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Months ago Eden and I came up with the Strawberry theme for her birthday party. I can't remember who suggested it but she was excited and I was excited about it. What I couldn't decide was whether to invite her whole nursery school class to this or not. It seemed dumb to create a big event for just a few friends (her non-school friends) but I also remembered the stress of catering to 45 people, many of whom were parents I didn't know well. Ultimately I decided to do the mini party at her prescho...

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Two days after Eden's real birthday we celebrated with her classmates and teachers at Alouette. Nate and I got there early and enjoyed watching Eden front and center in Christmas program rehearsals while we set up. All her classmates knew it was her birthday and wanted to introduce themselves to us. We served white chocolate and sprinkle covered strawberries, strawberry and cream cheese sandwiches, cheetos (a bday must here), and chocolate/strawberry cupcakes. Eden loved it all. She loved the fo...

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At three, Eden, you are silly and cuddly. You wake slowly and love to stay in your bed with your blanket. You just might be an infinitely analytical, reflective thinker like your mom and Nona. Your temper is fierce and you let it be known with loud protests against your brother. But your love for him and us is great too and you can't stand the idea of missing out on a hug or time together. One of your farvorite things to do with me is "soft kisses" when you gently kiss me and then we both must e...

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Eden started nursery school at Allouette on September 2nd. She has been thrilled about the idea of starting school and was especially excited after attending a one week summer camp there with her brother. We purposely had them do the camp together so that Eden could ease into "school" with her brother by her side. Predictably though, it was no big deal to her and she loved summer camp and has loved attending school 3 times a week for about four hours a day.   She has her teacher (and many o...

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We kept activities pretty simple.  It seems like kids just like to play together in a new environment more than anything else!  And there were lots of parents present so it was mostly controlled chaos.   There were pancake coloring sheets and a totally failed attempt at making fruit loop necklaces.  (Never buy Ecuadorian brand fruit loops because they have no whole in the middle!)  We also did a pancake relay race that both the kids and men participated in.  We sepa...

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I just got pictures back from our friend who graciously did all the photography at Eden's birthday party.  I'm always running around, prepping food, games and hosting so it's nice to have one less thing to worry about!  All photo credits go to Chris Sylva. Eden's 2nd birthday was a Pancakes & Pajamas Party!  All kids were told to come in their pjs and we did a morning brunch.  I liked that though we had to get up early to prep it felt like the party didn't consume our who...

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I haven't been as good at posting the milestones since Eden turned one, but she's still growing and changing.   She is walking, running and CLIMBING everywhere.  She's learned Canaan's technique of scooting a chair all around the kitchen and house to get where she wants to go.  She will climb anything, anytime.  My play group friends say, "She counts now."  This is a clear sign she's not a baby anymore but a moving and opinionated toddler.   She isn't the pickiest e...

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Let me start by saying that from this day forward I will forever sympathize with my parents for having a child with a December birthday.  Even though Eden's birthday is early December, planning and executing it in between Thanksgiving and flying to the US for Christmas was pretty crazy.  I worked A LOT ahead.  I think I started some of the decor in October and slowly when I had 20 minutes here or there worked on different aspects.  Despite the crazy at the end this was one of...

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Love how she smiles and makes herself laugh.  Love how she is toddling around.  Love how she is starting to hold her own with her brother.  She's going to keep him on his toes.  Love her mischievous peek-a-boo face.  Her gap-toothed smile.  Love crawling around behind her and watching her collapse in giggles before she can get away.                 And for my records, she is walking now.  It happened about 1.5 weeks befor...

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  Eden, you turned 11 months old and now you're almost a year!  We took your monthly pictures but I'll be posting them late since I'm keeping them under wraps for now :)     You love to giggle and often times you'll crack yourself up without any help from us.  You've been sick a lot and then you are clingy but when you aren't sick, you are happy as a clam to scoot, crawl and explore ... as long as one of us is within sight.  You don't like anyone else to hold you an...

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