August 20, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Nana Meets Cecito

THIS IS SO LATE! In fact it was before L.L. turned three!

I had to share because the cuteness is out of this world. We had a wonderful time when Nana, Gil’s Mom came in town for a visit. Such a special time for all of us to have her here all to ourselves.

Grandson meeting Nana, for the first time.

Grandson meeting Nana, for the first time.

Happy Beach Baby!

Happy Beach Baby!

I'm just relaxing in the sun here, carry on...

I’m just relaxing in the sun here, carry on…

My sweetheart.

My sweetheart.

Playing in the sand.

Playing in the sand.

Cecito's first time enjoying the sand. He didn't even blink when he decided to taste it.

Cecito’s first time enjoying the sand. He didn’t even blink when he decided to taste it.

Nana reading to L.L. and Momma...we were tired.

Nana reading to L.L. and Momma…we were tired.

Nana and Cecito

Nana and Cecito

He loves his Nana

He loves his Nana

L.L. and Daddy

L.L. and Daddy

Our big night out!! Lots of fun getting out with friends, in our hood. The Fall Brewery is a great place.

Our big night out!! Lots of fun getting out with friends, in our hood. The Fall Brewery is a great place.

Three generations.

Three generations.

Nana and L.L.

Nana and L.L.

Hey, who's that!?

Hey, who’s that!?

L.L. loved her bubble gun that Nana brought.

L.L. loved her bubble gun that Nana brought.

Happy times!

Happy times!

Watch out for the girl with the bubble gun!

Watch out for the girl with the bubble gun!

Nana hugs!

Nana hugs!

Too busy chewing on his new key set to smile.

Too busy chewing on his new key set to smile.

 

 

 

August 4, 2015
by gwendolyn
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I’ll Be Home With You

I’ve just started this book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and I feel like it’s a metaphor for my current stage in life. The author goes through a whole set of topics that you need to address and truly think through before even touching your belongings. It’s what I would imagine a pilgrimage to self realization is supposed to be.

The last year has been a tremendous struggle for me. I’ve felt like I was just hanging on and never in any kind of control of my life. Kind of like it was happening to me and I was trying to make myself ok with it. Trying to fit myself in; adapting (at an unwilling pace) to the everyday changes. Struggling with finding myself in a new world. It’s really hard to describe, and pretty much every parent goes through it.

Friends come and go, I completely understand that. Surprisingly, I’m ok with that and have found that I’ve consciously decided not to be friends with some folks in the last two years. That’s a first, folks, I like to collect friends like a little kid collects baseball cards. However, in the last year I have found that I feel like I am going to be an adult without real friends who truly understand me. Don’t get me wrong, I have friends, but it’s hard to feel like you do or that you aren’t losing them, in those first few years. I bring it up because this is how I felt as a new mom of two, even though I was meeting new people and attempting to connect. If I did feel like that was happening, it was fleeting. It’s a hang up of mine and probably something I will always struggle with.

There were so many days I felt like I was drowning. Gil and I were on each other’s nerves half the time (or more). I would wake up and want to disappear into the ground because all I saw in front of me was tantrums, ‘I wants’, three consecutive nap times that made leaving the house impossible, and doing it all – alone.

Yet, we persevere. I just heard the term, ‘Mom Anthem’ and I think it’s the most insanely apt term I’ve run across since becoming a mom. We put on a brave face and try to mold these tiny humans to be better than we are. Giving them so much of ourselves that we almost rebel. While somewhere along the way we receive this amazing gift of being a someone’s mom, someone’s everything (even if it’s just for a short period of time). We carry that with us and we rejoice in it. I get that and it’s why I think this parenting thing is such a life changing experience. Debilitating and wonderful.

I have two of the greatest gifts I could have been given; my Little Love and Corazoncito are going to be my greatest accomplishments, I’m sure of it. Right now they take up, almost, all of my time. I have lost myself a little in the process, it’s true. However, I’m starting to get some clarity on who the new me is going to be. The point being, I feel hopeful…optimistically hopeful, and it’s taken a while to get here.

In my experience, the first year of having a baby is the hardest. The everyday, every-single-second need is hard to wrap your head around. When you do it a second time, it’s even harder. If you are anything like we were, you go into the second thinking you have it all figured out. Gil’s cousin deemed it as having a part-time job with one and a full-time job with two, which makes so much sense to me now.

So, if you are in the middle of that first year – hang tight! It really does get better. If you know someone who is in that first year – call them, or text or email…invite them out, (even if it takes 30 times before they can make it happen). Whatever you can manage because more than likely they feel alone and miss you. It’s very hard to get out of the house with a baby attached to you. Even harder when there’s a toddler, who needs almost as much from you.

Take solace in the fleeting time we get big hugs and lots of little kisses. I find that I’ve heard the adage, ‘enjoy them now, the time goes so quickly’ so often that I take it to heart. It really is the longest days, and shortest years. I’m trying my hardest to soak up every bit of it.

Thanks for listening.

July 30, 2015
by gwendolyn
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The Boy is Officially a Toddler!

How do I love thee, let me count the ways…this is what goes through my head when this sweet little guy comes charging at me to hurl himself towards me from just too far away and I have to catch him or else a fat bruise will suddenly appear on his handsome little face. He’s usually smiling (albeit sometimes, crying) along with a scrunchy nose and an excited, yet rapid, breath. Then comes my favorite, he lays his cheek on my shoulder or buries his head in my neck. It’s just for a moment, and I think how lucky I am to have this little dude in my life.

He’s such a boy and I’m still adjusting. Each day is filled with climbing towards a new adventure which usually ends up in a tumble, hit head, frightening fall or lots of giggles and a huge smile. Either way, he’s a joy.

I’m an entire month late on this post, which is a bummer for me, but it happens. These days I have stopped beating myself up about these things. We went on vacation and I’m still not through the thank you cards for his birthday party, but we are enjoying one another. Our family feels right.

His milestones are soaring by, he’s walking backwards and almost running. Learning to walk backwards was a treat for all of us, it’s something he loves to do and will smile as he’s taking small steps back. Yesterday, he leaned in for a kiss, it was amazing! A real quick jab at my face with his, then the second attempt he got all the way and hit my lips with his with a huge smile. My heart melts as I type this. He, also, said “nite-nite” (ni – ni) right afterwards; his other words are Momma, Dada, thank you (tan tu), more (muh). Plus, he’s finally starting to use some sign language! Normally he will tell us if he’s hungry, sometimes we get a wave of “all done”.

Naps are still around and he’s sleeping pretty well. We have bad nights, but all around he does well. His #7 tooth has pretty much grown completely in while #8 has fully poked through. Whew – maybe thats the occasional wake up? We can always hope!

Finally, his hair is growing in nicely. We have curls in the back, small and SUPER cute! Along with the color becoming more and more of a caramel. He looks so much like his sister, it’s kinda weird.

Life is pretty good these days.

Ok, now onto the stats!

Weight: 20.7 oz (35%)
Length: 30.5 in (75%)
Head Circumference: 47.5 cm (81%)

So, if you’re keeping track he went from 95% in height to 75%. The nurse was confused, but brushed it off until I pointed out that he measured smaller last time. She measured him again and that is where we got the number you see here. Looks like he’s tall, but not monster tall. I’ll take it and, of course, that big brain of his!

Since I’m sure you’re all dieing to see pictures of this little stud I’ll get onto it. I was able to attempt at recreating pictures from L.L.’s first birthday photoshoot. Momma was happy.

What do you mean I'm already ONE!?

What do you mean I’m already ONE!?

I'm gonna have to think about this one.

I’m gonna have to think about this one.

Huh, I guess I can handle being one.

Huh, I guess I can handle being one.

Goal!

Goal!

Hey shadow! I don't think anyone asked you what you thought!

Hey shadow! I don’t think anyone asked you what you thought!

Ahhh, the serenity of the ocean...

Ahhh, the serenity of the ocean…

Let's go - let's go!

Let’s go – let’s go!

Wait, I have to think about this again...

Wait, I have to think about this again…

I don't think I like this being one business.

I don’t think I like this being one business.

I'm through with this little sand message!

I’m through with this little sand message!

Haha, I got you!

Haha, I got you!

I'm totally cool with this!

I’m totally cool with this!

BEING ONE IS AWESOME!

BEING ONE IS AWESOME!

Ok, seriously now...let's dip our toes in the water.

Ok, seriously now…let’s dip our toes in the water.

Ocean feet!

Ocean feet!

I love the beach, Momma!

I love the beach, Momma!

 

July 7, 2015
by gwendolyn
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New Toys!

When you’re one a lot of the fun is getting new toys. Or at least, that’s what the parents think. However, when there’s an older sibling involved it doesn’t always go exactly how you planned it.

Like every other one year old he had no idea how to open gifts, so his big sister and Momma had to help him with that. Then the toys were SO exciting that it took a little bit of time for said big sister to give up her turn so that the birthday boy could test them out, too. After a little coaxing it all worked out and everyone had a great time.

Unfortunately, Momma has been doing a terrible job with taking pictures these days. You would think that I didn’t know how to work a camera, at all! So, here are a few and they aren’t even focused well, but I had to share them. Recently, I’ve beeb quite disappointed in my pictures, but I’m promising myself that I will pay more attention. Future posts will have, at the very least, have the subjects in focus. Promise.

No wait, brother, this is the way you do it. See, like this.

No wait, brother, this is the way you do it. See, like this.

You're turn! I will help you.

You’re turn! I will help you.

Look Momma, we both fit!

Look Momma, we both fit!

New shoes! (that sister helped me put on)

New shoes! (that sister helped me put on)

And just for giggles, here are two videos.

July 4, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Baby Boy’s First Birthday Party!

It's My BIRTHDAY!

It’s My BIRTHDAY!


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A small sampling of the kiddos!

On June 27th, we had a really fun celebration for our Cecito. We had a smaller amount of people attend, compared to LL’s first birthday party, which is typical for a summer birthday. Over the last three years, I have learned what kind of food to prepare to make my life easier before the party. Much less stress preparing. Plus, the hubs, always helps out with anything that needs to get done the night before or day of.

We served pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw, mac-n-cheese, avocado pasta, veggies and dip. For dessert, we offered chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting (and a cookie middle surprise), plus brownie cookie bars. It was more than enough to feed everyone, we ate it all for the next 5 days, as leftovers! Plus, I made a zucchini bread smash cake for Cecito, just like I did for LL’s first birthday cake. Only I used store bought icing and blueberries on the top.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with mac-n-cheese

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with mac-n-cheese


I'd say the birthday boy was happy with the food. Thanks for feeding our little guy, Kim!

I’d say the birthday boy was happy with the food. Thanks for feeding our little guy, Kim!


Avocado Pasta with the train whizzing by!

Avocado Pasta with the train whizzing by!


Dessert Table!

Dessert Table!


Brownie Cookie Bars

Brownie Cookie Bars

When we sang Happy Birthday, Cecito seemed to enjoy it. What I forgot was the candle so he didn’t get to try that, but I just might give him a chance here in the next week. I feel a teeny bit guilty that I forgot, but I wasn’t going to start it over again when I remembered AFTER we all sang to him. Shoo. What’s funny is that he immediately ate the blueberries, even picked them off and ignored everything else. What’s going to follow him is that when he got about half way through with them he started to have icing along with them, well he HATED that. So much that he actually started scraping it off his tongue when it wouldn’t fall off after sticking his tongue out of his mouth. It was such a sight to see and everyone got a kick out of it!

All of us gathered for the big event!

All of us gathered for the big event!


Wait a minute, what's going on here?

Wait a minute, what’s going on here?


Ummm...I want THAT!

Ummm…I want THAT!


Mmmmm blueberries, I LOVE BLUEBERRIES!

Mmmmm blueberries, I LOVE BLUEBERRIES!


Wait, what is this? Get this out of my mouth! Off of my tongue!

Wait, what is this? Get this out of my mouth! Off of my tongue!


I don't like this icing stuff. Make it go away, make it go AWAY!

I don’t like this icing stuff. Make it go away, make it go AWAY!


Don't worry, brother, I'll help you eat it!

Don’t worry, brother, I’ll help you eat it!

I was pretty happy with everything. Even the re-used decor from LL’s 3rd birthday party. It went along perfectly for a train themed party, which I only did half way. There was one train running around the food table. Along with it came a lot of destruction from all the kids; but they all loved, it and that’s what matters. We, also, re-used our photo idea from LL’s party. Where we printed pics of everyone meeting Cecito, including fun pics we took throughout the year. It’s always a great idea to just get pictures printed. However, no matter what, they are fun for everyone to look at; especially if they are of you!

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The big surprise was the ball pit out back! The area isn’t very large, only large enough for a small pit, but these are small children. They all had a good time and I loved it. So thankful that LL’s teacher at preschool suggested we borrow it. She was so right about it being a hit!

LL making the most of the surprise before the party starts!

LL making the most of the surprise before the party starts!

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All in all everyone had a good time, even the birthday boy! He enjoyed his first party more than LL did, so I’ll take that as a success (for all of us). LL talked about all her friends coming over for beb’s birthday party (that’s her new nic-name for him, short for baby) for days. Daddy and Momma had a great time, where we even felt relaxed. Such a great time, we can’t thank our friends enough for making it such a special day for us and our little guy.

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Up next, the day after where we opened presents!

 

June 8, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Cecito’s Nursery Half

We live in a pretty small place. It feels cramped and we are totally on top of one another, but we are making it work. Since both of our babies came home from the hospital, here, I’m pretty sure it will be a cherished and favorite residence of ours, forever.

Within our 820ish square feet of love we have two bedrooms. So, the kids share a room. It was one of our biggest hurdles in the sleeping game. There are still plenty of tip-toeing around times, but it doesn’t feel that tedious any longer. There are plenty of people who live in smaller quarters. Plus, it has helped the pack rat in me learn a few things. Not enough things, as my husband would say. None the less I have a need to purge and that wouldn’t have happened if we moved into a larger space before this time in our lives.

Making space for a second kid wasn’t that difficult, they don’t really need that much stuff. However, making it pretty took me a long time. Just about a month ago I finally made tassles for the newly hung lanterns and put pictures on the wall. It feel very good to give my little guy a sweet space of his own. Plus, he seems to like it. On the occasional morning he will lay in bed and play, then take some time to look at the pictures; it’s a proud Momma moment. The look on this face, when he finally notices me standing there, is such a happy surprise that you can’t help but want to eat him up. And if you know anything about ‘warm cheek,’ well, that’s just about the grandest part of having a baby.

Last time you saw this room it was a combo Nursery and Office: New Baby Office. I was moved to the living room a LONG time ago. If memory serves me I didn’t post about that and just gave up the whole room to LL so she would actually nap during the day. Now she has to share and we are in need of presenting the other half. Here it is! I’m pretty happy with it, especially considering the small amount of time we have to dedicate to dreaming, prepping and doing.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Sweet sleeping space for our Corazoncito.

Sweet sleeping space for our Corazoncito.

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Stuffed animals from his baby shower.

Stuffed animals from his baby shower.

I made the tassles, LL shared the bell (from when I was a kid), and the lanterns are from our wedding.

I made the tassles, LL shared the bell (from when I was a kid), and the lanterns are from our wedding.

Family pictures just for the boy.

Family pictures just for the boy.

From the left: me very pregnant getting besos from LL, Momma and baby holding hands, Daddy and baby on Halloween night, Momma and baby enjoying a middle of the night nursing calling, Cecito sitting at an Urbn Booth, happy parents after the family/maternity photo shoot before Cecito was born, Nana with Cecito, Daddy with Cecito and Papa, brother and sister swaddle twins.

Big Blue Rhino loves the piano as much as Cecito does.

Big Blue Rhino loves the piano as much as Cecito does.

Reflection

Reflection

The pictures are just high enough where he can only reach the very bottom of the frames.

The pictures are just high enough where he can only reach the very bottom of the frames.

June 6, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Look Who’s 11 Months Old

How in the world eleven months has passes since our little guy was born is beyond me. In some ways it feels like a lifetime ago and others I feel like it was yesterday. His beautiful dark brown, doe eyes with a hint-of-blue and dark long lashes that curl up to his eyebrows are, by far, the most talked about aspect of this little dude. People stop in their tracks, it’s awesome.

His arrival sure did shake up our household in ways that we never thought were possible. His smile lights up a room and his giggle is infectious. Even his sister thinks he’s a super cool little bro. They both look for one another when they wake up; he will try to talk to her from his crib if he wakes up before her and she will climb into his crib if she’s the early riser. He’s a full on walker and will follow anyone who is home around, all day. Which causes sibling rivalry but also more love and cuddles. LL will go in for kisses and hugs from Cecito and he, usually, smiles and laughs with joy. There is always the occasional, get off me shove, but who can blame him…I probably wouldn’t be down for that sweet hug when the outcome is falling down to hit my head either.

He still loves food. Down to try anything. The only thing that he rejects, every time is broccoli.

Pointing for what he wants or where he wants to go is a daily occurrence now. He claps, clicks his tongue, says lalalalala pointedly waiting for you to repeat him, and just the other day gave his first high-five! My favorite thing he does, right now, is resting his cheek on you or anything else. He will come up to the ottoman and just lay his cheek down for a second, then go about his business. He will do the same to me, a lot. It gives me warm fuzzies, and don’t mistake that for cues on nap time, he’s just giving out love.

Speaking of naps, he’s a decent napper and sleeping through the night. However, he has been getting in the habit of waking up at 4am, just to try to get the rest of the house up, then go back to sleep until 6:30am. It’s weird and I hope this ‘phase’ is short lived.

The little dude is 20.3 lbs., not so little! LL didn’t make that until she was TWO years old! Just for posterity here is her 11 month post.

this face is my little man

this face is my little man

say what!?

say what!?

trying to get the same pics I got with LL, unsucessfully

trying to get the same pics I got with LL, unsucessfully

always on the go!

always on the go!

YAY!

YAY!

sister, you're so funny

sister, you’re so funny

I lub you, brother

I lub you, brother

silly games with his sis

silly games with his sis

 

May 6, 2015
by gwendolyn
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I’m Three Years Old!

toddler life

toddler life

Yep, it’s true…our Little Love is three years old. She has turned into this little being that is so complicated and lovely. It’s a joy and exercise in patience and organization to be her Momma.

She now speaks in full sentences to carry on real conversations. Plus, can remember things from day to day, but usually loses them about a month or so later. She’s still a petite little thing, but sure does feel bigger when you get in a room with her. Thankfully, she’s a slow to warm up kinda gal, but super chatty once you become familiar. She counts to 20 (minus 14 and 15) and can sing the ABC song, spell and recognize her name and just learned how to put up three fingers for her three years of life! Not to mention all the other songs we sing, almost every day: twinkle twinkle, 1-2-3-4-5 I caught a fish alive, once upon a dream, bah bah black sheep, ring around the rosie…

Her favorite things are to dance and sing and build “twain kwaks” aka train tracks (thanks Kristi!). She loves to follow up statements with “ok?” and will repeat herself until you answer. Shame on you if you ever think about touching her food until she’s done with it. She says, “no touch my food, ok?” about 10 times before leaving the table or room. She will say she’s going to do something that she knows she needs to ask for “I push the button, ok?” when she wants to push a button on the tb (or tv for the rest of you) remote, while holding it in front of her face with her finger hovering the button. Plus, she does everything, “all by myself, I did it! all by myself” even if she has asked for “hewlp.” Two of the cutest things she does is put her hand on her chest and say, “you do (insert action) for me? oh, thank you, thank you so much.” With such earnest and appreciation your heart bursts open.

She’s our Little Love, life became anew when she arrived. She teaches me strong lessons everyday. I’m trying to keep up, but it seems they just grow up too fast (already).

Can you wink? Yes!

Can you wink? Yes!

Her best wink face. Pretty good!

Her best wink face. Pretty good!

Sweet girl in a tutu!

Sweet girl in a tutu!

I'm THREE YEARS OLD!

I’m THREE YEARS OLD!

My smart, sweet and caring girl.

My smart, sweet and caring girl.

Hugs for Domingo!

Hugs for Domingo!

...and besos!

…and besos!

I lub you Mingo!

I lub you Mingo!

May 5, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Look Who’s 10 Months Old!

Another month and I still feel like I’m drowning. It really is amazing the heightened level of effort it takes to raise that second child. Exponential just doesn’t feel sufficient, anymore. Despite everything we have made it this far! We all still like each other, in fact the love in our house keeps growing and growing; that can be properly described as, exponential.

The two kiddos wake up and look for one another. The babe seems to be a little less happy on the days that she is gone at school. No matter my attempt at a constant vigil on the kid’s room, during Cecito’s nap time, she always beats me to it if she even “thinks” she hears “babys awake!” Hugs and kisses galore, which he isn’t so keen on, kinda like the dog. It’s been fun to watch.

A few things on the baby now…he has officially stopped breastfeeding. He did that last month and I forgot to mention it….oops! At first I was a little disappointed, but that quickly disappeared. It was a slow tapering end and I’m happy we made it as far as we did. He’s feeding himself any kind of food he can get his hands on except broccoli and cottage cheese – he can’t stand them. Still standing all the time, but now he’s getting the walking along furniture into the mix. He can take a few steps, but once he realizes he’s on his own starts to panic (a bit), then crouches down to crawl at lightening speed.

He’s, also, got another ear infection. It started in one year and then moved to the other one. Plus, this last weekend cut tooth #6! Things have been busy and crazy.

When we were at the doctor, yesterday, he weighed in at 18 lbs. 15 1/2 oz. Today, I measured him at 29.75 inches, which is 1/4 inch shorter than last month…noooooooo!

Here is LL’s 10 month post, just in case you wanted to see it.

Happy 10 Month Old!

Happy 10 Month Old!

Can't you see I'm playing here?

Hmmmm, yes? Can’t you see I’m playing here?

tickle - tickle!

tickle – tickle!

staring at the mail deliverer, he said to remind him of that when he gets older and this is a favorite picture, b/c what a sweet baby face that is.

staring at the mail deliverer, he said to remind him of that when he gets older and this is a favorite picture, b/c what a sweet baby face that is.

plenty of hair, in the back

plenty of hair, in the back

Those lips! Those lashes! Those cheeks! We did good.

Those lips! Those lashes! Those cheeks! We did good.

April 22, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Donut + Coffee Party!

Birthday Girl!

Birthday Girl!

As you all know, our Little Love turned three at the beginning of the month. It was the first birthday where she knew what was going on and was so excited that I had to draw up a calendar to count down the days until her party. Everything about this party was fun! We had donuts for everyone, coffee for the adults and a bounce house for the kiddos. Well, let’s be honest, that’s for some of the parents, too!

So, I decided to get our donuts from Krispy Kreme, which set up our color scheme. In the pictures you can see the simple decorations. Got enough donuts for an army, quiche for anyone who didn’t have a sweet tooth, fruit for parents that would rather have something more fresh and healthy, and lastly, coffee! There  were some hiccups with the coffee and quiche, but we managed and I’m not really sure anyone noticed or cared.

Of course, I can’t stop there. We started off with the bounce house, then added a hand bubble gun, plenty of hola hoops, set up next to two play structures and little waterway. Plenty for everyone to do with space to spare for any running around! I was a little nervous about having 35 adults and 23 kids R.S.V.P. as a yes and wanted to make sure everyone had a great time.

Lastly, I stamped some bakery bags with a “Thank you oh so much” stamp for donut holes. Just in case everyone didn’t get enough sugar, we wanted to thank them for coming with a little sweet goodness. The inspiration for the stamp came from L.L. herself. She says, “Thank you. Thank you, so much!” All the time and with such earnest you can’t help but laugh and have your heart melt at the same time.

As far as I was told everyone had a wonderful time and loved the party idea. L.L. had a blast! I know this because she will still talk about her birthday party with donuts and a bouncy house today. We did good and she totally deserved it; she’s such a lovely and lively little person, who captures hearts everywhere she goes.

Plus, as a surprise to Momma, Cecito was a dream! He played with everyone and wasn’t hesitant to be held by the 20 adults that were passing him around. In fact, there were a few of the L.L.’s school friends who didn’t realize he was ours. I was all set with two carriers and a pack-n-play and didn’t need any of them.

If any of you were guests who attended, let me extend a heartfelt thank you. We all had such a fun time. There’s never enough time to visit with everyone properly, but we appreciate every last one of you who took time out of your busy life to celebrate our first born. L.L. was slow to warm up to the entire crowd, but absolutely loved everyone singing happy birthday to her. She had been singing it for weeks with her play cupcakes. Her joy was genuine and so was ours.

Now, onto the fun stuff…pictures! (this isn’t even close to all that I wanted to post, lucky you)

To-Go Donut Holes

To-Go Donut Holes

The food, before we realized we forgot the quiche!

The food, before we realized we forgot the quiche!

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Bite Size Quiche

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Fruit Skewers + Bananas

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Who would have thought that even after asking if I would get the green and red boxes this would happen. Color palette destroyed!

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Maybe this is why people missed the donut holes at the end of the table?

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Organic Milk and H2O!

 

One side of the party!

One side of the party!

She would stand there yelling for us to come get her so she didn't have to walk in the dirt and rocks with her socks on.

She would stand there yelling for us to come get her so she didn’t have to walk in the dirt and rocks with her socks on.

Yaya was L.L.'s caretaker while she was an infant. We love her.

Yaya was L.L.’s caretaker while she was an infant. We love her.

Momma with the Birthday Girl!

Momma with the Birthday Girl!

Long time friends.

Long time friends.

Birthday Donut (Bunny for Easter)!

Birthday Donut (Bunny for Easter)!

Almost the whole gang!

Almost the whole gang!

Getting ready to sing with Mrs. McKenna.

Getting ready to sing with Mrs. McKenna.

Happy Birthday to YOU!

Happy Birthday to YOU!

She knew exactly what to do and somehow Daddy kept the candle lit!

She knew exactly what to do and somehow Daddy kept the candle lit!

High fives!

High fives!

I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY!

I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY!

More long time friends!

More long time friends!

Old neighbors doing the switcher-oo with kiddos!

Old neighbors doing the switcher-oo with kiddos!

Party favor hats were only minimally fun for the kids. It's the adults who loved them, but wouldn't wear them. Go figure!

Party favor hats were only minimally fun for the kids. It’s the adults who loved them, but wouldn’t wear them. Go figure!

Sweet girl enjoying the bubbles and hola hoops!

Sweet girl enjoying the bubbles and hola hoops!

New friends who live in our hood!

New friends who live in our hood!

More party favors! This time for the birthday song. They seemed like a better idea than they ended up being.

More party favors! This time for the birthday song. They seemed like a better idea than they ended up being.

Happy Couple!

Happy Couple!

Friends like family.

Friends like family.

Our old crew represents!

Our old crew represents!

Sweet girl with her sweet family.

Sweet girl with her sweet family.

L.L.'s Current Teacher, we love her, too.

L.L.’s Current Teacher, we love her, too.

My family, we were all happy despite the faces in this picture.

My family, we were all happy despite the faces in this picture.

Score!

Score!

Bouncy House!

Bouncy House!

Cecito's first time and he loved it!

Cecito’s first time and he loved it!

Pile up on Papa!

Pile up on Papa!

Just try and catch me, lady!

Just try and catch me, lady!

Momma and son, happy times.

Momma and son, happy times.

Shoes NOT required.

Shoes NOT required.

Clean up!

Clean up!

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