Celebrating Birthdays with Multiples: The Ahlers Family
● By Hood Magazine
By Jessica Brovold
Birthdays are a time to celebrate life with family and friends. It’s a time to plan that perfect
party, invite the guests and eat plenty of birthday cake.
For some, planning a party for one child can be
stressful enough. Imagine having multiples to plan for. Whether you have twins,
triplets, or even more, we found out, it all comes down to what works for your
For the Ahlers family, getting pregnant took more than three years. After a round of doing IVF, Ashley and Travis received the miracle they were hoping for, times two. “My husband was so excited, he got dizzy,” said Ashley. “We were hoping for twins! We had 11 embryos and only two made it. Easton and Elaina.”
The twins are getting ready to celebrate their second birthday. The Ahlers’ try to keep it simple when it comes to celebrating their birthdays and it typically doesn’t involve many gifts. “I’ve always loved going places and doing things more than getting material possessions,” said Ashley. “That’s the way I’ve always been. I’m not a planner, or a party person.”
Instead of planning elaborate parties, they plan trips to make memories with their children and
other family members. “I thought they would remember that forever instead of getting a bunch of presents and having stuff clogging up our house,” said Ashley. It also helps them stay on budget. “With me staying home with them, we have to be smart about it,” said Ashley. “It’s not going to benefit anyone to go over budget and spend too much money. They are going to remember if the parents are with them, they won’t remember if they had a perfect theme or if they had the perfect hand made items on the table.”
They plan to keep the tradition even as the kids get older. They’ll be able to celebrate however they’d like, but the theme will be based on having fun. “They’ll be able to invite friends for sleepovers, but we won’t have any elaborate decorations,” said Ashley. “Its all about the memories for them. Growing up, I never decorated, I just remember my friends being over and having fun.”
Having fun and creating memories to last a lifetime.