"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

birthday party-ing

There comes a point in every little life where the meaning behind a birthday clicks.  There's cake choice opinion and present anticipation and general thrill in the air.

This was her year.

Maybe because she'd watched siblings before her enjoy their occasion.

Maybe because older kids couldn't help talk up her special day.

Maybe because everyone was just so darn excited for her excitement.

And maybe because some had worked hard to scrimp, save, and purchase just the perfect gifts.

Whatever the reason, she was down right contagious.

Looking back, I'd realized that Newel had been out of town for every birthday since Eliza's actual birth day.  Once again this year, he'd be in Germany. To top it off, the three big kids would be gone to various camps.  No one wanted to miss this and so Friday, we pretended it was the big day and pulled together a back yard family party of sheer delight to a girl celebrating three.

Which couldn't have been a more enjoyable evening.


  1. Oh my goodness...she is contagious!!! Those pictures are beautiful and priceless. I love the one with her eyes closed, hugging her stuffed animal.

    1. Thanks Jen! She couldn't have been more expressively excited about every detail. It was so funny on a three year old :)

  2. I found you through Melissa F. and I love the family vibe on your blog. You make having a big family look absolutely AWESOME!!
    love the emotion you captured in these photos - well done. rock on

    1. Amy, thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments!

  3. So did you really just tell her that was her birthday? That's great! I can't believe how much older she looks in that last picture...

    1. Cindy, we did and just let the 26th silently slip by ... except for in my own thoughts. We thought it really might confuse her But, boy, was everyone glad to have been there and not miss it!