Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Welcome to OUR Neighborhood & a GIVE AWAY :o)


We would like to welcome you to our neighborhood. Thank you for making us feel so welcomed to blogland. We are really enjoying ourselves. Please, take our Welcome to our Neighborhood home with you.


Now for the FUN part.....The GIVE AWAY!!! We did a little fall shopping and we hope you like what we picked out. The RULES are:

1. mention our give away on your blog.
2. leave us a note telling us something about yourself.
3. let us know it you want to move into our neighborhood (add you to our blog list if you aren't there yet.) Hope none of you want to move out! LOL

Let our story begin.... We are the 4th and 5th born in our family of six. We were born 5 minutes apart. Fern came first and then of course came Fran. We are identical twins.
We got our names Fern and Fran (YIKES!) from our grandmothers. Our dad's mom was Fern and mom's was Fran. Pretty convenient huh?
Growing up we were always close. Mom said having twins was the easiest except we only came to her if we were hungry. We got our love from each other and didn't really need anyone else. I'll tell ya a little story while Fran is out of the room....when we were in kindergarten they put us in separate classes. Fran cried to our mom every day until they finally put us together. For years she said I was the one who complained. Even tho I didn't remember it that way I went along with it. Well, one day we were talking about it and our mom said hey wait a minute it was FRAN that cried not Fern!! Mom said I would sit at the supper table every night and tears would roll down my face but I never complained (wasn't I a sweet child?) Oh, wait a minute before Fran gets back in the room I have ANOTHER story (he he) One day my mom bought some new kind of bread. We asked if we could have some and she said yes but we had to eat it all. Well, Fran took a piece and I waited to see what she thought. After a couple of minutes I asked her if she liked it and she said it was delicious! Oh, it was GROSS. I asked her why she lied and she said she didn't want to have to sit and eat it by herself. But, she was a really nice sister...honest.
We wore matching outfits until about fourth grade. I remember sometimes one would have to give into the other on what we were going to wear because we wouldn't leave the house unless we were dressed alike. Our older sister talked us into not dressing alike because she said we would have more clothes that way.
This was in our town newspaper when we were going into first grade. It was an article about back to school. I guess you could say this was our "Five minutes of FAME"
After High School we got an apartment together for a short time.When Fran got married, I felt like I got a divorce. I missed her terribly (mind you she lived across TOWN!)

When Fran was pregnant with her first child everyone guessed what it was going to be and what date it would be born. I think I said a boy and I don't remember what day I picked out. Anyways one night I had a dream she had a baby girl and I asked my mom who was in the dream what day it was and she said June 10. When I woke up I called my mom to tell her and forgot all about it. Well, after Fran had her daughter Melissa (Missy) my mom found the paper she had written it down on. And sure enough I had told her June 10 and a baby girl!

One day we watched a video we made when her daughter was little. There's one part in it where I go to say something and I can't remember the word I want to say. Fran finishes the sentence for me and unless you watch for that part you would never know it 'cause we didn't miss a beat. We have been finishing each other sentences for years and just didn't know it.

We talk to each other everyday. While we see each other quite a bit we try to make every Friday our day. We love each others company the best. No one makes me laugh the way she does. We love the same things and we're always guaranteed to have a great time. When we get together our family just shakes their heads because we are always laughing at something and they don't always GET IT. Then they just look at each other and say it must be a TWIN THING!


Fran wrote me a poem when I got married and the very last line is: The greatest gift the Lord could send...my twin, my sister, my best friend.

As time goes by we will be sharing our families with you too.

Thanks for taking the time to get to know us a little better and we can't wait to know a little more about each of you.


50 comments:

Brown-Eyes said...

Your story was so sweet. I always wished I had a sister and to have had a TWIN sister would have been truly special as evidenced by your wonderful bond. ;-) Bo

nikkicrumpet said...

I love getting to know all our blogging friends out there. I love the story about the bread...too funny! I am in your neighborhood and I'm glad you put me there!

Shannon said...

What cute pictures and what a great giveaway!!

Deb said...

Hi ladies, that was a fantastic story, I enjoyed every line of it. You two are living dolls. I have identical twins my self, only they look so different now, one has let his hair grow longer than mine and the other one has a very low cut. Their names are Kevin and Keith. they are 28 years old now. One is married one is not. I know how close twins can be, they were always together and shared the same friends. Enjoy your post and would love to live in your neighborhood. Deb

Mrs. B said...

What a wonderful story! The part ahout eating the bread was hilarious! You are so lucky to have each other. Thanks for sharing your story with us. I'd love to be in your neighborhood!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

You pictures are precious and I have to say, I love your names. They are so sweet and original. So glad you are in the "neighborhood!"
Carrie

bj said...

What a wonderful story...I can so relate because, as I've mentioned to you, we have twin granddaughters. It is so amazing to watch them "work"!
I am taking your neighborhood home with me right now. Thanks for letting me be in your neighborhood.
love, bj
Oh, and I wanted to say I read your so sweet note to Brenda...you girls are such sweethearts with hearts of gold.

Brenda said...

Thanks for coming by.As for your question no the dad stayed in school and they all blamed her and said she ruined his life! He didn't get to go to college and play ball. He had to become a MAN. His mom always held it against her. After the divorce due to abuse we have been in court for 4 years. A long road.

Nikki said...

Thanks for stopping by. Great giveaway.

Tricia Anne said...

Your story is endearing. I love all the pictures as well! :o) You are both so blessed to have one another as you do!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Picket said...

Hey you two!!! I loved that story!!!!! I only have one sister...4 years younger than me but I love her to death...we are always talking and laughing and we love just having a day to ourselves! Hope you two are having a great week! Thanks so much for coming by to visit me...I feel like I have been gone for weeks! lol

A Romantic Porch said...

Those stories are absolutely adorable. We have a "ton" of twins in our family. I thought it would be so cool to have twins! Thanks for sharing. xorachel

A Romantic Porch said...

P.S. I'd love to be in your neighborhood. I have to figure out how to do the link back to you thingy!

Brown-Eyes said...

Me again...come by my blog whenever you have time...I have an award for you.. ;-) Bo

Joy said...

You are so lucky to have each other and such wonderful stories to share!

PAT said...

Wonderful post, sweet story and the photos are fabulous!

bj said...

Thanks, little twin girls, for coming by to see me this morning. I hope you noticed that I have your NEIGHBORHOOD sign out on my sidebar...and mighty proud of it, I am!!
love, bj

melissa said...

you two are so beautiful!!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi girls , thanks for stopping by to see me ! I will put you on my side bar. And just added you to my neck of the woods. And I would love to move into your neighborhood !

Blissful Nikki said...

How sweet! I have a sister, but I always wanted a twin when I was little!

Shannon said...

I can't even say in words how great reading this is. You girls give me insight into my own identical twin daughters. I am their mother but I am not a twin. There is so much that is different for them and I want to be as much a part of that as I can. So thank you.

Shannon said...

I can't even say in words how great reading this is. You girls give me insight into my own identical twin daughters. I am their mother but I am not a twin. There is so much that is different for them and I want to be as much a part of that as I can. So thank you.

I would love to be a neighbor!

Buffie said...

Good morning Twinkies! I loved the story and hearing about being twins! I'm actually a little jealous that my sister and I AREN'T twins even though we have the same BD! Y'all are too cute!

salmagundi said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have added you to my blog roll, and I would love to be included in your "neighborhood". You are my childhood fantasy - I always wanted to be a twin (like that was going to happen). Your pictures are adorable! Sally

Nicole said...

What great stories! I used to cry at naptime to be with my brother
(He's 2 1/2 younger), and they finally had to put my cot in the nursery so we could hold hands through the crib. Thanks for stopping by! I'd like to be in the 'hood!

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Great story! Wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and I'll check out Pat's dining room that you mentioned. :-)
Susan

Rae said...

I just love your neighborhood idea! I'm so glad to know you have a spot for me! :)

Carolyn said...

I love your old pictures!!

I would love to move in!

earth heart said...

What a nice giveaway! Loved your story. I am also an identical twin and can really relate to what you talk about. My mom dressed my sis and I in identical clothes when we were little. She would make us dresses and embroider our names on them so others could tell us apart. But of course we would switch dresses. I think it was always our intent to confuse people just when they thought they could tell us apart. I can't imagine not being a twin!

Rue said...

Good morning girls :)

Please put my name in too!

About me.... I don't think there's much more for me to tell since I think I've written it all on my blog LOL Probably too much :)

hugs,
rue

Our Babies said...

fun blog and giveaway...thanks for visiting my blog and look for a fun fall post this weekend.

amanda

whoopsadasie said...

I found your page from Carolyn, who was on purple diva's blog. Purple Diva is my twin!! My parents were told at birth that we were faternal...but we are involved in a twin study to find out if we are identical! We are fast approaching 50. I can relate very well to your stories. We have lots of our own too. No one can explain the bond between twins!

I just love your blog and all the pictures of you two!

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

Hello Ladies!
I am CJ, The Purple Diva, over at Purple Diva's Diary. I found you because my twin, Whoopsadasie, told me about your blog.
About myself-I love PURPLE! I am the youngest of six and the youngest of the two of us.
PLEASE add me to your neighborhood! I will do the same for you two!
Nice to meet another set of twins! Female at that! I have lots of questions for the two of you! If you go to my blog page and click on contact Diva, you can send me an email. I have give aways ALL the time including weekly blog buttons!

bj said...

Me, too, Twin..I want a HUGH porch but am afraid that's a dream that can't happen...lumber is too costly, concrete, too. But...we have a LITTLE porch with a porch swing, an American flag flying beside it and we've swung a million miles in that swing. :O)

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Oh you guys are TWO cute!!!

M ^..^

Jen r. said...

How coo for you guys and what a great story! I only have stinky brothers!!!! I see your in IL, so am I !! :) JEn R

Kimberly said...

Oh waht a wonderful story and what wonderful sisters!!!
Kimberly-www.thegivingflower.de

Ramona said...

Great story! A sister is a blessing for sure. You two have such a lovely blog....thanks for stopping by corner of blog~ville...and happy fall.

Smiles ~ Ramona

mrsjones6 said...

What a great story! Sisters are wonderful, so I can only imagine the fun with having a twin! It is great getting to know you :)

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for a visit. I do hope you will return again.
~Jen

Patti said...

Hi there! I found your blog via Purple Diva's Diary. I read your story about being twins, and enjoyed it so much! I'm adopted but found out that my biological mother is a twin. Just wanted to drop by and say hello from Texas!

Patti said...

Thanks for dropping by my recipe blog! I hope you will visit my regular blog too that I post daily on!! www.nonnasnews.blogspot.com

Have a great weekend!!

Darlene said...

I LOVE your twin story...I think it would be the neatest thing to be a twin. I would LOVE to join your neighborhood and the giveaway!

Our Complete Family said...

Thank you for popping by! I see you're in Illinois as well! What a neat giveaway! Hope you have a fabulous week ahead girls~ Leslie

Shannon said...

Hi, I think you can take off the letters in the customize section. It is in the same place as you edit your profile and stuff. Where it asks you how you want the time displayed and stuff like that. :) I know that was confusing!

Belinda said...

Hello,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It is so fun to read comments from others. i am glad you liked the chicken a la ritz . My Girlfriend Leslie gave it to me and yes it is yummy.. Leslie left you a commnet I think 3 above mine. Where in Illinois are you Me and Leslie are in Southern Illinois.
Belinda

Shannon said...

I found that little Halloween tea towel at a local gift shop last year. Although I have seen them and similar ones around this year.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Oh, I loved your story about growing up as a twin. You are both..(lol) so cute!! I found your blog by way of a common friend's blog. I am so glad I found your blog. I grew up in Illinois. Stop by anytime!! Terrie

Blanca said...

What great memories for both of you. Love all the photos.

Blanca

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

I found your "twin pictures!" Look how cute you both are! You and your sister do look a lot like my girls! Thanks for sharing these - I love seeing twin photos! I hope my girls grow up and remain best friends (like you and your sister!)

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

After leaving you a comment I went back and read your post and looked more carefully at the pictures. Your twin story is awesome. I love that you both are named after family members. The last picture is my favorite. And how cool that you have a neice named Melissa (Missy). I am a Melissa (Missy) too!