Happy 2nd Birthday, Natalie!

by Mollie

As most of you know, Sunday, March 1 was Natalie’s 2nd birthday!  I know that the two’s bring a whole new set of challenges but we are looking forward to helping Natalie grow up into a wonderful person.  We feel blessed already by her naturally sweet and easygoing personality and pray that we can be faithful parents to her.

She’s gone from this (one day old):


To this (one year old):


To this!


The last picture was taken at her birthday party on Saturday.  She had a GREAT time with family and friends.  The look on her face is in response to everyone singing “Happy Birthday”.  It’s her favorite part of a party, whether it’s hers or not!  We let her blow out her candles in the sandbox because she was having such a fun time there.


I have to post a couple more pictures of the cake because I made it mostly from scratch and I’m really proud of how it turned out!  It was a “Southern Style Strawberry Cake” with cream cheese frosting.  Usually I am a strictly chocolate kind of girl, but this one was too fun to pass up!




She’s a very enthusiastic present-opener!  The dress she’s wearing was a present from her Auntie Melanie, and you can’t tell, but she’s got her bathing suit from Aunt Jamie on underneath.  She’s all about putting those gifts to use immediately.


Many thanks to everyone who came, and all those who are a part of Natalie’s life!

6 Responses to “Happy 2nd Birthday, Natalie!”

  1. Michelle says:

    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl, she is beautiful! I had to call my husband over and show him your diaper picture! I cloth diapered and had such a blast with it. It’s a running joke in our family that I might have another baby just to cloth diaper again. 🙂

    Thank you for your comment on my room! The wall color is Brown Teepee (Behr), the bottom white is Clear Moon (Behr) and the desk is Sunwashed Blue by Ralph Lauren. I toned down the blue a bit with some watered down brown brushed on and then quickly rubbed off. I wanted a bit of an antique look but the blue is pretty all on its own.

  2. Hillary says:

    I love all the “pictures through the years.” I am so jealous of your camera! Once I have kids I now know that I need to make an investment in a camera like yours.

  3. Mom says:

    What a wonderful picture trip! Thank you so much for a great post. The cake looks delicious. I’d love the recipe.

  4. Ma Hoyt says:

    Beautiful pictures 🙂

    Natalie looks practically grown up in the dress…so gorgeous.

    I’m glad you’re having fun with the cloth diapers. By the time I got to kids 9 and 10 though, I was so tired of the whole business that when the local Wal*Mart stop carrying the plastic over-pants, I considered it a sign from God to go disposable.

    It was a huge relief 😀

  5. Uncle Mike & Aunt Argelia says:

    Happy Birthday to Natalie and to her proud parents. Natalie loves her birthday gifts, and we love her!

  6. Chelsie says:

    i’m so blessed to be her aunt! and i can’t wait to meet her brother, who i know will be just as amazing!

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