We Let Her Eat Cake

I have always hoped that on their first birthdays, my kids would go crazy and really dig into their cakes, but so far no one has.

She enjoyed all the attention.

Shoving it in.

Showing everyone how to do the beauty queen wave. I think the frosting on her arm adds a little something extra, don’t you?

Clara loves to point to Dave or me when she is wanting us to pick her up. I just love it. And her.

Happy Birthday to our sweet baby Clara!

Miss Clara

I can’t believe she’s actually one year old today! How did she get so old? Where did this past year go? Why do my children insist on growing up so quickly!?

Happy Birthday to our sweet little Clara Bug!

Life Moves Pretty Fast

If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.

How is it that my day-to-day life seems to drag and is a never ending cycle of dishes, laundry, picking up toys, making meals, changing diapers, and helping with homework. But when I step back and “look up” our little Miss Clara is on the verge of turning one.

Anyone know how can I enjoy the day-to-day without getting bogged down in it?



Delicious Baby

I am always claiming that Clara’s current stage is my favorite, no matter what stage she is in. But I really feel like she is in my most favorite stage right now. There is just something that is so tender about her little body, and her profile in particular.

Not to mention how much her personality is starting to show.

How does my own baby make me baby-hungry?

Don’t worry Dave, it won’t happen anytime soon. Plus, you’d be the first to know.

All I Want For Christmas…


Clara. As dreamy as a dreamsicle.

I am so in love with these pictures.

I think they turned out well because Clara is my only cooperative model these days.

She doesn’t give me attitude like certain five & seven year olds.

Nor is she like a particular (almost) two-year-old who WILL NOT sit still for a picture.

Plus these just capture her happy attitude that I’m hoping and praying is a permanent part of her personality.

Mostly, I think I’m so in love with these pictures because even if she does wake me up at 4:30 in the morning…

…I’m so in love with this little girl.


Baby Sissy’s First

Today Clara had rice cereal for the first time.

Technically it’s not her first solid food since I also let her taste some ice cream and cooked zucchini. In that order

She was excited.

But a little distracted.

Here comes the first bite!

Let’s do this.


What is in my mouth?

How could you do this to me?!

It’s like I don’t even know you.

Clara=1, Rice Cereal=0

Old/New Toys

Three-month-old babies like new toys.

Mommies like hand-me-downs toys.


My Name is Clara

And I’m a happy baby.


Big Baby loves Baby Sissy

Big Baby isn’t usually allowed on the bed when Clara is on it. But the other day I was taking pictures and let her up to see what would happen.

Big Baby is obsessed with giving Clara her binky whenever she finds one but she always tries to put it in her mouth backwards.

Big Baby giving Baby Sissy (what Olive calls Clara) kisses.

Then Gwen wanted in on the action too.

As hard as they tried to console her, Clara was done.

And MAD.

I just hope they love each other this much when they are teenagers.