Keeping it Real is more than a tagline for the Housewives of Frederick County. Sisters and friends, and now neighbors, these Middletown ladies are the creative minds behind the multi-year award-winning "Best of Frederick" blog, The Housewives of Frederick County.
"Being identical twins has made us special. Even though we have grown up identical and are used to it, so many people want to know what it's like to be a twin," says Terri, of the sisterly duo Terri and Pam. She can't help but laugh as she says, "Throughout our lives, we were called Pete and Repeat. We were always compared to one another!" Spend any amount of time with the Housewives, you might find them in their golf cart driving between their next-door homes and you will definitely find that these ladies are pure fun. Warning! You're likely to get a cramp in your side from all the laughter!
After living ten years in Berwyn Heights, the family made their move to Montgomery County. "Growing up as identical twins," Terri said, "it really was great because we always had our best friend right there. But for our mom, it was the most fun thing ever for her to have twins. She dressed us alike and Dad always said we were spoiled because Mom doted on us! People gravitated towards us because they wanted to be friends with the twins, so we were never without friendships."
These two bubbly ladies share some experiences that only twins could have. One thing that has happened more than once is, of course, being mistaken for the other. They are often greeted in public by someone unfamiliar and have to say, "Oh! You must know my sister!" Pam shares another unique occurrence and how surprised they were when they received a phone call asking them to play the role of Evil Twins on the ID Channel. She says, "It was the story of a tragic ending of a little boy's life. To bring some good out of it, I wrote a blog post that received hundreds of comments, including some from the little boy's family. This turned out to be our highest viewed blog post, and in it, we offered national and local resources for dealing with child abuse. It was titled, His Name Was Sean." Terri adds, "Not that we had it on our bucket list, but it was an exciting experience, and, now looking back, it was a bucket list check. We're both kind of hams, and sure, we'd love to do it again!"
Recently, the twins received surprising results when they used Ancestry.com. Their results came back as 42 percent Italian! Terri says, "We laughed and joked about that! Our name is Robinson. We thought we were mostly English!" Pam says, "I couldn't sleep thinking about it!" Pam is the sleuth in the family and decided some things were very curious about this and their family. "Our mother's name was Carmen, but she was raised by a very loving father and mother who were not Italian. So, we have Gambinos in our family. We know people!" Terri laughs, imitating an Italian accent. "It's a mind-blowing experience, and we've tried to embrace it and have even attended our family reunion in New Jersey!"
Beginning their blog as a resource for Frederick County in 2012, Pam says, "We feel like we're doing more than just being a resource, we're helping people, and we love to share and empower others. We might be Housewives of Frederick County, but we're keeping it as real and as grounded as possible and want to be the positive resource where people want to go to connect. We're not controversial. We're just happy."
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