Wednesday, August 5, 2015

'One' to grow on

Dear Maya and Emi,

Whew! We've had a very exciting ten days since the last post. Here's what we've been up to...

 *Credit to Aunt Rhi, Grandpa, and Daddy for many of the photos in this post!*

*Big truck day at the library--Maya you loved the dump truck, ambulance, and especially the firetruck. You barely gave any of the other kids a chance!
*Mommy and me swim class--Emi you were scared at first but you got used to it and started to relax a bit. We tried to go again yesterday but the weather prevented any swimming.
*Grandpa and Lori--they stayed with us for a couple days, keeping both of you busy inside ("Grandpa-slide!") and out (running around and playing with water).

And, the big event was your birthday party, Emi! The theme was vegetables, or "One to grow on" (get it? get it?) The location was at a park right on the river. The weather was perfect. Our family and friends were gathered. It was a great day! Here are some more details...

*Farm stand sign by Grandma and Papa Stan

*Berry baskets of various local veggies as favors for the adults

*Berry baskets of veggie toys, erasers, stickers, paper, and pencils for the kids

*Zucchini cupcakes with grated fresh zucchini on top

*Dark chocolate 'dirt' cupcakes with candy 'leaves' on top and orange cake 'carrots' inside

*Zucchini smash cake for you, Emi, with candy flowers and candy pea pods on top

*Emi, you almost cried when we all started to sing "Happy Birthday" to you, but then when you saw the cake you just grabbed the stand and went to town! It was adorable!

*You got such generous gifts from everyone, too: adorable clothes, fun toys, and a good start on your new bank account!

*Here are some other fun pics from the party. The kids and adults alike had fun watching the barges and sailboats go by, playing in the sand and on the swings, and feeding the birds.



Yesterday Grandpa and Lori went home, so to avoid the second-day-post-grandparent meltdown, mommy took you two for a little hike today. The weather was warm but there was a bit of breeze, the sky was beautiful, and you two loved running around. Plus, you both napped afterwards. Win-win!

Well, mommy has thank you cards to write. Love you both!

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