Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sugar & Spice

4 years ago today, our world changed forever.
Our sweet Sierra came into our world.
Not willingly, of course. We had to evict her. After 21 hours of labor followed by 4½ hours of pushing, oh and a little help from a vacuum, she realized resistance was futile and decided to join us on the outside. Our lives would never be the same. In the last 4 years, we have watched her bloom from a feisty little baby…
…into a silly little toddler…
…into a wild and crazy sweet little girl.
Our lives have been so incredibly blessed by her. We celebrated her birthday this weekend with a princess-themed party and, with the help of Icing Smiles (and the MOST AMAZING cake ever, made by Jennifer, who drove it out all the way from Temecula - the cake was amazing enough to warrant its own post later this week), we had an incredible opportunity to celebrate Sierra!

SO excited... Sierra with her bestie partners in crime (I'm pretty sure Ace is "post-cupcake" in this pic). What could be better than decorating your own cupcake? (hey moms of young 'uns - we've done this the last 2 years for Sierra's birthday and it has ROCKED - give the kids newly frosted cupcakes with bowls of sprinkles and goodies and keeps them occupied for awhile. Just make sure you do it outside ;-) ). Showing off her fancy cupcake...Bodie, well, where else, but in Mommy's arms... The cake, the incredible Rapunzel cake, oh my. GORGEOUS. More about this cake in a post later this week, I promise! A family pic with the cake! The whole family - Uncle Matt, Auntie Val, Baby Michael, Popo & Gigi and Us...
Cousins Michael (10 months) and Bodie (14 months). Or, as I like to call this pic - the President & his beefy bodyguard (on the Barbie mobile). :-)

The perfect moment, the moment where one year ends a new one begins, full of wishes for a beautiful and bright future for a sweet 4 year old girl... Sweet Sierra, we love you more than you could ever imagine. You bring such energy and light to our home. We are privileged to be your parents and so grateful God lent you to us. We pray that we are worthy of that calling, of being your parents. On this, the first day of your life as a 4-year old, we wish for you many, many, many more birthdays to come, filled with love and light and a peace in knowing you are a beautiful child of God...and many, many perfect moments like we had this weekend. We love you, sweetheart. Mommy and Daddy.



  1. Happy Birthday Sierra! Your cake looked awesome!

  2. Oh my goodness. I literally laughed out loud at the pic of Sierra and Ace. I can hear you now, "Sierra, you're grounded!" Oh what trouble they will make...

    Happy Birthday, Sierra!

  3. I remember you bringing the "fiesty toddler" to the office and to DC, but she was super sweet even then! Happy Birthday Sierra!!

    Stacey B.

  4. Happy Birthday Sierra!! Looks like you had a wonderful party!! :) You are the cutest little thing and I am so happy to say that I have been lucky enough to meet you! :)

  5. Happy Birthday Sierra. What a beautiful girl you are!
    My daughter would go CRAZY for that cake.. it is amazing! I bet Sierra LOVED it!

  6. Happy birthday Sierra!! It looks like you had a WONDERFUL birthday party!! I love the cupcake decorating...I'll definitely have to remember that one!

    Enjoy the freedom of being FOUR!! :)