Sisterly Love

The problem with sisters is that they tend to express their love in sticker form. And when you’re a boy, this may not be desirable…stickers_2

First and Last: Preschool Year 2

I can’t believe we are another done at preschool! For some reason this year was a sad ending. I don’t really know why, but it made me a little emotional saying goodbye to her teachers and the Panda room. B will be back next year and the year after, but she’ll be on the big playground next year. Yikes she’s growing up fast. Her end of the year packet had three dates where her teachers measured and weighed her. From August to May, she grew 2.5 inches and gained 4lbs. No wonder she can pack the food away.

My mom always said she enjoyed every phase of our lives (with the exception of the snotty teenager). She said she rarely longed for the days gone by because each new phase held great things that were better than the last. I feel the same way about B. Yes it was amazing when she was little and snuggly (she’s still a good snuggler), but I love listening to her make up stories through a bubble beard in her bath. I love when she says “Mommy. You know…” because I know she’s about to try to swindle me – and I usually give in because I love that she’s thinking not just about what she wants but how she can get it. She’s growing up and it’s really adorable. I just wish it wasn’t so fast.

August 2012

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May 2013

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Birthday Week: Friendly Faces

And now for the big event: the friend birthday bash. What do you do when you live in AZ, have a birthday in June and you don’t have a pool? Why you throw a splash party (again – and just give it a new theme). Last year we had a splash par-tay, this year we had a luau. Same events, just with a Hawaiian theme. The result? A fantastic bash, event at 109 degrees.

PW made this last year and I still love it!

IMG_5059The “Kid Carwash” from last year is now rebuilt and better than ever as “Hurricane Alley”



Party in full swing


I love this action shot – look how high Baylor is on the swing!


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B was not keen on the whole luau them…until she saw the ankle leis


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My sister Ali and her friend Michelle. Friends since 5th grade


IMG_5154Blowing out the candles on the Make Your Own Sundae

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Nothing like friends to lick the candles withIMG_5129Pretty sure I have the exact same picture from college in a shoe box somewhere…

IMG_5086For Stephanie’s pictures, go to Many Hats of a!

Birthday Week: Family Style

We don’t have just birthdays in our house. We have birthday weeks. Why? Because it takes a whole week to squeeze in all the celebrating!

When I was a kid, my entire family on my mom’s side would come to visit always right around my birthday. And because a birthday is a great reason to throw a party (or multiple parties) I was sure that they really came to visit for my birthday. Thus, birthday week.

We started off Baylor’s birthday week on a Sunday with a big family birthday party. Her cousins, aunts, uncle, grandparents (including Noni who flew in from MT just for the occasion!), godfather and lots of other adopted family members joined us for dinner, cake and presents. We always ask her friends not to bring gifts to her friend party, but stopping the family from bringing gifts would be about as successful as me flying to the moon – it’s just not going to happen.

The Fam


Learning about Flarp from Missa – it’s like less messy play dough that makes fart noises. What’s not to love?!IMG_5013

Cousin Madi


Mason being naughty…


Time for cake! Chocolate with chocolate icing, of course



Her face while opening presents was priceless


Her order is “apple juice in a big girl cup with ice and it’s Baylor with a B”

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A dollar for each year from her godfather

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Happy Birthday Baylor!

Today, Ms. B turns 4 years old. It’s not officially official until 11:46pm tonight, but we’ll say it’s close enough. After a week of parties, special outings and presents, we are spending today quietly. We’re going to play with all the new presents and put a candle in everything she eats and sing and cover her with kisses.

Happy birthday big girl! Stop eating those green beans that make you grow so fast!



Birthday rewind: last year



Second birthday

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First birthday

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The real birthday

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