And I Call Them Thing One and Thing Two

The twins turned 1 last Thursday. The house was (and really, still is) an utter disaster of unpacked boxes, misplaced furniture, and mountains of toys that needed to be stored and organized, but we tried to focus as much as possible on the birthday babies, and the long, crazy journey of the past year.

Isabella started a rumor early in the day that there would be cupcakes served after dinner. Given the infrequency of treats in our house, this was a big deal for all three kids.

So seriously. The word on the street is that we're getting cupcakes tonight. Care to confirm or deny?


First, we stripped them down and sang to Luci and Nicholas individually.
Not loving off-key "Happy Birthday" rendition.

And then it was time...
Make fun of my pink and purple bunny bib, and I will crush you like cupcake.

Bottom's up!

Dude, you're supposed to eat it, not smash it. Boys.

We had their party at the new house on Sunday. All 35 of our guests fit in the house comfortably, which was a big relief.

Something is going on. We're just not quite sure what it is yet.

Behold, my sister's masterpiece for their "Thing 1 and Thing 2" party, which she sent from Seattle.

What? I didn't mention that we often call Nicholas "Nico"? Now you know.

Isabella's smash cake took me approximately eleven-hundred hours to make and decorate. I made the cake from scratch. I made the frosting from scratch. I piped 500,000 little flowers on it, which took her less than 60 seconds to obliterate.

The twins? Got the best Pillsbury had to offer.

Fortunately, they didn't seem to notice the difference.

Cake? Bring it!

Come near our cakes and you will lose that finger.

OMG. Best.Stuff.Evah.

Frosting in nose is saved for later. Please do not remove.

And the cake for those not eating with their fingers, which I did not make, from a box or otherwise.

Just like Isabella on her first birthday, Luci and Nicholas were pretty uninterested in the present-opening, and much more interested in eating the books and playing with wrapping paper. Isabella, however, rediscovered her inner one-year-old and was more than happy to take over tearing into their toys and playing with them.

These kids have spent the last year seriously kicking my arse. They are not easy babies. They still cry and fuss a lot. And they still do not like to sleep. But oh my goodness, they are a whole year old now, and I know (I just know) it's going to get easier from this point forward.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

15 Responses to “And I Call Them Thing One and Thing Two”

  1. # Blogger Mom24

    They are too adorable. I hope they have a wonderful too, although you are WAY too brave to have said that out loud. :-)

    You do great parties.  

  2. # Blogger Jamie

    It has to get better after a year -- doesn't it??

    Love the theme and love the pics!!


  3. # Blogger Pregnantly Plump

    What great pictures! They look so happy, cute and sweet! I think you are right that this year will be much easier for all of you. I've only heard about the wonderful ones, not the onerous ones.
    We're in a mess of boxes as well, and it's KILLING me.  

  4. # Blogger Rachel

    Happy birthday Luci and Nico! And what a wonderful party your mom threw. Still considering hosting our first birthday party in a bar just to make sure expectations aren't too high ...  

  5. # Anonymous Lis Garrett

    Aw . . .

    SWEET pictures!  

  6. # Blogger In Due Time

    Happy Happy Birthday babies! :-)

    It looks like they had a blast!  

  7. # Blogger Veronica

    They look great! I'm so glad you've made it through the first year. Here's hoping it gets easier from now on!  

  8. # Blogger Jesser

    Happy B'day to those two sweeties. I swear they get cuter every day. Huge congrats again to you for surviving their first year!! You really are very amazing.  

  9. # Blogger Cape Cod Kitty

    LOL, LOL those pix are just great. L & N are so funny with the cakes and cupcakes and I love the one of Isabella sitting between them.
    Happy House to all of you and may the settling in now begin.
    You are right, the next year should be easier.  

  10. # Anonymous Ness @ Drovers Run

    They are B-E-A-Yootiful. Really. Growing so darn fast. What size clothes are they in now?  

  11. # Anonymous Ramona

    I love that the birthday posters have continued to be a tradition in your family!
    Happy Birthday Little Ones!  

  12. # Blogger Sunny

    Fun fun fun!!! It's a big accomplishment for all of you -- the first twelve months of life aren't easy on anyone. That's why Mother Nature made babies so adorable, so we don't float them down the river in a basket.

    Happy birthday again, Nicholas and Luci!  

  13. # Blogger Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog

    I STILL can't believe they are 1...

    Anyway. CUTE cakes and decorations. Oh, yeah, the kids are pretty adorable, too...  

  14. # Blogger Holly at Tropic of Mom

    That photo of you with Luci and Nico is just perfect! Love all the cakes. And the frosting up the nose.  

  15. # Blogger Christine

    They are adorable! And you look great.

    Happy Birthday again Luci and Nico!  

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