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18 Facts About My 18 Year Old Brother

18 years ago today, my little brother was born, and he took over our position as the cutest in the family. Over the years, we’ve gotten that back, and even though he’s a pain and annoying most of the time, he is still the most loyal, funniest and smartest of us all.

  1. AD was born with two extra fingers, and he still has the little stumps.
  2. AD called the police when he was 5 because Ken and I wouldn’t give him the remote to the TV.
  3. When AD was younger, he was OBSESSED with cereal and toast and he’d eat that all day, EVERY day.
  4. AD can do complex multiplication in his head and most of the time, he’s faster than a calculator.
  5. When AD was younger, we’d pay him to wear our heels and break them in for us.
  6. AD is terrified of pigeons. Home Alone 2 literally makes him sick because of the pigeon lady.
  7. He is the tallest person in our family and somehow he’s still growing.
  8. He is a very devoted Kanye West fan, and can give you detailed rants about why he is the greatest of all time.
  9. AD rarely cries, but he feels very strongly about Maroon 5’s She Will Be Loved.
  10. At a Taylor Swift concert in 2012, AD elbowed many young girls out of the way so he could get a photo with Taylor’s mum.
  11. AD is very big on Snapchat streaks, and he has a friend constantly on standby to log into his account if he can’t make a streak.
  12. AD wants to be referred to as ‘King in the North’ when he moves to Leeds for uni in September.
  13. AD is tone deaf, but his art work is amaaaaaaaazing.
  14. AD’s name isn’t AD. In fact, he has many names that he doesn’t know, but you’re going to have to ask him for the story. It’s quite the tale.
  15. AD was born on a Sunday, and he was (and still is) the cutest baby I have ever seen.
  16.  AD has achieved many things, but he’s very proud of the times that he got retweeted by Macklemore and Desiigner.
  17. Despite his height, AD prefers football to basketball.
  18. AD rarely cries, but he cried when we went to uni, just like Kenny and I will cry when he goes to university next month.

Happy 18th birthday to our original triplet; inside and out you’re better than we are.

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Dedicated to Abs (My Mother)

For many years, being a single mum with kids was the dream. I wanted to be a doctor too (obvs), and I’ve never not wanted to have children, but being married/having a husband wasn’t really on top of my priority list. To be honest, I wouldn’t have minded raising my future children alone.

People who know me well will probably read this and think, “Classic Ice Queen,” but the reason why being a single mum looked great was because Abs (my mother) did it so well.

Seeing my mum effortlessly balance work and looking after us made it look easy. I’ve admitted many times that I was quite a spoilt child, and it’s true, because despite a bit of a tumultuous start, my childhood was very comfortable.

We owe a lot of that to God’s grace, ofcourse, and it enabled my mum to be Superwoman, as she raised us without ever showing how tough it must have been for her.

Seriously it was only when I told her that I used to want to be a single mum, that she started to tell me how hard it was. She never showed it, not even once, and since then, I have taken back my words.

I’ve always wanted to be like my mum, and a lot of who I am has been influenced by her. I’m very blessed to have grown up with such a wonderful role model, and I pray everyday that I’m as great as mum as she is, when I have my own children.

Anyway, this week, she celebrated her 47th birthday!

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Mummy, I don’t say it enough, but everything I’ve accomplished so far would not have been possible without the many sacrifices you’ve done for us. Your never-ending patience and kindness inspire me to be a better person, and I love you very much.

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To My Brother

First of all, apologies for not getting you a card. I don’t believe in generic birthday cards- I’m a bigger fan of long, heartfelt messages. So here is yours:

17 years ago, you were born. It was a Sunday so after church, we were taken to the hospital to meet our new little brother. I distinctively remember thinking that you were the most beautiful little thing that I had ever seen, which is quite a deep sentiment for a 4 year old to have, but it’s one of my earliest memories.

As you grew, you became a pest to us, and our annoying third wheel. It’s only recently that I’ve began to realise how tough it must have been for you, being born after twins and excluded from our twin world and games, because you never showed it.

In fact, your joy when we did let you hang out with us, and the fun we had (even though we’d deny it as kids), is why playing with you and Ken makes up the majority of my happiest recollections of our childhood. Despite our many toys, nothing beat turning one of the kitchen stools upside down, so it became a car or ship, and we would pretend to be explorers together.

Ken and I always joke that we’re prematurely aged, but it’s true that looking after you from a young age has made us more responsible. I think I’m pretty calm most of the time, but all that goes away when someone attempts to put you down. Over the years people have tried it, because not going to lie, you can be quite irritating sometimes, but I will always come to your defense and stand up for you; no one can pick on our little brother. (Except us, of course.)

We might shut you down when you tell people we are, but to be honest, we’re pretty much triplets because you know us better than anyone else. You know enough secrets about us to make us never want to leave the house if they ever came out, but we know we can always count on you to keep them secret.

I’m so proud of what a great person you are, because you really don’t get enough credit for it. You’re brilliant, hilarious, and so talented- your art work never ceases to amaze me, as I still can’t draw a straight line with a ruler…

You’re cooler than we’ll ever be, it’s true. The fact that you never laugh at us for not knowing things like how to dab (this mostly applies to Kenny), or when you blow off parties to hang out with us instead, and even saving up money to buy us a Snapchat Filter, are just few examples of the depth of your kind heart.

Happy birthday, AD; inside and out, you’re better than I am.

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Twenty One

It was my birthday this week, and even though I was in lectures till 3 in the afternoon, it was still a fun day!

The Keen One a.k.a. Kenny came down, ofcourse, as we’ve never spent a birthday apart. It was really weird waking up on Tuesday without her there though, so it was so SO great to see her. Our ‘little’ brother, AD, came down too, so it was a mini family reunion for Tai and Kenny Day!

We celebrated with dinner in my favourite Thai restaurant, and ended the day with an intense games night with cake and drinks. Who knew Articulate could get so competitive?

I’m just so thankful to God for another year of life, and the fact that I got to spend it with some of my favourite people. I know a lot of people are busy with revision right now, so them taking time out to come celebrate our birthday meant a lot.

Birthday messages from family and friends around the world made my day even better. I am so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life; cringey, I know, but what keeps me going sometimes is thinking of all the lovely people that bring so much happiness and joy into my life. You are all very dear to me.

So yeah, 21. Buzzing for #TwintyOne in July, Tai and Kenny day celebrations are definitely not over yet! 😉
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(P.S- Shoutout to Starbucks Gal for the tiaras. We were birthday princesses and it was awesome!)

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Turning Twenty

Breaking News: It doesn’t feel any different to being 19.

Celebrated Tai and Kenny Day 2015 in Oxford with Ken- we’ve never had a birthday apart, so this year was no different. Our day started with church in the morning, then we went punting, had dinner in a lovely Thai restaurant, and finished with an interesting (but very long) JCR meeting.
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So grateful to God for another year added to our lives. Also blessed to have so many lovely people around us- we received birthday wishes from friends and family around the world, and it was so nice. Excited to start this chapter of my life- The Twenties. I am officially halfway to 40 though… Yikes.

I can make twenTEEN a thing though, right?

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Tai and Kenny Day 2014

I was in Oxford last weekend for Tai & Kenny Day celebrations and it was a blast. What is Tai & Kenny Day, you ask? Well it is the 14th of June every year, a.k.a. mine and my twin sister’s birthday. Many people ask, “Isn’t referring to your birthday as ‘Tai & Kenny Day’ a bit narcissistic?” My answer? Definitely not. This has been an ongoing joke for years and trust me, calling your birthday *insert name here* Day makes it so much more fun.

Anyway I’m 19 now! Many thanks to God for adding another year to my life, and I pray He’ll continue to guide me like He’s done for the last 18 years.