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Thursday, August 21, 2014

the bear's birthday party

We celebrated Claire Bear's birthday on Sunday July 20th.  We wanted to take a break from all the wedding crazy before throwing a party. 

I made Claire's cake from scratch using this recipe.  I was so proud - I even made her icing!  In lieu of candles, I used blueberries to write a number 1 on the cake.




 
She wasn't a big fan of the icing or the cake.  The only thing she seemed to care about was the blueberries.  I was a little disappointed that she didn't dive right in and make a huge mess.  On the other hand though, I guess a mom can't be upset that her baby prefers fruit over cake.  :)
 

 
We had to take a family photo after her non-cake smash.  Then she got to open her gifts. 








Claire is so blessed to have such great families and friends who came out to celebrate.  And I am always amazed with the generosity of our loved ones.  Our livingroom is overflowing with fun new toys!!  She is such a lucky little girl.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Brandon & Carrie's Wedding

Alternate title:  The cutest little flower girl


Am I right?  Cutest. Ever.

The day after the bear's birthday, my brother Brandon tied the knot.  It was such a sweet day filled with lots of love.

 


 
 
I didn't get the chance to take too many pictures because I was trying to wrangle in the bear most of the day.  I can't wait for Carrie to get the professional photos back - the sneak peeks I've seen are gorgeous.  

Friday, August 1, 2014

7/11/2014 - the bear's first birthday

Friday July 11th was Claire Bear's first birthday.  I can't believe my sweet little baby girl is a whole year old.  


We just brought her home from the hospital yesterday, right?

Patrick & I both took off work to celebrate Claire's birthday with her.

She must have known it was her birthday because she woke up all smiles...


Just kidding!  She woke up a sad little girl and didn't appreciate mom snapping photos while she was upset.


Mom made her a special breakfast of french toast and blueberries.



She was all smiles for the camera but in reality she was not a french toast fan.  She ate all the blueberries and threw the french toast on the floor.  So much for trying to surprise her with something new. 

We took a trip with both sets of grandparents to Purina Farms.


She liked petting the pigs...



riding the tractor...


sitting on the cow...


and watching the dog show.


After Purina Farms, we had lunch at a Mexican restaurant.  We were hoping for the staff to sing Happy Birthday to Claire and let her wear the big sombrero but it must have been the only Mexican restaurant in the history of ever that doesn't have a birthday sombrero.  I couldn't believe it!  They were very nice and brought Claire mom & dad fried ice cream to celebrate.


Sorry sugie girl but that fried ice cream is too big for you!


We had such a good day.  Everyone loves Claire Louise!




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