Sunday, April 19, 2009

Birthday Dresses

Mom made these dresses for us for our birthday one year. She always made our birthdays special. I think it was a Daisy Kingdom pattern. Maybe she can comment and tell us how many hours she spent on them!

From the candles, it looks like it was our 9th birthday--1983. Silly picture!

Mom saved the dresses and passed them on eventually. Our cousin wore one and returned it years later.

Here's Kira wearing it in 2004 at age 6.

The sleeves are a little faded but it's in really good shape for being about 25 years old! I think this was Stacy's dress because my vest had different buttons. We dressed alike often but little differences in style or color made it our own.

Mom's Note:
"Yes, I made these from one of the original Daisy Kingdom patterns. They were a load of work but a lot of fun to make too and they wore them a lot - besides passing them on! They weren't cheap for fabrics, ribbon, lace, and buttons! Quite a few hours to make and I think I was keeping them a surprise so had to finish them after they went to bed just before their big day - my Mom helped me finish them up in time! And, I never made the pattern again! Mom."

Monday, March 30, 2009

How Twins Are Made

It can't be any easier (or cuter) than this!

Monday, March 23, 2009

9 Sets of Twins

9 Sets Of Twins At Orfordville Elementary School
School Has 240 Students

ORFORDVILLE, Wis. -- What are the odds of having twins?

Better yet, what are the odds of having nine sets of twins at an elementary school with just 240 students?

The sixth grade at Orfordville Elementary School in Rock County has five pairs of twins. The fourth and fifth grades have two sets each.

Science teacher Dennis Socwell is a twin himself. Socwell said in some cases, it's tough to tells the twins apart. One example is Haley and Marina Gookin. He said they're identical twins with very similar personalities.

Two other Orfordville staff members, physical education teacher Jim Viaenne and food service worker Marilyn Klassy, also have a twin.

The school has even set aside a special day. The students dress like one another on Twin Day.
I remember there was a set of boy twins in our preschool class. I remember (or Mom repeating the story) that we couldn't tell the boys apart & Mom explained that's how it was for other people that that they couldn't tell us apart. We didn't understand why people couldn't tell us apart. Funny! I suppose it's not likely that all 9 sets will graduate in the same school district but wouldn't that be a fun class?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Mom's Favorite Quote

"You might wish there were two of you,
but you'll never wish there was
one of them.
I'll add both of these pictures because there's not many of us with Mom. She was always taking the pictures!

Me & You

Our first day of kindergarten, I believe. Julie on the left, in blue, Stacy on the right, usually in red. Mom made these dresses. The little sidewalk, tree and driveway are no longer there.

Julie wrote this for our birthday in 2006.

Peering into the pictures of our past
I see all the things that did not last.

The little dresses Mom made us
The birthdays and once treasured presents in old photographs…those we all outgrew.

Thinking of how it is now and the way we were:
No, the memories aren’t all bliss--
Through it all I know I’ve been lucky to have you for my sis.

As we grew, our time together
was precious
Surely, it was more than we hardly knew!

Sometimes things and times we left behind do come to mind.
Now I like to think it wasn’t these things we just outgrew--

Instead, they became part of the story of me & you.

Love, Julie
December 2006

I printed it & framed a copy for each of us & Mom.

I was never very happy with mine hanging in the hallway so after seeing Julie's on a plate stand, I put mine in the living room on one too, by my other "black stuff"-a mirror & two other frames.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Birthday Book

Julie made this for me for our 30th birthday. It has pictures from many of our birthdays and others of us together. It's fun to have all these pictures to look at! Here's a couple pages - we'll probably add more pictures eventually so I won't take pictures of it all.

Our Names

Our names: Stacy Lynn & Julie Ann
The story goes that Mom & Dad knew they wanted a Stacy Lynn but didn't have another girl name. So I waited 4 days for a name! Dad suggested Julie. He liked a neighbor girl's name. I like my middle name being Ann. Grandma (pictured here) H's middle name is Anna. Mom's middle name is Ann. And we named our daughter Kira Anne.
Some of the top twin girl names in 2007 according to the SSA were:
Ella & Emma
Madison & Morgan
Gabriella & Isabella
Faith & Hope
Mackenzie & Madison
Hailey & Hannah
Isabella & Sophia
Olivia & Sophia
Ava & Emma
Megan & Morgan
Isabella & Olivia
Ava & Olivia
Emma & Grace
Emma & Hannah
Jennifer & Jessica
Makayla & Makenzie
Natalie & Nicole
Ava & Sophia
Emma & Olivia
Grace & Olivia
Abigail & Emily

Saturday, February 7, 2009

An Amazing Story

Another twin with a cocoa Saturn

A few weeks ago, I was in the Starbucks drive through. I looked in my mirror and saw someone in a cocoa colored Saturn Outlook behind me, just like mine. Neat. I saw her lean out & order and thought, she looks similar to me really, same color long hair, about my size, kind of a plain looking person. Just thoughts going through my head.

I left the plaza and was at the light when I saw her come up to the intersection in the far right turn lane. I was in the far left. As she turned I saw her plate said "GOODTWN". She's a twin too! I assume, maybe it's her husband who's the twin, but I'm guessing it was her. It just seems like more of a girl thing to have a plate with that on it. Or maybe it means something else, who knows.

As far as Julie & I, I don't think of one of us being a "good twin" and one a "bad twin" but some people have asked us who's the "good" or "bad" twin. What? I guess it happens.

Good twin, bad twin article

Twins born on different days, years

Twins born on different days, years in Detroit over New Years. These twins will always have their own unique story!

Twin Card

Julie gave me this card years ago & I'm sure I still have it but this is a scan. The twins pictured do not look like us, but the dresses, shoes & tights are reminiscent of what we used to wear! Me with pink or red and Julie in blue!

Couple Gives Birth to 'Miracle' Black and White Twins, Again

Couple Gives Birth to 'Miracle' Black and White Twins, Again
Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Black and white twins Hayleigh and Lauren Durrant proudly hold their new sisters Leah and Miya — who incredibly are also twins with different colored skin.

Their mixed-race parents Dean Durrant and Alison Spooner repeated the miracle after a seven-year gap.

When the first set of twins arrived in 2001, the couple was astonished to see that Lauren took after her white mom, with blue eyes and red hair, while Hayleigh had black skin and hair like dad Dean.

Then this year Alison, 27, found she was expecting again — and lightning struck twice.
She had twin girls again. And little Miya was born with dark skin like her dad and Leah is white like former recruitment consultant Alison.

“The girls just love Miya and Leah to bits. We didn’t think it was even possible when we had Lauren and Hayleigh — and it didn’t cross our minds that it could happen again. But we are just delighted that it has,” Dean, 33, of Fleet, Hants, said.

Pictures here on The Sun.

Twins in the news

I thought this was interesting. A lot of problems would be solved if people would just be honest right?

Unable to ID Guilty Twin, Judge Spares Brothers Death Penalty

Saturday, February 07, 2009
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia —

Identical twin brothers escaped the death penalty in a Malaysian drug trafficking trial after the court ruled authorities could not prove which man committed the alleged crime, news reports said Saturday.

"I ... can't be sending the wrong person to the gallows," the New Straits Times newspaper quoted the judge in the case as saying.

Police arrested the 27-year-old brothers in August 2003 after they found large amounts of opium and marijuana in a house to which one of the twins had the key, the New Straits Times and national news agency Bernama reported.

Both men were charged, but Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Zaharah Ibrahim ruled Friday that only the twin with the key could be proven to be the owner of the drugs.

Because the brothers' identical features made it impossible for officers testifying to point out which one had been found with the key, she had no choice but to acquit both men.

She called the ruling "a very unique case." Court officials familiar with the case could not immediately be reached.

The twins wept and hugged each other after the judge read her verdict, the reports added.

Malaysia has a mandatory penalty of death by hanging for drug trafficking. More than 200 people have been executed since capital punishment was implemented for the offense in 1975.

Two of us?

We've heard this a lot, the phrase "there's two of you". Not really, there's one of me & one of her! I know what people mean. We're so much a like and there's always been the "us" factor. Whenever I talk about my birthday, it's "our" birthday. It's never been "mine" really (which is OK.) But still, there's just one of me and one of her!

Two of Us

I'm starting this blog, along with my sister, to celebrate being a twin, for all twin related things and to share our thoughts & memories. We hope you enjoy it! My idea is to have a few guest authors such as our mother & feature other sets of twins. Just for fun.