Premature Miracle Twins Turn Seven

Aiselyn and Emya ( pronounced Eh-Mya ) were born at  26 weeks and 3 days and it was touch and go for those preemies for a long time. Later on , Emya had a hemangioma growth inside of her neck, requiring serious surgery that did not allow her to return home for months.

If ever little girls were surrounded by love and prayer it is those two. They are little miracle twins. Now they are often as tough or tougher than their brothers.

They turn seven years old on Tuesday and the family celebrated with a party on Sunday afternoon.

Because all of the children are eagerly looking forward to a beach vacation in July, their cake had a beach theme. ( but it is very clever…it is actually all pull-apart cupcakes which makes serving a tribe of cousins and little friends quite easy ! )

There was so much good food. An aunt made rigatoni & meatballs and I made a huge salad to accompany that. A neighbor made a crockpot full of a hot BBQ chicken dip, which was quite addicting. There was fried chicken and potato salad and my youngest grilled steak and vegetable kabobs as well as a pan of asparagus and other vegetables.

Last year their grandfather ( the one who recently died ) and I bought scooters, helmets, pads, etc. for the girls and then followed that theme on for the boys and Kate.

This year, after having gone through my THIRD umbrella at the Dollar Store ( turning inside out and breaking in the slightest wind ) and knowing that the same thing was going on with the childrens’ umbrellas….I went on to Amazon to order a good umbrella for myself as well as the girls. I did get them a few other things but the umbrellas were a hit : )

Here they were last year…I was worried that umbrellas and a few games wouldn’t match up to scooters but they seem to be equally happy :)

Girls and gear collage

Life goes on…we are in the midst of sorrow yet finding joy as we can :)

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It’s the Little Things ( KIDS ) in Life…

There’s a saying about it being the little things in life…well sometimes those little things are kids, as in grandkids :)

Not too long ago I had posted about my grandson having a day off of school.

He spent it with me ( HERE

That grandson is in a different school district than the other three, who had their in-service day later on. They too spent their day here.

We started out with a movie and then moved on to baking cookies. Javis wanted to play a video game so it was just the girls and I. They shared measuring, mixing, and chopping duties. ( We were making chocolate chips + butterscotch chips + nuts cookies. )

It doesn’t get much better than having a fruit salad and cookies warm from the oven for a mid-morning snack…

Well…there ARE the beaters to lick :)

After lunch and cleaning up we headed off to let their dog out and play with him for awhile and go on to the local library.  It is just up the block from their house.  There the back room was set up for a boredom-buster day due to school being out.

There was a craft table set up to make St. Patrick necklaces with yarn, paper shamrocks and fruit loops, several tables with games and puzzles, and a Lego area set up.  They have a Lego club that meets twice a month for an hour….Javis goes when he can and one of his creations is in the front foyer when you walk in.

He beat me at Trouble.

Mostly?

We ate cookies :)

Late afternoon when they left for home, snow was swirling around and I was happy to anticipate staying in for the cold weekend ahead and getting a little more quilting done, among other things.

Most of the cookies went into a container for their house ( ” because you love us” , Mya observed ) but I kept a dozen here to go into the freezer.  You know…for energy :)

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