Unicorns and Rainbows - Hallie's First Birthday

Um, so my newborn just had her first birthday.


Has it really been one whole year since I first locked eyes with this incredible little human?  People have warned me that this time of life is gonna go fast, but I wasn't prepared for the fact that the more kids you have the faster it goes!  While I love watching her grow and progress, sometimes I feel a slight panic about the speed of time.  Am I soaking up these fleeting moments with her?  Am I recognizing that "the good old days" are right now?  I don't want to miss a second of this sweet baby.



Every month this year we took a picture of Hallie on her pink rug.  Somehow I've misplaced some of the pictures, but I was able to substitute other pictures from those timeframes.  So, it's not as streamlined as I wanted it to be, but watching her grow is what's important, right?

And my, how she's grown.  Just look at this tiny bean!

















Since we don't live around family anymore I wasn't sure how big of a deal to make Hallie's birthday.   If it were left up to Roy we would have just sang happy birthday, searched the back of the freezer for some ice cream, and called it a day.  Which would have been fine... but that's just not in my blood.

I did concede, however, that it needed to on a much lower key than Camden's first birthday.  Throwing something like that without my mom and aunts would have been impossible.  But we have so much fun putting parties together, I was sad we didn't have them around.

Then my sister-in-law gave me a pep talk, and before you know it I had some of my family convinced to make a trip out just for Hallie!  My parents, siblings and their spouses {and Baby Jaxon!} all showed up, armed with sparkles and sprinkles.





{Zoomed into those cupcakes for you, because those toppers just about killed me.}


It was just my family, which made for a laid-back and stress-free little party.  Hallie loved the hot dogs.  She also loved this stuffed unicorn from Grammy and kept giving it "snuggles."  Every day since, she has been giving all stuffed animals within reach these snuggles where she rubs the side of her face on them.




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There was no hesitation.  She dove right into that cake, and was eating up the attention as well.  Roy kept asking her to show us where her ears were, so she'd rub the cake into her hair.




Cousin bath time to get squeaky clean!


And then we opened gifts, lots of which had come in the mail from more family.  Thank you, guys!  It's fun to have some pink toys in the house, now.  Butterflies, unicorns, flowers, princesses--we're loving this!  Hallie enjoyed opening the gifts to see what was inside, as well as trying to shove them back into the bags.




We wish all of our family could have been there.  Why is Oregon so far away?  We still got to talk to Grandma and Grandpa and kind of pretend they were with us in person.  We are very excited to spend time with them this summer.


But it was fun to see that Jaxon and Hallie are getting old enough to start interacting with each other.  Granted, it's mostly staring at each other and "borrowing" toys from each other, but they get along surprisingly well.  And, of course, Camden is just like a sweet Papa to those babies.




Fun weekend with these people.  We are happy to be living in a home where we can cram everyone in alright.





Happy Birthday, Hallie.  You're a bright light in our world, and I'm not sure how we ever made it without you.  I love your stink bug crawl with your bum in the air, I love that the little playhouse in the backyard is your happy place, and I love your uncontrollable laughter when we play chase.  You're a perfect balance of sweet reliance and independence, but you are giving me a real run for my money with your abundance of sass.  What a rockstar.  We love you!


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