweet girls!


7 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls October 6, 2008 at 11:03 am

Ooh, look at all of the pink! Those are gorgeous cakes and dresses – and of course, girls! :)

Happy first birthday to Olivia and Sophia and thank you for sharing their party with us!


8 Tara aka Mama Koala October 6, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Happy Birthday to the princesses! Beautiful pictures–thanks for sharing. Love the cakes.


9 Amy October 6, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Great pictures! It’s so funny to watch little ones with cake… love it. Happy birthday to the girls!


10 Lis Garrett October 6, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Happy birthday to the girls! It’s hard to believe a year has passed already. :-)


11 Heather October 6, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Aw. Happy birthday to your babies!

Love those cakes.


12 Heather October 6, 2008 at 12:31 pm

I have no idea where that et al came from. Strange.


13 Mich[== October 6, 2008 at 1:07 pm

The girls look like true Princess’sjaq


14 Michelle October 6, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Let’s try that again shall I ? The girls look like True Princess’s.Happy Birthday to them.:)


15 AmyG October 6, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Those cakes were absolutely adorable! Wow! It looks like they had a great time. Isn’t it funny how no two kids are alike?

Happy Birthday to both girls!


16 Halloween Doll Clothes Gal October 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I love the party pics. That cake looks super.


17 gin October 6, 2008 at 3:09 pm

oh so precious. Happy Birthday to the Princesses.


18 Laura October 6, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Aww, I cant believe it’s been a full year already!! They have grown up so fast. Beautiful girls :)


19 Shara October 6, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Happy birthday, girls!

Those cakes are precious!!


20 Miranda Kuskie October 6, 2008 at 7:07 pm

They’re just too cute! I love the cakes they looked great and the pics of the girls digging into them are just adorable.


21 Adventures In Babywearing October 6, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Wow- looks like such a fabulous party! Happy birthday to those adorable girls!



22 lylah ledner October 6, 2008 at 7:20 pm



23 melissa October 6, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Precious!!! Happy birthday to those sweeties!


24 Jen October 6, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Your girls are so adorable. It’s neat how different their personalities are. Their cakes were so beautiful. Happy Happy Birthday Olivia and Sophia :)


25 Netta October 6, 2008 at 8:09 pm

They’re adorable… cakes are awesome!
Thanks for sharing your happy moments with us!


26 Hope at Monkey Giggles October 6, 2008 at 8:36 pm



27 Musings of a Housewife October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Oh my goodness how CUTE! And I can NOT believe they’re ONE!!


28 Belinda A. October 6, 2008 at 11:00 pm

Your girls are adorable, thanks for sharing their birthday bash!


29 DJ October 6, 2008 at 11:06 pm

Oh what fun, and those cakes were adorable. Great,now I want cake!


30 Donetta October 6, 2008 at 11:47 pm

How could it possibly be a year already. You girls just delivered yesterday or so it seams. They are both beautiful and are both of you.


31 Tara B. October 7, 2008 at 8:05 am

Oh….so cute! What great memories your making for them….and yourselves. Just adorable!!


32 Amber October 7, 2008 at 8:16 am

Super great pics….thanks so much for sharing! Those cakes are exquisite…go grandma!


33 Marlena U. October 7, 2008 at 9:25 am

What a sweet, sweet post. Happy Birthday to the adorable cousins!! The pictures were so fun to see. Thanks for sharing!!


34 carla pagotto October 7, 2008 at 11:12 am

Happy birthday sophia and the photos Antie Carla,yellowknife,nt


35 Striving\Tessa October 7, 2008 at 2:11 pm

I cannot believe it has been a year already. I remember reading about the anticipation of the births. Wow, Happy birthday!!!


36 katelin October 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm

these pictures are adorable! looks like a great birthday party :)


37 Grandma cake baker October 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm

How sweet! Oliva & Sophia look pretty as can be in their princess pink dresses.

Love the cake smooshing!!



38 susieshomemade October 7, 2008 at 4:47 pm

They are sooooo beautiful. I hope they had a wonderful birthday!!


39 tracey October 7, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Happy birthday to your girls! How very sweet to have them so close together. And how cute that they are so very different…


40 Elaine October 7, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Oh the cuteness is just overwhelming!! Happy birthday to the two little princesses!


41 hyperactive lu October 8, 2008 at 8:34 am

How has it already been a year?!?! Golly day! The party looks fabulous- the cakes are great and the pictures are fantastic- as always!!! What a great day to celebrate!


42 Steph October 8, 2008 at 11:14 am

This post got me a little teary eyed, what a great party and wonderful celebration of your “twins” ;)

I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since we celebrated our daughter’s first birthday – you are so right that the process of learning and watching and helping them grow is at the same time heartwarming and bittersweet, they grow up so quickly!


43 Kimberly October 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm

What a memorable party! I still remember when my 5-yr old princess had her 1st birthday…enjoy every moment.


44 Your Italian family!!! October 9, 2008 at 7:14 am

A very Happy Birthday Sofia and Olivia!Looks like you girls had alot of fun!Nonna and Nonno love you Julia and Sofia.A big hug to you all from the family.


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