The Family Hat: Birthday Celebration, Part 1

Tonight, we gathered around the dining room and sang, “happy birthday to kelsey.” And as we sang, those baby blues lit up brighter than the candles on her cake. She would look at us, then look back at her cake, then back at us again … smiling all the while.

She knew it was her birthday. Her teachers made her a pink, paper crown that read (in gold glitter), “Birthday Girl” and her friends at school gathered around and sang to her. This Saturday we’ll celebrate with her friends at the park. Oh boy.

In the words of my dad, “Hard to believe, isn’t it?”

The Girlfriend Hat: Happy Thirty to Carly!

One of my best friends turns 30 today! If you know Carly, then you know she is sassy, smart, sophisticated and full of life. At a party, she’s the first to give a toast and the last to say goodnight.

She is so kind to everything and everyone she meets. She loves life and treats the world with the respect that it deserves. Carly, I wish you the world today and I hope this year is filled with wonderful wishes come true. Give Dexter and K. Klem a smooch for me.

Great friendships make the world go round. Don’t ya think?

The Birthday Hat: Cheers to Another Year

I’m 29 today. Most women wouldn’t share their age, but I feel liberated this year, so there you have it. This year marks my second birthday as a mother, fourth birthday as a wife and 29th year as a daughter to the best parents a girl could ask for. I’m honored to be alive, healthy and surrounded by family and friends. Plus, my birthday falls on a Friday which makes for a pretty awesome day.

Hurray for Friday birthdays!

The Friendship Hat: Children’s Parties

Want to see what Kelsey and I did this past weekend? We spent Saturday at a lovely children’s party. We attended Baylor’s second birthday party (Baylor is the daughter of my sorority sister, Beth). 
The party decor was impeccable, the favors were a hit, and the kids had such a great time. Kelsey loved running around outside, playing with all of Baylor’s toys – especially her outdoor playhouse. Beth gave all of the kids plastic cups with crazy straws, which Kelsey l-o-v-e-d. Kelsey got all of her silly’s out and then came home and took a 3 hour nap. .
Here are some photos from the party. Happy Birthday, Bay!

The host, Beth setting out the food.

The birthday girl, Baylor.

The star of the show, Bear.

The party favor Kelsey had in her arms all day.

Friends meeting up to chat.

Kelsey pointing out all Bay’s photos, “baby” she would say.

Willow and Kelsey playing house.

“What should we do next, Mom?” – Kelsey

The busy birthday girl and her cool new shades.
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The Family Hat: D is for Dominos

Today, my parents are in New Mexico celebrating my great-grandma’s 95th birthday! She was born in 1916 and has seen it all. There is more knowledge and life living within my grandma than my entire family combined. She is the most amazing Christian, mother, grandmother, great-grandma, great-great grandma, cook, wife and friend … ever! Talk about many hats … Grandma Pauline has worn them all. And with grace, might I add.
There are many things I remember about Grandma growing up, and one of them is dominos. Whenever we were at the farm (yes, she also had a farm … with cattle, peacocks, coyotes and fresh vegetables), we would stay up all night playing dominos.
This Christmas, Grandma Betty (her daughter) gave me the original set of dominos that we used to play. This gift was very special to me – as it reminds me of these nights with Grandma. I will keep them in a safe place, always. I won’t keep them in a box on the shelf, but rather in their original leather-bound casing and we will play with them often.
Here is Kelsey bug playing with this set of dominos this afternoon. She loves to pick them up just to knock them down again. Grandma, wish we were there to celebrate with you. HAPPY 95TH BIRTHDAY, TO YOU!

Kelsey with her great-great Grandma Pauline!!!! (September 2010)

The Mommy Hat: Play Kitchens

Today, we celebrated Kamryn’s 2nd birthday. She is my friend’s daughter and Kelsey just adores her. While at the party, Kelsey noticed a play kitchen in the living room. She fell in love with the kitchen. She put brocoli in the stove. Put an apron in the cabinet and even cracked an egg on her head. My girlfriend got her kitchen from If my daughter has her way, I’ll be shopping there soon!

Mom, no pictures. I’m busy!

Cracking an egg on her head.

Mom, you got your photo. Can I go play now?

Playing in Kamryn’s kitchen.

The birthday girl. Happy 2nd Birthday, Kam.

The Family Hat: Celebrate, We Will

Today, my baby turns 1. She woke up to mommy and daddy signing, “Happy Birthday”. Twice. And after we were done, she held out her hand, turned it palm side up and we all went, “ta-da!”. She knows it’s her special day. She went off to school in a birthday t-shirt, skinny jeans and sparkling shoes. She’s a happy and healthy 21 lbs today.
Her personality is the best. Last night, while in the bathtub, she was splishing and splashing. She grabbed her bath toy and squealed really loud with excitement when her toy hit the bathtub wall. Then, she immediately turned to her daddy and I, put her finger over her mouth and said, “shhhhh!”. She knew she was being too loud so she “hushed” herself. It was the funniest thing we have seen in a long time. She makes us laugh. She makes us smile. She makes us realize how wonderful life truly is and how blessed we all are. We’re seeing life through the eyes of a child. And it really doesn’t get better than that. 
Tonight, we are celebrating with a cream puff (for her) and a chocolate eclair (for us). Why? Because on Feb 9, 2010 I labor started at 7am. To my surprise, you can’t eat anything during labor. Kelsey was born in the evening at 5:44pm and I was starving. I remember telling my dad that all I wanted was a giant chocolate eclair! I have no clue where or why I thought of that, but I did. My dad brought me the world’s largest eclair the night baby was born and my husband and I dug in. It was delicious. So, in honor of that night, we will eat eclairs! The house is also filled with baby pink roses and pink carnations. The same flowers that filled our house when we brought Kelsey home from the hospital. When she gets older, I wonder if pink roses and carnations will be her favorite two flowers?  I hope so.
Here are some photos taken by two of my dear friends (Britany and Teri) during the birthday girls’ first birthday party this weekend.

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