As quick as a flash, the not so ‘terrible twos’ are over and my sons are into another year of their lives.
Lots of folk have said to me recently:
‘Ooh, I bet you’ll be glad when the two’s are over won’t you?’
But I can honestly say — hand on heart — no, I’m not glad it’s over.
I’m delighted to have seen my two little boys safely into another year of their lives but time seems to be gobbled up so quickly these days. They’re speeding, ever faster, away from the babies I once knew. I love the fact that they’re growing up into such amazing little people but I wish it wasn’t happening quite so fast.
Their birthday dawned misty, with the promise of sunshine — a far cry from the day that I met my babies for the first time. There was snow on the ground that day and the sky was the colour of iron. It was bitterly cold and I remember feeling so fearful, wondering if I was going to be able to keep them warm enough — they were so tiny and fragile.
Three years on and the babygrows have been replaced by jeans and hoodies, the booties have given way to cute little sneakers and the tiny, mewling little scraps of skin and bone are now mop-headed, rambunctious little boys.
We celebrated with a pirate birthday party — a little gathering of friends and family — and more chocolate and cake than you can shake a (piñata) stick at.
A pirate birthday party
It was so much fun decorating the house, ready for the party! I can totally see how party planners get hooked into doing that for a living.
I found some amazing pirate themed tableware and decorations from a website called Party Delights. They’ve got SO much stuff to choose from that it was really difficult to make a decision — balloons, party favours, a fantastic range of tableware — and not just for little pirates either; I bet whatever theme you can think of, they will have some decorations to suit.
The boys wore sweet little striped tops by Bob & Blossom from a fab little site called Little Chickie that has so many lovely clothes and gifts for little people.
I’d decided against getting them dressed up head to toe in pirate fancy dress but a little nod to the theme, by way of a nautical stripe, was perfect.
We played Piñata — this was the first time that the boys had done this and they took great delight in belting a giant treasure chest, which we’d filled with chocolate coins.
I’m so thankful it was such a beautiful afternoon too, being able to get outside in the fresh air made me feel as thought we’ve finally said goodbye to the winter.
All in all the most amazing day — a pirate birthday party for my two favourite little people — and a fitting celebration to mark them turning three.
They are the absolute light of our lives; more precious than I can put into words. Their daddy and I were happy before they arrived — he’s my best friend in the whole world and we love each other’s company — but the arrival of our sons shifted everything, in a way that I couldn’t really have imagined and made everything complete.
They altered our relationship in the best way possible; changed our label as ‘a couple’ into that of ‘parents’.
I love these little faces more than I can say! Here’s to them and to a magical, brilliant fourth year — Happy Birthday Twinkles xx
PS — I am making no apologies for the number of photos in this diary entry!! I took almost 400 pictures on Sunday so I think I’ve managed to narrow them down as well as I could.
This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.