Happy 1st Birthday, Hazel Mae

Last month was Hazel’s 1st birthday. On the day of her birthday the girls and I met Blake for lunch at a little sandwich shop in Anchorage. She had a PB&J to celebrate, her favorite. After lunch we headed home and spent the rest of the day playing, napping, eating mac & cheese, and watching endless episodes of The Lion Guard.


On Super Bowl Sunday (the reason we’re all dressed in Viking gear, Blake’s request) we had a small party for her. We did a Minnie Mouse theme for the birthday decorations and dessert table. The Oreo ear cupcakes were my favorite. My mom made the cake and I frosted it. So stressful, but it turned out great.


In typical Hazel fashion, she didn’t show much emotion when we sang to her. All she cared about was sticking her little fingers in the frosting. We did get some smiles out of her once she tasted the cake. Together the girls had a great time destroying it. We could not keep Lillian out of the pictures. You’ll notice her hand in almost every one.

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This past year with Hazel has been the best one yet. It’s been a wild ride, but we wouldn’t change it for the world. She keeps us on our toes and fills our hearts with so much love. She’s the perfect little addition to our family.

Happy 1st birthday, Hazie Girl. Love you so much! ♥



Happy 1st Birthday Lillian Grace!

fair warning: This post contains TONS of birthday photos. Sorry not sorry.

Last week was Lillian’s 1st birthday!! We had friends flying in on her actual birthday, so we tried to keep the day pretty low-key. Blake went to work, Lilly and I did some last minute things around the house and spent some quality time together. When our friends arrived we headed to the lake. We grilled an Alaskan feast and spent the evening relaxing by the lake.

You’ll notice, Lillian only changed outfits 847,196 times that day. Success.

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Good morning BIRTHDAY GIRL!!

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Keeping an eye on her cake.

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Hey Mom, check out these rocks I found!!

Hey Mom, check out the cool rocks I found!!

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On Friday we celebrated Lillian’s birthday and threw a big party for her in our backyard. I drove myself a little crazy preparing for it, but it was worth it!

I decorated the backyard to make it extra festive. Blake made reindeer dogs (beef franks for the kids) on the grill and we did a ‘build your own hot dog bar’ with tons of different toppings to choose from, along with a few side dishes. I made a variety of desserts, including Lillian’s 3 tier cake. It didn’t fall apart before the party so I was happy with it (thanks for all the tips Mom). Our neighbors brought over their bouncy house, and I set out a few toys and games to keep everyone entertained. Later in the evening we had a bonfire and made s’mores.

I think Lillian had a really good time. She had fun playing with the kids and the other guests. There wasn’t a single meltdown. She wasn’t scared of all of the attention or our signing, and she really enjoyed her cake. She even got into opening the presents. I figured she wouldn’t be that interested, but she sat on my lap the entire time and helped open all the gifts. It was pretty cute.
















And just because, here’s one of my favorite pictures on the day she was born.


I once read, “the moment her little self was placed in my outstretched arms, my old heart was replaced with a new one”. For me, this statement could not be more true. Lillian has brought so much joy, love, laughter, and happiness to my heart. This first year with her has easily been the best of my life. We love her more than words can say, and look forward to watching her grow into a beautiful little person. Happy 1st birthday sweet Lillian Grace! ♥