A Christmas mixup

Last week my family came from Dallas to visit for a little pre Christmas celebration. We opened gifts, had a marvelous Christmas dinner {cooked by ME}, and went downtown to view the huge tree of lights at Zilker Park, where we promptly froze our asses off and barely stayed long enough to snap a photo and snag a bag of freshly popped kettle corn. And the kettle corn? WORTH IT.

Zilker Park tree of lights
The view from inside the tree

My three girls and their 2.5 year old cousin had a blast opening gifts while the five adults screamed obscenities like, “Oh! What did you GET?!” or “WOW! Look at THAT!!!” and “Isn’t this FUN?!?!”

In a rare moment of free hands, I grabbed my camera to document the magic of Christmas. Or the magic of my kids’ heads since no one ever looks at me for a photo EVER.

So in the midst of “Open THIS one!” and “Hey, finish opening this one before you reach for another…oh hell, who cares?” there was me.

“Rachel! Raaaachelllll! Rachel! Look at Mommy!”

The kids continued with their paper tearing, toy viewing, general ignoring the woman with the camera.

“Rachelllllllll…..show me your happy face! Happy face, Rachel! HAPPY FAAAAAAAACE!!!!!!!!!” By now I’ve turned into some kind of crazed paparazzi like stage mom coaxing her kid to “Smile, dammit!”

“Hellooooooooooooo……Rachel! Look at me! Lookatme! Lookatme! Happy face!”

I glanced away from the camera viewing screen and stared at the band of kids below me. There sat Claire, Zoe, our cousin Cheyenne…all ignoring me.

All but Rachel. Who was sitting at my feet, giving me a happy face so big it lit up like a Christmas tree. Waiting patiently for me to STOP barking at her sister and take her picture like I keep saying I will.

So the next time you feel bad because you can’t tell someone’s twins apart, don’t. Because apparently even I can’t tell my own apart.

twins walking red coats
You're turn...which one's which? {Pssst! I don't even know.}

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  1. LOL…It’s good to know that I’m not the only one that gets them mixed up once in a while. I’ve gotten to where I can usually tell them apart, but from behind, it’s really hard. I’m gonna guess that Rachel is the one in front and Claire is in the back. Tough one! We had such a great time and even though it was freezing Zilker park was fun and Cheyenne had a great time and loved the kettle corn, funnel cake and continues to enjoy the cotton candy!! It was fun to watch all the girls open their presents and see the excitement on their faces, even if we weren’t able to capture it on camera, it is in our memory. I’m glad you guys had a great Christmas and we’ll see you again soon!! XOXO

  2. I have no idea which is which.
    You’re hilarious… I can picture you amongst the screaming, standing on the couch, waving your hands, your hair standing on its end, while you try to get the perfect picture!
    Awesome!

    1. I was laughing pretty hard when I realized what happened. But I blame my husband. He dressed them and got their outfits mixed up. 🙂

    1. I think what’s even worse is that whenever I’m pissed at the cat, I call her by the name of my youngest. What does that say???

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