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a birthday party for a little miss 1 year old

well, it’s been forever and a day since i’ve blogged. uh hem. sorry about that. the holidays distracted me. and so did this little girl. who turned 1 last sunday on the 4th.

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we had a little pink and gold party for her.

my parents laughed and said that the party was really for me. ha. i had fun making it pretty. so ya, i guess it was for me.

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cupcakes macarons

we had appetizers, cupcakes and of course, macaroons. because what 1 year old girl birthday party doesn’t NEED those? ha. ok, maybe that was the most expensive part of the party… so not really a need. haha. but they’re pretty and yummy.  blurry-greating visitors

the little miss had fun welcoming everyone to her party in her little pink tutu and pig tails.

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she even had a little gold crown cat ears with her pig tails.

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and the balloons were a hit.

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i’m so very thankful for this little sweetpea. we are SO blessed to be her parents!  family

Sophia didn’t know what to think of everyone singing to her.    candle checking out the cupcake

and it took her a little while to get comfortable with the idea that she was allowed to eat the cupcake. we had to break it apart for her to dig in…

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but…

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then there was NO problem.  cupcake chowing2

Happy 1 Year Sophia! it’s been such a fun year!        birthday family after cupcake

we love you!

xoxo-kimberly renee

 

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11 months old

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Happy December! and Happy 11 months!! well, it’s already a couple days late, but this girl is almost a year old! WHAT. don’t even. every day is a new adventure with this one. Sophia Grace, stop it. stop being so darn cute! hee hee.

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can you even stand those leg and arm rolls? i hardly get to see them these days since it’s cold out and i always have her in lots of layers. it was kind of fun to see those little arms and legs again to take these pictures! hee hee.

at 11 months:

  • Sophia walks/toddles/runs
  • climbs the stairs {Ahhh!! just ask me how we found out about that!}
  • says “bye bye, night night, ‘diddy'(kitty), dog, momma and daddy,”
  • points at things she wants or when we are reading
  • brings me books to read{which is just about the cutest thing ever.}
  • loves to be silly and play hide and seek
  • kisses daddy WAY more then momma
  • loves all food. bread the most!
  • has 6 teeth
  • dances with her booty…it’s hilarious!
  • tests the boundaries daily… learning the word NO! every day.
  • sings to herself (or will try to sing with us. soooo sweet.)
  • talks in sentences… who knows what she’s saying but man does she have a story!

 

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the photo session ended when she insisted that we read. i hope she will bring me books for years to come! i love her asking me to read with her! she is so fun. i can’t believe it’s already almost a year.

here are some of the other months:

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{to see other monthly photoshoots click on links: month 1month 2,  month 3 month 4, month 5month 6, month 7, month 8, month 9, month 10}

Sophia, you’re the sweetest little girl and I’m so thankful to get to be your momma. You are a blessing to everyone you share your smile with!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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pumpkin patch

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we went to the pumpkin patch with some friends this weekend. it was a chilly, muddy, wet, drizzly day but we still had lots of fun! and we got cider donuts, so really, what more could we ask for? ha. enjoy some pictures of Sophia’s first trip to pick out a pumpkin!

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you can tell she’s really fascinated.

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getting to know new friends is the best. we had a lovely afternoon together! and Paige is gorgeous. just saying. hee hee. and Parker and Sophia are adorable. but seriously, i had no idea i was so much taller than Paige! i’ve got to be standing on a hill or something… and note to self, next time we plan to take photos at a pumpkin patch, put on some makeup. geez. bawhaha.

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my little pumpkin with her first pumpkin. ha. can’t wait for her to feel the slimy insides when we carve it! t’s officially fall, folks! we’ve got our pumpkins. lol

anyone else go picking this weekend?

xoxox-kimberly renee

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an evening at the park

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it’s the little pleasures that make life special, isn’t it?! ha. we had one of the most special moments with Sophia the other night when we took her to the park for a church event. i may have drug Husbuddy away from his duties, but i really wanted to spend a couple moments as a family with Sophia in the swing.

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it was precious.

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i know a few of you have seen this photo on my instagram or facebook. i couldn’t help but share the joy that night!

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it is SO fun to be her momma. i am so thankful.

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and i’m so thankful to get to watch her daddy grow into his new call. he is such a good swing pusher and such a good daddy.

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it’s the little things, like a ride in a swing, am i right?!

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what little moments are you going to treasure today? tonight? this week? each little moment is a gift! let’s soak them up.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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other images from colorado

 {i apologize for more vacation pictures…i can’t help it!}

while in colorado, we were able to spend lots of time just hanging out with Nana, Papa, and auntie Amy. it was the best.

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there were lots of lap sitting and horsey rides

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feeding time with Nana. {way better than momma}

amy and chris

we got to hang out a little with auntie Amy’s boyfriend.

they’re cute.

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lots of cuddles with her.

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hanging out and being sillly.

 

kisses at garden of the gods

we also took one afternoon to go for a little walk around our favorite colorado springs attraction!  kissing camels S at the garden of the gods

we loved us some Colorado sun

family at garden of gods

we all rock sunglasses pretty well. Sophia most of all.

jt and me

 

amy and me walking alike

people say my sister and i look alike… i don’t see it.

girls at garden of the gods

Sophia! look at the camera! it’s a girls’ shot!

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i love my little family!

and i love that we were able to show Sophia a tiny bit of my hometown! it was such a fun, restful trip with family. next we get to show her Husbuddy’s hometown… Seattle in a few weeks!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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photos from the 4th

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over the 4th there was a big party in colorado. too bad i didn’t get a photo of everyone who was there! this one was taken the next day of everyone from my dad’s side of the family who we got to see! {plus a couple girlfriends and a boyfriend! picture stolen from my aunt nancy}

we had about 30 people at my parent’s house for the 4th of july! Sophia got to meet everyone(and be held by almost everyone) which was so fun. i only got a few photos of that day, so dear family, if you have any, please share! xo!  enjoy:

amy and sophia

sophia’s favorite aunt amy {ha, she hasn’t met the other one yet! soon though! and too bad this picture has a butt in it lol}

aunt karen and sophia

Aunt Karen taught her how to ride the horsey. THANK YOU Karen, that’s all she wanted to do the whole way home on the plane! HA ha!

s with grandma and grandpa l

she also got to meet almost all of her great-grandparents!

s with ggma and ggpa

i’m pretty sure in this photo she is saying “oh momma, i’ve got them wrapped around my finger already…bawahahah”

ggma with s

i love that she could meet my dear grandparents.

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she also got to meet Husbuddy’s grandpa Fred. 90 years old meets 6 month old. so neat.

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i know from these photos, it doesn’t look like there were 30 people there. but it was nice to get some intimate shots of Sophia with family members.

sophia playing with nanas necklace

Sophia loved Nana’s jewerly almost as much as Nana… hee hee.

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we also got to catch up with Grandma!

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i insisted we get a family photo to celebrate the 4th and Sophia’s half birthday!

more photos from the rest of our Colorado trip coming soon. forgive me for the photo dump! also, forgive me that we’ve been home a week and i’m just now getting to these! whew! i need a vacation after catching up from my vacation. so…maybe we’ll go to the beach tomorrow. ha.

any of you still haven’t loaded photos from weeks ago? months ago? trust me, i’m there with ya. hee hee.

xo-kimberly renee

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a baptism

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on Mother’s Day yesterday we had the privilege of baptizing Sophia!

before baptism

the day started a little frantic. it is hard getting to church on time {by myself since Husbuddy is already there} with a little 4 month old who decides to take an awesome nap and/or need a diaper change last minute! ha. but we made it and it was a beautiful service.

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i feel like i have to explain why we got her baptized. we have  friends who would question why we are baptizing our child before she has the opportunity to choose Jesus for herself. are we just doing it out of tradition? are we just doing it because we ourselves were infant baptized? we struggled with this during seminary and i wish that we had a definitive one sentence explanation but its a little more complicated than that.i’m afraid i’ll fail miserable to explain it but i’ll try to be brief.

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what infant baptism means to us:

  • first, it is NOT a means of salvation. we know that baptism is a sign and seal of God’s redeeming work in a person’s life. it is not a substitute for personal faith.
  • it is a sacrament that displays the covenant of Grace– i know, those are big words used by Husbuddy to explain that we are proclaiming God’s grace and work in her life. we, as finite, sinful human beings, do not choose God. in our sinfulness we won’t ever choose God on our own! it is only by the irresistible grace of God calling us by name that we accept Jesus. God chooses us! and calls us to Himself.
  • it is more than a dedication. it is the NT counterpart of the OT circumcision. God required all of His people to get circumcised to become part of His family in the Old Testament. now that we have the promise of Christ we can all become part of His family. baptism is the covenant sign of being accepted into His family and infant baptism is just that, the acceptance of a believers’ baby into His kingdom.
  • we are following in the footsteps of the families in Acts {16:15, 16:31, 18:8} who when the heads of the households became believers the whole family was baptized into the covenant grace of God. it is a decision that we made as a couple, that  “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
  • it is a high call, to us as parents, as well as to all the believers in the congregation to be held responsible for the upbringing of Sophia. we are all promising to raise her in grace and love and truth. it is a promise we are making TO GOD to be an example of grace, forgiveness, and love to her. to teach her about Jesus and what it means to follow Him. it is a high call and big responsibility! our prayer is that the God of all creation call Sophia Grace by name as His own and that she would recognize the call and believe in Jesus’ work  on the cross as her Lord and Savior.

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 “Jesus said, let the little children come to me,  and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God

Luke 18:16 

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it was a beautiful day and Sophia is such a beautiful little gift! we are so thankful for her. thank you for celebrating her baptism with us!

 xoxo-kimberly renee

ps- for those of you interested, here is a good article about baptism that was written by David Feddes. it is not connected to our denomination but i just thought he explained it really well and more in depth. for other questions about baptism…i’ll be forwarding them to Husbuddy because let’s be honest… he had to help me understand all of that… ha.

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