My favorite little boy in the whole world turned one and I'm not even sure how it happened. I remember the first year of Lena's life went by at a snail's pace and this little guy seems to have just rushed through the past twelve months at lightning speed. I suspect the fact that I am actually getting some sleep has a lot to do with it. When you're awake for an entire year straight, it tends to feel a lot longer.
We like to go all out for birthdays and since Evie and Lena had shared the spotlight at their friends party, we decided to also celebrate each of them on the actual day of their birth
As you can see by the giant parkas and mittens in these photos, this post is only slightly belated... by about six months. Though we have had a rather poor excuse for a summer here in England, so you never know. Anyway, back when the temperatures were a bit lower, [...]
I really wish I was better at giving gifts. I would love to be one of those people who always has the unexpected but perfectly matched gift for each big occasion or celebration. Every once in awhile, things come together for me and I manage to come up with a great idea. More often, though, I rack my brain for weeks trying to think of the perfect present and get so frustrated that I end up doing nothing.
For Lena second birthday we rented the local tumble gym for an hour and let the kids run wild. We are blessed to have an amazing community of both friends and family who love Lena as if she was their own. Despite many of them not having young children, everyone came out to watch the birthday girl show off her gymnastics moves.
For Lena's second birthday, we were really hoping to make it back to the States so we could celebrate with all our family and friends. So we decided that if we could find a military flight going anywhere on the East Coast
Meet Kristi. She is one of my dearest friends, by far the most hilarious person you'll ever meet, and has the mouth of a sailor. We've known each other since elementary school but really cemented our friendship in 7th grade health. We got partnered together to give a presentation on HPV or genital warts and the rest is pretty much history.
My youngest cousin, Laila Eva, is turning 20 years old today. Holy canoli. I watched her being born and can still remember it vividly. And despite the fact that she's 11 years younger than me, I look up to her.