Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Haven and Mira Turn Two: Beach Party!

For someone who loves a good party, I'm not very good at planning them. So when it dawned on me that the twins were turning two in less than 48 hours and we had nothing planned (will I ever learn?), I scrambled to get something together. While, on the one hand, they were only turning two and really didn't know what all the fuss was about, on the other hand, they were turning two and a little party was in order. So, as one does when you live on the water, we hit the beach. One advantage of island life is the fact people aren't so over-scheduled and busy that finding attendants for a last minute, thrown together party isn't really a problem. Another factor in our favor was that their birthday fell on a Sunday, so most people had the day off and our neighborhood friends weren't in school. And finally, having the beach bar available to make drinks for the adults and pizzas for the kiddos didn't hurt. My parents had brought down the presents we ordered, and my dad had stocked up on birthday horns, hats and decor, so all we really needed was a venue and some guests. I sent out a few messages, grabbed some cake mixes and frosting and we called it a party. A party it was!

But before I delve into the festivities...a word on my twinkles. I cannot believe they are two. It seems only yesterday we had their first birthday party in St. John, and not that much longer before that we got the news that I was cooking two in my womb while in Grenada. Haven and Mira have been my greatest challenge to date, and as with all great challenges, have bestowed upon me the greatest lessons and rewards. Being a mom to twins has changed me in a million ways, but more than anything I am blown away by the love I have for these little fish and the immense amount of joy they bring me. I never thought it would be possible to love two little people - born minutes apart, yet polar opposites - equally (I mean, surely there must be a favorite, right?) But, no. My absolute adoration of each of them knows no bounds. They are also an interesting lesson in genetics as they share not a single feature down to their fingernail beds... But it's their spirits and personalities - also very different yet equally enticing - that have captivated me as of late...It's why I love toddlers so very much; this hyper awareness that these tiny people actually have their own minds, thoughts and desires and - despite what science might tell you - a lot of it is hard wired! Their curiosity, the way they look at the world, how joyful they are at the simplest things, watching their brains soak up the world around them like's incredible. Being a mom to our three girls is my life's greatest joy. Sorry to get all mushy, but it really is.

Haven has developed into the feistiest little cutie you have ever seen, not that it's much of a surprise since she's been hell on wheels since day one. She is incredibly strong - in both will and body - and parenting her spirit has taken some adjusting. But as demanding as she can be, she is the easiest to make smile, her laugh is infectious and she will almost never say no to a big hug and kiss. Her little light shines so bright and, when she is happy, she is joy personified. She is so excited about everything and knows no fear. She is mischievous and precocious and so much fun. Her exuberance and energy are unmatched, and she is pure beauty and magic. Mira, more mellow and pensive, is equally as spirited, but in a more understated way. Incredibly pensive and bright, she flies under the radar. Everyone who meets her comments on how thoughtful she is, and how they can just see the wheels turning behind her gorgeous eyes. Her beautiful little face has a thousand expressions and every single day she shows me more sweetness and truth behind her complexity. She is a lover, and when she trusts you, you will be privy to the greatest cuddles you have ever gotten. Oftentimes when we are on the boat, Isla and Haven will be playing with their toys, while Mira and I lay on the settee, just snuggling away. She melts my heart a million times a day.

These two little creatures could not be more different, and yet - I love them equally. Each day I think I love them more, which seems impossible. People ask me all the time how I stay at home with them day in and day out, encourage me to get a nanny, to send them to daycare so I can get a break...and while I do have my bad days, and while I do long for more time to do the things I want (I am researching ways to get "me" breaks), I truly cherish this time with my girls. I love that we are a tight little family tribe and I adore watching the bond between them - three different dynamics in all - flourish. "It's only a short window of time that they are this young" I remind people. "This will go by in the blink of an eye." So, for now, I dedicate most of my hours and most of myself to them. And it's my pleasure.


I took a ton of pictures on their birthday (I treated myself to a new lens - 24mm pancake lens - and tried it out on this special day) and so I will let those tell the story....
Grandpa came over with Grandma bright and early with round one of birthday hats! Having them here was so special.
Haven was very excited by the dump trucks we got her to play with at the beach!
We all had breakfast at our favorite place, Gennekers, at Nanny Cay.

Claire - one of our fave waitresses - even treated the girls to cupcakes! But not until each one gave her a kiss!
After breakfast we took a hike up to Sage Mountain with my parents. More on this in another post! It was beautiful.
During naptime, I made cupcakes and cake, and Scott and our neighborhood friends decorated!
Look at all these sweet monkeys! They *really* enjoyed the leftover icing!!
These two sweeties made this awesome sign/card for the girls, which now stays in their room.
Each twin got her own Melissa & Doug sand baking set (believe me, getting two is much better than one when it comes to twins!)
Isla, of course, helped both of them open their present!
Our sweet boat kid neighbor made this awesome, healthy snack to bring to the party.
The party in full swing. It was laid back, casual, and pretty perfect if you ask me!
Mira was particularly adorable on this day. We LOVE our sport wagon , btw!
Despite getting her own sand toys for her birthday, Haven opted to play with those another kid brought. Typical.

Pizza party on the beach. What could be better?
Our sweet friend, Albertine (I met her and her lovely husband doing laundry one night), loving up little Mira.
My dad did all the decorating, how sweet was that? The theme (if you can call it that) was My Little Pony.
Adults and kiddos having fun.
The staff of the beach bar have all become like family to us, this is our buddy, Garth, slinging drinks for the party.
Isla and the newest neighborhood kid playing away. These two are pretty darn cute together!
Haven and her million dollar smile. This kid can turn on the charm like none other!
Daddy and Isla having a chat on the swings.
Every now and then someone notices that I am taking all the pics and snaps one of me. My beautiful friend and I!
The girls had SO much fun with their new Hello Kitty beach ball!
Having doing her best "monkey hug" on Grandpa.
These two's amazing. The twin bond is really something. (when they are not fighting, of course!)
Face full of sand, dirt and cake. Life is good!
Wait..there's more cake? Time to sing!
The girls were excited for this part, but weren't really sure what it was all about. 
This, however, she is VERY sure about. Haven speaks fluent "cupcake". I think she had five on this day!
A little twin moment. Would love to know what they are saying to each other!
More cupcakes...well, why not!!
This cake turned more into a smash cake than anything.
Are you counting the cupcakes?!?
Haven trying to explain that, no, she will not share her cupcake with our good friend, Kevin.
The end of the night came fast and we had to get the cuties home, bathed and in bed. One final picture with her adoring grandma. A great day had by all!


Kat said...

Super cute pics! I just love following your family's adventures. Totally random question but I'm so curious about your twins having very different hair lengths--was that by request?

Windtraveler said...

That's just how their hair grows!! Neither has had s haircut!

Kat said...

Wow that is crazy!!! My 16 month old literally has like 3 hairs on her head so I'm fascinated by little girls with actual hair. Yours are super cute but I'm so intrigued by the difference. How amazing. Cheers to you for surviving the first two years!

Cindy said...

Hi Brittany! We were at the cafe the morning of the party, and I am HONORED to be in the background of your picture! said...

Hi guys, so sorry we missed the party ! Beautiful pictures told the story of the day so well, as usual.
Happy Birthday to Mira and Haven, and soon Isla too.
Love and hugs,
Sandy and Ray s/v Megerin

Maggie said...

Happy birthday, twinsies! Looks like it was a perfect day!

insanemommy said...

Britt - I feel like our lives are so similar. I'm living vicariously through you as a read your blog. Ha ha. I vacationed in the BVI years ago as a single girl working for the airlines. Island hopping and late night partying. Boy, that was some fun times. I am married now and have have twins (11 years old) who also look nothing alike or act alike. Zero. But, boy what fun we have had raising them. You have inspired me to research vacation options that are not the "typical". If we get down your way - I would love to meet you. You are leaving the dream, girl!

Rony :)
Atlanta, GA

Unknown said...

We hung out at this place in evening last week before heading out to our next destination. While we were at LA venue here we found the service to be quick and attentive. Probably because it was early on a Friday and it was still kind of empty.

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