Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Party for One!

 
Over the weekend, we celebrated Rosie's birthday at the Maple Grove Community Center. During the first part of the party the little ones played in the Maple Maze while the adults scurried around ensuring that everyone was having fun and no one was getting trampled (too badly).
 
Although the kids and babies outnumbered the adults, we still managed to pull off a successful party. (I think the secret to our success was NOT having the party in our own home. Besides baking some cupcakes and making some phone calls, very little went into party preparation.) I'm so thankful to all who came and celebrated with us. I know Rosie enjoyed being the star of the day.
 
I also need to send a BIG thank you to my sis-in-law Angela. I handed her my camera and said "HELP ME!" Without her, there would literally be no photos of this party! Thank you so much for helping us document the day!

 




 
I wanted to post ALL of the photos of Rosie and her cake, but I think you get the idea of how it went down.






 
Cece has been anticipating celebrating Rosie's birthday for quite awhile. I'm glad the party met her expectations!
 

 
I always feel so lucky that Cece has such great grandparents who never hesitate about spending time with the grandkids.

 
Jeesh, my sis-in-laws are beautiful mamas!
 


(Rosie looks less than thrilled here because I took the remains of her cake away and tried to clean her up.)

Happy Birthday, once more, Rosie! You've brought us so much joy this past year. It's been a privilege to watch you grow!
 
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

On the 12th Month of Rosie...

 
 
A very happy first birthday to Miss Rosie today! Why do these little ones insist on growing up so fast? We've had a blast being your parents since day one and you fit into the family so well, it feels like you've always been here. We love what a jokester and what a social butterfly you are. It's been a blessing watching you grow and I can't wait to celebrate many more birthdays with you!
 
At 12 months old, Rosie is walking and picking up speed. She loves anything she can get her hands on, be it a toy, a TV remote, keys, or the Tupperware cabinet. She's still nursing, but loves nearly all food that comes her way. And, as always, she constantly follows Cece around and infringes on her personal space. (Sorry, Cece.)
 
Over the past 12 months, I've tried to take monthly photos. I haven't been consistent with posing, lighting, or even getting the sticker on her. I do enjoy that Rosie is consistently happy in each photo and I think that's the most important thing of all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Happy birthday, darling! We love you so much!
 
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Almost spring! (via iPhone)

It's March!!! I swear I could smell dirt outside today, and not to be weird, but I think it's an even better smell than fresh flowers after months of winter. Below are some iPhone photos from the last couple weeks of February:
 
 
 
 
We had our first time at Chuck E. Cheese we celebrated our nieces Michaela's and Samantha's birthdays! Happy birthday, once more, girls! This was our first experience with tickets and tokens and both girls had a lot of fun. I, personally, was delighted to be reunited with Skee-Ball.
 
 
Rosie is a rock star eater. Her current favorite foods are bananas, avocados, and spaghetti. (Not all together... usually.) I haven't had the heart to tell her quite yet that guacamole is extra, but I guess she'll find out on her own soon enough.
 
 
We recently made a trip up to St. Cloud to visit Grandma and Grandpa. Rosie discovered how awesome a real piano is.
 
 
Cece discovered how awesome Grandma's dress-up clothes are. Doesn't she look like she's going to prom? (I sent this photo to Joe and he promptly sprouted a dozen gray hairs.)
 
 
For Dr. Suess's birthday, Cece's preschool had Wacky Wednesday. Everyone was supposed to dress wacky. Which was a bit much for Cece to deal with. So, we got pretty crazy and put a headband AND a hair clip in her hair that day. How cute are her Cat in the Hat whiskers though?

 
Here, have a blow-out little sister. You'll look fabulous
 
 
Rosie has no concept of personal space. Which Cece finds highly irritating, but she's usually a good sport about it.
 
Kind of a weird photo to end on, but that's wrap for now! Excited to soon be going places beyond our living room soon!
 
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Deep Thoughts with Cecelia Ray Volume 3



 
Prepare to be enlightened by Miss Cecelia Ray.
  
"I think your TV shows are disappointing"
(After she walked in on me watching HGTV)
 
"Little sisters just break hearts."
(After Rosie wrinkled one of her Valentine hearts)
 
"But I don't know how to find a husband!"
(After I told her that she can't marry Joe because he's my husband and she would need to find her own.)
 
"Rosie is bothering me. She is trying to pull off my toes."
 
"I'm going to sing a song. It's called "I do not like to sleep." "
 
"You just don't trust me."
(After I told her to not jump on the furniture)
 
"My belly is just flat and soft."
(???)

Next time we do this, she will probably have turned four years old. I can't wait to hear the wisdom of her older self.
 
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Eleven Months!


 
She's SOOOOO big! Miss Rosie is 11 months old and a mere few weeks away from smashing her first birthday cake into her face. Where does the time go? We've been enjoying our little lady immensely and she's been enjoying all sorts of things in life too (such as chasing around and stressing out her big sister, lunging for everyone's food, starting to sign, and getting so close to walking).
 
As of late, Rosie...
 
loves pretty much all food, especially spaghetti as she can take down two bowls.
 
has taken a few tentative steps, but realizes that crawling is a much faster way to get around.
 
signs "more" and makes grabby hands when she wants food.
 
finally had her first bottle of formula.
 
has six teeth in her mouth (hence the transitioning to formula).
 
stands and shakes her tushy when she hears a song that she digs.
 
 
So excited to celebrate your first birthday next month, girlie!
 
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Monday, February 16, 2015

February '14 via iPhone

 

 

 

 

I present to you a very random assortment of photos from my phone from the past couple of weeks. As indicated above, February has been a delightful excuse to make indulgent food due to Valentine's Day and a few ladies nights. A couple of weekends ago, my fabulous neighbor and I hosted a wine and cheese party. We were so absorbed in socializing and snacking that there aren't really any pictures (sometimes, I think that's a sign of a great evening!). We are already planning another one for the summer, so if you couldn't make this one, please bring your lovely self to the next one!
 
Valentine's Day was low key (although there was lots of arting by Cece in preparation for the holiday). We exchanged some small gifts, Joe delivered a love fern, a decadent donut, and a box of chocolate my way. Do we know how to do romance or what? We didn't go on a date that night, although we had a delicious hibachi double date the prior weekend. Joe had a couple of football games and we spent the evening making blanket forts with the girls which they loved.
 
And yesterday we visited the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with our friends. I had brought Cece there once when she was little and she didn't care about the art as much as she cared about darting through the exhibits with her friend Penny. She definitely took more interest in the pieces this time, even listened in on a tour guide discussing impressionism. And she definitely made it clear to me that she thought most of the exhibits were weird and boring. Can't please 'em all I guess!
 
 Still glad we went though, it was refreshing to have a change of scenery.
 
Not pictured from the last couple of weeks: lots of rock climbing, lots of sore muscles, Rosie eating us out of house and home, super super cold weather, and a few organizing projects around the house.
 
Onto the next half of February!
 
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