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Happy Birthday Clare!

July 4, 2013

It’s time for a celebration! It’s hard to believe that Clare is already TWO! I love that her birthday is in the summer, that it falls next to a holiday, and is a great reason to get together with friends & family.

Just like every birthday celebration, the day begins with ice cream for breakfast. This celebration includes a purple vanilla shake.

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On the menu were also pancakes with purple sprinkles.

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Weekday mornings include an 8:30 a.m. skype call from mom & dad in Wyoming. It’s a great few minutes with Papa as he finishes his breakfast and gets ready to head to work. In these moments, I’m happy there’s a two hour time difference. Today it made for the perfect opportunity to open the first present of the day…a color changing tea set! Awesome!!

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The big kids were busy showering so the stuffed animals got to have a tea party instead.

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Such a rainy day (actually several rainy days) and summertime also makes for any indoor play a bit on the crowded side. We opted for the playground instead of Chuck-e-cheese. It was a great decision.

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Superior Play Systems does a weekly open play. We’ve never been (although I’ve seen it advertised here and there for several years.) At some point, they moved their facility just several miles from our house. What better opportunity than today to check it out! I’m thankful to have remembered the opportunity existed.

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Turns out that Clare really didn’t want to do anything but swing.

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She loved to go high and swing on her own too!

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Apparently tire swings were fun too!

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Michael and Nate liked the swings also!

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Everyone had fun and I liked that although there were lots of kids, it didn’t seem to be crowded. I think we’ll be back! Open play twice a week! What’s Clare’s favorite lunch? It’s definitely pizza or McDonald’s. Having already played the McD’s playplace wasn’t necessary. We opted for peez-za at Sam’s.

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Welcome to the Purple Party in honor of Clare’s favorite buddy…Barney! You’ll see some purple with a bit of green here and there. I’m especially fond of having figured out how to make these burlap wreaths. Not bad for $9, right?! It’s been on my more recent bucket list. Thanks to Pinterest for the directions. It’s not perfect, but I’m thankful it is one of those projects that doesn’t need to be perfect.

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Our entry table has had a slight make-over just ready to greet our guests with some bracelets and chocolate.

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I love chocolate and almonds!!

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I’m so in love with these chocolate wrappers made with Heritage Makers. They are so easy and a great little personal touch to any celebration!

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Barney was nearby to greet our guests also.

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A new poster for the mantle.

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Sam’s bakery makes the best cakes. I love that they try to make custom cakes AND they have the most moist cake with a killer buttercream icing. A little photoshop and the cake is ready for the decorators.

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Who is ready for a party??!!

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Our guests have arrived.

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Make a wish baby girl!

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Thank you for my presents!! I love my play-doh, pretend food, clothes, easel, personalized beach towel & bag, coloring book, and money!

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This girl loves our photo books in a special way. I was feeling a tad guilty in her lack of books on the shelf, that I made a point these last few months to get a few published. To see her books, click HERE for “Clare’s Colors” and HERE for her family and friends book.

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clare's family

With all the rain, there was no point in leaving early for the fireworks. So…why not play some Wii Dance4?! Love them!!

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I love our tradition of fireworks with the firefighters.

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They open the fire station for guests and their grounds are a perfect location for watching the fireworks spectacular.

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Let the fireworks begin!

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Happy Independence Day! God bless our country and the future of all Americans!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    July 5, 2013 6:19 am

    Whhhhhooooo HHHHHOOOOO!!! Happy Birthday Claare and Happy 4th of July to all!! xoxoxoxoxoxo Great birthdayn pics too!!!

  2. Stacey permalink
    July 7, 2013 10:20 pm

    Happy Birthday, Claire! We were sad to misd your party- it looked fun! We will find another time to celebrate!

  3. Abby permalink
    July 11, 2013 2:12 am

    THANK YOU for posting about the Superior Play Systems. That looks awesome!! Going to take my kiddos there — maybe we’ll see you!! 🙂

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