Sometimes my kids are semi-willing participants in my games. I was working on controlling directional light and Addison was nice enough to give me 5 minutes of her time. I do love this kid and her many silly faces. Working to emulate the timeless National Geographic photo has made me realize the opportunity I have to teach my children thru photographs. The gift of awareness for the world outside our door. Today she learned about an Afghan refugee.
A new Baby Bowie has joined the ranks, which is most excellent since mine kiddos no longer qualify. Baby Lux is simply adorable and I’m not biased. Really. I’m pretty sure her shock of thick blond hair would quickly convince even the most skeptical. I am in love with the tiny toes, big baby yawns & a total disregard for my desire for sweet sleeping photos. Loves to you my sweet girl and huge hugs to your mom & dad.
Every year I decide this is the year we’ll forgo the party and just keep it low key. And every year about a week before the birthday train comes around I cave and start the frantic planning. Some lessons are just tragically harder to learn than others. I did try to convince Addison that a fun pool party or girls-day-out pedicure party would be the most fun EVER! She wasn’t convinced. All she wanted for her birthday was a Frozen party with her friends at our home. Clearly she isn’t aware that Disney is holding all Frozen paraphernalia hostage until the release of the DVD in March. Terrific. Now I get to plan a themed party with no help at all from the party aisle. My uber talented mother stepped up to the plate in a big giant Fairy Godmother way and made her an Elsa dress since there was not one to be found. Since it is absolutely fabulous and not scratchy in the least, Addison won the golden ticket with that costume and I’m confidant she’ll wear it til it’s a rag. Did I mention my sweet, fickle, newly six year old doesn’t actually like the movie Frozen? It’s all about the dramatic songs and YouTube clips. The fact that Prince Hans turns bad was just too much for her happily ever heart to handle. I hear ya peanut little. I hear ya. In the end it was a super fun day and I’m glad we made it happen. Huge shout out to Jenny of Jenny Cookies for the delightfully themed cookies & cupcakes, PagingSuperMom for their crafty Etsy Frozen downloads, Jennifer Brown for the creative Olaf bean bag toss and everyone else who made set up and party a breeze. You know who you happy helpers are! Only 363 days til we do it again…
We had about 5 minutes of snow the day before the party so we ran out and tried to embrace the theme. I’m not gonna lie, it was with a loving determined heart that I forced her to participate.
It’s a proven face, no party is complete without a little dance party.
Pay no attention to the ginormous flame licking up the top of the cupcake. Take two was much more successful without the cake topper.
Party guests enjoying their party favors. How cute are kids in scarves?
There are so many ways to celebrate and marvel at the love in our lives. This year I made rainbow too many rubberband bracelets, bought small valentine bags of fish crackers, searched unsuccessfully for a Seattle Times Superbowl paper, spent a delightful dinner out with my husband & friends (slightly pre-Valentine’s Day) and traveled to Leavenworth with one of my all time best friends. Pretty terrific if I do say so myself. Another love relationship to be treasured, admired and simply enjoyed? A brand new baby in the arms of loving parents. Only one for today, but the love is palpable. Happy Valentines Day!
Is there anything more fun than a really good cake smash? The messier the better. Add some tremendously clever, crafty and so very cute decorations provided by her loving mother and it’s a sure fire good time for all. We started with a party hat and ended with a delicious, delightfully frosted rose cake. I’d be pretty sing-a-happy-tune happy spending every weekend celebrating with such adorable pint sized one year olds.
One of life’s great mysteries (for me anyway) is how people from the same family can come to the table with such vastly diverse talents and strengths. I’m confidant that every family tree provides evidence to this intrigue, and mine is no different. At times it would be easy to focus on the differences and find fault with yourself in comparison. Instead, I’m choosing to see what a gift it is to have such natural endowments on my team. I had the supreme privilege of spending time with my cousin and her intended on her current home turf as she pursues yet another grand achievement. I secretly live a little vicariously thru these two as they are experiencing and traveling a diametrical path to my own. To sweeten the pot even further I simply enjoy spending time with them. They are a couple that individually are pretty spectacular in their own right and together just seem to comfortably complete the package. Always looking forward to the next visit with you two. So happy to count you my family & friends and anticipating watching how the story unfolds. Cheers!
And did I mention she’s just foxy? Yep, she is.
Sometimes it isn’t about knowing all the details. Sometimes it’s just about enjoying the moment.
You can’t tell me you don’t want to know what he said. You know you do.