Adventures

Five!

My oldest turned five last week and we celebrated this past weekend with a ballerina-themed party at Storybook Island in Rapid City.

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Ages three and four were so much fun with this girl. These milestones are flying by at warp-speed, and I try to remind myself to slow down and soak in everything.

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The park has been our go-to place for all five of her birthday parties because it’s just a great venue for summer parties.

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My mom made the ballerina-themed cake in light blue, my daughter’s favorite color.

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I cannot believe she will start kindergarten in a few short weeks. She is kind, inquisitive, and social. She values her friendships and has a caring heart. She’s the best big sister, too.

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We love you, sweet girl, and we can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for you.

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Adventures

Two!

The baby of the family turned two in late April and we celebrated this past weekend with a barnyard-themed party at a nearby petting zoo.

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It was a chilly day, but that didn’t stop a lot of friends and family members from joining us to celebrate the girl.

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My mom made the most adorable farm animal cupcakes.

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The kids all had a blast feeding sheep, goats, and calves and running around to their hearts’ content.

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I took a moment to enjoy a pig cupcake. The other white meat?

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Now that she’s two, our youngest is really developing her own personality and talking much more. She tends to be quite serious at times, and likes a little alone time once in a while, especially when she’s tired. She is definitely more timid than her sister, but is a natural caretaker. When she lets her silly side show, we all roar with laughter.

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My two-year-old is getting pretty good at her numbers and colors. She loves Minnie Mouse, books, puppies, and anything purple.

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I absolutely love having two daughters and watching their bond as sisters grow.

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The baby chicks and ducks got a big smile from the girl.

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Happy birthday to our dear baby girl. We love celebrating you. E-I-E-I-O.

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Four!

I feel like it is nearly impossible for a parent to talk about his or her child’s birthdays without also commenting on how quickly time flies. It really feels like just yesterday we were celebrating my oldest daughter’s first, second, and third birthday parties, all at the beloved children’ park Storybook Island. We returned to that perfect venue this past weekend to celebrate her fourth birthday, this time renting the birthday house, which provided a great spot for cake and presents with tons of fun playground equipment right outside the door.

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This year’s theme was unicorns.

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My girl and her grandma planned the cake months ago. It was a tie-dyed unicorn filled with candy.

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Sugar overload ensued, but, hey, she only turns four once, right?

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She’s a big girl now, but I love that she is still little enough to fall fast asleep in the car on the drive home from her party.

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Happy birthday to our sweet, sociable, fun-loving girl. We are excited to see what the next year brings!

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The Girl is One

It always sounds so cliché, but it’s so true: The first year of a baby’s life goes so quickly! Our youngest turns one tomorrow. We celebrated with a donut-themed brunch over the weekend.

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The bear cake, made by my mother, is a family tradition. I had it for my first birthday, as did my oldest daughter, my cousin (who is also my youngest daughter’s godmother), and my niece. The girl was really quite dainty about eating her cake. She didn’t even get frosting on her shirt!

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We had donuts, cake, and cupcakes. I felt a tiny bit embarrassed because our family dentist who is also a good friend was in attendance with his wife and adorable daughter. I apologized for the sugar overload (while stuffing my face with a sprinkle-covered donut.)

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Happy birthday to our sweet baby girl. You are a cuddly, entertaining, delightful soul. You are a terrific walker and say “mama” and “dada.” You love animals, your sister, and making us laugh. We love you!

 

 

Adventures

Three!

It really does feel like it was just a few weeks ago that we were celebrating my oldest daughter’s first birthday and second birthday. How can it be that this past weekend we celebrated her turning three?

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Her pals from daycare, cousins, and some other friends showed up to celebrate, and my mom made these adorable Elsa and Anna cakes.

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I might say this about every age, but three is my favorite so far.

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She has her “threenager” moments of course, but overall she is a kind, sweet, inquisitive little girl. She continues to amaze us and make us laugh every day.

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Adventures

Two!

I woke up Saturday morning to this face: That of an excited two-year-old and devout Minnie Mouse enthusiast.

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We enjoyed the park gazebo we rented for her first birthday party so much we couldn’t resist renting it again this year. This year’s theme was Minnie Mouse.

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My mom was responsible for creating the awesome cake.

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During the party a friend and I discussed how you truly don’t understand the phrase “they grow up so quickly” until you have a child of your own. It seems so cliché, but it so amazingly true.

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I cherish all these moments and love watching her grow into the person she will be.

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We were blessed to have a lot of friends and family attend to celebrate with us.

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Happy birthday to my dear girl. I cannot believe you are two. You bring such joy to our lives.

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One!

One of the milestones I have been most looking forward to as a mother is watching my daughter devour cake at her first birthday party.

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And the girl did not disappoint.

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On the day of my daughter’s birthday party, the temperature hovered around 100 degrees. We rented the gazebo at a park in a nearby town that features statues of storybook characters.

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My mom had saved the bear cake pan she used at my own first birthday so she recreated that cake for my own girl. How sweet is that?

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She also assembled this horse out of cupcakes, a trick we had seen on Pinterest.

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After a while, the girl grew tired of using her hands to eat the cake and just went for it, face first.

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After a much-needed wardrobe change, we were ready to play on some of the storybook-inspired scenes. That’s Kanga from Winnie the Pooh.

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Of course no July birthday party is complete without sitting on Santa’s lap. Here’s my girl with her cousin (who, believe it or not, is four months younger than she is).

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Happy first birthday to my dear girl.