But here are pics from Lila’s birthday. 🙂

Before I get to them, here is my disclaimer:

the weather was rotten this day. Wet, rainy, windy, cold, and DARK. Any of you who have been to my house know this is a recipe for disaster when it comes to photos. Add in about 50 people (including 12+ kids under the age of 4), and…well, it’s not pretty. It’s FUN, but not pretty.

I was also so busy playing hostess, that I didn’t take ANY of these. My super star sister and father in law took them. I took the liberty of turning them all black & white–lifestyle photography just looks cooler this way. And since it’s my blog, I can do what I want.

Without further ado (and yes, Easter is up next, you will see a repeat of these dresses, and in color too!):

(Apparently my kid hates cake. She must be adopted!)

(Saddest birthday girl in the world…)




Lila wasn’t really as miserable as you’d think. She was totally overwhelmed by all the love, that’s all. She takes after her mom, and isn’t much of a fan of attention. I will be more on top of my game next year, promise! Thanks, C & G, for capturing the images you did, we really appreciate it!

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Yeah, yeah, groan away. I can rhyme if I want to, it’s my blog! 🙂

So this past weekend we went to Gracie’s grandparents’ house to celebrate her first birthday! I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already. I wish the weather had been nicer for us, but we had a blast playing in Gigi and Pappa’s new sun room. Gracie is SUCH a ham.

Without further ado…pics!

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(The Birthday Girl herself, crawling through Gigi’s coffee table.)

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(Lila with her Nana & Gumpa–my now fave shot of them.)

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(Gracie watching the slideshow with mom.)

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(Lila and her friend, C.)

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(Cupcake Magic. Gracie’s face is hilarious here.)

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(Not bad, Gracie! I’ve seen much worse.)

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(Lila getting some love from her Aunt Caitlin.)

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(PRESENTS!!)

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(Aaand, now it’s time for a nap.)

Happy First Birthday, Gracie, we love you!