Sure, Christmas was this week. But there was also a birthday party that turned out to be a marvelous way to get the relatives together for lunch, cake, and holiday/party merriment. Since I was busy doing whatever it is that I do at birthday parties (shake sprinkles on cupcakes? search for matches? create hearts on the cake out of candy canes and then shake my head in amazement at my own cleverness?), then Sarah captured these pictures of the day for us.
Jules was all for getting at that cupcake. I'll be honest and say this isn't her first encounter with sugar, or with cake, or frosting, or ice cream. She's a pro at handling desserts.
We don't mess around when we're eating. "Clothing Optional" has always been my motto at meal time. Not really. Don't come over and expect no clothing. I wear lots of clothing. Whole wardrobes of clothing. My children, however, eat in whatever attire they prefer.
All sorts of wonderful birthday goodies: a new carseat, brightly colored toys, Little People, and her very own Baby Yeti who is just as festive as can be in his peppermint striped attire. We love him.
And we love our birthday girl, though she might not be feeling the love since tomorrow we're going on vacation. Without children. Without diaper bags. Without carseats or strollers or playpens. In fact, Jules will unfortunately be finding herself going without me and my nursings to help her through the night. For the first time.
Let's not think about how traumatic it's going to be for both of us. Let's just think about how pretty those cupcakes are.
And a pretty vacation is just around the corner...