Happy birthday, A&B

Yesterday was my husband Jeremy’s brothers’ birthday.

Ben and Alden are twins and they turned 33.

They flew into town with their families to be a part of the Monkey Dance CD release. I know this meant a lot to Jeremy.

Young Greenhouse family

A young Greenhouse family

When I met A&B (my mum-in-law Jane found out they were twins shortly before they were born, so they were Baby A and Baby B while names were chosen), they were 9 1/2 years old.

They were 13 when we got married. Just look at these two in their monkey suits!


Ben and Alden at our wedding

We have had a long and close history, even all living together at times after Jeremy and I were married.

We are coming up on our 20th wedding anniversary, so that means that I was 18 when I met the twins, and 21 when I married into their family.

I don’t know for sure, but I would imagine that I seemed like some kind of bizarre, foreign entity to these preteen boys. I probably drove them crazy, bossing them around and criticizing them for being disorganized (as I have come to learn, this is not an unusual trait for teenage boys, lol.) But I hope that I also showed them love. Because I really was/am fond of those adorable boys.

Living with me was probably like being on safari: watching some kind of demanding, emotional, changeable creature. Now they each have their own creature to be fascinated by. Hopefully I helped pave the way for them somewhat. ( ;  They certainly helped me prepare for having my own two boys to raise.

Not surprisingly, Ben and Alden have grown into great guys. And I love them as if they were my own brothers. I hope they love me a bit too.

Happy birthday, boys!

Tobermory dinner

Greenhouse Dinner in Tobermory

5 Responses to Happy birthday, A&B

  1. Jane January 31, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    Thanks for this Rachel. It is a lovely small history of you and our family.
    I hope you had a great birthday party and CD release!
    Lots of love

  2. Ben February 1, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Rachel – of course we love you a little bit. Lots & lots of little bits it turns out. This is awfully sweet – thankyou!

    Thanks again for a great weekend – wish it was longer.

  3. Alden February 3, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    “bizarre, foreign entity” : Yes. I’d like to think you (and of course Kate) helped us become better people and husbands. Funnily enough, one of my memories of that time is forget your Father’s sermon where I first heard the expression “every man’s a bachelor a thousand miles from home”. I’m sure that wasn’t the point, but to a teenager it’s all that stuck 😉 Luckily that hasn’t become part of who I am, especially as I sit a long way from home right now (only 495 miles though)!

    Thanks for a great weekend. Lots of fun. You’ve been a great addition to the family and added a few more great additions.

    Enough mushy stuff now, can we please get back to sarcastic insults?

    • Rachel Greenhouse February 3, 2010 at 10:39 am #

      Sure on the sarcastic comments…have you organized our cheap car rental for CA yet, in all of your spare time???

  4. Alden February 3, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    oh yeah – dates please

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