My babies turned 8 this year... it wasn't quite the same as turning 7 in Florence but it was pretty good. In a moment of madness I thought that it might be time to introduce separate parties - after all Hannah was really keen on a 'girls only' tea party and Kit wanted a Minecraft sleepover...but what about the girls that Kit is also friends with and the boys who are wonderful friends to Hannah? So we opted for a third 'combined' do as well. Madness Yes I know...and that was before the reality of how busy my work was going to be became clear and well before I knew that Hannah was developing croup and before I found out that the twins would be performing at a local streetfair the day before their birthday for their disability dance group. I had to withdraw Hannah from the performance as she was feverish and not well. In fact poor love had a febrile seizure on the front lawn on her actual birthday as I was locking up the house to take her to the doctors for the croup. She is such a trooper though and managed to smile and celebrate as well as fade and rest. Still there were some wonderful times and as always I am so very glad to have them in my life and here with me to celebrate their brithday. Their arrival changed so many things in my life - I can never be the same person I was before them and overall I think that my life is so much richer for having them in my care. I could not wish for more.