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Pumpkin Patch
October 25, 2011, 5:47 pm
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A couple weeks ago, as part of their third birthday celebration, we took the twins apple picking. About an hours drive out of the city and we were in Stow, a small, quintessential “New England” town known for its abundance of family friendly farms. We chose Shelbourne Farm because not only did it have an apple orchard and pumpkpin patch but also an array of fun activities for the kids such as pony rides, moon bounce and a hay mountain. Both Gemma and Riley really got into picking the apples. It was cute to see them work as a team and take turns holding the bag. I recommend walking a bit at the orchard if you can to the back sections. Not only will you find more apples in those areas but it is also less crowded. The cider doughnuts were served pipping hot and were delicious. You can actually see the people making them through the windows. They were also dipping caramel apples right there in front of us which was tempting but we skipped on those. Overall, the experince was a lot of fun, the girls really enjoyed themselves, and it’s always a treat to see them discover something new. I’m hoping to make this a yearly tradition.


This last picture is from the girls’ birthday party.

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Birthdays…
September 16, 2011, 1:26 pm
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Gemma (left) and Riley when they were just little bits.

My little ladies will be turning three in October! It is unbelievable how quickly time flies. I’m curious…how big a party have you (or will/would you) thrown for your toddler? There is so much hype nowadays with parties for children. Maybe it started because of MTV’s Sweet Sixteen and grew from there? I’m not sure of the origins but it seems a bit much to me. Shows like TLC’s Outrageous Kids Parties kind of scare me. I just don’t believe in spending thousands of dollars on parties that are more for the adults than kids. One mom even bought her 6 year old a car for her birthday. A CAR! There is only one word for that…INSANE.

I am, however, all for decorations, fun themes, and lots of friends and family! Courtney Novogratz, when asked how she handled her seven kids’ birthday parties famously said “I invite some friends over and bake a Fucking cake”. Ha! I think I am more of that school of thought.  I do want them to feel special and to know that they are loved. Those are my biggest goals for the day because in the end it’s not about what toys they got or what outfit they wore but about celebrating their lives and the love they have brought into all of ours.

I am curious as well about how all you moms (and dads) of multiples handle twin birthdays? Do you celebrate them together? Give them separate cakes or parties or anything like that?