Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

This morning, we went out to our favorite park, Blue Jay Point, on Falls Lake to get some much needed fresh and cooler air.  We went on a short hike down to the lake.  Maggie had fun wading in the surf - so much fun she took a spill and got sopping wet!  Typical!

We got some really pretty photos though, and I post them today in honor of the super Dads in our lives!

By the way, I am finally figuring out how to post photos best, so you should now be able to click on the photos and see a nicer, larger image...enjoy!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Re-Birthday Celebration

Some of you probably recall that Maggie's 1st birthday party was a little of, well, a flop.  We had planned a simple party with family at our house.  However, it was early in my pregnancy, I was miserably sick, and Maggie had an ear infection.  So, the day before the party we more or less canceled it.  Of the 20 or so grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who were invited, Uncle Scott and Aunt Christen, since they are so close by and were brave enough to come to our germ-ridden house, joined in on our small not so memorable celebration.  Everyone kept saying, "Don't worry, she'll never know she didn't have a 'real' party", but Mark and I were (and have been since) kind of heartbroken about the whole thing.  

Probably my most sour memory of the whole incident was the cake...So, since I was feeling really lousy and couldn't get my act together to make a cake I ordered Maggie's cake from probably the most well-liked bakery in Raleigh.  This bakery is known for fantastic and very artistic decorations.  It was quite a splurge for us!  When I called to place the order I clearly told the woman (like 10 times!) that the cake was for my daughter's "1st" birthday and I wanted it to have "whimsical red and pink flowers" on it.  Much to our surprise when we picked it up and got it home, we discovered it was decorated with bright red and pink poinsettias with gaudy green leaves.  Not that poinsettias aren't beautiful...I love them, really.  But, on a one-year old's birthday cake????  Come on!!!  Maybe it's just me but daisies are whimsical looking flowers...poinsettias are elegant and sophisticated, which most one year olds, aren't!!!  Here is a photo of the cake taken back in December (ok, maybe I'm being a bit dramatic about the whole thing...but, just click on the picture and look up is pretty, but just not quite whimsical).

Since that hideous cake cost us a fortune, we froze what was left and today, being Maggie's 18 month birthday, pulled it out for a special "re-birthday" celebration. This time Aunt Sarah, Uncle Chris, and cousin Miles joined us. At 18 months, Maggie has now had her fair share of cake, so eating wasn't quite the spectacle that you see at most first birthday parties, but it was fun nonetheless! As my Mom always says "all's well that ends well".

Here are some pics from the celebration:

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Beating the heat...

I can't believe it's early June and we've already had a week of high 90s and low 100s.  Uuuggghhh! We've been trying to beat the heat some by playing outside in the baby pool and under the sprinkler.  However, Maggie just wants to pick pretty flowers.  Cute as can be!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Maggie's Version of Strawberry Picking

Maggie is completely obsessed with strawberries.  If she so much as sees them in the fridge she starts yelling "Dabees, Dabees!!!!!".  This spring she discovered the strawberry weeds in our backyard and loved picking them and putting them in her bucket.  Needless to say, it took a little time to teach her that they aren't the edible kind.

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