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Elias’ first birthday party

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I have been looking forward to Elias’ first birthday party since we closed on our house. It’s the first party we’ve hosted at our new place. We held the party in the morning; a waffle and yogurt bar. So. Many. Waffles. Toppings included strawberries, blueberries, bananas, whipped cream, Nutella, granola and syrup. Of course there was also an abundance of bacon and sausage. Instead of cake, I made chocolate chip and cranberry scones.

We were so blessed by everyone who came. Our house and hearts were full. Before singing happy birthday, everyone gathered around Elias and prayed over his life, something we also did for Elena on her first birthday. Elias seemed to enjoy his treat as well as all the company. His sister kindly offered to blow out his candle since “He’s just a baby. He doesn’t know how to blow out a candle.” I can always count on Elena to “help” Elias do the things she wants to do. Haha. Luckily Elias doesn’t mind…yet.

It was a great time. It’s hard to believe it’s over. So much preparation and it passes in a few short hours. However, it was a memorable few hours.

Thank you to everyone who was part of Elias’ day.

Here are some of the shots from the photo booth. It is always hilarious trying to round up and coordinate a kids picture.

posted on April 13, 2014 by karina

Elias is a year old.

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I wanted to post earlier today, but I also wanted to cuddle with Elias a little longer while he napped. Elias won my time.

I have spent most of the week doing things to prepare for his birthday party tomorrow. Today I just wanted to settle down and celebrate Elias.

Elias has grown into such a joyful, curious, loving boy. He adores his big sister and is usually only a few steps behind her. He likes to figure out how things work, and when he finally accomplishes something like climbing a chair (yes, I almost had a heart attack the first time) he is so excited and he does it over and over again. I remember most of the pitocin induced contractions. While I was at my worst, a wonderful addition to our family was at the end of the pain. I love my little boy so much and I’m so excited to see him grow even more this next year.

Happy birthday little papas.

posted on April 11, 2014 by karina

That time we bought a house- Moving day

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We made it! We are homeowners. We closed on Monday, then we moved the same day. Phew. I can’t believe it. We just got our internet hooked up today, and I couldn’t wait to share some photos.

We did a walk-through of the house last Saturday. Elena was so excited. She had kept asking all week, “Are we moving to the new house today?” She is so excited to paint her new room pink. I don’t like pink that much… but I have to choose my battles. I know she will be happy with a pink room.

We had a wonderful crew to help us with the move. Michael’s parents and brother came from Michigan and they brought soup. I love their soups. Our pastor, my dad, and a few friends from church helped us do the heavy lifting. My mom and her friend helped with the cleaning. We were so blessed to have as much help as well did, especially since it was a Monday.

We are about halfway unpacked. It’s a bit overwhelming to have so much space compared to our previous apartments. I’m so excited to start decorating and to get some of Elena’s art on the walls. More to come once we’ve settled in.

posted on March 28, 2014 by karina