Lots of Smiles…A Birthday Recap!

AUTHOR: | POSTED: August 13, 2012 | COMMENTS: 19 Comments
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Carolyn Savage

What can I say? 

Last week was exhausting. 

Between back-to-school errands, writing a few articles for Today Moms, and planning what was supposed to have been a “simple” first birthday party, I blinked and it was Sunday night.  As busy as it was, all of our craziness gave way to a very special celebration.  So I’ll spare you–for now– the story of how I wandered onto the boards of Pinterest and temporarily lost my mind, and instead share with you the smiles from the girls’ first birthday party!

There were oh so many!

First, I invited family and friends to celebrate with us and made the request to forego gifts!  Apparently…

…I’m easily ignored. 

It’s not that I’m against giving presents.  I actually think the art of giving is an important and carefully cultivated skill, but presence, not presents, was what this celebration was about.  I guess I underestimated how much people love to shop for little girls.

That being said, MK enjoyed being Reagan and Isabella’s unwrapping helper!

And the twins’ loved the paper and boxes! 

Soon it was cake time!  Reagan, true to form, excitedly dug in! 

 Isabella wasn’t as enthusiastic!

 So Reagan tried to help her!

And we all ended up covered in cake, but full of smiles!

One of the best parts of the night was celebrating our family with those that we love.  Of course, Sean’s clan is huge so we tend to do things big, but it’s the same kind of love that every family celebrates.

Aunt Kelly and Grandma Kate (Sean’s mom and the best mother-in-law ever!)

Now that’s a party!

 Of course this evening was about so much more than a first birthday.  For me, it was about celebrating our happy place.  After having been on such a crazy journey, the fact that we’ve landed in such a soft spot is something I value.  I will carry my lessons with me for the rest of my life, and one of the most cherished lessons is that of  gratitude.  I’m just so thankful for my children, even in the midst of our more chaotic and frustrating moments.   

Of course, our family wouldn’t be what it is without the love and dedication of a very special person.   Jennifer made this birthday possible so celebrating with her was an absolute must!

Seeing her with the girls reinforces our instinct that she always should be an important part of their lives!

After all, the more people that love them that are involved in their lives, the better!  And there’s not a doubt that she loves them…and they love her right back!

 We couldn’t have scripted a more perfect evening!  It was bathed in smiles…

And frosted in gratitude! 

It was a night we’ll never forget!

The Give Away Winner

 

 I’m happy to share that the winner of the Back-to School inspired JansSport backpack and school supplies is Lynn!  Her comment was…

 

My parents hardly ever bought us anything new when we were kids so back to school was the one time of the year that we got a few new outfits and new shoes. It was like Christmas! I LOVED school supply shopping (still do, for my kids now!) and arranging & rearranging all the school supplies at least 3 or 4 times a day in the days leading up to the 1st day of school. I love the smell of freshly sharpened pencils :) My kids are 23, 8 and 3, so I’m getting to experience “back to school” for 33 years straight!”

Lynn, send me your address through the “Contact Carolyn and Sean” button on the bottom of our homepage, and I’ll ship the back-to-school goodies asap!

 

Tune in this Wednesday morning to 101.5 The River to hear Mary Beth, Rick and I talk about the dangers of Pinterest for mothers!  I’ll have a crafty give away to go hand in hand with the topic of Wednesday’s post! 

19 Comments on “ Lots of Smiles…A Birthday Recap! ”

  • Kelly masters | August 13th, 2012 12:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Happy Birthday Reagan & Isabella!

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 14th, 2012 10:20 am

    Thanks, Kelly! Always good hearing from you!

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  • Julie | August 13th, 2012 12:40 pm

    What a beautiful family you have!

    I follow random blogs via RSS, started following yours after I read your book, and thought I’d mention a new one I started following today:

    gavincarrie.blogspot.com/

    Quints! Without medical intervention (they are missionaries, so I suppose it’s just divine intervention :) ).

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 14th, 2012 8:07 am

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 14th, 2012 11:10 am

    Hi Julie,

    Thanks for the comment and thanks for the heads up about the other blog! Quints with no medical intervention is extremely rare. Would love to follow their journey!

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  • lynda crossman | August 13th, 2012 1:48 pm

    Carolyn– looking like such a good time by all. I am so glad for you that you finally got everything you want. I have children 21+6 but had wanted many more but it didn’t work out in my plan. I enjoy them all the time.. both are boys so no joy of buying girlie stuff…but… I will be satified with what I have…for now. take care and keep writing…you’re doing well at least from where I am watching….:)

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 14th, 2012 10:24 am

    Hi Lynda, I remember (before MK was born) having those moments when I longed to buy girlie stuff. Then I’d have a group of adolescent girls in my office trying to sort out a vicious episode on the playground which made me grateful I’d be avoiding the drama. I think there are advantages and disadvantages to having girls.

    As always, thanks your loyal readership! It means a lot to me!

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  • Missy Taylor | August 13th, 2012 3:41 pm

    Aw…what a wonderful party your family had. And it was great seeing the pics of Jennifer with the girls. How lucky you all to have her in your life! Happy B-day Reagan and Isabella!

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 14th, 2012 10:24 am

    Hi Missy, It was a wonderful evening! Thanks for commenting!

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  • Lisa | August 13th, 2012 8:20 pm

    What a wonderful post. I love the girl’s outfits. Where did you get them. It was great seeing Jennifer too! The girls look like they really adore her!

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 14th, 2012 10:25 am

    Hi Lisa,

    I got the girls’ outfits at an Etsy site called “Groovy Gurlz”. She did the birthday hats too!

    And yes…having Jennifer here was wonderful!

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  • Cindy T | August 13th, 2012 9:40 pm

    Love your updates. Thanks for sharing their birthday with us. So happy Jennifer could be there to celebrate with all of you. She is truely a special person.

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 14th, 2012 10:26 am

    Cindy…Jennifer is truly a special part of our lives. Thanks so much for reading. I love hearing from you!

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  • Kristen | August 13th, 2012 10:16 pm

    Looks like you guys had a great time.Look like it was a fun party.The girls are soooo cute.That was so nice that Jennifer was able to go to the girls party.You can tell the girls really like her.

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 14th, 2012 10:27 am

    The girls feel very comfortable with Jennifer. I think they know she is someone very special! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  • kristy stanton | August 15th, 2012 10:43 pm

    carolyn thanks for sharing looks like it was a great turnout. All the girls are getting so big!!!! and beautiful!!!
    glad to see jennifer was able to share in the happiness

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  • Robbie | August 19th, 2012 12:32 pm

    Looks like a wonderful day! happy birthday to your adorable girls and i lov eth epolka dot dresses…too cute.

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  • Lisa Trader Lundgren | August 22nd, 2012 11:06 am

    What a magical time – so well deserved. I could not be more happy for you and your family. Thank you for sharing this precious time with us all!! Much love and many hugs, Lisa

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