Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Joyful First Birthday

Abi is officially a year old today. She had a rocky start, but you'd never know it now!

She is EVERYWHERE, chasing those brothers of hers. They adore her - Jon even burst into tears when she had her shots today, because he was so upset that she was hurting. She's got the right name: "My father's joy." That man can't get enough of his little girl. I love having a female buddy around! The boys are fun, but I enjoy having somebody who likes going shopping and eating chocolate with me.

Abi is always smiley and laughing. Her favorite pastime is dancing. She has a mischievous streak, but snuggles her way out of trouble frequently.

We've got a tradition of picking characters that represent our kids' personalities for their first birthday theme - Isaac was Curious George, Jon was Godzilla, Kai was a mix of Pinky and the Brain, and Abi is most definitely Rainbow Dash! (From "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic") She's sassy, athletic, and just plain fun!

Gotta be honest - Abi has thrown us for a few loops in the last couple years, but we are overjoyed to have this little girl in our family!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Jon is seven today. He was super excited for this birthday, and we were super excited to celebrate him. He is definitely his father's son (his temperament is ALL Mark), but he has a style all his own. He has a crazy mop of hair that he rocks! He is insanely creative, which meshes well with his desired career path: mad genius (his words, not mine).

Grandma and Grandpa Wallace got to be here for his special day, which made him feel pretty special.

This year's cake request was pretty low key: a cake with Snickerdoodle buttercream, with PacMan and Max (a superhero Jon created for a school project - complete with rocket boys). Luckily, he had a picture of Max I was able to trace with salted caramel.

 Jon is a great snuggler, and an incredible cheerleader. I love watching him play with Abi, as he's always gentle, but engaging. He is a brilliant mathematician, and a great reader. He has quite the flair for the dramatic. Our lives would definitely be far more boring without him! We still love our Jon!