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Friday, June 13, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday - A Bug and Monkeys

Our little Junie Bug turned 1 this week and we I couldn't help but go a bit overboard with playing out the lady bug theme (well, we've pretty much been doing it this whole first year to the bug).  But my thought is that there will be a time when we don't have a say in costumes, themes, decor, etc. so I'll roll with it while I can…
I feel so blessed to have her in our lives, and Addie too, and don't know what I've done to deserve them.  They are truly heavenly! 
Happy Birthday to June! 

She's gotten a few cute lady bug cards as well.

To get a dog or not to get a dog?  That is NOT the question although Bill wishes it was - even though yes, Junie makes the cutest barking sounds, and yes, she flails her arms and legs and screams she gets that excited when she sees a dog - BUT I would be the one home with it all the time and since I don't look forward to potty training our kids, it's the end of that story.

June, along with Addie Jo and Bill, likes to make monkey sounds (in addition to her dog barks).
These 3 monkeys kind of talk to each other AS monkeys.  
Junie likes to make the big gorilla-like sounds rather than the "little" monkey sounds, too, which is hysterical.
So you can imagine what the car ride was like heading down to the zoo to see the new orangutan exhibit

AJ kept saying that Azy was SO CUTE.

It was so fun to just take our time and watch all of the orangutans.  They are all so unique and cool and I'm sure we'll be back lots this summer!
Yoga time with Rocky! 
We love the zoo! 

The bigger of our two monkeys has been flipping through an enormous bridal magazine to help aunt Janet find a dress! 
And when I say flipping through the mag, I really mean flipping through each and every page over and over again, asking if I like this or that!  
She's a girl after her aunt Jan's heart, that's for sure.

Good thing she's highly involved in the process ;) ;) because we just got this in the mail today - the cutest invites to be in the wedding -
We accept, Jan!!!


I feel like I need to tune into the world cup this year because I've been loyal to watching the past three world cups; but I just haven't yet because of how much controversy there's been for the Brazilians in Rio… kind of makes it hard to get excited about it you know?
Hmmm.  Any thoughts?

Happy Feast Day of St. Anthony of Padua.
A Franciscan and Doctor of the Church!
Patron Saint of Lost Things, pray for us.

St. Anthony was really unknown to me until I lived close by one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen, St. Anthony of Padua, in New Bedford, MA, and a priest friend got me to love this saint!

I was even fortunate enough to see the Vienna Boys' Choir perform a Christmas concert there.  It was unforgettable!

And finally -
Happy Father's Day to Bill, my dad, Bill's dad, Fr. Jay and all priests (we call them father), and all dad's who have touched our lives in a special way - Thank you!
(We'll be celebrating next weekend by going to a state park - can't wait!)
Father's Day 2013

Linking up with Jen, oops, I mean Kathryn this week.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Lady Bug First Birthday for Our June Bug!

Yesterday was June 11, which means the June Bug is now ONE!!!

I can't believe that it was only a year ago that Junie was born!  Sometimes it seems like forever ago and that she's always been a part of our family; and other times it I just don't know where the time has gone!

Here's a look back at that day a year ago:

And she was "small" compared to Addie Jo - only 9lbs 10oz. ;)

Skeptical of each other
These hospital hats never fit our babies' heads!

I think this is the only day she's ever been quiet and still - day 1!

We took her home and things have never been the same since! 

We love, love, love, love, love her, as AJ says! 

For Junie's birthday party, we celebrated with a small family cookout and a lady bug theme! 
All decor was from the Dollar Tree or Walmart, except we splurged on a HUGE lady bug balloon from Marsh.
I made cupcakes that looked okay before I froze them, but they didn't really do well the day of the party (I bought a pre-made fondant from Michael's to make the bug bodies)…  oh well, maybe next time!
*The girls' dresses were found at a last minute stop at the Once Upon A Child clearance sale - we were so lucky to find them BOTH something with polka dots and lady bugs!

Gummy worms, too! 

Bug nets with balloon balls were the favors-

Mom made a watermelon lady bug! :)

And here are the pics from the day… BRACE YOURSELF FOR LOTS OF RED and an over abundance of pics because I can't help myself

It's her party and she'll cry if she wants to:

Who knows what conversation these two year olds were engaged in:

"I see you, mom."

I tried to get a pic of these two together all day, but to no avail -

Addie saying CHEESE.
Okay, okay, moving on...

Cake time - 

I'll take that, Dad.

Yum yum
Wrapper too!

Addie says that June's favorite color is purple and that her princess is Rapunzel, so Teagan was right on with this sweet card:

Mine, Zekie!

This is how you do it, guys!

Oh, hi.

Tummy flash

Afterwards, I tried to get more pics of the girls but just couldn't quite get a good one...
AJ trying to give Junie a kiss looks like she's pushing her down the hill ;) 

Got her! 

Happy First Birthday, dear June...
We love your "spirited" personality, "graceful" walk while carrying the toy broom (or anything with you while you walk), your dog and monkey sounds, your fearlessness and how you think you're sooooo big and cool, and definitely your snuggle bug moments.
We are so blessed to have you in our lives!

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