Princess Hat Cupcakes


Juliana has several cookbooks – most filled with pretty treats – and she enjoys reading them and picking out things that we should make. A few months ago she picked out the cupcakes that she wanted me to make to bring to school for her birthday – they look like princess hats. They weren’t difficult . . . → Read More: Princess Hat Cupcakes

Celebrating Seven


It was a very busy birthday weekend for Juliana; I think we are all still recovering. I baked her school cupcakes on Thursday so she could help decorate that evening. I completed the finishing touches Friday morning and took them to school after lunch (I will post more about them separately). Everyone in her . . . → Read More: Celebrating Seven

Happy Birthday Daddy


2 years ago, Scott was in Guam for his birthday so I recorded the kids singing Happy Birthday to him. Juliana was the only one who could sing that year and the boys were contained so they couldn’t escape during the song. What a difference 2 years makes…they are all so much bigger now. . . . → Read More: Happy Birthday Daddy


I clearly remember turning 29 and thinking that the end was near…there was only one year remaining in my twenties. I was genuinely sad when I thought about turning 30. I should have been so excited to start the decade when I would marry the man that I love and have my 3 children. . . . → Read More: Forty

Happy 3rd Birthday Ruslan and Wyatt


Wasn’t it just yesterday that you slept in my arms in the hospital? And we brought you home and you fit in the bouncey seat together and slept side-by-side.

Those early mornings that you slept beside me and I would open my eyes to see one or both or you looking back. I was . . . → Read More: Happy 3rd Birthday Ruslan and Wyatt

Celebrating Six


Juliana’s birthday celebration was spread over several days. We let her open the present from Uncle Nick Thursday night so she could take her new doll for show-and-tell on her birthday.  She loved it!

She was very excited to wake-up and start her birthday Friday morning especially when she found balloons and a . . . → Read More: Celebrating Six



It must be the combination of the jeans, polo shirts and the backpacks.  Suddenly they look big – my babies are growing up.

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Juliana’s 5th Birthday


She has been talking about her birthday for months, so excited to be turning 5. 

Scott and I took cupcakes to school for class snack on her birthday and that night we had cake and she opened her presents from us and her grandparents.  She spent the time before bed playing with the . . . → Read More: Juliana’s 5th Birthday

Juliana’s Birthday – Part 2

After lunch Juliana, Nonni and I went to ToysRUs. Juliana had been in the store on days when other children were celebrating their birthday and she was excited to be the birthday girl. My grandmother and brother both sent money for her birthday so she had fun picking out presents for herself. Before we arrived, she . . . → Read More: Juliana’s Birthday – Part 2

Juliana’s Birthday – Part 1

Our day was far too busy to fit into one blog post…way to many pictures to tell the story.

Scott and I woke Juliana up together.  As she sleepily opened her eyes, she realized it was her birthday and smiled.  When asked how old she was she was happy to display 4 fingers.

While . . . → Read More: Juliana’s Birthday – Part 1