Wednesday, February 18, 2009

xvi candles

Here is my "big boy", he will be xvi today.  JP, you have always made us laugh and amazed us with your eyes.
You would build towers with the kapla blocks and lego cities.   You had a hard time pronouncing your brother's name - so you just called him "Jo Jo." 











I am still wiping spills and loving you more each day.














"Daddy" and I have enjoyed watching you grow and are thankful for each year as your parents.  We feel so grateful to have had twins.   Hard to imagine that 
the years have flown by so quickly.
Hey, "Jo Jo" - over here, it's me, wishing you a wonderful year ahead.  I know you cannot wait to drive.  You have always shown your independence, cruising about with curiosity.  It has been a joy to see you develop into the person you are.  Your dry wit, and strong hug make my day.
I know how appreciative you are after enduring a rough bout last fall.  The strength and courage you displayed served you well, on your road to a total recovery.    
May you both enjoy this day, full of thanks for all the ones who love you, your grandparents, family and friends.  I would like to thank "Ernie" for being there when they were infants and for showing me the obvious.   Life is not so hard when you have angels around you to carry you. Give thanks, and celebrate all the love and welcome xvi. 
black and white photos taken by a family friend, at their loft in New York City.  

31 comments:

Emily said...

Happy Birthday to your darling boys! Those are precious pictures - ones you and your husband no doubt hold dear! There's nothing like those early days of babyhood. Have a wonderful day celebrating 16!

Joyce said...

Happy 16th Birthday JP and Jo Jo! Wishing you both not only a day full excitment, happiness and a lot of cake, but a year full of many surprises and happiness as you discover the world around you.

Patricia the photos are priceless. I can't even imagine what you are feeling today as I'm guessing it seems like yesterday they were in your arms and now they have wings to fly and slowly embrace the world around them. Enjoy the day my friend! xoxo

pve design said...

Emily-
my husband and I are in denial, that they are 16.
pve

Joyce-
a day full of surprises!
pve

Kwana said...

Happy Birthday JP and Jo Jo! It seems like yesterday that you first proudly carried them into the office, Patricia. These photos make me want to cry. Boys you've grown into wonderful young men that make your parents proud. I'm very happy to be a small part of your life. Oh, and give me a warning when you are on the road, ok? I know how fast you both ski! LOL.

Darby said...

Happy Birthday, guys! What FABULOUS pics and you look gorgeous too Patricia! Thanks for sharing some history with us!!

littlebyrd said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Beautiful photos and memories. Have a wonderful day!

Courtney said...

How wonderful and what gorgeous photos! Happy Birthday to your big boys.

Karena said...

Oh, if we could only keep them young, adorable post and lovely photos of your family.

Preppy In The City said...

Have a wonderful day!

Real Card Studio said...

Such beautiful babies!

Kotori said...

Love the pictures of the babies - so cute. I can't imagine what it will be like when my own are 16 - it seems like forever away and yet I know it will be here in the blink of an eye.

annechovie said...

What a sweet post, Patricia! Happy Birthday to JP and JoJo - 16 is such a milestone. Loved the photos - you are such a pretty mom and your family is lovely.

pve design said...

Anne-
funny - how my husband & I look back and see how little they were and how young we were! Life sure goes by...and fast.
pve

joanne said...

Happy :-) Happy :-) Happy :-) Birthday sweet boys! Doesn't time just FLY? Patricia, my oldest just turned 17 and my son Christian will be 16 in a couple of weeks. It seems yesterday I was helping them learn to WALK! They are 14 months apart, and I could never dress them differently because they always wanted the SAME thing theother one had. SO, YES, I got the question- are they twins? I would always respond, "YEAH- the HARD way!" Children are such a blessing, are they not?

BTW- I wanted to ask you to pray for the Octuplets and their family. They are in need as ANY family would be, and I feel the media buzz has been very detrimental to them receiving the assistance they need. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers, and if you feel moved, help them in whatever way you feel compelled. If you will leave me a comment on my blog, I am trying to coordinate efforts to get resources and supplies to them. Thanks!!!

SimplyGrove said...

How adorable are they!! Happy 16th birthday to your boys:)

Diane said...

So sweet and loving... happy birthday .... what beautiful photos

Rachel said...

What a special day - and such sweet photos!

Debra said...

Happy Birthday guys! And to you Patricia~ may I wish you a Happy Birth-day! I can hear the pride in your words. Not sure which little guy is on your husband's knee- but he looks just like you!
I love the photos and the little eyelet collars. Have a wonderful celebration- it all goes by so quickly doesn't it?
XOXO

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

You're so lucky to have such treasures (the boys and the photos!) Happy birthday my fellow Aquarians. Though I had a few more than XVI candles to blow out. :-)

michelle said...

Super AAWWWW....

Twins? Good for you girl!

michelle said...

Super AAWWWW....

Twins? Good for you girl!

heidi said...

Happy Birthday, boys!!! Oy, the twin posts get me all fahklempt! xoh

Tara said...

Patricia

I have a sweet 16 next month for my eldest daughter--where did the time go! These are lovely pics!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy birthday to your sons Patricia! Enjoy watching them become men.

(My son turned 30 this year and also became a father -- I'm so proud of him. Each year brings wonderful new things.

N said...

So beautiful...what timeless shots of your handsome boys.

Enjoy your day and days with them and keep remembering to tell me how fast it goes, so I do that, too.

xo

Kim said...

Happy Birthday!! Their birthday is the day after mine!

ArchitectDesign said...

Happy Birthday, Boys! Those photos are so fantastic, I'm sure you treasure them -they were so CUTE!

Megan Coyle said...

awe, happy birthday to your boys! and these are such adorable baby photos!

erika said...

what awesome photos! you know i like twins! happy birthday to the PVE Boys! they are beautiful... apple doesn't fall far from the tree... they look like their momma!

gina said...

Gorgeous pictures. What a nice love note to them...

Renae said...

I just loved this tribute to your boys...it is so much fun remembering them when they were young but rewarding to see the young men they become. I do long sometimes for days past, mine are 21 and 23, they never truly understand a mother's love.
Blessings to you!