Gratefully Grateful *12*

30 Mar

This week my Gratefully Grateful post is all about two little people in my life who just turned 12 years old (so it’s fitting that today is also my 12th post in this series too!).  My twin daughters may be heading into their difficult tween/teen years but they are still the sweetest, most caring, most generous, most enthusiastic and loving kids a mama could hope for.  And surprisingly enough they still think I’m the coolest person on earth so obviously I’m pretty happy about that as well.

It seems like yesterday that we brought them home from the hospital and they were so tiny that they actually fit in my husband’s shoe.  And now I look at these tall thin lanky gazelles of girls and I realise that that cliché saying about your kid’s childhood flying by turns out to be shockingly true. Where did those curly headed, chubby, chattering little cherubs go?  Excuse me while I go weep into my pillow.

Over these years I’ve loved seeing my daughters grow up side by side.  They have so much love and respect for one another and, most importantly, have so much fun together (the constant giggling over the years is my proof).  Their mutual strengths and weaknesses compliment one another and they would stand up and protect each other to the bitter end (believe me, I’ve seen it!).

I can’t wait to see what new things and experiences are in store for my girls this year.   In any case, I know it’s going to be great.

This week I’m grateful for…

 

IMG_6228-001…the fact my daughters still wear their mama-made birthday crowns with pride.  I’ve already warned them that I will be making these for them until they have 12 year olds of their own (and that I expect to be sent a photo of them wearing them).

IMG_6210-001…my garden full of beautiful blooms and blossoms.  And the fact that they make the best decorations for a two-tier chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.  IMG_6267-001…long distant birthday phone calls from loving grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.IMG_6282-001…the giggles.  Oh the giggles! They keep this house alive and happy.

Wishing you all a great week ahead!

Gratefully Grateful *1*, *2*, *3*, *4*, *5*,*6*,*7*,*8*, *9*, *10*, *11*

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23 Responses to “Gratefully Grateful *12*”

  1. http://www.classic-play.com March 30, 2014 at 23:30 #

    I love all the colors. It looks like you had a great time celebrating! But where’s the picture of the cake? Happy Birthday! Have a great year!

    From your friend,
    Ellie

    • Jillian In Italy March 31, 2014 at 11:16 #

      We added it above just for you Ellie! Wish you could have been here to have a piece with us. Thanks for the birthday wishes. E&C

  2. se7en March 31, 2014 at 01:53 #

    Oh beautiful!!! Happy twelve to your sweet gals…

  3. jandi March 31, 2014 at 11:53 #

    Happy birthday to your precious girls! Time really does fly, doesn’t it!? Love the cake + crowns + balloons etc ❤

  4. Deepa April 3, 2014 at 16:16 #

    Everything looks so fabulous and fun. What a way to celebrate! Can I hire you for Tala’s second birthday party?

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