Ivy’s 2nd Birthday

Back around Halloween time, the three girls and I went into a costume store. A huge man size gorilla costume was hanging from the ceiling. Ivy looked up and with excitement said, “Monkey!” It was one of the first clear words she had said. After that, she loved to say the word whenever she got the chance. It so happened that monkeys seemed to have appeared everywhere: books, television, movies, clothes, paper plates. So I thought, “Heck, why not?”

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I think she’s eating a sausage link here. There are several things in this picture we are exposing, so why not a half-bitten greasy sausage?

2016Jan05_0042Since she’s only two, I guess it’s okay to write about some of her personality and tendencies. She might be the child to make me completely deaf, because she screams so loud when she doesn’t get what she wants. Which makes her an effective communicator.  She knows exactly what she wants and doesn’t. It’s either up or down, in or out, on or off, and heaven-forbid if I get it wrong. She is just like our other children in the sense that she loves to laugh, be silly and make people happy. She likes a sense of thrill and to go places.  When there isn’t a moment of something occupying her mind, we have endless phone videos of her friend Spencer and family so that she can watch them and talk to them whenever she wants. Oh, and she is the size of a 3 1/2- 4 year old! Watch out Project Runway, she’s coming for you some day!

Ayzia’s 9th Birthday

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Strawberry Cake
with Neapolitan ice cream

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Ayzia’s Birthday fell on President’s Day so she didn’t have school. I couldn’t tell if she was glad about that or not. Two of her favorite places to get food are Panda Express and Souplantation, so that is what we had for lunch and dinner. Before her riding lesson, we went swimming, but I can’t seem to find any photos. I could have sworn I took some…

All Kris Krossed Out!

Ivy’s birth on January 5th was  a great way to kick-off the year.  I heard that with each child you have, your love doesn’t lessen for the others born in order to make room for the new one; it grows. I don’t know how the emotional functionality of the heart works. The immense capacity and endurance it has amazes me. How ever the heart works, ‘love’ is kickin’ the flavor that makes me wanna jump, jump!

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Eden’s Buckaroo 5th Birthday

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At the Bheau View Ranch in San Marcos, California

 

If and when I have more time pictures will be added. We were blessed to have my mom come out and share in Eden’s party. There were about 10 kids plus their parents here. Other than the ranch dog trying to eat the kids food, it was a good experience. The main attraction was the pony rides. The other fun things were: it had a little playground area with swings, pot belly pigs, goats. The ambience was quiet and calm. We had a horse piñata, homemade miniature barns to play with, painted sun catchers, and of course food was eaten.

Birthday 35

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I had a lovely 35th birthday. Jake, my husband was in Vancouver for work, so he arranged my mom to come out and stay with me for the weekend. He informed me of this surprise just in time too. It was a challenging day both with my girls and with some personal reflection.  Another year older has never bothered me. I rather enjoyed it. But as life prevails this number has been a difficult one. Two days before the celebrated day, Jake’s phone call came and lifted my spirits. I made cheesy Cauliflower soup.http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cauliflower-Cheese-Soup/ While I was getting a massage at La Costa Resort,http://www.lacosta.com/ Nana and the girls made these delicious red velvet cupcakes. The gifts on the table were more than generous. Some dear friends came in to San Diego. They were here to celebrate a birthday as well and to run in a marathon. http://womenshalf.competitor.com/sandiego. They took this pic of us at Torrey Pines State Reserve.  http://www.torreypine.org/

It was wonderful!

PS. I should also give a shout-out to family and friends who wished me happy birthday by card, facebook, phone, and text. It meant a lot to me. This will be an important year for me.