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Lily turns 2!

I CANNOT believe my little girl is so grown up already! We kept her birthday simple this year because of pregnancy, jet lag, and the insanity of Christmas in the US so we celebrated with just the three of us. We wanted to put the focus all on Lily because we knew it would be one of our last big family events before little brother arrived to steal the show. In fact, their due dates were a day apart so we were praying that the baby wouldn’t come on her birthday. When we reached the point in the evening where we knew even if labor started he would still be born the next day we both heaved a big sigh of relief! Lily gets to keep her special day all to herself :)

I made her special birthday pancakes with rainbow sprinkles for breakfast, she went to barnehage so they could celebrate with her there (she got a special handmade birthday crown that she refused to take off and subsequently left a trail of glitter all over the house wherever she went), we looked at the photos from the day she was born together, did a bunch of her favorite things (read books, dance to music, color, build with blocks) and we had a birthday dinner of Thai salmon with coconut rice and strawberry-banana cream pie for dessert! I had originally asked her what her very favorite food was that she wanted to eat for her birthday dinner and she said, “Oatmeal!!” This girl loves her oatmeal and could literally eat it for every meal of the day without getting sick of it. And at this point she already was eating it almost every morning for breakfast so we opted for slightly fancier salmon, which we knew was pretty high up on her favorites list too. Dessert was strawberry-banana cream pie because Lily LOVES berries. Any and all kinds. Oh, and rainbow sprinkles again, because she was (and still is) a little obsessed with her “birthday sprinkles!”

 

(Full disclosure… I bought this cupcake instead of baking it. Sorry Lily! Super-pregnant exhausted mamma didn’t have time or energy to bake a single cupcake and since the bakery is closing I couldn’t just grab one from there. There ARE certain things I will miss about owning the bakery and easy access to leftover cake at almost any time is high on that list! But thankfully she didn’t notice or care :) and I DID add the rainbow sprinkles!)

“I’m two years old!”

We sure love you little girl! I’m so happy I get to be your mommy! You are such a joy!

The Beard

As many of you know, Chris’ New Year resolution this year was to grow a beard.

That’s not true. It wasn’t really a decision. He just didn’t shave at all over Christmas break, and then just kept letting it grow after he went back to work “just one more month”.  He assumed lots of new identities because of the beard including but not limited to a terrorist, an Amish reverend, a rabbi, a lumberjack,  an Afghan analyst, and Brigham Young. It finally got to a point where he decided he was tired of the beard, so he gave himself until we went home to Utah to keep it growing before he shaved it.

Good thing he did too. Cuz his parents had a special birthday present waiting for him when he got back to Utah….

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The full outfit.

And some lovely family…

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Chris Turns 31!!!

For Chris’ 31st birthday, I decided to forgo the surprise party this year. Mostly because I used up all of my tricks on his party last year and now that Chris is on to me there is no way I’d be able to pull it off this year. So we opted for just a casual party with friends at the NATO boathouse.

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On the menu: The best pulled pork sandwiches EVER, Chris’ favorite Filipino foods (pancit canton and lumpia) and various yummy treats brought by awesome friends.

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Chris designed his cake this year. He loves the Oreo frosting I make for my cake business, so he ran with that idea and we ended up with giant Oreo cookie cakes and a GIANT glass of milk to scale. It was pretty awesome :)

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As a special birthday tribute, Chris’ coworkers all showed up at the party sporting beards of their own!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETHEART!

I plan on doing my part to make your next 31 years as awesome as these past 31 years have been :) I love you!

Chris = 30 = DOUBLE Awesome

Why? Because he was super surprised by his super surprise party on the Friday after his real birthday!

Despite all odds and everything pointing towards something out of the ordinary, he really had no idea. Success! (I would brag how that means I can be a sneaky, scheming wife when I want to be…but that’s probably not a positive thing to claim… :) )

 

 

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Surprise! And he thought we were going over to the Sheehan’s for a game night. Muwahaha.

 

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Being presented by a super secret, top security, indestructible gift from his co-workers: A pre-ordered copy of Battlefield 3 with it’s own custom designed disk case.

 

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Grillin’ and chillin’.

 

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A birthday cake worthy of a man who has completed 30 whole revolutions around the sun.

(Side note on the cake, I worked on this thing for 3 days straight right under Chris’ nose and still kept it a surprise. It involved lots of lies, subterfuge, and kicking Chris out of the house when he randomly decided to come home early from work…but I’m really quite proud of the fact that he truly had no idea :) )

 

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“Stick a candle in it’s mouth so it can breathe fire!”

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“Mmmm…maybe not such a good idea”

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That’s a little better…

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

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All good things eventually come to an end.

Especially cakes, your 20s, and blog posts.

THE END

PS: Thank you to all of you who helped me pull this off. You guys ROCK and I couldn’t have done it without you!