our girl is 17…

I know. it is august, but back in April  our beautiful girl turned 17. 17!!!!!

a few nights before her birthday we set out for our annual “birthday photo shoot” I don’t know if we can ever top ’16’, those balloons & those gorgeous trees but this year, I think we did pretty good too. party hats, 17, epic skies & silhouettes…

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we left, went for some ice cream, we were driving home & the sky was on fire. so, we went back…

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the day of her birthday she got home from school. we opened presents & left for dinner with meme & papa at one of her favorite places… after dinner we went back to meme & papa’s for some cake, candles & ice cream. meme had made the most beautiful & yummy strawberry cake!!

but while she was at school I had to decorate her car a little bit…

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this year for her friend birthday party, which thankfully we decided to still do, we ran around town, dancing in their prom dresses. we made an awesome video which I already posted but I better post it again here. just because I LOVE it so much!! seriously, the cutest & I will say it again, Mikayla has the best friends!

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the epic video…

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happy happy birthday Mikayla.

birthdays have always been so important to me to celebrate. this is the day that you were born. the day that you became part of this world. the day that you were given this chance at life.

and to see you grab every second of it & make the most of it. that makes my heart happy.

to see how you laugh & you cry & you love & you hurt, all with everything inside of you. I love you so much for this. you don’t hold anything back & I love you so much for this.

you were given this life on April 22, 1999 & to watch you live it so fully, to not take any of it for granted. all I can say is, yes. yes. yes.

happy birthday.

love you to the moon & back.

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