Sunday, October 14, 2007

Happy Birthday, Kelli

I will now show Josie an example of fun math:

Kelli's age divided by three is equal to Rosie's current age. If Rosie is 10, how old is Kelli?

I know I really enjoyed the few months of my life when I was twice Josie's age. Once from April to June the year Josie turned 8, before I turned 17; and again from June to April when Josie was 9 and I was 18. For some reason I just liked being able to say, "You can't [insert whatever I was doing] because I'm twice your age, that's why."

I hope Kelli derives the same joy in being three times her daughter's age that I found being twice my sister's age.

We had a fun time celebrating her birthday. Mom and Dad made a delicious cake. We put in three candles, each representing a decade of Kelli's life, and mom got the lighter wand and attempted to light the candles, something she's never managed to do before (with the candle lighter).

While she was doing this, Kelli decided to change the twins's diapers. Amazingly enough, mom got the lighter going and was able to light the cake.

Kelli was still busy changing diapers--two times the fun--and the candles were getting smaller and smaller. I said,

"I'm just going to blow these out because Kelli's going to be a while..." and I took a big breath.

"No!" my mom said and ran over to stop me, "Don't do it!"

"Why not?" I asked.

"That's the first time I've ever used the lighter!"

We took a picture to commemorate the moment. Mom got the lighter and pretended like she was lighting the candles again.; to her surprise she actually started the lighter again.

So we left the candles burning and by the time Kelli blew them out, they were about a centimeter tall. It's a good thing that we didn't have all thirty candles on the cake or we would have had a layer of wax on top of the icing!

(It may look like we're singing to Josie, but really we were singing to Kelli--she was just shying away from the camera, that's all.)

The cake was really quite good and we all enjoyed it, but I don't think anyone enjoyed it as much as Sabrina. Can you tell which twin she is?

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