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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. 


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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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