Saturday, November 19, 2011

Violet Sings Happy Birthday to Vivian

Vivian's Birthday Party

This morning was Vivian's birthday party, and we celebrated with family - eating pink pancakes. It was a great celebration with her cousins, aunts, and great grandma.

Nana, Orion and Emily, Trevor and Laurel

Olivia, 5 months

Austin and Vivian

Hot cocoa party favors

Good Morning Birthday Girl

Milestone: Vivian's 1!

Good morning Birthday Girl!

Daddy and his helpers putting together Vivian's new ride


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Vivian

Dear Vivian,

You are one year old today. I just put you and Violet to bed and I was thinking about what a crazy, hectic, fun year this has been. I'll never forget the day you came into this world...I was so sure you were going to be a boy, and so over-the-top happy that you were a girl. See, I have a big sister too and I can't imagine life any other way. You and Violet are going to have a lot of fun together. Now that you are able to do so many things, it's fun to see your relationship blossom. Already you guys talk to each other, laugh and make each other scream at the top of your lungs!

I can't believe it was a year ago that you came into my life, I'll never forget holding you for the first time and kissing your soft, warm, slimy head. I was the happiest person in the world because our family was perfect and complete. Since then you have brought me so much joy - you're a champion when it comes to everything like sleeping and eating, and you are so easy to take care of. You don't cry much and you never get sick. Come to think of it, for a 1 year old, you are pretty tough. You have a strong independence that is thrilling to watch.

Tonight you were playing with you daddy and trying to stand on your own. It won't be long now and you'll be doing that, then walking, then running and then I'll blink and you'll be grown. But if there is one thing I know for sure it is that I haven't wasted a moment of you. Every late night feeding, every diaper change, every meal, every mundane thing. I'm savoring every moment because it goes too fast. Now that you are one you'll stop taking formula from a bottle, which means I don't get to start my day holding you, studying your features and playing with your little toes while you drink your bottle. That's ok though, I'm soaking up these last few remaining days of it, then I will enjoy the next stage of your life.

I'm looking forward to the next year and watching all your first experiences and wide-eyed wonder as you really start to explore the world around you.

Today and always no one is more proud of you than me. Happy first birthday, baby girl.

I love you,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

San Francisco Treat

I'm leaving for San Fran today. When I asked Violet what she wanted me to bring her she said "Some chocolate sticks. And maybe some q-tips and a toothbrush."


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween 2011

Neighbors Rule!

We have the very best neighbors. Here are pics from the second neighborhood picnic of 2011!

Jeff scratching his head; probably overwhelmed by the 6 little girls taking over the backyard.

Action shot, impossible to get a picture of any one of 'em standing still

Vivian playing with her Halloween treat from Allen and Stacy

We need real deck furniture

Jeff brought out the guitar and all the girls were playing it together
Can't wait for the next one!