Sunday, July 29, 2012

So This is What 1-Year-Old Looks Like....

My sister-in-law, Kirstin {}, snapped these fabulous photos while we were in Utah.  LOVE them!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

They Say it's Your Birthday!!!

 The BIG day has arrived!  Since we already {kinda} celebrated Merek's birthday on Sunday, today he had a fun time opening up gifts from Grandma & Grandpa Roper, Grandma and & Grandpa Rosenvall, Mom & Dad and Mia.

 The highlight for Merek was definitely the smash cake {or in other words......smashing the cake}!
 Can you tell he's a little excited?
 Loves from his sissy.
 He had more fun digging his feet into it.
 Can you tell?
 He definitely did a number to the cake.....
 .....with a little help from his sister! WOW!
  Happy Birthday Mr. Man!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pre-Birthday Celebration!

How is it that my baby is turning 1-year-old already?  This is so cliche to say, but it really just seems like  yesterday that Merek graced us with his presence.  Our lives have been so blessed having him in our family.  He is such a sweet, happy-go-lucky, chill baby boy.  When I had my ultrasound and found out that we would be having a boy, we were ecstatic! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having a little boy {following 2 sweet girls} would be as much fun as it is.  Feeling so blessed.  Happy birthday to my handsome lover dover doo doo!
We celebrated his birthday a little early today with some of our friends.  
Cutest little 1-year-old! 
 Merek had some really good helpers to help him open his presents.

  Tyler & Wynnie
 McCall & Mia...besties
 Cute little Lyv & Ryn
 The Stolks
 Kaitlyn & Mia
 The Stinson's
 Debbie Deb & Parker Face

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Happy 6th Birthday Kate!!

My heart is so full today as I reflect upon this special day.  Six years ago, our lives changed forever.  I often think about what our lives would be like if Kate was still with us.  Would we be preparing to send her to kindergarten?  What would she look like?  Would she still have a lot of health issues? I miss her more now than the day we said goodbye.  Although the sting of missing her is not as intense, there is not a day that goes by that I don't long to snuggle with her, kiss her and love on her.  I have no doubt in my mind where she is; that she is doing marvelous work.  She is ours.  We will see her again.  I am so grateful for this knowledge of the Plan of Salvation.  Having Kate has made me a better {imperfect} person.  I desire to be a better mother, a better wife, daughter and friend.  I am grateful to be a mom.  There truly is no greater calling.  I look forward to seeing Kate again, but until then.....we will celebrate! 

Every year on Kate's birthday, we make a cake.  This year Mia made the request to make a "castle" cake.  I have to laugh because she LOVES watching YouTube clips of baking shows {she's a girl after her mother's heart}.  She found a tutorial on how to make a castle cake and so we gave it a whirl.
Cute little Mia Stewart!!

The finished product!!

My cute little family
Every year we let off balloons; 1 balloon for each year she would be.  We were unable to let off balloons this year due to a worldwide helium shortage.  I sounds silly, but it's true.  We went to who knows how many places to see if we could get some helium balloons with no such luck.