My Adeline has never really been into dolls or Barbie or princess stories, but she has always LOVED animals.
A short while ago, while visiting some friends (and their daughters with hamsters) some things became clear.
1. she still absolutely loves animals, especially these tiny critters
2. she was ready for a special responsibility
She needed to wait nearly a week between receiving the special birthday gift
(a gift card and the cage set up) and the day we had planned for her to choose her fury friend.
So I surprised her one Friday afternoon with leaving school early to head to the pet store.
It was kismet, she knew her friend the moment she saw her. We brought her along for frozen custard on the
trip home (Kopp’s caramel cashew – my favorite), and brainstormed names on the car ride.
She narrowed it down to “Sugar-Cream”, “Helen” and “Saoirse”, and then gently settled her tiny pet in to
her new home, with a new name. She’s now proving to be a wonderful pet owner.
And Soirse is the coolest little hamster ever… friendly, active and curious. Just like Adeline.
It’s entirely possible that I enjoyed her birthday more than she did… well, not really. But if ever there was an amazing
theme for a birthday party, Harry Potter is definitely it. When Adeline told me of her idea, I was simply giddy.
If you know me, you know I get WAY too into the birthday party thing. It’s a lot of work, but the kids love it, and so I love it. And that’s
my reward… plus I’m a super type A, detail oriented person. So going psychotic on party decorations is expected, right?
You may remember the rainbow party from last year, which was great fun. The year I was hoping to go above and beyond.
I’m not sure if I did, but the kids were certainly blown away by the party! SUCCESS!
If you’re interested in any of these decorating ideas, check out my board on Pinterest where you can follow the links.
A back yard tea party, a strawberry picnic, and rainbows at the park…
I don’t think it gets any sweeter than this.
I wonder if this is what every day is like with Lucy.
No one ever tells you how totally gross it is when your kids loose their teeth…
or how totally super it will be to see them literally changing right before your eyes.
I’ve been documenting my Adeline’s ever-changing smile since she lost her fist tooth a few months ago, and it’s been nothing but entertaining.
But this phase is my absolute favorite so far.
Somehow that negative space in her teeth has made her already gigantic smile seem to double in size.
And she sounds pretty adorable when she talks too…
• My heart melts •
After my Adeline got this goofy hat for Christmas from her Grandpa, I couldn’t wait to take her outside for some photos in it…
The girl can r o c k a hat!
So when we got a light dusting of snow a couple weeks ago, we dashed outside for a super-quicky-10 minute session.
Despite all her quirks and stubborn demeanor, one of the the best things she has ever given me is cooperation in front of the camera.
And I think she’s come to truly enjoy our photo time together almost as much as I do. She’s relaxed and natural, and she really allows me to
capture her personality. She takes direction incredibly well (though she needs very little), and she has an amazing ability to peer through the
camera and straight into your soul.
I love my goofy girl. And I hope she’s always able live life as fully and happily as she does right now!
And it wouldn’t be a shoot with my Adeline without at least one drama shot… this girl.