Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Big Girl

Adalynn's birthday invitation (edited for the blog)

beautiful baby big girl!!!

Happy Birthday Adalynn!!!!!

Hard to believe that two years has gone by so quickly.
Hard to believe that it was only 2 years ago that we were blessed with the birth of our sweet baby girl.
Hard to believe that she has touched so many lives already through her story and this blog.
Hard to believe that she has had more surgeries than John and I combined.
Hard to believe that there are many more still left to go.
Hard to believe that she is not a baby anymore.
And is it hardest to believe that two years ago, I was worrying about what this face would look like.
This beautiful, perfect face.
Touched by God.
Given to us to teach us so much!
So, so, so hard to believe!

As I write this, she is laying in my arms. Most of the time she is way too busy and doesn't like being held like this unless she is sleepy or sick. Right now, she is definitely sick. Pretty crappy way to spend your birthday. She just isn't feeling good and we will probably be off to the doctor sometime this morning....gotta hate sore throats! Not eating/drinking makes for a very worried mommy and a very miserable little girl.

She did feel fantastic last week when Heather and Jesse visited. We had so much fun with them. We didn't really do anything special, just relaxed and enjoyed each others company. We were sad to see them go on Saturday evening and the visit went way to quick. It made us realize how much we miss both of them and can't wait to see them again!

me and Heather-who knew my afternoon classroom assistant would become my best friend

The whole gang

Jesse helped put Adalynn's big girl bed together...a great find off of Craigslist!

Adalynn yelling at (and kicking) Camden to get off of her new bed! And yes, she does have one shoe (boot) off and one boot on! Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, my son John daughter Adalynn!

We were able to celebrate Adalynn's birthday this past weekend before Heather and Jesse left for Georgia. Jesse missed her first birthday while he was in Iraq, so we were very excited that he was able to spend this one with her.

Adalynn loves Elmo, so an Elmo party it was! She had so much fun and was super cute in her party dress. We had tons of fun making pizzas and eating Elmo cupcakes. We were also able to enjoy the sunshine and spend some time outside playing with new gifts--she LOVES sidewalk chalk and Camden picked out some for them to "share for her birthday".

And the best part.....we took lots of photos!!! Lots and lots of photos. It was hard to narrow it down, so I apologize for having so many-but I couldn't pick

the Elmo cupcakes!

all the kids making their own pizzas---Elmo's favorite food is pizza, ya know?

looking so sweet with her brothers!

love, love LOVE this photo I took of her walking in our back yard! Such a beautiful little lady!!!

Oh yeah, Broderick FINALLY learned how to ride his bike. We were so excited for him. He is still working on the braking part, though!

Adalynn enjoying the sidewalk chalk Camden picked out for her "so they could share"! He was just too busy riding bikes with his big brother to slow down and draw with Adalynn.

It was also a great weekend to be at the soccer fields....

Check out the girly dress and sunglasses with the skinned up knees!!!

looking so sweet at the soccer field!


and the best one......

her movie star pose! Happy Birthday to our precious blessing!


  1. Hey, little sweetness!!!! Happy
    2nd birthday!!!! Your mommy is right. You have touched many hearts through this journey of yours, and you are one sweet little blessing to so many. Happy day, Adalynn....we are thinking of you today!!!! Reid sends you big ole' bear hugs on your special day!!!! *also hope you are feeling better soon!!!!

  2. The pictures are incredible!!! Adalynn looked so cute in her party dress. And the movie star shades!! The cupcakes (with the curvy candles) turned out great... and please tell me how you made that invite!! I'm sure it's the same way you made your Christmas card, but I've already forgotten. It turned out adorable!! Love the squiggle flowers.

    Happy Birthday, big girl!

  3. Happy Birthday Adalynn!! Great pictures and I love your new bed. Hope you start to feel better soon.

    *side note, Shannon - I have been trying to get Matt to get rid of all those weeds between our rocks .. I know how much you guys like using them as backdrop for your beautiful pictures. ;)

  4. Happy Birthday Adalynn!! You are sooo adorable! Hope you're feeling better real soon...Love all the pictures Shannon!

  5. How sweet! You children are adorable. And I love the cupcakes! How cute!

  6. Happy Birthday! I forgot how close in age her and Drew are -- his bday is the 25th. I just love her little dresses :o) She is definitely lossing that baby look, but is still as cute as ever!!

  7. Ok, Adobe illustrator will have to be my next download. I wonder if I already have it and don't even know it? That's awesome you just stamped them and sent them out as is. Did you ever hear from anyone if they got there ok? I would LOVE to try that! What a cheater!! : )

  8. Happy 2nd Birthday Adalynn!!!! I wish we lived closer so we could have been there! How cool would that have been? I'm glad you all had a wonderful time celebrating the big day, what fun!

    She is looking so grown up, I can't believe it!

  9. She is so beautiful! It is very inspiring to see her adorable pictures. I love the one of her in the dress with the skinned knees! You take fabulous pictures, I wish I had that talent. You are very creative - the invitations and the cupcakes were so cute. Great job!

  10. Happy Belated Birthday Adalynn. Your Mommy is right, you have touched SSSOOO many hearts, one of those hearts belong to me. You are such a trooper, you are absolutely beautiful and such an encouragement to my family and me. Your Journey helped my girls to see how perfect a cleft baby really is. Once their brother was born, there were no fears because of this blog, they knew he would be perfect. Thanks Shannon from one mom to another for helping me to see that beauty and perfection come in ALL forms. Shawna