Sunday, February 17, 2013

June Turns One!

Our sweet girl celebrated her first birthday last weekend with a fun extended family party.  
She soaked all the attention right up.  
It is gratifying as a parent to see others rally around and love your babies, so we had a fabulous time.

June's beloved birth-mom, Su, sent some lovely birthday outfits all the way from Korea.
I was terrified all night that she would stain this particular one with chocolate cake, 
but we figured that a party girl ought to be flaunting her new attire.

I worked so hard on my "Very Hungry Caterpillar" cake, and it wasn't all that exciting to look at in the end.  But, boy did it taste good!  
I even snuck in coconut oil and whole wheat flour substitutes all while halfing the sugar.  My motive for healthier desserts is purely selfish.  I really like cake, and it reduces the guilt involved.

David unfortunately missed out filming June's fun reaction to her Birthday Song (but did get a full pan of the room, ha!).  Mia and I had been singing it to her all day in preparation.  
She clapped and beamed with birthday pride toward the end.
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Sensory experience, frosting, & presents = bliss! 

After opening several lovely gifts (and fighting off her envious big sis), 
June inspected tags with Great-Gma R and gave her new books (several) a run-through. 





















We sure love our precious Baby June!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Winter Wonderland, Priest Lake Edition


Last weekend, we escaped, along with Gma K & Aunt Jasmine, to our favorite, rustic Priest Lake cabin.
                                           We had no running water, but an abundance of snow. 




Snowshoeing around the lake:


We had a lot of down time in the cozy cabin, so I took lots of video for the sake of entertainment.

June prefers to communicate in her glottal register. 
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The parents of this emergent walker wanted to show off what she could do, but June felt shy and 
Mia grew impatient:
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300 square feet on a wintry weekend is evidence that "small homes grow tight families."