Thursday, November 20, 2008

Happy Birthday to Ze Twins

My twin daughters turn two today, and good lord am I exhausted. Exhausted but happy. I've become one of those happy people that really annoy me, and then it amuses me that I annoy myself. Which sounds very confusing but actually makes sense in my skewed version of reality.

Anyway, there are good things and bad things about having twins, although the list is greatly skewed toward the good side. (What is it with me and skewing today? I'm skewing toward using the word skewing all the time, which is really skewed.) I'm not going to write all the sappy things down, because it would be embarrassing and schtuff. I'm still deluding myself that you think I have big brass clangers. Which I do, only they're skewed.

Um. I just wrote that, and I have no idea what it means. But moving on...

Anyway, one of the good things about having twins is that they love books as much as I do, which is nice because son is only now starting to get into books at the age of five. The bad thing about this is that they're obsessed with Me Baby, You Baby, which I have now memorized. But this is also good because I don't have to look at it when I'm reading.

One of the bad things about having twins is that all of my evil twin related book plots now have to be thrown out the window, because then one of my girls will grow up thinking that I was hinting in the book that she's the evil twin. Or worse yet, both of them will WANT to be the evil twin because she is cooler and has better fashion sense.

When we were having twins, we talked long and hard about what to name them, and one suggestion that always made me laugh is to name your twins after famous pairs in pop culture. I'm still disappointed that we didn't have boys, because I think Han and Chewie Harris has a nice ring to it. A boy-girl pair of twins could be Batman and Robin Harris, although in that case their middle names would both have to be Eyebrows, which doesn't really flow well. Or if they're girls, they could be Charlie (short for Charlotte) and Angel Harris. Because Charlie's Angels are kewl, feathered hair and all.

But enough rambling on the subject of twindom. Happy birthday to my girls, and here's hoping that reading this in a few years doesn't send you straight to therapy. It could be worse. We STILL could have named you Han and Chewie.


Jamie Eyberg said...

Happy birthday to your girls! Maybe some day my boy could take them out (he is quite the flirt already and he still has months to go until he is two.)

Unknown said...

Huzzah to the twins.

You ever think it odd that Han and Chewie spoke to each other in two completely different languages, yet understood each other perfectly every time?

Hanna Banana said...

With all the skewing, would that make you a skewer??

Keri Mikulski said...

Happy Birthday to your twins. :) Enjoy!

Tiny T said...

Happy birthday to the twins!! :) They grow up so fast.

Vikki said...

Aww...Happy Birthday to your girly girls! I always thought it would be so fun to have twins! Though, if I had a boy and a girl, I'd name them Luke and Leia (and then my husband would immediately veto me and they'd end up with different names).

Adrienne said...

Yikes - double the birthday shopping!
Happy birthday to the girls!

Aaron Polson said...

Holy Smoking Batman Eyebrows, but you have a lot of Fall birthdays! Happy B-Day to the twins.

Thanks for the skew-talk; it brought me back to my salad days, when I tutored stats...ah, statistics...

PJ Hoover said...

Happy birthday to the darling twins! May they continue to bring you such great inspiration!

Cate Gardner said...


Michelle D. Argyle said...

The doctors were afraid my two-year-old was going to be twins. They had a right to be scared. Two of her would kill anybody.

So what DID you name your twins? I'm assuming you won't tell, because that would be skewed, right???

Here's to a skewed day! And thanks for making me laugh this morning. ;)

Ray Veen said...

Buying birthday gifts for twins becomes very very complicated. At age two, they're happy to get identical toys, but soon they'll realized that one of the toys is a tiny bit superior to the other.

And then all hell breaks loose.

The challenge becomes finding really similar toys that are equal in value and playability, but sufficiently different enough for there to be no point in fighting over the 'better' version.

Have fun today. You gonna post any pictures anywhere?

Carrie Harris said...

Jamie: There's only one problem with this. My girls already like the older men. They take after me when I was younger. Now, I date younger men. Or a younger MAN to be more precise. :)

Jeremy: Geek alert! When I was young, I wanted to learn to speak Wookie so badly.

Hanna: I guess it would. A lot of people would call me skewed. Or maybe skewish? ;)

Keri: Has anyone ever told you how nice you are? Because it's even obvious over a BLOG.

Tiny T: Yep. Pretty soon you'll be throwing them around in the kids' class. I pity the kid who tries to pick on them...

Vivi: That one came up, although obviously it didn't work what with the identical girls and all.

Adrienne: I know, I know. And right now it's not so bad. In years to come, I predict much drama.

Aaron: Ridiculous, isn't it? I don't really believe in the whole astrology thing, but it still amuses me that Slayer lives in a home with four Scorpios.

Oh, and I used to work as a statistician. Scary, eh?

PJ: Aw... thanks! I think you're in the same category as Keri.

Cate: Mwah! (That's from them, not from me. Sorry about the drool; they're only two you know.)

Glamis: Hmmm... I'll have to post on why I won't answer. But if you email me, of course I'll tell you. Which is a sneaky way to get more emails, I think.

BPV: If I had a working camera, I might. And yeah. We'll have lots and LOTS of drama at birthdays to come. I would just buy gift cards, but that's a total copout.

Fox Lee said...

Was Siegfried and Roy ever considered?

Lina said...

I always wanted to have an identical twin sister. When I told my mother see said "thank god there is only you because I could never survive two of you!" Yeah thanks mum! Happy b-day to you're little girls :)

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday to your girls!!!

Has the terrible twos hit? And does it hit double as hard when you have twins?

C.R. Evers said...

wow! you do have a lot of b-days this month! Happy B-day twins and everybody else! :0)


Scillius Maximus said...

Happy B-Day Left and Right!

Side Note: At least you did not bring up skewering. That's more like "ninja's with pointy objects" department.

Kelly Polark said...

Get ready for the terrible twin twos! Actually, I miss when my kids were that age! My youngest is 4! Happy Birthday to Hans and Chewie! (Luke and Leia were twins! I named loons at the cabin that once...)

K. M. Walton said...

Happy birthday to the twins - 2 is quite a milestone.

I can think of some more damaging names...

Bert & Ernie
Sunny & Cher
Tom & Jerry (that's not too bad actually)
Starsky & Hutch (god I loved that show when I was little)

Okay, I'll stop now.

Tabitha said...

I am ringing in a bit late today, but still ringing. :) So Happy Birthday to your girls! Do you have big party plans for the weekend?

We've got a birthday party to attend on saturday. It's insane how many parties we get invited to now. I've started buying birthday presents in bulk... :)

Stephen Duncan said...

Two year olds? Yikes! Happy B-day to them!!!

Suddenly I'm in the mood for kabobs. To do with all the skewering, no doubt.

P.S. Han and Chewie would be the best names evar!!1!

Michele Thornton said...

Happy birthday to the girls!

Oh, did you know that the terrible two's actually happen at three? Yeah, I didn't want to believe that either. A flack jacket and a LARGE dose of patience required. Frequent Starbucks, and long walks in between the horrible screaming and hair pulling...well, never mind. You enjoy this birthday.

(But really, lay in a supply of Zoloft. For You, silly, not the girls. They'll be fine.)

But not to fear. By five, they are just fabulous. Sweet, kind and smart.

Your girls will be amazing.

Mary Witzl said...

Happy belated birthday to your daughters, and what an opening statement that is: "My twin daughters turn two today" -- it sent shivers down my spine! You hardly needed to add that last part, you know -- it is a given that you're exhausted, especially when you go on to talk about your five-year-old. Good God. Good for you, being a happy, sappy person: a testament to your good nature, I'd say!

Carrie Harris said...

Natalie: No, but it should have been.

Lina: My girls are identical, and it's interesting to say the least. They can't decide if they love each other or hate each other.

Brenda: Oh yeah it's doubled. And the noise is TRIPLED. I don't quite understand that, but it's true.

Christy: Ridiculous, isn't it? This is why I start birthday shopping in July.

Skilli: *makes mental note to bring up skewering in subsequent post*

Kelly: That's true, and I like the names Luke and Leia, but Lukette doesn't work so well, and we obviously have girls.

KM: I almost put a line about Sonny and Cher in that post, actually. ;) Great minds, we think alike.

Tabitha: Thanks! No real plans; we had the family here last night. And I know what you mean; every time I buy a book or something, I get two and put one in the gift bin.

CWAC: I had the same problem! I'm making kabobs next week because I've suddenly got a craving. Heh.

Michele: Funny, because my boy did the terrible one-and-a-halfs. It gives me a headache just thinking about it.

Mary W: Actually, I'm more like certifiably insane, but thanks for the compliment. :)

Sherrie Petersen said...

My son has the same birthday as your girls! Happy birthday to them. :)

And I know what you mean. I used to mock people who got all sappy over their children. Now I've become one of those horrors who cries during movies and says dorky things like, "I remember when..."

I even cried during an Adam Sandler movie when I was pregnant. It made me so happy when the people finally liked him. Go figure!

Carrie Harris said...

Sherrie: Happy birthday to your son too!

Kiersten White said...

Carrie Harris, where have you been all my (blogging) life?

I like you.

That's all. If this were junior high and you were a boy, I would have had one of my friends ask one of your friends what you think about me, maybe in the form of a note.

Dear Carrie (which would probably have to be Cary, since you're a boy in this scenario),

Do you like Kiersten?

Check one:



But you don't have to send me a note back, because your stinky friends would never have answered my friends because boys in junior high were dumb.

Point being, I am glad you are not a junior high boy, I am glad I found your blog, and I've just discovered I have a tendency to leave really long, bizarre comments. On the bright side, maybe you aren't checking comments this far down anymore.

Lady Clauson said...

Happy birthday to them! I still can't believe just how fast they grow! My twins will be turning 9 in a matter of months! I miss them being little!! Wasn't it just a few months ago that you had them? A year ago? Certainly not TWO years have gone by already, have they?!?! geesh! Where does the time go....

Carrie Harris said...

Kiersten: Okay, the funniest part about this? In junior high, I had a crush on a boy named Cary, and I sent him one of those notes, and he never responded. I spent a lot of junior high dances crying melodramatically in the bathroom over that boy. I'd like a time machine so I can go back and potato smack myself.

Lady Clauson: I know, I know! I just realized the other day that they'll be old enough to start pre-school next year, and I alternately felt like crying and throwing a party. Because I love my girls. Of course I do. But to be in the house ALL BY MYSELF?!?! I cannot fathom it.

Kiersten White said...

Oh, junior high...glad I could bring up all of that trauma again for you!

bestfriend said...

Han and Chewie....Love it...You almost made me pee my pants! Not hard for a pregnant lady.