Sunday, March 13, 2011

Birthday Number 6

Yesterday was Owen and Jack's sixth birthday!
Boy did we party hard!

Friday evening Papa Brent and Grandma Jodi came to spend the night with us. They took us all out for a birthday dinner to Texas Roadhouse. It's the boys' favorite place to eat, they love steak, 1-A sauce (as they call it) and throwing peanut shells on the ground. Afterwards we went to see 'Mars Needs Moms' and they were thrilled that we were going to the "BIG theater" and not the little $2 theater their cheap parents usually take them to. So we all stayed up way too late and were super excited for the next day and the big party.
It was their first party with friends, and they both loved it all. We had two cakes, two half-gallons of ice cream, two dozen cans of soda, five pizzas, and eleven kids. The kids started out by coloring their paper (goody) bags. Then they did a treasure hunt, which included dropping parachute men off the loft ledge, popping balloons filled with candy, running out to find a surprise in the mailbox, and decoding secret messages. There was a game of pin the fin on the shark, and finally, before cake and presents, the kids drew all over the sidewalk with chalk. The party went very well, despite our house being super crowded. It was fun to spoil the boys, they both got lots of presents that they wanted: Owen got his hamburger play-doh, Jack got his Batman castle (and Superman cake), they both got baseball bats and balls, coloring books, kites, action figures, and race cars, among other things. This was the first time that we've bought them totally different things, before we would always just get two of everything. It's fun to see how different they're becoming.

I can't help but reminisce about that day 6 years ago. I actually don't remember a whole lot about what happened but it certainly didn't go as planned. It's amazing that they both had so few problems at birth and that there were no lasting effects on them, despite being born so early. Now they're 6, they're at the top of their classes in school, they can read and we love them dearly. They don't look that tiny in this picture but combined they only weighed 7 pounds! I can't believe I was bigger during my pregnancy with one kid than I was with twins. We were so naive back then.


Nedra said...

What a great party you had. How lucky are they to have had so much fun? I'm so sorry I missed it. Thanks for sharing pictures and the story of all the things you got to do. Really, where did that 6years go? I love those little twin boys and so thankful to have had them for the past 6 years! Keep up the good work! Love you~

Ashlee said...

Yay! Happy Birthday, Jack and Owen! That party looks like fun. Leyla is getting so big (and seems to be enjoying the cake- good girl!) sorry we missed it, thanks for posting pics. I still have that one baby picture in my picture folder and it's amazing how they've grown. I still remember seeing them in that little incubator and tearing up. I couldn't believe how tiny they were. Look at them now! 6 years old is great! See you guys soon!