Saturday, April 11, 2015


 The fifth birthday is a big one, as far as I'm concerned, so we do it up big around here. The J-bird had a huge do for his fifth, and now that it was Miss V's turn, we blew the doors out and threw her a party with all her pals at a place called Pump It Up. It's the first time we've ever hired out a place like this, and WOW. It was pretty great. The kids got to play in a private play space for an hour on giant inflatable slides and bounce houses, and then, when they were completely exhausted, we went to a party room, where the Pump It Up folks had set up all the party things I brought for us. We had pizza (they provided that), snacks, and cupcakes, and then Miss V opened her presents, and then we were out the door, and I didn't have to clean up a thing. The kids had a blast. The parents all seemed to have a blast. It was...well, it was pretty great, and I loved watching my girl enjoy her day and all her friends.

(Miss V wanted a butterfly theme, so I made these cupcakes and party favors. The cupcakes were white chocolate with pink buttercream, and the favors were bubbles with butterflies on top.)

Thursday, April 9, 2015


World rocker. Joke teller. Quick witted, sunshine girl. Dances-through-life with a smile on her face. Foot stomper. Self assured. Loves everyone. Open hearted. Open handed. Never met a stranger. Knows what she wants. Knows who she is. Cares what you think, but isn't easily led. Stubborn as a mule, but so easy to be around. Would live outside if she could. Loves to get dirty. Constant talker. Gorgeous laugh. Ornery. Boundless imagination. Little love.


First birthday:

Second birthday:

Third birthday:

Fourth birthday:

And today:

So much joy

 My Vievel Knievel

I love you so much, my baby. Happy 5th birthday.