double joys

my twins, arthur and alexander, turned 14 years old yesterday. as their orientation, there was no lavish celebration. the four of us just had a private and simple dinner at racks, southmall.

the twins, with their ever-loyal fan, knight
the twins, with their ever-loyal fan, knight
arthur, the eldest,@ 14
arthur, the eldest,@ 14
6 more years for knight to be 14
6 more years for knight to be 14
what made this year’s celebration different though was my not cooking spaghetti and buying a cake to blow. it was the twins’ request. my reaction was a mixture of surprise (because i know they loved my spaghetti), thankfulness (because i wouldn’t be busy cooking again though i love doing it for them), and happiness (because it showed that they have already outgrown these two birthday symbolisms). with this change, i let them decide on what to do on their red-letter day.
1st cake...12 more followed...
1st cake…12 more followed…
alexander's original nickname on his 1st cake
alexander’s original nickname on his 1st cake
there were only two things that they wanted to do on their 14th natal day. first is to have new games to be downloaded in their psp, and second is to eat dinner. they took all their time in choosing the games that they wanted to have. when it was already time to eat, i had to make the inquiry on the final venue when my three sons agreed not to go to their favorite pizza parlor (thank God for this!) big CHANGE indeed.
 what made me feel special was when i was given the privilege to pick the place for us. i was quick with my answer. i have been really planning to dine at racks to find out if they still serve their best-tasting grilled baby back ribs. with a pat on my back from alexander, i knew that they would not oppose my choice. i was touched. i felt i was the one celebrating my birthday! wowoweeeee!
with the birthday celebrators and my youngest
with the birthday celebrators and my youngest
 with the birthday celebrators and my youngest
proud to be the mother of three KINGS!
the food satisfied us all. of course, nothing would beat the bonding that we had despite missing the presence of my husband. in spirit, he was with us after personally making a telephone call for the twins early morning.
14 years…so fast. as if they did not pass babyhood. arthur, standing at 5′ 8″ and alexander at 5′ 8.5″ , have already dwarfed their father and me. looking at them made me do a flashback the day the Lord doubly blessed me.
polaroid photo of my twins right after delivery, taken at san juan de dios hospital
polaroid photo of my twins right after delivery, taken at san juan de dios hospital
my obs congratulatory card, with a rose (dried and kept in an old album)
my obs congratulatory card, with a rose (dried and kept in an old album)
a wish granted to have twins (this was confirmed when i had an ultrasound on my eight month of pregnancy; this information was withheld though by my ob in the course of my regular check-ups to surprise us), i realized how lucky i was.
 and so with my arthur and alexander.
 the first grandchildren of my parents-in-law, they were showered with all the attention and love by their lolo, lola, titos, and titas from both sides. they would always be the center of attention everytime we would visit relatives in cavite and bicol. at one point, i felt they were “unusual” creatures to be ogled at in circus (we had this during daraga townfiestas). well, this was the lighter side of it.
 frankly, raising twins is one of the most challenging jobs a mother could have. from the time they were born, their needs should be provided always in twos including their nannies. that’s why when the problem of manpower could no longer be solved year 2000, i had to take a one-year leave of absence from my teaching job to be a hands-on nanay.
at 1 1/2 months on their baptism
at 1 1/2 months on their baptism
at 6 months
at 6 months
at almost 1, learning to walk
at almost 1, learning to walk
at one year
at one year
but no regrets sacrificing my career to be a full-time mother to arthur and alexander. i was able to closely supervise them on their formative year enjoying every single moment from bathing them one after the other, up to dressing them up in duplicate. the happiness and pride as i see them growing up normally and healthily were immense… i had to secretly congratulate myself.
two little indians
two little indians
first visit in manila zoo
first visit in manila zoo
at 2 1/2 years
at 2 1/2 years
on their 3rd birthday
on their 3rd birthday
at four, prep1 students at saint jude catholic school
at four, prep1 students at saint jude catholic school
at 14, my two hands are no longer enough to count the age of atoy and di (alexander’s personally approved pet name from xandie). funny is, both of them abhor (oh yes, that intense!) wearing the same clothes now. that’s why i had a laugh when their tito joseph still bought same shirt design for them as a birthday present (aside from the out-of-town swimming treat) last october 27. the twins reacted in private that their tito did something out of habit. the same anecdote when i bought them their attire for their batch party last march. well, i just had to reason out that at least, lancelot had already a reserved bigger size if they succeed in preserving their long sleeved tops and hand them down to their brother.
 as i am about to end this article, i am forming several questions what the future will bring to my twin sons. am i worrying? partly… with the kind of society that we have now, i cannot stop myself from feeling this.
when my husband decided to go back to his overseas work in 2006, i have performed a dual role in disciplining my sons. yes, i am confident that i have not fallen short of my reminders to them, but in the development of one’s character, there are several factors that contribute to it.
 right now, i will continue instilling the values that they need to survive and be successful. i will patiently pray that the wish that i had for them on their first birthday will be realized.
cover of the invite
cover of the invite
the contents
the contents

i know, i do not hold their future. what i can only hold is the documentation of what they were in the past…

my twins  collage...4 years in the making by me
my twins  collage…4 years in the making by me

thus, whatever they choose to be in their life i do pray that they will not be a disappointment to those who have loved them unconditionally…

arthur's and alexander's juxtaposed grade school graduation photos in san beda college alabang, march 2012
arthur’s and alexander’s juxtaposed grade school graduation photos in san beda college alabang, march 2012
showing individuality in their choice of casual wear
showing individuality in their choice of casual wear
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