Birthdays…

all of our kids’ birthdays are between April 22nd. & July 20th. so every spring into summer we have parties to plan & days to celebrate… it is a great time of year to celebrate birthday’s!!

i got 14 balloons for mikayla & took some photos for her birthday party invites & of course little miss sophia ended up with a few balloons to play with too.

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this year Mikayla also got confirmed the week-end of her birthday so we got to celebrate that special day in her life with family & friends too. going thru the confirmation process with mikayla was priceless for me, i know i learned alot about her & her faith & her views on life & religion & her beliefs.  i really learned alot from her about myself & my life & my faith as well. i find mikayla’s faith inspiring… of course when i was talking to the pastor about that i started crying & mik shook her head & laughed & her youth pastor said oh yah, your the mom who cried thru her kids’ baptismal, yep! that was me. ha.

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on mikayla”s actual birthday she got to open the rest of her gifts from us & good thing sophia was there to help her!! ha. of course, she  had to blow out a candle & make a wish on her real birthday…

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mikayla’s party with her friends was the next week-end. she has an amazing group of friends & they are hysterical…

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of course, next comes sweet little sophia’s big day… i had so much fun planning this party!! our baby is 2 years old & i really wanted to celebrate that in a big way….

her actual birthday May 10th. was spent preparing for her big party & man i am lucky that grammy came over to help me finish the party decorations, i never would have finished them on my own!!

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a party perfect for our little sophia…

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i had asked kera if she would please bake the cake for sophia’s birthday & oh my gosh the cake that she created was above & beyond what i was hoping for. it was beautiful & it tasted even better than that!! i am so thankful, it was perfection…

after her party man we were tired!! what a fun day!! still, mikayla & sophia made some ice-cream & sophia really wanted to get her party dress back on…

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Jarred turned 17 this year… WHAT?!?! this is crazy. on his actual birthday mikayla, sophia, me, jarred & his friend emily had planned on going to the zoo but it was crazy, obsenely busy so we went and walked around downtown instead… it was such a great day!! i think this is my favorite time with my kids, walking around, talking, laughing, looking at cool stuff & taking pictures. we went to dinner with my mom & arthur since they wouldnt be able to make it to the party the next day. i was so tired when we got home & jarred asked me if i wanted to go see a movie with him & emily. i really didn’t want to go but i figured that if my 17 year old son is asking me to go to a movie with him & his girlfriend on a saturday night, his birthday, i cound not say no. i had the best time!!!! those 2 made me laugh the whole time. that was a great day for me & i really think it was a great day for jarred too…

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the next day we had over family & friends to clebrate… i am so very thankful for the love that our kids receive from our amazing family…

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shane’s birthday is only a few days later… JUly 24th. when he got home from work we had a little “party” waiting for him. by party i mean the kids & i had on party hats & he opened some gifts & we had a good dinner. we love you shane. so very much…

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