Thursday, May 14, 2009

they're twins? really?










i have twin two year old daughters, kathryn scarlett and caroline elizabeth. i can not figure out how they came from the same two parents, let alone shared a womb for nine months. they are exact polar opposites.

in the beginning, when we had coordinated outfits (usually one purple and one pink), my husband decided cara would wear purple and katie would have pink. for some reason, that stuck and now when you ask them what color they are, katie answers pink and cara, purple. it has gotten to the point where neither girl will use the other sister's color if given a choice (i.e. katie won't let me dry her with a purple towel after her bath. fun). in fact, when you ask them what they are, cara answers "purplicious" and katie, "pinkalicious." (we totally LOVE those books here! thanks to the authors for writing one for each girl!)

caroline is the younger of the two. she is slightly shorter (maybe an inch) and a couple pounds heavier. katie is a string bean, noticeably lighter. they have completely different builds. katie has wavy red hair. cara has stick straight brown hair.

the differences do not end with their physical appearance. jack just had his fifth birthday, so birthday party themes have been a big topic here lately. caroline frequently tells us that she wants a princess party (she has a slight princess fetish. she tells me all the time that she is a princess and that i am also a "pincess...like me!"). my darling miss scarlett, on the other hand, has decided she wants a monster party (i'm thinking maybe a fairytale party with a purple princess and a big scary dragon that doubles as a monster). dressing the girls for mother's day in their pink and purple seersucker dresses, katie INSISTED on wearing her sneakers (with her lacy socks) and cara put on her pretty ruffled sweater with her white maryjanes and ruffle socks (note the photos). on sunday, we were at my mother's for mother's day and all of the kids were playing in the yard. only one of the five asked their father to play baseball with him/her. it was katie. this morning, as i sat drinking coffee, cara asked me if she could brush my hair. i said yes and she stood on the back of my hair, hitting me in the head with a plastic brush, and asking "i do pincess hair fo you?" at thomas' communion mass, the girls came in with my mother, dressed to the nines (white organza dresses, pretty pink bows and pink maryjanes, pink satin purses). caroline was carrying her favorite baby and her purse. kathryn had her brand new home depot tool set, complete with battery-operated drill. apparently, i have one total girly-girl and one tomboy.

people frequently ask me if they do everything together and if they have their own "twin" language. umm...no. they barely speak to one another at all, let alone have a special way of speaking exclusively among themselves.

the one place where they have happened to find common ground is in the "getting in trouble" department. it's funny how they do not play together AT ALL, yet when cara decides to wash dishes with a bottle of dish detergent, katie is more than happy to join her. and when katie decides to make scrambled eggs in the dining room, cara is glad to be her sous chef (however...cara is totally picking a way fancier apron than katie is when they are cooking). and when either one of them decides to empty EVERY SINGLE article of clothing from the drawers in their bedroom, her sister's got her back.

do you think this is giving me a glimpse into the future? i can just see it now...the only time i ever find my girls out together is when i get a phone call from the police station/annoyed parent/neighbor, etc. awesome.

19 comments:

  1. They are so cute.

    We have that Pinkalicious book. Natalie loves it.

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  2. though i do not have girl kid(4boys), i envy you for these two little soooooooo cute twins. they are so lovely,yes they may be twins borne the same day yet they have different personalities, i'm sure when they grow up you will see more of their differences.

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  3. Beth, too funny!! My twins are exactly like that as well even though they are B/G they are POLAR opposites in every way. My daughter has dirty blonde hair like I did when I was younger and my son has blonde blonde almost platinum like my hair as well. He is very shy, timid, lover boy and DD is the life of the party, can't shut her up, and she is a girly girl but a bit of a tom-boy. I love watching them, they are just so fun and interesting. Glad you stopped by!!

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  4. Well, I am SO glad to know I am not alone in the toilet issues!!! ;) Thanks for visiting me. :) I really like the green and purple goin' on over here. :)

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  5. When i first met Katie & Cara.... i so thought Cara was gonna be the tomboy, and Katie would be the girly girl princess. I was wayyy off!

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  6. They're so adorable! Twins must be hard at times but hey two babies...one pregnancy! Can't beat that! My husband is a twin and he and his brother are very different in most ways and very alike in others...it's weird!

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  7. By the way, I've been MIA for a couple days...your blog looks great!

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  8. They are so cute! Love their haircuts!

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  9. They are so cute. It's great that they have their own personalities. :)

    Join me in some baby shower fun today by visiting my blog!

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  10. I have gotten lucky with the clothes. The younger boy does not mind hand me downs. I hope it lasts!!!

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  11. awwwhhhh....I love hearing about the twins!!! What cutie patooties!!! I lloooovvvee your blog makeover!!!!....it's terrific!!!

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  12. Cute new blog design!

    Sounds like Cara's going to love the princess carriage, while Katie might have preferred a tractor. :)

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  13. I have identical twin girls (7 y.o.) and they are identical in all that they do... And it isn't a good thing!! I've been wishing lately that they were more individual.

    Your twins are beautiful :)

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  14. lol, they're adorable in any event and i'm sure it's just as common to have polar opposites as it is to have twins that are similar to one another! it's cute that they're so different but maintain that "got your back" connection with eachother!

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  15. Maybe polar opposites are 'a good thing', my one little princess is more than I can handle sometimes with girl attitude.

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  16. I love that they are so opposite! They compliment each other well.

    Better for them to be loyal to each other than at each other's throats. :) Good luck with the birthday theme. I like your idea.

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  17. Funny how genetics works, isn't it? I have two girls (not twins, though), and they are complete opposites as well. And that's a good thing. Because if they were both like one of them (who shall remain nameless to protect the... guilty), I would go completely insane!

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  18. that is a cute post :)

    I love the new look!

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  19. i am totally late on this, sorry, i have been having computer troubles.

    anyways, that is funny that they are both the same when it comes to getting into trouble! LOL

    i love the new design!

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