Kate turned the big TWO on June 6?!?!?! Seriously!!!!! But, we had a party for her on Memorial Day for several valid (at least in my mind) reasons. Now, if you're wanting to see a blog post with cute decorations, a creative theme, etc....just shut down this blog page. Nope -- this Mama doesn't do that (and believe me when I say I am NOT putting myself down for that reason).
My valid reasons for a Memorial Day party included the facts of a) Emma (our lovely foreign exchange student who'd been living with us since last August) was still here. b) One of our niece has a birthday on June 10. This spread out the celebrations a bit. c) Our family is patriotic and all. We combined the two days of the important Memorial Day and the important day of Kate's birthday (and, if you are not patriotic and do not like our flag shirts, kindly keep comments to yourself. No argument you could give me will change our minds).....
Going on -- we had Kate's party/Memorial Day at our church. There was more space. A gym for play was available. An awesome playground was available for Kate & her youngest cousin.
First -- here's a Memorial Day/Kate's birthday pic of our family (Emma most definitely included).
Second -- Here's Kate's AWESOME cake. Nope -- I most certainly didn't make it! The lovely & talented Julie made it (Julie is a fellow mom friend who has a son in Luke's Sunday School class).
It was a fun & wild party!
Our girl, Kate, has been an interesting one to figure out! She challenges me. She makes me nutty if I don't get out of the house each day. She's loud -- especially if her older brother does something to antagonize her. She's sharp as a whip in that she figures out ways to make messes that her brother never did figure out. AND, I figure Kate being Kate (simply put) is only at the beginning of her "ways". I think we're in for a wild ride with raising her. BUT, I'm grateful beyond words for her. I think (and know) she's going to teach me a lot about God's unconditional love for humanity as well as God's wanting of love & obedience from us. She will probably teach me a lot about grace (heck -- she already has)....And, I'm pretty sure I better continuously work on getting enough sleep and taking good care of myself so I can have the patience to raise her. Again, our love for her & her brother is too much to describe.