Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Raleigh's 2nd Birthday!!

Our sweet girl turned two at the end of February!!  It is so hard to believe that she is two.  It seems like only yesterday when we were heading off to the hospital in anticipation to meet our Raleigh Lorea.  For her party this year, we tried to keep it as low key as possible (especially because last year was a little bit out of control).  We invited immediate family to come and celebrate her special day.

One of our birthday traditions is that you get to sing Happy Birthday at every meal!!  Raleigh is ready to blow out the candle on her birthday breakfast.

Mimi and Pop were the first to arrive to spend time with the birthday girl.

Of course we had to go to the park first to have some fun.  Raleigh had to sit in the swing backwards because the sun was in her eyes!!  

Ra and Pop taking a walk.  If she looks at you and says, "come with me guys." Be prepared, who knows where you will end up.

This year, Raleigh was very insisting that she have a ladybug cake.  Here is our best attempt to make a ladybug cake.  

Raleigh sitting with her "ladycake" as she called it!

Notice the black marks on our birthday girl's mouth???  She decided it would be a great idea to kiss/lick the ladybug on top of her cake!  So funny! 

Quick family picture time...almost everyone is smiling and looking at the camera!

Some of Raleigh's cousins came in for her birthday as well.  The fact that they are all sitting down at the same time is a little bit of a miracle in itself!

Raleigh got an indoor trampoline as one of her gifts...she and the cousins had so much fun jumping and dancing to music.

She opened lots of presents that she loves and plays with often.

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Busy Family Award

The award goes to.....The Ivy Family!!!!  I know that we are probably not any busier than everyone else, but our little world has been very busy around here.  I feel like we have been trying to act like a snow globe.  You know when you shake a snow globe and there is snow flying around like crazy, but the figurine inside seems so calm...well, I feel like that has been a great picture of us lately.  The craziness of life is swirling around us and we try to remain calm, but honestly if you know us, calm isn't really a word you would use to describe our family.  So survive becomes the word.  We have definitely been surviving.  Now that our snow globe has settled a little bit, we can fill you in on all of the exciting things that have been happening lately.