She arrived Thursday night and the girls immediately took to her. They each grabbed her by one hand and dragged her all around the house... showing her the playroom and the bathroom and the nursery and the guest room. They narrated it in their own unique way with lots of babble interspersed with real words here and there. Vicki has three kids of her own so this was a pretty comfortable introduction to my duo.
Vicki and I worked together at Riverside County Department of Social Services back in the early 2000's. We were hired at the same time to be Program Specialists for the Welfare to Work program and we became fast friends. When Andrew and I married in late 2001, she was my Maid of Honor. I can't imagine anyone else that I'd trust near my wedding dress with a pair of scissors on the night before my wedding (she cut off the bottom 2 inches of my wedding dress!). She's amazing and we're so lucky to have her in our life! We just wish we got to see more of her!
We had 24 children and 30 adults in attendance. It was pretty hectic but it was LOADS of fun! There was a giant inflatable Blue's Clue's Bouncer in our backyard along with our swing set and sidewalk chalk and an area set up with a bunch of "wet stuff" (toddler pools, sprinkler, water table, etc).
We had pizza and soda, juice, TsingTao beer, chips and salsa/guacamole and a bunch of fresh fruit. Then we gathered in the kitchen to sing Happy Birthday and Gwen grinned from ear to ear while Maddy hid her face in her hands. Then they both blew out their three candles.
Ten minutes after handing them their first piece of cake, Maddy was staring at her fork in disgust while Gwen was still shoveling it in! The accounts for the 12 pound weight difference of our "twins"!
When the girls unwrapped their presents, it was a total blur! Both of them were grabbing packages and tearing into them before Andrew and I could salvage the card and attempt to make a speedy note of Who game them What. I found myself holding up stuff and asking "Who gave us this?" so I could quickly thank them before Gwen or Maddy tore into something else. We got NO pictures of this chaos but I think other people did so please share anything that you think came out well. We're attempting to send Thank You emails but it'll be a slow process and we feel really bad that we'll probably miss someone. If you don't hear from us, please know that we appreciated that you came to the party and we wish we could acknowledge what you gave to our girls. Next year, we promise to be better organized in this area!