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 I would, just for the record, like to announce that having twin boys who are 4 years old is much easier than having twin boys who are

4 days old…

14 months old…

or even 34 months old. 

Now don’t get me wrong. I didn’t say it was EASY to have twin boys who are 4. Just easier than it has been in the past.


When my boys were about 2 years old I took them swimming. I inadvertently forgot to bring their life jackets. That little mistake made for a really wild day, I tell ya. Nothing like a little double trouble jumping into the death traps of 4 feet of water to put a little spring in your step. It wore this old girl out, to say the least!


That day the Nicest Little Lady (also the mother of twin boys) came up and put her arm around me. “Listen honey. I have been watching you from afar and I couldn’t help but come on over and tell you….IT IS GOING TO GET EASIER!!!!!! By the time these boys are 4, you are going to be sitting pretty.” 


Sitting Pretty, hu?
I like pretty.
Couldn’t wait! 

Yesterday I took my boys swimming. I brought the life jackets this time! That is a mistake only to be made once.  I couldn’t help but reflect on the words of the Nicest Little Lady. While I watched my boys go down the big slide alone, climb the stairs to the top of the slide alone, swim around in their life jackets alone….I had to admit! The Nicest Little Lady was correct. Things are getting easier! I felt Pretty. I dare say, I was even Sitting Pretty! You wouldn’t really even believe how Sitting Pretty I was. I just kicked back and soaked for a spell while those cute little guys climbed up the stairs to the slide one million times. 

Then.


Oh, then.

We went into the dressing room and showered the chlorine off our Sitting Pretty bodies. While LittleTwinBoyAaron was hanging out in the shower, LittleTwinBoyNate and I went around the corner to get dressed. When I was done attending to Nate, I called out to Aaron. “C’mon Aaron, it’s your turn to get dressed.” Were my exact words, in fact. 

No response.


None at all. 


I peeked around the corner to find 3 ladies standing in the showers. 

No Aaron to be seen. 

I looked. I searched. I went out of  the dressing room into the pool area. I looked! I searched!


Then I spotted my missing boy. All the way out in the lobby sobbing his guts out and calling my name…calling my name.

As soon as I saw him I plowed my way through a few small crowds and into the lobby. In my dripping wet suit, towel wrapped around my head, pair of bright purple crocks on my feet. I scooped that boy up in a fast hurry and cuddled him silly.

Wasn’t Sitting at this point.

Wasn’t Pretty, either.
It’s hard to look pretty when you are having a small heart attack. 


On the way home the missing boys twin brother wet his pants all over the soft cushioned seats of my mini van. Apparently he drank half of the pool each time he came barreling out of that slide.


Wasn’t Sitting while I scrubbed the pee-diddle out of the seats that afternoon.


Wasn’t really Pretty, either.
Pee-diddle scrubbing and Pretty don’t really mix that well.


Twin boys who are 4 years old are easier, I said. 
Not easy. 
Nothing worth while in this life is….
is it?

Isn’t this a food blog? 
Yes. It is.
Catch you back here tomorrow for the easy recipe that saved my life yesterday. I think you are going to love it. 
This is Jamie Mothers It Up…over and out. 

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18 Comments

  1. 1
    January 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Oh, I just love you Jamie. :)

  2. 2
    January 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Okay,have I mentioned you are one of my most favorite people? I love this post, you have single handedly described motherhood in all it's glory. We wouldn't change a thing (except missing kids, pee pee seats, a vomit down the heat vent). Wear your motherhood tiara proudly, Jaimie, you have earned it!!!!

  3. 3
    January 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    A friend sent me a link to your blog. I had twin boys one week ago and I loved reading this. Thanks for sharing. I have a blog about my twins http://www.8isgreat9isfine.blogspot.com if you want to check it out and “remember when”.
    -Cassie

  4. 4
    January 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    great post! I needed it today, it has been hard lately with just my ONE three year old little boy. Is 4 an 'easier' age for singletons too? I hope so

  5. 5
    January 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Not sure if I feel better or worse (my twin girls are 17 months) but I still appreciate the laugh! :) Having done both, I've discovered that you just can't fully appreciate twin life until you've lived it!!

  6. 6
    January 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    As a mom of one 5 year old, I often look back and think wow it was easy when she was younger. Then I remember how hard it was going through it at the time. I think things get easier and harder at the same time. You get over one herdle just in time for the next one. But the rewards…there are no words. Being a parent is the hardest and best job I've ever had.

  7. 7
    January 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    A friend also sent me your link. I have been using your recipes for months now! I have a son, 16; daughter, 12 AND 2-year-old boy/girl twins!!(YES, they were a surprise!). Your post is GREAT. It is nice to know that it gets EASIER (of course never Easy). Thanks for the laugh today. And, keep the awesome recipes coming….they make my life soooo much easier!

  8. 8
    January 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    My boy/girl twins are 5.5–it does just keep getting easier. Of course, I still have the 3 and 2 year old to deal with, but over all having 4 that are 5 and under is much easier that having 4 that are barely 3 and under. Or, for a few months I even had 3 that were 1 and under.

    However, twins are so much fun, and like Elliot Mom already said, you just can't appreciate it until you have lived it!

  9. 9
    January 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    What an awesome post! No, this post isn't about food, but you are a mom and wife as well as a cook. So go right ahead and share your mommy stories to, I love it.

  10. 10
    January 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I laughed at loud reading this. I have twin boys who are 21 months, they are not easy, but fun (most of the time). I bet your boys are loads of fun too (and I'm glad you found him).

  11. 11
    January 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    What sweet hearts, it is getting easier with my one kid too! I love it.

  12. 12
    January 20, 2011 at 2:22 am

    You have couple of cute boys…I'm sure they will keep you on your toes for a while yet, but they are all grown-up you will miss them dearly. I have one child left at home, and I'm seriously thinking that empty nest syndrome is going to hit me hard. Enjoy them while they're young. Great post!! And we can skip the food once in a while.

  13. 13
    January 20, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Oh, I was having a chuckle myself when I discovered my boy/girl twins 5, outside with their older 7, and younger 2, sisters in 30 degree weather with the water spigot on and they were soaked to the skin in their gloves and coats standing in the wading pool they had re-discovered from last summer. I had a fun day today.

  14. 14
    January 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Oh Jamie, I kinda know how you feel. I don't have twins, so I can't imagine it times 2. Glad you found your little missing Aaron and all is well in the world again. Parenting is never easy, only easier. Great post! Your boys are too cute!

  15. 15
    January 20, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks Jamie, you made my day!! you are so dang cute and you really lift me up, I think I am having one of those after Christmas, winter blues! thanks again you have a darling family!!

  16. 16
    January 25, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Thanks for the comic relief that only a mother of twins can fully appreciate. My boys are 6 and full of life. Like your boys they L-O-V-E! to help me in the kitchen. I am glad that they have such an interest and desire to help I know that won't stick around their whole lives so I am trying to enjoy it. Don't know that being a mom that there is ever really time to sit is there? Thanks for your great recipes my family has loved everything I have cooked from your blog, My little 4 year old boy always gives me a big thumbs up when I make your Orange Chicken Stir-fry!

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    Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Just had to let you know you are not alone. I could have wrote this post. I only have one son but I do have 5 daughters (including all identical triplet girls). I can tell you it doesn't necessarily get easier it just is different struggles. I can tell you with multiples you get extra blessings and kisses.

  18. 18
    January 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I realize this post was from a year ago but couldn't help say….I just loved this post. Having 4 kids the youngest two twin 1.5 year olds I UNDERSTAND the craziness. Recently the girls have been getting difficult (all normal just busier) and this post just reminded me that life with kids especially multiples is crazy! Angela

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