Though her birthday is really tomorrow (at 11:31 a.m. to be exact), we celebrated our lovely little girl’s big day over the weekend.

On a cold, windy morning we took our 3rd annual family trek down the street to buy some pumpkins.

The reason I smile every day:

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Back home we went and during naptime there was a flurry of activity preparing for the party.

Vegan cupcakes were made. I decided to make both the S’Mores and the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip. They were great.

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Claire liked them too.

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In fact, she “helped” me make them and either had a hand in the batter or in her mouth the whole time. What a fun time and, hey! baking vegan has it’s ups since there are no raw eggs to worry about.

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The house was decorated.

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Including a swimming pool (which Claire calls a swimming suit) full of balloons.

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Presents were wrapped. (Hmm, wonder what that one is?)

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Beautiful birthday girl in her tutu from Mo-Mo.

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And then the chaos came. We had 7 kids and 12 adults in our little house. But, boy, was it fun!

Kiddos in the pool of balloons.

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She was having fun, I swear.

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Present time!

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(This was an awesome plush owl my friend from my former book group made – out of all recycled materials. Love it!)

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Her first cooking set.

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Her first Sit n’ Spin from us.

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Enjoying a cupcake with Daddy.

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Our good friends (nice cheesy smile, Mya!).

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Claire’s daycare teacher even came.

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After the guests left Huz and I cleaned up the destruction formally known as our home. I found bath toys in the study; Claire’s crib was full of stuffed animals chucked over the railing; and somebody even removed an outlet protector in my bedroom. Oh my. But it was all worth it because Claire had a blast. I have video of her playing “bumper hula hoops” with her boyfriend from daycare. She also somehow ate THREE cupcakes that day, so she was a very happy birthday girl indeed. Not surprisingly, she took a good 20 minutes to talk herself to sleep that night. After a few minutes of silence, when I thought she had finally nodded off, she bursts out “READY? SET? GO!” from her bed.

My little Claire. You make me giggle, laugh, and beam with pride. Thank you for being my little girl. Thank you for bringing lightness to my heart. Thank you for being fully and utterly you. I’d want it no other way.

Happy 2nd year of life my precious one.

Love,

Mama

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