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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Adventures

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.