Monday, April 24, 2006

The Birthday Party

We had Olivia and Eugene's birthday party on April 8th at our house. It went really well other than the weather wasn't as nice as we had hoped. We had about 28 adults and 16 kids so it was a fairly packed house. The twins did great and didn't seem overwhelmed at all by the number of people there.

It was a busy day and of course I didn't feel like I had much of an opportunity to visit with everyone - but isn't that what always happens when you're the host? They both seemed to love their birthday cake and I got some good shots of them both with icing all over their faces (see below). Olivia actually ended up getting it in her ears!

On a side note and I guess good timing on this one, I ended up getting the stomach flu as the last of our guests were leaving. Unfortunately for some of our guests (ten of our guests to be exact), they would be getting the same virus over the next few days. I'm sure they didn't expect to be getting the stomach flu as their party favor! :)

Now on to the pictures...

The Spread

The Gifts


The Elmo Cake


Olivia playing with her friend, Reagan (they were born 8 days apart!)


My best friend, Heather, with her twin girls, Carly and Sydney


More of our friends and family


Gene enjoying the pizza


Olivia and Eugene's Grandpa and Great Grandma (Gene's Dad and Grandmother)


And last but not least... the Birthday Girl


And the Birthday Boy


I thought I'd end with a video clip of just how much Eugene loved his first Birthday cake! (just click the play button)


5 Comments:

Blogger Dana said...

Oh boy, the video of Eugene's "num num" sounds is beyond precious. Too cute! A very very happy belated birthday to Eugene and Olivia from Phoebe and Archer.

9:31 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger Tracy said...

Thanks, Dana! I had to get his "num nums" on film before he stops doing them! He does them with everything he eats - from cheddar fish to oatmeal. I had been meaning to get a video of it and it just so happened that a first b-day party was the perfect opportunity! Still having a hard time believing that they're a year old!

10:11 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger David said...

Happy First Birthday Eugene and Olivia! Great video clip.

2:40 AM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger Amy said...

Glad they enjoyed their first birthday celebration! Happy birthday, babies!

10:17 AM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger The Millers said...

Tracy and Gene- Congrats on making it a year! And Congrats of course to your little ones, who aren't that little any more, are they? Looks like a fabulous party!

10:57 AM, April 29, 2006  

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Our First Year

Well, since my husband has been slacking a bit with the posts, I thought I would take over for a while. Unfortunately for me, however, I have some large shoes to fill. I definitely don't have the story telling ability that he does!

As you all know, Olivia and Eugene turned one year old about two weeks ago and I thought that this milestone deserved a little more attention on the blog (along with a few pictures since many of you have not seen them in a long time)! I'm still having a hard time believing that they are actually a year old. Time certainly flies by when you're having fun... or are too busy to notice that the days turn into months.

And now to sum up our first year with the twins... where to begin? I guess I can start off by saying that, without a doubt, this has been most amazing year of my life! I have never been pushed to, at least what felt like, my physical and mental limits (especially in those early months) but I've also never felt such love.

I never could've known, before Olivia and Eugene arrived, just how much I would love these two incredible, little individuals. As much as people try to tell you what it's like when you become a parent, you never truly understand it until you become one yourself.

Don't get me wrong, though, this first year hasn't been all roses and happy days. There have been plenty of tears and frustration. Tempers have been lost on occasion (not by me, of course) and wits have reached their ends.

I've also learned more about myself and my abilities in this year than I ever could've imagined. I've learned that:
  • 30 minutes of solid sleep can refill your "tanks" enough to make it thru at least several hours of diaper changes and feedings.
  • 4-5 hours of sleep actually feels like 8 hours used to feel prior to the twins arrival.
  • I can accomplish more in their 2 hour nap than I used to accomplish in an entire day.
  • Having two babies and two parents shows you the true meaning of team work.
  • A bouncy seat will get you thru just about anything - eating dinner, folding laundry, etc.
  • I could bounce a bouncy seat while doing just about anything - blow drying my hair, wrapping presents - you name it!
  • Having two babies actually feels like the work of three because even though your workload is doubled - you're tapping into the same supply of patience and energy. Just because you've run out of both on the first kid doesn't mean you get to refill for the second one (this last lesson actually comes from a fellow twin Daddy).

But on a serious note, the biggest thing I've learned is what a true blessing my twins are to me and to each other. I love that they have each other and I love watching them bond more and more everyday. I'm so proud to be their Mommy and can not imagine life without them!

3 Comments:

Blogger Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Just out of curiosity, can you also pick up anything with your feet?

That was a big new skill that I gained with twins.

4:11 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger Tracy said...

Never tried it but thanks for mentioning it - I'm sure it will come in handy! It's amazing the skills we all learn while multi-tasking!

10:12 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger Gene said...

Sarah, you are crazy! You are like the fastest commenter in all the blogosphere. I'm going to start calling you Jesse James, the fastest gun in the West!

12:35 PM, April 26, 2006  

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Happy Birthday!

Today is Eugene and Olivia's first birthday. Happy birthday kids!

On Saturday we had a birthday party for them. After all of the pizza and cake and presents, we had a champagne toast. Tracy thanked our family and friends for all of their support.

"I can't believe we survived their first year," she said.

"Be careful what you say," I told her. "Their birthday is on Tuesday. Everything could fall apart by then."

We really couldn't have done it without the support of all of our friends and family. Thanks everyone!

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Blogger Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Happy birthday Eugene and Olivia.

Congrats Gene and Tracy, the second year is much easier. I promise.

10:41 AM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger The Millers said...

Happy Birthday! And Congratulations to Mom & Dad for making it through!

11:37 AM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Dana said...

Happy Birthday Eugene and Olivia!! Who is older by the way?? Phoebe is 1 hour and 27 minutes older than Archer. And yes - she will hold that over his head for the rest of his life. And yes. I took a small cat nap between the 2 of them!

And yes - the 2nd year is proving to be much easier than the first. Sleep helps SO much!

Congrats on your first year in this crazy world!

2:09 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Gene said...

Easier? You promise? ;)

Eugene is 20 minutes older than Olivia. He's the "Big" brother, so he'll have to look out for his "Little" sister:)

WOOHOO! On to year two!...

2:34 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Amy said...

Happy Birthday, babies! I'm hoping the 2nd year is easier, too. It has already become somewhat so--at least we all sleep now.

5:30 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger dorothy said...

hey my birthday is april 12 we are all aries are you in trouble love cousin dot

2:17 PM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger CINDY said...

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!!!
Got a video camera? Get ready for "the moves" and "the words" of the cuties during the 2nd year.
:D :D

12:49 PM, April 15, 2006  
Blogger Brenda said...

Happy Birthday!!! Congratulations Gene and Tracy.

6:59 PM, April 20, 2006  

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