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Oh summer, I welcome you with arms wide open and heart melting with gladness that you’re almost here. The memories made in those three months are such treasures. Perhaps this post stayed in draft status all winter just so I could begin the anticipation of all the adventuring that is so very close. We spend a week every year at my aunt & uncle’s cabin in the little town of Newport that lays right on the border of Washington and Idaho. It will forever be a place of true unplugged childhood delight for my kids and I love every minute of it.
I am now officially jealous of a 7 year old. Addison’s best buddy has her birthday in October and therefore could celebrate her day EVERY year at the pumpkin patch! All that fall deliciousness wrapped up in golden sun, scarecrows, gourds galore and corn mazes? My favorite. I’m seriously thinking of moving my birthday so that I too can live the dream. It is technically my half birthday so maybe I should just amp up that trend a bit. Here’s hoping they don’t check my license when I show up with balloons and cake.
What could possibly make the pumpkin patch any more incredibly fun that it naturally is?? Three best girlfriends in glitter party hats exploring every inch. Shannon may actually un-invite me from next year’s festivities for this one, but it just makes me smile. I can hear her laughing from here. We ended with a day at the races. Duck races. Who knew?
Happy, happy Birthday sweet girl.
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.
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?
So it’s official. After much effort and enormous frustration (I’m not going to lie, there may have been some tears,) the last eight years of blog posts appears to be gone forever. Lost to the incredibly foreign world of data transfer. I’m 110% sure it was my fault but I have no idea how I managed such a monumental destructive feat. That said, it’s time to stop the woes and move forward. I may have to randomly tap some past treasures in new posts just for nostalgia sake. Here’s to a new year, new posts and so many wonderful life moments to be photographed.