Oh Two-dles!

We celebrated Samantha’s birthday last weekend with a perfectly pink Minnie Mouse party! Maxwell suggested the idea of a Minnie party and I thought it sounded just right!

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Samantha was wearing pink, of course, and was ready to party!

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The house had plenty of decorations, including some impressive Minnie Mouse drawings by Maxwell!

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We had family over for lunch and cake – and plenty of cousin fun! We were so grateful to have LuLu, Granddaddy, baby Margaret, Jenny, Ronnie, Katie, Anna, GJ and Daddo there to help us celebrate! I was so happy to get this good shot of the kids with my parents (I say Samantha’s big smile cancels out Spencer’s sour face. ha!)…

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although this shot is probably more realistic and made me laugh!  :)

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Everyone had fun chatting and playing…

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and then we put on our (too tight!) party hats…

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and had a great lunch (Ousler’s, fruit, deviled eggs, salad with walnuts and apples, and chips) followed by the very best cake from Olexa’s!

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Samantha did pretty good at blowing out her candles!

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Favorite pic of the day right here…

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Everyone enjoyed the cake. It was so, so good!

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It was then time for presents! Baby had plenty of help getting everything open!

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She got some really fun stuff including a Sit N Spin, a tutu, a remote controlled Minnie car, a singing Elsa doll, a doctor kit, and a princess dress! What a lucky little girl! I’d say she loved it all – and loved dressing up and dancing with Elsa and GJ! :)

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What a fun day getting to celebrate the TWO-riffic birthday girl!

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Happy birthday Samantha!

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I’m still making my way through all the pictures from Samantha’s birthday party but today I’ve got a few more of her “official” TWO photos!

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Nothing better than my sweet little girl looking pretty in pink!

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Samantha’s birthday party wasn’t until Sunday but we still celebrated on her real birthday too! Just like I did for Maxwell the past two years, I made her a big number cinnamon roll! A giant TWO! (Don’t worry, Spencer wasn’t deprived, he just wanted doughnuts instead!) :)

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Even better was that we had GJ in town to help her blow out the candles!

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It was then time for some fun presents from Mrs. Susan, including her VERY favorite gift – Star Wars pjs!! ha! Now she can be just like brothers!

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These two had a fun day together doing around and hanging out at the mall.

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A perfect day for my perfect little TWO year old!

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As Baby says, Happa Birday!

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Our little girl sure has been celebrated over the past several days! Being TWO is the best! The fun started on Wednesday of last week when she got to take treats to school to celebrate with her friends. Samantha loves this rainbow book so I got her some cute rainbow cookies! They were made by the same friend that did the Hulk and Captain America cookies for the boys.

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We might have taste tested them on Tuesday night. :) Yum!

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She was looking extra special cute for her school birthday on Wednesday!!

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and, yes, she got to taste test the cookies just a bit that morning too!  :)

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Mrs. Laura sent me these pictures from school. I just love seeing her with all of her little buddies!

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This sweet baby!

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She surely is as pretty as any rainbow!!!

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Samantha is TWO!!!

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From this precious baby girl (born on her due date at 1:04pm)…

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To this happy one year old….

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To this perfectly perfect two year old….

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Oh my goodness, she’s TWO! She’s two and she’s just too, too much…of everything! She’s too cute, too sweet, too spunky, too good to be true (almost!)

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This girl has personality! She can be as sweet as pie and charm those around her but can also be a total stinker! She earns her nickname of Tootie by being a little toot sometimes!

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She has strong opinions and isn’t afraid to let them be known…usually by yelling “NOOOO” at the top of her lungs or stomping her foot! But, I’m so glad she’s strong-willed. I wouldn’t want my little girl to be any other way! She’s tough as nails and can totally hang with her brothers but then she’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen loving on her baby dolls and waving at strangers saying “Heeeeey!”

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She’s talking up a storm. She can sing her ABCs, count to 10 (thought 6 is sometimes skipped!), and knows tons of animals, sounds, and objects. I never have any doubt about what she wants or what she’s saying though a few things I have to translate like “might” for “mine”. She also likes to tell me when she pooped – and then will hilariously say “goodness! major poop!” which is clearly something she learned from me! ha! She even says “bess you” when someone sneezes. :) My favorite though is when one of the boys is crying, she’ll turn to me and say with such concern “Brudder? happened?” as in “what happened to brother?” Speaking of, she looooooves her brothers. Loves them. Every night before bed she has to give them each multiple hugs and kisses. Is she just stalling before bed? Perhaps. But, it’s still really sweet. They love her even more than she loves them I think.

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Here you can see her mouthful of awesomely chipped and gapped teeth! :)

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She’s a fantastic eater. She eats way more things than her brothers do. She’s really been good about trying and liking most everything I’ve given her. She’s not great with meat or some veggies but gobbles up all kinds of fruit, rice, pasta, etc. It makes my day to see her eating what I cook! A true miracle! She’s a great sleeper too. Down around 7:30 pm with just a little rocking and plays happily in her bed until we get her around 7am. She still naps every day from around 1:00 to 4:00.

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I love her so much. So very much. She is honestly a dream come true and she just keeps getting better. Our lives have been infinitely enriched these past two years by this little ray of sunshine. I cannot imagine how we would have lived without her.

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Oh, sweet Samantha. (which we rarely call her by the way. I almost always call her Baby or Tootie and the boys call her Goo Goo!)

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Our very favorite two year old. Here’s to a fantastic year ahead! We love you more than we even thought possible.

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Happy Birthday sweet girl!!!!!

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You are TWO wonderful!!