Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy birthday Alex! Happy birthday Nate!

My sweet little Alex,

Holy crap. You are five. FIVE.

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You grew up so much this year. You started off the year as a preschooler just starting to vocalize the thoughts in your brain and you grew into a full blown BOY.

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From the time you could move, you were 100% energy. This year, you added vocal loudness to your physical energy. You jumped, you climbed, you ran, and you continued to amaze me with your boundless energy. You inspire me every day to stay active and enjoy life's physical pleasures.

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You still wear your heart on your sleeve. You cry hardest when your feelings are hurt. You are a loyal friend and brother, and you stop me in my tracks with your sensitive, kind soul. Don't let anyone ever change that.

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This year I fell more in love with everything about you. Your love of legos. Your frequent hugs. Your desire to lay in bed at the end of the day and chat about anything and everything. The way you smile with your entire body. You are quite possibly the sweetest boy I've ever met, other than your dad.

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My sweet little Nate,

Holy crap. You are five. FIVE.

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You grew up so much this year. You started off the year as a preschooler just starting to show your physical side and you grew into a full blown BOY.

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From the time you were born, you have always done everything 100%. This year, your personality just got bigger and bigger. You shouted, you cried, you screamed, you showered us with affection. You continue to amaze me with your enthusiasm for life. You inspire me every day to go big or go home.

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You are still such a boundless extrovert. You talk to everyone, everywhere - the park, the library, the telephone, waiting in line at the grocery. When something great happens, you want to call everyone and tell them your news. You have taught me how much better life is when you share it with someone, and share it loudly. Don't let anyone ever change that.

Nate in winter hat


This year I fell more in love with everything about you. Your endless need to know the weather. The way your smile lights up a room. Your desire to lay in bed at the end of the day and chat about anything and everything. Your need to be the boss. You are quite possibly the most "in charge" person I've ever met, other than myself.

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Alex and Nate,

This was the year your relationship took off. We worried you would always be at odds with each other but this year you grew into best friends. Truly and totally best friends. Because of that, it might always be my favorite year.

You make each other laugh like no one else can.

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You *finally* love to do things together.

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You are crazy together.

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When I first found out I was having twins... THIS... this is what I imagined. I never get tired of hearing your conversations, hearing you laugh together, and seeing your relationship blossom and grow.

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I know I have a camera in your face a lot but one day, hopefully you will look back at these photos and see us, as we were. A happy family.

Alex and Nate at 5


Happy birthday Alex.
Happy birthday Nate.

Thank you for five of the best years of my life.

I love you,
Mom


Alex and Nate are 5!

39 comments:

Maria said...

Beautiful letters, Laura. This makes me so proud to know you! Happy Birthday Nate! Happy Birthday Alex! You've got a great Mommy, and those pictures will make you so happy one day!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Love it. Happy Birthday Boys!

Laura, your pictures are AWESOME!!!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Nate! Happy Birthday Alex! Love the pictures.

Beth said...

Happy Birthday Alex! Happy Birthday Nate! Hope you guys have a wonderfully special day. Can't wait to see you again soon. :-)

Lindsay said...

Happy Happy 5th Birthday!!!

JenFen said...

And now I am crying because you sum up your boys' personalities so well, it is just beautiful.

Happy birthday Nate and Alex!

Holy crap, they are FIVE!

A. said...

Happy Birthday to Alex and Nate! Great birthday post, Laura!

Mommy, Esq. said...

So sweet! I'm glad they are friends (and this gives me hope for Ned and Penny someday becoming friends too).

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Dear Laura, thanks for making me cry in the office!!!

I love your letters to the boys and the pics are just so descriptive of who they are - LOVE them.

Happy birthday, Nate and Alex. Have a wonderful day with your Mommy and Daddy.

Cacey said...

I love this post more than I can say. And it made me cry, just a little. Also, now I want Elijah to have a twin brother, or at least a brother, dangit!

Sadia said...

Happy birthday Alex! Happy birthday Nate!

You were the very first thing on my mind this morning.

Goddess in Progress said...

FIVE?! WHAT?!

Impossible.

Happy, happy, HAPPY birthday to Alex and to Nate. Unbelievable.

Rachel said...

happy birthday, boys! and great job mama! love and tears. r

Beth said...

Oh, Laura, this is beautiful! Happy happy birthday to your sweet and loving boys. They sure are blessed to have you for the mama.

Amy said...

I look forward to reading the birthday letters every year. They never disappoint and always leave me with a lump in my throat! Probably because I too have twin boys although they are just 2. Anyway, it is so awesome that you do this for them each year. I also wanted to say, how could you worry that Nate and Alex would be anything but best friends??? One is a mini-Laura and the other a mini-Jon, and your posts make it very clear that you are each others best friends!!! Totally makes sense that your boys would compliment each other perfectly!!
Amy

Carrie77 said...

Happy Birthday! Love the photo where they are sticking their tongues out at each other. That is 4 year old boys for ya!

Cynthia said...

Happy Birthday Nate! Happy Birthday Alex! And...Happy Birthday to Mommy and Daddy. Enjoy Five. I can't wait to read all about it :-)

Tanika Davis said...

CRYING at work is SO not a good look.
Thanks, LauraC. Sheesh.

Amy L said...

I love your birthday posts - they always make me tear up a little and look forward to the next stages I'll get to experience with my children.

Happy birthday Alex! Happy birthday Nate!

Kara said...

Happy Birthday Nate!! Happy Birthday Alex!! Such a beautiful post! Enjoy your big day boys!

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ememby said...

Happy birthday to your boys - I can't wait to get to the stage where my boys like each other, that will be one of the highlights of my parenting career!

erinlaughs said...

Happy Birthday Alex! Happy Birthday Nate! I hope you guys had an awesome weekend celebrating!

HeatherV said...

Birthday letters are always some of my fav posts, with a recap of a great year of pictures to boot.

Happy Birthday Nate.
Happy Birthday Alex.

You won the mom and dad lottery :)

The Anonymous Platypus said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you all have the best day ever! I found your blog when I was pregnant with my girls and I can't believe it's been that long! Congratulations and thank you for giving me hope that 4 will be a good year. i hope :)

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blogs for awhile now and love seeing your boys grow!

Happy Birthday Nate!!!!!
Happy Birthday Alex!!!!!

Gillian said...

I love the love. Happy birthday, Nate & Alex!!!

Erin S said...

Now, I am choked up at work! Happy Birthday to Nate and Alex. What precious boys...so fun watching the grow and change. At least on the computer :) Hope you all have a wonderful day!

papa turtle said...

happy birthday alex!!!!
happy birthday nate!!!!

Jill said...

Happy Birthday Alex! Happy Birthday Nate! So fun to watch them grow up. And Happy birth day to you mama.

Lesley Barr Photography said...

Happiest of birthdays to your amazing, awesome, and adorable boys. And congrats to you.....you're living the golden years right now!!!

thellfamily said...

Happy birthday Nate and Alex! I hope it was fantastic. Bring on the 5's =)

Julie said...

Wonderful, beautiful tribute to your boys! Happy happy birthday!!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

This made me CRY! Tears are seriously streaming down my face. Happy Birthday Alex & Nate! Love, love, love the pictures of them! Your boys are so handsome!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday Alex and Nate!

Laura I love the way you describe them. They are so unique and so wonderful. As always your photos are incrediable. Keep up the great work. I am going to have to start now to get Cam's 5th birthday post next week to be as thoughtful and poetic as yours.

Lori said...

Very sweet! Happy birthday to Nate and Alex!!

AmyY said...

I am a bit late, but Happy Birthday Nate! Happy Birthday Alex! Wishing you a wonderful year with your family.

Ann said...

Laura, your birthday letters to the boys always make me cry :)

Claroux said...

I'm sitting here bawling! That was such a beautiful post! I can't believe they are FIVE! I have always used your boys as a way to gauge what was coming my way since they are 6 months older than my girlies. And I couldn't agree with you more: it just keeps getting better and better! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET BOYS :-)