Birthday Milestone

Those tiny babies arrived 4 weeks early.

They tested everything I knew about being a woman, a wife and a mother and continue to test me still.

The darling twins…

…are 21 today.

They have shared so much more than a birthday in their twenty one years of being sister twins.

I hope today, especially, they will remember all the special memories they have created together.

In case they are still reading the blog…

Dad and I are so proud of you and love you both more than we can convey with mere words.

I hope you will celebrate and be safe and get along!

Yeah, you know I like to keep it real here on the blog and the darling twins continue to argue and fight while living in a house in the mountains this summer with five ten more people than we can count.

Any suggestions for a sweet, memorable milestone birthday gift? When I consulted my friend Google, gifts like over-sized flasks, engraved shot glasses, beer mugs and hangover cures came up. I found these items to be neither sweet nor memorable. I was looking for something that might not be associated with drinking alcohol. Pretty sure their friends will take care of the drinking themed gifts.

I’m notorious for late birthday gifts and this one won’t be the exception.

Side note: Late birthday gifts can be more memorable when they are not mixed in with the pile on the actual day. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

PhilBillPaul had no suggestions. I’m looking for something meaningful and my goal is to give it to them by their actual July due date. Takes the pressure off. We saw them this weekend so chances are good we won’t see them again until July anyway.

Do you remember what you got for your 21st birthday? Share here please–I need some inspiration! (as long as it wasn’t a car or a condo.)


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  1. 1
    ~julie says:

    I don’t remember my 21st birthday. I had already been married for 6 months by that time, so no big gift from the parents. Perhaps for the twins a “this is your life” treasure hunt where they have to go to different locations (or visit people) that have been meaningful in their formative years. At each location they receive a clue that takes them on to the next with the final perhaps being a picnic basket filled with sparkling cider, feast goodies, and some giftcards to round out the treat. Lots of work and it might be tough for you to go through so many memories. Also keep in mind—what did you do for the Grunter @ 21 and, whatever you do for the twins you will have to top for Scary Baby in another 8 years. Will you have the strength?

    • 1.1
      Melinda F says:

      I LOVE Julie’s idea! I was going to suggest a trip to Vegas but her’s sounds better. You know mine just turned 21 as well and since they had just returned from a mission trip to NYC, they only got laptops to replace the ones they had gotten 6 years earlier. Good luck with your quest. Can’t WAIT to read what they actually get.

    • 1.2
      Sherra says:

      Julie–So impressed by your creativity here! I barely have the strength now so pretty sure I won’t be able to match anything close for Scary Baby. I think The Grunter’s gift was that he got to keep living with us. I’m filing away your treasure hunt idea for another occasion because I do love it!

  2. 2
    Melodi says:

    Ha! I did not receive a present for my 21st birthday – I was on my own! I think a trip to Europe sounds nice!

    • 2.1
      Melinda F says:

      this one sounds good too but I highly doubt they get it,lol!

    • 2.2
      Sherra says:

      Trip to Europe. Very funny. Laptop. Very funny. I think I forgot to mention an “affordable” meaningful gift. So far I told them they can each request their favorite dessert and their loving mother will prepare it with her loving hands and deliver it to them. I figure we can start a new tradition of no more cake sharing.

  3. 3
    Melinda F says:

    Happy 21st birthday to your twins!!

    • 3.1
      Sherra says:

      To your twins as well! 21 – how did they get this old, this quickly? I can still see them riding on the horse as you led them through the field at your house. 🙂

  4. 4
    Joanne says:

    I don’t remember getting an actual gift for my 21st. What I do remember is that I was going to school in NYC and my parents came into the city, told me I had to dress up because they were taking me out to dinner. They took me to Windows on the World, the restaurant near the top of one of the Twin Towers. I couldn’t have champagne because I was the only one who would drink it and they only sold it by the bottle. But I still remember a very special dinner with my parents at a cool place.

    • 4.1
      Sherra says:

      I’m feeling better that in my semi-private poll today that many of us don’t remember what we received or did on our 21st. Milestone for the parents perhaps but not so much for the kids? Great memory about your birthday dinner and holds more significance than you could have ever known at the time…

  5. 5
    Barb McC says:

    My parents gave me a cedar “hope chest” for my 21st birthday. It was a TERRIBLE present. First of all, I was a flaming feminist by then, and it seemed like a hopelessly old fashioned, sexist gift. Secondly, my boyfriend of 4 years had just dumped me while I was away overseas, and I was sure I was never, ever going to get married anyway. Well, I still have that chest at the foot of my bed, so it’s had its uses. But I still think it was a lame present, and showed how little my parents knew and understood me then. I am drawing an absolute blank about what we gave our kids on their 21st birthdays. At least it wasn’t a hope chest!

    • 5.1
      Sherra says:

      My sister got one as her high school graduation gift so your memory made me laugh. A lovely piece of furniture that you can’t fully appreciate until later years. The story of a “hope chest” is certainly worth passing on so our kids can be amused. Even though I never got one as a gift, I did save and gather all the contents that one would put in there but my only “hope” was to move out on my own and *never* get married or have kids. We all know how that worked out. 😉

      I’m also feeling better that you can’t remember what you gave your kids for their 21st. Making homemade desserts and taking them to dinner may be as meaningful as I get.

  6. 6
    Minnesota Transplant says:

    I can add to the chorus of “I don’t remember what I got for my 21st.” I don’t think I even got drunk — the drinking age at the time was 19 so the shine was off that experience. Maybe you should get them Coach purses. Oh, wait, that’s what I’m always coveting. Seriously, an experience gift — like a fancy meal or mudding with you in an open Jeep — might actually stand the test of memory so that in 25 years when their friend is polling friends for birthday ideas, they might actually be able to contribute meaningfully. Barring hormone amnesia.
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  7. 7
    Lizzie says:

    Of course I still read the blog. This was a very nice post and I enjoyed reading it. I like the pictures you picked! Thanks for everything that you and dad do for us. We love you too!


    • 7.1
      Sherra says:

      I think she meant to say…

      blah, blah, blah


      Because I was clear about not shortening Elizabeth to Lizzie. Her first act of defiance. I’m actually fine when they call me by my first name. Love you too darling daughter Elizabeth 🙂


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