If they think time flies now, won't they be surprised when they find out how fast it goes once you're over the hill? I'm surprised my hair isn't in a permanent fly away mode, time is passing by so quickly.

While making the youngest grandsons' first birthday invites, I can hardly imagine it's been a year since the two boys were born, just three months apart. This was the first for both of my daughters, so we're all wrapped up in toddler town right now and I just can't get enough of them. They're already showing signs of "sibling" rivalry and the day is coming when one of the many slaps, pinches or punches is going to land but adults have managed to intervene and stop.

Their personalities are as opposite as their mothers, my daughters, who have learned to agree to disagree. The oldest daughter learned early her little sister was going to insist on having her way and decided it was easier to just let her have it. I knew it was getting serious when she asked for a lock for her bedroom door when she was 10 and her sister was five. Having their babies so close together has given the girls a common thread and I'm thankful they're weaving their lives together.

The boys are already showing signs of inheriting some of their mothers' traits as the 14-month-old has no intention of sharing anything, whether it's a toy, or my lap, if the 11-month-old has it, he wants it, now. There aren't any negotiations or distractions that will change his mind, once his sights are set on something, it's no holds barred, until he gets it. Luckily, his younger cousin will just move on to something else, although it seems his patience may be getting a little thin, as I caught him trying to sneak in a slap over a walker they both thought they needed.

It just sounds like squeals and screams to us, but I'm convinced they know exactly what they're saying to each other. If one of them screams, the other one will respond with a scream of equal or louder value and the same goes for everything else such as laughing, coughing, crying or babbling. Something or someone might distract them for a short amount of time but for the most part they keep an eye on each other to make sure they aren't missing anything.

It's like having twins in the family. I have two high chairs, two walkers and two little boys who will battle over one crumb on the floor.

When it's time to say their goodbyes, the youngest will gladly give kisses along with a head butt or two while the 14-month-old wants no part of any mushiness, unless, of course, it's his favorite rival. At the end of the day, it's all smiles between the two of them as they're all bundled up to go bye-bye, they reach out for one another for a kiss and a hug as if there's no one else they'd rather play with.

They will be each other's person to practice life skills on - as they learn and teach about fairness, forgiveness and family. They will be forever friends.

Sandy Turner lives in Independence. Email her at sandydownhome@hotmail.com