A Summer Read: Whiskey and Charlie

I'd like to say that my identical twins are the best of friends and are not at all competitive. While I see first hand both the bond that my boys have--I also have to admit there are signs of competitiveness and strains of tension that are part of their relationship.  Recently when I was introducing them to a Dad of a new friend the boys had made, the dad asked how to tell them apart. Will took Luke's face to show him the "mole mark" that we use to help people distinguish them. Luke blurted … [Read more...]

And the winner is. . .The Pinewood Derby Results

When you are one of four brothers. . .and one of the brothers is your identical twin. . .and two of the brothers are in Cub Scouts with you. . .you tend to embrace things that set you apart from your male siblings. Hence is the case with Luke, who won first place for his pack this weekend in the annual Pinewood Derby Race. This was his second win. Scott texted me video of the various races since I was at home with a napping three year old, but I couldn't tell who won. When I texted, "WHO … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Help People Tell Identical Twins Apart

When I was pregnant with my second set of twins and learned that they were identical boys, I don't think I processed exactly what that term meant: identical. I definitely didn't imagine that I, of all people, wouldn't be able to tell them apart. Then they were born, and I have to be honest, they didn't necessary look alike but I couldn't keep them separated in my sleep deprived brain. We used sharpie markers to put a "L" or a "W" on each of their feet. This worked, except for the middle of … [Read more...]

How Alike?

I'm fascinated with identical twins.   And, even though I'm the mother to a set of them I often forget that they are identical. They are always Luke and Will to me--with seemingly very different personalities. But every once in while I'm struck by some similarity that has nothing to do with looks. For instance, when I went to school conferences a few weeks ago, Luke and Will, who are in separate classes scored almost identically in reading: their instructional level as well as their … [Read more...]