Month: October 2009

The Prince is alive and well

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Here’s proof!



Now back to my unannounced bloggy break!


Angel’s birthday weekend

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We had a jam packed weekend, most of which involved celebrating Angel’s 2nd birthday.

I already shared that Princess came home for the weekend – surprising us! That was Thursday night and so we all had fun hanging out and playing together.

This is obviously not Princess, but Prankster.

prankster and kids

Pat and I had taken Friday off and the kids slept in until 8:30 am. It was amazing to sleep in that long. We were up and at ’em soon after that though because we had family pictures at 11:15 am and still had to do baths and all that fun stuff.  Our family pictures were at JC Penny and they turned out pretty good. I guess my only complaint is that there weren’t that many to pick from. But we still got a few nice ones.



holly and daddy

holly with babies

After pictures we went home and the kids crashed for a few hours. I think I cleaned the house or did something productive. Can’t really remember right now!  We always go out to eat for birthdays and of course we had to do the same for Angel! So we went to Pizza Ranch where they have an arcade/game place. Not only did we stuff ourselves with good food but also played some fun games.  Angel (with mommy and daddy’s help) won 250 tickets and was able to get a Dora ball!

pizza ranch 1

pizza ranch 2

pizza ranch 3

pizza ranch 4

Saturday was Angel’s actual birthday. She was up bright and early and the first thing we did to celebrate was go out for donuts.   We decided to get groceries right after that. Not sure what the problem was but she pretty much had meltdown after meltdown. Pat sure did enjoy this little grocery trip. I think it was his first time experiencing the multiple meltdowns of Angel out in public!

After grocery shopping we went home and thankfully the kids crashed. Again. Saturday night we had supper at home and of course had to have birthday cake. Even though Angel’s party wasn’t until Sunday we couldn’t let her actual birthday pass without birthday cake.

angel cake

Caleb enjoyed it too!

caleb cake

Her party on Sunday was at the Butterfly House. She was very overwhelmed by all the attention. I don’t think she smiled or said one word the whole time. She did give everyone hugs after she opened her presents. And then we walked through the Butterfly display and she finally came alive. She loves her butterflies.

Angel with her “Birthday hat”. Sorry, it was all I could find!

Her birthday cake – two butterflies and cupcakes.

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birthday cake 1

Opening presents…

opening present 1

opening present 2

Butterflies up close and personal!

butterfly house 1

buttefly house 2

Even though it was crazy busy and sometimes stressful we had a fabulous weekend celebrating our baby girl’s birthday. And for the third time, Angel crashed!

angle sleeping


She’s a generous 2 year old

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I have about 150 birthday pictures to sort through so I can write a post about Angel’s birthday weekend.  Unfortunately that’s not going to happen tonight ~ this mama is ready to crash.

But I did want to share a cute story about Angel and her most beloved thing on earth ~ her pacifier.

For probably the past 9 months or so she has only gotten her pacifier at nap time and bed time. But she was still pretty addicted. She kept it in a drawer in her bedroom. We would often find her in her bedroom, sitting on her bed in the dark sucking on her paci. It was hard not to laugh at that.  Well we decided that when she turned two we would completely do away with the paci.

Her birthday party was at the Butterfly House and so for the past two weeks we’ve been telling her what a big girl she is and that she doesn’t need the paci. But that the baby butterflies need her paci so they don’t cry. She was pretty excited about giving her paci to the butterflies. I actually got this idea from Rocks in My Dryer whose daughter gave her pacifier to the squirrels in their backyard.

No I am not crazy.

But I am forgetful. I forgot to bring her paci to the Butterfly House. I realized this after we were home from the party. My family was still at our house and my sister-in-law Leana said, “Why doesn’t she give it to Charlie?”

This is Charlie:


He’s 13 years old and used to be my dog. But for the past two years or so he’s been my sister’s dog. We knew there was a reason he hadn’t went to doggie heaven yet.

When Angel woke up from her nap we start talking about how she’s such a big girl and that she doesn’t need her paci anymore. But that Charlie is just a baby and he’s very sad and he needs a paci. And then we asked the dreaded question. “Angel, will you give your paci to Charlie?”

She didn’t even hesitiate ~ her eyes got big, she shook her head yes and ran into her bedroom to get her paci. We rigged up a little necklace to put around Charlie’s neck.


angel and charlie 2

For a minute there we thought she was having 2nd thoughts…

angel and charlie 3

But then Charlie worked his magic…

angel and charlie

Of course we had a backup paci just in case. But it wasn’t necessary. Tonight when she went to bed she went straight for the drawer where her paci usually is. We reminded her that she gave her paci to Charlie. She continued to look around the room for her paci. Finally after about 5 minutes of explaining that Charlie needed her paci she agreed and went to bed.

Hopefully the paci is history.  Now the duck, baby, blanket, cup and today’s addition of THREE Dora dolls that she must take to bed with her and tote with her everywhere she goes ~ that’s a problem to be tackled another day.


Happy Birthday Angel!

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Our Angel is 2 years old today!

Here she is at 8 weeks old:


And yesterday before we had our family pictures:

angel bday outfit close

Words can’t describe how blessed and thankful we are.

A very long detailed post about the weekend’s birthday festivities coming in a few days!