Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Family Matters

In the past month or so, we've had three events on the in-law side of the family here in town. Once upon a time, they would have all received their own post, full of all sorts of insightful detail and lots of photos. But, in this new world I live in, the goal is to try to catch up and move on! So, here we go.

First, Andrew had a first birthday.

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Remember this little guy?

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Turns out a year passes in the blink of an eye.

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He wasn't quite walking at his party, but he is now.

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He received lots of nice presents.

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Of course, older cousin Alexandra was there to show him how it's done.

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His whole family was there to cheer him on.

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And of course, eat cake...

The very next weekend, we got together for Alexandra's 2nd birthday. Andrew and Alexandra have birthdays one year and three days apart.

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Here she was, brand new...

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...and at her first birthday party...

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...and now she's 2!

Forgive the quality of the photos from Alexandra's party. Another thing I would have certainly blogged about in the previous life I once led was the fact that my camera - my beloved camera - went down for the count. I had to mail it off to the Canon Service Center in Virginia so it could be fixed. I was without it for over a week. Now it is back and we're fat and happy. Emphasis on the fat or the happy. Your choice. So, for this party, I had the purse camera, in low light. Grainy.

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Of course, there was cake and singing.

Funny little story - when they told Alexandra to blow out the candle, she starting blowing air through her nose...at this point, of course, the rest of us eying the cake were really glad her parents arranged for cupcakes. ;-)

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Of course, Andrew was there for Alexandra's festivities, too.

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The big fun, though, was this bounce house.

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Where even the big kids (yes, that's S) got in on the action.

Finally, more recently - just last weekend in fact - look at me being timely - some of Kim's friends threw a little shower for her soon-to-be second daughter. Something else that certainly would have been reported before now - Kim is on bed rest for another three weeks (six total) because this baby started having ideas about entering this world at 29 weeks. So, she spent a week in the hospital and now some time at home. Once she hits 35 weeks, they will let her resume "normal activity" and if she goes into labor, so be it. She's a bit fit to be tied at this turn of events, but making it. Brooke, Mark, my in-laws, Kim's family are all taking turns staying with big A during the days so Kim can stay on the couch. And we go visit for comic relief when we can!

So, this shower was her only venture out of the house for days. And she really enjoyed.

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Kim's sister made this adorable diaper cake.

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Of course, Alexandra was a big help when it came to opening presents.

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And since it's my blog, I'll show you what I gave her - a GIRL MOM shirt.

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Alexandra was very interested in the toys that were exactly like the ones she had.

All in all, she received some nice gifts and a fun time was had by those in attendance. Heck, we even had cake. Might as well make it a family event triumvirate, right? Cake at all three occasions. Because you can never have too much cake.

That's it for today. Hope to see you again soon - I have actually downloaded other recent photos to share with you! Best wishes for the rest of your week.

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