One Year!

Levi is now officially a toddler-no longer my baby boy. He is a walking babbling big boy. He is FAST. I find myself running ahead of him if I need to get in the basement or bathroom so I can securely close the door behind me. He loves getting into things. I can see more and more of Lily in him each and every day. Uh oh!

We celebrated a few days early at Nonna and Papa’s house. I made him a banana smash cake in the shape of a monkey’s face. He wasn’t really into it. He was into his new ride-on toy from Nonna and Papa though!

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We celebrated his actual birthday by trying our darnedest to get a decent onesie picture of him.

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5 Days

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One Month

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Two Months

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Three Months

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Four Months

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Five Months

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Six Months

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Seven Months

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Eight Months

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Nine Months

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Ten Months

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Eleven Months

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Twelve Months

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Happy birthday Levi! You will always be my baby though, not matter how big you get. Sorry buddy ๐Ÿ™‚

Lily is Three!

About a month before Lily’s birthday she was easily able to tell everyone how old she was. Now she can easily tell you (and show you) that she is three.
We celebrated on her actual birthday with fudgy brownies and a few presents.
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The Saturday following we celebrated with family and an Ariel cake.
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Now, about this cake. Lily was very pleased with it while I thought it could be much better. I found the technique on Pinterest which basically involves coloring with frosting. I’d like to try it again with a less detailed picture and I would also think about the texture of the frosting I used to color in.
Lily, you are out little firecracker! You are funny, adventurous, strong-willed and independent. You are a force to be reckoned with ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mommy and Daddy love you so much and continue to look forward to the beautiful young lady you will become.

Sarah is Five!

Well, it happened. Our sweet Sarah turned five! We celebrated on the actual day with apple pie and presents. Her Grandma made her a cute dress that matches Sarah’s style to a T.

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Levi was a little cranky, so I treated him to some whipped cream.

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That same weekend we celebrated at my parent’s with an Elsa cake. Sarah was excited to get plenty of Frozen gifts and a few art and craft items.

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Sarah, where has the time gone? You are growing up too fast! We love watching you grow up and are blessed with the opportunity to have a hand in it. You are a sweetheart who loves to help out her younger sister and brother. You love dancing, being silly, and still make the best facial expressions. We love you so much!

Jonathan’s Birthday

Way back in mid-September Jonathan celebrated his thirty-somethingth birthday. I am finally getting around to telling you about it!

We celebrated with just our little family on his actual birthday. Let me tell you, it was such a hard, stressful, and crazy day.

 

 

After dinner we sang Happy Birthday and dug into the yummy German Chocolate cake (made with extra coconut and no nuts in the frosting). Turns out the girls didn’t like the frosting, so that meant more for me and Jonathan!

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We celebrated again with family a few weeks later.

We Have a Six-Year Old!

I can’t believe I’ve been doing this parenthood thing for six years now! On Saturday Abigail turned six. She’s been waiting for this day pretty much all year long.

Abigail is turning out to be such a sweet and sensitive little girl. She does have her strong-willed moments like most kids do. She will still come to me on occasion at night asking me to pray for her about various things-and I hope that never changes! She is also FULL of curiosity. She is always asking questions about all sorts of things. She is also a sponge-soaking up loads of information she is able to retell to others.

Here are photos of Abigail over the years:

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Just shy of a week old

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One year old

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Two years old

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Three years old

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Four years old

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Five years old

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Six Years Old

We celebrated with family this weekend. Abigail asked for a crown cake. I found this one on a Diabetic Living website. I used it as inspiration for my sugar-filled version. I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe from southern living and crushed up lifesavers for the jewels. If I had it to do all over again I would have made the cookies a bit thinner.

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Happy Birthday sweet Abigail. We thank God for blessing our lives with yours!

My Birthday

I recently celebrated my birthday. I now consider myself to be in my mid-30’s (I’m 34). I felt like an orange cake with chocolate frosting. I made this orange velvet cake and topped it with this chocolate buttercream frosting. It tasted great! Orange and chocolate just go well together.

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We celebrated at Nonna and Papa’s house. They gave me a gift certificate to a local Chinese food restaurant and offered to watch the kids for us so we could have a real date night! My sister and brother-in-law gave me a pretty cake/dessert tray. I also got a meal in a basket (complete with cake mix!) from my godmother and uncle. Jonathan and the kids gave me two Camelbak water bottles-just what I wanted!

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I had a great laid-back birthday and always love spending it with family. Here’s to an awesome 34th year of life!

Lily is Two!

Our baby Lily is two today. It is still pretty easy to baby her considering she is the youngest and is still on the teeny side. But boy does she do plenty to break that “baby” mold.

Lily has no fear. She loves to run around the apartment and climb pretty much anything. She helps to remind me to move the ladder off of the girls’ bunk bed by climbing up the ladder and yelling for me from the top bunk. I even find her jumping on the top bunk sometimes. It’s a wonder I have any hair left on my head! Another new skill she has developed is climbing onto the top bunk without the ladder! I couldn’t believe it when Jonathan told me. She uses the rungs on the bottom end of the beds to climb her way to the top. She keeps me on my toes much more than the older girls ever did.

Lily is speaking up for herself a lot more now. She is steadily adding to her vocabulary. Right now though her favorite word seems to be “no” and has recently added “mine”. These two words are not my favorites.

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We celebrated Lily’s birthday last weekend. I found directions on Pinterest showing how you could make a butterfly cake using a round cake pan. I wasn’t happy with what I came up with, but when I showed it to the birthday girl she was able to identify it as a “fly” (her word for butterfly) so I consider that a success!

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Happy birthday to our sweet little Lily!