Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happy Birthday, MC!

Celebrating another year with our spunky girl! She adds so much light and laughter to our lives. It is an honor and a privilege to be her parents.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

MC's 3rd Birthday

We had MC's 3rd birthday party at a park near our house on the weekend before her birthday. It rained every day for the entire week leading up to her party, but the sun finally came out on Saturday, and it was a beautiful (but hot!) day.

We chose a Daniel Tiger theme for her party, since that is her favorite TV show, and kept it very simple this year with a few colorful decorations and toddler-friendly snacks.

We invited about 10 of her little friends and their parents/siblings to come play with us, and I think everyone had a great time celebrating our little tiger.

As usual, the cupcakes were the highlight of the party for MC. After we'd been there about an hour and she'd played for a while on the playground with her friends, she started saying "I want to do Happy Birthday, Mama!" She got a little overwhelmed during the actual singing, with all eyes on her, so I had to blow out the candles on her cupcake for her.

But she rallied quickly once it was time for the cupcake eating to begin!

We spent the day of her birthday together, just the 3 of us.

We opened presents first thing that morning. She got books, a set of pool toys, a t-ball set, a baby doll, and a baby doll carrier.

Later that morning we went to the mall to ride the escalators

and ate lunch at Chick Fil A.

After nap we continued our tradition of having Cafe Carolina cupcakes. It's hard to believe there are 3 candles on that cupcake! 

Happy, happy birthday to our sweet girl!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Backyard Playset

One day last week, in a span of about 3 hours, our backyard went from this:

to this:

MC got a cool, custom-built play set or "playground" as she calls it. (Local friends, if you are in the market for a play set, click that link - we highly recommend Mark and his team. We had a great experience working with them!)

It has two swings, a slide, a rock-climbing wall, and a two-story clubhouse.

We have already spent hours upon hours playing on it, and we've had several friends over to check it out. It is a big hit with the almost-three crowd. And, as you can see, it appeals to the four-legged crowd as well.

Piper says, "Look at my super cool new dog house!"