Saturday, November 19, 2011

Selena’s 1st Birthday Party

We had a really nice afternoon celebrating Selena’s 1st Birthday.  Selena thoroughly enjoyed the day, excited about her new toys and ate every inch of her birthday cupcake.  Annika helped her open her gifts and showed her how her new toys work.

Both girls were in great spirits and are so thankful for all the love they get every day.  They are loved much more than they could ever imagine, and I feel so proud to be their mommy.  There’s nothing in this world that is more fulfilling than a smile, a hug and “thank-you mommy” at the end of the day.  I feel like so much has happened in the past year…we have had our ups and definitely some downs, but we have conquered them all and have become stronger because of it.

Have a look at some of the pics from Selena’s special day.


Beautiful dress from Auntie Char

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The typical :) – Annika not wanting her picture taken…


That’s better! – Annika decided she wanted nothing other than to wear Auntie Char’s old dress from when she was a toddler.  She couldn’t wait to show it off to papa.




Annika helped me make these tasty coconut trees and snowmen!

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Proudly sitting on her new rocking chair from nana and papa!




A not-so-great picture of the kids and moms…if you look closely….there are a couple of very unhappy kiddies…

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….before my sneak attack…


….during….(sneak attack failed, big time)


…..but I got him back….


I guess the kid in us has to come out at some point….(I think I got James better ;)….)


Selena’s God-mommy and my mom (Connie is my cousin – my mom’s niece)




and the presents begin…


so cute…”pretty like mommy” shirt


trying to keep up with the “master present-opener”

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I think she got a little bit spoiled….thank you everyone for all the wonderful gifts!


my cousin Ethan (Connie’s youngest son)


so excited about her new presents!


good friends Tom and Erna, and their 3-month-old son Ethan

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3-D gaming….


showing papa Selena’s new dolly



wake-up cuddles with her god-mommy

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Lady’s-man, Ethan!


Birthday hugs from her buddy

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